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National Consultant for Interim Evaluation of GCF funded Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project (CRIWMP) - For Sri Lankans only
|Location :||Colombo with travel to Kurunegala, Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Mannar, Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Polonnaruwa Districts, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||09-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||December 2020 to 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.
The project was designed to support the Government of Sri Lanka to strengthen the resilience of small-holder farmers in Sri Lanka’s dry zone, who are facing increased risks of climate change. The project has adopted a river basin approach to deliver an integrated package of interventions for irrigation and drinking water in the Malwathu Oya, Mi Oya and Yan Oya watersheds in the dry zone. These watersheds cover the districts of Kurunegala, Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Mannar, Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Polonnaruwa.
The key objective of this project is to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers to climate variability and extreme weather events through an integrated approach to water management. The primary measurable benefits include resilient water and agricultural management for 770,500 direct beneficiaries and 1,179,800 indirect beneficiaries who will gain from improved water management, resilient agriculture practices, and the provision of climate and weather information. The project envisions initiating a paradigm shift in how water resources are managed, especially in the dry and intermediate climate zones of Sri Lanka. This shift is catalyzed through an integrated approach incorporating climate change concerns; understanding linkages across river basins/sub-river basins; and covering multiple uses of water including irrigation, agriculture, livelihoods, drinking water and disaster management. The Project’s bottom-up approach to integrated water management involves the preparation of integrated cascade water resource development and management plans. These plans cover a host of water management aspects including drinking water management, groundwater management, climate-smart agriculture development, catchment management plans, disaster preparedness plan, and, etc. These aspects correspond to the three outputs of the project while also recognizing the interconnectedness of the said outputs.
The three outputs of the project include,
Resources from the Green Climate Fund, in conjunction with government co-financing, will invest in improving the community irrigation water infrastructure and associated agricultural practices, scaling-up decentralized drinking water systems, and strengthening early warnings and forecasting for flood-response and water management. The grant from the Green Climate Fund is USD 38.08 million, with a government co-financing contribution of USD 14 million.
The project is implemented using UNDP’s National Implementation Modality (NIM), with significant UNDP support to implementation. The implementing partner (IP) for the project is the Ministry of Irrigation (formerly, the IP was the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment). However, with the Presidential/ Parliamentary elections of 2020, the portfolio of irrigation and water management was shifted to a new Ministry, requiring the project to change its Implementing Partner). The Project Board is responsible for providing overall direction, and consists of a wide group of project stakeholders including the Ministry of Irrigation, UNDP, the Department of External Resources, the Department of National Planning, and several Responsible Parties to the project, including the Department of Agrarian Development, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of National Community Water Supply, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, and the Ministry of Disaster Management.
The Interim Evaluation will assess progress towards the achievement of the project objectives and outcomes as specified in the Funded Activity Agreement (FAA), Funding Proposal (FP) and Project Document, and assess early signs of project success or failure with the goal of identifying the necessary changes to be made in order to set the project on-track to achieve its intended results. The Interim Evaluation will also review the project’s strategy and its risks to sustainability.
The Interim Evaluation will assess implementation of the project and its alignment with the FAA  obligations and progress towards the achievement of the project objectives and outcomes as specified in the Project Document. The evaluation will assess early signs of project success or failure with the goal of identifying the necessary changes to be made in order to set the project on-track to achieve its intended results. The Interim Evaluation will also assess the following:
 FAA: https://info.undp.org/docs/pdc/Documents/LKA/Executed_FAA_UNDP_SriLanka_07062017.pdf
Scope of services
The strategic implementation of CRIWMP project in the country since 2017 was carried out in the dry zone of the country by ensuring an integrated water management to adapt to impacts of climate change as a scaled-up operation of previous learnings and has currently reached half way point. The progress of the project is thus required to be assessed for:
The Interim Evaluation will require to rate the project’s results and highlight associated achievements. Refer Annex-01 for comprehensive details.
Interim Evaluation Arrangements
A team of two independent consultants will conduct the Interim Evaluation; International Consultant who will serve as the Team Leader (with experience and exposure to GCF/ GEF projects and evaluations in other regions globally) and one National Expert based in Sri Lanka. The International Consultant will operate remotely but will lead the evaluation in close coordination with the national consultant.
The International Consultant will be responsible for deciding on the evaluation methodology, based on discussions with the project team and any restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 situation in-country. The development of the data collection methodologies and tools (including questionnaires) will be led by the International Consultant, with support from the National Expert. Following the literature review, stakeholder consultations and field data collection, the International Consultant will lead the process of presenting the preliminary findings to the project stakeholders, which will be followed by the development of the draft interim evaluation report. The International Consultant will be responsible for finalizing the report based on comments received.
The International Consultant will receive in-country support from the National Expert, who will be responsible for organizing and conducting field missions, interviews and field data collection. The National Consultant will be responsible for arranging key informant interviews and focus group discussions with a wide range of stakeholders, which should be arranged virtually if possible, to facilitate the participation of the International Consultant. The National Expert will provide technical and administrative support to the International Consultant at the various stages of the Interim Evaluation, including data collection, desk reviews, presentations and drafting of the report.
It is mandatory for consultants not to have participated in the project preparation, formulation, and/or implementation (including the writing of the Project Document) and should not have a conflict of interest with project’s related activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
The interim evaluation will require to compile the review report setting out the evaluation’s evidence-based conclusions, in light of the findings containing and an analysis of achievements and way forward to achieve the desired objectives in future. Recommendations should be succinct suggestions for critical intervention that are specific, measurable, achievable, and relevant. The evaluation should contain no more than 15 recommendations.
DURATION OF THE WORK
The duration of this national assignment is from December 2020 to April 2021 with the achievement of following set deliverable targets;
ACTIVITY - NUMBER OF WORKING DAYS - COMPLETION DATE
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
HOW TO APPLY
The application should contain:
All-Inclusive Lump Sum Fee: LKR
Amount in words: LKR
Note: Payments will be based on the successful completion of agreed milestones i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel, honorarium, board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily premiums and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.
For an Individual Contractor who is 65 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. Such medical examination costs must be factored into the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
Note: Any additional human resource requirements shall be proposed and factorised into the financial proposal which is to be clearly indicated.
The Letter of Confirming Interest and Availability form are uploaded in documents section, furthermore is available in the following link:
Please note you can upload only one document in the online application, therefore combine the CV, and the Letter of Confirmation of Interest (FInancial Proposal) and Availability as ONE PDF and upload it accordingly.
Payment for Services
Payments will be based on milestones certified by the UNDP Programme Quality/Design Analyst.
Payment Milestones will be as follows and required to be delivered jointly with the International Consultant hired for the same purpose;
Deliverable - % Out of All-Inclusive Lump Sum
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the minimum criteria will progress to the pool for short listing. Shortlisted Candidates will be then assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria noting that an interview will be conducted to the shortlisted candidates.
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.