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International Individual Consultant - Final Programme Evaluation of Joint UNDP – UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI)- 2013-2018
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||06-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||70 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||70 working days|
The Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) is a joint Global Programme between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Environment, that supports country-driven efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages into national, sectoral and district development plans and budgets across 25 countries, regional, and global level projects.
P-E mainstreaming involves establishing the links between environment and poverty, and then identifying which policies, planning and budgeting processes can bring about better pro-poor environmental management to help achieve?? the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs). The PEI provides an important example of UN agency collaboration that has provided and refined a more integrated, programmatic approach to support countries. The focus of PEI work is on capacity development to ‘operationalize’ P-E mainstreaming in development policy frameworks and their implementation.
The PEI scale-up phase 2008-2012 demonstrated economic, social and environmental results from integrating poverty and environmental linkages in development policy, planning and budget processes. The process required a sustained engagement over time to realise direct economic, social and environmental gains. The PEI lessons learned from the first phase were incorporated into the PEI strategy for the period 2013 - 2018 which was based on an enhanced theory of change.
The intended Global Programme Outcome of PEI (2013-2018) is: “Enhanced implementation of development policies, plans and budgets that combine environmental sustainability and poverty reduction to contribute to inclusive and sustainable development goals.” To achieve this Outcome, the 2013-2018 phase of PEI focussed on three key areas, including:
Strengthening outcomes from current country portfolio: Effective P-E mainstreaming requires a concerted programme of support over a 10 to 20-year horizon. The 18 PEI country programmes, and technical support in another 10 countries, were largely all nearing between 2-6 years of PEI support as the beginning of this phase;
Deepening engagement on regional implementation strategies: The establishment of joint UNDP-UNEP PEI regional teams supported effective PEI country implementation and the application of PEI lessons and approaches in the work of UNDP and UN Environment. They also played an important role to leverage funds to support country programmes through linkages with UNDP CO programmes;
Informing the global sustainable development debate: PEI continued to analyse achievements and lessons learned to build on Poverty-Environment-Nexus knowledge and prepare products to influence regional and global development agendas in support of sustainable development.
The main outputs of the 2013-2018 PEI included:
Programme structure and implementation arrangements:
The PEI is a joint UNDP and UNEP programme operating through: 1) joint teams at regional and global levels; 2) a single management agent (UNDP); and 3) a pooled fund (i.e. a single account). The PEI organisation structure consists of country programmes, 4 regional programmes, a global programme facility, a joint institutional board, and two advisory bodies. The country programmes are implemented by joint government-UN PEI country teams (CT), with support from and in coordination with joint UNDP/UNEP regional teams (RTs). The Poverty-Environment Facility (PEF), based in Nairobi, provides the overall programme, operations and financial management coordination. The PEF is answerable to and under instructions of the strategic management of the Joint PEI Management Board (JMB), composed of UNDP and UNEP staff members. The PEF and the JMB are supported by the Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Similarly, the PEF and the JMB are accountable and receive important strategic feedback from the Donor Steering Group (DSG), which is composed of all contributing partners to the PEI. The PEI programme document provides more detailed descriptions of this structures and implementation arrangements.
Overall PEI Budget Country-level Budgets:
The total planned budget for PEI between 2013 and 2017 was US$40 million from partners. In addition, UNDP and UNEP proposed to contribute USD 2 million per year per agency for a total of US$20 million to facilitate the implementation of PEI at the global, regional and country level. Planned donor and in-kind contributions for 2013-2017 totalled USD$60 million. The PEI programme document provides more detailed descriptions of the planned budget by Output and year. Figures on actual final overall PEI budgets, as well as detailed country budgets, will be made available to the evaluator during the inception phase.
Building on the internal review conducted in 2016 and the PEI Scale Up Phase (2008-2013) Final Evaluation concluded in 2016, and with the current PEI project coming to an end 31 December 2018, UNDP and UN Environment are now jointly commissioning a final evaluation to draw relevant and pertinent conclusions on the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of PEI interventions.
Evaluation management Arrangements
The evaluation will be managed by UNDP/BPPS with joint oversight from the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office and UN Environment Evaluation Offices of the evaluation process and products. This entails oversight, review and comments during the key stages of evaluation cycle- finalization of the TORs; selection of the evaluator and review of the inception, draft and final evaluation reports- to ensure full independence of the evaluation process.The Evaluation will be conducted by an independent evaluator who will be recruited and administered through the UNDP BPPS Sustainable Development Cluster. The Evaluator will report to the UNDP BPPS Sustainable Development Cluster, who will provide guidance and ensure satisfactory completion of Final Evaluation deliverables.There will be close coordination with the PEI Co-Directors and joint project team who will assist in connecting the Evaluator with senior management, development partners, beneficiaries and key stakeholders. In addition, the joint project team will provide key documentation prior to fieldwork and assist in developing a detailed programme to facilitate consultations as necessary. The PEI Joint Management Board and Co-Directors will provide insights and other inputs into evaluation deliverables and promote learning and ownership of the evaluation findings and recommendations among PEI stakeholders and partners.
Objectives of Final Evaluation:In assessing implementation of the Global Programme, the evaluation will:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
Aligned with the current PEI programme document, the evaluation will cover PEI work carried out between 2013-2018. It will encompass the activities and geographical scope of the PEI programme as a whole at country, regional and global level.In assessing the Project and its alignment to the broader Project Document, the evaluation will take into consideration the following criteria. Overall the questions are aligned with the OECD DAC evaluation criteria (effectiveness, sustainability, relevance, efficiency, and impact) and are provided as a general framework for the final evaluation of PEI and its contributions.
Relevance and Appropriateness:
Effectiveness and Efficiency:
Impact and Sustainability:
Approach and Methodology:
The Final Evaluation will adhere to the principles established in Evaluation Policies of UNDP and UN Environment and the UN Evaluation Group’s Norms and Standards for Evaluation. These should include but are not limited to: independence, impartiality, transparency, ethics, partnerships, credibility and utility. The evaluation will use a theory based approach based on PEI’s abridged Theory of Change. The choice of methods and the proposed evaluation strategy shall be grounded on these theories. Mixed methods, both qualitative and quantitative, should be used to collect data and gather evidence. Country missions will be conducted to selected PEI countries identified during the inception phase of the evaluation. Evaluation findings and judgements should be based on sound evidence and analysis that is triangulated and clearly documented in the evaluation report.
During the evaluation, the consultant is expected to apply the following approaches for data collection, analysis and triangulation of evidence for validation:
Expected Outputs and deliverables:
The consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs:
The Joint Project Final Evaluation Report should include the following in its structure:
The final evaluation will be presented to the JMB and DSG. This evaluation will be a home-based assignment with travel as agreed during the inception phase. The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.
Schedule of work and payment schedule:
Inception report on proposed evaluation methodology, work plan, interview list, and proposed structure of the report within 15 working days of contracting: 20%.Target date 30 August 2018;
A draft preliminary evaluation report and presentation, to be presented at a debriefing meeting with partners. Timeline, after successful conclusion of necessary meetings and data collection and acceptance of preliminary evaluation report and presentation, 30%. Target date 30 September 2018;
Final evaluation report. Timeline, upon acceptance of the final evaluation report within 10 working days after receipt of comments on the draft report, 50%.Target date 20 November 2018.
Duration of the Work and key deliverables:
The detailed schedule of the evaluation and length of the assignment will be discussed with the Evaluator prior to the assignment. The estimated duration of the Consultants’ assignment is up to 70 working days: Desk review and inception (18 working days within one month); Field Work and Preliminary Report (35 working days within 2 months); Final Report (17 working days within one month).
The Evaluator should comply with the following UN Core Values, including:
The candidate should be able to:
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top three to four shortlisted candidates with minimum scores of 42 points (70% of 60 points) for interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered qualified and will be offered the contract with UNDP.Firms are not eligible for this consultancy assignment (open only for international individual consultants).
Required Skills and Experience
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.