Job Opening

Posting Title: Evaluation Specialist2 for “Joint UNEP-UNIDO Programme to host and manage the Climate Technology Centre and Network” (PIMS 01626) and “Support to Climate Technology Transfer Services and Partnership
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 10 January 2023 - 30 January 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Environment Programme-198872-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Evaluation Team will submit a concise evaluation report.

Work Location

Home-Based with field visits

Expected duration

9 months

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 Manager and the Director of the Evaluation Office.

The Evaluation

In line with the UNEP Evaluation Policy and the UNEP Programme Manual , the 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 will cover activities of the UNEP ProDoc and EC funding agreement covering the period up to 2022 as formulated in the UNEP project document and the EC project grant towards “Support to Climate Change Technology Transfer Services and Partnerships”.

The Evaluation has three purposes set out in UNEP’s Evaluation Policy (2022) of supporting evidence-based decision making, learning and accountability and complimenting the purposes specified in the funding agreement between the EC and UNEP: (i) For accountability (ii) learning purposes at various levels including policy (iii) CTCN operations reflect UNFCCC’s mandate.

The Project

The Project's overarching objective was “to support action on climate mitigation and adaptation and thus enhance low emissions and climate-resilient development.” This objective was to be reached by promoting the transfer and scaling up of the deployment of adaptation and mitigation technologies in developing countries, and it links to the higher-level overall objective (impact) of the EC project of “Developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean and least developed countries in particular will emit less greenhouse gases per unit of GDP and have a higher resilience to climate change.”

The Evaluation Team

For this Evaluation, the Evaluation Team will consist of a Principal Evaluator and two Evaluation Specialists who will work under the overall responsibility of the Evaluation Office of UNEP represented by an Evaluation Manager, in consultation with the Director of the CTCN Secretariat, Fund Management Officers and the Sub-programme Coordinator of the Climate Action Sub-programme. An Evaluation Reference Group will be established to provide strategic direction to the evaluation.

Specific Responsibilities for the Evaluation Specialists:

The Evaluation Specialists will make substantive and high-quality contributions to the evaluation process and outputs.
The Evaluation Specialists will provide substantive contributions to the inception phase of the evaluation, substantive contributions to the data collection and analysis, substantive contributions to the main report and ensure good teamwork and external relations.
The three consultants will ensure together that all evaluation criteria and questions are adequately covered.


The Evaluation Team members will undertake the following:

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;
• develop and present criteria for country and/or site selection for the evaluation mission;
• 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;
• conduct an evaluation mission to selected countries, interview project partners and stakeholders, including a good representation of local partners and 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;
• in consultation with the Evaluation Manager, keep the CTCN Secretariat and Evaluation Reference Group informed of the evaluation process.

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)

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.


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

The Evaluation Specialist will be selected and recruited by the UNEP Evaluation Office through an individual consultancy contract.

Comprehensive terms of reference will be shared with the consultant separately.

Qualifications/special skills

A first level university degree in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area is required

A minimum of 7 years of technical/monitoring/evaluation/statistics experience is required

A good/broad understanding UNFCCC processes and climate convention in general is required

Working knowledge in a development related organization especially the UN system and specifically the work of UNEP is an advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is a requirement. Proficiency in another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) 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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