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Vacancy Announcement at UNDEF


1. UNDEF was established by the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations -- both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization. In this way, UNDEF plays a novel and unique role in complementing the UN's traditional work -- the work with Governments -- to strengthen democratic governance around the world. UNDEF subsists entirely on voluntary contributions from Governments; in 2013, it surpassed 150 million dollars in contributions and now counts more than 40 countries as donors, including many middle- and low-income States in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

2. UNDEF projects are two years long and fall under one or more of seven main areas; Community Activism, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Tools for Knowledge, Women's Empowerment, Youth Engagement, Media and Freedom of Information, Strengthening Civil Society Capacity for Interaction with Government. UNDEF grants range from US$100,000 to US$300,000. Project proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process, as UNDEF receives an average of about 2,000-3,000 proposals a year and only some 50-60 are selected. In ten Rounds of Funding so far, UNDEF has supported almost 700 projects in more than 100 countries.

3. As a basis for knowledge-sharing, lessons learned, improved project selection and management, and transparency, UNDEF holds 10 per cent of project funds for monitoring and evaluation. As agreed by the UNDEF Advisory Board in November 2016, following the expiration of a commercial contract in 2016, UNDEF post-project evaluations in 2017 will be undertaken by evaluators drawn from a roster of regional consultants managed by UNDEF. Up to 10 post-project evaluations will be undertaken every year. The evaluations will be embedded in UNDEF’s own capacity so that good results, processes and learning can be maintained and utilized further for future project designs and monitoring processes. The evaluations will be selected based on priority criteria including:

• Specific request from the Board members or a donor
• Country where UNDEF is implementing a project for the first time or where there has been a limited number of projects
• High risk project
• Novel or innovative approach
• An example of good practice

4. UNDEF is therefore seeking to build a roster of experts with a wide geographical representation. UNDEF will contract with individual consultants to carry out a specific project evaluation when needed in line with the objectives and conditions as specified below.


5. The overall objective of the Consultants’ work is to undertake in-depth analysis of UNDEF-funded projects to gain a better understanding of what constitutes a successful project which will in turn help UNDEF devise future project strategies. Evaluations will also assist stakeholders to determine whether projects have been implemented in accordance with the project document and whether anticipated project outputs have been achieved. Specifically the evaluations will: draw lessons learnt from the experiences in order to improve future projects.

Application process

Interested candidates can apply by submitting a UN Personal History Profile, a sample of written work and a short cover note explaining why they are qualified to be part of the UNDEF roster of post-project evaluators to For the second round of post-project evaluations (second quarter of 2017), UNDEF is particularly interested in candidates with experience working in Latin America. Interested candidates should submit their application by 17 March 2017. PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT APPLY.

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