Local Consultancy: Population Change and Data (Population Dynamics) is needed in Pretoria, South Africa

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Local Consultancy: Population Change and Data (Population Dynamics), Pretoria, South Africa
Organization: UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund
Country: South Africa
City: Pretoria
Office: UNFPA Pretoria, South Africa
Job Identification : 17253

Locations : Pretoria, South Africa

Posting Date : 03/27/2024, 03:36 PM

Apply Before : 04/06/2024, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Vacancy Type : Individual Consultancy

Education and Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience

Vacancy Timeline : 1 Week

Job Category : Population & Development

Job Description

The Position:

Population Change and Data (Population Dynamics) Consultant

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Purpose of consultancy:

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Its mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), UNFPA is working towards three transformative results: (i) zero preventable maternal deaths; (ii) zero unmet need for family planning; and (iii) zero gender-based violence and harmful practices, including female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage. The UNFPA South Africa Country Office (SACO) is currently implementing the 5th Country Programme (CP) (2020-2025) with the Government of South Africa and other partners. The goal of the CP is to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights and accelerate the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action, to improve the lives of women, adolescents and youth. In pursuit of this goal, the UNFPA South Africa CO seeks to achieve results in the following thematic areas of programming under the CP: (i) adolescents and youth ii) gender and social norms (iii) population change and data.

Scope of work:

In line with the 2024 UNFPA Evaluation Policy, the UNFPA SACO is planning to conduct an evaluation of its 5th CP (2020-2025) The purpose of the Country Programme Evaluation (CPE) is to strengthen accountability to stakeholders, support evidence-based decision-making, and improve learning. The overall objective of the CPE is to provide an independent assessment of the performance of the CP and to broaden the evidence base for the design of the next programme cycle. The evaluation will cover all interventions in the three thematic areas of the CP, which have been implemented across three UNFPA supported provinces namely Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo, during the programme’s period. The thematic areas are described in section 3 of the terms of reference. In addition, the evaluation will also cover cross-cutting issues, such as cross-cutting issues: human rights, gender equality, disability, displacement and migration status, etc., and transversal functions, such as coordination, monitoring and evaluation, innovation, resource mobilization, strategic partnerships, etc

Evaluation team: The CPE will be conducted by a multidisciplinary team of consultants. They should collectively have the qualifications and experience to design and implement a methodologically robust evaluation and cover all the above-mentioned thematic areas of the CP. The evaluation team will consist of: ● Team leader: An international consultant with primary responsibility for the design of the evaluation methodology and the coordination of the evaluation team, as described in section 12.1 of the terms of reference. The team leader will also demonstrate the qualifications, experience and skills required to serve as a technical expert for one of the thematic areas.

● Thematic experts: National consultants should demonstrate the qualifications, experience and skills required to serve as technical expert in at least one of the thematic areas, as described in section 12.1 of the terms of reference. The evaluation team will conduct the CPE under the supervision of the CPE manager in the UNFPA SACO 01 April 2024 to 30 September 2024. Candidates must clearly indicate the thematic area(s) for which they demonstrate the requested expertise. See the attached terms of reference for more details on the CPE as well as on the required qualifications and experience of the team leader and team members (section 12.2). Section 10 indicates the evaluation timeline and the expected evaluation deliverables are described in section 8.

Duration and working schedule:

The consultancy will have a duration of maximum 6 months (April – September)

Delivery dates and how work will be delivered (e.g. electronic, hard copy etc.):

Most products will be delivered via electronic means (email). The consultancy will be for 38-48 days between 01 April and 30th of September 2024 and is expected to deliver the following key products.

 Product 1: Design report – 30 April 2024
 Product 2: PowerPoint presentation of the Design Report- 10 May 2024 eIP6hQj u3B9g
 Product 3: PowerPoint presentation for debriefing meeting with the CO and the Evaluation Reference Group- 24 May 2024
 Product 4: Draft evaluation report- 14 June 2024
 Product 5: Recommendations worksheet- 12 July 2024
 Product 6: Final evaluation report- 31 July 2024
 Product 7: PowerPoint presentation of the evaluation results- 16 August 2024
*The contract shall be valid until the end of September 2024 to accommodate potential delays.

Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline:

Bi-weekly meetings will be held between the consultant and UNFPA team to provide feedback on progress, get guidance from UNFPA on the conduction of activity, as well as to address any questions that may arise during the conduction of the work. It is the responsibility of the consultant to proactively document the discussions and recommendations for follow-up. The products will be reviewed and appraised by UNFPA for approval and payment. The edits and inputs provided need to be considered in the final revisions and generation of final versions of the products. The consultant must submit the products in Word version (.doc or .docx) within the stipulated timelines

Other relevant information or special conditions, if any:

The application should include: A cover letter, indicating the candidate’s motivation for this consultancy as well as relevant expertise and experience. An updated copy of the curriculum vitae (CV) and a duly completed P11 UN Personal History Form. Names and contact information of three references. A recent evaluation report or other type of writing sample English (from a similar assignment) drafted by the candidate. Availability and expected daily rate for consultancy services.

UNFPA Work Environment:

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, diversity, integrity and healthy work-life balance. We are committed to ensuring gender parity in the organization and therefore encourage women to apply. Individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, minority ethnic groups, indigenous populations, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities in terms of appointment, training, compensation and selection for all regardless of personal characteristics and dimensions of diversity. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is at the heart of UNFPA’s workforce – click to learn more.


Selection and appointment may be subject to background and reference checks, medical clearance, visa issuance and other administrative requirements.

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process and does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

Applicants for positions in the international Professional and higher categories, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

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