Postuler

Réf.
2022/EFE/7345

Type d'offre
Experts

Type de contrat
Contrat de prestation de services

Secteurs d'activité
Climat et Agriculture ; Suivi et évaluation ; Développement durable

Date limite de candidature
13/02/2022 23:59

Durée de la mission
Court terme

Contrat
Portage salarial / Cabinet d'expertise

Durée
2 Mois (clotûre des activités le 30 avril au plus tard)

Description de la mission

The final evaluation is a requirement from the donor (European Commission) to ensure transparency and improve future programmes.

The objective of the mission is three-fold:

  • Undertake the endline survey to produce all the necessary data against the logical framework indicators.
  • Assess the overall success of TA expected outputs (Results 1, 2 & 3) and outcomes in the RFP sector of the EUROCLIMA+ Programme.
  • To draw lessons from the implementation of planned activities (TA) related to output 1, 2 and 3 of TA logframe, and provide actionable recommendations.

In order to reach these objectives, the Evaluation expert or team will provide the following services:

Task 1: Inception phase: collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data to inform the endline values of the TA logical framework indicators.

 Task 2: Undertake the final evaluation of the TA provided by Expertise France to the RFP sector within the EUROCLIMA+ programme, identified by the TA logframe and TA strategy, since the beginning of TA activities in 2017. The evaluation shall apply the OECD‐DAC evaluation criteria[1] and evaluation questions (Annex 1).

 Task 3: Deliver and present the evaluation findings and recommendations along with its objectives, the methodology applied, and its limits to the Evaluation steering group, the beneficiaries of TA activities and members of the EC+ Programme Support Unit and INTPA.

 Main users of the evaluation results and recommendations: the entities and organizations that have an interest in the intervention to be evaluated and in the results of the evaluation itself are:

  • EF TA Team and GIZ Management Team;
  • RFP stakeholders and beneficiaries of TA activities (10 local implementing organizations, their respective local partners and national focal points of the 18 countries);
  • The Program Support Unit (PSU) of the EUROCLIMA + programme and the European Union (INTPA, DEU).

[1]https://www.oecd.org/dac/evaluation/revised-evaluation-criteria-dec-2019.pdf

For more details on methods, deliverables and timeline see detailed Terms of Reference and annex 1 to TdR attached. 

Description du projet ou contexte

The EUROCLIMA + program is a regional cooperation project of the European Commission. It aims to support Latin American (LA) countries in the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions, in terms of adaptation and mitigation of climate change within the framework of COP21, through a) the identification and implementation of innovative projects in six priority sectors identified jointly with the 18 partner countries, and b) the promotion of a political dialogue at national and regional levels.

The Resilient Food Production (RFP) sector is jointly implemented by GIZ and Expertise France[1]. Project funding is led and managed by GIZ while the Technical Assistance is managed by Expertise France in direct coordination with GIZ. Ten projects are currently being funded and implemented in Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay.

Technical assistance (TA) is guided by the TA strategy which was defined in coordination with key stakeholders of the RFP sector (project implementing agencies, EUROCLIMA+ National Focal Points and the RFP Sector Working Group). Communication, visibility and knowledge management at project level and sector level is an important part of the technical assistance. TA is provided through different modalities, including:

  • Studies/assessments of experts to generate knowledge, analysis and vision oriented for the successful implementation of development actions;
  • Consultancies provided by experts to facilitate development processes (upscaling, institutional strengthening governance, etc.);
  • Capacity building through training courses to develop technical, management and learning competencies (on the individual, institutional and society levels);
  • Peer-to-peer learning (exchange, analysis and adaptation of knowledge/lessons learned/good practices) through dialogues, study visits, communities of practice/learning;
  • Organization of technical workshops at regional level;
  • Development of communication and visibility as well as knowledge management tools and products.

The overall objective (impact) of the EUROCLIMA+ programme is to support LA countries to make progress in the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in order to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change, globally and in a specific number of sectors[2]. The results framework is made up of 4 levels: an overarching EUROCLIMA+ Programme Logframe underpinned by sector logframes, themselves underpinned by project logframes and TA logframes.

The specific objective (outcome) of the RFP sector is to improve LA countries’ capacities (for example, with regard to institutions, public policies, regulatory frameworks, monitoring systems) to increase resilience to climate change, the efficiency of agricultural and livestock production systems in relation to carbon and water, as well as interconnected food and agricultural value chains, in accordance with sectoral commitments related to NDCs. The RFP sector has a total budget of 12,5M Euros, including 9.3M Euros from EUROCLIMA+ funds and 3.3 M Euros in projects co-funding.

Seven projects were launched in June 2019 and three projects in January 2020, for an initial period of 24 months. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, projects reduced the scope of and adapted their activities in 2020, and several of those which had begun in June 2019 asked for a 3 to 6 months extension. An assessment of projects’ progress was carried out by GIZ in October 2020 (at project level – project logframes). A mid-term evaluation at sector level (sector logframe) was carried out by EF in April – June 2021.

Monitoring of projects, TA and sectors within the EUROCLIMA+ Programme is performed through an online platform called EUCLIDES (a monitoring database specially designed for the EUROCLIMA+ programme).

In this context, Expertise France is looking for a consultant or a team of consultants to conduct an external final evaluation of the TA provided by Expertise France to the RFP sector within the EUROCLIMA+ programme, based on TA logical framework and its respective indicators:

  • Impact (Overall objective of the TA): Latin American countries have improved their capacities (with respect to institutions, public policies, regulatory frameworks, monitoring systems) to increase climate change resilience, efficiency of agricultural and livestock production systems in relation to carbon and water, as well as interconnected food and agricultural value chains, in accordance with sectoral commitments related to NDCs.
    • Outcome (Specific objective): The key actors in the RFP component of Latin American countries have strengthened their capacities to increase the climate resilience of the food production sector and its value chains, focusing on the sectoral commitments of their NDCs.
      • Result 1 (output): The key actors in charge of coordinating the projects funded by EC + have strengthened their project management capabilities that contribute to the implementation of the NDCs of the countries involved.
      • Result 2 (output): Key actors in Latin American countries have access to lessons learned and good practices generated by the subsidized projects.
      • Result 3 (output): Key actors have strengthened their individual and organizational competencies to encourage the implementation of the NDCs in the sector at the national level and in the Latin American region.

[1] See http://euroclimaplus.org/alimentos for further details on on-going projects.

[2] Six sectors: FBE (Forest, Biodiversity and Ecosystems), DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction), RFP (Resilient Food Production), UM (Urban Mobility), Water and Energy and energetic efficiency.

Profil souhaité

Qualifications and skills

  • At least a master’s degree in a relevant discipline (development studies, sociology, economics or other relevant fields) and a comprehensive knowledge of monitoring & evaluation (M&E).
  • Knowledge of climate change, global commitments and climate change challenges in Latin American countries is considered an advantage.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English, written and spoken.
  • Excellent command of virtual and collaborative tools needed to meet remotely with stakeholders (MS Teams, ZOOM or similar).
  • Display of sensitivity regarding indigenous and gender issues.

General and specific professional experience of expert(s)

  • A minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in monitoring and evaluation and external evaluations for similar international cooperation projects, preferentially complex EU funded international programmes in relevant fields, and amount of budget.
  • Proven experience with multi-stakeholder settings in developing countries, especially in Latin American countries, is essential; Experience with both government and civil society stakeholders will be considered an asset.
  • Proven experience in designing, implementing and documenting remote evaluations of development projects.
  • Experience in working with monitoring and evaluation database / software.
  • Thorough knowledge on the application of OECD-DAC evaluation criteria.
  • Flexibility to work under time constraints between Europe and Latin America.
  • Previous experience in the field of agriculture sector is considered an advantage.

Other requirements

The consultant must have all the software licenses needed to perform the assignment, especially regarding virtual environment and tools to be used to perform the remote evaluation.

Expertise France can provide Zoom access for meetings and webinars.

Informations complémentaires

Interested candidates may express their interest by sending the following documents by February 13rd, 2022, 23:59 CET:

  • A cover letter outlining :
    1. the financial offer
    2. the technical proposal to meet the Terms of Reference: description of the consultant’s understanding of the ToRs and evaluative questions (see Annex 1), of the methodology to be used, and a clear and elaborated work plan (maximum 8 pages).
  • Contact information for three work-related references,
  • Updated CV (maximum 3 pages),

The technical offer will be evaluated mainly based on the following criteria:

  • Project’s and scope of the mission understanding
  • Understanding of the involved stakeholders and inclusion of the formers within the proposed methodology
  • Clear methodology with added-value from the ToRs (including evaluation questions)
  • Detailed and realistic work plan respecting the project deadline: no evaluation activities beyond 30th of April 2022 (project’s contractual end of implementation date).
  • Clear propositions to take into account the multi-country approach of the project into the project’s methodology
  • Gender sensitivity is included within the proposed methodology
  • Format is respected (no more than 8 pages)

The other selection criteria will concern the consultant experience (cf. see section “Expertise and profile required” above).

Consulting firms are welcome to apply as well as team of independent consultants.

The application process will occur in two phases:

  • As a first step, Expertise France will freely establish a restricted list.
  • The selected candidates will be invited to an interview. Additional documents (like evaluation reports from past work experiences) could be requested by EF. Fees for services will be negotiated with the designated candidate.

Critères de sélection des candidatures

Le processus de sélection des candidats s'opérera selon le(s) critère(s) suivant(s) :

  • Formation/diplômes du candidat en lien avec la mission d’expertise
  • Compétences du candidat en lien avec la mission d’expertise
  • Expériences du candidat en lien avec la mission d’expertise
  • Compréhension linguistiques attendues du candidat
  • Évaluation de l’expertise du candidat dans le domaine recherché
  • Connaissances du candidat du contexte local (pays ou région d’intervention)
  • Compréhension par le candidat du rôle de la mission au sein du projet de coopération

Date limite de candidature : 13/02/2022 23:59

Document(s) joint(s) : ToR_TA final eval_RFP.pdf - Annex 1_Evaluative questions.pdf

Expertise France est l’agence publique de conception et de mise en œuvre de projets internationaux de coopération technique. L’agence intervient autour de quatre axes prioritaires :

  • gouvernance démocratique, économique et financière ;
  • paix, stabilité et sécurité ;
  • climat, agriculture et développement durable ;
  • santé et développement humain.

Dans ces domaines, Expertise France assure des missions d’ingénierie et de mise en œuvre de projets de renforcement des capacités, mobilise de l’expertise technique et joue un rôle d’ensemblier de projets faisant intervenir de l’expertise publique et des savoir-faire privés.

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