National 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 :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
06-May-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :28 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :28 working days

Background

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 National Environment Management Agency (NEMA);
  • Uganda Wildlife Authority;
  • National Forestry Authority;
  • District Local Governments of Kaabong, Kotido, Abim, Otuke, Agago and Kitgum.

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 will be conducted according to the guidance, rules and procedures established by UNDP and GEF as reflected in the UNDP Guidance document for Evaluation of GEF Financed projects, and the updated (2017) guidance document prepared by the GEF.

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.

The TE is to cover the entire Project including GEF, UNDP and GoU of Uganda funded activities.


Duties and Responsibilities

The National Consultant will support and provide inputs to the Team Leader / Lead Consultant provide support for e production of the agreed products. S/he will deliver on the following:-

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in the Programme design and implementation, in particular implementation arrangements and its impacts on efficiency and effectiveness of converting resources (money, time) into results and impacts;
  • Ascertain achievements and impacts to date; to what extent the Programme has moved towards achievement of the objectives and outputs under the three outcomes in the results framework and the need for continued focus (in particular achieving global environment benefits and improvement in livelihoods);
  • Assess likelihood of sustainability of results and determine the key elements of the exit strategy that would increase the likelihood of sustaining critical results;
  • Examine the significance of un-expected effects, whether beneficial or detrimental in character
  • Assess to what extent the Programme has contributed to building capacity at national, district and community levels to formulate, implement and monitor actions/activities for biodiversity conservation
  • Assess the validity of assumptions used in the development of the Kidepo Critical Landscape programme, and this Kidepo Critical Landscape project;
  • Identify and assess lessons learnt and best practices in relation to achievement of the programme objectives and outputs;
  • Assess how the Kidepo Critical Landscape Project has adapted to emerging issues and trends such as climate change, energy and other emerging issues, etc;
  • Mobilise stakeholders for consultations and provision of information regarding the evaluation.


Competencies

  • Excellent Analytical Skills;
  • Positive, constructive attitude towards work;
  • Ability to act professionally and flexibly to engage with government officials, donor representatives, and local communities.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • At least an MSc degree in natural resources; agriculture, climate change; forestry.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years’ experience in natural resources management, Agriculture, climate change adaptation/ mitigation, socio-economic development or related fields;
  • Familiarity with Biodiversity conservation related projects in Uganda and particularly the national parks and community wildlife management areas, either through managing or evaluating donor-funded projects;
  • Substantive knowledge of participatory M&E processes is essential, and experience with CBOs/community development processes; design, implementation and/or management of community and local level sustainable livelihoods initiatives and country experience in Uganda are advantages;
  • A good wealth of experience in the evaluation of technical assistance projects, if possible with UNDP or other UN development agencies and major donors, is required. A demonstrated understanding of UNDP principles and expected impacts in terms of poverty reduction and sustainable development is essential;
  • Familiarity and? knowledge of the UN Convention to Conserve Biodiversity, and knowledge of integrated approaches to drylands development and ?capacity development for management of Biodiversity loss would be an asset;
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to assess complex situations in order to analyse critical issues succinctly and clearly and draw forward-looking conclusions;
  • Experience in supporting small multi-disciplinary, multi-national teams to deliver quality products in high stress, short deadline situations;
  • Experience of working with Local Governments and Community Based Organisations in the areas of Natural Resource Management is an advantage.

Language requirement:

  • Fluent in both written and spoken English Language.

Evaluation approach and method:

An overall approach and method[1] 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.Aset 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.

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.

[1] For additional information on methods, see the Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results, Chapter 7, pg. 163

Evaluation deliverables:

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.

[1] For additional information on methods, see the Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results, Chapter 7, pg. 163

Project finance/cofinance:

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. 

Team composition:

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.

Evaluator Ethics:

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.54691.

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. 84581.

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);
  • Annexes 1 and II - may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website -http://procurement-notices.undp.org/ For further clarifications, please contact; janet.anyango@undp.org; moses.lutwama@undp.org

Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.

 

 

 

 


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