Job Opening

Posting Title: Evaluation Consultant for Terminal Evaluation of the UNEP Project "Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation and Man and Biosphere Reserves in Cuba: Bridging Managed and Natural Landscapes - GEF ID 4158"
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 01 June 2022 - 08 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-182251-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

The assignment is expected to begin in June 2022 and end December 2022 for a period of 6 months on PART TIME basis.

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 UN Environment Evaluation Policy and the UNEP 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 "Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation and Man and Biosphere Reserves in Cuba".

The Project

The overall goal of the project was to “conserve biodiversity within and around protected areas in ways that improve the livelihoods of rural communities and sustain ecosystem functions in and around the Man and the Biosphere (MaB) Reserves in Cuba”. The objective of the project was to “mainstream agrobiodiversity into the management of Cuban MaB Reserve system”. The project selected two of the six Cuban biosphere reserves, the Sierra del Rosario (BRSR) in the Pinar del Rio Province in southwestern Cuba, and the Cuchillas del Toa (BRST) in the Guantanamo Province in northeastern Cuba. The project was to deliver on its goal and objective through the implementation of three components:

• Mainstreaming mechanisms that integrate high levels of agrobiodiversity into MaB buffer and transition zones (Component 1);
• Improved protected area management systems and capacity building (Component 2);
• Improved livelihoods from increased benefit flow within protected areas (Component 3).

The project was meant to work closely with a range of stakeholders and beneficiaries, including farmers and communities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), universities, and government agencies across relevant sectors including environment, agriculture, education, and tourism.

The Evaluation Team

For this evaluation, a Principal Evaluator will be contracted, who will work under the overall responsibility of the Evaluation Office represented by an Evaluation Manager, in consultation with the UNEP Task Manager and the former Task Manager, Fund Management Officer, and the Sub-programme Coordinator of the UNEP Sub-Programme on Healthy and productive Ecosystems and the Director of the Ecosystems Division, for a period of 6 months.

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;

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 Office on any issues requiring its attention and intervention.

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 UNEP 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 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: A minimum of 10 years of technical/evaluation experience, including of evaluating large, regional or global programmes and using a Theory of Change and results based management approaches;

A good/broad understanding of agrobiodiversity conservation and sustainable use and mainstreaming 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 and Spanish is a requirement.

No Fee


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