Mid-term Evaluator

Organization: UNOPS
Closing date: 20 Jan 2018

Background Information – Job-specific

This is the vacancy announcement for the UNDP-GEF Midterm Review (MTR) of the full sized project titled “CLME+: Catalysing Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of Shared Living Marine Resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large marine Ecosystems” (PIMS 5247) implemented through the United Nations Office for Project Services, which is to be undertaken in 2018. The project started on May 2015 and is in its third year of implementation. In line with the UNDP-GEF Guidance on MTRs, this MTR process was initiated before the submission of the third Project Implementation Report (PIR). These ToRs set out the expectations for this MTR. The MTR process must follow the guidance outlined in the document “Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects”.

The Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (jointly referred to as “the CLME+ region”) are two of the world’s 66 Large Marine Ecosystems. Together, they cover a total marine area of ± 4.4 million km2. This vast marine space is a major contributor to regional socio-economic development and is key to many globally important ecological processes. The CLME+ region is bordered by over 35 States and Territories, and is therefore considered one of the most geopolitically diverse and complex marine regions in the world. These culturally diverse countries and territories range from among the largest (e.g. Brazil, USA) to among the smallest (e.g. Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis) and from the most developed to the least developed in the world.

Fisheries and tourism are two key economic drivers in the region that are highly dependent on the health of these marine ecosystems. Over the past decades, pollution, habitat degradation and unsustainable fishing practices have increasingly impacted ecosystem health in the CLME+ region. In 2014 countries bordering the region endorsed a 10-year Strategic Action Programme (SAP) which provides Governments and Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGOs) with a roadmap to reverse degradation of the marine environment and to secure its important resource base. By October 2017, the SAP had been endorsed at the political level by 35 Ministers representing 25 countries and 6 overseas territories from the region.

A US$ 12,5 million grant was released by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) -through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)- to support the execution of a new 5-year Project (the “CLME+ Project”; 2015-2020). This project is seeking tocatalyze the implementation of the larger 10-year, region-wide “CLME+ SAP.

The CLME+ Project consists of five complementary and inter-linked components. The 5 components reflect the Project Rationale and Strategy, and are designed to collectively deliver the Project’s objective: Facilitating EBM/EAF (Ecosystem-based Management/ Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries) in the CLME+ for the sustainable and climate resilient provision of goods and services from shared living marine resources:

C1: Consolidating the institutional, policy and legal frameworks for sustainable and climate-resilient shared living marine resources governance in the CLME+ region

C2: Enhancing the capacity of key institutions and stakeholders to effectively implement knowledge-based EBM/EAF for sustainable shared living marine resources use in the CLME+ region

C3: Implementing EBM/EAF in the CLME+ region

C4: (Pre-)Feasibility assessments to identify major high-priority investment needs and opportunities in the CLME+ region

C5: Monitoring & assessing progress of and results from the overall implementation of the CLME+ SAP, and experience sharing with the global LME practitioners community

Functional Responsibilities

The MTR team will consist of one independent consultant with experience and exposure to projects and evaluations globally and in the region of the project.

The MTR consultant will first conduct a document review of project documents (i.e. Project Document, PIF, ESSP, PIRs, Project Executive Group meeting minutes, etc.) provided by the Project Team and Commissioning Unit. He/she will then participate in a MTR initiation briefing to clarify his/her understanding of the objectives and methods of the MTR, producing the MTR inception report thereafter. It is expected that as part of the MTR, the MTR consultant will undertake an MTR mission, which will consist of interviews with the Project Team and other project stakeholders and, possibly, site visits.

The MTR consultant will assess the following four categories of project progress and produce a draft and final MTR report. See the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects (attached) for requirements on ratings. No overall rating is required.

1. Project Strategy

Project Design:

  • Review the problem addressed by the project and the underlying assumptions. Review the effect of any incorrect assumptions or changes to the context to achieving the project results as outlined in the Project Document.
  • Review the relevance of the project strategy and assess whether it provides the most effective route towards expected/intended results.
  • Review how the project addresses country priorities
  • Review decision-making processes

Results Framework/Logframe:

  • Undertake a critical analysis of the project’s logframe indicators and targets, assess how “SMART” the midterm and end-of-project targets are (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound), and suggest specific amendments/revisions to the targets and indicators as necessary.
  • Examine if progress so far has led to, or could in the future catalyse beneficial development effects (i.e. income generation, gender equality and women’s empowerment, improved governance etc…) that should be included in the project results framework and monitored on an annual basis.

2. Progress Towards Results

  • Review the logframe indicators against progress made towards the end-of-project targets; populate the Progress Towards Results Matrix, as described in the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects; colour code progress in a “traffic light system” based on the level of progress achieved; assign a rating on progress for the project objective and each outcome; make recommendations from the areas marked as “not on target to be achieved” (red).
  • Compare and analyse the GEF Tracking Tool at the Baseline with the one completed right before the Midterm Review.
  • Identify remaining barriers to achieving the project objective.
  • By reviewing the aspects of the project that have already been successful, identify ways in which the project can further expand these benefits.

3. Project Implementation and Adaptive Management

Using the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects; assess the following categories of project progress:

  • Management Arrangements
  • Work Planning
  • Finance and co-finance
  • Project-level monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Reporting
  • Communications

4. Sustainability

Assess overall risks to sustainability factors of the project in terms of the following four categories:

  • Financial risks to sustainability
  • Socio-economic risks to sustainability
  • Institutional framework and governance risks to sustainability
  • Environmental risks to sustainability

The MTR consultant will include a section in the MTR report setting out the MTR’s evidence-based conclusions, in light of the findings.Additionally, the MTR consultant is expected to make recommendations to the Project Team. Recommendations should be succinct suggestions for critical intervention that are specific, measurable, achievable, and relevant. A recommendation table should be put in the report’s executive summary. The MTR consultant/team should make no more than 15 recommendations total

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

The MTR consultant shall prepare and submit:

  • MTR Inception Report: MTR team clarifies objectives and methods of the Midterm Review. To be sent to the Commissioning Unit and project management. Approximate due date: March 8th 2018
  • Presentation: Initial Findings presented to project management and the Commissioning Unit at the end of the MTR mission. Approximate due date: April 14th 2018
  • Draft Final Report: Full report with annexes. Approximate due date: May 1st 2018
  • Final Report*: Revised report with annexed audit trail detailing how all received comments have (and have not) been addressed in the final MTR report. To be sent to the Commissioning Unit within 10 days of receiving Commissioning Unit comments on draft. Approximate due date: May 30th.

The Final report will be presented at the CLME+ Project Steering Committee Meeting (planned for June 2018), where final comments to the report can be incorporated until June 30th 2018.

*The final MTR report must be in English. If applicable, the Commissioning Unit may choose to arrange for a translation of the report into a language more widely shared by national stakeholders.**Institutional Arrangements**

The principal responsibility for managing this MTR resides with the Commissioning Unit. The Commissioning Unit for this project’s MTR is UNOPS ECR WEC.

The Commissioning Unit will contract the MTR team and ensure the timely provision of per diems and travel arrangements for the MTR team. The Project Team will be responsible for liaising with the MTR team to provide all relevant documents, set up stakeholder interviews, and arrange field visits.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Advanced university degree is required and preferably in marine/natural resources management, international development, environmental sciences, monitoring and evaluation or other relevant fields;
  • Qualifying experience in relevant technical areas for at least 7 years is required. Preferably a marine/fisheries/natural resources expert, governance expert or an environmental expert;
  • Demonstrated and recent experience with results-based management evaluation methodologies is required as well as experience applying SMART targets and reconstructing or validating baseline scenarios;
  • Competence in adaptive management, as applied to GEF International Waters GEF Focal Area, as well as familiarity with the countries and inter-governmental organizations from the CLME+ region is required
  • Experience working with the GEF or GEF-evaluations, preferable for the International Waters Focal Area is required;
  • Experience working in/with the CLME+ region is an asset;
  • Project evaluation/review experiences within United Nations system will be considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to gender and experience in gender sensitive evaluation and analysis;
  • Excellent communication skills; sufficient exposure to the issues, alert to the cultural, political and social sensitivities of the region
  • Demonstrable analytical skills, attention to detail and respect for deadlines.
  • Excellent knowledge of English with proven ability to communicate in English (spoken and written) is required. Knowledge of Spanish will be considered an advantage.

Consultant Independence:

The consultants cannot 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 or others UNDP supported project in the Caribbean.

  • International travel will be required to Cartagena, Colombia during the MTR mission and/or to a regional institution;
  • The Basic Security in the Field II and Advanced Security in the Field courses must be successfully completed prior to commencement of travel;
  • Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries.
  • Consultants are required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under https://dss.un.org/dssweb/
  • All expenses related to travel approved by the Commission Unit will be covered separately, following UNOPS rules and regulations.

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