International Consultant for for Final Evaluation for the BESD Project


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :23-Nov-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)
18-Jan-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :25 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :18 January to 30 April 2021

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.


Background

In 2018, Cambodia’s population has reached 16 million, more than double compared to 6.9 million in 1980 (MoP, 2019). Accompanying this rapid population growth, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita rose from US$ 300 to US$ 1,308 in 2000 and 2016 respectively. Cambodia has experienced an average annual GDP growth of 7% for the last decade (MEF, 2018), which makes Cambodia become one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia.
Sustaining the economic growth while fully incorporating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Cambodia now faces a new set of development and environmental challenges. The first challenge is the degradation of natural resources with a decline in forest cover from 57% to 47% between 2010 and 2014 (RGC, 2015). The second challenge is a growing volume of waste. Solid waste disposal in municipal landfills has drastically increased from 318,000 tonnes per annum in 2004 to 1.5 million tonnes in 2017. Finally, the rural Cambodians have limited access to affordable, sustainable and clean energy. Electricity cost in Cambodia remains one of the highest within the region.
To address these challenges, with funding support from the Embassy of Sweden, UNDP has supported the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD) in the implementation of the Building an Enabling environment for Sustainable Development (BESD) project since 2019. BESD aims to promote the following innovative solutions for the three environmental challenges:

• Output 1:  Community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) and Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES). This output will test and support community based NRM and to strengthen networks of community based NRM institutions to collectively address and solve challenges. Under this output, operationalizing the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) pilots and proposed recommendations for a national level PES scheme through sustainable financing mechanisms for conservation are also targeted.

• Output 2: Circular Economy for waste management, aims to develop policy and economic measures to promote 4Rs (refuse, reduce, recycle and reuse) of waste, raise public awareness, mobilize stakeholders and support business innovations towards a circular economy for municipal and industrial waste management.

• Output 3: Solar energy for ensuring access to sustainable and clean energy for the poor. For this reason, renewable energy sources such as solar energy offers crucial opportunities for the RGC to increase provision of reliable and affordable electricity access to all Cambodians, specifically for the poorest and vulnerable people living in rural and remote off-grid communities.


Duties and Responsibilities

The specific objectives of the assessment are as follows:

• Assess the overall design and results of the project, i.e. outputs, outcomes, and impacts;
• Assess the overall extent the BESD project has supported the implementing and responsible parties;  
• Assess policy and regulatory tools developed by the BESD project to advance the agenda on an enabling environment of sustainable development, especially NRM, waste and energy sectors;
• Assess how the BESD project has strengthened the capacities of governments and other relevant stakeholders that would contribute to advancing sustainable financing, circular economy policy and solar energy;
• Assess gender sensitivities in the BESD project;
• Review the extent to which the planned project activities can lead to longer-term outputs/outcomes by government and if any adjustments would be required;
• Review and assess the adequacy of budget and expenditures, and provide recommendations on how these areas could have been adjusted;
• Assess relevance and suitability of the indicators in the results framework;
• Assess extent to which the planned activities allow for sustained attainment of project objectives;
• Assess strategies developed and implemented in addressing the key challenges faced by the targeted institutions;
• Assess value for money against outputs produced;
• Assess the extent to which the project generated lessons learnt and shared this information;
• Identify lessons learned (including unsuccessful practices) and any best practices which should be fed into national/sub national approaches/policies, or practices that have significant potential for replication;
• Identify if any important stakeholders have been left out during the course of the project;
• Highlight any strategic findings and recommendations from any external consultant firms/individuals that have been involved in the BESD project. 

Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=72465 for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online


Competencies

• Excellent evaluation skills, including capacity to produce high quality and constructive reports
• Excellent English report writing skills
• Demonstrated analytical skills, ability to assess complex situations, to succinctly and clearly distil critical issues, and to draw practical conclusions
• Demonstrated ability to work with developing country government agencies.
• Experience leading multi-disciplinary, multi-national teams.
• Ability to meet short deadlines. 
• Excellent interpersonal, coordination and planning skills. Sense of diplomacy and tact.
• Ability and willingness to travel to Cambodia
• Computer literate (MS Office package).


Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

Master’s degree or equivalent in environmental economics/policy, natural resource management, development studies or related field relevant to the position.

Experience:

• At least 7 years’ experience conducting project evaluations, including 5 years’ experience evaluating development projects in the field of environmental, natural resource management;
• Proven experience in data collection, analysis and evaluation report writing;
• Proven experience in leading multi-stakeholder consultations with government and other stakeholders in developing countries;
• Prior experience working in Asia
• Previous evaluation experience for UNDP projects is a strong asset;

Language Requirement: Full proficiency in English.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal

3. Personal CV including experience in similar projects, list of publication written by Candidate and at least 3 references.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email aphikovith.phin@undp.org and cc procurement.kh@undp.org . While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice



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