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Terminal Evaluator (National Consultant) for the Green Technology Application for the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC) Project
|Location :||Home-based with field missions to Klang Valley, Johor, and Melaka, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||17-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||45 working days over a period of 20 weeks|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||45 working days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
In accordance with UNDP and GEF M&E policies and procedures, all full- and medium-sized UNDP-supported GEF-financed projects are required to undergo a Terminal Evaluation (TE) at the end of the project. This Terms of Reference (ToR) sets out the expectations for the TE of the full- sized project titled Green Technology Application for the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC) (PIMS #4283) implemented through the Ministry of Environment and Water Malaysia. The project started on 1 June 2016 and is in its final year of implementation. The TE process must follow the guidance outlined in the document ‘Guidance For Conducting Terminal Evaluations of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects’ available at (http://web.undp.org/evaluation/guideline/documents/GEF/TE_GuidanceforUNDP-supportedGEF-financedProjects.pdf).
The objective of the project is to facilitate the implementation of low carbon initiatives in at least five Malaysian cities and showcase a clear and integrated approach to low carbon development. The objective will be achieved by removing barriers to integrated low carbon urban planning and development through 3 components: 1) policy support for the promotion of integrated low carbon urban development, which will enable cities to implement and adopt integrated low carbon urban development plans and programmes; 2) awareness and institutional capacity development, which will expedite appraisal, approval and the implementation of strategic urban development, and ensure cities are aware of and planning and implementing low carbon technology applications, and; 3) low carbon technology investments in cities, where there is an increase in investment in low carbon technologies with more low carbon projects implemented. The project will be implemented over 5 years in Cyberjaya, Iskandar Malaysia, Melaka, Petaling Jaya, and Putrajaya. It is expected to generate direct GHG emission reductions of 346,442 tCO2eq by End of Project and 2,152,032 tonnes CO2eq over the lifetime of project investment. Key details of the project are as below:
The current COVID-19 situation in Malaysia has seen the total number of COVID-19 cases rise to 566 thousand, with total deaths of 2,729 as of 31 May 2021. Since March 2020, Malaysia has implemented various forms of movement control orders to prohibit mass movements and gatherings across the countries as well as restrictions in certain types of economic and social activities. Malaysia is currently in a total lockdown phase from 1 June 2021-14 June 2020. To a certain extent, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the progress of certain activities under the GTALCC projects which require stakeholder consensus building and engagement.
The TE report will assess the achievement of project results against what was expected to be achieved and draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of UNDP programming. The TE report promotes accountability and transparency and assesses the extent of project accomplishments. The TE findings also will be used by the UNDP country office to synthesize lessons that can help improve the selection, design, and implementation of future UNDP-supported initiatives.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
4.TE Approach & Methodology
The TE must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable, and useful.
The TE team will review all relevant sources of information including documents prepared during the preparation phase (i.e. PIF, UNDP Initiation Plan, UNDP Social and Environmental Screening Procedure/SESP) the Project Document, project reports including annual PIRs, project budget revisions, lesson learned reports, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the team considers useful for this evidence-based evaluation. The TE team will review the baseline and midterm GEF focal area Core Indicators/Tracking Tools submitted to the GEF at the CEO endorsement and midterm stages and the terminal Core Indicators/Tracking Tools that must be completed before the TE field mission begins.
The TE team is expected to follow a participatory and consultative approach ensuring close engagement with the Project Team, government counterparts (the GEF Operational Focal Point), Implementing Partners, the UNDP Country Office(s), the Regional Technical Advisors, direct beneficiaries, and other stakeholders.
Engagement of stakeholders is vital to a successful TE. Stakeholder involvement should include interviews with stakeholders who have project responsibilities, including but not limited to the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA), the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Ministry of Transport, PLAN Malaysia, Malaysia Green Technology and Climate Change Center (MGTC), State Economic Planning Units, the Local and Regional Authorities participating in the project; executing agencies, senior officials and task team/component leaders, key experts and consultants in the subject area, Project Board, project beneficiaries, academia, local government and CSOs, etc.
The specific design and methodology for the TE should emerge from consultations between the TE team and the above-mentioned parties regarding what is appropriate and feasible for meeting the TE purpose and objectives and answering the evaluation questions, given limitations of budget, time and data. The TE team must, however, use gender-responsive methodologies and tools and ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as other cross-cutting issues and SDGs are incorporated into the TE report.
The final methodological approach including interview schedule, field visits and data to be used in the evaluation should be clearly outlined in the inception report and be fully discussed and agreed between UNDP, stakeholders and the TE team.
The final TE report should describe the full TE approach taken and the rationale for the approach making explicit the underlying assumptions, challenges, strengths and weaknesses about the methods and approach of the evaluation.
As of 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic as the new coronavirus rapidly spread to all regions of the world. Travel to Malaysia has been restricted and travel within Malaysia is also restricted. The TE team should develop a methodology that takes this into account the conduct of the TE virtually and remotely except for data collection field missions by the national consultant where possible, including the use of remote interview methods and extended desk reviews, data analysis, surveys, and evaluation questionnaires. This should be detailed in the TE Inception Report and agreed with the Commissioning Unit. Remote interviews may be undertaken through online (Zoom, Skype etc.) or online.
As most of the TE is to be carried out virtually (except for data collection field missions by the national consultant) then consideration should be taken for stakeholder availability, ability, or willingness to be interviewed remotely. In addition, their accessibility to the internet/computer may be an issue as many government and national counterparts may be working from home. These limitations must be reflected in the final TE report.
The National Consultant is expected to conduct field missions to Klang Valley (Putrajaya and Petaling Jaya), Melaka and Johor Bahru should the situation allow for safe travel to be conducted during the planned timeframe of the TE mission. He/she will also work remotely with International consultant.
No stakeholders, consultants or UNDP staff should be put in harm’s way and safety is the key priority.
Duties and Responsibilities
5. Detailed Scope of the TE
The TE will assess project performance against expectations set out in the project’s Logical Framework/Results Framework (see TOR Annex A). The TE will assess results according to the criteria outlined in the Guidance for TEs of UNDP-supported GEF-financed Projects (http://web.undp.org/evaluation/guideline/documents/GEF/TE_GuidanceforUNDP-supportedGEF-financedProjects.pdf).
The Findings section of the TE report will cover the topics listed below.
A full outline of the TE report’s content is provided in ToR Annex C.
The asterisk “(*)” indicates criteria for which a rating is required.
i. Project Design/Formulation
ii. Project Implementation
iii. Project Results1
iv. Main Findings, Conclusions, Recommendations and Lessons Learned
The TE report will include an Evaluation Ratings Table, as shown in the ToR Annex.
6. Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The TE team shall prepare and submit:
*The final TE report must be in English. If applicable, the Commissioning Unit may choose to arrange for a translation of the report into a language more widely shared by national stakeholders.
All final TE reports will be quality assessed by the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office (IEO). Details of the IEO’s quality assessment of decentralized evaluations can be found in Section 6 of the UNDP Evaluation Guidelines.
7. TE Arrangements
The principal responsibility for managing the TE resides with the Commissioning Unit. The Commissioning Unit for this project’s TE is the UNDP Malaysia Country Office.
The Commissioning Unit will contract the consultants and ensure the timely provision of travel arrangements within the country for the national consultant, depending on whether travel is permitted at the time of the TE mission. The Project Team will be responsible for liaising with the TE team to provide all relevant documents, set up stakeholder interviews, and arrange field visits.
8. Duration of the Work
The total duration of the TE will be approximately (45 working days) over a time period of (20 weeks) starting 1 September 2021) and shall not exceed five months from when the TE team is hired. The tentative TE timeframe is as follows:
The expected date start date of contract is 1 September 2021.
9. Duty Station
Home-based with potential travel to project sites as following;
10. Payment Schedule
Criteria for issuing the final payment of 40%
In line with the UNDP’s financial regulations, when determined by the Commissioning Unit and/or the consultant that a deliverable or service cannot be satisfactorily completed due to the impact of COVID-19 and limitations to the TE, that deliverable or service will not be paid.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation and its implications, a partial payment may be considered if the consultant invested time towards the deliverable but was unable to complete to circumstances beyond his/her control.
11. Evaluator Ethics
The TE team will be held to the highest ethical standards and is required to sign a code of conduct upon acceptance of the assignment. This evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation’. The evaluator must safeguard the rights and confidentiality of information providers, interviewees, and stakeholders through measures to ensure compliance with legal and other relevant codes governing collection of data and reporting on data. The evaluator must also ensure security of collected information before and after the evaluation and protocols to ensure anonymity and confidentiality of sources of information where that is expected. The information knowledge and data gathered in the evaluation process must also be solely used for the evaluation and not for other uses without the express authorization of UNDP and partners.
 Evidentiary documents must be collected and verified for use in the assessment of the various aspects of the project implementation and of the project results. It is expected that most of these documents will be gathered, or the gathering of these documents will be arranged and facilitated by, the National Consultant.
 Please refer to UNDP 2021 Evaluation Guidelines, Section 4, Annex 4 on Evaluation Report Template
 Access UNDP 2021 Evaluation Guidelines at: http://web.undp.org/evaluation/guideline/section-6.shtml
Required Skills and Experience
A team of two independent evaluators will conduct the TE – one international consultant (with experience and exposure to projects and evaluations in other regions) and national consultant from Malaysia. The international consultant will act as the team leader and will be responsible for the overall design and writing of the TE report, etc.) The national consultant will support the international consultant in drafting the TE report, provide local industry insights, help to contextualize local issues and achievements, and will assist in data collection through field missions.
The evaluators cannot have participated in the project preparation, formulation and/or implementation (including the writing of the project document), must not have conducted this project’s Mid-Term Review and should not have a conflict of interest with the project’s related activities.
The selection of evaluators will be aimed at maximizing the overall “team” qualities in the following areas:
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. Only short-listed candidates may be contacted, and successful candidates will be notified.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the educational background and experience on similar assignments will be weighted at 70% and the price proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring. The applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score that has also accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.