Evaluation of the Future Saudi Cities Programme (FSCP), (Home-based), Deadline: 19 August 2018

By on 08/10/2018



Issued on: 10 August 2018






Evaluation of the Future Saudi Cities Programme (FSCP)


Total eight weeks over September 2018 to December 2018



Head of UN-Habitat HQs Evaluation Unit; FSCP coordinator

MISSIONS TO Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

October 2018 (two weeks)


19 August 2018




The Future Saudi Cities Programme (FSCP) is a multi-sectoral initiative funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia amounting to USD 25 million. It contributes to a more sustainable urbanization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through evidence-based analysis and development of policy options, followed by actions demonstrating the benefits of the New Urban Agenda, as adopted by the Member States of the United Nations in 2016. The programme encourages participatory planning including local authorities, ministries and citizens (women, men, youth, girls and boys), creates more opportunities for partnerships and equips governments of small, medium and larger cities to understand and identify problems and to design and implement urban planning options for the future of their cities.


FSCP has been undertaken over a four-year period focusing on 17 cities and has consisted of two main phases.


The programme has four expected Outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Improved evidenced-based policy analysis and government responses achieved by 17 Saudi cities, as measured by the City Prosperity Index.
  • Outcome 2: Mitigation of urban sprawl and addressing urban expansion in a well-informed manner.
  • Outcome 3: Sustainable institutional solutions and coordination between Ministries and partners engaged in the urban sector, institutional and technical capacity enhancement to plan and manage urbanisation in a sustained manner.
  • Outcome 4: Engagement and integration of the needs of all residents, in particular those of women and youth in the formulation and implementation of urban plans; and enhanced public awareness about prosperous cities and sustainable urbanisation.


The Programme is implemented in close cooperation between UN-Habitat, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural; Affairs. Other partner included the Ministry of Economics and Planning, Ministry of Finance, the Arab Urban Development Institute and UNDP. Other stakeholders include UNESCWA and UNDESA.


Justification / Mandate of the Evaluation

This end-of-programme evaluation is undertaken in accordance with the project agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the UN-Habitat Evaluation Policy (2013) and the Revised UN-Habitat Evaluation Framework (2016) requiring for programmes and projects over USD 1million should be evaluated by external evaluation consultant by the end of the intervention.    


UN-Habitat is undertaking this evaluation of the programme to assess the performance of the FSCP, to what extent it has been relevant, efficient and effective, and sustainable, as well as assess changes at outcome level and emerging impact to identify lessons to inform the implementation of future projects.  The evaluation will also use the criteria of partnerships as well as assess how gender, human rights, youth and climate change were elements of the programme.



Purpose and Objectives of the Evaluation

The evaluation of the FSCP is to provide UN-Habitat and partners with an independent and forward-looking appraisal of the programme’s operational experience, achievements, opportunities and challenges based on its performance and expected accomplishments. What will be learned from the evaluation findings are expected to be—one of various sources of information—informing the design and implementation of future programmes, influencing strategies, adjusting and correcting as appropriate, exploiting opportunities, replicating and up-scaling the implementation approach used, and generating credible value for targeted beneficiaries and addressing national sustainable urbanization priorities. The evaluation results will also contribute to UN-Habitat’s planning, reporting and accountability.

Key objectives of evaluation are:

  1. To assess the achievement of expected outcomes and performance of the programme promoting technical knowledge on driving sustainable urban development in Saudi Arabia. This will entail analysis of delivery of outputs, achievement of outcomes, and expected long-term effects in the 17 participating cities.
  2. To assess the extent to which the programme has created ‘value-for-money’, and if the implementation approach and tools used during the implementation of phase I and II of the programme have worked well or not to equip Saudi Arabia in guiding planning system reforms and build a knowledge base for local authorities, concerned ministry together with citizens to manage sustainable urbanization nationally, regionally and locally.
  3. To make recommendations based on the findings of the evaluation, on what needs to be done to effectively plan, implement, promote, monitor and replicate national sustainable urban development programmes, including existing proposals for future collaboration.


Approach of the Evaluation


The evaluation shall be independent and carried out in line with the evaluation norms and standards of the United Nations system. A variety of methods will be applied to collect information during the evaluation. These include review of documents relevant to the programme, interviews, key informant interviews, consultations with partners and stakeholders, focus group discussions, surveys and field visits).


The evaluation will be conducted over the period of four months with eight weeks paid for each consultant, from September 2018 to December 2018.



The evaluation will be conducted by two consultants. The evaluators are responsible for meeting professional and ethical standards in planning and conducting the evaluation and producing the expected deliverables.  

The consultants have overall responsibility for producing the deliverables according to the quality standards of UN-Habitat for evaluation reports.

Among the deliverables expected, there will be:

  1. Inception Report with Evaluation Work plan;
  2. Evaluation Reports Drafts;
  3. Final Evaluation Report.


Full details of the evaluation are provided in the attached Terms of Reference.




Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject areas. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

Communication:  Excellent and effective written and oral skills. Ability to convince people through constructive argumentation and to present information in a concise and accurate manner. Negotiating skills and ability to enable good communication and understanding between different interest groups, organizations, etc.

Planning and Organizing: Proven ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work and that of others. Ability to work under pressure and use time efficiently. Identifies priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required.

Teamwork:          Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by valuing ideas and expertise of others and is willing to learn from others.





Advanced academic degree in political sciences, social economy, public administration, or similar relevant fields.

Work Experience

Extensive evaluation experience and 8-10 years of programme management experience in results-based management working with projects/ programmes in the field of urban legislation, capacity building, urban planning and governance. 


Fluent in English (understanding, reading and writing) required and fluent in Arabic highly desirable.



 Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultants. The fees will be paid as per agreement.






Applications should include:

•    Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

•    CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website (inspira.un.org) Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile.

•    The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.

•    Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:

1.  Educational Background (incl. dates)

2.  Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)

3.  Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)

4.  Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments

5.  Expectations regarding remuneration

•    Cover memo (maximum 1 page)


Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the

UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster

through the following link: http://e-roster.unhabitat.org


Applicants should also ensure they register on the general United Nations consultants roster on inspira.un.org as

follows: Login to Inspira. Go to Main Menu. Join/Update Consultant Roster or look at the box

“Consultant Opportunities” and click on Join/Update Consultant Roster


All applications should be submitted to:

Ms. Lucy Omondi     

UN-HABITAT Evaluation Unit

P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Email: lucy.omondi@un.org 


Deadline for applications: 19 August 2018


UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: recruitment@unon.org







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