The Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility is requesting Expressions of Interest from individual consultants for the Evaluation of GEF Support to Mainstreaming Biodiversity.
GEF Support to Mainstreaming Biodiversity
Previous studies on the GEF Biodiversity Focal Area have looked at benefit generation, biodiversity loss, and impacts including a comprehensive assessment of the effect of PAs and PA systems . The GEF IEO also undertook a Value for Money (VFM) analysis to assess the efficiency of GEF investments and technical support to biodiversity projects. Previous studies were also conducted on GEF support to the Nagoya Protocol and, to interventions for tackling illegal wildlife trade.
The GEF Independent Evaluation Office is undertaking the first independent evaluation of GEF support to mainstreaming biodiversity. The study will build upon previous studies undertaken by the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP). In 2016, the GEF Secretariat released a review of mainstreaming in practice in its projects which is the first assessment of mainstreaming based on a sound platform of GEF-specific project evidence. This current evaluation will draw on previous studies and evaluations and aims to independently assess the effectiveness, results, and progress towards the impact of the mainstreaming biodiversity portfolio.
Since GEF-3, the GEF has supported 15 mainstreaming biodiversity projects in South Africa. 5 of these projects are closed, whereas 10 projects are either CEO endorsed or under implementation. The list of projects along with documents will be provided by the IEO.
This TOR has been prepared to procure consulting service to conduct the South Africa country case study component of the Evaluation of Biodiversity Mainstreaming in GEF.
The GEF IEO invites experts with demonstrated experience in evaluation in the area of environmental policy to express their interest. The following background and experience are required:
- Advanced degree (preferably Ph.D.) in the areas of Natural Sciences, Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Management, Economics, Social Sciences, Monitoring, and Evaluation, or related fields.
- At least 15 years of experience in the areas of biodiversity conservation, ecology, natural resource management, environmental economics, and monitoring and evaluation, or a closely related field.
- Excellent understanding of biodiversity and global environmental issues, familiarity with GEF, multilateral environmental agreements and UN conventions on the environment.
- Strong background and specific experience in strategic and institutional level evaluations, and in evaluation synthesis.
- Previous work experience, and knowledge of GEF and its agencies, or the World Bank Group.
- Schedule adherence and demonstrated the ability to prepare high-quality reports.
- Outstanding analytical skills, reporting writing and communication skills.
How to apply
Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest and their CVs in English, through: [email protected] with “Application: South Africa Biodiversity” in the subject line by March 5th. Alternatively, the candidate can also apply through the World Bank Group online platform: http://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html.
The assignment will be for a maximum of 20 work days. The duration of the contract is from 20 March to September 30, 2018. However, major portion of the work is expected to be completed by July 15, 2018. The consultants’ daily rate will be determined using the World Bank rules and procedures. The assignment will require travel to select project sites, and expenses will be covered accordingly.