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Evaluation Team to conduct conduct Evaluation of the Project “Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies in the Building Sector of Bhutan: Enabling Environment” (International Energy Expert)
|Location :||Thimphu, BHUTAN|
|Application Deadline :||23-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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||25 working days w.e.f 31st May – 28 June 2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 working days w.e.f 31st May – 28 June 2019|
Terms of Reference for Individual Contract to conduct Evaluation of the Project “Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies in the Building Sector of Bhutan: Enabling Environment”
POST TITLE: Evaluation Team to conduct conduct Evaluation of the Project “Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies in the Building Sector of Bhutan: Enabling Environment” (International Energy Expert)
CONTRACTING AGENCY: UNDP BHUTAN
COORDINATING AGENCY: Gross National Happiness Commission
COUNTRY OF ASSIGNMENT: Bhutan
EXPECTED DURATION: 18 working Days w.e.f 2nd June to 28 June 2019
The project titled “Promotion of Renewable and Energy Efficient Technologies in the Building Sector of Bhutan - Enabling Environment” is implemented by the Department of Renewable Energy (DRE) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Department of Engineering Services (DES) under the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement. The project is being implemented with the objective to establish a solid foundation and an enabling framework for improving the energy performance of buildings and use of solar thermal energy. The current project was officially signed on 25 May 2017 with a grant of EUR 660,900. The in-kind contribution of the Royal Government of Bhutan is estimated at 180,000 EUR which covered the costs for the project management staff, counterpart staff and procurement of land. The project started in May 2017 with expected completion by June 2019.
There are two main outcomes of project namely to improve framework conditions for wide scale market introduction of solar thermal (ST) energy technologies, and to improve energy performance of buildings in the long term. Activities towards achievement of the first outcome are being implemented by Department of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs while the latter by the Department of Engineering Services, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement.
The Project Focus Areas:
Outcome 1: The outcome focuses on identification of an appropriate range of technologies for use of solar thermal energy, and improvement of capacities for understanding the technical, social, gender and environmental problems, risks and possible uses of solar thermal technology and its market introduction. The outcome also focused on the improvement of the framework conditions (BBR, definition of subsidy scheme, training of skilled workers) for wide scale market introduction. The major outputs under the outcome are enhancing institutional capacity of DRE on solar thermal technologies, conducting research on best appropriate technologies, enhanced operation and maintenance skills of DRE through refurbishment of existing systems, enhancing preparation measures for piloting of subsidy scheme, and improving dissemination and institutionalization of know-how.
Outcome 2: The outcome focuses on the creation of a strong basis for long term improvement of the energy performance of buildings in the areas of energy performance baseline of buildings; legal framework conditions; scientific, theoretical and practical knowledge; and strengthening human resource capacities to develop and implement improved rules, regulations and guidelines for energy efficient design and construction of buildings. The main outputs under the program are to strengthen institutional capacity to sustain EE construction technology, establish energy baseline for buildings, conduct adaptive research for optimization of alternative EE material and technology transfer, introduce mechanization, improvement and demonstration of traditional rammed earth construction technology in rural areas as energy efficient and sustainable technology, and augment long term EE intervention through update of Guidelines, Rules and Regulations
The project document foresees an independent external final evaluation of the project in the last quarter of project implementation.
The main objectives of the evaluation are as follows:
The evaluation will cover the period from May 2017 to March 2019. The evaluation will use the OECD DAC criteria on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability to evaluation the project implementation and performance.
The evaluation will take place in Thimphu, Bhutan and nearby project locations where the implementing partners’ offices are located. It will cover implementing partners of the project namely, the Department of Renewable Energy and Department of Engineering Services and target groups.
With regard to the evaluation of the project, the following questions shall be analyzed and answered:
1. How relevant are project interventions in meeting the intended outcomes of the project?
The evaluation must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful. The evaluation team shall use a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods including desk-study of available project documents, progress reports and study reports, analyze the intervention logic and its assumptions; use key informant interviews and focus group discussions from the field visits where target groups are located.
Based on the requirements of this ToR the evaluator shall prepare the evaluation design matrix in which the proposed methods shall be presented. The findings and recommendations in the draft and final reports must be structured around the evaluation questions.
Currently, total of 25 working days has been estimated for the evaluation. The evaluation will include the following steps:
Procurement process: UNDP will carry out the procurement process and select the eligible team of evaluators as per the required criteria.
Contract Signing: Contract agreement will be signed followed by a discussion on the evaluation. Relevant documents, including data and information, will be provided to the evaluator.
Desk Study: The evaluator will review and analyze the available documents and accordingly, prepare the evaluation design matrix.
Inception Report: In this report, the evaluators will present the proposed evaluation design matrix to the Reference Group, including criteria for field visits and interviews and estimated number of working days per phase. Here, the evaluator will share on how data will be collected, processed and analyzed. The Reference Group shall provide feedback which will have to be incorporated into the Inception Report.
Field Visit: A field visit shall be scheduled in the selected project areas to collect primary data and conduct interviews of the relevant stakeholders. All data collected will have to be disaggregated by sex, age and disability, if possible.
Submission of draft Evaluation Report: The team leader will submit the draft report to the Reference Group for further comments and feedback.
Submission/Presentation of Final Evaluation Report: After incorporating comments from the relevant stakeholders, the final report will be submitted to the Reference Group and make a final presentation on the findings and recommendations. The final report should not exceed a length of 50 pages, plus annexes.
A Reference Group comprising members of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) will be formed to provide feedback on the draft reports to the evaluators to ensure the quality and standard of the evaluation process. Members of the PSC are: Director of Gross National Happiness Commission, Directors of Department of Engineering Services and Department of Renewable Energy, Head of the Austrian Coordination Office, and the Chief Planning Officer of the Development Cooperation Division of GNHC. In addition, a relevant official from Research and Evaluation Division, GNHC, and ADA (in Bhutan) will be part of reference group.
The evaluation team will be composed of: senior evaluator (team leader, international), a sector expert (energy, international) and a national evaluator.
International Energy Expert
The consultants (team leader, energy expert, national team member) must not have been involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of ADC/ADA funded projects on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies in Bhutan or other ADA activities related to the scope of this project.
Home based with mission travel to Bhutan
Duration: June 2, 2019 - June 28, 2019
The International energy expert will work with the team leader to submit the following reports:
* When submitting the final evaluation report, the evaluator is required also to provide an 'audit trail', detailing how all received comments have (and have not) been addressed in the final evaluation report. See Annex B for an audit trail template.
The payment will be made based on the deliverables of assignment in the following manner: The Payment schedule shall be as follows:
The consultants shall work in close consultations with the team leader and the Reference Group. The team leader shall brief the focal officer in GNHC. The expert is expected to submit reports as required and agreed in the work plan and time schedule.
The consultant is responsible for its own logistical arrangements such as local transport and accommodation. Any other matters related to visa and facilitation of the meetings shall be arranged by the GNHC. However, the evaluators shall independently meet with the stakeholders.
The consultant will work with the team leader to submit the following reports:
All reports need to be written in English.
The executive summary should summarize key findings and recommendations (three to five pages) and needs to be submitted as part of the final draft report. The executive summary will include but not limited to overview of evaluation, evaluation objectives and intended audience, evaluation methodology, most important findings and conclusions and main recommendations.
The findings and recommendations of the draft final report and final report have to be structured according to the evaluation questions. An outline of the report’s structure needs to be agreed upon during the inception phase.
The quality of the reports will be judged according to the following criteria:
Mr. Thinley Choedhen will be the contact person for this evaluation.
Contact details: 00975- 77734077, email@example.com
Recommended Presentation of Proposal
Applicants are requested to apply online through firstname.lastname@example.org by latest by 20th May 2019. The consultancy team are invited to submit applications along with a cover page and the technical proposal with their CV for these positions. The team leader, International Consultant is required to collaborate with the Consultancy team (energy expert and national team member) through a signed letter of association to form the consultancy team. If selected for the assignment, the team Leader of the consultancy team will be fully accountable for the execution of the work including deliverables.
The following criteria shall serve as a basis for evaluating the offers:
Combined Scoring method:
The relevant project documents will be shared with the evaluator for their reference. Following are the list of relevant documents:
Annex 1: Results-Assessment Form for End-Term Project Evaluation
This form has to be filled in electronically by the evaluator. No evaluation report will be accepted without this form. The form has to be included at the beginning of the evaluation report.