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Evaluator, Independent Evaluation (Consultant) - Home-based

Vacancy type Consultants
Indicative starting date
Deadline for submission of applications
Number of vacancies
Organizational Unit
Planning, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation

Project title

Independent Evaluation of the “Strengthening Road Safety – A partnership to build capacity, drive innovation and deliver meaningful impact” initiative

Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas

Evaluation, training, including in areas related to road safety or related.


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a principal training arm of the United Nations, with the aim to increase the effectiveness of the United Nations in achieving its major objectives through training and research. UNITAR’s mission is to develop the individual, institutional and organizational capacity of countries and other United Nations stakeholders through high-quality learning solutions and related knowledge products and services to enhance decision-making and to support country-level action for overcoming global challenges.

UNITAR’s second Strategic Objective calls to “Promote people’s wellbeing and support equitable representation of countries in global decision-making fora”. The sub-objective SO 2.1 “Promote people’s well-being, including the protection and empowerment of groups that have been marginalized and are vulnerable” focuses broadly on developing people’s well-being, with emphasis on helping individuals acquire knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development.

In the specific field of road safety, UNITAR contributes to developing the capacities of government officials and key stakeholders to improve road safety and to assisting UN Member States in achieving the related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Road Safety Performance Targets. Reflecting on the urgency to build capacity to improve road safety and recognizing that road safety is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNITAR’s Road Safety Initiative for Cities aims to:


Enhance the capacity of government authorities on road safety management;

  • Promote public and private sector’s engagement in initiatives that improve road safety; and
  • Contribute to knowledge exchange and sharing of innovative solutions that improve road safety.

Through the Initiative Strengthening Road Safety – A partnership to build capacity, drive innovation and deliver meaningful impact, UNITAR with the support of AB InBev and in collaboration with academic institutions and other private sector partners aim to contribute to advance road safety targets by:

  • Promoting the implementation of holistic, evidence-based approaches to improve road safety;
  • Exploring and testing how digital transformation can deliver significant Road Safety improvements;
  • Enhancing the capacity of government agencies and municipal authorities to implement road safety interventions;
  • Promoting public-private partnerships, leveraging the UNITAR / AB InBev collaboration as a model of collaboration; and
  • Raising awareness on best practices that advance the 2030 SDG agenda and contribute to achieve road safety related targets.

Phase I (2018-2019) aimed to implement concrete actions to improve road safety related targets and contribute to advance the SDGs by:

  • Promoting the awareness about road safety with the aim of putting road safety as top priority in the agenda of decision makers and private sector leaders;
  • Scale-up road safety local demonstration projects in targeted countries; and
  • Promote research in road safety, knowledge creation and sharing of practical solutions in the field.

Phase II (2020-2021) is based on three pillars and related activities:

  • Pillar 1: Roll out of the “Management Practices for Safer Roads” Toolkit;
  • Pillar 2: Implementation of road safety city interventions, with a focus on digital innovation; and
  • Pillar 3: Stakeholders engagement and communication.

The objectives of the phase II partnership are:

  • Proven implementation of the Road Safety Toolkit with positive, tangible results;
  • Explore and test how digital transformation can deliver significant Road Safety improvements;
  • Promote public-private partnerships in support of road safety and the SDG 17, leveraging the UNITAR / AB InBev collaboration as an example of best practice;
  • Enhance the capacity of government agencies and municipal authorities to implement road safety interventions;
  • Raise awareness on best practices that advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contribute to achieve road safety related targets (SDG 3.6 & SDG 11.2).

To date the partnership has lead interventions in Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, India, Mexico, South Africa, the United States and China.

General objectives of the contract

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the initiative; to identify any problems or challenges that the initiative has encountered; to issue recommendations, and to identify lessons to be learned on design, implementation and management. The evaluation’s purpose is thus to provide findings and conclusions to meet accountability requirements, and recommendations and lessons learned to contribute to the initiative’s improvement and broader organization learning. The evaluation should not only assess how well the initiative has performed, but also seek to answer the ‘why ‘question by identifying factors contributing to (or inhibiting) successful delivery of the results. The evaluation is also forward-looking to inform decisions on the design and planning of possible future phases and focus areas.

More information can be found in the terms of references (Annex 1).

Responsibilities/description of professional services

The consultant shall undertake a desk review based on the project related documents including analytical reports; collect data using appropriate tools, including surveys, interviews and focus groups; analyze data using quantitative and qualitative methods as appropriate to the evaluation questions; and submit deliverables in accordance with the below schedule.

Measurable outputs/deliverables/indicative schedule of deliverables

  • Initial data collection, including desk review, stakeholder analysis
  • Evaluation design/ question matrix
  • Data collection and analysis, including survey(s), interviews, focus groups, field missions if possible
  • Zero draft evaluation
  • Draft evaluation
  • Final evaluation
  • Presentation of findings
Deliverable From To Deadline*
Evaluation design/question matrix Evaluator Evaluation manager 5 November 2020
Comments on evaluation design/question matrix Evaluation manager Evaluator 19 November 2020
Zero draft report Evaluator Evaluation manager 7 January 2021
Comments on zero draft Evaluation manager Evaluator 18 January 2021
Draft report Evaluator Evaluation manager 18 February 2021
Comments on draft report Project management Evaluation manager 1 March 2021
Final report Evaluator Evaluation manager 15 March 2021
Presentation of the evaluation findings, recommendations and lessons learned Evaluator/evaluation manager Project management 15 March 2021

*To be adjusted depending on the contract signature and to be agreed upon with the Evaluation Manager.

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

The performance indicators for evaluation of results for this assignment are the following:

  • Timely submission of deliverables;
  • Satisfactory quality of the evaluation report.

Reporting structure

The evaluation will be undertaken by an international consultant under the overall responsibility of the Manager, Planning, Performance Monitoring, and Evaluation Unit (PPME), UNITAR.


Minimum requirements
  • MA degree or equivalent in transportation, development or a related discipline. Knowledge and experience of executive type training, including in areas related to transportation, transport policy, road safety.
  • At least 7 years of professional experience conducting evaluation in the field of capacity building. Knowledge of United Nations Norms and Standards for Evaluation.
  • Technical knowledge of the focal area including the evaluation of transport/road safety related topics.
  • Field work experience in developing countries.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, including experience in a variety of evaluation methods and approaches. Experience in evaluation using Kirkpatrick method is an advantage.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Cross-cultural awareness and flexibility.
  • Availability to travel.
  • Fluency in oral and written English.


General conditions of contracts for the service of consultants apply. Before initiating the assignment, the consultant shall sign the Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct and Agreement Form (part of Annex 1).

Interested applicants who have worked for the project or who may have a conflict of interest are not eligible for the assignment.

How to apply

Send a letter of motivation and P11 form or Curriculum Vitae to with the following subject line: “Independent Evaluation of the Road Safety partnership

Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact shortlisted applicants.

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