Consultancy: Senior Evaluation Specialists (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction) - Evaluation of UNDP Programming for climate resilience

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is undertaking an evaluation of UNDP support for climate resilience. The evaluation is part of the IEO workplan (CP/2018/4), approved by the Executive Board in January 2018.

IEO last considered UNDP support to disaster risk reduction and recovery in 2010, and UNDP has since then restructured and expanded its disaster risk reduction and climate resilience support. The focus of the evaluation will be on UNDP support to countries that are especially vulnerable to climate shocks, including small island developing States.

The purpose of the evaluation is to strengthen UNDP accountability to global and national development partners, including the UNDP Executive Board and to support organizational learning and improved aid delivery.

The objectives of the evaluation are to:

  • Evaluate UNDP achievements and performance in addressing vulnerability of partner countries to climate change, including increasing risk from natural hazards
  • Provide actionable recommendations for future UNDP strategic planning, and programme implementation.

In support of this work, the IEO requires the services of a suitable expert to complete a review and synthesis of the evidence about priorities for developing resilience to natural hazards and climate change, and practical implications for UNDP.

The research should be rigorous, with factual claims backed up by authoritative sources. However, it should be written in an accessible style, and authors are encouraged to apply their expert judgments, so long as this is made explicit, as is the basis for these judgements.




The review of financing and policy priorities for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation will be expected to cover the following areas.

  • An assessment of the state of integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction including:
    • Identification of areas where there are synergies between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures;
    • Identification of areas where disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation measures do not overlap.
  • A summary of the current state of DRR and climate change adaptation financing including:
    • An analysis of current issues surrounding expectations that adaptation financing will be additional to regular aid financing, and challenges associated with monitoring fulfillment of these commitments;
    • An analysis of the current balance of focus between climate change adaptation and climate change mitigation financing, and constraints associated with existing patterns of finance for adaptation;
    • An analysis of the current balance of focus between disaster risk reduction and disaster response, and constraints associated with existing patterns of financing for management of natural disasters.
  • An analysis of the key actions required by governments to mitigate the risks of natural disasters in each of the following domains:
    • Institutional frameworks, covering role of dedicated institutions for disaster risk management; their resources and operational effectiveness, and their transparency and accountability. Actions to achieve general government effectiveness and political stability are outside of the scope of the assessment, but the review should be expected to identify the most significant areas where governments will need to play critical roles in building resilience to disasters.
    • Disaster risk reduction policy, preparedness and response, covering, establishment of clear roles and responsibilities between different levels of government; appropriation of resources for disaster risk reduction and response; accounting for disaster risk and climate change in development planning, and land use laws; and level of preparedness and response
    • Economic and social resilience. Recognizing the breath of this category, the focus here will be restricted to actions required to build resilience of food and water systems, and insurance markets and emergency funding mechanisms in promoting economic resilience.
    • Resilience of the physical environment with particular reference to mechanisms required to prevent exposure of human settlements to hazards; and to ensure the built environment is disaster resistant.
  • In each of these domains, consideration should be given to available evidence about actions that represent the best value for money for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and specific examples of where the presence or absence of desired actions in different domains can and has produced different outcomes from natural hazards.



Functional competencies

  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to quickly assess a diverse range of information with a discerning sense for quality of data; and
  • Good mastery of information technology required for organized presentation of information.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Adhere to the principle of confidentiality and ethical code of conducts during the evaluation;
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-tasking skills; and
  • Available to conduct required analysis within the agreed timelines.

Corporate Competencies

  • Familiarity with UNDP or UN work; and
  • Ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams, acting with professionalism, diplomacy, tact and courtesy.


  • A Masters’ degree or higher in the DRR and climate-related  studies or a relevant field.


  • The expert should be a recognized leader in their field, with a track record of publications and intellectual leadership in areas relevant to the evaluation;
  • At least 15 years of international development and evaluation experience;
  • High level of understanding of international debates related to sustainable development, organizational strategic planning and institutional performance;
  • Strong understanding of the international Climate Change debate, UNFCC, UN/UNDP mandate, operations and programmes;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to craft clear analytical papers.


  • Ability to work in English (oral and written) is essential.

Application Instructions

Applicants are invited to upload as one combined document the following documents to the UNDP Jobs site:

Please note that the system can only accept one uploaded document therefore all documents must be combined into a single document for upload.