Senior Consultant for the Joint SGP Evaluation

The Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility is requesting Expressions of Interest from individual consultants for the Joint GEF-UNDP Small Grants Programme Evaluation.


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) provides support to address global environmental concerns related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, chemicals and waste. Since its inception in 1991, the GEF has provided over US $19 billion in grants through 4,700 projects spread over 170 countries. The GEF Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) has a central role in ensuring the independent evaluation function within the GEF. The IEO is responsible for undertaking independent evaluations that involve a set of projects, programs, policies or processes. At times, the GEF IEO partners with independent evaluation offices of other GEF Agencies in the conduct of joint evaluations. The GEF IEO is based in Washington DC. It is administered by the World Bank, but it is independent of its management as well as the management of the GEF. Its Director reports directly to the GEF Council, the GEF governing body. All contracts with the Office are World Bank contracts.

The GEF created the Small Grants Programme (SGP) in 1992 with the explicit aim of developing community-led and -owned strategies and technologies for reducing threats to the global environment while addressing livelihood challenges. The SGP is a corporate GEF program implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The principal strategy of the SGP is to provide small grants—up to a maximum of $50,000—to needy communities to support the use of practices and technologies that benefit the global environment. Currently 125 countries are active in the SGP.

The SGP is being evaluated jointly by the Independent Evaluation Offices of the GEF and UNDP. The main objective of this joint evaluation is to build on the findings of, and evaluate progress made, since the 2015 joint SGP evaluation and the extent to which the SGP is achieving the objectives set out in its strategic and operational directions under GEF-6 (2014-2018) and GEF-7 (2018-2022). The evaluation will also assess the relevance and strategic positioning of the SGP within the GEF and provide recommendations on the way forward for the SGP. A detailed description of the evaluation design is provided in the approach paper.

Responsibilities and accountabilities

The IEO is seeking a consultant to contribute to the Third Joint GEF-UNDP Small Grants Programme Evaluation. The consultant will contribute in the following way:

  1. Provide advice on, and assist in the desk review and field visit tools, protocols for the evaluation and identification of countries for case studies
  2. Conduct literature and desk reviews of corporate strategies, programs and project documents related to the GEF and UNDP in general and the SGP in particular
  3. Conduct interviews with relevant GEF and UNDP stakeholders
  4. Analyze data and information gathered through document and portfolio reviews, meta-evaluation, quality-at-entry reviews, surveys, interviews, and field visits
  5. Contribute to data and method triangulation, gap analysis and report writing
  6. Provide guidance and comments to draft and final evaluation reports.


The specific qualifications required for the job are:

  • Master’s or advanced degree in social, environmental or development science or other related studies
  • Skilled professional with a minimum of 10 years in experience in program and strategic or thematic evaluation in the areas of environment or sustainable development, with a general understanding of global environmental issues and community level environmental interventions
  • Strong understanding of the GEF, UNDP and the operations of the Small Grants Programme
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills; spoken and written English; knowledge of other languages is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.

Contract duration

All contracts with the IEO are World Bank contracts and follow the relevant rules and regulations of the Bank. The contract offered to the selected candidate would be for a maximum of 50 days from August 2020 to June 2021.

Guidelines for submission

Interested candidates are invited to submit expressions of interest to with "Joint SGP Evaluation - Senior STC" in the subject line. The total size of all attachments should be less than 5MB. Please note the deadline for this application is 8 July 2020.

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