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Consultant for Project End Evaluation: REDD+ Investment Programme in Cross River State, Home-based, Nigeria
|Location :||Home-based, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||22-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||10 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||10 Working Days|
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.
Cross River State (CRS) is an integral part of Nigeria’s efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). The State holds over 50% of Nigeria’s remaining pristine forests covering over 640,000ha. This is however being lost at a high rate that averages at 15,000 ha per annum. In a drive to accelerate action to reduce the forest loss, CRS sought financial support through the Governors’ Climate and Forest Task Force (GCFTF) in order to: a) strengthen the capacity within key government agencies to address REDD+ through the requisite enabling conditions; 2) enhance coordination between local, state and national governments; 3) trigger incentives, including those of a fiscal nature to engender behavioural change to reduce deforestation; and 4) promote public-private-partnerships to support REDD+ implementation.
UNDP provides leadership and technical support to Nigeria to deliver on its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and green growth strategy through interventions in the forest sector. UNDP has provided a range of specialized technical services that include leadership on REDD+ programme development processes to support Nigeria’s goal to develop CRS as pilot State for a nested approach to implementation of REDD+. A process was carried out to achieve intense institutional, strategy-building and demonstration activities in Cross River State. The resultant CRS REDD+ strategy laid a solid foundation for the State to transition from REDD+ readiness to implementation. The financial support of the GCFTF was therefore used to implement a project titled “Implementation of REDD+ in Cross River State”, with the aim to develop a roadmap of actions and to mobilise resources for the state to implement its REDD+ strategy. Project implementation commenced in September 2019 and will end in March 2021.
The project has three main activity as follows:
The project has been implemented since 2019. The objective of the project is to enable Cross River State to develop a REDD+ investment programme that would put the State on course to fully implement strategies and activities to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. This evaluation is to be conducted at the end of the project and will focus on the entire implementation period. The overall purpose of the evaluation is to assess the processes and achievements made and to draw lessons that will be reported to UNDP, the donor of the project. More specifically, the evaluation is intended to:
Duties and Responsibilities
The following focus areas and key questions will guide the end project evaluation:
The independent evaluation will comply with evaluation norms and standards and follow ethical safeguards which adhere to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) evaluation norms and standards. The evaluation is an independent evaluation and the final methodology and evaluation questions will be determined by the evaluator in consultation with the Nigeria Country Office of UNDP.
The evaluation will apply a mixed-methods approach, engaging with key stakeholders of the project at all levels. To collect the data for analysis, the evaluation will make use of the techniques listed below (but not limit to):
The data and information should be collected and analyzed with appropriate gender disaggregation. The evaluator may adapt the methodology, but any changes should be agreed between the UNDP Country Office and the evaluator.
The Final Report:
The content and structure of the final analytical report with findings,
recommendations and lessons learned covering the scope of the evaluation should include the following:
To simplify the evaluation process and obtain maximum comparability, interested evaluators/candidates are requested to submit a proposal in the manner and format described below:
An understanding of the issues at stake in relation to the work to be performed and the ability to perform the work within the time frame provided.
An explanation of the experience and qualifications with particular respect to M&E aspects.
A description of the methodology and proposed tools for undertaking the project evaluation within the allocated time and budget and the use of technology and communication processes used to discuss the issues with management.
A financial offer including of a detailed budget in columns (fees, other costs). This should be provided in costs per day for a 10-day assignment over the period of one month.
Any additional information, not specifically requested, but would be deemed useful in supporting the evaluation proposal.
Required Skills and Experience
The evaluator shall have the following expertise and qualification: