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International Consultant for Final Evaluation of EU Water project
|Location :||Home based (with one-time travel to Uzbekistan)|
|Application Deadline :||29-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||30 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||during the period October-November 2020|
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.
UNDP Uzbekistan implements the Component 2 on “Technical Capacity Building” (hereinafter Project) of the “Sustainable Management of Water Resources in rural areas in Uzbekistan” Programme funded by the European Union. The Project is implemented jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water resources of Uzbekistan (MAWR) and aims at strengthening institutional frameworks and technical capacities for water management at basin, water user association and farm levels while increasing awareness on efficient management and use of water resources.
The project has three interlinked components:
Component 1: National Policy Framework for Water Governance and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM);
Component 2: Technical Capacity Building;
Component 3: Awareness Raising.
Expected project Output: Water management services, practices and techniques are strengthened and harmonized within a national framework.
The evaluation will cover the activity results conducted within the Component 2: Technical Capacity Building.
For reaching the above-mentioned output change, the project aims to achieve the following activity results:
Activity result 1: Enhanced capacities of national entities in charge of training provision;
Activity result 2: Strengthened organizational set-up of the water management players and improved advisory mechanisms for improved water supply services;
Activity result 3: Development and implementation of a unified model and approach of capacity building for water management players;
Activity result 4: Enhanced links and networks with EU institutions and practitioners;
Activity result 5: Piloting community development plans with water management as a cross cutting issue.
A list of project’s pilot sites is given in the Annex B to this ToR.
The project contributes to UNDAF 2016-2020 and CPD 2016-2020 outcome: By 2020, rural population benefit from sustainable management of natural resources and resilience to disasters and climate.
As per the Description of the Action of the “Technical Capacity Building” Component of the EU Program, the Project is subject to final review (FR) at the end of its implementation. The FR will determine the progress being made towards the achievement of project outcomes, as well followed the identified course correction made by the MTE at available items. The FR will focus on the effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, impact and timeliness of project implementation; will highlight issues requiring decisions and actions; will present initial lessons learned about the project design, implementation and management. The organization and timing of the FR will be confirmed after consultation between the Environment and Climate Action Cluster (ECAC) of UNDP CO in Uzbekistan and the Consultant.
The details of the project activities are available at
Duties and Responsibilities
This Final Evaluation is initiated by the UNDP Uzbekistan and aims to assess the relevance, performance, management arrangements and success of the project and provide recommendations for possible follow-up. Based on internal assessment and continuous positive feedback of the stakeholders and project beneficiaries, it is envisaged that UNDP Uzbekistan remains committed in continuing its efforts in this field. Therefore, it is anticipated that the outcomes of the evaluation will be a clear source for future planning and prioritization of UNDP Uzbekistan activities in the field of Water Management.
It should also provide the basis for learning and accountability for managers and stakeholders. The evaluation will have to provide to UNDP complete and convincing evidence to support its findings/ratings. Particular emphasis should be put on the project results, the lessons learned from the project and recommendations for the follow-up activities.
COVID-19, impacts and proposed evaluation approach.
Since the mid-March this year, the country has been under quarantine due to COVID-19 outbreak. At the end of April, the first restrictions were lifted in the country. However, due to a repeated outbreak of infection, the authorities later decided to extend the measures until August 15. As of August 25 , 2020, in the country, the official number of patients are 39664, of which 284 people died. The ban on meetings and travel associated with the quarantine had a negative impact on the timely and complete implementation of the project plan. In particular, the restrictions influenced the timely implementation of work on the creation of a monitoring system for the ameliorative state of irrigated lands, as access to the buildings of water management organizations is limited, and there is no possibility of free movement to other regions. As of 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic as the new coronavirus rapidly spread to all regions of the world. Travel to the country has been restricted since the end of March and travel in the country is also restricted. If it is not possible to travel to or within the country for the evaluation then the evaluation team (International and National consultant) should develop a methodology that takes this into account the conduct of the evaluation virtually and remotely, including the use of remote interview methods and extended desk reviews, data analysis, surveys and evaluation questionnaires. This should be detailed in the Inception report and agreed with the Evaluation Manager.
If all or part of the evaluation is to be carried out virtually then consideration should be taken for stakeholder availability, ability or willingness to be interviewed remotely. In addition, their accessibility to the internet/ computer may be an issue as many government and national counterparts may be working from home. These limitations must be reflected in the evaluation report.
If a data collection/field mission is not possible then remote interviews may be undertaken through telephone or online (skype, zoom, etc.). International consultant can work remotely with national evaluator support in the field if it is safe for them to operate and travel. No stakeholders, consultants or UNDP staff should be put in harm’s way and safety is the key priority.
A short validation mission may be considered if it is confirmed to be safe for staff, consultants, stakeholders and if such a mission is possible within the evaluation schedule. Equally, qualified and independent national consultant can be hired to undertake the evaluation and interviews in country as long as it is safe to do so.
The assignment will take place within October and November 2020. It will involve deskwork and meetings with national partners and stakeholders, including project beneficiaries. The international consultant will work in close collaboration with UNDP Uzbekistan CO and relevant stakeholders.
The evaluation is intended to provide a comprehensive overall assessment of the project and to provide recommendations for exit strategy and/or follow-up activities.
The purpose of the Final Evaluation is:
Project performance will be measured based on Project’s Results and Resources Framework, which provides clear indicators for project implementation. The Report of the Final Evaluation will be stand-alone document that substantiates its recommendations and conclusions.
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy RR and in close cooperation with the Cluster, RMU Associate and EU Water Project Manager, the International Consultant for Evaluation of EU Water project will be responsible for the completion of the following tasks and duties:
Project concept and design: The evaluator will assess the project concept and design. He/she should review and provide an evaluation of the project strategy, planned outputs, activities and inputs, implementation modality, clarity and effectiveness of management arrangements and cost-effectiveness of approaches taken in relation to the overall project objectives. The evaluator will assess the achievement of results and targets against the project work plans.
Implementation: The evaluation will assess the implementation of the project in terms of quality and timeliness of inputs, efficiency and effectiveness of activities carried out. Effectiveness of management, the quality and timeliness of monitoring and backstopping by all parties to the project should also be evaluated. In particular, the evaluation is to assess the Project team’s use of adaptive management in project implementation.
Project outputs, outcomes: The evaluation will assess the outputs in relation to the CP outcomes, achieved by the project as well as the likely sustainability of project results. This should encompass an assessment of the achievement of the immediate objectives and the contribution to attaining the overall objective of the project. The evaluation should also assess the extent to which the implementation of the project has been inclusive of relevant stakeholders and to which it has been able to create collaboration between different partners. The evaluation will also examine if the project has had significant unexpected effects, whether of beneficial or detrimental character.
The Final Evaluation will also cover the following aspects:
Results and effectiveness:
Changes in development conditions. Address the following questions, with a focus on the perception of change among stakeholders:
Measurement of change: Progress towards results should be based on a comparison of indicators before and after the project intervention.
Project strategy: How and why outputs contribute to the achievement of the expected results. Examine their relevance and whether they provide the most effective route towards results.
Sustainability: Extent to which the benefits of the project will continue, within or outside the project domain, after it has come to an end. Relevant factors include for example: development of a sustainability strategy, establishment of financial and economic instruments and mechanisms, mainstreaming project objectives into the local economy, etc.
Project’s Adaptive Management Framework:
Gender equality and women’s empowerment and other cross-cutting issues need to be included in the scope of the evaluation.
Formulation of a new results framework for future partnership
The purpose of the formulation of the new results framework for future partnership is to identify the potential entry points for development intervention in the areas of water management. The documents to be prepared by international consultant during formulation of the new results framework for future partnership should comply with UNDP standards on results-based management, and templates for project document. UNDP Environment and Climate Action Cluster will provide these necessary templates to the international consultant.
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy RR and in close cooperation with RMU Associate and Programme Associate on Environment, the International Consultant for evaluation of the Project and the formulation of the new results framework for future partnership will be responsible for the completion of the following tasks and duties:
The Final Evaluation will be done through a combination of techniques, including
- Desk review of all relevant documentation (project outputs and other materials);
- Consultations with stakeholders (partners and beneficiaries) and UNDP staff;
- Validation exercise with UNDP CO and national partners of Project.
Evaluation should involve the wider possible range of stakeholders. Beneficiaries:
- Ministry of Water Resources
- Pilot Basin Irrigation System Authorities
- Pilot Water Users Associations
- Pilot Communities in 6 regions.
- Government Agencies (State Committee for Ecology and Environment, Uzhydromet center and Uzhozvodnadzor Inspection, Ministry of Finance);
- Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Engineers of Mechanization in Agriculture and Irrigation and Water Problems Institute;
- International and regional agencies (EUD, GIZ, UNESCO, CAREC, SDC)
The Consultant will review all relevant sources of information, such as the project document, annual project progress reports, project budget revisions, project board meeting minutes, project files, UNDAF 2016-2020, CPD 2016-2020, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the evaluator considers useful for this evidence-based assessment. A comprehensive list of documents that the project team will provide to the evaluator will be additionally shared with evaluator after contract signing.
UNDP will provide support in the implementation of remote/ virtual meetings. An updated stakeholder list with contact details (phone and email) will be provided by the Country office to the evaluation team.
In line with the UNDP’s financial regulations, when determined by the Country Office and/or the consultant that a deliverable or service cannot be satisfactorily completed due to the impact of COVID19 and limitations to the evaluation, that deliverable or service will not be paid.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation and its implications, a partial payment may be considered if the consultant invested time towards the deliverable but was unable to complete due to circumstances beyond his/her control.
Required Skills and Experience
Years of experience: