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Final Project Evaluator (FPE) of the LECB PHL Project (For Filipino Nationals Only)
|Location :||Manila, PHILIPPINES|
|Application Deadline :||19-Jun-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Four (4) weeks or 28 days|
This is the Terms of Reference for the UNDP Final Project Evaluation (FPE) of the project titled “Philippines: Climate Change Capacity Building Project in the Framework of the Low-Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECB PHL Project)” (PIMS 4807) implemented through the Climate Change Commission and executed by United Nations Development Programme-Country Office. The project started on April 20, 2012 and is set to end on June 30, 2017.
The Global Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme was launched in January 2011 as part of a joint collaboration between the European Union and UNDP. Since its inception, the Programme has grown both in scope and breadth, now including 25 participating countries and providing technical and institutional support through generous contributions from the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety or BMUB, and the Australian government.
The Philippines is among the countries to be provided support by the Global LECB Programme for their national efforts to integrate climate change into strategies and plans and ensure appropriate linkages between policy making and options for financing. The Global LECB Programme is being executed by UNDP and implemented by the Climate Change Commission through the LECB Philippine Project. The Global Programme will strengthen national capacities to: 1) Develop/establish greenhouse gas inventory management systems; 2) Formulate Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and/or low-emission development strategies (LEDS) in the context of national development; 3) Design MRV systems to support implementation and evaluation of NAMAs and LEDS; and, in a few select countries, 4) Facilitate the design and adoption of mitigation actions by selected industries; and 5) Support the design of the associated MRV systems for industrial mitigation measures.
In 2015, financing was extended to select countries to support preparation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. The Philippines is focused on Outcomes 1 to 3.
The LECB Philippine Project rationale is consistent with the Global LECB Programme rationale that countries need support in terms of providing technical expertise and assistance in developing capacity of the Public Sector. Capacity development is central to the country’s efforts to tackle climate change. This includes increasing institutional capacities to provide appropriate mechanisms of support and coordination when addressing climate risks. It includes strengthening technical knowledge in order to better understand and make use of climate information, and increasing relevant data and access to data for planning and decision-making. In these areas, the LECB Programme can play an important role in helping the Philippines understand how to take climate change into account more effectively when developing planning strategies and designing and implementing policies.
The project includes cross-cutting practices such as gender, poverty reduction and capacity development and is linked with the UNDAF focus for the Philippines. The guiding strategy is for UNDP to ensure the necessary linkages of this national project with the UNDAF in close coordination with the GoP more specifically by:
The project’s activities and outcomes have been designed to likewise ensure sustainability and replicability beyond the LECB Global Programme’s life. The project is guided by existing policies of the government on mitigation. It is consistent with the goal of the Philippines’ National Climate Change Action Plan to “build the adaptive capacities of women and men in their communities, increase the resilience of vulnerable sectors and natural ecosystems to climate change, and optimize mitigation opportunities towards gender-responsive and rights-based sustainable development”. In the institutional mapping exercise conducted by the Project, six (6) sectors have been identified that need climate change capacity building, namely: Agriculture, Waste management, Industry, Transport, Forestry/land use, and Energy (AWIT-FE sectors). While the initial focus was on the AWIT sectors, i.e., agriculture, waste, industry, and transport, the additional funding granted to the Project expanded to the other remaining sectors, namely, forestry and energy.
As part of Philippine participation in Area 1: Public Sector Capacity Building on GHG Inventory systems, NAMAs, LEDS, and MRV in the designated AWIT sectors (Project Component 1), the following are the expected outcomes from which the project objectives are directed to:
Additional support was received for Project Component 2: Enhanced Support Programme (ESP) to strengthen private sector participation in climate change mitigation activities. While the Project focused on the Public Sector in general, project activities and outputs now involve participation to great extent of the private sector as well. These linkages and synergies between the Public and Private sectors will identify opportunities for public-private partnerships to address key climate change priorities under the project in a coordinated manner. In this context, the country will be able to identify the most suitable options to engage the private sector in the formulation and implementation of the project and its activities. With this component, the Public sector can play a key role in the design of policies, regulations and incentives to facilitate the active engagement of the private sector in efforts to address climate change concerns. On the other hand, the private sector can identify and implement concrete actions on the ground, at the sectoral or industrial level, to reduce GHG emissions while ensuring linkages with development needs and economic growth. The expected outcomes of the ESP are:
Outcomes 1 and 2 were combined into a single project outcome. Likewise, outcomes 3 and 4 were merged into a single project outcome.
Further support was also granted by the European Community for the Intended/Nationally Determined Contribution (I/NDC) Action Plan for the Philippines under Project Component 3. It provides technical assistance to the Philippine government to design, implement and report the results of its carbon emission reduction activities to the UNFCCC. The expected outcomes for this component are:
The major output for this component is the development of the country’s NDC Roadmap/Framework.
Objective of the Assignment
This final project evaluation is being conducted to provide conclusions and recommendations about the relevance, impact, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the project. The evaluation should enable the UNDP Country Office (CO), the donor and other stakeholders to draw lessons from the implementation for future similar undertakings and to assess what are the next steps that may need to be taken to ensure the sustainability of the actions undertaken and by whom.
The overall objective of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which the specific project outputs have been achieved and what progress (attributable to the project) was made towards achieving the project outcomes. Specific objectives are:
The principal responsibility for managing this FPE resides with the Commissioning Unit, i.e., the UNDP Country Office.
The LECB PHL Project Management Unit (PMU) will be responsible for liaising with the Consultant to provide all relevant documents, set up stakeholder interviews, and arrange field visits, if any. A tentative schedule of interviews with the stakeholders will be provided by the PMU.
Duration of the Work
The duration of the FPE will be for a maximum of four (4) weeks or 28 days.
Schedule of Payment:
Financial proposals must be “all inclusive” and expressed in a lump-sum for the total duration of the contract. The term “all inclusive” implies all cost (professional fees, insurance, communication expenses, etc.);
The lump sum is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components.
The Consultant shall receive payments based on the following schedule:
The Consultant should be based in Manila for accessibility and availability should discussions/reporting on progress of activities is required by either the CCC or UNDP. Domestic travel contingent upon the scope of work may be required.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant will first conduct a review of project documents (i.e. Project Document, Project Inception Report, Financial and Administration guidelines used by PMU, project operational guidelines, manuals and systems, etc.) provided by the PMU and UNDP-CO. A Draft Final Report on the FPE of the project was conducted, focusing on the Efficiency aspect of the project. Building on the previous work focusing on Efficiency, the Consultant shall assess in depth the following four categories of project implementation/progress and produce a draft and final report.
1. Project Strategy
2. Assessment of Project Results
The final evaluation will assess achievement of the project's objective, outcomes and outputs and will provide ratings for the targeted objective and outcomes. The assessment of project results seeks to determine the extent to which the project objective was achieved, or is expected to be achieved, and assess if the project has led to any other short term or long term and positive or negative consequences. While assessing a project's results, the final evaluation will seek to determine the extent of achievement and shortcomings in reaching the project's objective as stated in the project document and also indicate if there were any changes in scope and why. If the project did not establish a baseline (initial conditions), the evaluator should seek to estimate the baseline condition so that achievements and results can be properly established. Assessment of project outcomes should be a priority. Outcomes are the likely or achieved short-term and medium-term effects of an intervention's outputs. Examples of outcomes could include but are not restricted to stronger institutional capacities, higher public awareness (when leading to changes of behavior), and transformed policy frameworks or business environment. An assessment of impact is encouraged when appropriate. To improve learning, the final evaluation will seek to assess the key success factors and lessons learned for each project outcome, including any collateral (unintended) benefits. The evaluator should assess project results using indicators and relevant tracking tools. Key substantive products (e.g., technical reports, training manuals, institutional authorizations, etc.), list of training events (including number of participants, description of institutions, and key objectives), and notable visibility and communications products should be listed as an annex to the report.
To determine the level of achievement of the project's objective and outcomes, the following criteria will be assessed in the final evaluation study:
The evaluation of relevancy, effectiveness and efficiency will be as objective as possible and will include sufficient and convincing empirical evidence. Ideally the project monitoring system should deliver quantifiable information that can lead to a robust assessment of the project's effectiveness and efficiency. Outcomes will be rated as follows for relevance, effectiveness and efficiency:
3. Assessment of Sustainability of Project Outcomes
The final evaluation will assess the likelihood of sustainability of outcomes at project termination, and provide a rating for this. Sustainability will be understood as the likelihood of continued benefits after the project ends. The sustainability assessment will give special attention to analysis of the risks that are likely to affect the persistence of project outcomes. The sustainability assessment should also explain how other important contextual factors that are not outcomes of the project will affect sustainability. The following four dimensions or aspects of sustainability will be addressed:
On each of the dimensions of sustainability of the project, outcomes will be rated as follows:
4. Catalytic Role
The final evaluation will also describe any catalytic or replication effect of the project. If no effects are identified, the evaluation will describe the catalytic or replication actions that the project carried out. No ratings are requested for the catalytic role.
5. Project Implementation and Adaptive Management
Among other factors, when relevant, the Consultant considers the following issues affecting project implementation and attainment of project results. However, evaluators are not expected to provide ratings or separate assessment on the following categories but they could be considered while assessing the performance and results sections of the report:
The Consultant will include a section in the FPE report setting out the report’s evidence-based conclusions, in light of the findings. Additionally, the Consultant is expected to make recommendations to the PMU to improve future programming and/or similar projects. 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 Consultant will make at least five key recommendations, and no more than 15 recommendations total.
An inception workshop/meeting shall be conducted to clarify the Consultant’s understanding of the objectives and methods of the FPE, producing the inception report thereafter.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The Consultant shall prepare and submit:
Inception Report: The Consultant clarifies objectives and methods of the FPE no later than 2 weeks before the FPE mission. To be sent to the CCC and the UNDP Country Office.
Presentation: Initial Findings presented to project management and the UNDP Country Office at the end of the FPE mission.
Draft Final Report: Full report with annexes within 3 weeks of the mission. To be sent to the CCC and UNDP Country Office.
Final Report: Revised report with audit trail detailing how all received comment have (and have not) been addressed in the final report. To be sent to the CCC and the UNDP Country Office within 1 week of receiving comments on draft.
Comments on the Management Response: Review the Management Response to the Final FPE Report and provide comments. To be sent to the UNDP Country Office within one (1) week of receiving comments on the draft.
Required Skills and Experience
Criteria for selection process:
The offer will evaluated based on the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the financial offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.
Application requirements should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com on or before 19 June 2018.
Attachments can be downloaded at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=47000
- Financial Proposal Template, Terms of Reference and General Conditions for IC.
In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.
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.