Consultant for Evaluation of UNHCR's tertiary education scholarship programme (DAFI)

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Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 11 Dec 2020

This Consultancy will be responsible for evaluation to assess and analyse the design, implementation, results and longer-term outcomes of the of the DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship programme to inform future implementation, potential scale up and the design of other higher education scholarship programmes for refugees.

Duties and responsibilities

Overall purpose and Scope of Assignment:

In line with the six DAFI programme strategic objectives; Promoting self-reliance and pathways to solutions; Empowering young women and men; Strengthening the protective impact of education; Providing role models for refugee children and youth; Contributing to post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction; and Promoting social, economic and gender equality, this evaluation is intended to generate evidence on both programme results, and longer-term outcomes and effects, particularly in understanding the contribution of the DAFI programme to learning, social and economic outcomes.

The evaluation is expected to generate evidence to inform improved design, management and implementation of the DAFI programme, and other higher education programmes for refugees for which the DAFI programme is an example. The evaluation is also expected to help improve alignment of DAFI scholarship programme objectives and expected results with the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees, helping to maximize the contribution of higher education scholarship programmes for refugees in easing pressure on host government and enhancing refugee self-reliance.

The evaluation deliverables are intended for use by UNHCR staff, DAFI programme management, UNHCR’s education partners and stakeholders to higher education for refugees, including host country Ministries, higher education institutions, scholarship providers, refugees, potential employers and others. Primary intended users include UNHCR scholarship programme management at headquarters, higher education scholarship providers. The evaluation may also serve an accountability and legitimacy function to donors.


The evaluation should demonstrate not only the individual, social and financial outcomes of the DAFI scholarship programme but also aim to identify which aspects of the programme contributed to the outcomes achieved, which aspects do not appear to contribute to desired aim of the scholarship programmes and which outcomes or cause of outcomes are unknown or unexpected.

The main evaluation criteria include relevance, coherence, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.


UNHCR welcomes the use of evidence-based, diverse, participatory and innovative evaluation methods and approaches. The evaluation is expected to employ a robust mixed methodology combining qualitative and quantitative methods, including data collection and analysis, desk review of secondary information and content analysis of relevant background and programmatic data and documents, and direct observations. It would be beneficial for the evaluation approach to consider how evaluation findings may be effectively communicated to affected communities.

Qualitative methods should include virtual and/or where feasible in-person interviews and focus group discussions (FGD) with a range of key stakeholders including UNHCR, key external stakeholders and targeted populations with a strong Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) approach Data/information from a wide range of sources will need to be triangulated and cross-validated to ensure the credibility of the evaluation’s findings and conclusions.

The evaluation will draw upon information collected, and analysed, from a wide range of sources and a representative range of stakeholders. UNHCR will ensure that the Evaluation Team has access to relevant documents and contact details, but should in-person travel be permitted the Evaluation Team is expected to arrange and manage their own travel and logistics in-country (including translation/interpretation services) unless UNHCR is required to provide assistance (i.e. in direct access to Persons of Concern either remotely or in-person or in areas of limited access due to travel and/or security constraints).

Given the current limitations resulting from COVID-19 travel restrictions, it is anticipated that data will be collected by local consultants and teams where possible, or remotely, and in line with relevant national health and safety policies.

The Evaluation Team is expected to work in close collaboration with the Tertiary Education Team and other relevant units; they will be asked to refine the methodology and key evaluation questions following the initial desk review and key informant interviews during the inception phase.

It is anticipated the evaluation will be completed within seven months, including a 6-week inception phase, up to 14-weeks data collection, 4-weeks data analysis and report writing, and 4-weeks review and finalization phase.

The indicative timeline is as follows:


Key Deliverable

Indicative Timeline

Phase 1: Inception including:

  • Initial desk review

  • Selected key informant interviews (conducted remotely)

  • EQA review on the draft inception report

  • Circulation for comments and inception report finalisation**

Final inception report (25 pages) including methodology, final evaluation questions and evaluation matrix and a draft programme for the data collection phase and data collection tools.**

Week 1 – 6

Phase 2: Data collection including:

  • Key stakeholder interviews, FGDs, surveys (in country and remotely as required);

  • In depth document review;

  • Debriefing (remote or in person) on preliminary findings and data collection phase (including discussion of any significant data gaps with key stakeholders);

  • Stakeholder feedback on preliminary findings and data collection phase

Summary of findings;

Debrief PowerPoint presentation.

Week 7 - 20

Phase 3: Data Analysis and Reporting including:

  • Analysis and write up **

  • EQA review of draft report, circulation for comments **

  • Validation workshop (remote or in-person) to discuss *s*takeholder feedback and validate evaluation findings and discuss conclusions and proposed recommendations **

Draft final report (for circulation and comments), including recommendations for internal periodic monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.

Validation Workshop PowerPoint presentation.

Week 21 - 24

Phase 4: Finalisation of evaluation report based on comments following circulation.

Final Evaluation Report (50 pages) including recommendations and standalone executive summary (5-10 pages)

Week 25 – 28

9. Monitoring and Progress Controls (report requirements, periodicity, format, deadlines):

The final deliverable is the Final Evaluation Report which should comply with UNHCR Policy on Evaluation and the United Nations Evaluation Group’s (UNEG) Norms and Standards for Evaluation (June 2016). In line with established standards for evaluation in the UN system, the Code of Conduct for evaluation in the UN system and the UN Ethical Guidelines for evaluations, evaluation in UNHCR is founded on the fundamental principles of independence, impartiality, credibility and utility. The report shall be guided by and must adhere to these principles to ensure that (a) the report is fit for the stated purposes as set out in these policies; and (b) the report’s findings, conclusions, recommendations and proposed lessons to be learned are viewed with confidence by their intended audience and users within UNHCR, its partners and beyond. The report’s quality will be assessed on the basis of these standards.

b. Delivery Periodicity, as applicable:


c. Work on the basis of time employed:


d. If it is to result in a written product specify:

1) Number of pages: TBD

2) Language(s): English

3) Number of copies: electronic

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required


Basic university + 13 years or

Post-Graduate + 11 years required

Work experience

demonstrated experience working with evaluation of similar programmes; undergraduate degree required, masters or professional qualification preferred.


The successful candidate will be working home-based.


The consultancy is planned to be home-based, with mission travels as feasible.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit their letter of motivation, Personal History Form (PHF) and CV to indicating DRS/2020/026; First Name/Last Name, Evaluation of UNHCR’s tertiary education scholarship programme (DAFI) in the subject of the email.

Personal History Forms are available at PHF Form / Supplementary Sheet.

Applications without PHF Form will not be considered.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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