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INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT: UNDP

Deadline: 05 October, 2020

Location: Singapore

Type of Employment: Individual Contract

Who can apply?

Anyone with desired qualifications

Background

Despite the significant progress that has been made in fighting the global scourge of corruption in recent years, corruption continues to harm national development processes and undermine democracy and the rule of law, contributing to the culture of impunity and violence thus impeding progress towards achievement of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Recognizing the detrimental impact of corruption on sustainable development, nearly all countries have ratified or acceded to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). With 187 states parties as of 6 February 2020, UNCAC has been influential in enabling states parties to adopt national legal instruments to combat corruption, including anti-corruption laws and strategies, and the establishment of anti-corruption institutions.

Moreover, corruption and its consequences significantly impact COVID-19 response and recovery. The impact of corruption is currently being felt not only across healthcare service delivery, policymaking, procurement practices, and the management of health funds, but also on governance systems overall, undermining the effectiveness of response and recovery measures to the crisis. To build back better, strengthen resilience of institutions, systems and people and reduce vulnerability to future crisis, anti-corruption initiatives will maintain their critical role in the development agenda at the global, regional and country levels.

The multi-year support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia to UNDP’s anti-corruption work has been very important to promote transparency, accountability and integrity agenda at the global, regional and country levels. In 2012-2016 DFAT Australia supported UNDP’s Global Anti-corruption Initiative (GAIN) to implement anti-corruption initiatives in close collaboration with UNODC, and a joint UNDP-UNODC initiative, UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project.

The successful implementation of Phase 1 resulted in a renewed DFAT-UNDP-UNODC partnership in 2016-2020, with UNDP’s new Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies (ACPIS) global project implemented with a total budget of AUD 6,550,665. The project aimed to integrate anti-corruption solutions in service delivery sectors such as health, education, water, construction, etc., strengthen institutional capacity of integrity institutions to prevent corruption, and promote knowledge and advocacy to support anti-corruption efforts.

More specifically, the ACPIS project aimed to strengthen national capacities, integrate anti-corruption measures into national development processes and enhance integrity in service delivery. The project aimed to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 16 on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, by integrating anti-corruption, transparency and accountability across all the SDGs.

From the end of 2018 to the beginning of 2019, an independent international consultant carried out a mid-term review of the ACPIS project. Overall, the review concluded that the project showed continued progress during 2016-2018 and achieved its expected results during the mid-point of project implementation, demonstrating evidence of success at the country level, with 6 countries implementing anti-corruption initiatives (Bhutan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Thailand) supported by the global ACPIS project. Through global advocacy and awareness activities, the ACPIS project widely shared its lessons learned and good practices from global, regional and country levels, for example, during the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day, participation at the Conference of the States Parties to UNCAC, International Anti-Corruption Conference, etc. Coupled with these achievements, the project also promoted innovation through its activities, both in terms of the use of technology, and in leading new thinking and ways in addressing corruption.

Duties and Responsibilities
Expected outputs and DeliverablesThe consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:Final evaluation inception report—an inception report should be prepared by the consultant before going into the full-fledged data collection exercise. It should detail the evaluator’s understanding of what is being evaluated and why, showing how each evaluation question will be answered by way of: proposed methods, proposed sources of data and data collection procedures. The inception report should include a proposed schedule of tasks, activities and deliverables. (By October 10, 2020)First draft evaluation report which should be reviewed and approved by ACPIS team members and interviewed staff. (By November 5, 2020)Presentation of findings and recommendations of final evaluation to ACPIS team and DFAT via Skype or Zoom. (By November 11, 2020)Final evaluation report, incorporating all the comments and inputs made to the previous drafts. (no later than December 5, 2020)
Required Skills and Experience
Education:Master’s degree in public administration, law, political science, finance, economics, international relations, development studies, or related field.Experience: At least 10 years of working experience in monitoring and evaluation, and in addition, policy support, programme management or design of governance and anti-corruption programmes/projects;Prior experience in producing research studies (preferably in governance and anti-corruption),Prior experience in conducting mid-term or final evaluations related to governance and preferably anti-corruption.Language Requirements: Strong writing skills in English.

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