article / 4 August 2016

Request for Expression of Interest for Individual Consultants to Conduct Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis

The Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility is requesting Expressions of Interest from individual consultants to conduct remote sensing and geospatial analysis for Evaluation of Programmatic Approaches in the GEF, and the Evaluation of Multiple Benefits of the GEF Support. The deadline is August 15th, 2016. 

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) provides support to address global environmental concerns related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. The GEF Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) has a central role in ensuring the independent evaluation function within the GEF. The IEO is responsible for conducting independent evaluations that involve a set of projects, programs, policies or processes. The IEO is based in Washington DC. It is administered by the World Bank but it is independent of its management as well as the management of the GEF. Its Director reports directly to the GEF Council, the GEF governing body. All contracts with the Office are World Bank contracts. More information about the IEO can be found at

As part of IEO’s work program for GEF-6, two major evaluations are being launched and will be a major source of evaluative evidence for the 6th Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF. These are the Evaluation of Programmatic Approaches in the GEF, and the Evaluation of Multiple Benefits of GEF Support.

Evaluation of Programmatic Approaches in the GEF

Programmatic approaches have been part and parcel of GEF operations since 1999. In May 2008, Council endorsed the objectives and basic principles for programmatic approaches, when detailed operational guidelines and procedures for designing specific programs using a programmatic approach were approved. The main purpose of the programmatic approaches evaluation is to assess whether and how GEF programs have delivered the expected results in terms of global environmental benefits while addressing the main drivers of global environmental change. The evaluation also aims at providing evidence on the performance of GEF programs as a support modality.

Evaluation of Multiple Benefits of GEF Support

The GEF is the financial mechanism to support countries meeting their commitments to global environmental conventions on the achievement of Global Environmental Benefits (GEBs). However, given the interconnected nature of environmental issues, interventions intended to benefit one convention may also produce GEBs aligned with the targets of other conventions. One way that GEF has sought to create multiple 1818 H Street, N.W., Washington D.C., 20433 USA Tel: 202 473 4054 Fax: 202 522 1691 benefits in a more integrated manner is through multifocal area projects. The multiple benefits evaluation will assess the extent to which GEF support has contributed to the creation of multiple benefits across focal areas by addressing environmental issues through a more integrated approach.


The GEF IEO invites experts with experience in remote sensing and geospatial analysis in the area of environment and development to express their interest. The candidate should have the following qualifications and skill sets:

  • A Master’s or higher degree in computer, geospatial science, environmental or natural resource management or other technically related fields with good knowledge of advance digital image processing, GIS and remote sensing technology and its application for environmental project evaluation.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the use of remote sensing and Geospatial technology. use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in both desktop and cloud based enterprise GIS platforms such as such as ArcGis suite, MapInfo.
  • Sound understanding of spatial data formats, standards, API’s and application of spatial databases.
  • Expertise in remote sensing data processing workflow and batch processing global remote sensing data and performing geospatial analysis.
  • Experinece in producing remote sensing data products at large scale.
  • Expertise in use of traditional geospatial tools such as ENVI/IDL, ERDAS, ArcGIS, GRASS and also familierity with C /C+ geospatial libraries,GDAL, Python or other programming languages to automate the analysis workflow.
  • Experience using Google Earth Engine with the Javascript or python interface.
  • Schedule adherence and demonstrated ability to prepare quality deliverables.
  • Previous working experience with the World Bank Group is a plus.

Key tasks and dilverables

The consultant hired for this position would be responsible for the analysis and writing the report on the remote sensing and geospatial analysis. All tasks will be performed in collaboration with the GEF Multiple Benefit Evaluation Team and the Programmatic Approaches evaluation team and the GEF IEO. 

  • Download and prepare satellite datasets for multiple project sites.
  • Generate remote sensing products and metrics for accessing trends in Vegetation Productivity, Land Use-Land Cover change, Forest loss and Land degradation.
  • Perfom geospatial analysis using readily available and self produced remote sensing products.
  • Provide all the datasets and algorithm used along with a technical report in word document format.
  • Provide summary of the results in a powerpoint presentation with detailed notes.

Submission requirements

Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest and their CVs in English, through: with “Application: Geospatial STC” in the subject line. Selection and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. The consultant/s will be selected from a shortlist. The contract is for a maximum of 30 work days. The duration of the contract is from 30th August to 30th April, 2017. Any need for additional days and compensation will be discussed and approved by the IEO prior to the beginning of extra work. The consultancy will take place at your own place of work. The consultant will be responsible for using their own hardware and software tools. 

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