OBJECTIVE OF CONSULTANCY
The objectives of the consultancy are to establish the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the Programme to date, to identify lessons and to make recommendations for the remaining duration of the Programme.
The Consultant will conduct the MTE of the Programme. The evaluation’s main goals are to:
(a) determine the extent to which the objectives (outputs, outcomes and impacts) as defined in the results framework have been met as of the date of the evaluation, and assess the likelihood of achieving them upon project completion;
(b) assess the factors that have affected outcome achievement, e.g. project design, project linkages with other activities, extent and materialisation of co-financing, and stakeholder involvement;
(c) identify CDB’s institutional strengths and weaknesses as the implementing agency of the project; and
(d) provide a few well-formulated lessons that are based on the project experience so far and applicable to the type of project at hand.
In addition, the evaluation will provide recommendations to improve the execution of the Programme and thus the likelihood of achieving its development objectives. Recommendations should be well formulated, targeted and should discuss the need for action. The recommended actions should be clearly stated, along with their likely consequences, vis-à-vis status quo and other courses of action, the specific actors that need to take the action, and period for it.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONSULTANCY
Reporting. The Consultant will report to the Head, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Unit, CDB, or to an officer designated by the Head.
Duration and Location. The Consultant will be offered a fixed-price contract for 35 person-days spread over a period of four months. The consultancy is expected to commence in August 2020. The Consultant will work out of their home location, with travel (estimated at around 7 days in total4) to Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
KEY TASKS AND ACTIVITIES
The Consultant will carry out key tasks and activities described below under the following phases.
Inception Phase. The Consultant will produce an Inception Report based on initial document review and preliminary interviews with CDB and/or EU staff. The report will describe the proposed design for the MTE based on the project’s results framework, including: the overall approach, scope and sampling (countries to be visited, persons to be interviewed), specific evaluation questions, methods, sampling, data collection and analysis plan, draft interview or survey instruments, calendar of activities, and travel plans (if feasible). An Evaluation Matrix should be used to summarise the questions, methods, collection, timing and location. The Inception Report should be presented to CDB for review and approval.
Data Collection and Analysis Phase. Execution of the evaluation in accordance with the Inception Report and evaluation design. This will include travel to or other means of interaction with specified countries, interviews, data collection and analysis. At the end of this phase, the Consultant will lead validation meetings clarification of preliminary findings will be supported by the CDB and/or EU team.
Evaluation Report Phase. The Consultant will present a draft Evaluation Report and Power Point presentation to CDB for review, three months after commencement of activities. A final report will then be submitted two weeks after receiving feedback from CDB on the draft.
Final Presentation. Submission of a final report is to be followed by a presentation of the evaluation results to CDB, EU and representatives of participating countries via conference call or videoconference. Any updates to the Evaluation Report arising from comments and feedback received during the presentation of results to CDB and the Consultant will incorporate EU. See Appendix II for suggested outline for the Report.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The Consultant should have at minimum the following qualifications and experience:
(a) a Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as: RE, climate change, environmental or relevant discipline in sustainable development;
(b) demonstrated knowledge of (or certification in) current evaluation theory and practice;
(c) a minimum of eight years’ experience in evaluating development projects, preferably those that are related to the field of sustainable energy development and capacity development;
(d) experience in evaluation of development projects funded by multilateral institutions or international organisations;
(e) in-depth knowledge of sustainable energy development in the context of Small Islands Developing States;
(f) a good understanding of the countries of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is considered an asset; and
(g) excellent command of English (both written and oral form).