Application Deadline :22-Dec-11 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Resilience and Climate Change
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :40 working days spread across 12 weeks maximum
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 working days spread across 12 weeks maximum


Malawi’s environment and natural resources are the main sources of peoples’ livelihoods and the backbone of the country’s main productive sectors. Unsustainable use of these resources makes it harder to achieve food security, poverty reduction and other national development priorities, and will undermine development interventions and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Malawi. This is further exacerbated by the current and future effects of Climate Change, which are expected to have a significant negative effect in Malawi. Realizing these threats and challenges, the Government of Malawi (GoM) has included ‘Conservation of the Natural Resource Base’ under Theme 1: Sustainable Economic Growth, in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS, the overarching national planning document for the period 2006-2011) and incorporated “Climate Change, Natural Resources and Environmental Management” as one of the nine Key Priority Areas (KPA) in the revised MGDS for 2006 – 2011. These Themes and KPA are reiterated in its successor document, the MGDS-II (covering the period 2011-2016).
The relationship between economic development and environmental and natural resources management is also emphasized under the following policies and programmes in Malawi (inter alia): a) National Environmental Policy; b) National Environment Action Plan (NEAP); c) National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP); d) Environmental Management Act (1996); e) Forestry Policy (1996) and National Forestry Programme (2001); f) National Action Programme (NAP, 2000) under the United Nations Convention for Combating Desertification (UN-CCD); g) National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) under the UN Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD); and h) the National Capacity Self Assessment (2010) focusing on the Multi-lateral Environment Agreements (MEAs).
 Environment and Sustainable development is one of focus areas in UNDP’s global Strategic Plan for 2008-2011 (extended to 2013). The UNDP Malawi Country Office has for a number of years  supported national Environment and Energy programmes, recently also focusing on Climate Change. Aligning its key priorities with government’s MGDS, the present United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2006-2011, the overarching planning document for all UN Agencies in Malawi), features as its first Outcome:  “By 2011 Government policies and local and national institutions effectively support equitable economic growth and the achievement of food and nutrition security while minimizing or reversing environmental degradation”. Fitting within the UNDAF Country Programme Outcomes, the current UNDP’s Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP), the strategic programmatic plan for UNDP’s country support in Malawi for 2008-11, has as the first Outcome: “Enhanced Conservation of the natural resource base by 2010”. 
A number of projects were developed and implemented under this CPAP Outcome, of which the following are still under implementation: a) UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environmental Initiative (PEI) b) Environment & Energy for Pro-poor Growth and c) National Climate change Programme, including the African Adaptation Programme (AAP). These programmes has been evaluated under the CPAP mid-term evaluation in 2010, under the Assessment of Development Results (ADR, 2011), as well as an end of term Outcome Evaluation in 2011.
Under the newly drafted UNDAF 2012 – 2016 it is proposed that climate change, environment, natural resources, and disaster risk management coordination mechanisms and implementation arrangements will be built at national level, and in all disaster-prone districts. This should be achieved through mainstreaming of climate change, environment, natural resources and disaster risk management concerns into national and district policy and decision-making processes, as well as budgeting. It is also foreseen that National and District institutions will also receive UN support in producing, collecting and disseminating data, information and knowledge on climate change, environmental degradation and natural disaster. Furthermore, aiming at the development of a national programme on sustainable energy, the UN plans to pilot and upscale alternative innovative renewable energy technologies in rural and peri-urban areas. These programmes will be further detailed under the accompanying UNDAF Action Plan for 2012 – 2016 (currently under development).
 Following the UNDAF, UNDP Malawi has developed its Draft Country Programme Document (CPD) for 2012 – 2016. The new CPD aims to continue to support Malawi in its efforts in strengthening environment, natural resources and climate change and disaster risk management in a strategic manner, in line with the MGDS-II.  More specifically, UNDP's support will focus on improved coordination, investment planning, mainstreaming and knowledge management at the national and district levels, and upscaling of renewable and energy saving measures to ensure a low emission and climate-resilient development.
In order to operationalize the CPD and UNDAF, UNDP plans to formulate a Programme Support Document (PSD) for its support to GoM on Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources Management. This will be undertaken by 3 separate teams of combined National and International Consultants on:
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Environment and Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Energy Management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Overall Objective:
Consultancy services are sought to develop a five year programme for UNDP’s support to the Government of Malawi on Climate Change (CC) Adaptation and Mitigation activities. This Support Programme for the period 2012 – 2016 should follow the outline of the MGDS-II, the frameworks of the new UNDAF (including the Action Plan) and UNDP CPD for 2012-2016, as well as UNDP’s global mandate and strategies, e.g. the Low Emission Climate Resilient Development Strategies (LECRDS) and Adaptation and Mitigation Plans.
The proposed UNDP supported programme should coordinate CC Management initiatives with existing National Platforms (e.g. the National Climate Change Programme structure, and the Joint Resilience Unit, bringing together the main Development Partners on Climate Change), the Sector Working Group (SWG) on CC and ENRM, and other Development Partners’ (DPs) initiatives. Under the umbrella of the UNDAF and the UN Delivery as One (DaO) initiative, UNDP will embrace support from other UN agencies, especially UNEP, FAO and WFP, and will look across the planned UNDP programs and clusters to achieve a coherent CC programme for a more resilient population.
Specific Objectives/Scope of the Assignment
Develop a Programme Support Document (PSD) for UNDP’s assistance to Government for a Climate change (CC) Adaptation and Mitigation support programme for 2012-2016, following the MGDS-II, UNDAF and CPD priorities, by operationalizing the relevant plans and strategies, and focusing on the following main themes: Mainstreaming, Coordination, Capacity Development and Information & Knowledge Management at national and district levels. The formulation would also need to take into account the Lessons Learned from the different evaluations and other assessments.
This will be achieved by undertaking the following (non-exhaustive) tasks: 
  • Analyze the previous evaluations and assessments of UNDP support to GoM on CC, with a view to incorporate lessons learned in the present PSD.
  • Review the existing conceptual framework and operational approaches applied by UNDP Malawi for CC adaptation and mitigation support to GoM, assess its strengths and weaknesses and translate findings and lessons into the design of the new programme.
  • Explore and articulate the current linkages in UNDP support programmes between CC and Environment and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM), assess strengths and weaknesses, and translate and incorporate lessons learned into the design of the new support programme framework.
  • Review previous studies pertaining to CC related legal and institutional frameworks at national and local level and its relevance to Malawi’s sustainable development agenda and priorities.
  • Analyze the national, district and local existing policies, plans, laws, guidelines, protocols, coordination mechanisms and activities related to CC.
  • Assess the national capacity and institutional arrangements for the implementation of the UNDP support programme on CC, and recommend appropriate institutional structures and capacity development initiative for the new programme, taking into account lessons learned from on-going programmes.
  • Assess existing stakeholders’ partnerships in CC, and  identify strategic and innovative areas and means of cooperation.
  • Review budgetary arrangements for integration, coordination and mainstreaming of CC concerns.
  • Map clearly, and identify upfront funding opportunities and potential resource mobilization sources (internal and external) and formulate a resource mobilization action plan to include in the proposed programme framework.
  • Take cross-cutting issues such as the human rights approach and gender into consideration in the development of the new proposed programme framework.
  • Develop a detailed Results and Resources Framework (RRF) for the new CC support programme, including baseline indicators and targets.
  • Liaise closely with Consultants working on other UNDP programme formulation documents, especially on ENRM and DRM, to ensure coherence.
In undertaking the above tasks, the consultant is expected to refer to and consult international and national literature pertaining to the objectives of this consultancy, including international best practices, reviews, etc. Consultation with key stakeholders including the UN (UNDP, UNEP, FAO, WFP), the GOM institutions (Office of President and Cabinet, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Energy, Department of Disaster Management Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, and related offices at national and district level), CSOs/NGOs, Development Partners, private sector representatives, and other potential beneficiaries is required. Field visits to selected project sites, briefing and debriefing sessions with UN and the Government officials, as well as with donors and partners are envisaged.
Reporting Lines and Timeframe:
The International Lead Consultant will report and work under the overall supervision of the UNDP Assistant Resident Representative (ARR) for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, and will undertake the assignment in close collaboration with the technical supervision and guidance from the environment and climate change team of the UNDP Country Office, in liaison with relevant Regional and Global UNDP Offices.
The International Lead Consultant will work together with a National Consultant, who will be recruited separately by UNDP, and who will look into specific sectors as guided by the ToRS and the International Lead Consultant, and will report to the Lead Consultant. The assignment for the International Lead Consultant will be conducted over a period of forty (40) working days, spread out over a maximum of 12 weeks, of which 6 weeks in-country. The International Consultant is responsible for the ultimate delivery of the Outputs (the full and approved PSD).


  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-  based  management and reporting
  • Ability to lead formulation, monitoring and evaluation of programme development
  • Good ICT skills
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills 
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in climate change, a broad knowledge of related disciplines, as well as an in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures.
  • Is up to date of new developments, concepts and theories in the area of climate change management and actively seeks to stay abreast of these developments.
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge of current programme guidelines and project management tools and manages the use of these regularly in work assignments

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or higher level) in a discipline relevant to Climate Change, such as: Natural resources management, environment studies, development studies, geography, climate science, etc.


  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience in international development, environment, sustainable management of natural resources to poverty reduction, and / or climate change policy related field.
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the current issues in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and and how this relates to poverty reduction.
  • Experience in developing overarching national programmes, experience with UNDP and/or UNDAF formulations preferred.
  • Skills in facilitation and coordination, including high level government consultation, with strong communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Proven team leader, able to lead a team of national consultants.
  • Sound judgment and strong client and results orientation.
  • Demonstrated and strong analytical and report writing abilities required.
  • Experienced in working with government and national stakeholders, with demonstrated ability to work under different settings and cultural environments, and work experience in Southern Africa preferred.

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