The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the specialized programme for sustainable urbanization and human settlements in the United Nations system. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Pursuant to its mandate, UN-Habitat aims to achieve impact at two levels. At the operational level, it undertakes technical cooperation projects. At the normative level, it seeks to influence governments and non-governmental actors in formulating, adopting, implementing and enforcing policies, norms and standards conducive to sustainable human settlements and sustainable urbanization.
The project “Accelerating climate action through the promotion of urban low emission development strategies” is located in the Urban Planning and Design Branch. The Branch comprises the Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit (RMPU), the City Planning, Extension and Design Unit (CPEDU) and the Climate Change Planning Unit (CCPU). The project is implemented by the CPPU in close collaboration with implementing partner ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability (ICLEI), through the Project Management Group (PMG). 80% of project funds are transferred to ICLEI, a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.
A growing portion of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is emitted in cities. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that 71% to 76% of global carbon dioxide emissions from final energy use is attributable to activities in cities.
To address the impact of this development on growing emissions and avoid the lock-in effects of high emission pathways, the European Union (EU) funded the Urban-LEDS Phase I project to support cities in emerging economies (Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa) to de-couple urban development and GHG emissions, and embark on a low emission development pathway. This Phase 1 ran from 2012 – 2015. Lessons learned from Phase I are based on practical implementation experience, as well as on the Project’s Mid-Term Evaluation, and Final Evaluation.
The Urban-LEDS project Phase II aims to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the promotion of Urban Low Emissions Development Strategies (Urban LEDS) in cities/towns in emerging economies and Least Developed Countries. It builds on the Urban-LEDs project phase l and is implemented in countries continued from phase I (Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa) as well as in additional countries in Phase II (Bangladesh, Colombia, Lao PDR and Rwanda). Specific Expected Accomplished (Outcomes) of Urban-LEDS Phase II are:
- Enhance vertical and horizontal integration of climate action in support of National and Local strategies and policies.
- Support and guide selected local governments in developing and approving urban low emission development strategies in four new countries (Bangladesh, Colombia, Lao PDR and Rwanda) resulting in measurable GHG emission reductions and adaptation co-benefits.
- Consolidate Urban LEDS achievements in cities in existing (Phase I) countries (Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa).
- Promote international, regional, national, sub-national and local government cooperation on urban climate action, leading to an increase in urban stakeholders’ capacity to implement climate change.
Purpose and Objectives of the Evaluation
The mid-term valuation should provide an understanding of the cause and effects links between inputs and activities, and outputs, outcomes and impacts. It should serve accountability, decision making, learning and management purposes. It is intended to: (i) provide evidence on whether the project is on track towards achieving the project’s expected accomplishments and objectives; and to; (ii) enhance learning, identify constraints and challenges which may need corrective measures and improvement. The evaluation therefore will be formative, focusing more on functioning of the project processes, to understand how the project is working and producing its outputs and results. Key audiences of the evaluation are: UN-Habitat, EU Commission (DEVCO and EU Delegations to the countries where the action is implemented), Project Management Group (PMG), management of ICLEI offices involved in the project, targeted Local and Subnational Governments, national governments, and civil society organizations where the project is implemented
The specific objectives of the mid-term evaluation are to:
- Assess the performance of the project in terms of its progress towards the achievement of results at the expected accomplishment and output levels;
- Assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, outlook sustainability and impact of the project in integrating climate action in regional, national and local strategies and policies;
- Assess the planning, adequacy of resources, working arrangements and these may be impacting on the effectiveness of the project;
- Assess appropriateness of coherence, partnerships and coordination modalities in promoting international, regional, national, sub-national and local governments cooperation on urban climate action;
- Assess how cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, youth and human rights have been integrated in the project;
- Identify areas of improvement, lessons and proposal forward-looking recommend strategic, programmatic and management considerations to improve performance of the project for the remaining period of the of project.
Approach and methods of the Evaluation
The evaluation should employ a mix of approaches and methods. A results-based approach, (Theory of Change Approach) should be applied to this evaluation; to demonstrate how the project is supposed to achieve its objectives by describing the causal logic of inputs, activities, expected accomplishments; and conditions and assumptions needed for the causal changes to take place. Also, Context Input Process Product (CIPP) approach should be used to assess project implementation structures, procedures, collaboration, coordination, partnerships and targeted beneficiary needs. In addition, the evaluation should be inclusive, participatory and consultative with partners and stakeholders. It should be conducted in a transparent way in line with the Norms and Standards of evaluations in the EU and UN system and the UN-Habitat Evaluation Policy. Methods should include but not to be limited to review of documents, interviews and consultations, survey if possible and field visits.
The evaluation consultant will be responsible for meeting professional and ethical standards in planning and conducting the evaluation and producing the expected deliverables. The consultant will have overall responsibility for producing the deliverables according to the quality standards of UN-Habitat for evaluation reports. Key evaluation deliverables include:
- Inception Report with Evaluation Work plan;
- Evaluation Report Draft;
- Final Evaluation Report.
Professionalism: Demonstrates evaluation work experience and competencies. Have knowledge and understanding of UN-Habitat’s work and other global agendas in climate change. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Have ability to present credible evaluation findings derived from evidence and putting conclusions and recommendations supported by findings. Works with impartiality, objectivity and professional integrity of absence of bias and adheres to ethics and standards of evaluation. Efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Shows persistence when faced with challenges.
Communication: Excellent and effective written and oral communication in English (other UN languages will be an added advantage). Ability to convince people through constructive argumentation and to present information in a concise and accurate manner. He/she should be transparent to enhance stakeholders trust and ownership in the evaluation process.
Respect for Diversity: Respects beliefs, manners and customs of the social and cultural environment, human rights and gender equality. He/she should respect the rights of institutions and individuals to provide information in confidence.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with others in the evaluation processes. Values ideas and skills of others but maintains ability to evaluate without undue influence and conducts evaluation work with impartiality.
Advanced academic degree in environment, evaluation, political sciences, social economy, public administration, or similar relevant fields in relation to climatic change.
Extensive evaluation experience of over 6years. Expertise in results-based management, Theory of Change and having evaluated projects/ programmes or strategies.
Fluent in English (understanding, reading and writing) required.
The paid months for the consultancy is one month. However, the evaluation will be conducted over a period of three months, from June 2019 to August 2019. Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. The evaluation consultant will be paid a professional fee based on the level of expertise and experience. DSA will be paid only when travelling on mission outside duty station of the consultant. All travel costs will be covered by UN-Habitat.