The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is undertaking an Evaluation of UNDP support to Ecosystem Management and Biodiversity Conservation, as planned in its multiyear work programme (2022-2025).
UNDP’s strategic plan emphasizes the critical role that nature plays in economic growth, societal well-being, and the health of people and the planet. A significant proportion of UNDP’s nature portfolio involves ecosystem management and biodiversity conservation initiatives.
This is the first global independent evaluation of UNDP environmental support since 2011, and the first IEO evaluation with an in depth focus on UNDP’s support for ecosystems and biodiversity. The evaluation will cover UNDP programmes delivered from 2014 onwards. Greater attention will be given to UNDP programmes delivered between 2018-2023 (covering the past and current Strategic Plan when UNDP formulated its environmental initiatives under Signature Solution 4) and will consider UNDP strategies and programming aimed at accelerating the implementation of global, national and local measures to promote healthy ecosystems and biodiversity.
The evaluation will inform UNDP’s current and future work in this area, enabling organizational learning to enhance UNDP contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals and several international and regional environmental conventions. It forms a part of UNDP’s accountability towards its Executive Board, development partners, and local populations by assessing the relevance and results of the organization's support.
UNDP provides support to a range of stakeholders integrating biodiversity and ecosystem management into development planning and production sector activities, to safeguard biodiversity and maintain ecosystem services that sustain human wellbeing.
We currently seek a consultant to support this evaluation in the area for the position of Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Areas Expert to support in assessing UNDP programming for specific plant and animal species and their habitats. S/he will assess UNDP’s contribution to environmental, social, and intermediary outcomes (in ecosystem governance, management capacity, and finance), and assess UNDP’s internal approaches for delivering such support, including its environmental and social safeguards. The expert will ensure that the methodology, data collection, and analysis align with, or further, international best practices in assessing biodiversity conservation and protected areas management. As such, the expert has a key role in ensuring the analysis is technical and contextually relevant and leads to recommendations that help improve UNDP’s support. The expert will also help to ensure that human rights, gender equality, disability inclusiveness, and “leave no one behind” principles are factored into the evaluation design, implementation, and final report.
Please find the Terms of Reference in the documents part of the Negotiation.
We look forward to your interest.