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Team Leader/ International Consultant to Support Terminal Evaluation for the Kidepo Critical Landscape Conservation Project
|Location :||Kampala with travels, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||23-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|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 :||28 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||28 working days|
The Government of Uganda through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF), is implementing the project “Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Threatened Savannah Woodland in the Kidepo Critical Landscape in North Eastern Uganda”.
This UNDP/GEF-GOU initiative is a partnership programme implemented as a joint venture of national government partners. The partners include:-
The Project Document covering the period 2013-2017 was signed by Government and UNDP in July 2013 and full project implementation began in 2014. The planned operational closure date for the project was 31-Jul-2017, but the project was extended for another 22 months up to end of May 2019.
The Government of Uganda has made significant investments in most protected areas (PAs) in the country. However, the Kidepo Critical Landscape (KCL) of North-Eastern Uganda, encompassing eight protected areas under a range of management authorities, received limited investment over the past 20 years due to protracted conflict, and proportionately suffers from lower management-effectiveness compared to other sites.
The project was designed to strengthen the national system of protected areas in Uganda by improving the management effectiveness of protected areas in the Kidepo Critical Landscape in the North-Eastern part of the country, thus affording biodiversity sufficient protection from emerging and future threats. This can be achieved through providing planned, targeted and effective support to the operational capacity of core PAs within the landscape, and by creating a coordinated landscape-management approach in the KCL to serve as a shield against human-induced pressures on Uganda’s threatened biodiversity.
This project in the Kidepo Critical Landscape of PAs and buffer zones satisfies the requirements for GEF financing under GEF Biodiversity Focal Area, Strategic Objective one: Improve sustainability of Protected Area systems. The project aimed to bring 416,485 ha of land directly under strengthened PA management arrangements, involving three categories of PA (National Park, entral Forestry Reserve and Community Wildlife Area) as well as public lands, with a wider positive influence on an additional 239,215 ha of dispersal areas. In total, the project thus aimed to enhance biodiversity protection to over 655,700 ha of targeted PAs and linked dispersal areas. The project comprises two complementary components, which will be cost-shared by the GEF and co-financing. Each addresses a different barrier and has discrete outcomes.
Component 1. Strengthening Management Effectiveness of the Kidepo Critical Landscape PA Cluster.
Component 2. Integrating PA Management in the Wider Landscape.
By addressing management deficits in these sites, the project was expected to strengthen the national PA system in Uganda as a whole as well as improve livelihoods for communities within the landscape. The project worked to diversify and strengthen biodiversity-based livelihoods through improved management of biodiversity assets both within and beyond the boundaries of protected area – for example, through management and sustainable utilization of species such as the shea tree, which provides significant economic benefits to communities, thus demonstrating the importance of biodiversity to livelihoods of rural people.
Objective and scope of the TE:
The TE is to cover the entire Project including GEF, UNDP and GoU of Uganda funded activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Lead Consultant/Team Leader will have overall responsibility for the work and operations of the evaluation team, including the coordination of inputs from the national consultant. The lead consultant is responsible and overall accountable for the production of the agreed products. S/He will deliver on the following:-
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation approach and method:
An overall approach and method for conducting terminal evaluations of UNDP-supported, GEF-financed projects has been 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, and the associated guidance document released by GEF in 2017. A set of questions covering each of these criteria have been drafted and are included with this TOR (fill in Annex C) 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 the GEF operational focal point, UNDP Country Office, project team, UNDP-GEF Technical Adviser (both the former and current) and key stakeholders. The evaluator is expected to conduct a field mission to the Kidepo project site including the following project sites (Annex I). Interviews will be held with the following organizations and individuals at a minimum: (See Annex J).
The evaluator will review all relevant sources of information, such as the project document, project reports – including Annual APR/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. A list of documents that the project team will provide to the evaluator for review is included in Annex B of this Terms of Reference.
The evaluation team is expected to deliver stated in the TORs attached.
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 Annex A), 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 included in Annex D.
 For additional information on methods, see the Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results, Chapter 7, pg. 163
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.
The evaluation team will be composed of 1 International Consultant Evaluator/ Team Leader who will be responsible for finalizing the report, and 1 National Consultant. The National Consultant shall report to the Team Leader. The consultants shall have prior experience in evaluating similar projects. Experience with GEF financed projects is an advantage. The evaluators selected should not have participated in the project preparation and/or implementation and should not have conflict of interest with project related activities.
Evaluation consultants will be held to the highest ethical standards and are required to sign a Code of Conduct (Annex E) upon acceptance of the assignment. UNDP evaluations are conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG 'Ethical Guidelines for Evaluations'.
Submission of Application:
The candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on http://procurement-notices.undp.org no.54682.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website - http://jobs.undp.org no. 84575.
Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.
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.