Location : Home-based (with mission travel if possible), UGANDA
Application Deadline : 23-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 8d 12h 57m
Additional Category : Crisis Response
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 17-May-2021
Duration of Initial Contract : 25 working days spread over 11.5 weeks
Expected Duration of Assignment : 25 working days spread over 11.5 weeks
This is the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Interim Evaluation (IE) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - supported Green Climate Fund (GCF) financed project titled Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems And Associated Catchments In Uganda Project (PIMS 5711) implemented through the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) which is to be undertaken in 2021. The project is implemented in 24 districts including Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Buhweju, Mitooma, Rubirizi, Sheema, Rukungiri, Rubanda, Rukiga, Budaka, Pallisa, Ngora, Bukedea, Mbale, Kaliro, Namutumba, Kibuku, Butebo, Tororo, Butaleja and Kumi; The project is supported by GCF, UNDP and Government of Uganda (GoU). The project was started on 30th June 2017, though full implementation commenced in November 2017 and is currently in its fourth year of implementation. This ToR sets out the expectations for this Interim Evaluation (IE).
The impact of climate change, coupled with other human and environmental stressors, is increasing degradation of wetlands and their associated ecosystem services in Uganda. This is negatively affecting the livelihoods of approximately 4 million people living in and around wetland areas. In fact, over 80% of the people living adjacent to wetland areas in Uganda directly use wetland resources for their household food security needs. Given that wetlands are highly vulnerable to changes in the quantity and quality of their water supply, climate change will most likely substantially alter ecologically important attributes of wetlands and will exacerbate the impacts from human activity. The loss of wetlands could exacerbate the impact of climate change as they provide fundamental services that contribute to mitigation of such impacts. This project seeks to support the Government of Uganda to take climate change issues into account when managing critical wetland areas. Project activities were developed to specifically respond to and take into account specific climate-related impacts and vulnerabilities of wetland ecosystems.
This project is restoring wetlands and their eco-system services, based on wise-use principles and guidelines as outlined by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, with sustainable land management practices and reforestation, is supporting resilient agricultural practices and alternative livelihoods for communities living in these areas to reduce the pressures on the wetlands, and finally is strengthening the climate information and early warning systems to support these communities to make climate-resilient decisions. The project targets two regions – 12 districts in South Western Uganda including; Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Buhweju, Mitooma, Rubirizi, Sheema, Rukungiri, Rubanda and Rukiga and 12 districts in Eastern Uganda including; Budaka, Pallisa, Ngora, Bukedea, Mbale, Kaliro, Namutumba, Kibuku, Butebo, Tororo, Butaleja and Kumi;. With a total population of 3,946,366 people and land areas of 13,000Km2
At least 800,000 people in and around the wetlands will directly benefit from this investment. This initiative will improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Uganda, dependent on subsistence agriculture and wetlands for their livelihoods. The project set out to achieve its intended Outcome of ‘Restore and sustainably mange wetlands and support target communities in wetland areas of Uganda to reduce the risks of climate change posed to agriculturally based livelihoods’ through three outputs. Output 1 focuses on restoration and management of wetland hydrology and associated forests. Output 2 focuses on Improved agricultural practices and alternative livelihood options in the wetland catchment. Finally Output 3 focuses on strengthening access to climate and early warning information to farmers and other targets communities to support wetland management.
Since November 2017, the Government of Uganda through MWE in close collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) with support from UNDP/GCF has implemented the project demonstrating the direct link between the benefits of wetland conservation and people’s livelihood with a specific focus on climate change risks and adaptation opportunities of these restored wetlands. The project is to be implemented in a period of 8 years (2017-2025) with a total project cost of USD 44,262,160 including ((grant) of USD 24,140,160, UNDP co-financing of USD 2,000,000) and Government co-financing of USD 18,122,000)
Being half –way the project life, this IE will assess progress towards and likelihood of achievement of outcomes and impacts and recommend strategies that will enhance delivery of intended project results commensurate with the investments made. .
Duties and Responsibilities
• Implementation and adaptive management – seek to identify challenges and propose additional measures to support more efficient and effective implementation. The following aspects of project implementation and adaptive management will be assessed: management arrangements, work planning, finance and co-finance, project-level monitoring and evaluation systems, stakeholder engagement, reporting, and communications;
• Risks to sustainability – seeks to assess the likelihood of continued benefits after the project ends. The assessment of sustainability at the IE stage considers the risks that are likely to affect the continuation of project outcomes. The IE should validate the risks identified in the Project Document, Annual Project Reports, and the ATLAS Risk Management Module and whether the risk ratings applied are appropriate and up to date;
• Relevance, effectiveness and efficiency - seeks to assess the appropriateness in terms of selection, implementation and achievement of FAA and project document results framework activities and expected results (outputs, outcomes and impacts);
• Coherence in climate finance delivery with other multilateral entities - looks at how GCF financing is additional and able to amplify other investments or de-risk and crowd-in further climate investment;
• Gender equity - ensures integration of understanding on how the impacts of climate change are differentiated by gender, the ways that behavioural changes and gender can play in delivering paradigm shift, and the role that women play in responding to climate change challenges both as agents but also for accountability and decision-making;
• Country ownership of projects and programmes - examines the extent of the emphasis on sustainability post project through country ownership; on ensuring the responsiveness of the GCF investment to country needs and priorities including through the roles that countries play in projects and programmes;
• Innovativeness in results areas - focuses on identification of innovations (proof of concept, multiplication effects, new models of finance, technologies, etc.) and the extent to which the project interventions may lead to a paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways;
• Replication and scalability – the extent to which the activities can be scaled up in other locations within the country or replicated in other countries (this criterion, which is considered in document GCF/B.05/03 in the context of measuring performance could also be incorporate d in independent evaluations);
• Unexpected results, both positive and negative - identifies the challenges and the learning, both positive and negative, that can be used by all parties (governments, stakeholders, civil society, AE, GCF, and others) to inform further implementation and future investment decision-making.
• Demonstrated understanding of issues related to gender and Climate change, environment conservation, biodiversity, Livelihood, ecosystem management or food security experience in gender sensitive evaluation and analysis;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Demonstrable analytical skills.
Required Skills and Experience
• Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in natural sciences; with a specialization in environment, biodiversity, climate change or any other closely related field.
• Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience in natural resource management and climate change;
• Minimum of 4 years proven track record of application of results-based approaches to evaluation of projects focusing on Conservation Science, Natural Resource Management and Climate Change;
• Recent experience with result-based management evaluation methodologies;
• Experience applying SMART indicators and reconstructing or validating baseline scenarios;
• Competence in adaptive management, as applied to GCF Climate Change focal areas;
• Experience working with project evaluations;
• Experience working in Uganda and/or Eastern Africa;
• Highly knowledgeable of participatory monitoring and evaluation processes;
• Familiarity with Uganda’s development, environment, climate change and other relevant policy frameworks;
• Experience of conducting Project evaluations within the United Nations system will be considered an asset.
Work Hours: 8
Experience in Months: 84
Level of Education: Bachelor Degree