REoI - Caribbean Regional Consultant for the Strategic Country Cluster Evaluation of the SIDS portfolio

The Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (IEO) is requesting Expressions of Interest from individual Caribbean-based / -focused consultants for the Strategic Country Cluster Evaluation (SCCE) of the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) portfolio.

The strategic country cluster evaluation (SCCE) of small island developing states (SIDS) covers 39 SIDS in the AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea), Caribbean, and Pacific regions. The choice to evaluate the SIDS as a strategic cluster is based on their shared geophysical constraints, resulting in disproportionately large economic, social and environmental challenges, and is supported by Council members’ requests for a more in-depth reviewing of the SIDS portfolio of projects.

The main purpose of this evaluation is to explore key issues that emerged from the Sixth Overall Performance Study’s (OPS6 - 2018) main findings and conclusions, which deserve further exploration. Council members also expressed concerns regarding the weak sustainability of GEF support as an issue to be addressed in the context of GEF-7 and beyond. The overarching objectives of the evaluation are

  1. to provide a deeper understanding of the determinants of sustainability of the outcomes of GEF support in Small Island Developing States, and
  2. to assess the relevance and performance of GEF support towards SIDS’ main environmental challenges from the countries’ perspective.

Major trade-offs exist between environmental, socio-economic and natural resource objectives. The analysis of water-energy-food nexus links to the identified factors of weak sustainability and will be contextualized in the environmental and socio-economic development context of the SIDS.

Gender, resilience and private sector engagement will be assessed as cross cutting issues through three cross cutting questions. Any other important issues emerging from country visits will also be considered.

Responsibilities and accountabilities

You will contribute in the following way:

  • Execute two field missions for two thematic case studies in the Caribbean region, covering Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The thematic case studies further explore sustainability, determinants of sustainability, and relevance for selected cases of positive, neutral and negative change impact towards tackling countries’ main environmental challenges.

Prior to the missions:

  • Familiarize with the small island developing states (SIDS) strategic country cluster evaluation (SCCE) and its methodology
  • Familiarize with / Provide feedback on the SIDS SCCE’s country selection and case study approach of identifying change impact for closed projects
  • Provide feedback on / Participate in selecting in-country interview respondents / project stakeholders
  • Assist with developing the mission agendas

During the missions:

  • Conduct structured interviews with stakeholders
  • Execute field visits to find examples of positive and negative change
  • Develop / provide interview notes / reports

Post mission:

  • Review and comment on the results, and contribute to analysis
  • Provide data relevant to the case study’s approach of identifying change impact
  • Report writing

Contract duration

The position is for a maximum of 24 days. The overall level of effort and its subdivision per task are indicative and can be adjusted to suit emerging needs during the assignment. The timeline for the work is set from March 1 to June 30, 2019.

Submission

Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest in English, to gefevaluation@thegef.org with “Caribbean regional consultant SIDS SCCE” in the subject. The application should include a CV and a cover letter expressing how their work experience fits the qualifications above. The application deadline is January 28, 2019.

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