International Consultant: Terminal Evaluation of UNDP-GEF Project


Location : Home based with missions
Application Deadline :15-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :0d 11h 13m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :Estimated January 2018-June 2018
Expected Duration of Assignment :app. 45 working days over 6 months


Background

In accordance with UNDP and GEF Monitoring & Evaluation policies and procedures, all full and medium-sized UNDP-supported GEF-financed projects are required to undergo a terminal evaluation upon completion of implementation. These terms of reference (TOR) sets out the expectations for a Terminal Evaluation (TE) of the full-sized project titled “Initial Implementation of Accelerated HCFC Phase Out in the CEIT Region (Belarus, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan)” implemented through the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, and UNDP Country Offices in respective partner countries. The project was designed to respond to the obligations incurred by participating countries (Belarus, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) under their respective HCFC phase out schedules under the Montreal Protocol. The project was designed to improve regulatory measures to help address the accelerated HCFC phase-out in the medium and longer term, and to strengthen the preparedness for the complete phase-out of HCFCs from current use. The project document was designed to address the following two main components (regional and national):

  • Component 1 (Regional information exchange and networking component), addressing barriers associated with incomplete knowledge and awareness and which is aligned with PIF Component 1; Outcomes 1(a-d) - the component to be implemented on UNDP regional level (initially out of UNDP Bratislava Regional Center, and later on from a new UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub);
  • Component 2 (National capacity building and technical assistance component), targeting support to the adoption of the fully completed HCFC phase-out strategy (with selected legislative options to control HCFC import/use), capacity building and supply of analytical and servicing equipment/tools for the Environmental Inspectorate and Customs Departments and refrigeration technicians, technological conversions for solvents and rigid foams, modernization of HCFC re-use scheme in the country and demonstration of alternative technologies in refrigeration equipment and A/C sectors, pilot small-scale ODS destruction. 


Duties and Responsibilities

The objectives of the terminal evaluation are to assess the achievement of project results, and to draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of UNDP programming. The evaluator will review all relevant sources of information, such as the project document, project reports – including Annual APR/PIR, project budget revisions, midterm review, progress reports, GEF focal area tracking tools, project files, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the evaluator considers useful for this evidence-based assessment.

The evaluation must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful. The evaluator is expected to follow a participatory and consultative approach ensuring close engagement with government counterparts, in particular the GEF operational focal point, UNDP IRH and Country Offices, project team, UNDP GEF Technical Adviser based in the region and key stakeholders. 

The evaluator is expected to frame the evaluation effort using the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact. The Terminal Evaluation process must fulfill the expectations set out at UNDP-GEF Terminal Evaluation Terms of Reference (see Annex 1) and must follow the guidance outlined in the document Guidance for Conducting Terminal Evaluations of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects
(http://web.undp.org/evaluation/documents/guidance/GEF/UNDP-GEF-TE-Guide.pdf). 

Duration
The Contract will enter into effect upon signature by both parties, expected for 6 (six) months of duration. The international consultant is expected to start in January 2018.

Travel requirements
The evaluator is expected to conduct a field mission to Dushanbe-Tajikistan, Istanbul-Turkey, Kiev-Ukraine, Minsk-Belarus, Tashkent-Uzbekistan as primary locations with additional visits to projects sites as deemed necessary in each country; and to Uzbekistan to present final TE report during the regional project closure meeting in May or June 2018. Additional travels may be requested by the IRH over the duration of the assignment within the estimated workload. 

All missions will be arranged by IRH and will be covered separately as per UNDP Rules and Regulations; therefore, related travel costs should be excluded from the financial proposal.

Schedule of payments and expected outputs
The total number of days of work is estimated approximately 45 working days. The breakdown corresponds to the expected outputs and schedule of payments as follows:

  • 20% of payment upon submission of the TE inception report and mission travel plan: Inception report: Evaluator provides clarifications on timing, method and mission plan of the evaluation (approx. 4 working days; due date – 15 January 2018)
  • 40% of payment upon submission of evaluation mission reports: Completion of evaluation missions and submission of mission reports: 4 days mission to each of Belarus and Uzbekistan; 3 days mission to each of Ukraine and Tajikistan; 2 days mission to Istanbul-Turkey; and 4 days for mission reports (approx. 20 working days; due date – 12 March 2018)
  • 40% of payment upon approval of the final TE report and its presentation in the regional project closure meeting: Draft final report: Full report with annexes (approx. 16 working days; due date – 16 April 2018); Final report: Revised report after comments/feedbacks (approx. 3 working days; due date – 30 April 2018); Presentation: 2 days mission to Uzbekistan to present final TE report during the regional project closure meeting (approx. 2 working days; due date – 30 June 2018)


Competencies

Corporate competencies: 

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP; 
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; 
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism; 
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment. 

Functional competencies:

  • Ability to analyze policy documents and make constructive policy suggestions;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team;
  • Capacity building skills and flexibility depending on the public;
  • Demonstration of commitment to the Project’s mission, vision and values;
  • Good writing and reporting skills;
  • Good presentation skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations, and to meet tight deadlines.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • A Master’s degree in chemistry, physics, engineering, environmental science, or other closely related field;

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience on Montreal Protocol and Ozone Depleting Substances;
  • Previous experience with results-based monitoring and evaluation methodologies;
  • Experience working with the UN and GEF will be considered an asset.
  • Experience on Montreal Protocol implementations in the Europe and CIS region of the project will be considered an asset.

Languages:

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English;
  • Understanding and basic knowledge of Russian (written and spoken) is an asset.

Consultant Independence:

The consultants cannot have participated in the project preparation, formulation, and/or implementation (including the writing of the Project Document) and should not have a conflict of interest with project’s related activities. 

Evaluation of Applicants

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: 

  • Responsive/ compliant/acceptable; 
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 desk reviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points:

  • Criteria A Master’s degree in chemistry, physics, engineering, environmental science, or other closely related field – max points: 10;
  • Criteria B Relevant professional experience on Montreal Protocol and Ozone Depleting Substances – max points: 20;
  • Criteria C Previous experience with results-based monitoring and evaluation methodologies – max points: 20;
  • Criteria D Experience working with the UN and GEF – max points: 10;
  • Criteria E Experience on Montreal Protocol implementations in the Europe and CIS region of the project – max points: 5;
  • Criteria F Knowledge of Russian – max points: 5.

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points.

Application procedures

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application. 
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc); please upload the P11 instead of your CV. 
  • Financial Proposal* - Total lump sum amount in USD for tasks specified in this announcement. Mission related costs must NOT be included in the price offer as they will be covered separately as per UNDP rules and regulations. 
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, personal security needs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...).

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner. 

Annexes I - https://www.dropbox.com/s/a9eewzo7i76g1r5/2.Draft_UNDP-GEF-Terminal-Evaluation-Terms-of-Reference-Template%202012%20GEF%20HCFC%20CEIT%20sa%20LB%20sa.docx?dl=0


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