International Consultant (Team Leader) for conducting MTR of SFM Project in Pakistan


Location : Islamabad, PAKISTAN
Application Deadline :28-Jun-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)
31-Jul-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :24 working days (31st July 2019 to 30th October 2019)
Expected Duration of Assignment :24 working days (31st July 2019 to 30th October 2019)

Background

The objective of the proposed project is to promote sustainable forest management in Pakistan's Western Himalayan Temperate Coniferous, Sub-tropical broadleaved evergreen thorn (Scrub) and Riverine forests for biodiversity conservation, mitigation of climate change and securing of forest ecosystem services. In particular, it aims at implementation of three inter-related and mutually complementary components that are focused at addressing the barriers of inadequate planning, regulatory and institutional frameworks to integrated forest resource management, and the limited experience among key government and civil society stakeholders in developing and implementing SFM practices on the ground.

Component 1 will support the incorporation of sustainable forest management objectives and safeguards in forest management planning, forestland allocation and compliance of monitoring systems at the local level.

Component 2 will identify, demarcate and implement on-the-ground approaches to improving management of high conservation value forests within seven landscapes covering an area of 67,861 ha with the aim of meeting the life requisites of the target species, and habitats such as breeding areas, feeding areas, water sources, dispersal and connectivity corridors, etc.

Component 3 will develop practical approaches to enhancing carbon sequestration through restoring degraded and former forested areas (LULUCF activities) by a combination of restoration and reforestation of 10,005 ha of degraded conifer forests; 3,400 ha of degraded scrub forests, and reforestation of 13,099 ha of Riverine forests with native species


Duties and Responsibilities

The MTR team will assess the following four categories of project progress. See the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects for extended descriptions, and this guide should be used in the course of the MTR exercise.

 

i.    Project Strategy

Project design:

·        Review the problem addressed by the project and the underlying assumptions.  Review the effect of any incorrect assumptions or changes to the context to achieving the project results as outlined in the Project Document.

·        Review the relevance of the project strategy and assess whether it provides the most effective route towards expected/intended results.  Were lessons from other relevant projects properly incorporated into the project design?

·        Review how the project addresses country priorities. Review country ownership. Was the project concept in line with the national sector development priorities and plans of the country (or of participating countries in the case of multi-country projects)?

·        Review decision-making processes: were perspectives of those who would be affected by project decisions, those who could affect the outcomes, and those who could contribute information or other resources to the process, taken into account during project design processes?

·        Review the extent to which relevant gender issues were raised in the project design. See Annex 9[1] of Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects for further guidelines.

·        If there are major areas of concern, recommend areas for improvement.

 

Results Framework/Log frame:

·        Undertake a critical analysis of the project’s log frame indicators and targets, assess how “SMART” the midterm and end-of-project targets are (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound), and suggest specific amendments/revisions to the targets and indicators as necessary.

·        Are the project’s objectives and outcomes or components clear, practical, and feasible within its time frame?

·        Examine if progress so far has led to, or could in the future catalyse beneficial development effects (i.e. income generation, gender equality and women’s empowerment, improved governance etc...) that should be included in the project results framework and monitored on an annual basis.

·        Ensure broader development and gender aspects of the project are being monitored effectively.  Develop and recommend SMART ‘development’ indicators, including sex-disaggregated indicators and indicators that capture development benefits.

 

ii.    Progress Towards Results

 

Progress towards Outcomes Analysis:

·        Review the log frame indicators against progress made towards the end-of-project targets using the Progress Towards Results Matrix and following the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects; colour code progress in a “traffic light system” based on the level of progress achieved; assign a rating on progress for each outcome; make recommendations from the areas marked as “Not on target to be achieved” (red).

Further Details are mentioned in ToR's 

http://www.pk.undp.org/content/pakistan/en/home/operations/procurement0/undp-ic-2019-251-international-consultant--team-leader--for-cond.html

 


Competencies

Competencies:

·       Excellent communication skills;

·       Demonstrable analytical skills;

·       Project evaluation/review experiences within United Nations system will be considered an asset;


Required Skills and Experience

The detailed TORs, Proposal submission forms and procedure to apply for the consultancy are given in below link:

http://www.pk.undp.org/content/pakistan/en/home/operations/procurement0/undp-ic-2019-251-international-consultant--team-leader--for-cond.html

 

Academic Qualification:

·       A Master’s degree primarily in Forestry or NRM related field

Years of Experience:

·       Work experience in relevant technical areas for at least 10 years including recent experience with result-based management evaluation methodologies;

·       Experience applying SMART indicators and reconstructing or validating baseline scenarios;

·       Competence in adaptive management, as applied to one of the five GEF Thematic Areas, Sustainable Land Management;

·       Experience working with the GEF or GEF-evaluations;

·       Experience working in Pakistan;

·       Demonstrated understanding of issues related to gender, Sustainable Land Management and Biodiversity; experience in gender sensitive evaluation and analysis.

 

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis. The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

i)        Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

ii)       Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

 

a.       Technical Criteria weight: 70%

b.       Financial Criteria weight: 30%

 

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 out of 70 points will be considered for the Financial

Evaluation

Criteria

Weight

Max. Point

Technical Competencies

70

 

·         A Master’s degree in Agriculture, Forestry, Natural Resources, or other closely related field.

10

 

·       Work experience in relevant technical areas for at least 10 years including recent experience with result-based management evaluation methodologies;

·       Experience applying SMART indicators and reconstructing or validating baseline scenarios;

·       Competence in adaptive management, as applied to  one of the five GEF Thematic Areas, i.e. Sustainable Land Management;

·       Experience working with the GEF or GEF-evaluations;

·       Experience working in Pakistan;

·       Demonstrated understanding of issues related to gender and Sustainable Land Management; experience in gender sensitive evaluation and analysis.

30

 

·        Excellent communication skills;

·        Demonstrable analytical skills;

·        Project evaluation/review experiences within United Nations system will be considered an asset

30

 

Financial proposal

30

 

Total Score

Technical score 70+30 Financial

 

Weight per Technical Competence

Weak: Below 70%

 

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a WEAK capacity for the analyzed competence

Satisfactory: 70-75%

 

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a SATISFACTORY capacity for the analyzed competence

Good: 76-85%

 

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence

Very Good: 86-95%

 

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a VERY GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence

Outstanding: 96-100%

 

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a OUTSATNDING  capacity for the analyzed competence


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.

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