Consultant – WWF GEF Midterm Evaluation
Generating Responsible Demand for Reduced Deforestation Commodities
(Child Project ID - 9182); (WWF ID - G0008)
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019
Expected Duration: Approximately 1 month
Preferred Timeframe: within June to August 2019
Implementing Agency(s): WWF GEF Project Agency
Executing Agency: WWF- Markets
Executing Partner(s): TRASE, Proforest, WWF-Indonesia, WWF-Singapore, WWF-Brazil
Countries: Brazil, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Paraguay
Focal Area(s): Biodiversity (BD), Land Degradation (LD) and Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)
Program: Linked to Good Growth Partnership (Program ID - 9072)
Total GEF Approved Budget: $8,098,060
Total Co-financing Approved: $42,334,902
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVE
WWF is seeking an independent consultant to undertake a Midterm Evaluation (MTE) of the Project Generating Responsible Demand for Reduced Deforestation Commodities, hereafter referred to as the “Project.” The scope of the MTE only includes the GEF financed components of this child project but may examine its coordination with the Adaptive Management and Learning child project and the Good Growth Partnership.
The objective of this evaluation is to examine the extent, magnitude and sustainability of any project results to date; identify any project design problems or risks; assess progress towards project outcomes and outputs; provide recommendations for adaptive management, and draw lessons learned that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project and aid in the enhancement of future related projects.
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 was 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
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DELIVERABLES
The evaluator will undertake a review process that includes reviewing key project documents (ProDoc, Annual Work Plans, Project Progress Reports, etc.); field visits, as necessary or feasible, with PMU to project field sites; interviews, discussions and consultations at local levels, national and international levels, with executing partners, GEF Operational Focal Points (OFP), Project Steering Committee (PSC) members and beneficiaries. These interviews and consultations will primarily be conducted virtually. The evaluation should be framed using the six (6) core criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, results/impact, sustainability and adaptive capacity.
Deliverables will include:
Inception report providing clarifications on timing and methods.
Presentation of initial findings to project management team and other partners as feasible.
Draft report submitted for comment or correction.
EXPERIENCE AND 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 results‐based monitoring and evaluation methodologies; and
Excellent written and oral communication in English.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
Recent experience conducting Evaluations or Mid-term Reviews for GEF projects;
Technical knowledge in GEF Biodiversity, Land Degradation, and Sustainable Forest Management Focal Areas;
Experience with agriculture and food production or commodity markets;
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; and
Regional experience and/or language abilities (Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian Bahasa).
PAYMENT MODALITIES AND SPECIFICATIONS
Payment, expense reimbursement, and other contractual terms and conditions are outlined in the consultant agreement made between WWF and the evaluator. Payments are according to deliverables submitted.