United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Consultant (Mid-term Review, Level C)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Job Description

Posting Title: Mid-term Review (Level C) Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme Duty Station: NAIROBI Posting Period: 20 January 2021 - 27 January 2021 Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-148486-Consultant United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Result of Service Mid-Term Review Report of the "Developing the microbial Biotechnology industry from Kenya's soda lakes in line with the Nagoya Protocol". The results are expected to guide the execution of the project in its remaining term.

Work Location home based Expected duration 3 months from 1st March 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities The United Nations Environment Programme 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. This consultancy post is located in UNEP / Ecosystems Division / GEF Biodiversity and Land Degradation Unit.

UNEP is implementing a GEF project titled "Developing the microbial biotechnology industry from Kenya's soda lakes in line with the Nagoya Protocol" executed by the UNEP regional Office for Africa (ROA) through the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

UNEP would like to recruit a consultant to conduct a Mid-Term Review of this project. The Mid-Term Review will use a participatory approach whereby key stakeholders are kept informed and consulted throughout the review process. Both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods will be used as appropriate to determine project achievements against the expected outputs, outcomes and impacts. It is highly recommended that the consultant(s) maintains close communication with the project team and promotes information exchange throughout the review implementation phase in order to increase their (and other stakeholder) ownership of the review findings.

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Task Manager, based in Nairobi, Kenya and the overall guidance of the Head, GEF BD/LD Unit, of the Biodiversity Ecosystem Service Branch based in Nairobi.

The findings of the review will be based on the following: a) A desk review of: Relevant background documentation, inter alia, Project Document and Appendices, Project Design documents (including minutes of the project design review meeting at approval); Annual Work Plans and Budgets or equivalent, revisions to the project (Project Document Supplement), the logical framework and its budget; Project reports such as six-monthly progress and financial reports, progress reports from collaborating partners, meeting minutes, relevant correspondence and including the Project Implementation Reviews and Tracking Tool etc.; Evaluations/Reviews of similar projects; relevant policy and strategy documents, particularly when assessing relevance and alignment of the project. The consultant will also review all documentation of the subgrantees including their contracts.

b) Interviews (individual or group) with: UNEP Task Manager (TM); Project management team; UNEP Fund Management Officer (FMO); All project partners, Kenya Wildlife Service KWS), Ministry of Environment and Forestry as a GEF Operational Focal point, Ministry of Tourism, all levels of governance, Project Steering Committee, county government officials and park management teams through field visits: Other Data Collection tools: If needed, to be decided at the inception phase including Focus Group discussion (FGDs) with targeted beneficiaries to bring out community voices.

c) The project other partners will be interviewed which include county government officials, Local communities, University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Moi University, Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute, University of Nairobi Science and Technology Park and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Enterprises, Rift Valley Textiles - RIVATEX.

Review Deliverables and Procedures The review team will prepare: A) Inception Report: containing confirmation of the results framework and theory of change of the project, project stakeholder Analysis, review framework, quality if project design and a tentative review schedule.

B) Preliminary Findings Note: 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.

C) Draft and Final Review Reports: containing an executive summary that can act as a stand-alone document; detailed analysis of the review findings organised by review criteria and supported with evidence; lessons learned and recommendations and an annotated ratings table. Come up with findings on the status of the implementation process to date, challenges faced, best practices and make recommendations to support the implementation of the Project.

Qualifications/special skills Academic Qualifications: Master's degree in Natural Sciences, Natural resources Management, Environmental Sciences, International Development or other relevant political or social sciences area.

Experience: - A minimum of 10 years of technical/evaluation experience, including of project planning, management, monitoring and evaluation.

Experience in evaluation of GEF projects is highly desirable.

Excellent writing skills; team leadership experience and, where possible, knowledge of the UN system, specifically of the work of UNEP and GEF programming is an asset.

Experience in managing partnerships, knowledge management and communication is desirable for all evaluation consultants.

Language: - English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required No Fee 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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