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Stakeholder Analysis and UNCT Comparative Advantage Analysis for the Development of the Rwanda UNDAP Vacancies in Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the eight United Nations Delivering as One countries and has developed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2008-2012), which outlines the strategic programme framework for the UN in Rwanda, and the Common Operational Document (COD, One Plan) outlining the operational arrangements of UNDAF implementation. The UNDAF/COD describes the collective response of the UN Country Team (UNCT) to the priorities in the national development framework as espoused in Rwanda's long-term development Vision 2020, along with the medium-term strategy: the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) 2008-2012.
The current UNDAF comes to an end in 2012
[1] [1] and in view of the next programming cycle commencing in 2013, the UNCT has started the planning processes related to the development of the next programme of support, which is also closely tied to the review of the EDPRS. For the next programme cycle, the UNCT has unanimously agreed to combine the UNDAF and COD into one document, the UNDAP (United Nations Development Assistance Plan). The UNDAP will be the business plan for all the UN agencies, funds and programs in Rwanda for the period mid-2013- to mid-2018. This new 'One Plan' for Rwanda will again support the achievement of the international development goals, the Millennium Declaration and related Millennium Development Goals, national development priorities, and the realization of international human rights in the country, including the right to humanitarian assistance for refugees.
Within this context, the One UN is committed to ensuring that the next UNDAP is fully aligned to the national development processes as well as the priorities set out in the EDPRS II. Alignment with Government priorities identified in the EDPRS II provides an important opportunity for the UN system in Rwanda to show its commitment to the principles and practices of the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action. Alignment with Government priorities will also help to strengthen the role of UN agencies in processes of DaO, donor harmonization/ coordination, accountability for development results, and division of labour.
The process of developing the UNDAP document entails a number of key stages and activities that seek to identify the most strategic areas of UN participation and contribution. One of these activities is a stakeholder analysis that enables the UN identify the key internal (within each agency) and external (Government, development partners, Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations, etc.) stakeholders with whom the One UN could strategically engage in order to complement and maximize its contribution to Rwanda's development.
The stakeholder analysis will also contribute to and complement the UNCT comparative advantage analysis which seeks to assess UNCT's capacities to focus its efforts where it can best provide support and make the biggest difference, avoid duplication and establish synergies with ongoing interventions for contributing towards the achievement of national development priorities.
The UNDAP taskforce is therefore seeking the services of external, independent consultants to undertake the stakeholder analysis and UNCT comparative advantage analysis as outlined in these Terms of References.
[1] After Regional UNDG Team's approval for alignment with Government fiscal cycle, the UNDAF will end in June 2013.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the UNDAP task force and working closely with the UNCT, Programme Planning and Oversight Committee and UN Theme Groups, the consultant(s) will be responsible for undertaking the following tasks:
  • Undertake discussions with the UNDAP Taskforce and UNCT to clearly define UN expectations on the exercise.
  • Draft an inception report, articulating the consultants' understanding of the ToRs and assignment workplan containing the tasks to be performed and methodological approach, including data collection tools and time schedules for both analyses.
  • Identify the relevant external stakeholders, including Government, development partners, Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations at the country level disaggregated at the national sectoral level.
  • Use existing entry points and information sources, such as Development Partners Coordination Group (DPCG), and undertake extensive review of available documentation, such as Country Led Evaluation of DaO in Rwanda, to avoid duplication.
  • Develop data collection tools, such as interview guidelines, web-based surveys, group sessions, etc., to gather any additional information/data needed.
  • Undertake data collection for both the stakeholder analysis and UNCT comparative advantage analysis. Identify the priorities and agendas vis-à-vis the Delivering as One development agenda and CER agenda.
  • Identify entry points and ways of interacting with relevant stakeholders disaggregated at the national sectoral level.
  • Identify main risks involved in engaging with key stakeholders and develop possible strategies to offset or mitigate those risks.
  • Compile and analyze all information and develop a draft report.
  • Present summary findings of both analyses to the UNDAP Taskforce, and Programme Planning and Oversight Committee (PPOC) and facilitate the discussion and decision making process of the UNCT to feed into the plan of engagement and strategic prioritization.
  • Present the findings of both analyses to the stakeholders, should the UNCT advise thus.
One of the consultants will be a lead consultant who is expected to be:
  • A reliable and effective evaluation expert with extensive experience in conducting evaluations and a proven record in delivering quality results.
  • Fully acquainted with UN development assistance frameworks and results-based management orientation and practices.
  • Experienced in political economy analysis methodologies.
  • Familiarity with the UN system, UNDAF and Delivering as One reform process.
  • Familiarity with the country context in Rwanda.
  • Strong oral and written communication and facilitation skills.
  • Fluency in the English language.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Postgraduate degree in political or social science or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years proven experience in undertaking capacity development and institutional assessments.
  • Demonstrated expertise and strong understanding of international development as well as broad competence in analyzing both development cooperation systems and practice.
  • Sound knowledge of and practical experience in programme development, planning and implementation.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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