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International Consultant for Final Evaluation of Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience (IBFCR) Project
|Location :||Dhaka, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||23-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||18 days over a period of 1.5 month|
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 overarching objectives of this US$ 2.50 million grant funded project are to rationalise the Public Financial Management (PFM) of climate finance and introduce a climate policy-based focus to planning, budgeting and performance management of climate finance by implementing the GoB’s Climate Fiscal Framework. The project is being implemented by Finance Division, Ministry of Finance since July 2016 and will come to an end on 30 September 2021. It intends to foster a sustainable basis for identifying, maximising and managing sources and application of funds for financing climate resilient actions. The project further intends to develop climate related capacity and expertise within Finance Division and develop stronger relationships and collaborative partnerships with other major climate stakeholders, but primarily with Economic Relations Division and the National Designated Authority (NDA) of Bangladesh to the Green Climate Fund (GCF); Programming Division and General Economics Division of Planning Commission; Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Local Government Division; Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief; Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock; Ministries implementing Social Safety Nets programmes in climate vulnerable regions; Ministry of Women and Children Affairs; Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General; and the National Parliament that will enable Bangladesh to pursue maximised benefits of national and international climate finance.
It will also aim to enhance the recognition of climate policy and national strategy in the key Finance Division led PFM processes including Budget, Medium Term Budget Framework (MTBF) and attendant Performance Management Systems, Ministry Budget Frameworks (MBF) and the Medium-Term Macroeconomic Framework (MTMF). It will also work closely with other projects within the Finance Division, Economic Relations Division, Internal Resource Division, General Economics Division, Programming Division, Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) to develop greater cohesion between Finance Division led PFM initiatives and Programming Division led Public Investment Management (PIM) initiatives and the Annual Development Programme (ADP) in respect of the recognition of climate issues on a national interest basis. The project is built on the Climate Fiscal Framework finalised in June 2014 and will align with existing and future PFM and PIM reform programmes led by Finance Division and Programming Division. The project has five components:
1. Climate Fiscal Framework implementation and management
2. Strategic climate change sensitive planning and budgeting management
3. Climate public finance governance strengthened
4. Strengthening Finance Division’s coordination roles in climate public finance management
5. More effective planning and budgeting for climate change finance at the local level
Objectives of Evaluation
The overall objective of the assignment is to conduct the final evaluation of “Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience (IBFCR) Project”. The specific objectives of final evaluation will be but not limited to the following:
In particular, final evaluation will assess the following aspects of the IBFCR project:
Relevance: Are the project outcomes consistent with the national priorities, UNDP corporate priorities, and did they remain relevant over time?
Efficiency: To what extent was best value-for-money obtained (results delivered vs resources expended)?
Effectiveness: To what extent were the objectives achieved based on approved results framework? What were the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
Results/ Outcomes/ Impact: What are the positive and negative, and foreseen and unforeseen, changes and effects driven by project-supported interventions? Results include direct project outputs, short-to medium term outcomes, and longer-term potential impact including national benefits, replication effects and other, local effects.
Sustainability: National ownership of the results and the likely ability of project-supported interventions to continue to deliver benefits for an extended period of time after completion. Assess project’s role in influencing wider policy at national and international level and to what extent benefits of project intervention will continue or are likely to continue.
Lessons learned: The evaluation will also document the innovations and lessons learned from the project. This includes analysis of what has worked and what has not as well as observations related to the project design, management and operation of the project.
Recommendations: Considering the progress made this far, what could be future steps for Government and Development Partners to promote effective development cooperation. What could be further improved if UNDP or any other agency implements a similar project in the near future.
Evaluation shall incorporate funding analysis and gender analysis. It also covers assessment of project design, project management, and M&E system.
The overall evaluation should be in line with PFM Reforms Strategy (2016-2021), Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) 2009, 7th Five Year Plan, SDG, UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Fund (UNSDCF), UNDP Country Program Document (CPD) 2017-2020 and other national priorities.
Scope of Evaluation
The evaluation consultant will be responsible for conducting final evaluation of “Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience (IBFCR) Project”. The evaluation consultant is expected to provide an independent review of the performance of the project in relation to the following key aspects:
Knowledge Management and Communication
The final formulation of the scope of evaluation will be agreed in consultation with UNDP country office and the project team. Additional considerations may be added at the discretion of UNDP.
Duties and Responsibilities
Timeline and Scope of Work
Methodology and Approach of Evaluation
An evaluation consultant is expected to propose and determine a sound evaluation design and methodology (including detailed methodology to answer each evaluation question) and submit it to UNDP together with the inception report following a review of all key relevant documents and meetings with representatives of UNDP, the Government, donor, and any other stakeholder. However, it is suggested that the evaluation should use a mixed method approach – collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data using multiple sources in order to draw valid and evidence-based findings and conclusions and practical recommendations. The evaluator is expected to review all relevant reports providing quantitative data collected by IBFCR project, UNDP, the Government or other agencies. Data and evidence will be triangulated to address evaluation questions.
As the IBFCR project is policy-oriented, final evaluation will also look into the project’s impact on relevant policies of the government and broader policy-level impacts which could be attributable to project’s interventions. This requires robust evaluation methodology and analytical framework using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The evaluation consultant is expected to propose an appropriate methodology in the inception report.
Final decisions about the specific design and methods for the evaluation will be made through consultation among the IBFCR project, UNDP, the consultants and key stakeholders about what is appropriate and feasible to meet the evaluation purpose and objectives as well as answer the evaluation questions, given limitations of budget, time and data.
The data collection process should be participatory engaging government high officials, implementing and donor partners, project concerns, key stakeholders and a wide cross-section of staff and beneficiaries incorporating gender equity approach.
The evaluation should at least include the following data collection approach but not limited to:
Document review: Read key background documentation on IBFCR project. These documents include, inter alia: project document, TAPP, annual work plans and budgets, quarterly and annual progress reports, quarterly and annual expenditure reports, minutes of Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meetings, project Steering Committee (PSC) meetings, any other public documents and publication describing IBFCR activities.
Consultation (Key Informant Interviews and Focus Group Discussions): Interview key stakeholders-including representatives from GoB; current and previous project management and directors, UNDP management; other development partners, key CSO representatives. Selection of interviewees will be decided in consultation with UNDP during the inception phase. The evaluator will use UNDP guidelines for reviews and comply with the UNEG “Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation” and will respect confidentiality of information providers. The evaluation activities shall be based on UNDP evaluation principles, norms and standards that are outlined in the UNDP Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (2010).
Information/Data available from UNDP/ IBFCR project
Schedule of Payment
The review will take 18 working days over a period of 1 month, broken down as follows:
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Leadership and self-management:
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum Masters degree in Economics/ Finance/ Public Policy/ Public Administration/ Social Science or related fields.
Years of experience
The proposal will be evaluated using the following criteria:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% in technical score would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
The Financial proposal of the technically qualified candidates will be evaluated based on the formula provided below. The maximum number of points (30) assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
P= y(µ/z) where,
P= points for the financial proposal being evaluated
Y= maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ= price of the lowest price proposal
z= price of the proposal being evaluated
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. If an Offeror 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 Offeror must indicate this at this point and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.