International consultant for MTR of ABS project
United Nations Development Programme
CHINA
36天前

Scope of Work and Key Tasks

The MTR team will consist of two independent consultants that will conduct the MTR - one team leader (with experience and exposure to projects and evaluations in other regions globally) and one team expert from China. ?

The MTR team will first conduct a document review of project documents (i.e. PIF, UNDP Initiation Plan, Project Document, ESSP, Project Inception Report, PIRs, Finalized GEF focal area Tracking Tools, Project Appraisal Committee meeting minutes, Financial and Administration guidelines used by Project Team, project operational guidelines, manuals and systems, etc.

provided by the Project Team and Commissioning Unit. Then they will participate in a MTR inception workshop to clarify their understanding of the objectives and methods of the MTR, producing the MTR inception report thereafter.

The MTR mission will then consist of interviews and site visits to three pilots provinces including Yunnan, Hunan and Guangxi involved in the implementation.

The MTR team will assess the following four categories of project progress and produce a draft and final MTR report. See the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-

Supported, GEF-Financed Projects (), for requirements on ratings. No overall rating is required.

Project Design :

  • Review the problem addressed by the project and the underlying assumptions.? Review the effect of any incorrect assumptions or changes to the context to achieving the project results as outlined in the Project Document.
  • Review the relevanced of the project strategy and assess whether it provides the most effective route towards expected / intended results.?
  • Review how the project addresses country priorities
  • Review decision-making processes
  • Results Framework / Logframe :

  • Undertake a critical analysis of the project’s logframe indicators and targets, assess how SMART the midterm and end-of-
  • project targets are (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound), and suggest specific amendments / revisions to the targets and indicators as necessary.

  • Examine if progress so far has led to, or could in the future catalyse beneficial development effects (i.e. income generation, gender equality and women’s empowerment, improved governance etc.
  • that should be included in the project results framework and monitored on an annual basis.
  • 2.Progress Towards Results

  • Review the logframe indicators against progress made towards the end-of-project targets; populate the Progress Towards Results Matrix, as described in the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-
  • Supported, GEF-Financed Projects; colour code progress in a traffic light system based on the level of progress achieved;
  • assign a rating on progress for the project objective and each outcome; make recommendations from the areas marked as not on target to be achieved (red).

  • Compare and analyse the GEF Tracking Tool at the Baseline with the one completed right before the Midterm Review.
  • Identify remaining barriers to achieving the project objective.
  • By reviewing the aspects of the project that have already been successful, identify ways in which the project can further expand these benefits.
  • 3.Project Implementation and Adaptive Management

    Using the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects; assess the following categories of project progress :

  • Management Arrangements
  • Work Planning
  • Finance and co-finance
  • Project-level monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • 4.Sustainability

    Assess overall risks to sustainability factors of the project in terms of the following four categories :

  • Financial risks to sustainability
  • Socio-economic risks to sustainability
  • Institutional framework and governance risks to sustainability
  • Environmental risks to sustainability
  • The MTR consultant / team will include a section in the MTR report setting out the MTR’s evidence-based conclusions , in light of the findings.

    Additionally, the MTR consultant / team is expected to make recommendations to the Project Team. Recommendations should be succinct suggestions for critical intervention that are specific, measurable, achievable, and relevant.

    A recommendation table should be put in the report’s executive summary. The MTR consultant / team should make no more than 15 recommendations total.

    Competencies

    The MTR consultant / team shall prepare and submit :

    Expected Outputs and Deliverables

  • MTR Inception Report : MTR team clarifies objectives and methods of the Midterm Review no later than 2 weeks before the MTR mission.
  • To be sent to the Commissioning Unit and project management. Approximate due date : (August 25, 2018)

  • Presentation : Initial Findings presented to project management and the Commissioning Unit at the end of the MTR mission.
  • Approximate due date : (Sep. 21, 2018)

  • Draft Final Report : Full report with annexes within 3 weeks of the MTR mission. Approximate due date : (Oct. 12, 2018)
  • Final Report* : Revised report with annexed audit trail detailing how all received comments have (and have not) been addressed in the final MTR report.
  • To be sent to the Commissioning Unit within 1 week of receiving UNDP comments on draft. Approximate due date : (Oct. 30, 2018)

  • The final MTR report must be in English. If applicable, the Commissioning Unit may choose to arrange for a translation of the report into a language more widely shared by national stakeholders.
  • Institutional Arrangement

    The principal responsibility for managing this MTR resides with the Commissioning Unit. The Commissioning Unit for this project’s MTR is UNDP China.

    The Commissioning Unit will contract the consultants and ensure the timely provision of per diems and travel arrangements within the country for the MTR team.

    The Project Team will be responsible for liaising with the MTR team to provide all relevant documents, set up stakeholder interviews, and arrange field visits.

    Duration of the Work

    The total duration of the MTR will be approximately (6 of weeks) starting 1 Aug. 2018, and shall not exceed five months from when the consultant(s) are hired.

    The tentative MTR timeframe is as follows :

    June 30) : Application closes

    July 20) : Selection of MTR Team

    Aug. 1-20) : Prep the MTR Team (handover of project documents)

    Aug. 21-25) ?5 days : Document review and preparing MTR Inception Report

    Aug. 26-30) 1 day : Finalization and Validation of MTR Inception Report- latest start of MTR mission

    Sep. 6-21) 15 days : MTR mission : stakeholder meetings, interviews, field visits

    Sep. 21) 1 day : Mission wrap-up meeting & presentation of initial findings- earliest end of MTR mission

    Sep. 22 Oct. 12) 10 days : Preparing draft report

    Oct.? 30) 3 days : Incorporating audit trail on draft report / Finalization of MTR report

    Nov. 15) : Preparation & Issue of Management Response

    Nov. 30) : Expected date of full MTR completion

    The date start of contract is (Aug. 1, 2018).

    Duty Station

    The consultant’s duty station / location for the contract duration is mainly home based with mission to Beijing and field visit to Yunnan, Guangxi And Hunan Provinces (Detailed agenda will be provided before the mission).

    Travel :

  • International travel will be required to China during the MTR mission;
  • The Basic Security in the Field II and Advanced Security in the Field courses must be successfully completed prior to commencement of travel;
  • Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations / inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director.
  • Consultants are required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under
  • All related travel expenses will be covered and will be reimbursed as per UNDP rules and regulations upon submission of an F-

    10 claim form and supporting documents.

    Required Skills and Experience

    The selection of consultants will be aimed at maximizing the overall team qualities in the following areas :

  • Recent experience with result-based management evaluation methodologies (5%);
  • Experience applying SMART indicators and reconstructing or validating baseline scenarios (5%);
  • Competence in adaptive management, as applied to biodiversity and ecosystem, especially ABS (5%);
  • Experience working with the GEF or GEF-evaluations (20%);
  • Experience working in Asia, especially in China (5%);
  • Work experience in relevant technical areas for at least 10 years (5%);
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to gender and biodiversity and ecosystem, especially ABS; experience in gender sensitive evaluation and analysis (15%);.
  • Excellent communication skills(10%);
  • Demonstrable analytical skills (10%);
  • Project evaluation / review experiences within United Nations system will be considered an asset (10%);
  • A Master’s degree in natural resources, environmental management, community development , or other closely related field (10%).
  • Consultant Independence :

    The consultants cannot have participated in the project preparation, formulation, and / or implementation (including the writing of the Project Document) and should not have a conflict of interest with project’s related activities.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

    Financial Proposal :

  • Financial proposals must be all inclusive and expressed in a lump-sum for the total duration of the contract. The term all inclusive implies all cost (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances etc.);
  • For duty travels, the UN’s Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rates will be followed by UN rules during the reimbursement, which should provide indication of the cost of living in a duty station / destination (
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