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CRITERIA FOR REVIEW OF GEF MEDIUM-SIZED PROJECTS (Revised: October 2003) Project Concept Review Project Brief Review/CEO Implementation/Completion (delegated to IAs Approval 1. Country Ownership Country Eligibility Country be a party (ratified) to at least two conventions 1. For grants within the financial mechanism, country be in conformity with eligibility criteria decided by the COPs; or 2. For grants outside the framework of the financial mechanisms of the Conventions, country be eligible for country assistance from the UNDP or the World Bank. Verfification of eligibility Country Drivenness Concept consistent with priorities of the Clear description of project’s fit within: country as identified in: NCSA Findings National Capacity Self-Assessment National reports/communications and/or to Conventions National reports/communications to Conventions National or sector development National or sector development plans plans such as NBSAPs, energy sector plans, (in case of regional projects) etc. An explanation should be given on how the project will address priority capacity needs identified in the NCSA process and how stakeholders were involved in development of the NCSA and/or other plans and how project idea evolved Recommendations of appropriate regional intergovernmental meetings or agreements. Project Concept Review Project Brief Review/CEO Implementation/Completion (delegated to IAs Approval Endorsement1 The endorsement of the GEF operational focal point should state that the focal point should state that the focal points focal points of the relevant of the relevant conventions were consulted conventions were consulted and in and in agreement with the project proposal. agreement with the project The endorsement should also state that the proposal. The endorsement should project proposal was reviewed by NCSA also state that the project proposal steering committee or similar organ where was reviewed by NCSA steering key stakeholders, primarily convention committee or similar organ where focal pints, were consulted. key stakeholders, primarily convention focal pints, were consulted. 2. Program & Policy Conformity Program Designation & Identify: Describe briefly how project objectives Conformity How the project proposal is linked to are consistent with Operational the GEF Strategic Approach to Program objectives and strategic Enhancing Capacity Building and what priority. benefits the project will bring to the focal areas covered by the project. Project Design Outline the incremental reasoning of Describe briefly: the concept, including: sector issues related to the Problem statement of national and convention areas that the project global environmental issues that the will address, root causes as it project will tackle through capacity relates to country capacities to deal building interventions. A preliminary with global environmental issues, gap analysis and the description of the threats, barriers, etc, affecting two alternatives should follow). global environment. Priority environmental challenges of global What would happen without GEF nature that the country is facing. (programs & global environmental Priority capacity building needs consequences) – baseline scenario. 1 Country endorsement is mandatory before a MSP Project Brief is submitted for CEO approval. No endorsement is required for the submission of a MSP Concept Document or draft project brief. However, country operational focal points may choose to endorse the Project Concept Document and state in the endorsement letter that they do not want to endorse the MSP brief. Endorsement is required for the submission of a PDF-A request for MSP project preparation. A PDF-A request could also double as a Concept submission. Project Concept Review Project Brief Review/CEO Implementation/Completion (delegated to IAs Approval What would happen with GEF identified in the NCSA process. (programs & global environmental Project logical framework, consequences) – alternate scenario. including a consistent strategy, and details of goals, objectives, The analysis should consistently refer to outputs, inputs/activities, the findings of the key analytical phases of measurable performance the NCSA and what priorities the project is indicators, risks and assumptions. trying to address. Global environmental benefits of project (performance indicators at objective and outcome level should refer to the environmental, socio- economic, institutional and policy/legal impact of the project). Project cost to be financed by the GEF.2 Sustainability (including Indicate factors that influence continuation Describe briefly specific actions to be financial sustainability) of project benefits after completion of undertaken, within and/or outside the project implementation. project, to address factors that influence continuation of project benefits after completion of project implementation. Replicability3 Outline the potential for repeating the Describe briefly specific actions, with project lessons and transferring experience work plan and budget, if any, to foster elsewhere. knowledge transfer (for e.g., dissemination of lessons, training workshops, information exchange, national and regional forum, etc. and provide the budget associated with these efforts. It could also be within project description) Stakeholder Involvement/ Identify major stakeholders, relevant to Describe briefly how stakeholders 2 The share of the project cost to be borne by the GEF should be related to the incremental reasoning of the project. The project brief should identify partners who will co- finance the project. 3 Replication refers to repeatability of the project under quite similar contexts based on lessons and experience gained. Actions to foster replication include dissemination of results, seminars, training workshops, field visits to project sites, etc. Project Concept Review Project Brief Review/CEO Implementation/Completion (delegated to IAs Approval Intended Beneficiaries project objectives: have been involved in project GEF and Conventions focal points development. Private sector Describe briefly the roles and NGOs responsibilities of relevant Communities stakeholders in project public agencies implementation. marginal groups in ecosystem-based Describe how the marginal groups projects such as nomads, are going to be involved in the transhumants, young people and project implementation. women. Others Monitoring & Evaluation Describe briefly M&E Plan , based On an annual basis, during on the project logical framework, project implementation, submit including the following elements: project implementation report to Budget. GEF M&E as input into the PIR. Organizational arrangements for implementing M&E Prepare project completion report and submit it to GEF Specification of indicators for M&E. project objectives, outputs and activities, including intermediate benchmarks, and means of measurement. 3. Financing Financing Plan Indicate potential sources of co- Project cost, including: financing, if known. Costing by activity and sub- Indicate financing instrument, if activity known. Project Implementation Plan. Financing plan, including commitments by co-financiers,. In kind contribution will be considered as co-financing but the plan has to specify specific inputs to be provided by the government Project Concept Review Project Brief Review/CEO Implementation/Completion (delegated to IAs Approval or other institution. Cost-effectiveness Estimate cost effectiveness, if feasible. Refer to how cross- cutting intervention will be a cost-effective approach to dealing with conventions and global environmental issues Co-financing Indicate the nature of co-financing: Update the financing plan with Implementing Agency should whether it is “initial” co-financing respect to the status of any co- report to the Secretariat any critical to project success or financing that would be mobilized substantive changes on the co- “subsequent” co-financing which during implementation. financing arrangements would be mobilized during Clearly identify if co-finances are throughout the project cycle. implementation. in-kind or in-cash contributions. Provide explanation if co-financing amount or sources included in the MSP Concept Document deviate substantially from the current project brief submitted for CEO approval. 4. Institutional Coordination & Support Core commitments & Linkages Describe how the proposed project is located within the IA’s: Country/regional/global/sector programs. GEF activities with potential influence on the proposed project (design and implementation). Consultation, Coordination and Describe how the proposed project Collaboration between IAs, and Ensure that project does not relates to activities of other IAs IAs and ExAs. duplicate/overlap with activities of (and relevant ExAs) in the other IAs and ExAs in the country. Project Concept Review Project Brief Review/CEO Implementation/Completion (delegated to IAs Approval country/region. Describe planned/agreed coordination, collaboration between IAs/ExAs in project implementation. Provide documentation to support these consultations and agreements (e.g. minutes of the meetings, memos, MOUs, etc.) Implementation/execution Explain how the IA will ensure a high Attach a written plan for arrangements quality technical and financial implementation/execution implementation of the project (e.g. arrangements, or clearly address international project coordinator, the plan in the Project Executive supervision by country-based staff or Summary. HQ, UNOPS, arrangements with other involved agencies. 5. Response to Reviews GEF Secretariat Respond to upstream comments from GEFSEC, if applicable. Convention Secretariat Respond to upstream comments from Convention Secretariat, if applicable. Other IAs and relevant ExAs. Respond to upstream comments by other IAs and relevant ExAs, if applicable. Review by expert from STAP Roster Respond to review by expert from (Optional) STAP roster.
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