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|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||24-May-22 (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)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||35 days between May to September 2022|
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 medium-sized project titled Strengthening targeted national capacities to improve decision-making and mainstreaming global environmental obligations into national development priorities (PIMS#00108967/00109706) implemented through UNDP Timor-Leste. The project started on 6 December 2018 and is in its fourth 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’ http://web.undp.org/evaluation/guideline/documents/GEF/TE_GuidanceforUNDP-supportedGEF-financedProjects.pdf
The overarching goal of this project is to strengthen capacity of Timor-Leste to meet their obligations under the three Rio Conventions. This requires the country to have the necessary capacities to coordinate efforts as well as best practices for integrating global environmental priorities into planning, decision-making, and reporting processes.
The objective of the project is to strengthen institutional capacity to effectively manage information systems for national MEAs obligations and monitoring impact and progress. The project has four outcomes: (i) Enhanced institutional and technical capacities to use data and information for planning and decision-making on cross-cutting global environmental issues; (ii) Coordination of technical directorates, policy, planning, and programming (iii) Global environmental obligations mainstreamed into select sectoral policies, legislation, plans and programs; and (iv) Enhanced awareness and value of the global environment to meet socio-economic priorities.
The commitments Timor-Leste has made in signing the Rio Conventions are aligned with this constitutionally mandated mission and provide an overall framework for the country to achieve environment sustainability through application of international best practices. Timor-Leste has taken additional steps to incorporate the Rio Conventions into domestic legal, policy, and regulatory frameworks in the relevant sectors.
To further assist Timor-Leste in effectively integrating the Rio Conventions into its legal, regulatory, and governance frameworks, the Government, in partnership with UNDP, conducted the National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) to identify specific action items. The NCSA was a Global Environmental Facility (GEF) program intended to assist countries in assessing their environmental management capacities with a specific focus on the implementation of the Rio Conventions. Since completion of the NCSA, the Government of Timor-Leste has taken significant steps to integrate environmental and biodiversity considerations into its overall strategic development and legal frameworks. In 2010, Timor-Leste approved its Strategic Development Plan (SDP 2011-2030) which provides fundamental guidance for the country’s development stakeholders and is considered as the country’s sustainable development strategy. Soon after, the National Report on Sustainable Development in Timor-Leste (2011) was published. The Sustainable Development report concluded that though a widely accepted national census on the importance of sustainable development exists in the country, a sustainable development pathway can only be achieved with a strong political will, financial commitment, and collaborative stakeholders’ involvement.
Timor-Leste also adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs in 2015, which has several goals which are directly and indirectly relevant to the Rio Conventions, including:
This project further contributes to Timor-Leste’s United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF/CPD) Outcome 6: “By 2025, national and sub-national institutions and communities (particularly at-risk populations including women and children) in Timor-Leste are better able to manage natural resources and achieve enhanced resilience to climate change impacts, natural and human-induced hazards, and environmental degradation, inclusively and sustainably”. The project specifically contributes to output 2.1 (Sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems promoted through policies, guidelines, information systems, knowledge, and community-level conservation) and indicator 2.1.2 (Number of policies, strategies, plans, guidelines, systems related to sustainable environmental and marine ecosystem development prepared and submitted for approval) of the UNSDCF/CPD.
At the end of the project, the implemented activities are expected to have resulted into a set of targeted capacities in improving national stakeholders’ understanding of the three Rio Conventions, with a particular emphasis on good practices for planning and decision-making. Taking into account that a major barrier to Timor-Leste’s ability to meet and sustain Rio Convention obligations arises from inadequate access to best practices due to lack of technical language skills and opportunities to apply these within the framework of planning and decision-making, this project is strategically structured to overcome this underlying challenge. Towards this end, the project will enhance existing institutional structures and mechanisms to absorb new and improved data and information. Social actors working on various aspects of environmental governance, e.g., government staff and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) representatives, among others, to better apply improved knowledge and skills to integrate global environmental objectives in national planning frameworks.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions in international and national travels have hampered project implementation. Due to airport closures around the world, the project could not engage international consultants. Furthermore, the State of Emergency and Health Fencing in Timor-Leste also caused delays in project implementation as movements were highly restricted. Implementation of project activities involving meetings, workshops, and training has been delayed due to travel restrictions and observance of social distancing. The project conducted a few meetings online and its international consultants are working on a remote basis assisted by the project team and national consultants.
The Terminal Evaluation (TE) will assess the achievements of the project against the expected objectives and outcomes as specified in the Project Document’s Strategic Results Framework and establish the project’s success or failure in meeting its goal and draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of GEF and UNDP programming. The TE will also review and document project results and their contribution towards achieving GEF strategic objectives aimed at global environmental benefits. The findings of the TE will also contribute to strengthening the promotion of transparency and accountability for GEF-financed projects and help to synthesize lessons that can help to improve the selection, design and implementation of future UNDP-supported GEF-financed initiatives; and to improve the sustainability of benefits and aid in overall enhancement of UNDP programming. The outcome of the TE will be further used to gauge the extent of project convergence with other priorities within the UNDP country programme, including poverty alleviation, strengthening resilience to the impacts of climate change, reducing disaster risk and vulnerability, as well as cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, empowering women2 and supporting human rights.E
Duties and Responsibilities
TE consultant and/or team will:
Engagement of stakeholders is vital for a successful TE interviews will be arranged to include, but not limited, to the following stakeholders who have responsibilities to the project:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The principal responsibility for managing the TE resides with the Commissioning Unit. The Commissioning Unit for this project’s TE is the UNDP Country Office in Timor Leste.
DUTY STATION AND DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
The duty station of the assignment: Dili, Timor-Leste. The duration of the assignment is 35 days over a period of 4 months (May – September 2022)
Required Skills and Experience
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Schedule of Payment
Final payment of 40%
Recommended Presentation of Proposal
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.
Detail Evaluation Criteria
Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be disqualified automatically.