UNDP Thailand Country Office is looking for a national consultant who will work together with a international consultant in conducting the Midterm Review (thereafter referred to as the “Evaluation Team”).
This is the Terms of Reference for the UNDP-GEF Midterm Review (MTR) of the full-sized project titled “Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade, focusing on Ivory, Rhino Horn, Tiger and Pangolins in Thailand” (PIMS# 5619) implemented through the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, which is to be undertaken in 2021. The project started on 19th November 2018 and is in its third year of implementation. This ToR sets out the expectations for this MTR. The MTR process must follow the guidance outlined in the document Guidance for Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects (https://co.undpgefpims.org/workspace?current_directory_id=45).
The Project Objective is to reduce the trafficking of wildlife (focusing on elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn, tiger and pangolins) in Thailand through enhanced enforcement capacity and collaboration and targeted behavior change campaigns. To achieve this objective, the project will utilize four strategies or Project Components as follows: Component 1: Improved Cooperation, Coordination and Information Exchange. This will strengthen the collaboration mechanism and provide a platform for exchange of information among the responsible agencies for illegal wildlife trade (IWT) law enforcement. Component 2: Enhanced Enforcement and Prosecution Capacity. This will increase the coherence and capacity of law enforcement agencies to address and deter illegal trafficking of wildlife (focusing on elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn, tigers and pangolins) through strengthening the cross-sectoral enforcement and prosecution framework. Component 3: Reduced demand for illegal wildlife products and targeted awareness actions to support law enforcement. The project will work with partners to learn from existing efforts and achieve cumulative impact through a Steering Group and the Community of Practice on Demand Reduction. The activities will follow a well-defined systematic process for developing, implementing and evaluating SBCC initiatives. This component also aims to increase awareness of prevailing laws and upcoming WARPA reforms and publicize convictions to strengthen deterrence of wildlife trafficking. Component 4: Knowledge Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Gender Mainstreaming. This component closely links with and underpins the other three, by supporting the sharing of knowledge, experiences and lessons learned through project implementation with project stakeholders, the wider public in Thailand, and globally through the GEF-financed, World Bank-led Global Wildlife Program, of which this project is a part.
The total budget is USD 4,018,440 with a planned co-financing as below:-
Grand total Project Financing is USD 31,827,819
Since 2020, the prolonged strict COVID-19 crisis response has significantly impacted the project implementation. Activities at the project locations have been postponed and implementing partner was in difficulty to proceed a procurement, training, workshop, networking of activities.
C. MTR Purpose
The MTR will assess progress towards the achievement of the project objectives and outcomes as specified in the Project Document. It will identify early signs of project success or failure with the goal of identifying the necessary changes to be made in order to set the project on-track to achieve its intended results. The MTR will also review the project’s strategy and its risks to sustainability.
The progress will be assessed in consideration of the following:
The MTR report will provide conclusions and recommendations deriving from the findings and rate project’s results according to the template provided.
NOTE: Detail any COVID-19 project interventions that should be included in the scope of the evaluation.
The MTR will investigate how Covid-19 has affected the implementation of the project, both negatively and positively; how the project has adapted to the changed circumstances; and what interventions were undertaken in response to the circumstances
Duties and Responsibilities
MTR Approach & Methodology
The MTR report must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable, and useful. The MTR team will review all relevant sources of information including documents prepared during the preparation phase (i.e., PIF, UNDP Initiation Plan, UNDP Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP), the Project Document, project reports including Annual Project Review/PIRs, project budget revisions, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the team considers useful for this evidence-based review. The MTR team will review the baseline GEF focal area Core Indicators/Tracking Tools submitted to the GEF at CEO endorsement, and the midterm GEF focal area Core Indicators/Tracking Tools that must be completed before the MTR field mission begins.
The MTR team is expected to follow a collaborative and participatory approach ensuring close engagement with the Project Team, government counterparts (the GEF Operational Focal Point), the UNDP Country Office(s), the Nature, Climate and Energy (NCE) Regional Technical Advisor, direct beneficiaries, and other key stakeholders.
Engagement of stakeholders is vital to a successful MTR. Stakeholder involvement should include interviews with stakeholders who have project responsibilities, including but not limited to Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE); executing agencies, senior officials and task team/ component leaders, key experts and consultants in the subject area, Project Board, project stakeholders, academia, local government and CSOs, etc. Additionally, the MTR team is expected to conduct field missions to Nong Khai Province, Song Kla Province. (depending on travel restriction on COVID-19).
Interviews will be held with the following organizations and individuals at a minimum:
List of Stakeholders
Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP)
The specific design and methodology for the MTR should emerge from consultations between the MTR team and the above-mentioned parties regarding what is appropriate and feasible for meeting the MTR purpose and objectives and answering the evaluation questions, given limitations of budget, time and data. The MTR team must, however, use gender-responsive methodologies and tools and ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as other cross-cutting issues and SDGs are incorporated into the MTR report.
The final methodological approach including interview schedule, field visits and data to be used in the MTR should be clearly outlined in the Inception Report and be fully discussed and agreed between UNDP, stakeholders and the MTR team.
The final MTR report must describe the full MTR approach taken and the rationale for the approach making explicit the underlying assumptions, challenges, strengths and weaknesses about the methods and approach of the review.
In case that the International MTR consultant cannot enter to Thailand due to the COVID-19 VISA protocol, the MTR team should develop a methodology that reflects the adaptive management. This includes remote interview methods and extended desk reviews, data analysis, surveys and evaluation questionnaires. This must be detailed in the MTR Inception Report and agreed with by the Commissioning Unit.
As of 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic as the new coronavirus rapidly spread to all regions of the world. Travel to the country has been restricted since 03/2020 and travel in the country is also restricted. If it is not possible to travel to or within the country for the MTR mission then the MTR team should develop a methodology that takes this into account the conduct of the MTR virtually and remotely, including the use of remote interview methods and extended desk reviews, data analysis, surveys, and evaluation questionnaires. This should be detailed in the MTR Inception Report and agreed with the Commissioning Unit.
If all or part of the MTR is to be carried out virtually then consideration should be taken for stakeholder availability, ability, or willingness to be interviewed remotely. In addition, their accessibility to the internet/computer may be an issue as many government and national counterparts may be working from home. These limitations must be reflected in the final MTR report.
If a data collection/field mission is not possible then remote interviews may be undertaken through telephone or online (skype, zoom etc.). International consultants can work remotely with national evaluator support in the field if it is safe for them to operate and travel. No stakeholders, consultants or UNDP staff should be put in harm’s way and safety is the key priority.
A short validation mission may be considered if it is confirmed to be safe for staff, consultants, stakeholders and if such a mission is possible within the MTR schedule. Equally, qualified, and independent national consultants can be hired to undertake the MTR and interviews in country as long as it is safe to do so.
E. Detailed Scope of the MTR
The MTR team will assess the following four categories of project progress. See the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects for extended descriptions.
NOTE: Include below COVID-19 specific questions, as needed, and/or recognise the impact of COVID-19 and limitations on the project in the guiding evaluation questions.
1. Project Strategy
2. Progress Towards Results
Table. Progress Towards Results Matrix (Achievement of outcomes against End-of-project Targets)
Indicator Assessment Key
In addition to the progress towards outcomes analysis:
3. Project Implementation and Adaptive Management
Finance and co-finance
Project-level monitoring and evaluation systems
Social and Environmental Standards (Safeguards)
A given project should be assessed against the version of UNDP’s safeguards policy that was in effect at the time of the project’s approval.
Communications & Knowledge Management
Financial risks to sustainability:
Socio-economic risks to sustainability:
Institutional Framework and Governance risks to sustainability:
Environmental risks to sustainability:
Conclusions & Recommendations
The MTR consultant/team will include a section in the MTR report for 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.
The MTR team will include its ratings of the project’s results and brief descriptions of the associated achievements in MTR Ratings & Achievement Summary Table in the Executive Summary of the MTR report. See the TOR Annexes for the Rating Table and ratings scales.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Due to unexpected the 3rd wave of Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand, the TE mission can be done a virtual meeting/interview with the stakeholders. It is subjected to be adjusted in consultation with the M&E focal point of the UNDP Thailand Country Office after the contract signing.
The MTR team shall prepare and submit:
*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.
The principal responsibility for managing this MTR resides with the Commissioning Unit. The Commissioning Unit for this project’s MTR is UNDP Thailand Country Office.
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.
The UNDP Thailand Country Office and Project Team will provide logistic support in the implementation of remote/ virtual meetings if travel to project site is restricted. An updated stakeholder list with contact details (phone and email) will be provided by the UNDP Thailand Country Office to the MTR team. The MTR offer shall be all inclusive cost of travelling.
Duration of the Work
May 2021 – 24 August 2021 (up to 23 working days).
Home- based with possible travel to Nong Khai Province and Song Khla Province, Thailand.
The National Consultant can provide option to work remotely if there are constraints in travelling due to Covid-19 restriction. If so, the national consultant can work from home. The national consultant will support the data collection, data summary, and coordination with the appointed International Consultant (Team Lead). The team’s travel plan shall be adjusted based on travel restrictions of the government and UNDP, subject to the approval of the UNDP Thailand Resident Representative.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The contract will be based on Lump sum
The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology;
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%) and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced qualified proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
a. Technical Evaluation (70%)
b. Financial Evaluation (30%)
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of total 100 points in technical evaluation) would be considered and Financial Evaluation respectively.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
*Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.*
To download form and related documents, please follow the link below:
|City, State:||Home- based with travel to Nong Khai Province and Song Khla Province|
|Closing date:||June 11, 2021|