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Evaluation Specialist for Terminal Evaluation of the UNEP project “Strengthening HYPREP for initiating clean-up from oil contamination in Ogoniland” PIMS 2030


  • Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Transport and Distribution
    • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DD&R)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-23

Result of Service
The consultant will submit a concise evaluation report.
Work Location
Expected duration
6 Months
Duties and Responsibilities
ORGANIZATION SETTING. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. This consultancy is located at Headquarters in the Evaluation Office which reports directly to the Executive Director. The consultant reports to the Evaluation Manager and the Director of the Evaluation Office. THE EVALUATION In line with the UNEP Evaluation Policy and the UNEP Programme Manual, the Terminal Evaluation is undertaken at operational completion of the project to assess project performance (in terms of relevance, effectiveness and efficiency), and determine outcomes and impacts (actual and potential) stemming from the project, including their sustainability. The Evaluation has two primary purposes: (i) to provide evidence of results to meet accountability requirements, and (ii) to promote operational improvement, learning and knowledge sharing through results and lessons learned among UNEP, the Federal Government of Nigeria, and HYPREP. Therefore, the Evaluation will identify lessons of operational relevance for future project formulation and implementation. Recommendations relevant to the whole house may also be identified during the evaluation process. THE PROJECT Ogoniland, located in the Niger Delta in Nigeria, has a history of petroleum contamination, due to oil exploration over several decades, which has led to extensive environmental damage and public health threats. The project objective therefore was to initiate clean-up activities following petroleum contamination in Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta region, by providing technical assistance and increasing the capacity of Nigeria's Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP). THE EVALUATION TEAM For this evaluation, the evaluation team will consist of a Principal Evaluator and an Evaluation Specialist. They will work under the overall responsibility of the Evaluation Office represented by an Evaluation Manager, in consultation with the UNEP Task Manager, Fund Management Officer, and the Sub-programme Coordinator of the Chemicals and Pollution Action Sub-programme. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES FOR EVALUATION SPECIALIST The Evaluation Specialist will make substantive and high-quality contributions to the evaluation process and outputs. Both consultants will ensure together that all evaluation criteria and questions are adequately covered. Inception phase of the Evaluation, including: • compile information on key stakeholders and help prepare a draft of the project stakeholder analysis; • prepare a list of key groups and persons to interview and key interview questions based on the Evaluation Framework; • help the principal evaluator plan the evaluation schedule; and • comment on the draft Inception Report, especially the (reconstructed) Theory of Change, evaluation framework, and interview protocols. Data collection and analysis phase of the Evaluation, including: • support the Evaluation Consultant in preparing the travel itinerary for the evaluation mission in Nigeria and set up meetings in Port Harcourt and Ogoniland; • conduct an evaluation mission to Nigeria to interview project partners in Port Harcourt and a good representation of local community in Ogoniland; • produce recordings and notes of interviews conducted in Port Harcourt and Ogoniland, addressing the evaluation framework; • follow up with interviewees for the provision of any additional documents or information discussed during meetings; • conduct analysis on certain aspects of the data collected; and • provide summary report on Ogoniland field visit and interview notes (2-3 pages). Reporting phase, including: • participate in virtual meetings with the Evaluation Manager and Evaluation Consultant to reflect on the available evidence and preliminary findings; • draft sections of the Main Evaluation Report, under technical guidance of the principal evaluator; • comment on the draft Main Evaluation Report, in particular the Conclusions, Lessons Learnt and Recommendations. Managing relations, including: • Facilitate positive relationships with evaluation stakeholders, ensuring that the evaluation process is as participatory as possible but at the same time maintains its independence. The Evaluation Consultant shall have had no prior involvement in the formulation or implementation of the project and will be independent from the participating institutions. The consultant will sign the Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct Agreement Form. The Evaluation Consultant will be selected and recruited by the UNEP Evaluation Office through an individual consultancy contract. Comprehensive terms of reference will be shared with the consultant separately.
Qualifications/special skills
A first level university degree in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area is required and an advanced degree in the same areas is desirable. A minimum of 9 years of technical / evaluation experience is required, preferably including evaluating large, regional or global programmes and using a Theory of Change approach; A good/broad understanding of environmental pollution and remediation specific to the oil and gas sector, is desired; Working knowledge of the UN system and specifically the work of UNEP is an added advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is a requirement.
Additional Information
Not available.
No Fee
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