Terminal Evaluation Fiji CB2


Location : FIJI
Application Deadline :07-Aug-20 (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)
17-Aug-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :2 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :25 days

Background

Introduction

In accordance with UNDP and GEF M&E policies and procedures, all full- and medium-sized UNDP-supported GEF-financed projects are required to undergo a Terminal Evaluation (TE) at the end of the project.  This Terms of Reference (ToR) sets out the expectations for the TE of the medium-sized project titled Terminal Evaluation (TE) for the “Capacity Building for Mainstreaming Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements Objectives into the Inter-Ministerial Structures and Mechanisms of the Fiji Government – Fiji Cross-Cutting Capacity Development Project” (PIMS #: 4727) implemented through the UNDP/Department of Environment, Ministry of Waterways and Environment. The project started on the 26th of March 2015 and was in its 4th year of implementation when it reached its operational closure date on September 2019.  The TE process must follow the guidance outlined in the document ‘Guidance for Conducting Terminal Evaluations of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects’ (E-link).

 

Project Description

The project was designed with the objective of integrating and institutionalizing inter-ministerial decision-making to ensure MEA implementation. This objective was designed to be achieved through two components:

  1. The institutional framework is strengthened and more coordinated, and more able to address global environmental concerns: This first component will focus on assessing and structuring an improved consultative and decision-making process that effectively integrates global environmental objectives into existing national environmental legislation.  The project will support the development of capacities of decision-makers to interpret and agree on how best to govern the environment in Fiji that not only meets national priorities, but also global environmental obligations. This component will also include strengthening the process to engage, coordinate and collaborate with non-governmental stakeholders, such as NGOs, civil society, private sector and academia.
  2. Global environmental objectives are reconciled and integrated into national legislation, policy, strategies and planning frameworks: This component will focus on reconciling and strengthening the set of legislative instruments - inclusive of key national policies and programmes – that are used to govern environmental management and ensure that these instruments are aligned with Fiji’s MEA obligations. This will help Fiji to improve its compliance with various related MEA, particularly the three Rio Conventions. This outcome will be achieved through a set of three outputs: the revision of the legislation instruments in place to manage the environment; the strengthening of the monitoring of the environment to be fully in line with Rio Convention reporting obligations; and, the identification of sustainable financing mechanisms for environmental protection and conservation. Activities supported by the project in this area will also build and collaborate with existing initiatives undertaken by the government, the non-government sector and also through the support of donors’ activities.

Concerning Fiji’s COVID-19 context, there were 18 cases initially of which the Fiji Government  through its quarantine and travel restriction were able to reduce to a zero count. In the beginning of July 2020, there were 2 border quarantine cases, returnees from a medical trip to India. The number then increased to 8 cases. They are all well contained and isolated at the border quarantine facility. Despite the excellent control on the COVID-19 cases, Fiji’s economy has been critically impacted. Basic estimation has it that about 25,000 people have lost their jobs, with the tourism industry hit the hardest. Apart from the damaging blow to the tourism industry, global supply chains have been hampered and small enterprises have also lost significant business. Overall, Fiji’s COVID-19 induced economic  picture is bleak with a 5 percent contraction for the 2020-2021 financial year.

A detailed Terms of Reference can be obtained from UNDP Pacific Website

https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=68139


Duties and Responsibilities

The objectives of the evaluation are to

  • assess the achievement of project results supported by evidence (i.e. progress of project’s outcome targets)

  • assess the contribution and alignment of the project to relevant national development plan or environmental policies;

  • assess the contribution of the project results towards the relevant outcome and output of the Sub Regional Programme Document (SRPD) & United Nation Pacific Strategy (UNPS/UNDAF)

  • assess any cross cutting and gender issues

  • examination on the use of funds and value for money and;

draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of UNDP programming

The TE report will assess the achievement of project results against what was expected to be achieved and draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of UNDP programming. Specifically, the TE will need to:

  1. assess the effectiveness of the project in structuring consultative and decision-making process that effectively integrates global environmental objectives into existing national environmental legislation and;

  2. assess the project’s contribution to reconciling and strengthening the set of legislative instruments that govern environmental management ensuring that the Government of Fiji is aligned to its multi-lateral environmental agreement (MEA) obligations.

The TE report promotes accountability and transparency and assesses the extent of project accomplishments

A detailed Terms of Reference can be obtained from UNDP Pacific Website

https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=68139

 


Competencies

Work Experiences:

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience in the area of Development, Environment and Sustainable Development with required technical knowledge in the targeted GEF focal areas: Multi-Focal Areas and Cross Cutting Capacity Development for MEAs
  • Minimum of 5 years of project evaluation and/or implementation experience in the result-based management framework and adaptive management, with proven accomplishments in undertaking evaluation for international organizations, preferably with UNDP-GEF
  • Knowledge of UNDP and GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Policies
  • Excellent English Writing and reporting skills (present at least 3 references of documents prepared).

Good communication skills and positive interrelation.


Required Skills and Experience

A Master's degree in M&E, environment, development studies, or other closely related field

Offerors must send the following documents.

 

  1. Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;

  2. Detailed CV;

  3. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price.

  4. Breakdown of costs must be providedas 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.

  5. Completed template for confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal

     Applicants 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 ( inclusive of Medical insurance), travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the Individual Consultant´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the Individual Consultant 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.

 

 All travel expenses to the country (such as flight ticket, per diem, etc) will be based on reimbursement. In general, UNDP shall not accept travel cost exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the applicant wish to travel on class he/she should do sousing 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.

 

Consultancy Proposal (CV & Financial proposal Template) should be uploaded on UNDP Jobshop website(https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm?cur_rgn_id_c=RAS) no later than 7th August   2020 (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 procurement.fj@undp.org. 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.

 

NOTE:

Proposals must be sent through UNDP job shop web page. Candidates need to upload their CV and financial proposal -using UNDP template

Daily rate to be inclusive of Medical insurance cost for the duration of the contract

 

Selected Candidate will be required to submit a proof of medical insurance prior to issuance of contract

 

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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