International Consultant -Terminal Evaluation of Green Urban Lighting project in Armenia


Location : Yerevan, ARMENIA
Application Deadline :15-Apr-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jun-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :1 June – 31 Aug 2018 (up to 20 work days)

Background

In accordance with UNDP and GEF M&E policies and procedures, all full and medium-sized UNDP support GEF financed projects are required to undergo a terminal evaluation upon completion of implementation. This assignment sets out the expectations for a Terminal Evaluation (TE) of the project “Green Urban Lighting”.

The project was designed to: the overarching goal of the project is to save energy and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by increasing energy efficiency of municipal lighting in the cities of Armenia via implementation of municipal investment programs and national policies. The proposed project is in compliance with the national priorities to strengthen the economic and energy independence of the Republic of Armenia by promoting resources efficient and climate resilient growth.

The TE will be conducted according to the guidance, rules and procedures established by UNDP and GEF as reflected in the UNDP Evaluation Guidance for GEF Financed Projects.

The objectives of the 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.


Duties and Responsibilities

An overall approach and method for conducting project terminal evaluation of UNDP supported GEF financed project has developed over time. The evaluator is expected to frame the evaluation effort using the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact, as defined and explained in the UNDP Guidance for Conducting Terminal Evaluations of UNDP-supported, GEF-financed Projects.

A set of questions covering each of these criteria have been drafted and are included with this ToR (Annex C of the attachment). The evaluator is expected to amend, complete and submit this matrix as part of  an evaluation inception report, and shall include it as an annex to the final report.

  • 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 Country Office, project team, UNDP GEF Technical Adviser based in the region and key stakeholders;
  • The evaluator is expected to conduct a field mission to Yerevan city, including selected demonstration project sites in other urban areas of Armenia;
  • 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 will assess the key financial aspects of the project, including the extent of co-financing planned and realized. Project cost and funding data will be required, including annual expenditures.  Variances between planned and actual expenditures will need to be assessed and explained.  Results from recent financial audits, as available, should be taken into consideration. The evaluator(s) will receive assistance from the Country Office (CO) and Project Team to obtain financial data in order to complete the co-financing table below, which will be included in the terminal evaluation report;
  • The evaluator will assess the extent to which the project is achieving impacts or progressing towards the achievement of impacts. Key findings that should be brought out in the evaluations include whether the project has demonstrated: a) verifiable improvements in ecological status, b) verifiable reductions in stress on ecological systems, and/or c) demonstrated progress towards these impact achievements.  

For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1: Terms of Reference 

UNDP evaluations should be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG 'Ethical Guidelines for Evaluations'.


Competencies

  • Knowledge of UNDP and GEF procedures and requirements;
  • Technical knowledge in the targeted focal areas: Energy Efficiency in Lighting Systems, Energy Conservation; Lighting sector regulatory framework;
  • Knowledge of the CIS, Eastern Europe lighting sector specifics


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced university degree in energy, environment, economics, climate change or similar;

Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience, including minimum 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of similar projects;
  • Previous experience with results-based monitoring and evaluation methodologies;
  • Proven experience in UNDP-GEF projects evaluation is required;

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required (written and oral);
  • Knowledge of Russian is an asset.

 

NDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING METHODOLOGY:

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications,  experience and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

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

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

Note:   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, and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.

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