Reporting for Results-Based Redd+ Actions Project.
Mid-Term Review – Terms of Reference
The overall goal of the Reporting for Results-based REDD+ Actions (RRR+) project is to contribute to the assessment of progress towards the ultimate objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement through improved greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory (GHGI) reporting. In particular, the project aims to develop and institutionalize the capacities of tropical forest countries to prepare and report to the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement on anthropogenic GHG emissions and removals from the agriculture, forestry, and other land use sectors (AFOLU).
The RRR+ project is co-funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD) and by the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN). The CfRN is the implementing entity in cooperation with KPMG. The first phase of the RRR+ project ran from 2016 and 2019 and set out to build capacity for measuring reductions in GHG emissions and enhancement of carbon stocks in agriculture, forest, and other land use in 21 tropical and subtropical forest countries. Currently, CfRN is implementing the second phase of the RRR+ project (2020-2023) covering a total of 13 rainforest nations that have and/or are still receiving support (Belize, Bolivia, Cameroon, Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Honduras, Mozambique, and Saint Lucia).
Today, despite all the limitations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, all targets identified in the results framework have been over-achieved and the project is very well on track and has delivered the capacity building for which it has been designed. The RRR+ project is supporting countries to prepare and refine the single National GHGI database, to develop the forest reference emission level/forest reference level (FREL/FRL), and to obtain REDD+ results, as appropriate. The RRR+ project is also assisting countries during the technical assessment of the FREL/FRL and the technical analysis of the REDD+ Technical Annex as part of the UNFCCC process, in full respect of all Paris Agreement decisions.
Purpose of the Mid-Term Review evaluation
The Mid-Term Review (MTR) is aimed at assessing how the different contexts in which the project is implemented affect its performance; whether the underlying assumptions and logic of the project hold at the country level; and whether external assumptions, needed to enable and sustain change, are valid. The MTR will consist of evaluation of the performance of the project, identification of good practices and challenges, and outlining of corrective actions for the next phase, if appropriate. Specifically, the MTR will:
Provide for an independent assessment of:
- The extent to which the RRR+ project is performing against its results framework ;
- The extent to which the project represents good value for money ; and
- Limitations and challenges encountered and expected, and mitigation measures undertaken.
Provide recommendations to enhance project implementation and maximize delivery of results.
Provide recommendations for a potential project extension, including any appropriate modification or improvement for the next phase.
The MTR should not aim to explore or challenge the results framework itself, nor does it directly explore financing aspects of the project, although it does include assessment of value for money where this is possible/relevant.
Scope of work
The MTR will analyze all the countries in which the RRR+ project is being implemented. Ideally, to have a proper sense of counterfactuals (e.g., what would have happened if the project did not take place?), the evaluation would also include analysis of some control countries where the project is not being implemented.
The review will consist of desk research (or possible field visits, TBD) to participating countries, as well as online surveys and interviews with stakeholders who are involved in the RRR+ project.
The MTR will have the following characteristics:
Objectives and evaluation questions
The objective of the MTR is to assess the RRR+ project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and contribution to the impacts and sustainability beyond the program period. The evaluation also aims to assess the project risk management. The objective for this evaluation has been expressed as a set of Key Evaluation Questions (KEQs) to be addressed and supported by the sub-questions, both of which can be found below:
Overall approach of the MTR
The MTR will be aligned with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation’s (NORAD) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) requirements and more broadly with the OECD’s DAC Criteria for Evaluating Development Assistance: Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. Gender-sensitive and South-South cooperation will be considered as important pillars of this project. Also, the complexity of the RRR+ project – namely the multi-country dimension, the timeframe, and the available budget – should be carefully considered.
Timeline and deliverables
In undertaking this MTR, the following deliverables and timeline are expected:
The MTR is expected to be conducted by a team with a diverse set of multi-disciplinary members, one of them being the designated team leader. Preference will be given to candidate teams with diverse members. Individual vendors are still welcome to submit. The team or individual will have the following competencies and/or experience:
- At least ten (10) years of experience in evaluating projects of a similar nature and scope.
- At least five (5) years of experience in conducting mid-term reviews or end of project evaluations for NORAD or other development bank funded projects.
- At least a master’s degree in natural resource conservation and management or related fields such as: environmental economics, natural resources economics, environmental science, climate change, gender & development, or other relevant fields.
- The team leader will have at least five (5) years of expertise in areas related to GHG inventories, Paris Agreement and REDD+, as well as expertise and demonstrated experience in designing evaluation methodology and data collection tools and demonstrated experience in leading similar reviews/evaluations.
- The role of the team leader will be defining the approach and methodology; guiding and managing the review team; leading the mid-term review mission; drafting and revising, as required, the MTR reports; and debriefing and presenting the findings.
- Excellent English, French, and Spanish communication skills preferred.
Technical service proposal information
Vendors are required to submit the following details in their technical proposal:
- Executive summary of proposal
- Vendor candidates’ backgrounds, including CVs
- List of similar projects within the last five (5) years
- At least one (1) relevant example demonstrating the vendor’s experience in conducting and managing evaluations of projects that involve international climate-based organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as in conducting evaluations of projects and programs related to GHG, emissions, agriculture, forestry, land use sectors, or climate
- Project methodology, including a description of how the vendor intends to undertake the delivery of tasks, providing justification of the approach
- Contact details of three (3) references, familiar with the vendor’s experience
Cost proposal information
- Proposed rates and project costs are deemed to include all costs, insurances, taxes, fees, expenses, liabilities, obligations, risk, and other things necessary for the performance of the Terms of Reference
- Any charge not stated in the Proposal as being additional, will not be allowed
- All prices should be in US$
Proposal submittal information
- Proposals are due 27 September 2022 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time
- Proposals should follow technical and cost proposal guidelines above, as well as highlight eligibility requirements
- Format should be in PDF
- Proposals should be submitted to email@example.com