High-quality evaluations are critical for results-based management, knowledge generation for wider use, and for accountability to programme partners. One of the requirements of the UNDP evaluation policy is that programme units – policy, practice, regional bureaus and country offices – ensure that evaluations inform programme management and contribute to development results. Therefore, UNDP has been increasingly emphasizing the need to carry out high quality decentralized evaluations.As part of this process, the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) assesses the quality of the decentralized evaluations carried out each year. These assessment findings are made available to the relevant UNDP Bureaus and programme units, and are reported to the UNDP Executive Board as part of the IEO Annual Report on Evaluation.
Decentralized evaluations include programme-level evaluations, outcome evaluations, and project evaluations. UNDP Bureaus and country offices develop Evaluation Plans, articulating the evaluations to be carried out during each 5 year planning cycle. Approximately 200 – 250 decentralized evaluations get carried out world-wide each year. UNDP Bureaus and Country Offices have discretion over which of their programmes and projects are evaluated, unless otherwise specified in partnership agreements with funders. Of particular relevance to these terms of reference, all full size projects funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) require a final (terminal) evaluation upon closure.
In order to ensure continued support to our initiatives, UNDP’s Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA) invites candidates to send their applications for inclusion in a Vetted Roster of external experts. The process for including candidates in the Expert Roster is described in the later sections of this advertisement.
Duties and Responsibilities
Tasks assigned in each individual assignment may include but not limited to the following :
Capacity Development/ Training:
To be considered for inclusion in the roster, applicants would need to have expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Required Skills and Experience
Degree in Sustainable Development, Poverty reduction, Natural resource management, Development planning and risk management, related fields; or Socio economic or political governance or Environment and Energy, Water use and systems; Air pollution and quality; Land degradation; Coastal erosion; Efficient energy use or any other related field
Following a vetting process, the successful candidates would be placed in one of the following bands:
Applications should include:
Evaluation of Applicants:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies.
Stage 1:- Establishing a Roster :
Applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies specified above and will be evaluated as per following criteria;
All applicants will be initially screened against the minimum requirements as in TOR and those meeting the minimum requirements will be long listed. Long-listed applicants will be evaluated through a Desk review and/or interview against the following criteria based on evident in the submitted application.
Only those candidates who obtain a total technical score of 70 and above will be included in the roster
Successful candidates will be included in UNDP RSCA Experts Roster for a period of 5 years, in one of the “bands” indicated above. However, the addition of an individual in the Roster does not guarantee a contract with UNDP.Qualified women are encouraged to apply.
Stage 2:- Evaluation and call off mechanism for specific assignment /Contracting/:
When a request for services arises, the roster manager shall contact the individuals included in the specific area of expertise with ToR, location and dates of the assignment seeking confirmation of availability, as well as other costs such as living allowance, travel cost, etc. The daily fee quoted by the individual during this application process shall remain as the ceiling fee and cannot be increased upwards for any offered individual assignment(s).
Consultants that confirmed their availability for Specific assignment will be evaluated in one of the two evaluation criteria that shall be clearly indicated in the respective assignment ToR.
Lowest price and technically compliant offer:
When using this method, the award of a contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as both:
Responsive/compliant/acceptable can be defined as fully meeting the TOR provided.
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining the minimum point specified on the assignment ToR would be considered for the Financial evaluation