Assessment of the Development Account Project 1617Z Addressing critical socio-environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean
Result of Service
The assessment will include the following outputs:
a) Work Plan and Inception Report. No later than 4 weeks after the signature of the contract, the consultant should deliver the inception report, which should include the background of the project, an analysis of the Project profile and implementation and a full review of all related documentation as well as project implementation reports. It should provide a detailed Work Plan of all the activities to be carried out related to the assessment of project 1617Z. Additionally, the inception report should include a detailed evaluation methodology including the description of the types of data collection instruments that will be used and a full analysis of the stakeholders and partners that will be contacted to obtain the evaluation information. First drafts of the instruments to be used for the survey, focus groups and interviews should also be included in this first report.
b) Draft final evaluation Report. No later than 12 weeks after the signature of the contract, the consultant should deliver the preliminary report for revision and comments by the Programme Planning and Operations Division (PPOD) of ECLAC and the Evaluation Reference Group (ERG), which includes representatives of the implementing substantive Division/Office. The draft final evaluation report should include the main draft results and findings, conclusions of the evaluation, lessons learned and recommendations derived from it, including its sustainability, and potential improvements in project management and coordination of similar DA projects.
c) Final Evaluation Report. No later than 16 weeks after the signature of the contract, the consultant should deliver the final evaluation report which should include the revised version of the preliminary version after making sure all the comments and observations from PPOD and the ERG have been included. Before submitting the final report, the consultant must have received the clearance on this final version from PPOD, assuring the satisfaction of ECLAC with the final evaluation report.
d) Presentation of the results of the evaluation. A final presentation of the main results of the evaluation to ECLAC staff involved in the project will be delivered at the same time of the delivery of the final evaluation report.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND CONDITIONS
The contract will include the payment for the services of the consultant as well as all the related expenses of the evaluation.
Payments will be done according to the following schedule and conditions:
a) 30% of the total value of the contract will be paid against the satisfactory delivery of the inception report which should be delivered as per the above deadlines.
b) 30% of the total value of the contract will be paid against the satisfactory delivery of the draft final evaluation report which should be delivered as per the above deadlines.
c) 40% of the total value of the contract will be paid against the satisfactory delivery and presentation of the final evaluation report which should be delivered as per the above deadlines.
All payments will be done only after the approval of each progress report and the final report from the Programme Planning and Evaluation Unit (PPEU) of the Programme Planning and Operations Division (PPOD) of ECLAC.
The duration of the consultancy will be initially for 16 weeks during the months of December 2020 – March 2021. The consultant will be reporting to and be managed by the Programme Planning and Evaluation Unit (PPEU) of the Programme Planning and Operations Division (PPOD) of ECLAC. Support to the evaluation activities will be provided by the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division of ECLAC in Santiago.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Programme Planning and Operations Division (PPOD) is seeking an independent consultant to conduct the assessment of the Development Account project "Addressing critical socio-environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean"
The project under evaluation is funded under the Development Account's 10th Tranche (2016-2019). It was implemented by Policies for Sustainable Development Unit at the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division, of ECLAC. This assessment is an end-of-cycle review of a project aimed at improving the capacity of selected countries in the ECLAC region to monitor environmental matters and to support countries in adopting a participatory and evidence-based approach to environmental policymaking.
The objective of this assessment is to review the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, and sustainability of the project implementation and more particularly document the results the project attained in relation to its overall objectives and expected results as defined in the project document.
The assessment will place an important emphasis in identifying lessons learned and good practices that derive from the implementation of the project, its sustainability and the potential of replicating them to other countries.
The evaluation will seek to be independent, credible and useful and adhere to the highest possible professional standards. It will be consultative and engage the participation of a broad range of stakeholders. The unit of analysis is the project itself, including its design, implementation and effects. The assessment will be undertaken in accordance with the provisions contained in the Project Document and with the Terms of Reference of the evaluation developed by ECLAC, to be provided upon selection of the consultant. The evaluation will be conducted in line with the norms, standards and ethical principles of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG).
It is expected that ECLAC’s guiding principles to the evaluation process are applied. In particular, special consideration will be taken to assess the extent to which ECLAC’s activities and outputs respected and promoted human rights. The evaluation will also examine the extent to which gender concerns were incorporated into the project. The evaluation will also include an assessment of the project´s contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The assessment will use the following data collection methods to assess the impact of the work of the project:
a) Desk review and secondary data collection analysis
b) Self-administered surveys
c) Semi-structured interviews and focus
Methodological triangulation is an underlying principle of the approach chosen. Suitable frameworks for analysis and evaluation are to be elaborated – based on the questions to be answered. The experts will identify and set out the methods and frameworks as part of the inception report.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
The consultant is obliged to cede to ECLAC all authors rights, patents and any other intellectual property rights for all the work, reports, final products and materials resulting from the design and implementation of this consultancy, in the cases where these rights are applicable. The consultant will not be allowed to use, nor provide or disseminate part of these products and reports or its total to third parties without previously obtaining a written permission from ECLAC.
Academic Qualifications: • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science, environmental policy, economics, engineering, public policy, law, or a related economic science.
Experience: • At least seven years of progressively responsible relevant experience in programme/project evaluation are required.
• At least two years of experience in areas related to environmental policies, in particular concerning the rights of access to information, participation and justice on environmental matters, is highly desirable.
• Experience in at least three evaluations with international (development) organizations is required. Experience in Regional Commissions and United Nations projects, especially Development Account projects is highly desirable.
• Proven competency in quantitative and qualitative research methods, particularly self-administered surveys, document analysis, and informal and semi-structured interviews are required.
• Working experience in Latin America and the Caribbean is desirable.
Language: • Proficiency in English and Spanish is required.