Pesticide Risk Reduction Project Mid-Term Evaluation National Consultant

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Food and Agriculture Organization

Position : Pesticide Risk Reduction Project Mid-Term Evaluation National Consultant
Contract Type: Personal Service Agreement Contract
Job Grade : SB4
Duration : 25 working days over a period of 2 months
Duty Station : Lilongwe

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF TASK(S) AND OBJECTIVES TO BE ACHIEVED

A. Background

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) in collaboration with the Government of Malawi is implementing a Pesticide Risk Reduction Project that is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The objective of the project is to dispose of the inventoried of obsolete pesticides including POPs and to remediate at least one contaminated site and to strengthen the legislative and institutional capacity for sound life cycle management of pesticide in order to safeguard against future accumulation. The project has been structured into four technical components. The specific objectives of the technical components are to: dispose of existing obsolete pesticides including POPs and remediate pesticide-contaminated sites (Component 1); implement a sustainable national system of management of empty pesticide containers (Component 2); strengthen the legislative and institutional framework; specifically strengthening the Pesticide Control Board’s regulatory capacity to ensure sound management of pesticides (Component 3); and to promote the adoption of alternatives to chemical pesticides on key crops, namely cotton, vegetables (tomato and brassica) and maize and the development of a communication strategy to promote IPM and raise awareness on pesticide risk (Component 4). These four components will be supported by horizontal project Monitoring & Evaluation (Component 5) and Project Management (Component 6).

Institutional and implementation arrangements for this project are based on the mandates and experience of key institutions involved in the management of pesticides in Malawi and areas agreed at both the PPG inception and validation workshops. The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAI), Pesticides Control Board (PCB) will be the lead executing agency hosting the Project Management Unit (PMU) staffed by appointed part-time Chief Technical Advisor, full-time Project Coordinator and Administration Assistant and responsible for the coordination and management of project activities. PCB which chairs the Project Steering Committee (PSC). The Ministries of Environment and Health, Justice as well as Trade are also fully involved in project execution.

The project is also working with a number of NGO and private sector partners who contribute to the execution of specific components. The partners are part of component task teams set-up to enhance engagement of key stakeholders, to access a variety of skills needed to implement the components, and to capitalize on resources, networks and channels of communication already established.

B. Objectives of the Mid-Term Evaluation:

The project document established that an independent review will be undertaken at mid-term to assess the progress and effectiveness of implementation in terms of achieving project objectives, outcomes and outputs. The Mid Term Review (MTR) will be carried out by an evaluation team comprising one International and one national Mid Term Review Consultant.

The main purpose of the Mid Term Review will be to identify the operational bottlenecks in the country that hinder the project implementation and achievement of results. The MTR is expected to examine the project management and adaptive management, review the progress being made by the projects towards the achievement of results, identify weaknesses and gaps, and recommend corrective actions as required, including on the extension of the project.

This Term of Reference is for the recruitment of the National Mid-Term Review Consultant (hereinafter the Consultant).

C. Roles and Responsibilities of the Consultant:

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Malawi, the technical supervision of the M&E Specialist, the Pesticide Management Specialist-Agricultural Officer, Pesticide Risk Reduction Team (LTO), and in close coordination with the PMU, the International MTR Consultant; the national MTR consultant will undertake the following duties:

The Consultant will participate together with the International MTR Consultant in all the activities related to the conducting of the mid-term evaluation. More specifically, the Consultant shall:

1) Liaise with the Implementation Institutions including the Government of Malawi, FAO Country Office in Malawi and the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) in Zimbabwe, to arrange the agenda of the International MTR consultant in the country;
2) Assist the International MTR consultant in communicating with project stakeholders and partners and collecting the relevant project information;
3) Facilitate and attend all the meetings and workshops of the Evaluation Team with project partners and stakeholders in Malawi, and provide assistance for the translation from local languages to English when necessary and vice-versa;
4) Assist the International Consultant in planning and conducting interviews and questionnaire surveys as appropriate;
5) Carry out further interviews and face-to-face meetings with staff and partner institutions involved in project implementation when necessary after the mission of the International Consultant and prepare minutes of these interviews and meetings;
6) Provide inputs and notes to the International Consultant for drafting meeting minutes and site visit minutes;
7) Provide inputs to the evaluation reports and participate in the drafting and revision of the final MTR Report.

D. Duration of the Assignment:

The duration of the assignment will be 25 working days over a period of 2 months (from 1st May to 30th June 2019).

Required Competences

Academic Qualifications:

The candidate is expected to have the following:

Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Environment, Rural Development, Social Sciences and related field

Technical Competencies and Experience Requirements:

1. Extensive evaluation experience, especially under the theme of Pesticide and Disposal Management;
2. Must be knowledgeable of the Malawi context within which the project is being implemented;
3. Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation of technical assistance projects;
4. Familiarity with the objectives of the GEF POPs focal area;
5. Understanding of good pesticides management throughout the lifecycle;
6. Understanding of both local and international political, economic and institutional issues associated with POPs;
7. Must demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
8. Must have strong written and oral communications;
9. Must be a Malawian.
10. Familiarity with FAO’s execution modality, rules and procedures is an added advantage.

All applications accompanied by CVs clearly marked with the position that you are applying for should be submitted to:

The FAO Recruitment Office
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
P O Box 30750
Lilongwe 3
Malawi

Or by email to: Mw-vacancies@fao.org

FAO is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

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