International Mid-Term Review (MTR) Consultant


Location : Phnom Penh and Home based, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :09-Dec-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)
14-Dec-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :25 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :14 December 2018 to 31 January 2019

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.


Background

Land degradation is a serious issue in Cambodia posing a direct threat to food and water security since it affects agriculture productivity and water retention capacity of watersheds. It is linked with deforestation and forest degradation and exacerbated by climate change perpetuating increased vulnerability to climate related risks in turn. The project title “Collaborative Management for Watershed and Ecosystem Service Protection and Rehabilitation in the Cardamom Mountains, Upper Prek Thnot River Basin (CoWES)” is designed to reduce pressures on upland watershed areas from competing land uses by demonstrating collaborative management and rehabilitation of agriculture lands and forest areas by promoting sustainable land management and stabilizing watershed catchment functions in a priority degraded area, Upper Prek Thnot watershed in Kampong Speu Province as identified by the National Action Plan to Combat Land Degradation 2018 - 2027. The project aims to achieve three main outputs: i) On-farm soil conservation and agroforestry practices improved; ii) Community forest areas restored and sustainably managed; and iii) Watershed management and monitoring capacity improved. They are consistent with UNDP Cambodia’s Country Programme Document (CPD) 2016-2018 as it specifically requires “building resilience” by contributing to strengthening environmental services and the system of forest management and protected areas, including sustainable land and watershed management.

Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is the Implementing Partner (IP), with support from a number of key relevant Ministries. To ensure effective engagement of stakeholders in order to establish institutional arrangements at provincial and district levels to lead watershed management programs and host M&E system in partnership with relevant stakeholders at various levels, various capacity development and trainings for communities as well as for national, provincial and district government officials will be provided by the project through consultation meetings and workshops to promote sustainable land and forest management practices in the targeted area.

CoWES aims to restore and maintain forest cover and watershed stability functions while providing for sustainable livelihoods and ecosystem services in the Upper Prek Thnot Watershed. In order to achieve this objective, the project will demonstrate, or pilot introduce sustainable land management (SLM) technologies with local household (small landholders), SLM and technical advices to agribusiness (large landholders and Economic Land Concession-ELCs) and experiment on wider landscape management for protection of ecosystem functional services.


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will produce the following deliverables to UNDP, UNDP/GEF-CoWES and the Project Steering Committee:

  • Develop inception report to include methodology and plan for midterm evaluation.
  • A presentation of evaluation methodology and the findings to key stakeholders;
  • Develop an executive summary to emphasizing key findings and key recommendations;
  • A detailed evaluation report covering scope of the mid-term review with detailed attention to lessons learnt and recommendations; and
  • List of annexes prepared by the consultants including TOR’s, itinerary, list of persons interviewed, summary of field visits, list of documents reviewed, questionnaire and summary of results, co-financing and leveraged resources.

Important Notice:

Interested Offerors must visit this link http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=51985  to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.


Competencies

  • Familiarity with government planning systems and institutional roles
  • Ability to interact with senior government officials
  • Team leadership experience
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

 


Required Skills and Experience

Education:  A master’s degree in agriculture, forestry, environmental studies, development studies, and other related fields.

Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of result-based project management, monitoring and evaluation of environmental related projects
  • Experience is an advantage
  • Proven experience of evaluating similar projects, preferably involving UNDP/GEF or others UN Development Agencies or major donors
  • Technical knowledge in the targeted focal area(s): Climate Change Adaptation/Disaster Management, agriculture, watershed, natural resource management and/or rural development.
  • Experience working with government, particularly with projects under National Implementation is an asset.
  • Experience and knowledge of the Cambodian development context
  • Prior experience with evaluation of projects commissioned by the UNDP with GEF financed projects in which this evaluation is to be carried out, would be an asset

Language Requirement: Fluency in English

Interested Offerors must visit this link http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=51985 to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

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