Terminal Evaluation Consultant – VCAP


Location : VANUATU
Application Deadline :24-May-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)
01-Jun-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :10 weeks
Expected Duration of Assignment :27 days

Background

Vanuatu ranks as the world’s most vulnerable country due to its high exposure to natural disasters, scattered island geography, narrow economic base, inadequate communication and transportation networks, and limited capacity to cope with disasters including those caused or exacerbated by the effects of climate change. Annually Vanuatu has been impacted by a number of cyclones, which are expected to become more intense under current climatic projections, with coastal communities and ecosystems being most vulnerable and impacted by these events.

 

Vanuatu is already being and will continue to be heavily impacted by climate change with future scenarios projecting increased temperatures, sea-level rise, and increased severity of cyclones, increased ocean temperatures and ocean acidification. In addition, an increased likelihood of an increase in the frequency of El Niño events will present its own long-term seasonal challenges. These challenges, combined with rapid population growth spread over 80 islands, an agricultural and coastal-based economy facing acute medium-term challenges and inadequate delivery of government services, especially in remote areas, will continue to limit the potential for long-term sustainable development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

The Vanuatu NAPA places particular emphasis on the need for community-based resource management, embracing both traditional and modern practices and enhancing the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities.

 

To address these priorities, the project “Adaptation to Climate Change in the Coastal Zone in Vanuatu” (V-CAP) focuses on five of the adaptation options outlined in the NAPA including: i) development of provincial / local adaptation and ICM plans, ii) climate proofing of infrastructure design and development planning, iii) development of an efficient early warning system, iv) awareness raising and capacity building, and v) coastal re-vegetation and rehabilitation.

 

The overall aim of the V-CAP Project is to improve the resilience of the coastal zone in Vanuatu to the impacts of climate change in order to sustain livelihoods, food production and preserve/improve the quality of life in targeted vulnerable areas. Six sites have been selected for this project with various interventions implemented. Refer to Annex 1 –Terms of Reference for details. ( www.pacific.undp.org)


Duties and Responsibilities

The VCAP project was designed to explicitly address three of eleven priorities identified in the NAPA including: 1) community-based marine resource management, 2) integrated coastal zone management, and 3) mainstreaming climate change into policy and national planning processes.

VCAP has been focusing on improving community level adaptation to climate change to address major environmental and associated socio-economic problems facing coastal communities impacts by climate change such as land degradation, biodiversity loss and reef destruction, all of which severely undermines prospects for sustainable development and threaten the food security of communities.

VCAP has supported information and early warning systems on coastal hazards to address the current lack of systematic analysis and predictions of climate-related events. This is to allow coastal communities to be less vulnerable to the effects of climate change with improved information management and data dissemination systems in place. 

A Terminal Evaluation will be conducted according to the guidance, rules and procedures established by UNDP and GEF as reflected in the UNDP Evaluation Guidance for GEF Financed Projects. 

 

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.  Refer to Annex 1 –Terms of Reference for details. ( www.pacific.undp.org)


Competencies

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience and has the technical knowledge in the targeted focal area(s)
  • Knowledge of UNDP and GEF evaluation process and has lead evaluation process for at least 2-3 of UNDP/GEF funded projects
  • Previous experience with results-based monitoring and evaluation methodologies;
  • Experience working in Asia and the Pacific and has a good understanding of the biodiversity, conservation and climate change sector in the Pacific
  • Experience working with communities, government sectors, NGOs and understands local protocols and customs and has excellent communication skills;
  • Experience in the policy development processes associated with environment and sustainable development issues
  • Project evaluation/review experiences within United Nations system will be considered an asset


Required Skills and Experience

A Master’s degree in development, environmental science, natural resource management and/or related field

Consultancy Proposal should be mailed to C/- UNDP Fiji MCO, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji or sent via email to procurement.fj@undp.org no later than 24th May 2019 (Fiji Time) clearly stating the title of consultancy applied for. Any proposals received after this date/time will not be accepted. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the address or e-mail indicated above. UNDP will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants. Incomplete, late and joint proposals will not be considered and only offers for which there is further interest will be contacted. Failure to submit your application as stated as per the application submission guide (Procurement Notice) on the above link will be considered incomplete and therefore application will not be considered.

Offerors must send the following documents.

 

  1. A detailed CV including names of at least 3 referees

  2. Cover letter setting out:

  3. How the proposer meets the qualifications and experience required.

    iii) Completed template for confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal

     

    Consultant must send a financial proposal based on a Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs.

     

    In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources

     

    In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

     

    The P11 form and Template for confirmation of interest and Submission of Financial Proposal is available under the procurement section of UNDP Fiji website (www.pacific.undp.org)

     

    Interested Candidates must accept UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Consultants 

    Successful candidate will be required to complete the BSAFE course prior to undertaking any travel related to this consultancy ( online security awareness training). https://training.dss.un.org/course/category/6

NOTE: Proposals must be sent to the designated email (etenderbox.pacific@undp.org).

Please do not copy or directly email applications to UNDP staff.

 

If the selected/successful Candidate is over 65 years of age and required to travel outside his home country; He/She will be required provide a full medical report at their expense prior to issuance to contract. Contract will only be issued when Proposed candidate is deemed medically fit to undertake the 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.


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