Introduction

In May 2001 - during the 34th session of the annual meeting in the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) of the International Trade Centre (ITC) - Denmark proposed that a joint evaluation of ITC be undertaken. The rationale of the evaluation is an on-going effort to learn from experience and to contribute to an enhancement of ITC’s services. The more precise reasons are four-fold: i) an independent, external evaluation of the ITC has never been carried out; ii) evaluations are increasingly becoming an integral part of modern management; iii) donors have an obligation to monitor and evaluate organisations receiving financial contributions and to demonstrate results of development assistance; and iv) an evaluation can be used for broadening the donor base. The proposal was supported by a fairly large number of countries as well as the ITC management. There was a common agreement that the evaluation should point to the future and focus on ITC’s possibilities for exploring further its comparative advantages within the area of trade-related technical assistance. The evaluation should also present recommendations on how ITC could enhance its contribution to the achievement of the international development goals. Further, it was emphasized that the participation of the beneficiary countries would be essential, as the evaluation should focus on lessons with a view to improving the future performance of ITC .

Two of the multi-organisational activities in which ITC participate, Joint Integrated Technical Assistance Programme (JITAP) and Integrated Framework for Trade Related Technical Assistance (IF), have either been evaluated (JITAP 2000/2002) or are on-going (IF). The United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services is currently conducting a review of programme management and administrative practices of the ITC. The evaluation shall take into consideration results from these evaluations as well as the on-going review both to avoid duplication of efforts and to minimise the strain on the organisation of the ITC.

This document contains the terms of reference (TOR) for the Evaluation. It is intended to facilitate the selection of a service provider through open international competitive bidding and to guide the conduct of the Evaluation, in conformity with the rules and regulations of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tenderers will have flexibility in proposing technical approaches and allocation of consultant inputs within the parameters of the TOR.

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