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National Expert and Evaluator Access and Benefit-Sharing of Biological Resources
|Location :||Home-based with travel to Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and States of Kedah, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||21-Sep-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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 working days over 7 months (1 October 2018 - 30 April 2019)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 working days over 7 months (1 October 2018 - 30 April 2019)|
In accordance with UNDP and GEF monitoring and 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 set out the expectations for a Terminal Evaluation (TE) of the Developing and Implementing A National Access and Benefit-Sharing Framework in Malaysia (ABS II) (PIMS# 5191).
Project title: Developing and Implementing a National Access and Benefit-Sharing Framework in Malaysia
GEF financing: USD 1,970,000
Co-financing: USD 5,800,000
Implementing partner: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE), Malaysia
Project start date: 7 January 2014
Project closing date: 6 January 2018 (original), 6 January 2019 (actual)
Objective and Scope:
The project was designed to strengthen the conservation and sustainable use of biological and genetic resources in Malaysia through developing the national framework for the implementation of Access and Benefit Sharing under CBD. The project will achieve the project objective through the implementation of three inter-connected components. Component 1 addresses the need for a national regulatory and institutional framework on ABS, including a financial mechanism to reinvest funds from ABS agreements back into biodiversity conservation. The operationalization of this framework will be supported by the strengthening of national institutional and stakeholder capacity in Component 2, including measures for the documentation and protection of traditional knowledge; and through demonstration of pilot ABS agreements, Prior Informed Consent (PIC) processes and a PIC/community protocol regarding ABS of indigenous and local communities’ traditional knowledge in Component 3, which will provide experience and lessons learned to inform refinement of the framework and implementation processes. The three components will result in the following project outcomes:
Outcome 1: An operational national regulatory and institutional framework on ABS.
Outcome 2: Strengthened national institutional and stakeholder capacity for implementation of the national ABS framework.
Outcome 3: Best practice ABS processes (three) are demonstrated recognizing the principles of PIC and Mutually Agreed Terms (MAT) including the fair and equitable sharing of benefits.
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.
Evaluation Approach and Method:
An overall approach and method for conducting project terminal evaluations of UNDP supported GEF financed projects 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 at http://web.undp.org/evaluation/documents/guidance/GEF/UNDP-GEF-TE-Guide.pdf. A set of potential questions covering each of these criteria can be referred to Annex 4 of the UNDP Guidance for Conducting Terminal Evaluations of UNDP-supported, GEF-financed Projects. 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, GEF operational focal point, UNDP Country Office, project team, UNDP GEF Regional Technical Adviser based in Bangkok and key stakeholders. The evaluator is expected to conduct a field mission to Putrajaya, Malaysia including the following project sites – States of Perak, Sabah and Sarawak. Interviews will be held with the following organizations and individuals at a minimum: Biodiversity and Forestry Management Division of NRE, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Sabah Biodiversity Centre, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, UNDP Malaysia Country Office and local & indigenous communities of Orang Asli Kintak and Kensui, Bidayuh, Lun Bawang, Kelabit and Lundayeh. Detailed list of stakeholders will be given upon confirmation of assignment.
The evaluator will review all relevant sources of information, such as the project document, project reports – including Mid-Year Progress Report, Annual Project Report, Project Implementation Review (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 project team will provide a list of documents to the evaluator for review.
Evaluation Criteria & Ratings:
An assessment of project performance will be carried out, based against expectations set out in the Project Logical Framework/Results Framework (see Project Document), which provides performance and impact indicators for project implementation along with their corresponding means of verification. The evaluation will at a minimum cover the criteria of: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact. Ratings must be provided on the following performance criteria. The completed table must be included in the evaluation executive summary. The obligatory rating scales are in page 34 of the UNDP Guidance for Conducting Terminal Evaluations of UNDP-supported, GEF-financed Projects.
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.
UNDP supported GEF financed projects are key components in UNDP country programming, as well as regional and global programmes. The evaluation will assess the extent to which the project was successfully mainstreamed with other UNDP priorities, including poverty alleviation, improved governance, the prevention and recovery from natural disasters, and gender.
The evaluators 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.
Conclusions, Recommendations and Lessons:
The evaluation report must include a chapter providing a set of conclusions, recommendations and lessons.
The principal responsibility for managing this evaluation resides with the UNDP CO in Malaysia. The UNDP CO will contract the evaluators and ensure the timely provision of per diems and travel arrangements within the country for the evaluation team. The Project Team will be responsible for liaising with the Evaluators team to set up stakeholder interviews, arrange field visits, coordinate with the Government etc.
 For additional information on methods, see the Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results, Chapter 7, pg. 163
Duties and Responsibilities
The National Expert and Evaluator, Indigenous People and Traditional Knowledge will perform the key tasks as follows:
*The final TE report must be in English. If applicable, UNDP Malaysia may choose to arrange for a translation of the report into Malay language – the official language more widely shared by national stakeholders.
The total duration of the assignment will be 60 working days starting 1 October 2018, and shall not exceed 7 months from when the National Expert cum Evaluator is hired.
Terms of Payment:
The payments will be performance-based and regularly assessed by UNDP Malaysia Country Office. The breakdown of payment is as follow:
All travel within Malaysia will be arranged and provided by UNDP Malaysia and Project Team except international travel from home base to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Accommodation and meals will be provided for in-country travel.
The National Expert@Evaluator cannot have participated in the project preparation, formulation, and/or implementation (including the writing of the Project Document) and should not have conflict of interest with project related activities.
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
The award of the contract will be made to the Individual Consultant who has obtained the highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions. Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. The offers will be evaluated using the “Combined Scoring method” where:
UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
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.