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Team Leader - Evaluation of FAO’s Multipartner Programme Support Mechanism

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – TEAM LEADER

Evaluation of FAO’s Multipartner Programme Support Mechanism

FAO Office of Evaluation


BACKGROUND

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Multipartner Programme Support Mechanism (FMM) was established in November 2010 as a funding mechanism in support of the Organization’s efforts towards improved food security and poverty alleviation in developing countries. The Office of Evaluation (OED) is about to undertake an evaluation of the FMM, which aims to assess the capacity, role and comparative advantages of FAO in providing information, knowledge and policy support, strengthening capacities and building partnerships at global, regional and national levels to help Member Countries meet the challenge of climate change through improved and more resilient livelihoods.

The Evaluation will review the adequacy of the Mechanism with regard to effective resource allocations; it will assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and, to the extent possible, the impact and sustainability of the actions that received funding through this Mechanism in the areas of sustainable crop production, creation of enabling environments for value addition and markets, and the management and use of natural resources including land, water and genetic resources, forests and trees, and fisheries and aquaculture resources. It will give special attention to the involvement of national level actors and FAO’s decentralized offices in the prioritisation of needs, and the programming and implementation of these actions.

The activities funded by the FMM are many and can be broadly categorized as follows:

1. the production, dissemination and use of information and knowledge-based products (including decision making tools such as baseline studies, performance analyses, lessons learned etc. and normative tools such as guidelines, codes, conventions etc.) for improved programming of FAO’s work and integration in national development strategies;

2. capacity development and institutional strengthening of Member Countries to formulate coherent policies, strategies and programmes;

3. fostering partnerships with and improving coordination between key stakeholders including Governments, national research institutions, regional and international organizations.

The Evaluation will assess the extent to which FAO has been able to maximise its comparative advantage in advocacy, capacity development, policy assistance, programming and knowledge production and dissemination, at global, regional and national levels, in the implementation of these activities. The Evaluation will also formulate recommendations to improve resource allocation with regard to funding requirements and priorities, programming and the structure of the FMM itself, as appropriate.


EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR THE EVALUATION

The Evaluation will be conducted by a multidisciplinary team of external consultants and evaluation experts from FAO’s Independent Office of Evaluation (OED). A senior consultant will be appointed as the Team Leader and an OED evaluation officer will have the role of Evaluation Manager. OED is seeking qualified candidates for the role of Team Leader for this Evaluation, who will work in close collaboration with the Evaluation Manager. The candidate should not have been involved in the design or implementation of FAO activities in recent years, and will be required to sign a conflict of interest declaration.

The assignment will take place between June and December 2012, for a period of approximately up to 100 days. The Evaluation Report must be finalized by 15 December 2012.

The Team Leader will be expected to undertake travel as part of this assignment, beginning with an inception mission to be held at FAO Headquarters (Rome) in June or July 2012. Further missions in a sample of countries may be conducted July or August 2012 onwards.


ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

• At least 10 years extensive and proven experience in conducting and leading evaluations including evaluations of: normative products or policy support; dissemination/uptake of information and technologies; and partnerships for development;

• Solid working experience at international level, on development issues;

• Proven experience in assessing individual and institutional capacity building;

• Excellent understanding and knowledge of the key issues related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the role of rural livelihoods development in relation to poverty alleviation;

• Proven team leadership skills; and

• Fluency in English, both written and spoken.


DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

• Good working knowledge of French;

• Previous experience with coordination of and cross-linkages between programmes and policies at national level;

• Knowledge of FAO’s structure including its decentralised offices, and its organizational/institutional mechanisms.


HOW TO APPLY

Interested consultants should submit an expression of interest to Priya Gujadhur (Priya.Gujadhur@fao.org) by 15 May 2012. Please specify “Application as Team Leader – Evaluation of FAO’s Multipartner Programme Support Mechanism” in the email subject line.

The application should contain the following:

1. Personal History Form (http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Employment/ADM11E.DOT);

2. Curriculum Vitae, including the expected daily fee rate and the candidate’s availability between June and November 2012; and

3. Letter expressing interest and clearly identifying how the candidate meets each of the criteria/skills listed above.

Organisation Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country Italy