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Consultancy Opportunities



WWF-Malaysia Consultancy Opportunities for Project Evaluations

WWF-Malaysia is currently seeking the services of consultants for the evaluation of three separate conservation programmes:
  1. Marine Programme (on marine conservation) - approx. 7 weeks across November 2016 - March 2017
  2. Sarawak Conservation Programme (on terrestrial conservation) - approx. 6 weeks across Mid-November 2016 - March 2017
  3. Market Transformation Initiative (on market and sustainable production/consumption) - approx. 5 weeks across Mid-November 2016 - March 2017
(Brief description of each programme can be found by clicking the hyperlink)

Purposes and Objectives
The main purposes for these evaluations are (1) to take stock on the achievements and key factors that have promoted or impeded achievements of the Programme towards its objectives and long-term goals; (2) to provide recommendations for the next phase of the programme in relation to priority setting, strategy development, resourcing and monitoring.

More specifically, the evaluation should meet the following objectives:
  • To assess if the programme design was relevant and robust;
  • To assess if the financial and human resources are consistent with conservation plan, organized and managed efficiently;
  • To assess effectiveness against the programme’s objectives (outcome). Identify obstacles and shortcomings where performance of the programme has been limited;
  • To assess impact achieved against the programme’s goal;
  • To assess if the programme applies adaptive management practices to ensure continued relevance and strong performance;
  • To provide recommendations on further improvement of the programme in terms of design and relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, adaptive management and sustainability (what we should continue or stop doing, instead of starting something totally new).
Evaluation Criteria and Guiding Questions
This evaluation will focus on six evaluation criteria - design, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, sustainability and adaptive capacity. The definitions are listed here, together with some guiding questions. However, the list of questions for the evaluator to answer in this evaluation might be reduced or adjusted based on the result of the pre-evaluation survey which will be conducted with the team members and key stakeholders. The evaluator could also propose different questions, based on his/her judgement on suitability, feasibility and other considerations.

Experiences and Skills
The following skills and experiences are generally required:
  • Experience in conducting evaluation
  • Familiar with  conservation project planning, management and implementation in and outside Malaysia
  • Familiar with WWF Programme Standards or the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation
  • Excellent investigative and communication skills, and proven ability in preparing high quality reports
  • Familiar with the government’s priorities and processes, as relevant to the respective programme
The following skills and experiences are required for the specific programmes:
  • (Market Transformation Initiative) Knowledgeable in timber and palm oil trade, agriculture production and supply chains, sustainability certifications schemes, corporate engagement
  • (Marine Programme) Familiar with marine conservation issues in Malaysia, marine protected areas, fisheries and seafood trade, aquaculture, endangered species  
  • (Sarawak Conservation Programme) Familiar with terrestrial conservation issues in Sarawak including forests, wildlife, freshwater, community engagement  
Outputs
The following outputs are expected during and at the end of the evaluation period:
  • Evaluation methodology matrix
  • Debriefing notes and presentation for the purpose of validating findings
  • A draft report (WWF-Malaysia will give written comments on the draft report). Draft report needs to discuss the given objectives of this evaluation. Evaluation findings must be evidence-based and analytic; recommendations should be linked to findings, well-justified, and be consequent and practical to the target user. Lessons learnt should also be documented for effective learning and sharing.
  • A final evaluation report following the structure given here.  
  • A presentation of final evaluation report, which includes evaluation findings, recommendations and rationales to the project team; and another brief presentation to the senior management.
Proposal
Interested consultant is invited to submit a proposal with the following details:
  1. State which Conservation Programme you are interested in conducting the evaluation.
  2. Interpretation of the evaluation objectives and criteria, including any proposed changes to increase effectiveness and feasibility of the evaluation,
  3. Methodology and approach, timeline and/or workplan
  4. Approximate costs for undertaking the evaluation, breakdown by fees (based on person-days) and reimbursable (accommodation, travel and food costs).
  5. Curriculum vitae of the consultant(s), and company profile if applicable.
  6. Any foreseeable constraints in terms of existing workload, timelines, etc.
  7. Disclosure on conflict of interest (see below)
To prevent conflict of interest, please disclose:
  1. whether or not you / your company is currently providing any services to any project(s) within WWF-Malaysia; if you are, please state the project name and the duration.
  2. whether or not you are currently attached with the government; if so, please state name of department/institution.
  3. whether or not  you are related to a staff / board member of WWF-Malaysia; if so, please state name(s) and relationship.
  4. whether or not you are an ex-employee of WWF-Malaysia; if so, please state employment period.
Interested consultants should submit their responses electronically to my.pdm@wwf.org.my. The subject should read: Evaluation of [NAME OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMME] - [YOUR NAME/ORGANIZATION NAME].

Deadline for proposal is close of business on  18 October 2016 (Tuesday).