Consultant for BMZ Bengo Project Terminal Evaluation

WWF , Myanmar
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Project Background

Majority of the inhabitants in the Tanintharyi Landscape Corridor belong to the Karen ethnic group with low income level and farming as their main source of income. Communities depend heavily on intact forests for their daily livelihoods. Some of the key concerns cited by the target communities include forest loss, low farm productivity, low water supply and quality and land grabbing. Amidst these challenges, the new political development in Myanmar offers opportunities for political participation and improving natural resources governance. In preparing the project proposal WWF MM conducted in 2015 a survey of people’s attitude and perception of natural resources and in 2016 a livelihood assessment. The livelihood of 10 communities is improved through their strengthened access and management rights as well as enhanced capacities in and enabled structures for sustainable natural resources management. This shall be achieved through a participatory developed sustainable forest landscape vision developed by representatives of communities, regional government agencies. The vision shall guide these stakeholders in sustainable development and land use planning. Productivity of small-holder farmers shall be improved through improvement of agricultural and agro- forestry practices, establishment of producer groups and access to markets and micro-finance schemes. This shall lead to higher and more sustainable incomes.

Major Outcomes

The livelihood of 10 communities within the Tanintharyi Landscape Corridor is improved through their strengthened access and management rights as well as enhanced capacities in and enabled structures for sustainable natural resource management.

Outputs

· Participatory sustainable forest landscape vision for the Tanintharyi Landscape Corridor is developed and forest restoration piloted

· Land tenure and natural resources use rights of 10 communities are identified and submitted for official recognition

· Economic opportunities based on sustainable NRM for local communities are strengthened

Purposes of Evaluation

  • To assess quantitatively and qualitatively the project’s achievement against the intended outcome and outputs

  • To assess the project’s relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and (structural/ economic, social, ecological) sustainability

  • To identify internal and external factors (e.g. political, climate, social, structural) contributing towards/ avoiding the achievement of outcome and outputs

  • To assess how under adaptive management old and new approaches differ, what are their respective advantages and disadvantages with regard to the OECD DAC criteria

  • To identify quantitatively and qualitatively other, particularly longer-term and unexpected effects on the direct and indirect target groups

  • To develop strong and clear recommendations on good practices, lessons learned and how to overcome gaps and risks

  • To develop strong and clear recommendations for an effective, efficient and sustainable implementation of the landscape vision and management plan as well as the governance mechanism necessary for it

Profile of evaluator(s) and WWF supporting responsibilities

The evaluator(s) shall cover the following expertise, knowledge and experiences:

  • Experience in evaluation according to OECD-DAC criteria

  • Experience applying participatory research methods

  • In-depth knowledge of sustainable landscape planning

  • Knowledge and diplomatic skills in relation to land ownership and land rights issues in Myanmar and especially the project region

  • Knowledge of indigenous rights and the special situation of minorities in Myanmar

  • Knowledge of community-based forest management and agroforestry

  • Knowledge of biodiversity conservation

  • Knowledge in gender

  • Knowledge in climate mainstreaming

  • Knowledge in social and ecological safeguards

  • Fluency in English, Burmese and Karen languages

Primarily, we seek one independent consultant who covers the above mentioned expertise, knowledge and experiences. Shall it not be possible to find one person who covers all of the equally important requirements, we invite a team of independent consultants (2 persons) who jointly cover the above mentioned profile and capability to engage with the various stakeholders. One of the consultants in addition to the technical expertise shall function as lead consultant responsible for the compilation of findings, report writing and communication with the project manager.

WWF Myanmar will provide relevant documents feasibility study, project proposal, technical and progress reports, monitoring data, baseline reports, mid-term review report and management response etc.) and support at site level to set up meetings, identify key individuals and assist with planning and logistics. The Forest Project Manager and the Senior Forest Project Officer will facilitate all necessary communications and the flow of required information/data, based on the requirements specified by the consultants.

The detailed indicators, guidelines, objectives, methodology and report instructions are at

 

Source: http://www.wwf.org.mm/en/myanmar_career_page/


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