Principal Evaluator for the Evaluation of the UNEP Sub-Programme on Environmental Governance

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)


Result of Service

The Evaluation Team will submit a concise evaluation report.

Work Location

Home-Based with possible field visits

Expected duration

12 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Org. Setting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. This consultancy is located at Headquarters in the Evaluation Office which reports directly to the Executive Director. The consultant reports to the Director of the Evaluation Office and managing the evaluation.

The UNEP Environmental Governance Sub-Programme

Environmental Governance is one of the seven broad thematic areas in the focus of UNEP work. The Sub-programme aims to support coherent international decision-making processes on the environment, support the development and implementation of environmental law, norms and standards, strengthen relevant institutions, and mainstream environmental sustainability in regional, sub-regional and national environmental governance processes, including through engagement in key United Nations coordination bodies. In addition to partnerships within the United Nations system, the subprogramme is characterized by cooperation with the governing bodies and secretariats of other intergovernmental bodies and processes.

The Evaluation

The Evaluation is expected to help UNEP identify key lessons on strategic positioning, portfolio planning, management arrangements and programme implementation that will provide a useful basis for improved sub-programme design, coordination and delivery. The immediate and priority users of the Evaluation are UNEP senior management (including Division and Regional Directors), sub-programme coordinators and all UNEP units and staff involved in the EG SP, the UNEP Committee of Permanent Representatives and UNEA. Interest in the Evaluation is likely to be shown by other stakeholders and partners, including: the UN Secretariat, UN or other international bodies working in the area of Environmental Governance, commissions and committees, donors, NGOs and civil society groups, research centres and academia, et cetera.

The Evaluation will review UNEP work related to Environmental Governance from 1 January 2014 up to end of 2021 (PoW 2014/2015, 2016/17, 2018/19 and 2020/2021) against standard evaluation criteria (relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact).

The Evaluation Team

The core Evaluation Team will consist of two external Evaluation Consultants supported by two Evaluation Office staff members, (one of whom will be the Evaluation Manager). The Evaluation Team will be responsible for the development, research, drafting and finalization of the Evaluation, in close consultation with the Evaluation Manager. Detailed roles and responsibilities related to data collection and analysis and reporting will be agreed upon within the Team and specified in the Inception Report and will draw on the list of roles below.

Specific Responsibilities for Team Leader:

The Team Leader will be responsible, in close consultation with the Evaluation Manager, for overall management of the evaluation and timely delivery of its outputs (evaluation deliverables). Roles will include:

Inception phase of the evaluation, including:

  • preliminary desk review and introductory interviews with project staff;
  • draft the reconstructed Theory of Change of the EG SP;
  • prepare the evaluation framework;
  • develop the desk review and interview protocols;
  • draft the survey protocols (if relevant);
  • develop and present criteria for selection of EG initiatives for in-depth study;
  • plan the evaluation schedule;
  • prepare the Inception Report, incorporating comments until approved by the Evaluation Manager

Data collection and analysis phase of the evaluation, including:

  • conduct further desk review and in-depth interviews with project implementing and executing agencies, project partners and project stakeholders;
  • regularly report back to the Evaluation Manager on progress and inform of any possible problems or issues encountered and;
  • keep the Evaluation Manager informed of the evaluation progress and engage the Environmental Governance Sub-Programme Coordinator in discussions on emerging findings throughout the evaluation process.

Reporting phase, including:

  • draft the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that the evaluation report is complete, coherent and consistent with the Evaluation Manager guidelines both in substance and style;
  • liaise with the Evaluation Manager on comments received and finalize the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Evaluation Manager
  • prepare a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted by the Evaluation Consultant(s) and indicating the reason for the rejection.

The evaluation consultants shall have had no prior involvement in the formulation or implementation of the Sub-Programme during the period being reviewed from 2014 to 2021 and will be independent from the participating institutions. The consultant will sign the Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct Agreement Form.

The evaluation consultant will be selected and recruited by the UNEP Evaluation Office through an individual Special Service Agreement (SSA) consultancy contract.

Comprehensive terms of reference will be shared with consultant separately.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: A first level university degree in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area is required. An advanced degree in the same areas is desirable.

Experience: A minimum of 10 years of technical / evaluation experience is required, preferably including evaluating large, regional or global programmes and using a Theory of Change approach;

Experience from international development cooperation, including developing countries.

Working knowledge of development oriented organizations, environmental governance, intergovernmental processes and United Nations coordination bodies are an added advantage.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is a requirement.

No Fee