Terminal Evaluation International Consultant for Adapt Plan Project


Location : Lilongwe, MALAWI
Application Deadline :05-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
02-Sep-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :16 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :16 working days

Background

This is the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the UNDP-GEF Terminal Evaluation (TE) of the full -sized project titled Implementing urgent adaptation priorities through strengthened decentralised and national development plans-ADAPT PLAN (PIMS#4958). The project is implemented by the Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining with support from Global Environment Facility (GEF)-Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP). This ToR sets out the expectations for this TE. 


Duties and Responsibilities

The Objectives of the Assignment:

The project was designed to: 

  • Respond to barriers to the effective implementation of the policy and mainstreaming of adaptation into development planning.
  • To establish and then demonstrate the institutional framework required to mainstream adaptation into development planning at national and local levels, beginning with 3 line ministries (Agriculture, Water and Forestry) and 3 case study districts (Nkhata Bay, Ntcheu and Zomba). 
  • To establish adaptation indicators that will be used by the appropriate parties at local and national level to determine the level of finances to be allocated to planned activities, thereby incentivizing active incorporation of adaptation and climate proofing and enabling implementation of MGDSII/III.

Project goals are realized through three (3) interlinked components that address barriers to the effective implementation of the policy and mainstreaming of adaptation into development planning, which are:

  • Outcome 1: Strengthened awareness and ownership of adaptation and climate risk reduction processes at local level;
  • Outcome 2: Diversified and strengthened livelihoods for vulnerable people in target areas;
  • Outcome 3: Mainstreamed adaptation in broader development frameworks at country level and in targeted vulnerable areas;

The TE 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.


Competencies

  • Excellent analytical, writing, advocacy, presentation, and communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural and inter-disciplinary environments;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner;
  • Excellent proficiency in English language
  • Openness to receive feedback and change;
  • Demonstration of integrity and ethical standards;
  • Positive and constructive attitude to work;
  • Sensitivity to different culture, gender, religion, race, nationality and age

 


Required Skills and Experience

Requirements for Experience and Qualifications:

Under this assignment, there will be two evaluators and the International Consultant will work closely with the National Consultant. The consultant shall have prior experience in evaluating similar projects. Experience with GEF financed projects is an advantage. The International Consultant will have the overall responsibility for the conduct of the evaluation exercise as well as quality and timely submission of reports (inception, draft, final etc). The International Consultant will be accountable to UNDP for the delivery results on this assignment. The evaluator selected should not have participated in the project preparation and/or implementation and should not have conflict of interest with project related activities.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum ten (10) years of relevant professional experience in conducting evaluations of development programmes and projects supported by the UN or other similar international organizations (10 points).
  • A Master’s degree in Climate Change, Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Social Sciences, Development Studies, or other closely related field (10 points);

Experience:

  • Experience working with the GEF or GEF-evaluations (10 points);
  • Experience working in Malawi or other African countries with similar context (10 points);
  • Minimum seven (7) years of work experience in climate change adaptation (10 points);
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to gender and climate change vulnerability and adaptation; experience in gender sensitive evaluation and analysis (10 points);
  • Proven experience in leading an evaluation mission as a team leader (10 points);
  • Excellent communication skills in English;

Language:  English

Documents to be Included When Submitting the Proposals:

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  • CV including at least 3 references and a Personal History Form (P11 form);
  • Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment; (max 1 page)
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price and all other travel related costs (such as flight ticket, per diem, etc), supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template attached to the Letter of Confirmation of Interest template.  If an applicant is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the applicant must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. 

Travel:

  • All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. UNDP does not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the International Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses will be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed

All application materials should be submitted in English by email to procurement.mw@undp.org by 5th July 2019. Please include “ADAPT PLAN UNDP-GEF Terminal Evaluation 2019” in the subject line of the email. The UNDP will not accept proposals via printed hardcopy.

Evaluation Approach and Method:

  • An overall approach and method for conducting project terminal evaluations of UNDP supported GEF financed projects has 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. A set of questions covering each of these criteria have been drafted and are included with the guidance (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 based in the region and key stakeholders. The evaluator is expected to conduct a field mission to Nkhatabay, Ntcheu and Zomba district councils, including the project hotspot sites in the 3 districts. Interviews will be held with stakeholder organizations and individuals.
  • The evaluator will review all relevant sources of information, such as the project document, project reports – including Annual Progress Reports (APR) and Project Implementation Reports (PIR), Community Based Adaptation (CBA) interventions reports, project budget revisions, midterm review, quarterly progress reports, project tracking tools, project files, national strategic and legal documents, technical studies and any other material that the evaluator considers useful for this evidence-based assessment. The project team will share a list of documents with the evaluator for review.

Evaluation Criteria & Ratings:

  • An assessment of project performance will be carried out, based against expectations set out in the Project Logical Framework/Results, 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 the guidance note (Annex D).

Project Finance/Co-finance:

  • 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, which will be included in the terminal evaluation report. 

Mainstreaming:

  • UNDP supported GEF financed projects are key components in UNDP country programming, as well as regional and global programmes. The evaluation will assess the extent to which the project was successfully mainstreamed with other UNDP priorities, including poverty alleviation, improved governance, the prevention and recovery from natural disasters, and gender. In addition, the evaluation will be included in the country office evaluation plan.

Impact:

  • The evaluators will assess the extent to which the project is achieving impacts or progressing towards the achievement of impacts. Key findings that should be brought out in the evaluations include whether the project has demonstrated: a) verifiable improvements in ecological status, b) verifiable reductions in stress on ecological systems, or c) demonstrated progress towards these impact achievements.

Conclusions, Recommendations & Lessons:

  • The evaluation report must include a chapter providing a set of conclusions, recommendations and lessons. 

Implementation Arrangements:

  • The principal responsibility for managing this evaluation resides with the UNDP CO in Malawi. The UNDP CO will contract the evaluators (1 International Consultant and 1 National Consultant) and ensure the timely provision of per diems and travel arrangements within the country for the evaluators. The Project Team will be responsible for liaising with the evaluators to set up stakeholder interviews, arrange field visits, coordinate with the Government etc. 

Evaluation Timeframe:
The total duration of the assignment for International Consultant will be 16 days according to the following plan:

Start date: 2nd September 2019
Preparation: 2 working days (completion date: 6th September 2019)
Evaluation Mission: 10 working days (completion date: 20th September 2019)
Draft Evaluation Report: 2 working days (completion date: 4th October 2019)
Final Report: 2 working days (completion date: 11th October 2019)

Evaluator Ethics:

  • Evaluation consultants will be held to the highest ethical standards and are required to sign a Code of Conduct upon acceptance of the assignment. UNDP evaluations are conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG 'Ethical Guidelines for Evaluations'.

Payment schedule:

  • 1st Payment: 10% Upon approval of the final TE Inception Report
  • 2nd payment: 40% Following submission and approval of the 1st draft terminal evaluation report
  • 3rd payment: 50% Following submission and approval (UNDP-CO and UNDP RTA) of the final terminal evaluation report

Deliverables and Reporting Requirements:

  • The International Consultant is expected to deliver the following:
  • Inception Report: No later than 2 weeks before the evaluation mission, International Consultant should provide clarifications on timing and method. International Consultant will consolidate the draft prepared by National Consultant, finalise and submit the final Inception Report to UNDP CO.
  • Presentation: At the end of evaluation mission, International Consultant should submit Initial Findings from the field evaluation mission to project management, UNDP CO.
  • Draft Final Report: Within 3 weeks of the evaluation mission, International Consultant will consolidate, finalise Draft Final Report in full report (per annexed template) with annexes and send to CO to be reviewed by RTA, PCU, GEF OFPs.
  • Final Report: Within 1 week of receiving UNDP comments on draft, International Consultant will consolidate, finalise and send the revised report to CO for uploading to UNDP ERC.

*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.

Evaluation:

  • Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated.  Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the educational background and experience on similar assignments will be weighted at 70% and the price proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring.  The applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score that has also accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/ skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.

  • Qualifications and Methodology 70%
  • Technical proposal/approach to work: 15 points
  • Interview: 15 points
  • Financial Proposal 30%

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For hand delivery documents, please send the envelopes to the following address:

UNDP Malawi Office, PO  Box 30135, Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Or send via email address:

procurement.mw@undp.org

 


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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