International Consultant – Project Mid-Term Review in Cambodia


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :17-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
26-Feb-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :22 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :4th week of February to 4th week of April 2019

Background

This is the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the UNDP-GEF Midterm Review (MTR) of the full sized project titled Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning System in Cambodia to Support Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change (PIMS# 5235) implemented through the UNDP Cambodia, which is to be undertaken in 2019. The project started on the 28 November 2014 and is in its fourth year of implementation. In line with the UNDP-GEF Guidance on MTRs, this MTR process was initiated before the submission of the fourth Project Implementation Report (PIR).

The Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC) preferred situation is to implement an effective early warning system (EWS).  The purpose of an EWS is to monitor climate and environmental data on a real-time basis, detect adverse trends and make reliable predictions of possible impacts in the form of early warning information.  An early warning therefore refers not only to advisories in emergency situations, but also to information related to the changing climatic trends revealed after tracking and analysing climate and weather data over time.  An effective EWS would thus enable timely response to natural hazards and extreme weather events, as well as informed planning in light of changing climate trends.

The RGC faces several challenges in realizing its preferred situation. With few working climate and weather observation stations, there is insufficient data to refine predictions and forecasts based on sector, geographic areas, or vulnerability.  Further, limited human resources and high staff turnover make it difficult for institutions such as the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) to develop capacity and maintain qualified forecasters and modelers.  Appropriate dissemination of information is also a challenge.  MOWRAM is responsible for providing climate and weather information to the planning, line ministries to inform climate resilient planning, and for the communication of natural hazards and extreme weather events for disaster risk reduction.  However, the information is often not presented in manner that can be easily understood or applied and standard operating procedures (SOPs) defining roles, responsibilities, and accountability are lacking.  MOWRAM is also responsible for maintaining the EWS infrastructure such as automated weather stations and water gauge stations. Urgent needs to improve the national EWS infrastructure in light of imminent climate risks has prompted some donors to assist the Government in rehabilitating old or installing new weather stations. However, there is a significant risk of unsustainability of the newly built infrastructure due to limited financial resources to cover all the O&M requirements. The National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) is responsible for disaster risk management and communicating disaster related information, yet there is still room for improvement so that NCDM can fulfil all its mandate.

The project “Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Cambodia to support climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change” (henceforth “the EWS project”) has been designed to help the Government overcome these gaps and challenges. Funding of approximately US$4.9 million was approved by the Least Developed Countries Fund Council in October 2014 and the project was officially launched in May 2015. The project seeks to address the current barriers through three complementary outcomes:

1.           Increased institutional capacity to assimilate and forecast weather, hydrological, climate and environmental information.

2.           Climate and weather information available and utilized for national, sectoral and sub-national planning as well as for transboundary communication in the region.

3.           Strengthened institutional capacity to operate and maintain EWS and climate information infrastructure, both software and hardware, in order to monitor weather and climate change.


Duties and Responsibilities

The MTR Consultant will assess the following four categories of project progress. See the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects for extended descriptions.

  1. Project Strategy

  2. Progress Towards Results

  3. Project Implementation and Adaptive Management

  4. Sustainability

The consultant will produce the following deliverables to UNDP:

  • Develop inception report to include methodology and plan for midterm evaluation.
  • MTR mission: stakeholder meetings, interviews, field visits
  • A presentation of evaluation methodology and the findings to key stakeholders;
  • Preparing draft report
  • Finalization of MTR report/ Incorporating audit trail from feedback on draft report ortant Notice:

Interested Offerors must visit this link http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=53189  to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.


Competencies

  • Competence in adaptive management, as applied to climate resilient development and adaption to climate change;

  • Excellent communication skills;


Required Skills and Experience

Education:  A Master’s degree in natural resource management, agricultural development, climatology/meteorology, water resources management, environmental sciences, disaster management or related field, or other closely related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in conducting evaluation for development projects and GEF funded project. Experience working in the UN system is a strong asset

  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in relevant technical areas of Early Warning System.

  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to gender and climate resilient development and adaption to climate change; experience in gender sensitive evaluation and analysis

  • Experience working for development projects, with multi stakeholders including government agencies, development agencies, and UN agencies

  • Knowledge of UNDP and GEF monitoring and evaluation policies

  • Previous experience with results-based monitoring and evaluation methodologies, application of SMART indicators and reconstructing or validating baseline scenarios

Language Requirement: High proficient in English

Interested Offerors must visit this link http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=53189 to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.

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