Introduction and Project Overview
World Wildlife Fund, Inc. (WWF) policies and procedures for all GEF financed full-sized projects require a midterm evaluation (MTE). The following terms of reference (TOR) sets out the expectations for the MTE for the project: Expanding and Consolidating Madagascar’s Marine Protected Areas Network, hereafter referred to as the “Project.” The technical consultant selected to conduct this evaluation will hereafter be referred to as “evaluator.”
The Project Objective is Madagascar’s marine biodiversity and productivity are effectively managed through a sustainable, resilient national network of marine protected areas (MPAs). The Project was organized into the following components:
Scope and Objective for the Evaluation
WWF is seeking an independent consultant to undertake a Midterm Evaluation (MTE) of the Project. The scope of the MTE will cover the WWF GEF financed components.
The objective of this evaluation is to examine the extent, magnitude, sustainability and potential for project impacts to date; identify any project design or management issues; assess progress towards project outcomes and outputs; and draw lessons learned that can improve the project effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of project benefits. Based on this assessment, it is expected that the evaluator will provide feasible recommendations that could be applied for the remaining duration of the project.
Evaluation Approach and Method
The evaluation will adhere to the relevant guidance, rules and procedures established by WWF and align with guidance from the GEF Evaluation and Ethical Guidelines. The evaluation must provide evidence‐based information that is independent, participatory, transparent, and ethical. The evaluator must be unbiased and free of any conflicts of interest with the project. The evaluator is expected to reflect all stakeholder views and follow a participatory and consultative approach. There should be close engagement with government counterparts, the GEF operational focal points in each country, the Executing Agency project management unit (PMU), partners and key stakeholders. Contact information will be provided.
The Evaluation process will include the following, with deliverables (submitted in French and English) marked by “*” :
Expected Content of Evaluation Report
The Midterm Evaluation report will include the following (see Annexes for details):
Evaluation Team Qualifications
Required Qualifications and Experience
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
Payment modalities and specifications
Payment, expense reimbursement, and other contractual terms and conditions will be outlined in the consultant agreement made between WWF and the evaluator(s). Payments will be made following submitted and approved deliverables. Twenty-five percent of payment will correspond with completion and approval of the Inception Report. Fifty percent of the payment will correspond with submission and approval of the debrief presentation and the Draft Report. The final twenty-five percent will be delivered with the submission and approval of the Final Report.
Interested consultants are invited to submit a technical and financial proposal with their curriculum vitae, a writing sample and references. The financial proposal should include fees and reimbursable expenses, such as travel costs, if applicable. The budget shall not exceed $35,000. Individual or team applications are welcome.
Applicants are requested to apply by sending their applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2023. Preferably applications will be submitted in English.
The selection of candidates and contractual agreements will be in compliance with WWF procurement policies and subject to GEF requirements. WWF applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.
Please Find the Relevant Annexes for the position here.
 See annex A