An international consultant (Development Evaluation Specialist) will be engaged by ADB's Independent Evaluation Department for this technical assistance (TA), in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (April 2010, as amended from time to time). The consultant will be hired on an individual basis for about 3 weeks (21 person-days or 15 working days) in year 3 of the TA--around mid-2014 or around 8 months after the second year of sending participants to attend the Shanghai International Program for Development Evaluation Training (SH1PDET).
The consultant will have (i) a graduate degree in economics or related field; (ii) work experiences in one or more of the Greater Mekong Subregion Countries (GMS); (iii) extensive experiences in doing evaluation studies; (iv) extensive experiences as a trainer on results-based monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and performance-based planning and budgeting; (v) proficiency in various computer programs (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint); and (vi) his or her own laptop computer.
The consultant's major tasks will include the following:
(i) spending the first week at home to (a) review the TA paper, the analyses of the surveys results of client satisfactions with SHIPDET (conducted by the SHIPDET organizer or the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center [AFDC] in the past years), and other related documents to be suggested/sent by IED in order to get necessary information in preparation for a 4-day follow-on training; (b) prepare course materials for a 2-day training on how to do self-evaluations (using IED's project evaluation criteria and rating system applied to sample case studies), as part of the follow-on training; and (c) prepare to hold a 2-day discussion, as part of the follow-on training, with the participants to share their post-SHIPDET experiences, focusing on the following five M&E-related topics: (1) their satisfaction with SHIPDET; (2) the extent of "actual" versus intended utilizations of the knowledge gained from SHIPDET, and how to enhance their contributions to improving their countries' M&E capacities and systems in relation to planning and budgeting; (3) approximated retention rate of the former SHIPDET participants for M&E-related functions; (4) the extent of their direct and indirect involvements in preparing self-evaluation reports of government- or externally-funded projects; and (5) the extent to which the findings and lessons from self-evaluations are integrated into their countries' planning and budgeting systems;
(ii) spending the second week holding a 4-day follow-on training in one of the TA's three GMS countries (Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, and Viet Nam) or at AFDC, consisting of (a) a 2-day training on how to do self-evaluations (using IED's project evaluation criteria and rating system applied to sample case studies); and (b) a 2-day discussion with the participants to share their post-SHIPDET experiences, focusing on the five M&E-related topics described above, and provide suggestions to them on how they could contribute more to improving their countries' M&E capacities and systems (Note: if the training venue, which is to be selected by IED, will be in one of the GMS DMCs, the consultant will also spend 1 additional day interviewing supervisors of some former SHIPDET participants in that DMC in order to gain more insight into the five M&E-related topics described above and to verify the information obtained from the former SHIPDET participants);
(iii) spending the third week at home to prepare (a) an M&E-related analysis (about 5-10 pages) of the five topics mentioned above; and (b) TA completion report (about) 5-10 pages), using the information from the M&E-related analysis of the five topics to evaluate the TA's relevance, efficiency, effectiveness (achievements of outputs and outcomes), sustainability prospects, and impacts, and identify lessons and follow-up actions (using IED format).