UNHCR COVID-19 Evaluative Evidence Synthesis

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Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 5 May 2021

The Evaluation Service is planning to prepare an evidence synthesis of UNHCR’s adaptation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic by March 2022. This will synthesize evidence on COVID-19 by building questions into ongoing and new evaluations during 2021, thus generating evidence without placing additional operational pressures on the organization and in recognition of the logistical challenges of travel and data collection during this period. This work is accompanied by two separate evaluations; one on protecting refugee rights during COVID19 which UNHCR is leading with a collation of states and agencies; and the other, an Inter-agency Humanitarian Evaluation on the COVID-19 response, which will evaluate the Global Humanitarian Response Plan and related IASC scale-up. Both evaluations are currently scheduled to be completed in Q4 of 2021. Evidence from these evaluations will be drawn upon in this synthesis as it becomes available.


The Evaluation Service of UNHCR requires the services of a consultant (hereafter known as the Service Provider) in the preparation for and conduct of the UNHCR COVID-19 evaluative evidence synthesis. The sole output and accountability of the Service Provider will be a synthesis report by 31 March 2022.
The activities of the Service Provider will include:

1) Engaging with the managers of the relevant evaluations (centralized and decentralized) (i.e. including COVID-related questions) at around how the questions are being embedded, whether more COVID-19 evidence can be generated through the process, and clarifying the depth, form and timeline of COVID-related outputs
2) Follow-up interviews with evaluation teams, managers and a small selection of internal staff members to complement the analysis, based on questions that may be raised by each individual evaluation vis-à-vis COVID-19; and

3) Document and data review including grey literature as well as relevant COVID-19 plans, internal notes, progress reports, donor reports, documents and records and data to provide contextual and additional information for the synthesis not covered by points 1 and 2 and drawing on evidence from evaluations and syntheses that UNHCR is cooperating in with other agencies (see Annex 3 for examples)

4) Drawing together all the evidence and preparation on overall synthesis report.


The Service Provider will produce three deliverables as part of the contract:

1) A short (c.5 pages) inception paper outlining how the consultant plans to carry out the assignment, any limitations and delimitations based on initial discussions and review of the evidence, updated timeline. Due date 31 May 2021

2) A status brief (c. 5 pages excl annexes) outlining the progress made in embedding evaluation questions in 2020/21 evaluations, and any amendments to the synthesis process moving forwards. Due date 31 October 2021.

3) A synthesis report of no more than 50 pages excluding annexes. The synthesis will be structured along the lines of the themes and questions outlined in Annex 2, subject to adjustment as the process evolves in discussion with the evaluation manager. Due date: 15 March 2022.

4) An evaluation brief (c 5-10 pages) summarizing the key policy and strategy relevant findings. Due date 31 March 2022

5) A presentation of the key findings and recommendations to be made (by the Service Provider and/or the ES / Evaluation Manager) to senior management and external stakeholders, as appropriate. Due date by 31 March 2022.

FULL TOR attached and available at UNHCR’s Career Website under Consultancies. https://www.unhcr.org/admin/jobs/607ef0204/unhcr-covid-19-evaluative-evidence-synthesis-closing-date-05-2021.html


The Service Provider should have knowledge and experience as follows: • A post-graduate degree in social science (economics, political science or other) or in organization management • Minimum of 15 years experience with a PhD (ideally) or 16 years experience with a Master’s degree, in conducting policy research at global, regional and country level.

• Minimum of 10 years of experience and expertise of carrying out evaluations of large humanitarian / development organizations, including organization or change management focused studies

• Demonstrable experience in preparing and delivering evaluation or evidence synthesis

• Demonstrable experience and understanding of UN or other large organizations/ governments.

https://www.unhcr.org/admin/jobs/607ef0204/unhcr-covid-19-evaluative-evidence-synthesis-closing-date-05-2021.html• High proficiency in English; additional language expertise in Spanish or French preferable.

How to apply:

The Service Provider will be shortlisted based on the criteria above. This will be a deliverable-based contract, and the Service Provider will be paid per deliverable as per his or her qualifications.

The following documents must be submitted:

• A covering letter (2-page maximum) explaining: o Name and contact details of the applicant o Why the applicant is a suitable candidate and what value the applicant brings to the assignment. o Any reflections on the TOR and how the candidate proposes to address the assignment.

Personal History form (P11).

• A relevant written sample (max 2) of a previous evaluation, a review, a report or a publication of any kind in which the applicant was a (co) author.

Applications should be sent to Evaluation Service hqevaser@unhcr.org indicating the title of the evaluation “Application for UNHCR COVID-19 Evaluative Evidence Synthesis– Last, First Name”.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday 5 May 2021 (mid-night CET).


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