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About AAWAZ II

 The AAWAZ II programme will work with government and local communities to promote the rights of children, women, youth,  religious minorities and excluded groups to strengthen their control over their own development. The programme has a particular focus on the issues of modern slavery, to which marginalised groups are extremely vulnerable. The programme aims to reach 7 million beneficiaries across the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

 

 Key Programme Activities

 Pillar 1: Providing technical assistance to target government institutions to improve legislation, systems, policies and data on vulnerable or excluded groups.

Pillar 2: Community empowerment by using 450 AAWAZ Aagahi Centres (AACs) established under AAWAZ I to provide a safe space for marginalised members of the community to access state services and to provide information on rights, including on issues such as bonded labour and forced marriage.

Pillar 3: Conflict pre-emption by utilising the network of AACs in facilitating sessions/events for communities to come together to identify and address potential triggers of conflict and promote tolerance, particularly towards religious minorities.

Pillar 4: Growing the evidence base for action through evaluation of programme outcomes and evidence generation/dissemination in the areas of gender, youth, religious minorities, disabilities and modern slavery.

 Alignment, monitoring and Results(AMAR) Unit

Three UN agencies including UNICEF, UN-Women and UNFPA are responsible for delivery under pillar 1 and pillar 4, whereas A contracted supplier will deliver pillar 2 (community empowerment) and pillar 3 (conflict prevention). UNICEF, as the Administrative Agent and Convening Agent for the UN Joint Programme, has engaged DAI-Pakistan to set up an Alignment, Monitoring and Results (AMAR) Unit in November 2018.

 

AMAR is primarily responsible to support the achievement of the Joint programme and support, coordination and alignment across the joint programme and between the partners and management organisation for pillars 2 and 3 under AAWAZ II. The AMAR unit is responsible for aligning and consolidating the theory of change, work plans, log frames, results frameworks and value for money (VfM) frameworks for both the UN Joint Programme and the implementing partners of Pillars 2 and 3 of the AAWAZ II programme.  The AMAR unit is also responsible for alignment of activities, monitoring, quality assurance of results, evaluation and evidence generation across UN Joint Programme and the CSOs.

 

AMAR will be conducting a total of six qualitative assessment studies on an annual basis which will include the following studies.

 

  • The 'Assessment of Public Finance' will be focused on assessing the Federal/Provincial Government's budgetary allocation and expense dedicated for measures to prevent and protect women and children against violence, child labour, forced and early marriages.
  • The 'Annual Legislative Assessment' will be focused on assessing the change in quality of legislative and implementation framework to prevent and protect rights of children, girls and women (including carrying disabilities) at risk or victims/survivors of abuse.
  • The 'Annual Assessment of Policies/Strategies' will be focused on assessing the extent to which the UNJP's supported policies and strategies in prioritised sectors demonstrating: a) Compliance with international and regional human rights commitments; b) Relevance to address the needs of children, girls and women and other excluded groups (leave no one behind); c) ownership by key government departments at provincial and federal levels; d) practicality for implementation; and e) potential reach and impact in terms of beneficiaries (disaggregated by location, gender, disability status, socio-economic status).
  • The 'Annual Assessment of UNJP produced evidence will be focused on examining the relevance, quality and use of UNJP supported evidence.
  • The 'Annual Qualitative Assessment of Pilot Initiatives’ will be focused on assessing the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of UNJP supported pilot projects.
  • The 'Annual CRVS Qualitative Assessment' will examine the process and results involved in the birth registration initiatives in the 11 districts across Punjab and KP.

 

AMAR is looking for a junior research consultant who will support the team in background research and analysis, writing narrative, developing presentation, setting up the methodology for the qualitative assessments and any other relevant tasks.

 Time Span

This is a short-term assignment and is expected to be carried out for a period of 60 days starting from April 2019 to August 2019.

 Qualification and Experience: University degree in relevant area with 2-3 years’ experience.

Experience in similar assignments/projects will be considered an asset.

 The consultant should have:

 Familiarity with the development of research methodology

  • Strong qualitative and analytic skills; keen attention to detail and data accuracy.
  • Strong technical report writing skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, juggling multiple competing tasks and prioritizing demands
  • Demonstrated competence with using standard office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

 Responsibilities

 The consultant will be required to:

 Conduct thorough review of the existing research on thematic areas and prepare literature reviews and other comparative written inputs for public finance study.

  • Assist the lead consultant in gathering secondary data from Federal/Provincial government as well as non-governmental organizations and service providers including the private sector. These data will include documents, reports, statistics, case studies and results. 
  • Assist in the identification of emerging trends or gaps and field-wide best practices and translate those into case studies and success stories.
  • Assist the team in drafting reports, papers and briefs as requested
  • Support the development and updation of project documentation including, Gantt/bar charts, presentations, background research and other tasks relevant to the programme
  • Document all the activities and list of interviewed stakeholders, with conclusions from each meeting.
  • Any other task assigned by the team leader and the lead consultant

Payment

 The contract of this assignment will be performance based. The consultant will receive the cost of assignments in instalments.





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