Terminal Evaluation of the Strengthening Climate Information and Early warning systems in Uganda

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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As climate change unfolds globally, the frequency and intensity of climate related disasters is expected to increase. Uganda is one of the countries in Africa that has been considered vulnerable to the increasing frequency and severity of droughts, floods and severe storms (hail, thunder, lightning and violent winds), and their impacts on sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, as well as infrastructure. Such climate-related hazards are having increasingly adverse effects on the country and future climate change is likely to further exacerbate the situation. A large proportion of the Ugandan population has a low capacity to adapt to climate change. Climate change impacts are likely to be particularly negative on Uganda’s rural population because of their high dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods. Uganda’s capacity to adapt to climate-related hazards should therefore be developed to limit the negative impacts of climate change and effectively address the country’s socio-economic and developmental challenges.

These changes in climate and weather conditions required reliable and timely early warning information to enable planning at both the policy and end-user levels. It is for this reason that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uganda with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has since 2013 been supporting the Government of Uganda to improve on the infrastructure and systems for improving the weather, climate, disaster preparedness and disaster management in the country. The GoU/UNDP’s “Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning System (SCIEWS) project in Uganda” has been implemented by the Ministry of Water and Environment’s Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) and the Department of Water Resource Management (DWRM), in collaboration with key responsible partners including: the Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management (DRDPM) in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM); the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF), the Ministry of Local Governments; the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), and the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development as the Donor Coordinator. The project has been implemented across the country, with pilot testing of its results in 28 Districts from four sub-regions of Elgon, Karamoja, Teso and Lango mostly in Eastern Uganda.

During implementation of the SCIEWS project, over ten consultancies were undertaken to inform project planning as well as to enrich systems development. A mid-term evaluation of the project was undertaken in 2016 and a Financial Audit in the first quarter of 2017.

The project has two main Outcomes of the project have been:

  • Outcome 1: Enhanced capacity of the DoM and DWRM to monitor and forecast extreme weather, hydrology and climate change.
  • Outcome 2Efficient and effective use of hydro meteorological and environmental information for making early warnings and long-term development plans.

The TE will be conducted according to the guidance, rules and procedures established by UNDP and GEF as reflected in the UNDP Evaluation Guidance for GEF Financed Projects. 

The main objective of this evaluation is to assess the achievement of project results, and to draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of UNDP programming.   


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work and methodology:

UNDP through the GEF funded ‘Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems,’ project intends to recruit an international consultant to assess the achievements of project results, and to draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of UNDP programming.  

The consultant’s scope of work will consist of the following tasks:

The evaluation must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful. The evaluator is expected to follow a participatory and consultative approach ensuring close engagement with Government counterparts, the GEF Operational Focal Point, UNDP Country Office, Project Management Team, UNDP GEF Technical Adviser based in the region and key stakeholders. The evaluator is expected to conduct a field mission to UGANDA, including the following project sites and partners:

Gulu, Kitgum, Adjumani, Lira, Kotido, Arua, Nebbi, Pakwach, Mayuge, Jinja, Tororo, Sironko, Bulambuli, Soroti, Serere, Entebbe, Kampala, Lugazi(Sezibwa), Kabarole, Hoima, Masindi, Kisoro, Rakai, Mbarara, Kabale, Ntungamo, Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi.Interviews will be held with the following organizations and individuals at a minimum: Staff of Uganda national Meteorological authority (UNMA), Directorate of water resources management (DWRM), Local Government staff at the Districts where the equipment were installed and sub-national activities undertaken, Staff of Civil aviation Authority(CAA), farmers and other beneficiaries of the Early warning information in the pilot Districts, The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries(MAAIF), Ministry of Local Government, The GEF Focal Person in the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development (MAAIF), The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC); Makerere University (WIMEA project), the private sector (Total Uganda, Mobile Telecom. Companies, SCOUL, FIT Uganda).

The evaluator will review all relevant institutional information, such as the project document, project reports – including Annual Performance Reports for the past four years, project budget revisions, midterm review, progress reports, and GEF focal area tracking tools, project files, national strategic and legal documents, reports of consultancies undertaken and any other materials that the evaluator considers useful for this evidence-based assessment. The Project Management team will provide the evaluator with a list of documents for the desk review, to inform the inception reporting.


  • Excellent analytical skills and strong commitment to sharing expertise and experience in     order to develop capacity of others, and work as a member/advisor of a team;
  • Strong communication skills; able to communicate effectively with people and able to write concisely and make presentations in a simple non-technical manner;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and negotiation skills. Ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications:

  • PhD or Master’s degree in: Natural Resources Management; or Development Studies; or Social Sciences; or related fields; from a reputable University;
  • A postgraduate qualification in monitoring and evaluation is desirable.

Years of experience:

  • No less than 7 years of experience in evaluating natural resources projects;
  • Previous experience with results-based assessment, monitoring and evaluation methodologies in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Familiarity with Climate and Early Warning systems, Disaster Risk management and response;
  • Knowledge of UNDP and GEF, with understanding and experience of UNDP and UN evaluation frameworks an added advantage.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Working arrangements:

Institutional Arrangement:

The Consultant will be supervised by the Country Director UNDP, and technically by the Team Leader for Climate Change and Disaster Resilience in close collaboration with the Project Coordinator.

The Consultant will work closely with the SCIEWS Project Manager, for the day-to-day requirements including access to key program resources and logistical support for the assignment.

Duration of the Work:

The assignment is expected to take a period of 30 working days in accordance with the scope of work and indicative period for submission of deliverables above.

Duty Station:

Home-based, with occasional travel to the field.

Price Proposal and Schedule of payments: 

A lump sum payment, in three tranches, shall be made upon successful completion and certification of work done as indicated in this Terms of Reference.

  • 20% Upon presentation of an acceptable Inception Report; 
  • 40% Following submission and approval of the 1ST draft Terminal Evaluation Report;
  • 40% Following submission and approval (UNDP-CO and UNDP RTA) of the final Terminal Evaluation Report .

Evaluation Method and Criteria:

Cumulative analysis:

The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and;
  • 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 – Maximum 70 points as per TORs.

Submission of Application:

The candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on http://procurement-notices.undp.org/. (Reference #44535).

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website – http://jobs.undp.org (Ref no.77487).

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);
  • Annexes 1 and II – may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website -http://procurement-notices.undp.org/ – under reference #44535. For further clarifications, please contact; [email protected]; [email protected];

Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.