Terminal Evaluation for WWF GEF Project on Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape
Application Deadline: December 14, 2018
Expected Duration: 25 working days
Report due: February 2019
Implementing Agency(s): WWF GEF Project Agency
Executing Agency: Conservation International
Executing Partner(s): Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS); UNESCO-Quito
Countries: Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador
Focal Area(s): International Waters
Total GEF Approved Budget: $1,900,810.0
Total Co-financing Approved: $4,516,858.0
In accordance with World Wildlife Fund, Inc. (WWF) policies and procedures for GEF financed projects, WWF is seeking an independent evaluator to undertake a Terminal Evaluation (TE) of the project “Improving mangrove conservation across the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS)”, hereafter referred to as the “Project”. The TE will cover the GEF financed components and review the project co-financing delivered.
The objective of this evaluation is to examine the extent, magnitude and sustainability of any project impacts to date; identify any project design problems; assess progress towards project outcomes and outputs; and draw lessons learned that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project and aid in the enhancement of future related projects.
Despite a growing recognition of the importance of mangroves and the many key services they provide, an estimated third of global coverage has been reduced in recent history through deforestation and degradation of the coastal buffer. This dramatic loss is already impacting coasts globally as the numerous ecosystem services provided by mangroves are reduced and lost. The ETPS region harbors the highest proportion of threatened mangrove species in South America along the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador with extensions of some of the highest estimates for above ground mangrove biomass on the planet.
This Project was developed to implement a comprehensive, multi-government ratified and regionally articulated mangrove conservation strategy in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS) countries of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador through on-the-ground management activities and the strengthening of national and local policies that inform ridge-to-reef development planning and practices relevant to mangrove conservation. The Project was organized around the following three components:
- Regional mangrove strategy development and implementation
- National mangrove action plans and policy strengthening.
- Local conservation actions
The evaluator will undertake a review process that includes reviewing key project documents (ProDoc, Annual Work Plans, Project Progress Reports, etc); field visits with PMU to project field sites; interviews, discussions and consultations at local levels, national and international levels, including executing partners, GEF Operational Focal Points (OFP), Project Steering Committee (PSC) members and beneficiaries. The evaluation should be framed using the six (6) core criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, results/impact, sustainability and adaptive capacity.
Experience and Qualifications
The evaluator(s) shall have prior experience in evaluating similar projects. The evaluator(s) selected should not have participated in the project preparation and/or implementation and should not have a conflict of interest with project related activities.
Required Qualifications and Experience
- Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience;
- Previous experience with results‐based monitoring and evaluation methodologies;
- Spanish language skills.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
- Experience with GEF financed projects;
- Technical knowledge in GEF International Waters;
- Knowledge of GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Policy;
- Recent experience conducting Evaluations or Mid-term Reviews for GEF projects;
- Experience in South America;
- Experience with WWF Project and Program Management Standards or Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (www.cmp-openstandards.org);
- Experience with social assessments, participatory project design and management, and community-based resource management;
- Knowledge and experience in implementing or reviewing application of social and environmental safeguards policies in GEF (or similar) projects.
Applicants are requested to provide copies of the below, and submit to Rachel.Kaplan@wwfus.org:
- Technical and financial proposal – please note the financial proposal should not exceed $17,000 if provided in English; not to exceed $20,000 if provided in English and Spanish.
- Brief explanation of professional qualification.