Job Opening

Posting Title: Evaluation Consultant for Terminal Evaluation of UNEP/GEF Project "Promotion of Energy Efficiency in Public Lighting" (GEF ID 3876)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 17 May 2022 - 25 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-181136-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 missions

Expected duration

The assignment is expected to take 4 months (June 2022 to September 2022) on PART-TIME

Duties and Responsibilities

Org. Setting

The United Nations Environment Programme (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.

The Evaluation

In line with the UNEP 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 UNEP and the main project partners. This evaluation will focus on the UNEP/GEF project "Promotion of Energy Efficiency in Public Lighting in Cote d'Ivoire".

The Project

The project was launched by the Ivorian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) – now called the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy (MPEER) – to speed up market transformation for energy-efficient lighting technologies in Côte d’Ivoire, and to coordinate activities with the “Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting” GEF-financed project. The project intended to address barriers to the widespread utilization of energy-efficient lighting technologies in Côte d’Ivoire. It aimed to reinforce the country’s legal and regulatory framework and develop the capacity of key stakeholders to work together for the supply of high-quality energy-efficient lighting technologies.

The Evaluation Team

For this evaluation, one independent consultant will work under the overall responsibility of the Evaluation Office represented by an Evaluation Manager, in consultation with the UNEP Task Manager, UNEP consultant, Climate & Energy Branch Fund Management Officer, Climate Mitigation Unit Fund Management Officer, Head of Energy & Climate Branch, Head of the UNEP U4E Initiative, and the Coordinator of UNEP Sub-programme on Climate Change.

Specific Responsibilities

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

Preliminary Assessment phase of the Evaluation, including:
• desk review and introductory interviews with project staff;
• take over calls with the previous evaluation consultant;
• identify a list of people to be consulted during the Data Collection Phase;
• develop the interview protocols and data collection tools;
• plan the data collection schedule;
• revise the sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the submitted Draft Evaluation 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 especially about the field work and activities (showrooms, pilot projects and workshops).

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 Consultant and indicating the reason for the rejection; and
• (where agreed with the Evaluation Manager) prepare an Evaluation Brief (2-page summary of the evaluand and 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.

Qualifications/special skills

An advanced university degree required in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences areas is required. A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: At least 5 years’ experience in the area of climate change, energy, and preferably energy efficiency in lighting, and previous experience in evaluation of programs and projects required.

Experience in managing partnerships, knowledge management and communication is desirable .
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 working knowledge in French 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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