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Final Project Evaluation of EC project “REDD+ Governance and Finance Integrity for Africa”

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Final project evaluation of EC project “REDD+ Governance and Finance Integrity for Africa”

Application Closing Date - 23 Jul 2017

Job Start Date - 01 Sep, 2017

Duration - 01/09/2017 – 30/10/2017

Location - Sub Saharan Africa, Berlin (possible visits to Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, RC)

BACKGROUND

Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.

The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is seeking to commission a final project evaluation of the “REDD+ Governance and Finance Integrity for Africa” (REDD+IN) project to an external Consultant.

TI’s overall Climate Finance Integrity programme aims to promote better transparency, accountability, and integrity in decision-making processes and operations of climate financing institutions and mechanisms.

The overall objective of the REDD+IN project is: improved anti-corruption policy and practice in REDD+ finance and governance in Africa through the development of effective strategies and policies which contribute to prevent corruption in REDD+ in Africa.

The specific objectives are:

• To strengthen citizens’ engagement in and demand for transparent, accountable and non-corrupt REDD+ governance and finance policy development and monitoring, nationally and regionally;
• To empower potential victims and witnesses of corruption and fraud in REDD+ actions (including land acquisitions) to pursue their corruption-related complaints;
• To strengthen national, regional and global anti-corruption policies and practices of public institutions and private sector actors responsible for REDD+ actions.

The project started globally and in Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in 2014 with expansion to the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016. A mid-term learning review report of REDD+IN was completed in November 2015 and is available here.

The project has a budget of €2,3 million and is mainly funded by Europe Aid/ European Commission. The project ends on 31 October 2017.

OBJECTIVES

The main purpose of the evaluation exercise is to provide an external and independent review that assesses the performance and achievements in meeting the expected results and contributing to positive changes. Additionally, the evaluation will assess whether the project lead to any unforeseen positive or negative results. The assessment will stimulate learning and inform TI’s future work on the topic and in the region.

The overall objectives of the evaluation are the following:

• Provide an objective assessment of the achievements and results, weaknesses and strengths of the project.
• Generate lessons learned and good practices from the project’s work under each of the three respective objectives.
• Provide clear and forward looking recommendations that can guide TI Secretariat and National Chapters in developing strategies for implementation of projects with similar objectives.

KEY ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED

The following questions could be addressed during the project evaluation, but are subject to discussion and agreement with TI-S during the period of designing the evaluation approach. The evaluator is free to further prioritize these questions in the proposal and suggest others it deems necessary.

Relevance: To what extent was the project suitable to the priorities and policies of the target groups, TI-S and the donor organisation?

• How relevant was the project in the wider context of the fight against corruption and enhancing climate finance integrity?
• To what extent was the used approach suitable to addressing the REDD+ corruption risks in the target countries?

Impact: The positive and negative changes produced by the project, directly or indirectly. This involves the main outcomes and impacts resulting from the project, both intended and unintended outcomes and impacts.

• What have been the key outcomes achieved so far as a result of this project and how does this compare with what was expected?
• What changes has the project achieved in terms of strengthening the implementing partners and civil society as leading actors in addressing REDD+ corruption issues?
• How did the project add value to the outcomes/impact achieved?

Effectiveness: Assessment of how far the intended outcomes were achieved in relation to target set in the original project proposal and in the national plans:

• Have the interventions achieved or are they likely to achieve objectives?
• How effective and appropriate was the project approach?
• What were the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
• With hindsight, how could it have been improved?
• How effective was the support of the TI Secretariat in terms of enabling Chapters achieving the project’s goals?
• Overall, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the project?

Efficiency: How far funding, personnel, regulatory, administrative, time, other resources and procedures contributed to or hindered the achievement of outputs

• How well did the partnership and management arrangements work and how did they develop over time?
• How were implementing partners involved in project management and how effective was this and what have been the benefits of or difficulties with this involvement?
• Were the risks properly identified and well managed?
• Overall, did the project represent good value for money?

Sustainability: Potential for the continuation of the impact achieved:

• To what extent are the TI implementing partners able to ensure the sustainability of project outcomes through integrating aspects of the work in their future work, i.e. advocacy strategies/project design?
• What were the major factors, which influenced the achievement or non-achievement of sustainability of the project?
• What are the mechanisms in place (or planned) to ensure that achieved results are maintained and built upon by the implementing partners, governments and / or other relevant stakeholders?

METHODOLOGY

The evaluator is ultimately responsible for the overall methodological approach and design of the evaluation and is expected to propose methodologies that they consider most appropriate to achieve the aims of this evaluation. However, the evaluation should use a participatory and gender-sensitive approach engaging relevant staff at TI-S and implementing partners and beneficiaries through structured methods and selected field visits. Both quantitative and qualitative data should be utilised to assess the programme. Data collection methods may include among others interviews with internal and external stakeholders, survey questionnaires, field visits, and desk review of relevant documents.

The evaluator is expected to refine the scope and methodology of this evaluation during the inception phase in cooperation with TI-S and provide a detailed evaluation plan. The evaluation expert should present a detailed statement of the proposed review methods in the technical proposal.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE

The evaluator or team is expected to deliver:

• A concept note outlining the proposed methodology, timeframe of planned actions including scheduled country visits for approval by TI-S
• A draft evaluation report for review and comments by TI-S including annexes covering conducted interviews, questionnaires and list of reviewed documents
• A validation workshop with the REDD+ project team in Berlin and key staff to discuss findings
• A final review report, including clear lessons-learned and recommendations.

All evaluation deliverables are to be submitted in English, in electronic form (in word and excel for OS Windows compatible), in accordance with the deadlines stipulated below. The consultant is responsible for editing and quality control of language. The final report should be presented in a way that directly enables publication. TI-S retains the sole rights with respect to all distribution, dissemination and publication of the deliverables.

In addition to the Final evaluation, a PowerPoint presentation should contain a more visual synthesis.

The expected deliverables and timelines are set out below:

1. Interim report by 15/10/2017.
2. Final report by 30/10/2017

SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential profile:

• University degree in social sciences or a related area. A post-graduate degree in project management, and/or related fields would be an advantage
• At least 7 years of proven relevant professional experience in an international development environment, preferably within international of which at least 3 years should be in Monitoring & Evaluation of multiple country projects & programmes
• Substantial experience in conducting evaluations
• Expert knowledge of climate finance, REDD+ and forestry sector
• Excellent drafting and report writing capacities
• Highly motivated and committed to the values of transparency and integrity
• Regional experience and good understanding of political, socio economic and human rights issues in the region
• Availability to carry out most of the work in September/October 2017.

Desirable experience:

• Experience in monitoring and evaluation of European Commission projects and programme is desirable
• Familiarity with the activities and procedures of TI Secretariat and TI National Chapters is an advantage
• Knowledge of good governance and anti-corruption issues

Working language:

• The working language will be English
• Knowledge of French is highly desirable

REMUNERATION AND COSTS

The Consultant should provide a detailed breakdown, before any VAT or other charges, of all their estimated costs, including but not limited to; total fee as a lump sum or standard daily or hourly rates, (if applicable), work materials. Any costs related to international travel will be covered by TIS. The expected number of working days should be around 25 days.

Transparency International e.V. (Secretariat), (TI-S) is registered as a Business Entity in Germany with VAT identification number DE273612486. In order to determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) implications of this tender, we kindly request that the Consultant fill out the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form (instructions inside the form) and submit the completed and duly signed form along with their email application.

OTHER INFORMATION

Additional reading on TI’s work on climate governance and REDD+ can be found on our website here.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Applications (in English) must be sent by email to Nadja Kostka at nkostka@transparency.org by close of business of 23/07/2017. Please indicate “REDD+ IN final project evaluation” in the subject line.

The application should contain the following documents:

• A cover letter outlining motivation and evidence that the evaluator is qualified to undertake this evaluation
• Curriculum Vitae with full description of the applicant’s profile and experience
• One sample of previous work (confidentiality guaranteed)
• The approach and proposed data collection methods based on the information provided in these Terms of Reference including timeline
• Financial Offer for undertaking the work, with estimation as to the number of days that will be spent on each task
• Contact details for at least two independent referees with in-depth and proven knowledge of the applicant’s expertise and relevant work experience.
• Completed VAT form for tenders (can be found at www.transparency.org/whoweare/work)

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. TI retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties.