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MID TERM REVIEW OF THE PROJECT MAINSTREAMING BIODIVERSITY INTO THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COASTAL ZONE IN THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS
In accordance with UNDP and GEF M&E policies and procedures, all full and medium-sized UNDP support GEF financed projects are required to undergo a mid-term review upon three year completion of implementation. These terms of reference (TOR) sets out the expectations for a mid-term review (MTR) of the Mainstreaming Biodiversity into the Management of the Coastal Zone in the Republic of Mauritius (PIMS # 4843).
Scope of Evaluation
The MTR must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful. The MTR team will review all relevant sources of information including documents prepared during the preparation phase (i.e. PIF, UNDP Initiation Plan, UNDP Environmental & Social Safeguard Policy, the Project Document, project reports including Annual Project Review/PIRs, project budget revisions, lesson learned reports, national strategic and legal documents, and any other materials that the team considers useful for this evidence-based review). The MTR team will review the baseline GEF focal area Tracking Tool submitted to the GEF at CEO endorsement, and the midterm GEF focal area Tracking Tool that must be completed before the MTR field mission begins.
The MTR team must ensure that gender-responsive evaluation methodologies, tools and data analysis techniques are used. The MTR team is expected to follow a collaborative and participatory approach ensuring close engagement with the Project Team, government counterparts (the GEF Operational Focal Point), the UNDP Country Office(s), UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisers, and other key stakeholders.
Engagement of stakeholders is vital to a successful MTR. Stakeholder involvement should include interviews with stakeholders who have project responsibilities, including but not limited to Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mauritius Oceanography Institute, Rodrigues Regional Assembly, Ministry of Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security, Ministry of Housing and Lands, Ministry of Local Government, Mauritius Standards Bureau, Mauritius Marine Conservation Society, Reef Conservation, Shoals Rodrigues, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Eco-Sud, Association Terre et Mer Rodriguaise, Rodrigues Council of Social Service, Plateforme Maurice Environnement, Association des Hoteliers et Restaurateurs de l'Ile Maurice, Association of Hotels de Charme, etc; executing agencies, senior officials and task team/ component leaders, key experts and consultants in the subject area, Project Board, project stakeholders, academia, local government and CSOs, etc. Additionally, the MTR team is expected to conduct field missions to Mauritius and Rodrigues, including the following project sites such as Black River district, Blue Bay Marine Park, Balaclava Marine Park, the six Fishing Reserves of Mauritius, the Northern wetlands and the whole island of Rodrigues most particularly SEMPA including its watersheds etc.
The final MTR report should describe the full MTR approach taken and the rationale for the approach making explicit the underlying assumptions, challenges, strengths and weaknesses about the methods and approach of the review.
EVALUATION TIMEFRAME - DURATION
The total duration of the MTR will be approximately 30 working days over a time period of 12 weeks starting 28 February 2020, and shall not exceed five months from when the consultant(s) are hired.
Options for site visits should be provided in the Inception Report.
1. Inception Report - 2 weeks
2. Draft Final Report - 3 weeks
3. Final Report* - Within 1 week of receiving UNDP comments on draft
The principal responsibility for managing this MTR resides with UNDP Mauritius Country Office
UNDP will contract the consultants and ensure the timely provision of per diems and travel arrangements within the country for the MTR team. The Project Team will be responsible for liaising with the MTR team to provide all relevant documents, set up stakeholder interviews, and arrange field visits. (The MTR team is expected to conduct field missions to Mauritius and Rodrigues, including the following project sites such as Black River district, Blue Bay Marine Park, Balaclava Marine Park, SEMPA etc.)
A team of two independent consultants will conduct the MTR - one team leader International (with experience and exposure to projects and evaluations in other regions globally) and one national expert, usually from the Mauritius.
Submission of Application
Applications should be sent through email : firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Tuesday 11 February 2020 - Midnight, New York time (GMT+4 Mauritius time)
Annex A - Letter of confirmation of interest and availability and Submission of financial proposal
Annex B - Model Contact IC
Annex C - UNDP GCC IC
Annex D - P11
Terms of Reference