Mid-Term Reviewer – Timor Leste ABS project (GEFID 9703)
Result of Service
Mid-term review Report of the “Establishing the National Framework and Operational Capacity for Implementing the Nagoya Protocol in Timor-Leste”Work Location
5 monthsDuties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. 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. UNEP's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The GEF-Biodiversity and Land Degradation unit is seeking to recruit a consultant (Level C) to conduct the Midterm Review of the project to assess the overall achievements of the project at midterm, the challenges faced and engage with project counterparts to overcome the issues through effective corrections in project activities and outputs, M&E, resource allocations and related GEF and co-financing. This consultancy post is located in UNEP / Ecosystems Division / GEF Biodiversity and Land Degradation unit. The Review Consultant will work from home as well as conduct a field assessment mission to Timor Leste, under the overall guidance of the Task Manager (GEF TM - based in Bangkok) and will report directly to the GEF TM or Portfolio Manager of the GEF Biodiversity Unit based in Nairobi.
• preliminary desk review and introductory interviews with project staff;
• prepare the review framework in line with UNEP's evaluation guidelines;
• identify stakeholders;
• develop the interview/questions matrix;
• plan the review schedule;
• prepare the Inception Report;
Data collection and analysis phase of the review, including:
• conduct further desk review and in-depth interviews with project implementing and executing agencies, project partners and project stakeholders;
• Conduct a field assessment mission to Timor Leste – approximately 10 days, including visiting one of the two project sites;
• regularly report back to the Task Manager on progress and inform of any possible problems or issues encountered and;
Reporting phase, including:
• Prepare a MTR Inception report with main tasks, timelines, and institutions, staff and project beneficiaries to be involved in the MTR,
• draft the MTR Review Report, ensuring that the review report is complete, coherent and consistent with the ToR as well as Task Manager guidelines both in substance and style;
• liaise with the Task Manager on comments received and finalize the MTR Review Report, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Task Manager
• prepare a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted indicating the reason for the rejection; and
Managing relations, including:
• maintain a positive relationship with stakeholders, ensuring that the review process is as participatory as possible but at the same time maintains its independence;
• communicate in a timely manner with the Task Manager on any issues requiring its attention and intervention.
The consultant will prepare the following documents, in consultation and collaboration with the Project team:
1. Inception Report: containing an assessment of project, project stakeholder analysis, review framework and a tentative review schedule.
2. Preliminary Findings Note: typically, in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, the sharing of preliminary findings is intended to support the participation of the project team, act as a means to ensure all information sources have been accessed and provide an opportunity to verify emerging findings.
3. Draft and Final Review Report: containing an executive summary that can act as a stand-alone document; detailed analysis of the review findings organized by review criteria and supported with evidence; lessons learned and recommendations and an annotated ratings table.
The consultancy will be home-based with one field visit to Timor Leste.
• Minimum of a least MSc level or equivalent degree in biology, agronomy, botany, bio-chemistry/bio-technology, and/or other relevant environmental sciences training, involving biodiversity inventories, chemistry or pharmacology research analysis and applications; and/or applied biology, natural resources management, or equivalent fields is required.
• At least 10 years of experience in: natural resources management, or botany, bio-chemistry/bio-technology and one or more subjects related to mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation including e.g. ABS is required.
• Proven experience in ABS projects and the Nagoya Protocol, capacity building; and biodiversity inventories is desirable.
• A track record of a minimum of 6 years of project development and evaluation experience, including internationally funded projects (experience in the evaluation of GEF funded projects is desirable.
• Knowledge of the UN system; preferably including the work of UNEP is desirable.
• Professional work experience in SE Asia; in Timor Leste is desirable.
Fluency in oral and written is required.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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