Safeguarding diverse ecosystems ensures invaluable services essential for sustainable development and improvements in human wellbeing. The livelihoods of individuals and the economic productivity of firms are highly dependent on sustainable supplies of water, forests, fisheries, fertile soils, pollinators, coral reefs, mangroves and other forms of biodiversity. This is especially the case for the poorest people directly dependent on natural resources and those enterprises active in economic sectors such as agriculture, hydropower and tourism. Biodiversity thus plays a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is a global partnership addressing the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner. The Initiative provides an innovative methodology enabling countries to measure their current biodiversity expenditures, assess their financial needs in the medium term and identify the most suitable finance solutions to bridge their national biodiversity finance gaps. The BIOFIN methodology includes the following main steps:
Implemented from 2012 to 2018, thirty countries currently participate in BIOFIN, coordinated by a global UNDP-managed team supporting the development and use of the methodology. The global team works with interdisciplinary national teams, customizing the methodology to the national context in each country. At the national level, BIOFIN works under the leadership of ministries of finance (treasury), economy, planning and environment to bring together a core group of national stakeholders, including the private sector, to rethink the most suitable finance modalities for biodiversity. Activities are implemented through in-depth consultation with a strong focus on capacity development. Partnerships are another important feature of the BIOFIN methodology in each country, in particular with related initiatives such as WAVES, TEEB, PEI, UN-REDD, GIZ ValuES and relevant conservation finance projects including those under the UNDP-GEF portfolio. At the regional and global level, BIOFIN enables participating countries to exchange experiences through a variety of South-South cooperation mechanisms such as regional and global workshops, the BIOFIN website, dedicated webinars and other platforms.
BIOFIN is supported by the European Union (EU) and the Governments of Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Flanders. As a multi-donor initiative BIOFIN includes around US$ 29 million, with a contribution of Euro 4 million from the European Union (EU) out of the total amount. The EU contribution includes support to eight countries: Chile (replacing Argentina in 2013), Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Philippines, Seychelles, South Africa and Uganda, and runs from October 2012 to December 2016. In accordance with UNDP and EU M&E policies and procedures, all UNDP supported projects are required to undergo a terminal evaluation upon completion of implementation.
In this light, UNDP-GEF is seeking the service of an evaluation expert to conduct the final evaluation for the Biodiversity Finance Initiative, BIOFIN-EU supported Project.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of the assignment:
The evaluation will cover the period 2012-2016 and it will cover the BIOFIN countries funded by the EU. It will address the results of BIOFIN implementation. The central research question of the evaluation is:
To which extent did BIOFIN achieve the expected results?
The evaluation is to identify lessons learned (positive and negative) and recommend/suggest potential improvements to the program components and activities for ongoing and future work. This will inform management decision making of strategic policy and planning, coordination, and any other adjustments of the program and its implementation.
The evaluator is expected to frame the evaluation effort using the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact, as defined and explained in the EC evaluation standards and the UNDP Guidance for Conducting Terminal Evaluations of UNDP-supported Projects. An overall approach and method for conducting project terminal evaluations of UNDP supported projects can be found in the Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results. Also, the EC Guidance Document on M&E can be found here.
Evaluation consultants will be held to the highest ethical standards and are required to sign a Code of Conduct (Annex E) upon acceptance of the assignment. UNDP evaluations are conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluations’.
Project Evaluation Criteria and questions:
The evaluation will follow the UNDP and EU evaluation criteria:
Relevance: [Rating: 2. Relevant (R), 1. Not-relevant (NR)]
Effectiveness: [Ratings: 6: Highly Satisfactory (HS): no shortcomings; 5: Satisfactory (S): minor shortcomings; 4: Moderately Satisfactory (MS); 3. Moderately Unsatisfactory (MU): significant shortcomings; 2. Unsatisfactory (U): major problems; 1. Highly Unsatisfactory (HU): severe problems]
Efficiency: [Ratings: 6: Highly Satisfactory (HS): no shortcomings; 5: Satisfactory (S): minor shortcomings; 4: Moderately Satisfactory (MS); 3. Moderately Unsatisfactory (MU): significant shortcomings; 2. Unsatisfactory (U): major problems; 1. Highly Unsatisfactory (HU): severe problems]
Sustainability [Ratings: 4. Likely (L): negligible risks to sustainability; 3. Moderately Likely (ML): moderate risks; 2. Moderately Unlikely (MU): significant risks; 1. Unlikely (U): severe risks
Additional ratings where relevant:
Specific evaluation tasks:
The evaluation methodology shall include at least the following:
The consultant will be responsible for developing an inception report with a detailed methodological framework for the evaluation. The consultant is free to suggest other and/or additional methods and questions that have not been indicated above. The evaluation report shall describe the evaluation method and process, and discuss validity and reliability. Limitations and shortcomings should be explained.
The evaluation must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful. The evaluator is expected to follow a participatory and consultative approach ensuring close engagement and consultations with all key stakeholders and government counterparts in the countries visited during field missions. Additional project participants and other key stakeholders from the remaining participating countries will be consulted by email and telephone, as well as, through appropriate survey techniques.
The evaluator will review all relevant sources of information, such as the project document, Logical Framework, project Annual Work Plans, country reports, project budget and financial reports, progress reports, project files, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the evaluator considers useful for this evidence-based assessment (all provided by UNDP). The Evaluation will assess they key financial aspects of the project, including the extent of co-financing planned and realized. Project costs and funding data will be required. The evaluator will receive assistance from the BIOFIN team and Country Office (CO) to obtain financial data.
Outputs to be delivered:
The Consultant will be primarily home-based with missions to selected BIOFIN countries, and work under the supervision of the BIOFIN Manager, on the following:
The key product expected from the terminal evaluation is a comprehensive analytical report written in English. The terminal evaluation Report will be a stand-alone document that substantiates its findings, conclusions, recommendations and lessons learned. The report will provide convincing evidence to support its findings/ratings. The report, together with its annexes, will be submitted in electronic format in both, MS Word and PDF format. 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.
Information on working arrangements:
Required Skills and Experience
Documentation to be submitted:
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