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Consultant: Interim Evaluation of ILO-EC Project on "Assessing and Addressing the Effects of Trade on Employment"

International Labour Organization (ILO)
Last Date: August 31, 2011
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The evaluation will be an assessment of the coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, results, and sustainability of the International Labour Organization (ILO)International Labour Organization (ILO) - European Commission (EC) technical cooperation project entitled “Assessing and Addressing the Effects of Trade on Employment” (ETE). The purpose of this interim evaluation is to learn whether the ETE project is: (i) coherent with the ILO’s four strategic objectives and the Decent Work Agenda, (ii) relevant and useful to the global policy community and constituents in the pilot countries, (iii) being conducted in an efficient manner according to the agreed project document and ILO standards, and (iv) producing the expected results among the project’s stakeholders. The recommendations and lessons learned from this evaluation will be used as inputs in improving the project’s approach and operations; building knowledge on the relationship between trade and employment and good practices in technical cooperation projects for the ILO, EC, and United Nations partner agencies; and shaping the expectations of all stakeholders, including national constituents, donors, and civil society groups.

Project Overview

The ETE project is a 48-month project that began in February 2009. Its operations are located at the ILO’s headquarters in Geneva as well as in four pilot countries: Indonesia, Bangladesh, Benin, and Guatemala. It has a budget of €3,397, 590 (which was equivalent to US$4,494,171 when the project was approved). The project is being financed by the EC. It has been conceived and structured based on the Strategic Partnership Framework between the ILO and the EC, which was signed in 2004. The project’s rationale can also be found in the ILO’s Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, which was adopted by ILO members in 2008.

The overall objective of the ETE project is to support the analysis of effective and coherent trade and labour-market policies that address the adjustment challenges faced by workers and employers and expand opportunities for the creation of decent employment in developing countries. The specific objectives of the ETE project are:

Specific objective 1: Develop global knowledge tools that can support the formulation of coherent trade and labour market policies at the national level, based on sound data and diagnosis, with the involvement of the social partners.

Specific objective 2: Strengthen the capacity of policy makers, researchers and the social partners in pilot countries to assess the effects of changes in trade policy on employment and to design effective and coherent policies that enable countries to mitigate any negative effects and expand employment.

Evaluation arrangements and professional requirements
The evaluator will be an external independent consultant who will report to the Employment Sector’s Management Support Unit (EMP/MSU) in the ILO. This unit is not directly involved in the project. The assignment is for approximately 30 days duration spread between September and October 2011, consisting of review of reports and interviews in ILO Geneva, phone or Skype interviews with project staff and constituents in the field, and possible travel to one field site.
The consultant should have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Economics from a reputable university (preferably a Ph.D in Economics), experience conducting evaluations, knowledge of the political debate surrounding globalization and trade, familiarity with the role of the UN system in addressing trade issues, as well as an understanding of the ILO mandate and its tripartite and international standards foundations. Candidates should also demonstrate solid team work skills and have excellent written and oral communication skills in English. A working knowledge of either French or Spanish would be a plus.

Selection of the consultant will be done by EMP/MSU and will be based on the strength of the qualifications shown by potential candidates in their expressions of interest for the assignment. Interested candidates should include details of their background and knowledge of the subject area; previous programme, organizational and thematic evaluation experience relevant to this assignment; a statement of availability for the assignment; and their CV. The remuneration for this assignment will be according to UN Standards.

The deadline to submit expressions of interest for the evaluation is by close of business on 31 August, 2011. Please send any correspondence on this evaluation via e-mail to coates at and indicate “ILO-EC ETE Project Evaluation” in the e-mail’s subject line.


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