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Country
Various
Position
Expert
Expected start
15 January 2022
Duration
30 working days
Deadline
10 December 2021
Contact
Aylin Alpagot (aalpagot@proman.lu)

Detailed description Back

Objectives of the evaluation:

Systematic and timely evaluation of its programmes and activities is an established priority of the European Commission3. The focus of evaluations is on the assessment of achievements, the quality and the results of interventions in the context of an evolving cooperation policy, with an increasing emphasis on result-oriented approaches and the contribution towards the implementation of the SDGs.

From this perspective, evaluations should look for evidence of why, whether and how the EU intervention(s) has/have contributed to the achievement of these results and seek to identify the factors driving or hindering progress.

The main objectives of this evaluation are to provide the relevant services of the European Union, the interested stakeholders and the wider public with:

  • an overall independent assessment of the performance of the LAIF, paying particular attention to its different levels of results measured against its expected objectives; and the reasons underpinning such results;
  • key lessons learned, conclusions and related recommendations in order to improve current and future interventions.

In particular, this evaluation will serve to understand the performance of the intervention, its enabling factors and those hampering a proper delivery of results in order to adjust its design or implementing modalities in the period to come. One of the main objectives will be to assess the results obtained through LAIF projects at outcome level and their contribution to: (i) improve the quality of infrastructure, including energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, sustainable transport and communication networks; (ii) increase environmental protection and supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation; and (iii) improve social service infrastructure and support to SMEs.

The evaluation team shall furthermore consider whether gender, environment and climate change were mainstreamed; the relevant SDGs and their interlinkages were identified; the principle of Leave No-One Behind and the rights-based approach methodology was followed in the identification/formulation documents and the extent to which they have been reflected in the implementation of the Intervention, its governance and monitoring.

This evaluation should not focus on the assessment of the quality of information provided by the finance institutions for decision-making by the European Commission, but on the ex-post effectiveness and impact as well as on the additionality of the facility.

The main users of this evaluation will be the relevant EU services and institutions (e.g. INTPA.E.4 and EU Delegations to Latin American countries) as well as other relevant stakeholders (European finance institutions, regional and multilateral development banks, national governments, private sector, national development banks, etc.) involved in the implementation of the Intervention.

The evaluation will assess the intervention(s) using the six standard DAC evaluation criteria, namely: relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact. In addition, the evaluation will assess the intervention through an EU specific evaluation criterion, which is the EU added value.

The definition of the 6 DAC + 1 EU evaluation criteria is contained for reference in Annex II.

Furthermore, the evaluation team should consider whether gender equality and women’s empowerment6, environment and adaptation to climate change were mainstreamed; the relevant SDGs and their interlinkages were identified; the principle of Leave No One Behind and the rights-based approach methodology was followed in the identification/formulation documents and the extent to which they have been reflected in the implementation of the intervention, its governance and monitoring.

Qualifications

General description of the position:

  • Expert category: Cat. I (>12 years of experience)

Qualifications and skills required:

  • Master’s Degree OR relevant work experience of at least 6 years which must be above the professional experience duration fixed below One of them should have an Electrical Engineering degree;
  • Excellent analytical and presentation skills.

General professional experience:

  • Evaluation of projects in the field of external relations and development cooperation;
  • Development cooperation programmes and investment projects.

Specific professional experience:

  • At least 12 years of experience in the field of evaluation with at least 3 evaluations conducted in the Latin America.
  • At least 12 years of experience in the area of development finance (including blending) with at least 2 projects implemented in Latin America with regional Financial Institutions
  • At least 7 years of experience in the area of sustainable infrastructure in the fields of energy, transport, water, urban development and/or communication networks.
  • Good experience in environmental protection and climate –
  • At least 7 years of experience in the area of private sector development and access to finance.
  • Evaluation of EU projects in the field of infrastructure, environmental protection and socio-economic development;
  • Evaluation of development cooperation projects in Latin America;
  • Development projects and investment finance (including blending) in Latin America;
  • International and regional financial institutions;
  • Infrastructure projects including energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, sustainable transport and communication networks;
  • Environmental protection and supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • Social service infrastructure projects;
  • Support to SMEs and access to finance;
  • Economic and social impact analysis of investment projects

Language skills:

  • Fluent in written and spoken both English and Spanish. Languages levels are defined for understanding, speaking and writing skills by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages available at https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/resources/european-language-levels-cefr and shall be demonstrated by certificates or by past relevant experience.