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UNESCO: Evaluation of UNESCO’s Operational Strategy for Priority Africa

Deadline date
22 Jul 2020, 23:59 CET
Contact name
Ms. Claudia Ibarguen, Head of the Evaluation Office


It has been eight years since the last full-fledged evaluation of Priority Africa. This Biennium 2020-2021 marks the end of the implementation period for the Operational Strategy for Priority Africa as well as for the 37C/4 Medium Term Strategy. Regional consultations are currently taking place. The evaluation will therefore provide inputs and feed into the preparation of the next Medium-Term Strategy (41 C/4) and Programme and Budget (41 C/5), as well as, importantly, to a renewed strategic approach or a new strategy for the Global Priority Africa for the period 2022-2029. It is foreseen that a new Strategy will be adopted by Member States at the 41st UNESCO General Conference in November 2021.

Purpose and Scope: 

The focus of the evaluation is the Operational Strategy for Priority Africa. It will:

  • Assess the relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the Operational Strategy for Priority Africa.
  • Analyse the performance of flagship programmes as well as their relevance and efficiency as integral components of sectoral programmes
  • Provide recommendations and input to the future orientation of the C/4 and C/5 as well as the revised strategy for Priority Africa for the period 2022-2029. 

Qualifications of External Experts 

The recommended composition of the evaluation team includes one team leader/ senior evaluator and one junior level evaluator/researcher. IOS will also consider alternative team compositions. 

The consultant(s) should collectively possess the following mandatory qualifications and experience:

Team Leader/Senior evaluator

• University degree at Masters level or equivalent in education, social sciences, political sciences, economics, or any related field; • At least 10 years of working experience in evaluation acquired at the international level or in an international setting, including at least 5 in Africa; • Substantive knowledge and experience in the development field in Africa; • Familiarity with UN mandates and its programming in the framework of the Sustainable Development Agenda • Familiarity with Agenda 2063. • Experience with strategic planning, strategic management and RBM principles; • Understanding and application of UN mandates in Human Rights and Gender Equality • Demonstrated excellent drafting skills in English or French; • Oral communication skills and ability to work in both English and French (read documents, conduct interviews, send emails) • No previous involvement in the implementation of the activities under review.

Desirable skills: - Knowledge of the work of the African Regional Economic Communities - Knowledge of UNESCO’s programmatic areas of work (i.e. education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, communication and information), especially in the African context - Ability to work in other languages commonly used in Africa (Arabic, Portuguese or KiSwahili) 52. Verification of these qualifications will be based on the provided curriculum vitae and may include an interview. Candidates are also encouraged to submit other references such as research papers or articles that demonstrate their familiarity with evaluation in the African context. We strongly encourage candidates from Africa to apply for this exercise.

How to apply

Interested individuals / companies should submit their application by Wednesday 22 July 2020 23:59 CET to Ms. Claudia Ibarguen, Head of the Evaluation Office, ([email protected]) with copy to Ms. Taipei Dlamini, Associate Evaluation Programme Coordinator ([email protected]) and Ms. Syreen Forest, Associate Evaluation Programme Coordinator ([email protected]). Please specify ‘Request for Proposal – UNESCO Evaluation of UNESCO’s Global Priority Africa and the OSPA’ in the email subject line. Further information can be found in the attached Terms of Reference above.