Job Opening

Posting Title: Evaluation Consultant for Terminal Evaluation of the UNEP Project "Haiti Sustainable Energy "
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 04 January 2022 - 12 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-171374-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will submit a concise evaluation report

Work Location

Home-Based with possible field visits

Expected duration

6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Org. Setting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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.

The Evaluation

In line with the UN Environment Evaluation Policy and the UN Environment Programme Manual, the Terminal Evaluation (TE) is undertaken at 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 UN Environment and the main project partners and other stakeholders involved in Renewable Energy projects in Haiti.

The Project

The purpose of "Haiti Sustainable Energy II" was to provide support in the reconstruction of sustainable energy achievements made in Phase I which were largely destroyed by hurricane Matthew which hit the southwest coast of Haiti on October 4, 2016. In Phase II the overall purpose of all the UNEP investments in energy were expected to generate practical and lasting benefits for the South Department which was the focus of this project and to demonstrate and seed fund solutions suitable for replication at a national scale with regard to sustainable renewable energy including governance.


The Evaluation

For this evaluation, the Evaluation Consultant, will work under the overall responsibility of the Evaluation Office represented by an Evaluation Manager in consultation with the UNEP Project Manager, Fund Management Officer, and the Sub-programme Coordinator of Disasters and Conflicts for a period of 6 months (Mid-January 2022 to Mid-July 2022).

Specific Responsibilities

In close consultation with the Evaluation Manager, the Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for the overall management of the evaluation and timely delivery of its outputs, data collection and analysis and report-writing. More specifically:

Inception phase of the evaluation, including:
- conduct a 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);
- Develop and present criteria for country and site selection for the evaluation mission;
- plan the evaluation schedule;
- prepare the inception report, incorporating comments received from the Evaluation Office.


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;
- conduct an evaluation mission to interview project partners and stakeholders. Ensure independence of the evaluation and confidentiality of evaluation interviews.
- keep the Task Manager informed of the evaluation progress and engage the Task Manager in discussions on evaluation findings throughout the evaluation process; and
- regularly report back to the Evaluation Office on progress and inform of any possible problems or issues encountered.

Reporting phase, including:
- write the main evaluation report, ensuring that the evaluation report is complete and coherent both in substance and style;
- liaise with the Evaluation Office on comments received and ensure that comments are taken into account during finalization of the main report;
- prepare a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted by the evaluation consultant and indicating the reason for the rejection; and
- prepare a 2-page summary of the key evaluation findings and lessons;

The evaluation consultant shall have had no prior involvement in the formulation or implementation of the project and will be independent from the participating institutions. The consultant will sign the Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct Agreement Form.

The evaluation consultant will be selected and recruited by the UN Environment Evaluation Office through an individual consultancy contract.

Comprehensive terms of reference will be shared with consultant separately.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area required. A first level degree with an additional two years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Experience: A minimum of 5 years of technical / evaluation experience is required, preferably including evaluating large, regional or global programmes and using a Theory of Change approach; and a good/broad understanding of renewable energy is desired.

Working knowledge of development oriented organizations is 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 and proficiency in Haitian Creole is desirable.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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