Terminal Outcome Evaluation of the Environmental Sustainability within the UNDP Eritrea

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Asmara, , ER

Background
 

In line with national development priorities articulated in sector plans, strategies and policies and guided by various international goals and commitments particularly the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations developed the Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) for 2013-2016 for Eritrea.

The SPCF 2013-2016 defines five strategic areas of cooperation, namely: (1) Basic Social Services; (2) National Capacity Development; (3) Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods; (4) Environmental Sustainability; (5) Gender Equity and Advancement of Women. The five strategic areas have been further elaborated into eight SPCF Outcomes in line with the eight MDGs which form the basis for specific programme interventions.

Deriving from SPCF, UNDP, in close partnership with the government, and other UN agencies, developed its Country Programme Document and County Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for 2013-2016. Under CPD/CPAP 2013-2016, UNDP Eritrea works towards the achievements of three SPCF strategic areas and 4 outcomes as illustrated below:

National Capacity Development: Outcome 4: Selected government institutions have the capacity to effectively and efficiently deliver services to all;” and Outcome 5: Strengthened national and sectoral disaster risk management

Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods: Outcome 6: Poor and vulnerable households have improved access to and utilization of quality food and enhanced livelihood opportunities

Environmental Sustainability: Outcome 7: Eritrea is on track towards the achievement of MDG targets for environmental sustainability (MDG 7)

The UNDP CPD 2013-2016 focuses on providing support to the Government to accelerate progress in achieving MDGs by building capacity in targeted public sector institutions for effective and efficient service delivery, promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and youth, ensuring conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, and building resilience at household levels. The programme foresees cross-thematic integration where impact can be achieved by developing linkages among the various interventions.

The country programme is nationally executed with national ownership and the involvement of national institutions in programme implementation. This is the guiding principle for UNDP, with other implementation modalities, such as direct implementation, utilized in agreement with the Government. The main UNDP development partners contributing to the development programme include line ministries (MoLWE, MoLG, MoA, MoME, Forestry and Wildlife Authority/FWL), community based organizations, and United Nations Organizations (FAO, UNHCR, UNICEF, and WHO) and GEF is involved through providing technical and financial resources and through joint coordination, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

In line with the Evaluation Plan, UNDP will commission an outcome evaluation to assess the impact of UNDP’s development assistance during the 2013-2015 CPAP with regard to the practice area of Environmental Sustainability—Outcome 7: “Eritrea is on track towards the achievement of MDG targets for environmental sustainability (MDG 7)”.  The evaluation is also intended to provide forward looking recommendations to the environment programme in the new cycle of SPCF/CPD/CPAP (2017-2021).

 
Duties and Responsibilities

The evaluator will perform the following tasks:

  • Desk review of documents, detailing the evaluation scope, development of methodology, detailed work plan and Evaluation outline; develop the inception report;
  • Field visit to the project sites and interviews conducted with local stakeholders;
  • Debriefing with UNDP and project implementing partner;
  • Conduct the outcome evaluation in accordance with the proposed objective and scope of the evaluation and UNDP evaluation guidelines;
  • Prepare the draft evaluation reports;
  • Present draft findings in the stakeholder workshop;

Finalize the evaluation and lesson learned report and submit it to UNDP CO Eritrea.

 
Competencies
  • Good analytical and strategic thinking skills;
  • Extensive knowledge of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods;
  • Proven knowledge of evaluation methods;
  • Sound knowledge of results-based management systems, and monitoring and evaluation methodologies; including experience in applying SMART indicators;
  • Strong working knowledge of the UN and its mandate region, and more specifically the work of UNDP in support of Environment and Sustainable Development initiatives in the region;
  • Proven commitment to the core values of the United Nations;
  • Excellent inter-personal, communication, and teamwork skills;
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines;

Excellent written and spoken English and presentational capacities.

 
Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Minimum Master’s degree in economics, Environmental science, public administration, regional development/planning, or other social science.

Experience:

  • Minimum 10-15 years of professional experience in public sector development, including in the areas of Environment and Sustainable Development, gender equality and social services;
  • At least 5 years of experience in leading evaluations of government, policies and international aid organisations, preferably with direct experience with civil service capacity building;
  • Adequate experience in programme evaluations in the development field and with proven accomplishments in undertaking evaluation for international organizations, preferably with UNDP.

Language:

  • Fluent in English.

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED