International Consultant for the Midterm Review (MTR) of full-sized UNDP-GEF project

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Kaahka and Geokdepe, , TM


This is the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the UNDP-GEF Midterm Review (MTR) of the full-sized project titled Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan (PIMS#4947) implemented through the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy of Turkmenistan, which is to be undertaken over a three months period in 2018. The project started on 17 July 2015 and is in its third year of implementation. In line with the UNDP-GEF Guidance on MTRs, this MTR process was initiated before the submission of the third Project Implementation Report (PIR). This ToR sets out the expectations for this MTR. The MTR process must follow the guidance outlined in the document Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects. term/Guidance_Midterm%20Review%20_EN_2014.pdf

Project Background Information:

The $6.18 million USD UNDP GEF Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan started in July 2015 and is scheduled to finish in July 2021. The project is financed by the Global Environment Facility and implemented through the United Nations Development Programme.

Through technology transfer, investment, and policy reform, this project seeks to promote an integrated approach to water management that is energy and water efficient, reduces root causes of land degradation, and enhances local livelihoods and public service delivery. Co-financing of $72.1 million USD has been committed from various sources. Through various interventions, the project aims to achieve some 3.4 million GJ of direct energy savings per year by the end of the project and some 448,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by the end of project.

The objectives of this UNDP/GEF project are as follows:

Development objective: Provide for sufficient and environmentally sustainable water supply to support and enhance social conditions and economic livelihood of the population of Turkmenistan;
Environmental objectives: Reduce GHG emissions associated with water management (448,000 tonnes of CO2e per annum by the end of the project); Prevent and remediate salinization of lands.
The project’s activities are organized into four components:

Component 1 will introduce new technologies in irrigated agriculture and pumping for energy efficiency, water conservation, and sustainable land management (SLM);
Component 2 will scale-up investment in new and expanded efficient water-management infrastructure;
Component 3 will deliver local and region-specific planning and educational outreach for IWRM and SLM among farmers and water-sector designers and managers;
Component 4 develops and supports implementation of policy reform for IWRM.
The first two components of the project constitute the technical foundation of the project. For agriculture and infrastructure, respectively, these components are identifying, verifying, and documenting the most promising ways to save water, increase energy efficiency, and reduce water-related root causes of land degradation in Turkmenistan. The components are generating technical and financial performance data and practical experience to be used to plan and provide necessary justification to scale-up public investment and technology deployment nationwide.

While the first two components define the technical opportunity and priorities for replication, the second two components are seeking to carry actual replication out on a national scale. The third component supports replication from the bottom up via development of action plans at the regional and district levels across the country, as well as educational outreach and capacity-building among farmers and local water-management personnel. The fourth component will work from the top down, defining and implementing policies, programmes, and investment plans for integrated water management and SLM at the national level.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the MTR:

The MTR will assess progress towards the achievement of the project objectives and outcomes as specified in the Project Document, and assess early signs of project success or failure with the goal of identifying the necessary changes to be made in order to set the project on-track to achieve its intended results. The MTR will also review the project’s strategy, its risks to sustainability and propose adaptive management to better increase the chances of the project being successful. Part of the adaptive management may involve proposed revisions and amendments to the project results framework.

MTR Approach and Methodology:

The MTR must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful. The MTR 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, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the consultant considers useful for this evidence-based review). The MTR 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 MTR consultant is expected to follow a collaborative and participatory approach[1] ensuring close engagement with the Project Team, government counterparts (the GEF Operational Focal Point), the UNDP Country Office(s), UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Adviser on Climate Change Mitigation, and other key stakeholders.

Engagement of stakeholders is vital to a successful MTR.[2] For this reason, it is absolutely essential that shortly after the start of the assignment the international consultant travels to Turkmenistan for a period of 2 weeks (10 working days, not including weekends) to meet with all relevant stakeholders.

Stakeholder involvement should include interviews with stakeholders who have project responsibilities, including but not limited to (Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy, State Committee on Nature Protection and Land Resources, Ministry of Energy, State Agriculture University, Municipality of Ahal region, Municipality of Kaahka district and Municipality of Geokdepe district); executing agencies, senior officials and task team/ component leaders, key experts and consultants in the subject area, Project Board, project stakeholders, academia, local government and CSOs, etc.

Additionally, the MTR consultant is expected to conduct field missions to Kaahka and Geokdepe project sites.

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.

[1] For ideas on innovative and participatory Monitoring and Evaluation strategies and techniques, see UNDP Discussion Paper: Innovations in Monitoring & Evaluating Results, 05 Nov 2013.
[2] For more stakeholder engagement in the M&E process, see the UNDP Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results, Chapter 3, pg. 93.


Required Skills and Experience


Advanced University degree, Masters or preferably a PhD, in Energy, Environment, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering or related field;

Extensive (at least 10-year) work experience and proven track record with policy advice and/or project development/implementation in climate change and or water efficiency (including at least some experience with climate change and/or water projects) in transition economies;
Experience working with the GEF or GEF project evaluations within the past seven years including experience with SMART based indicators (Project evaluation/review experiences within United Nations system will be considered an asset);
Experience working with international technical assistance projects in the Eastern Europe countries or CIS region in the past seven years (experience in Turkmenistan will be an asset);
Language requirements:

English required, knowledge of Russian will be an asset.

Submission of applications:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

All experts applying for this position are required to provide:

Cover letter explaining why they are the most suitable candidate for the assignment;
A brief description of approach to work/technical proposal on how they will approach and complete the assignment (maximum 1 page);
Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability that represents a Financial Proposal with the references to (1) the daily rate for the assignment and within the timing scale indicated in the present TOR, and (2) any other expenses (including transportation costs, accommodation costs, the possibility of vaccination and etc.). Template of the form can be found at: The UNDP will enter into an Individual Contract based on a lump sum amounts. The financial proposal shall represent a detailed, justified and “all inclusive” amount. In order to assist UNDP in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount, including: a daily fee for the tasks and an estimated duration as specified in this announcement, travel (to and from the missions), per diems, any other possible costs (including vaccinations, dwelling, communication etc.). If an applicant is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the applicant must indicate at this point, that they wish to be contracted in accordance with the Reimbursable Loan Agreement modality;
CV and filled Personal History Form (P11 form) including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from

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