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Date Posted: 06/Feb/2014
Deadline: 20/Feb/2014

Terminal Evaluator IW: LEARN CTI

 

 

Background Information - UNOPS


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
 
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
 
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
 
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
  

Background Information - IWC

 

International Waters Cluster

 

The UNOPS International Waters Cluster specializes in executing projects to prevent and reverse the degradation of transboundary water systems, including multi-country rivers and large marine ecosystems such as oceans, lake basins and shared groundwater resources. The cluster is executing over 30 projects for its partners, helping countries to work together and share knowledge to reduce ecological stress, such as that caused by overfishing and industrial pollution.

Background Information - Job-specific

 

The project was designed to ensure that coastal and marine ecosystems, especially in the Coral Triangle, are managed sustainably, with improved linkages to river basin and groundwater management and equitable outcomes for all communities that depend on these resources for their livelihoods and with long term protection of the globally significant biological diversity in coastal and marine ecoregions.

The core operational activities of the project focus on the Asia-Pacific Coral Triangle countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. The project incorporates a global component aimed at advancing the oceans, coasts and small island developing states targets of the 2002 Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, and at addressing emerging challenges such as climate change impacts and improved governance of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction. The project also contributes to the World Ocean Conference which was held in Manado, Indonesia in May 2009, the GEF Fifth Biennial International Waters Conference held in Cairns, Australia in October 2009, and the Fifth Global Oceans Conference, held in Paris, France, April 2010.

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 and GEF programming. 

The TE will be conducted according to the guidance, rules and procedures established by UNDP and GEF as reflected in the UNDP Evaluation Guidance for GEF Financed Projects.  

Functional Responsibilities

 

An overall approach and method[1] for conducting project terminal evaluations of UNDP-supported GEF-financed projects have been developed over time. The evaluator is expected to frame the evaluation using the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact, as defined and explained in the UNDP Guidance for Conducting Terminal Evaluations of  UNDP-supported, GEF-financed Projects.    A  set of questions covering each of these criteria have been drafted. The evaluator is expected to amend, complete and submit this matrix 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, project team and in particular the UNDP GEF Technical and Principal Advisers, UNOPS, ADB, and relevant project implementing partners.  This TE is expected to be done through interviews of key stakeholders (possibly interviewing directly and via teleconference). Interviews will be held with the following organizations and individuals at the minimum:

  • Project Staff (Project Implementation Coordinator) at UNDP APRC.
  • Project Focal points of component 1 from GOF, component 2 from IW:LEARN team and Component 3 from ADB
  • Relevant UNDP and UNOPS staff

Although the independent evaluators should feel free to discuss with authorities concerned all matters relevant to their assignment, they are not authorized to make any commitment on behalf of UNDP, UNOPS, ADB or GEF.

The evaluator will review all relevant sources of information, such as the project document, project reports – including Annual APR/PIR, project budget revisions, midterm review, progress reports, GEF focal area tracking tools, project files, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the evaluator considers useful for this evidence-based assessment. 

The evaluator is also expected to validate the GEF IW Tracking Tools and the confiancing amounts and annexed to the final evaluation report.

The evaluation team
The evaluation team will be composed of two evaluation specialists.  The first (team leader) will also have work experience in Coastal and Ocean Management and the second (team member) in Knowledge Management.  The specialists may be internal or external and national or international, provided they should possess the qualifications specified in the detailed Terms of Reference.  The evaluators selected should not have participated in the project preparation and/or implementation and should not have conflict of interest with project related activities.

Duties and Responsibilities for the team leader

1) Preparation of Inception report included team work plan and schedule.  The Specialist will coordinate with the other team member in developing the team’s work plan and schedule for the implementation of the final evaluation. The Specialist is expected to attend meetings and participate in team discussions and provide technical inputs relevant to his field of expertise.

2) Data gathering.  The Specialist will gather data through desk-top review of the available and relevant documents, and conduct interviews (via teleconference) or field visits (if necessary) to the following sites and relevant offices:

-       CTI Secretariat;

-       Relevant CT countries if deemed necessary

3) Analysis and evaluation.  The Specialist will evaluate the effectiveness of the overall project management strategies, approaches and methodology in relation to the project development objectives and the overall global environmental goals as mentioned in Evaluation Criteria & Ratings section.  


The evaluation team is expected to deliver the following:


1) Inception Report

Evaluator provides clarifications on timing and method no later than one week after the start of the assignment to Project Coordinator and UNDP RTA

2) Presentation

Initial Findings. Evaluator submits to Project Coordinator and UNDP RTA and ADB

3) Draft Final Report

Full report,  with annexes and GEF IW Tracking tool. Within 2 weeks of the completion of telephone interviews. Evaluator submits to Project Coordinator, project implementing partners, UNDP RTA, UNOPS and ADB for review and comments

4) Final Report*

Revised report with completed GEF IW Tracking tool. Within 2 week of receiving comments from UNDP and relevant partners on draft. The final report should be sent to UNDP APRC for uploading to UNDP ERC. ADB will also receive a copy.

*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. 

Payment modalities and specifications

For the Evaluation Team Leader:

30%: Following submission and approval of the Inception report (Team Work plan)

40% Following submission and approval of the 1ST draft terminal evaluation report

30% Following submission and approval (UNDP RTA) of the final terminal evaluation report

 

[1] For additional information on methods, see the Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results, Chapter 7, pg. 163

Education/Experience/Language requirements

 

The Specialist is an expert in project evaluation with work experience in coastal and ocean or natural resource management. The Specialist should possess the following qualification:

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience in project design, project cycle management, and project monitoring and evaluation, familiarity with evaluation processes, UN and/or ADB procedures preferred.
  • A thorough understanding of GEF principles and expected impacts in terms of global benefits;
  • Notable experience with coastal and ocean, transboundary waters management or natural resource management in GEF IW project regions, particularly in East Asia.
  • Academic and/or professional background in coastal and ocean or natural resource management, knowledge management, development studies or related fields, or equivalent demonstrated experience. A minimum of 10 years relevant experience is required in relevant fields;
  • Experience in Knowledge Management at multi-institutional scales.
  • Excellent ability to work in English, effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience with researching and writing on international environment and/or international development issues;
  • Facility and access to use of Internet email and Microsoft office (word, excel etc)

Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: I-ICA 4
Contract duration: approximately 2 months, lumpsum


For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx


 

Additional Considerations

 

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 

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Terminal Evaluator IW: Learn

Background Information - UNOPS


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
 
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
 
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
 
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
  

Background Information - IWC

 

International Waters Cluster

 

The UNOPS International Waters Cluster specializes in executing projects to prevent and reverse the degradation of transboundary water systems, including multi-country rivers and large marine ecosystems such as oceans, lake basins and shared groundwater resources. The cluster is executing over 30 projects for its partners, helping countries to work together and share knowledge to reduce ecological stress, such as that caused by overfishing and industrial pollution.

Background Information - Job-specific

 

Today, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment.  An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.  The GEF international waters focal area targets transboundary water systems, such as river basins with water flowing from one country to another, groundwater resources shared by several countries, or marine ecosystems bounded by more than one nation. The GEF currently unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives.

Since its inception in 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $10.5 billion in grants and leveraging $51 billion in co-financing for over 2,700 projects in over 165 countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 14,000 small grants directly to civil society and community based organizations, totaling $634 million.

The International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource network (GEF IW:LEARN) is one of these projects, and its mandate is to promote experience sharing and learning among the GEF International Waters (IW) projects and the country officials, agencies, and partners working on them.  IW:LEARN operates as a central hub of information and knowledge sharing and delivers a host of programmatic initiatives for the benefit of the GEF IW portfolio of projects. In pursuit of its global and regional objectives, IW:LEARN seeks to strengthen global portfolio experience sharing and learning, dialogue facilitation, targeted knowledge sharing and replication in order to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of GEF IW projects to deliver tangible results in partnership with other IW initiatives.

The project will achieve this through the following 5 components:

  • Component 1:  MENARID Programme – Support via Land/Ground Water Integrated Management and Regional Portfolio Learning and Dialogue
  • Component 2:  Learning and Replication of Good Practices in Transboundary Surface and Groundwater Management
  • Component 3:  Global and GEF IW Portfolio Learning and Dialogue to Enhance Project Delivery and Impact
  • Component 4:  Information Management and Communications Platform to Support GEF IW Projects Learning and Dialogue
  • Component 5: Programmatic Management Tools and Innovative Approaches related to Climate / Water and Private Sector Participation to Enhance GEF IW Portfolio Project Performance

More information about GEF IW:LEARN is available at www.IWLEARN.net

The Terminal Evaluation will be conducted according to the guidance, rules and procedures established by UNDP and GEF as reflected in the UNDP Evaluation Guidance for GEF Financed Projects.  

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.   

Functional Responsibilities

 

An overall approach and method[1] for conducting project terminal evaluations of UNDP supported GEF financed 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 Guidance for Conducting Terminal Evaluations of UNDP-supported, GEF-financed Projects.    A set of questions covering each of these criteria have been drafted.The evaluator is expected to amend, complete and submit this matrix as part of an evaluation inception report, and shall include it as an annex to the final report. 

Further, the evaluation should include an assessment of the project based on the GEF Evaluation Office’s guidelines on an overall Theory of Change. This method is, in brief, a set of assumptions that explain both the mini-steps that lead to the long-term goal of interest and the connections between program activities and outcomes that occur at each step of the way. Assumptions explain both the connections between early, intermediate and long term outcomes and the expectations about how and why proposed interventions will bring them about. Often, assumptions are supported by research, strengthening the case to be made about the plausibility of theory and the likelihood that stated goals would be accomplished. More information about the Theory of Change method, as understood and used by the GEF Evaluation office, may be found on the GEFs website[2].

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 the IW: LEARN project staff, agency staff from the UNDP, UNOPS, and UNEP, the GEF, and other stakeholders. Subject to financial availability and timing, the evaluator may be expected to attend an IW:LEARN event in 2014. Interviews will be held in person or by phone/Skype with the following organizations and individuals at a minimum:

  •        Staff of the Project Coordinating Unit (Bratislava, Bangkok and Nairobi based PCU teams)
  •        Vladimir Mamaev, UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisor
  •        Isabelle van der Beck, UNEP GEF IW Portfolio Manager
  •        GEF Secretariat International Waters Technical Team
  •        IW:LEARN executing partners (UNESCO, UNU, IUCN, GWP-Med, IUCN, CEP, Rhodes University)
  •        Katrin Lichtenberg or Kirk Bayabos, UNOPS Senior Portfolio Manager in Copenhagen
  •        Project Executing Partners (inter alia, UNESCO, IUCN, GWP, UNU)
  •        Representatives of the project beneficiaries: GEF IW project managers and other project stakeholders
  •        Other constituencies and stakeholders not directly involved in the project who may have experienced, or may be expected to experience, its impacts.

The evaluator will review all relevant sources of information, such as the project document, project reports – including Annual APR/PIR, project budget revisions, midterm review, progress reports, GEF focal area tracking tools, project files, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the evaluator considers useful for this evidence-based assessment. 

The evaluator is expected to deliver the following:

1) Inception Report

Evaluator provides clarifications on timing and method, no later than 2 weeks before the evaluation mission. To be submitted to PCU and RTA

2) Presentation

Initial Findings by the end of evaluation mission. To be submitted to PCU and RTA

3) Draft Final Report

Full report, with annexes to be sent to PCU, and reviewed by RTA, UNDP CO within 3 weeks of the evaluation mission

4) Final Report*

Revised report should be submitted within 1 week of receiving UNDP comments on draft. The final report should be signed by RTA and sent to UNDP CO for uploading to UNDP ERC.

*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. 

 

[1] For additional information on methods, see the Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results, Chapter 7, pg. 163

[2] For additional information of the Theory of Change method, see the GEF Evaluation Office’s guidelines on Impact Evaluations, Section 1, page 8

Education/Experience/Language requirements

 

The Evaluator will be an international consultant. The consultant shall have prior experience in evaluating similar projects.  Experience with GEF financed 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:

  • 10 years of technical knowledge and experience in the thematic areas related to water resource management, environmental management, international waters, climate change, transboundary monitoring, and other environmental issues; (with at least one year of demonstrated senior management of a GEF International Waters project), and strongly preferred, familiarity with regulations and procedures of the UN System and execution of UN-implemented projects and in particular experience in GEF, UNDP, UNEP, UNOPS procedures and projects;
  • Substantive experience in reviewing and evaluating similar technical assistance projects, preferably those involving UNDP/GEF or other United Nations agencies, development agencies and major donors. Sound RBM expertise (especially result-orientated monitoring and evaluation); Demonstrated ability to reliably contribute to output and outcome-based evaluations, both assessment and learning aspects; Familiarity with MTE process, UN and/or World Bank M&E procedures preferred.
  • A Master degree in water resources management, environment, natural resource management, development studies, international relations, knowledge management or relevant field required.
  • Familiarity with GEF International Waters strategic programs, operations and evaluation guidelines, and portfolio advantageous.
  • Experience with knowledge management (KM) approaches and methodologies at a multi-institutional scale, with basic-level understanding of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to support KM.
  • Notable experience with transboundary waters management in GEF IW project regions, particularly where pertinent to Monitoring and Evaluation and/or documenting TWM lessons.
  • Previous experience with results‐based monitoring and evaluation methodologies;
  • Understanding of local actions contributing to global benefits is crucial;
  • Highly knowledgeable of participatory monitoring and evaluation processes; and
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills; demonstrated ability to assess complex situations in order to succinctly and clearly distil critical issues and draw well supported conclusions, required.

Also desirable:

  • Familiarity with or, ideally, work experience in GEF International Waters recipient countries and/or with donors or related NGOs; 
  • Proficiency in at least one other UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish or Russian).

Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: I-ICA 4
Contract duration: 3 months lumpsum

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx


 

Additional Considerations

 

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 

 

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