UNDP Global Mission Statement:
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
UNDP-Global Environmental Facility (GEF)-Least Development Country Fund (LDCF) is a Full-sized project titled Strengthening the resilience of rural livelihood options for Afghan communities in Panjshir, Balkh, Uruzgan and Herat Provinces to manage climate change-induced disaster risks (PIMS#5098) implemented through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL).
The project with financing from the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) has been designed to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Afghanistan to integrate Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into development framework and planning, support the development of alternative climate resilient livelihood options for subsistence farmers as well as improve productive irrigation infrastructure so that agricultural productivity is not constrained under changing conditions.
The main results of the projects are as below:
The project has a duration of 5 years and has been planned to last from April 2014 to April 2019. The half way point in the project was June 2016 and in accordance with UNDP and GEF requirements, the project should have been mid-term reviewed in 2016, but due to low delivery and security problems it was decided to undertake a mandatory mid-term review (MTR) during April to June 2017.
e total budget of this UNDP GEF project is US$10,004,000 including 1.4 million from UNDP Core fund.
Objective of the Assignment:
The main objective of the MTR is to provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful. The International Consultant will review all relevant sources of information including documents prepared during the preparation phase (i.e. PIF, UNDP Initiation Plan, UNDP Environmental & Social Safeguard Policy, the Project Document, project reports including Annual Project Review/PIRs, project budget revisions, lesson learned reports, project progress reports, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the team considers useful for this evidence-based review). The International Consultant will also interview all relevant stakeholders including all parties who have been contracted by the project or participate in meetings and discussions with the project about launching a possible biomass demonstration project.
The International Consultant will review the baseline GEF focal area Tracking Tool submitted to the GEF at CEO endorsement, and the midterm GEF focal area Tracking Tool that must be completed before the MTR field mission begins.
The International Consultant is expected to follow a collaborative and participatory approach ensuring close engagement with the Project Team, government counterparts (the GEF Operational Focal Point), the UNDP Country Office(s), UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisers, and other key stakeholders such as Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), Ministry to Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW), key experts and all consultants in the subject area who have been hired by the project, Project Board, project stakeholders, academia, local government and CSOs, etc.
The final MTR report should describe the full MTR approach taken and the rationale for the approach making explicit the underlying assumptions, challenges, strengths and weaknesses about the methods and approach of the review.
 For ideas on innovative and participatory Monitoring and Evaluation strategies and techniques, see UNDP Discussion Paper: Innovations in Monitoring & Evaluating Results, 05 Nov 2013.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work and Deliverables:
The International Consultant will assess the following four categories of project progress. See the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects for extended descriptions.
Progress Towards Results
Progress Towards Outcomes Analysis:
In addition to the progress towards outcomes analysis:
Project Implementation and Adaptive Management
Finance and co-finance:
Project-level Monitoring and Evaluation Systems:
Financial risks to sustainability:
Socio-economic risks to sustainability:
Institutional Framework and Governance risks to sustainability:
Environmental risks to sustainability:
Expected Output and Deliverables; Estimated duration to complete and payment percentage:
Payments under the contract shall be delivery based and be made on receipt of the specific milestone reports indicated above, and including a timesheet according to UNDP procurement formats for individual contractors. These shall be as indicated above, and shall be made upon approval by the L&R Unit.
Special skills requirements
Team Work and Communication skills
Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Required Skills and Experience
Requirement for experience and qualification:
Years of experience:
Duration of the Work
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
The contractor shall submit a price proposal as below:
The total Professional fee, shall be converted into a lump-sum contract and payments under the contract shall be made on submission and acceptance of deliverables under the contract in accordance with the schedule of payment linked with deliverables.
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight 70%
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (70 points)
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested international consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document: