Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Evaluator for two TORs GEF Id 9947 and GEF Id 9320 relating to SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Accelerators (BEA and DES)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 19 November 2021 - 29 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-165782-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The Principal Evaluator will submit two approved inception reports, two approved draft main evaluation reports and two approved final main evaluation reports for both the evaluations.

A portfolio Brief on Energy Efficiency in Buildings will also be submitted by the Principal Evaluator.

Work Location

Home-Based

Expected duration

The contract is for 9 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

Org. Setting

The UN Environment (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. This consultancy is located at Headquarters in the Evaluation Office which reports directly to the Executive Director. The consultant reports to the Evaluation Officer managing the project and the Director of the Evaluation Office (EO).

Please note that the Principal Evaluator will be working on two Evaluation Terms of Reference on part time basis:

1. Terminal Evaluation of the UNEP/GEF project “The SE4ALL Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA): Expanding Local Action and Driving National Change” (GEF ID 9947) and

2. Terminal Evaluation of the UNEP/GEF project “Increasing Investments in District Energy Systems in Cities – a SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Accelerator” (GEF ID 9320)

For Evaluation No. 1

The Terminal Evaluation is undertaken at operational completion of the project to assess project performance (in terms of relevance, effectiveness and efficiency), and determine outcomes and impacts (actual and potential) stemming from the project, including their sustainability. The Evaluation has two primary purposes: (i) to provide evidence of results to meet accountability requirements, and (ii) to promote operational improvement, learning and knowledge sharing through results and lessons learned among UNEP, WRI, the partnered cities (“light touch” and “deep-dive”), all the BEA partners (like International Finance Corporation, TECNALIA and Ingersoll Ran). Therefore, the Evaluation will identify lessons of operational relevance for future project formulation and implementation, especially where a second phase of the project is being considered. Recommendations relevant to the whole house may also be identified during the evaluation process.

The Principal Evaluator will be responsible, in close consultation with the Evaluation Office of UNEP for overall management of the Evaluation and timely provision of its outputs. The Principal Evaluator will ensure that all evaluation criteria and questions are adequately covered. The Principal Evaluator will be responsible, in close consultation with the Evaluation Manager, for overall management of the Evaluation and timely provision of its outputs:

Inception phase of the evaluation, including:
• preliminary desk review and introductory interviews with project staff;
• draft the reconstructed Theory of Change of the project;
• prepare the evaluation framework;
• develop the desk review and interview protocols;
• draft the survey protocols (if relevant);
• draft the interview guide for the In-country Support Consultant;
• draft the template of the In-country Support Consultant evaluation mission reports;
• plan the evaluation schedule;
• prepare the Inception Report, incorporating comments until approved by the Evaluation Manager

Data collection and analysis phase of the evaluation, including:
• conduct further desk review and in-depth interviews with project implementing and executing agencies, project partners and project stakeholders. Ensure independence of the evaluation and confidentiality of evaluation interviews;
• regularly report back to the Evaluation Manager on progress and inform of any possible problems or issues encountered; and
• keep the Task Manager informed of the evaluation progress.

Reporting phase, including:
• draft the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that the evaluation report is complete, coherent and consistent with the Evaluation Manager guidelines both in substance and style;
• liaise with the Evaluation Manager on comments received and finalize the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Evaluation Manager;
• prepare a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted by the evaluation consultants and indicating the reason for the rejection; and
• prepare a draft portfolio brief on Energy Efficiency;
• liaise with the Evaluation Manager on comments received and finalize the portfolio brief on Energy Efficiency, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Evaluation Manager;

Managing relations, including:
• maintain a positive relationship with evaluation stakeholders, ensuring that the evaluation process is as participatory as possible but at the same time maintains its independence;
• communicate in a timely manner with the Evaluation Manager on any issues requiring its attention and intervention.

For Evaluation No 2

The Terminal Evaluation is undertaken at operational completion of the project to assess project performance (in terms of relevance, effectiveness and efficiency), and determine outcomes and impacts (actual and potential) stemming from the project, including their sustainability. The Evaluation has two primary purposes: (i) to provide evidence of results to meet accountability requirements, and (ii) to promote operational improvement, learning and knowledge sharing through results and lessons learned among UNEP, the partnered cities (“light touch” and “deep-dive”) and all the DES Initiative partners (like Copenhagen Centre for Energy Efficiency, Danfoss, Empower, DANIDA). Therefore, the Evaluation will identify lessons of operational relevance for future project formulation and implementation. Recommendations relevant to the whole house may also be identified during the evaluation process.

The Principal Evaluator will be responsible, in close consultation with the Evaluation Office of UNEP for overall management of the Evaluation and timely provision of its outputs. The Principal Evaluator will ensure that all evaluation criteria and questions are adequately covered. The Principal Evaluator will be responsible, in close consultation with the Evaluation Manager, for overall management of the Evaluation and timely provision of its outputs:

Inception phase of the evaluation, including:
• preliminary desk review and introductory interviews with project staff;
• draft the reconstructed Theory of Change of the project;
• prepare the evaluation framework;
• develop the desk review and interview protocols;
• draft the survey protocols (if relevant);
• draft the interview guide for the In-country Support Consultant;
• draft the template of the In-country Support Consultant evaluation mission reports;
• plan the evaluation schedule;
• prepare the Inception Report, incorporating comments until approved by the Evaluation Manager

Data collection and analysis phase of the evaluation, including:
• conduct further desk review and in-depth interviews with project implementing and executing agencies, project partners and project stakeholders. Ensure independence of the evaluation and confidentiality of evaluation interviews;
• regularly report back to the Evaluation Manager on progress and inform of any possible problems or issues encountered; and
• keep the Task Manager informed of the evaluation progress.

Reporting phase, including:
• draft the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that the evaluation report is complete, coherent and consistent with the Evaluation Manager guidelines both in substance and style;
• liaise with the Evaluation Manager on comments received and finalize the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Evaluation Manager;
• prepare a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted by the evaluation consultants and indicating the reason for the rejection; and
• prepare a draft portfolio brief on Energy Efficiency in Buildings;
• liaise with the Evaluation Manager on comments received and finalize the portfolio brief on Energy Efficiency, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Evaluation Manager;

Managing relations, including:
• maintain a positive relationship with evaluation stakeholders, ensuring that the evaluation process is as participatory as possible but at the same time maintains its independence; communicate in a timely manner with the Evaluation Manager on any issues requiring its attention and intervention.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: A first level (Bachelor's) degree in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area is required. An advanced (Master's) degree in the same areas is desirable.
Experience: A minimum of 6 years of technical / evaluation experience are required, preferably including evaluating large, regional or global programmes and using a Theory of Change approach; and a good/broad understanding of Energy Efficiency is desired. Experiences working with cities and private sector engagement would be an added advantage.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is a requirement. Working knowledge of the UN system and specifically the work of UNEP is an added advantage. The work will be home-based.

No Fee

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