International Consultant - Terminal evaluation of the GEF project (Climate Change)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Port-au-Prince, , HT

Background
 

The proposed project follows from the findings and recommendations of Haiti’s NAPA, which has identified the coastal development sector as a top national priority for climate change adaptation. In line with guidance for the LDCF (GEF/C.28/18, May 12, 2006), this proposal seeks LDCF funding for a programmatic approach to support climate risks management (CRM) in the most vulnerable Low-Elevation Coastal Zones (LECZ) of Haiti. LDCF resources will be used specifically to meet the additional cost of building national and local adaptive capacities, enhancing the resilience of current coastal development policies and plans to climate change risks, as well as implementing an urgent set of pilot adaptation measures in response to the most pressing threats posed by climate change on coastal populations and economy.

Ranking 155th in the HDR list, Haiti belongs to the poorest LDCs group and has long been vulnerable to climate related disasters. Haiti has long been vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes. The country lies on the primary pathway of tropical storms that originate in the Atlantic and strike Caribbean islands every hurricane season.   However, in recent years, the country has been afflicted by a significant increase in the occurrence of severe natural disasters. Haiti has recently been identified as one of the country’s most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

The main climate change-induced problem facing most vulnerable Low-Elevation Coastal Zones (LECZ) of Haiti to be addressed by the project is that climate change is likely to further increase. The local and national governments presently lack the technical capacity, management capacity, physical resources and financial resources to overcome or cope with the anticipated changes. The coastal population in particular lacks the capacity, resources and financial assistance to adapt to and overcome worsening climatic conditions.

The present proposal addresses climate change adaptation needs, a national development priority and identified in the current UN and UNDP cooperation frameworks in Haiti.  In particular, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2006-2010 and the UNDP Country Program Action Plan (CPAP) identifies climate change as a major threat to development and UNDP Haiti is committed to invest core resources to support the project.  This project, being the first of its kind, with support from the GEF, and other national and international partners, will try to help raise awareness on vulnerability of coastal areas in the context of CC, and the relationship between CC and food security.  The project through a systemic approach will focus on advocating for better planning and investment policies in coastal areas and food security, building capacities and improving better decision frameworks where and when possible.  While this initiative will focus largely on the impact of climate change in coastal zones, it will also analyze and state the importance of the key sectors which are integral to the overall development goals set forth in the NAPA, namely water management and food security. To achieve this, the following outcomes will be delivered:

Project Objective: To strengthen adaptive capacities of populations and productive sectors in coastal areas to address increasing climate change risks.

Project outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Institutional capacity to plan for and respond to increasing coastal and food security hazards improved;
  • Outcome 2: Climate risks management is fully mainstreamed into humanitarian and development investment frameworks;
  • Outcome 3: Resilience of low-elevation coastal zones and for the food security sector to emerging climate change threats enhanced;
  • Outcome 4: Models of best practices and lessons learned from the project activities captured and institutionalized.

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.

This assessment seeks to appreciate the achievement of project objectives and to describe the lessons learned that can enhance the sustainability of the benefits of this project and promote the overall improvement of UNDP programs.

The main stakeholders of this terminal evaluation are: evaluation users, partners, donors and staff of executing and other relevant agencies, beneficiaries…)

 
Duties and Responsibilities

The principal responsibility of the international consultant is to appreciate the achievement of project objectives and to describe the lessons learned that can enhance the sustainability of the benefits of this project and promote the overall improvement of UNDP programs.

Evaluation Timeframe

The total duration of the evaluation will be 30 working days according to the following plan: 

  • Preparation (3 days);
  • Evaluation Mission (14 days);
  • Draft Evaluation Report (10 days);
  • Final Report (3 days). 

Completion Date : Final date of completion will be determined based on signature date of the contract which should take place in the period of June-July 2016.   

Evaluation Deliverables :

The evaluator is expected to deliver the following: 

Inception Report

  • Evaluator provides clarifications on timing and method; 
  • No later than 2 weeks before the evaluation mission; 
  • Evaluator submits to UNDP CO. 

 Presentation

  • Initial Findings; 
  • End of evaluation mission;
  • To project management, UNDP CO.    

Draft Final Report 

  • Full report, (per annexed template) with annexes;
  • Within 3 weeks of the evaluation mission;
  • Sent to CO, reviewed by RTA, PCU, GEF OFPs. 

Final Report

  • Revised report;
  • Within 1 week of receiving UNDP comments on draft; 
  • Sent to 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.

 
Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge of UNDP and GEF;
  • Highly knowledgeable of participatory monitoring and evaluation processes;
  • Capable of planning, organizing, initiative and autonomy;
  • Capacity to work in a multicultural environment and several languages.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
 
Required Skills and Experience

The evaluation team will be composed of 1 international consultant. The consultant must have prior experience in evaluating similar projects. Experience in projects financed by the GEF 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 consultant must present the following competencies and qualifications:

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master´s or PhD) in natural sciences, environmental management, development studies, economics, climate change or related discipline.

Experience

  • Minimum 8 years of relevant professional experience in Environmental sciences, Climate Change impacts, mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk management or related field;
  • Previous experience in Haiti or in the Caribbean region;
  • Strong abilities to analysis and attention to detail;
  • Previous experience with results-based monitoring and evaluation methodologies;
  • Substantive and demonstrated experience with terminal evaluation/review of GEF funded projects.

Languages

  • Proficiency in English and French;
  • Strong abilities to write evaluation reports, good oral and written communication skills in both French and English.

Interested candidates are strongly advised to read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at ftp://intra.ht.undp.org/UNDP-GEFTerminal evaluation_CC_ToR_11-mai-2016.doc   

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