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Terminal Evaluation Consultant for WWF GEF Project: Demand for Reduced Deforestation Commodities

World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC 20001
  • Job Code
    134245671

Terminal Evaluation Consultant for WWF GEF Project: Demand for Reduced Deforestation Commodities

US-DC-Washington
Type: Contractor
# of Openings: 1
WWF Washington, DC

Overview

World Wildlife Fund, Inc. (WWF) policies and procedures require all GEF financed projects to complete a terminal evaluation (TE) at the end of project implementation. The following terms of reference (TOR) set out the expectations for the TE of the project Generating Responsible Demand for Reduced Deforestation Commodities, hereafter referred to as the Project. The consultant selected to conduct this evaluation will be referred to as evaluator(s) throughout this TOR.

The Project seeks to strengthen the enabling environment and public and private sector commitment to and demand for reduced deforestation commodities in priority markets. The Project is organized into the following components:

  • Component 1: Mainstreaming demand for reduced deforestation commodities with major buyers and traders
  • Component 2: Strengthening the enabling environment for reduced deforestation commodities in demand markets
  • Component 3: Promoting reduced deforestation commodities in major markets
  • Component 4: Advancing supply chain transparency, traceability, and decision support tools
  • Component 5: Monitoring and evaluation

Scope and Objectives For the Evaluation

The scope of the TE covers the GEF financed components of the Project but may additionally examine its coordination with the Good Growth Partnership.

The objectives of this evaluation are to examine the extent, magnitude, and sustainability of any project impacts to date; identify any project design problems; assess progress towards project outcomes and outputs; and draw lessons learned that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project and aid in the enhancement of future related projects.



Responsibilities

Evaluation approach and method

The evaluation will comply with the guidance, rules and procedures established by WWF[1] and as laid out in the GEF Terminal Evaluation[2] and Ethical Guidelines.[3] The evaluation must provide evidencebased information that is independent, transparent, and ethical. The evaluator(s) must be unbiased and free of any conflicts of interest with the Project. The evaluator(s) is expected to reflect all stakeholder views and follow a participatory and consultative approach. There should be close engagement with the Executing Agency Project Management Unit (PMU), partners and key stakeholders. Contact information will be provided.

The Evaluation process will include the following, with deliverables marked by *:

  1. Desk review consisting of, but not limited to:
    • Project Document and CEO Endorsement Letter;
    • Midterm Review;
    • Relevant safeguards documents;
    • Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWP&B) documents;
    • Project Progress Reports (PPRs), including Results Framework and AWP Tracking;
    • Project Closure Report (PCR) (if available, GEF Agency reports, including Project Implementation Reports (PIRs) and Supervision Mission Reports;
    • Relevant financial documents, including financial progress reports and co-financing documentation;
    • Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting minutes; and
    • Other relevant documents and deliverables provided by the Executing Agency and partners.
  2. Inception report* that details evaluation methodology, including how evaluation/ratings will be assessed (indicators to be used, key questions, etc.);
  3. Site visits, if feasible given COVID-19 travel restrictions and safety measures, in Indonesia, Brazil and/or Paraguay in descending priority;
  4. Virtual interviews, discussions and consultations with executing partners, Project Steering Committee (PSC) members, WWF GEF Agency, and beneficiaries;
  5. Post-field visit debrief and presentation* of initial findings;
  6. Draft report* (30 page max. excluding annexes) shared with relevant parties for review and feedback. A sample outline will be provided; and
  7. Final TE report* that has incorporated feedback and comments (same page limits as draft).

The evaluator is expected to evaluate the project based on seven (7) core criteria: relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, results/impact, sustainability and adaptive capacity. Particular emphasis is desired on results, impact, effectiveness and sustainability. A definition for each core criterion is included in Annex A.

Expected Content of Evaluation Report

The Terminal Evaluation report should include:[4]

  • Information on the evaluation process, including when the evaluation took place, sites visited (if applicable), participants, summary of methodology and rating rubric, and feedback log showing how major comments on draft were incorporated;
  • Assessment and rating of project objectives and outcomes
  • Assessment of risks to the sustainability of project outcomes;
  • Assessment of Monitoring and Evaluation systems;
  • Assessment of knowledge activities and products;
  • Assessment of replication and catalytic effects of the project;
  • Assessment of relevance/coherence with WWF, GEF, GGP and country priorities;
  • Assessment of stakeholder engagement and gender-responsive measures;
  • Assessment of any environmental and social impacts and safeguards used for the project;
  • Financial assessment of the project;
  • Assessment of implementation and execution by WWF GEF Agency, PMU and project partners;
  • Summary of key findings by core criteria[5] and ratings by GEF rating categories[6], including justification and/or indicators for their determination;
  • Lessons learned regarding: project design (theory of change), objectives, and technical approach; administration and governance arrangements; relevance; implementation of the work plan; achievement of impact; environmental and social safeguards, etc.; and
  • Conclusions and recommendations that would be useful for project close and sustainability, and for other similar projects in order to improve on identified issues, replicate best practices or achieve better results.

[1] For additional information on evaluation methods adopted by WWF, see the WWF Evaluation Guidelines , published on our WWF Program Standards public website.

[2] For additional information on the GEF Terminal Evaluation Guidelines, see the GEF Terminal Evaluation Guidelines , published on the GEF Evaluation Office website.

[3] Please see the GEF Ethical Guidelines as published on GEF website.

[4] See Annex B for a sample report outline.

[5] See Annex A

[6] See Annexes C and D



Qualifications

Evaluation Team Qualifications

The evaluator shall have prior experience in evaluating similar projects. The evaluator selected should not have participated in the project preparation and/or implementation and should not have a conflict of interest with project related activities.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Previous experience with resultsbased monitoring and evaluation methodologies; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • Recent experience conducting Evaluations for GEF projects;
  • Experience with both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods;
  • Technical knowledge in GEF Biodiversity, Land Degradation, and Sustainable Forest Management Focal Areas;
  • Experience with agriculture and food production or commodity markets;
  • Demonstrated experience or knowledge of technical area and Good Growth Partnership;
  • Knowledge of GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Policy;
  • Experience with WWF Project and Program Management Standards or Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (www.cmp-openstandards.org);
  • Knowledge and experience in implementing or reviewing application of social and environmental safeguards policies in GEF (or similar) projects;
  • Experience with social assessments, participatory techniques and gender mainstreaming;
  • Regional experience and/or language abilities (Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian Bahasa); and
  • Ability to conduct in-person evaluation site visits in Indonesia, Brazil, and/or Paraguay (if feasible, given COVID-19 travel restrictions and safety measures).

Payment modalities and specifications

Payment, expense reimbursement (if necessary), and other contractual terms and conditions will be outlined in the consultant agreement made between WWF and the evaluator(s). Payments will be made according to deliverables submitted. Twenty-five percent of payment will correspond with completion and approval of Inception Report. Fifty percent of payment will correspond with completion and approval of debrief presentation and submission and approval of the Draft Report. The final twenty-five percent will be delivered with the submission and approval of the Final Report.

Application process

Interested candidates are encouraged to seek supporting documents (Annex A- D) from, and submit applications to, amelia.kissick@wwfus.org by May 7th, 2021.

Interested consultants are invited to submit a technical proposal and financial proposal with their curriculum vitae. The financial proposal should include fee and reimbursable expenses, such as travel costs, if applicable. The budget shall not exceed $35,000. Technical and financial proposals will both be scored. Individual or team applications are welcome.

The selection of candidates and contractual agreements will be in compliance with WWF procurement policies.[1]

WWF applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.

[1] WWF Procurement Policy





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