National Consultant – Terminal Evaluation of the UNDP GEF Project: “Expanding Coverage and Strengthening Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network on the Island of Mauritius”

National Consultant – Terminal Evaluation of the UNDP GEF Project: “Expanding Coverage and Strengthening Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network on the Island of Mauritius”

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Port Louis, Mauritius

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of works

The International Consultant will be the team leader and will be responsible for the quality of the report and timely submission. The National Consultant will provide supportive roles in terms of logistical/meeting arrangements, professional inputs, knowledge of local policies, local navigation, translation/language support, etc.

The review team is expected to prepare an Evaluation Report based on the outline listed in Annex C while specifically including the following aspects

  • Adequacy of the overall project concept, design, implementation methodology, institutional structure, timelines, budgetary allocation or any other aspect of the project design that the evaluation team may want to comment upon;
  • Extent of progress achieved against the overall project objective disaggregated by each of the individual Outcomes, Outputs and Activities (including sub-activities); as against the Impact Indicators identified and listed in the project document. Extent of the incremental value added with project implementation;
  • Performance in terms of in-time achievement of individual project activities as well as overall project in terms of adherence to planned timelines;
  • Relevance and adequacy of mid-course changes in implementation strategy with PSC approval, if any and the consequent variations in achievements, if any;
  • Degree of effectiveness of the Project Management Unit to identify gaps, if any with lessons learned and alternative scenarios, if any;
  • Extent to which systemic framework for Protected Area expansion has been improved. Identify gaps, if any, and provide alternative scenarios;
  • Extent to which Protected Area institutional framework has been strengthened. Identify gaps, if any, and provide alternative scenarios;
  • Extent to which the Operational know-how is in place to contain threats related to Protected Area;
  • Evaluate the impact of the project activities on the various government and private institutions;
  • Extent of effectiveness of awareness generation activities by way of quality of promotional packages/awareness material, number of Awareness Programmes, Trainings undertaken and level of awareness created. Quality of documentation, if any, produced under the project like, brochure, etc. should also be considered;
  • Pattern, in which funds have been leveraged, budgeted, spent and accounted for in the project;
  • Preparation of Terminal GEF Tracking Tool in collaboration with the Chief Technical Advisor, Project Manager and IAS Manager.

The team should also focus their assessments on project impacts as listed

  • Perceptions on the “Situation at the end of the Project” as it seems to the review team at the terminal review stage;
  • Nature and scale of the policy impact made by the project, if any, on relevant line departments of the Government or other policy making bodies;
  • Extent of effectiveness of capacity building initiatives undertaken under the aegis of the project;
  • Appropriateness and effectiveness of the institutional arrangement deployed in the project with alternative scenarios, if any;
  • Details of co-funding, if any, leveraged by the project and its impact on the project;
  • The effectiveness of monitoring and overseeing systems such as Project Steering Committee and suggestion on improvements if any.

Expected outputs and deliverables

Deliverable 1: Work Plan

  • Content: Evaluator provides work plan;
  • Timing: No later than 2 weeks before the evaluation mission;
  • Responsibilities: Evaluator submits to UNDP CO, IEO.

Deliverable 2: Terminal evaluation and knowledge management workshop report

  • Content: Report for terminal evaluation and knowledge management workshop on monitoring and evaluation concepts and methodology for capacity development;
  • Timing: Within evaluation mission;
  • Responsibilities: Sent to CO, reviewed by RTA, PAN Project team, GEF OFPs, IEO.

Deliverable 3: Draft Final Report

  • Content: Full report, (per annexed template) with annexes;
  • Timing: Within 3 weeks of the evaluation mission;
  • Responsibilities: Sent to CO, reviewed by RTA, PAN Project team, GEF OFPs, IEO.

Deliverable 4: Final Report*

  • Content: Revised report;
  • Timing: Within 1 week of receiving UNDP comments on draft;
  • Responsibilities: Sent to IEO and CO for uploading to UNDP ERC.

*When submitting the final evaluation report, the evaluator is required also to provide an 'audit trail' detailing how all received comments have (and have not) been addressed in the final evaluation report.

Institutional arrangement

  • The Consultant will report directly to the National Project Director, Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security and Environment Programme Manager, UNDP;
  • All reports are to be written in English. The Consultant will provide an electronic version of all the required deliverables;
  • The Consultant is expected to follow a participatory and consultative approach ensuring close engagement with government counterparts, in particular the GEF operational focal point, UNDP Country Office, project team, UNDP GEF Technical Adviser based in the region and key stakeholders.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
  • Creative and innovative;
  • Sound analytic capacities;
  • Ability to address complex concepts and to gather written materials in a clear, concise and meaningful manner with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Highly organized, able to effectively develop and manage projects, ensuring that deadlines are met.

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent writing, analytical and research skills;
  • Showing strong attention to details;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and international environment;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master's in biodiversity, natural resources management, other social sciences or business administration/project management; Or Bachelor's in biodiversity, natural resources management, other social sciences or business administration/project management. with at least ten years of relevant experience.

Work Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in managing biodiversity or other environment programmes or projects for Master degree holder; OR at least 10 years of relevant experience in managing biodiversity or other environment programmes or projects for Bachelor degree holder;
  • Knowledge of Adaptive Management, as applied to conservation or natural resource management projects. Past experience as evaluator of GEF projects and knowledge of GEF M&E guidelines and tools (PIR, METT, Financial Score Card, etc.) is a strong asset;
  • Prior experience in environment project evaluation essential;
  • Experience in dealing with multi-stakeholder projects and good knowledge of policies and regulations related to biodiversity conservation in Mauritius;
  • Experience with internationally funded Biodiversity related projects. Experience within GEF and/or United Nations system will be considered an asset;
  • Experience applying participatory monitoring approaches;
  • Demonstrable analytical skills;
  • Fully computer literate with strong editing skills.

Language

  • Excellent spoken, written English, French and Mauritian Creole required.

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