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 consultants to support this evaluation in the area for the position of Regional Experts - Country Case Studies to support in collecting and analyzing information relevant to all evaluation questions within their assigned geographic area, working across the evaluation’s key themes in: land and water ecosystems; biodiversity and protected area management; the integration of ecosystems and biodiversity into national planning; and UNDP’s institutional position and comparative advantages. Within their respective areas, each of the Regional Case Study Expert will assess UNDP’s contribution to environmental, social, and intermediary outcomes (in ecosystem governance, management capacity, and finance), and UNDP’s approach to social and environmental safeguarding. The Regional Country Case Study Experts will help to ensure that the evaluation design, tools and analysis reflect their regional contexts, and that human rights, gender equality, disability inclusiveness, and “leave no one behind” principles are assessed throughout.
Please find the Terms of Reference in the documents part of the Negotiation.
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