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Consultant for Midterm Review of the Project on Increasing Access to Clean and Affordable Decentralised Energy Services in Selected Vulnerable Areas of Malawi
|Location :||Lilongwe, MALAWI|
|Application Deadline :||15-Sep-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 working days|
The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the UNDP-GEF Midterm Review (MTR) of the full-sized project titled Increasing Access to Clean and Affordable Decentralized Energy Services in Selected Vulnerable Areas of Malawi(PIMS#5270). The project is implemented by the Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining with support from Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which is to be undertaken in year 2017. The project started on January 2016 and is in its third year of implementation. In line with the UNDP-GEF Guidance on MTRs, this MTR process was initiated before the submission of the second Project Implementation Report (PIR). This ToR sets out the expectations for this MTR. The MTR process must follow the guidance outlined in the document; Guidance for Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects.
The project was designed to: To increase access to clean energy in selected remote, rural areas in Malawi by promoting innovative, community-based mini-grid applications in cooperation with the private sector. The project’s outcomes are as follows:
The UNDP-GEF project was developed soon after the start of implementation of the UNDP-supported project on Sustainable Energy Management (SEM), which was concluded in December 2016. The SEM project provided advisory support; assisted in updating policies; developed standards; and established coordination mechanisms and implementation arrangements. Another feature of the SEM project was the capacity building and training activities at the district level. In course of the MTR for the UNDP-GEF initiative, the consultants are expected to assess the SEM with regard to the activities which has direct bearing on the UNDP-GEF initiative.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work and Key Tasks:
The MTR team will consist of two independent consultants that will conduct the MTR - one team leader (with experience and exposure to projects and evaluations in other regions and globally) and one national technical expert.
The MTR team will first conduct a literature review of project documents (i.e. PIF, UNDP Initiation Plan, Project Document, ESSP, Project Inception Report, PIRs, Finalized GEF focal area Tracking Tools, Project Appraisal Committee meeting minutes, Financial and Administration guidelines used by Project Team, project operational guidelines, manuals and systems, etc.) provided by the Department of Energy Affairs and UNDP. The MTR team will participate in a MTR inception workshop to clarify their understanding of the objectives and methods of the MTR, producing the MTR inception report thereafter. The MTR mission will then consist of interviews with key informants and site visits to Mulanje and other districts as required.
The MTR team will assess the following four categories of project progress and produce a draft and final MTR report. See the Guidance for Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects for requirements on ratings. No overall rating is required.
Results Framework/Log frame:
Progress Towards Results:
Project Implementation and Adaptive Management
Using the Guidance for Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects; assess the following categories of project progress:
The MTR team will include a section in the MTR report setting out the MTR’s evidence-based conclusions and recommendations, in light of the findings.
Additionally, the MTR consultant/team is expected to make recommendations to the Project Team. Recommendations should be succinct suggestions for critical intervention that are specific, measurable, achievable, and relevant. A recommendation table should be put in the report’s executive summary. The MTR consultant/team should make no more than 15 recommendations total.
Required Skills and Experience
The selection of consultants will be aimed at maximizing the overall “team” qualities in the following areas:
Duration of the Work:
The tentative MTR timeframe is as follows:
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee/Daily Fee” financial proposal including his/her consultancy and professional fee, honorarium, accommodation, communication cost such as telephone/internet usage, printing cost, ad-hoc costs, stationery costs, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. UNDP (project) will provide transportation for field travel, however the consultant is responsible for covering their accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant.
The lump sum is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant.
Schedule of Payments:
Recommended Presentation of Offer:
Incomplete applications will be excluded from further consideration.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
Annexes to the MTR ToR:
Please see ToR Annexes in Annex 3 of Guidance for Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects;
How to apply:
Please submit your complete proposal including all supporting documents and financial proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th September 2017. Please include “Increasing Access to Energy Services-UNDP-GEF Mid Term Review - 2017” in the subject line of the email. The UNDP will not accept proposals via printed hard copy.
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.