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Evaluator for the Midterm Review of the UNDP-GEF Climate Aggregation Platform for Developing Countries Project
|Location :||Home-based with possible mission travel|
|Application Deadline :||12-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 :||through 19 November 2018|
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.
The Climate Aggregation Platform for Developing Countries (CAP) (PIMS# 5749) implemented through the UNDP-GEF, started on 18th July 2017 and is in its first year of implementation. Drawing on lessons learnt in its first year, the CAP is currently undergoing a realignment of its strategy and activities. The MTR process must follow the guidance outlined in the document Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects.
The Climate Aggregation Platform (CAP) will promote the scale-up of financial aggregation for small-scale, low-carbon energy assets in developing countries. The project aims to help build in-country pipelines of high-quality, standardised low-carbon energy assets and to develop new low-cost sources of financing, building awareness and trust with investors in this new asset class. In so doing, the project can contribute to improving the lives of citizens in developing countries, bringing about affordable, reliable and clean energy.
The CAP’s activities and value proposition will be formulated in terms of a global offer and an in-country offer:
The project’s central approach to achieving change - embedded throughout its design - is a barrier-removal approach. The project seeks to do this in different ways: addressing information barriers through the project’s global activities, addressing first-mover barriers through its emphasis on first-of-a-kind transactions, and then, within countries, targeting specific barriers to scaling-up via tailored market development activities.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is providing initial seed-funding to establish the CAP in the form of a USD 1.95 million, 3-year GEF project. UNDP and the non-profit Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), as a Responsible Party to UNDP, will implement the project. IDB Invest, the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, is a founding partner of the CAP and is providing co-financing for the in-country initiatives.
The MTR will be conducted according to the guidance, rules and procedures established by UNDP and GEF as reflected in the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
The MTR consultant will first conduct a document review of project documents for the CAP’s initial design and implementation, as well as, for its current realignment. These documents will include, but not limited to: UNDP Project Document, Inception Workshop Report, Workplans, Global Team Call Minutes, Hypothesis Papers, Stakeholder Call/Meeting Notes, Proposed Restructured Activities, CAP Addendum, all other relevant emails, notes, and documents used by the CAP team, etc. which will be provided by the Project Team. Then the consultant will participate in a one-day MTR inception workshop either in person in New York or via teleconference with New York to clarify his/her understanding of the objectives and methods of the MTR, producing the MTR inception report thereafter. The remainder of the consultancy will be home-based, with video, skype and conference calls as need be.
The MTR consultant 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.
1. Project Strategy
2. Progress Towards Results
3. 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:
Assess overall risks to sustainability factors of the project in terms of the following four categories:
The MTR consultant will include a section in the MTR report setting out the MTR’s evidence-based conclusions, in light of the findings.
Additionally, the MTR consultant 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 should make no more than 15 recommendations total.
The consultant 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 the project’s related activities.
The MTR consultant shall prepare and submit the following to the UNDP-GEF HQ:
The report, together with its annexes, will be submitted in electronic format in both, MS Word and pdf format. The final MTR report must be in English.
All outputs will be reviewed and approved by the Energy Finance Specialist.
Required Skills and Experience
Documentation to be submitted:
Kindly note you can upload only ONE document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).
UNDP Personal History form (P11) required of all applicants:
General Conditions of Contract for the ICs:
Annex II Offeror´s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) assignment: