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GPN/ExpRes Vetted Roster of Experts: Mid-Term Evaluation Consultants for UNDP Global Environmental Finance (UNDP-GEF) Unit
|Application Deadline :||24-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||To be determined on case by case basis and needs of individual assignments|
Based in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, the UNDP Global Environmental Finance (UNDP-GEF) Unit partners with environmental vertical funds to support countries with simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion, by catalysing environmental finance for sustainable development. The principal environmental vertical funds UNDP partners with are those managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), including the GEF Trust Fund (GEF TF), Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF), Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). ?In addition, UNDP is an accredited entity for the Adaptation Fund (AF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The UNDP-GEF Unit works with UNDP’s Regional Hubs and Country Offices (COs) to support countries with programming and implementation across five increasingly interrelated technical areas: sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems; sustainable, affordable and accessible energy services; scaling up of climate change adaptation and mitigation; sustainable management of chemicals and waste; and improved water and ocean governance.
The projects under UNDP-GEF Unit’s portfolio are required to follow standard UNDP monitoring and evaluation (M&E) policies, as well as, M&E policies and requirements of the relevant environmental vertical fund from which they receive financing. This TOR focuses on one requirement - Mid-term Evaluations (MTEs) - which are mandatory for most projects financed by the vertical funds mentioned above.
To facilitate the timely completion of MTEs for projects financed by the GEF family of funds, GCF and AF, UNDP is developing a roster of experts that would be comprised of vetted capable and qualified individuals who can be called upon as International Consultants (ICs) who would carry out MTEs. A screening procedure will be applied to select the prospective applicants who will be invited to join the ExpRes roster, a consultant procurement and deployment mechanism which maintains pre-vetted consultants on a roster and contracts them quickly for country support via UNDP-GEF Unit’s Results Based Management team. The roster will be maintained for a period of 3 years. Retention in the roster of selected experts will be contingent on continuous delivery of satisfactory services. These MTEs will be managed by the UNDP-GEF Directorate based in New York, in close collaboration with relevant UNDP COs who are responsible for the recruitment of MTE National Consultants and the logistics of MTE missions.
The MTE ICs consultants will assess progress towards the achievement of the selected projects’ objectives and outcomes as specified in Project Documents and assess early signs of project success or failure with the goal of identifying the necessary changes to be made in order to set the project on-track to achieve its intended results. The MTE consultants will also review the project’s strategy and its risks to sustainability.
The current generic call aims to build on UNDP's GPN/ExpRes roster capacity of consultants with relevant experience in Montiroing and Evaluation (M&E) to support UNDP Global Environmental Finance (UNDP-GEF) Unit. The Experts Roster for Rapid Response (ExpRes) is a recruitment and deployment mechanism which maintains pre-vetted consultants on a roster and contracts them quickly for country office support.
The GPN/Experts Roster for Rapid Response (ExpRes) provides pre-selected and technically vetted consultants across 21 profiles and 79 sub-profiles to support the work of UNDP Country Offices/units and other UNDP partner agencies.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultants will work under the overall supervision of the Results Management and Evaluation Advisor and will work closely with the evaluation focal point of the UNDP-GEF Unit.
The International Consultants (ICs) will be assigned to carry out MTEs for selected projects. In cases where there is a national consultant (NC) as part of the MTE team, the IC will act as team leader.
The IC together with the NC, where applicable, will first conduct a document review of project documents (i.e. project concept note, Initiation Plan, Project Document, Social and Environmental Safeguards, Project Inception Reports, Project Implementation Reports, Annual Project Reports, GEF Tracking Tools, GEF Core Indicator data, Project Appraisal Committee meeting minutes, Financial and Administration guidelines used by the Project Team, project operational guidelines, among others) provided by the Project Team and the Commissioning Unit (UNDP-GEF Directorate in New York). The consultant will participate in an MTE inception workshop to clarify their understanding of the objectives and methods of the MTE, producing the MTE Inception Report thereafter. The MTE mission travel will then consist of interviews and project site visits.
The consultant will assess several categories of project progress, including but not limited to: project strategy, progress towards results, project implementation and adaptive management, and sustainability. A detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) with relevant annexes and additional guidance will be provided for each MTE assignment and may slightly vary depending on the vertical fund of the project being assessed.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
For each MTE assignment, the consultant shall prepare and submit the following deliverables:
The exact timing, due dates and guidance for each deliverable will be outlined in each assignment-specific TOR.
Client Orientation and Communication:
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation method and inclusion in roster:
Documentation to be submitted:
Kindly note you can upload only one document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
UNDP Personal History form (P11):
General Conditions of Contract for the ICs:
Annex II Offeror´s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) assignment
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.