Consultancy to conduct the Mid Term Evaluation of the GEF CReW+ Project – Water and Sanitation Division

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Washington, D.C., United States 🇺🇸

Background of this search:

TheWater and Sanitation Division (INE/WSA) is looking for a professional in public administration with experience in the design and management of economic and social development projects.

The team’s mission:

The IDB, through its Water and Sanitation Division (INE/WSA) within the Infrastructure and Environment Sector (INE), provides technical support to IDB member countries in the conceptualization, preparation, and execution of financial and non-financial programs and projects in the water and sanitation sector. WSA activities cover topics related to drinking water supply (including water resources management), and wastewater, urban drainage, and solid waste management. In line with the Bank strategies, WSA seeks to assist countries in their efforts to ensure universal access to sustainable, high-quality services.

The IDB’s engagement in support of the water and sanitation challenges in the region is currently supported by a Water and Sanitation Sector Framework Document (SFD), which has established as a main premise to improve access to sustainable water and sanitation services (quantity and quality of services), improve water security, overcome deficits in wastewater treatment, promote watershed protection and climate resilient measures, including drought and flood risk mitigation. Key elements addressed in the SFD also include efficiency in the provision of services, mechanisms that promote integrated land and water solutions, sustainable urban and environmental management, climate resilience and protection of economically and socially vulnerable groups.  The SFD also addresses key priorities for innovative responses to today water and sanitation challenges, cost-effective measures, institutional capacity building and innovative financial schemes in the sector.

One critical region in WSA’s work agenda is the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR). The degradation of the environment caused by the discharge of untreated wastewater in the Caribbean is a serious concern for those countries whose livelihoods depend heavily on their natural land and marine resources. Untreated wastewater entering the world’s oceans and seas is one of the most serious problems contributing to marine pollution, with as much as 85% of wastewater entering the Caribbean Sea remaining untreated. By 2015, an estimated 12 km3 of domestic wastewater was generated in the WCR, of which only 40% reached treatment plants and 60% was disposed directly to coastal waters in an untreated form. Most of the countries in the WCR are still affected by insufficient and poorly functioning wastewater treatment infrastructure, responsible for the discharge of important bacterial loads, nutrients, organic compounds and pathogenic organisms into coastal waters. Water resources availability is also a critical issue in the WCR, as increasing population and demands have built-up enormous pressures on existing water systems, creating serious water deficits and even water scarcity in some Caribbean islands.  Many countries are forced to rely on expensive desalination systems to meet demands for water, thus creating heavy burdens on local finance. The tourism sector, an important driver of economic growth in almost every Caribbean Island, is posing a heavy burden on water resource quantity and quality across the region and in underserved areas.

As part of IDB’s support to the Caribbean region, the Bank approved the CReW+ operation in December 2019 (RG-T3412), as part of the GEF-funded Project to be implemented jointly in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The main objective of GEF CReW+ is to implement small-scale, local, rural, peri-urban, and community-based technological solutions for integrated water and wastewater management. The project aims to implement solutions for the improved management of wastewater that can be up scaled and replicated so as to significantly reduce the negative impact of domestic wastewater on the environment and people of the Wider Caribbean Region and to similarly implement appropriate solutions at selected watersheds and freshwater basins to ensure greater water security for vulnerable rural communities. This will be achieved through targeted water resources conservation measures, wastewater and water re-use, improved land use practices and greater water use efficiency. These interventions will increase resilience of local communities to the impacts of droughts and more generally to the impacts of climate change and climate variability on the water sector.

The project will be co-executed by The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Organization of the American States (OAS), and the Secretariat of the Cartagena Convention on behalf of the IDB and UNEP respectively. For the implementation, a Project Coordination Group (PCG) will be established to coordinate the work of the three executing agencies and report on outputs and results.

What you will do:

The activities to be performed by the consultant to achieve the contract’s objective will include:

  1. Document review

In performing his/her assignment, the Consultant will consider at least the following documents:

  • The GEF Guidelines for Conducting Terminal Evaluations as a model for preparing the Mid-term evaluation.
  • The CEO Endorsement Document.
  • The IDB Technical Cooperation Document (RG-T3412).
  • The UNEP Prodoc.
  • The agreements with the executing agencies (The Secretariat to the Cartagena Convention (CAR/RCU, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Organisation of the American States (OAS).
  • The Project Cooperation Agreements between the executing agencies and the countries/partners.
  • The Project’s Operation Manual.
  • The Inception Report.
  • The minutes of the meetings of the Inception Workshop and the Project Steering Committee meeting.
  • The Financial Statements of the Project for 2020 and 2021.
  • The half-yearly reports submitted to IDB.
  • Quarterly-reports reports submitted to UNEP.
  • The annual reports submitted to GEF in previous years (Project Implementation Report -PIR)
  • The financial and technical reports issued by the Project partners with the relevant co-financing contributions.
  • GEF Project Tracking Tools
  1. Design and execution of interviews and queries

The Consultant will prepare and conduct a series of interviews with relevant project executors, authorizing agencies and beneficiaries involved with the Project to get their opinions and perceptions related to relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of project implementation.

The consultant will make inquiries or interviews with the consulting firms and individual consultants in charge of carrying out the studies, activities and works that are specific of the Project, as well as professionals experienced in the development of similar projects in other contexts.

The interviews and queries may be conducted through online meetings, telephone conversations, questionnaires, or in-person meetings, as circumstances permit.

  1. Analysis and presentation of the information gathered

The consultant will present a clear visualization of results that includes the following:

  • A comparison of the activities planned versus executed, the outputs obtained, and the degree of fulfillment of Project results, based on the original Results Matrix.
  • The state of compliance with contractual conditions.
  • An identification of deviations from the initial Project design, together with an analysis of the proposals for adjustments put forth in relation to the technical, financial, economic and institutional framework for project execution.
  • Establish the relevant challenges and limitations that the project team may have encountered during execution up to the Mid-Term Evaluation, and their relevance for the remaining execution period.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of the managerial and administrative processes related to Project execution.
  • An analysis of the efficiency in the use of resources in general.
  • An analysis of stakeholder involvement and ownership, and of the commitments assumed by local partners and collaborators. This includes an analysis of the co-financing contribution, comparing the contribution committed when the Project was approved with the contributions executed up to date.
  • Key lessons learned for the execution of pending activities of the Project and future perspectives of the water and sanitation sector in the WCR.
  • Recommendations and adjustments to improve the effectiveness in the execution of the Project, the relationship among the results obtained and the resources used-invested.
  • An analysis of the degree of materialization of the main assumptions that guided the project design.

Scope of Services

The mid-term evaluation will take into consideration the project’s continued relevance, efficiency levels, and effectiveness. In addition, the evaluation will provide recommendations to improve the execution and thus the likelihood of achieving its development objectives. In this context, the evaluation specifically will examine the following aspects:

Changes in context and review of assumptions (relevance): Is the project’s design adequate to address the problem(s) at hand? What internal and external factors have influenced the ability of beneficiary groups, stakeholders and the Executing Agencies to meet projected targets? Does the project remain relevant considering possible changes in context? Is there a need to reformulate project design given changes in the country, sector, environment and operational context?

Results in terms of outputs achieved vis-à-vis projected targets (efficiency): Has the project reached the expected number of beneficiaries (i.e., government, individuals etc.) within the expected time frame? Are the project’s activities in line with the schedule of activities as defined by the semi-annual reports and annual operating plans? Are the disbursements and project expenditures in line with expected budgetary plans?

Achievement of projected performance indicators and targets (effectiveness): What has the performance been of the governments with respect to their projected performance indicators? Does the current performance indicate probability in achieving the project’s purpose (specific objective)? Have there been any unplanned effects? What are the key issues which affect project execution? The evaluation should examine the adjustments introduced or proposed to the project design to accommodate these issues, including technical, institutional, financial, and economic considerations. A review of the procurement cycle should also be conducted. Recommendations for improving the execution of the project should be provided if deemed necessary.

Preliminary assessment of outcome/impact (effectiveness): Has the project generated any results that could indicate that the assistance has had an impact on the operation’s target beneficiary group?

Methodology

Review of project documentation. Review, as necessary, of archived material related to the overall project, as well as background material used in project preparation, approved project documents, project monitoring documents, disbursement reports, progress reports, action plans, and other information available.

Field visits and interviews: (i) In-depth interviews, inspection, and analysis of the project activities; (ii) interviews with the national stakeholders and the project team who participated in the project design and execution; (iii) interviews with local stakeholders and final beneficiaries; and (v) interviews with a sample of consultants and/or technical assistance providers who were hired by the national stakeholders and the project team to support the project. For these interviews, the consultant should develop and present their ideas for the content and format of the survey/interview that will be applied to capture the information required, as well as the method to be used in administering them and consolidating the results.

Collection of data. Data generated from the monitoring system should be another source of information. The consultant may propose additional methods of conducting the evaluations among other sources.

The Consultant will conduct the MTE in close collaboration with various CReW+ team members including the Project Coordinator, UNEP Programme Officer at the CAR/RCU, and the four component coordinators in GIZ. 

Deliverables and Payments timeline:

The consultant will deliver the following reports in English in MSWord:

  • Report 1. Inception Report including work plan – within two (2) weeks of commencement of the consultancy.
  • Report 2. Draft Mid-term Evaluation Report, including the draft GEF Tracking Tools updated at mid-term,  within twelve (12) weeks after the start of the consultancy.  The suggested outline of the MTR report is attached in Annex 1. 
  • Report 3.  Final Mid-term Evaluation Report, including Final GEF tracking tools updated at mid-term,  to be submitted within three (3) weeks of receiving feedback on the Draft Evaluation Report and draft GEF Tracking Tools.

Acceptance criteria

  • The Bank will review the reports to ensure they meet the necessary quality standards. 
  • The Bank will receive, in electronic format, the reports, including citations of bibliographic materials used.

Calendar of activities for the development of the consultation

ProductDate
Deliverable 1. Inception Report including work plan.September 30, 2021
Deliverable 2. Draft Mid-term Evaluation Report and GEF Tracking ToolsDecember 15, 2021
Deliverable 3. Final Mid-term Evaluation Report and GEF Tracking ToolsFebruary 15, 2022
  • 20% of the contract amount, upon approval by IDB of Deliverable 1., Inception Report including work plan.
  • 50% of the contract amount, upon approval by IDB of Deliverable 2., Draft Mid-term Evaluation Report and GEF Tracking Tools
  • 30% of the contract amount, upon approval by IDB of Deliverable 3., Final Mid-term Evaluation Report and GEF Tracking Tools.

What you will need:

Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries.

Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.

Education: Master’s Degree in Environmental Resource Management, Public Administration, or other relevant field of study.

Experience: At least 15 years of experience in design and management of economic and social development projects, project evaluation. Knowledge of wastewater management issues and policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Communication and interviewing skill, and experience with GEF-funded technical assistance will be a plus. 

Languages: Professionally fluent written and spoken English and Spanish is required.

Core and Technical Competencies:Orientation towards achieving results; analytical, synthesis and document writing capabilities, and ability to work effectively in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams. Training and expertise skills to make presentations, as well as write clearly and concisely, work as a team and meet deadlines and goals.

Opportunity Summary:

  • Type of contract and modality: Products and External Services Consultant (PEC). Lump Sums.
  • Length of contract: 5 months
  • Starting date: September 2021.
  • Location: Consultant’s country of residence, tele and video-conferencing.
  • Responsible person: Water and Sanitation Specialist (INE/WSA).
  • Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.  

Our culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.

Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and indigenous people to apply.

About us: At the IDB, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.

Additional Information

  • External Opening Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • External Closing Date: Aug 6, 2021
  • External Contact Email: [email protected]
  • External Contact Name: HR Service Center
  • Job Field: Technical Support

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