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United Nations recruiting Terminal Evaluator


Home Based, 12 April 2016

Background

The implementation agreement on the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) programme was signed between United Nations and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in June 2011.

Scope of work

The scope of the evaluation will cover all activities undertaken in the framework of the project. The evaluator will compare planned outcomes of the project to actual outcomes and assess the actual results to determine their contribution to the attainment of the project’s overall objective. It will also attempt to evaluate the efficiency of project management, including the delivery of outcomes and activities in terms of quality, quantity, timeliness and cost efficiency as well as features related to the process involved in achieving those outputs and the impacts of the project. The evaluation will also address the underlying causes and issues that contributed to targets not adequately achieved.

The evaluator will review all relevant sources of information, such as the project document, project reports – including annual reports, project budget revisions, progress reports, project files, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the evaluator considers useful for this evidence-based assessment.

The Evaluation will assess the key financial aspects of the project, including the adequacy and sustainability of project budgeting to deliver on the key objective and outcomes of the project.  The evaluation will also assess the degree of reliance of the project on the in-kind contributions of GEF SGP national staff and mechanisms in its delivery.  The general scope and purpose of matching grants realized through the SGP will be evaluated in order to assess the opportunities for complementarity between the SGP country-level portfolio and the COMDEKS landscape approach. Project cost and funding data will be required, including annual expenditures.  Variances between planned and actual expenditures will need to be assessed and explained. Results from recent financial audits, as available, should be taken into consideration. The evaluator(s) will receive assistance from the Country Office and Project Team to obtain financial data.  

The evaluation will assess the extent to which the project was successfully mainstreamed with other United Nations priorities, including poverty alleviation, improved governance, the prevention and recovery from natural disasters, and gender.

Expected outputs and deliverables

  • The key product expected from the terminal evaluation is a comprehensive analytical report written in English and according to the provided outline.

  • The terminal evaluation report will be a stand-alone document that substantiates its conclusions, recommendations and lessons learned. The report will have to provide convincing evidence to support its findings/ratings.

  • The report, together with its annexes, will be submitted in electronic format in both, MS Word and PDF format.

The consultant is expected to deliver the following:

  • Inception Report with detailed methodology and approach of the Terminal Evaluation process. To be delivered no later than 2 weeks before the first evaluation mission (estimated mission dates: June-July 2016; to be agreed with Supervisor);

  • Presentation on initial findings. To be delivered by the end of the second evaluation mission;

  • Draft Final Report: Full report as per required template and including annexes. To be delivered within 4 weeks of the final evaluation mission;

  • Final Report (revised report), including an ‘audit trail’, detailing how all received comments have (and have not) been addressed in the final evaluation report. To be submitted within one week of receiving United Nations comments on draft.

Submission Deadline: 18 April 2016

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