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National Consultant cum Evaluator, Terminal Evaluation
|Location :||Home-Based with travel to Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur where required, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||01-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||Up to 30 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||7 December 2020 – 31 March 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.
In accordance with 2016 UNDP Evaluation Policy, UNDP Country Office in Malaysia is commissioning a terminal evaluation upon completion of a UNDP-supported Government-financed project implementation under the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) 2016 – 2020. This terms of reference (TOR) sets out the expectations for a Terminal Evaluation (TE) of the project titled Implementing the National Sustainable Consumption and Production Blueprint through Government Green Procurement (SCP-GGP).
The details of the SCP-GGP project to be evaluated are as follows:
Project Summary Table
Duties and Responsibilities
OBJECTIVE & SCOPE
The project was designed to provide incremental support that will lead to the full adoption and implementation of the National Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Blueprint, particularly through SCP Pathway 1 Government Green Procurement (GGP); to achieve the 11th Malaysia Plan’s target of 20% of selected groups of products and services in government procurement to be green procurement by year 2020. The project has three main outputs namely:
These outputs will in turn contribute to the achievement of the 11th Malaysia Plan Strategic Thrust 4 Pursuing Green Growth for Sustainability and Resilience, and Country Programme Action Plan 2016 – 2020 between Government of Malaysia and UNDP – Outcome 2 Enhancing national resiliency to climate variability and change.
The TE will be conducted according to the guidance, rules and procedures established by UNDP as reflected in the UNDP Evaluation Guidelines.
The objectives of the evaluation are to assess the achievement of project results, and to draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of UNDP programming.
EVALUATION APPROACH AND METHOD
An overall approach and method (For additional information on methods, see the Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results, Chapter 7, pg. 163) for conducting project terminal evaluations of UNDP supported projects has developed over time. The evaluator is expected to frame the evaluation effort using the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact, as defined and explained in the UNDP Evaluation Guidelines (http://web.undp.org/evaluation/guideline/) and UNDP Guidance for Conducting Terminal Evaluations of UNDP-supported, GEF-financed Projects. The National Consultant cum Evaluator is expected to prepare, amend, complete and submit a set of questions covering each of these criteria in consultation with UNDP Malaysia Country Office; as part of an evaluation inception report, and shall include it as an annex to the final report.
The evaluation must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful. The evaluator is expected to follow a participatory and consultative approach ensuring close engagement with government counterparts, in particular, Economic Planning Unit – the implementing partner, UNDP Country Office, project team, and key stakeholders. Interviews will be held with the following organizations and individuals at a minimum:
The evaluator will review all relevant sources of information, such as the project document, project reports – including Mid-Year Progress Report, Annual Progress Report, project budget revisions, project files, national policy and strategic documents, and any other materials that the evaluator considers useful for this evidence-based assessment. A list of documents that the project team will provide to the evaluator for review is included in Annex A of this Terms of Reference.
EVALUATION CRITERIA & RATINGS
An assessment of project performance will be carried out, based against expectations set out in the Project Logical Framework/Results Framework in the Project Document (which is available at https://open.undp.org/projects/00094672), which provides performance and impact indicators for project implementation along with their corresponding means of verification. The evaluation will at a minimum cover the criteria of: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact. Ratings must be provided on the following performance criteria. The completed table must be included in the evaluation executive summary. The obligatory rating scales are included in Annex B.
PROJECT FINANCE/ CO-FINANCE
The Evaluation will assess the key financial aspects of the project, including the extent of co-financing planned and realized. Project cost and funding data will be required, including annual expenditures. Variances between planned and actual expenditures will need to be assessed and explained. Results from recent financial audits, as available, should be taken into consideration. The evaluator will receive assistance from the Country Office (CO) and Project Team to obtain financial data in order to complete the co-financing table below, which will be included in the terminal evaluation report.
UNDP supported projects are key components in UNDP country programming, as well as regional and global programmes. The evaluation will assess the extent to which the project was successfully mainstreamed with other UNDP priorities, including poverty alleviation, improved governance, the prevention and recovery from natural disasters, and gender.
The evaluator will assess the extent to which the project is achieving impacts or progressing towards the achievement of impacts. Key findings that should be brought out in the evaluations include whether the project has demonstrated: a) verifiable improvements in the implementation of the National Sustainable Consumption and Production Blueprint through government green procurement, and b) demonstrated progress towards these impact achievements.
Conclusions, recommendations & lessons
The evaluation report must include a chapter providing a set of conclusions, recommendations and lessons.
The principal responsibility for managing this evaluation resides with the UNDP Country Office (CO) in Malaysia. The UNDP CO will contract the evaluator and ensure the timely coordination of meeting arrangements within the country for the evaluator. The Project Team will be responsible for liaising with the Evaluator to set up stakeholder interviews, arrange meetings, coordinate with the Government etc.
The total duration of the evaluation will be 30 days according to the following plan:
The evaluation team is expected to deliver the following:
*When submitting the final evaluation report, the evaluator is required also to provide an 'audit trail', detailing how all received comments have (and have not) been addressed in the final evaluation report.
Required Skills and Experience
The National Consultant shall have prior experience in evaluating similar projects. Experience with UNDP-supported projects is an advantage. The evaluator selected should not have participated in the project preparation and/or implementation and should not have conflict of interest with project related activities. The evaluator must present the following qualifications:
Language required for this assignment is English and Malay.
Evaluation consultants will be held to the highest ethical standards and are required to sign a Code of Conduct (Annex C to be provided by UNDP) upon acceptance of the assignment. UNDP evaluations are conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG 'Ethical Guidelines for Evaluations'
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments
1. Annex A: List of Documents to be received by the Evaluators, http://www.my.undp.org/content/dam/malaysia/docs/Procurement/Annex A List of Documents to be revieced by the Evaluators.pdf
2. Annex B: Rating Scales, http://www.my.undp.org/content/dam/malaysia/docs/Procurement/Annex%20B%20Rating%20Scales.pdf
3. Annex C: Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct and Agreement Form http://www.my.undp.org/content/dam/malaysia/docs/Procurement/Annex C Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct and Agreement Form.pdf
4. Annex D: Evaluation Report Outline, http://www.my.undp.org/content/dam/malaysia/docs/Procurement/Annex%20D%20Evaluation%20Report%20Outline.pdf
5. Annex E: Evaluation Report Clearance Form. http://www.my.undp.org/content/dam/malaysia/docs/Procurement/Annex%20E%20Evaluation%20Report%20Clearance%20Form.pdf
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, aboriginal groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.