National Consultant for Project Formulation and Capacity Building
A Project Preparation Grant (PPG) has been approved by the GEF Secretariat to prepare a Full-Size Project (FSP) document for submission under the Global Environmental Facility Phase 5, System of Transparent Allocation of Resources (GEF-5 STAR). In this context an International expert on Biomass energy (with specific experience in applied technology transfer) is required to support the team achieve the components proposed in the PIF, and expected outcomes to be achieved, as outlined in the approved Project Identification Form (PIF). The Key Stakeholder groups include Government–Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), the National Forestry Authority (NFA), National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), National Agricultural research Organization (NARO), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) and Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST). The resources being requested for this project will be targeted towards piloting low carbon emission sustainable charcoal technologies and broader sustainable land and forest management practices within a targeted landscape. Expertise will be sought from FAO for the transfer of technologies in agro-pastoral areas through use of farmer field schools. The project will have local ownership through Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development which has the overall responsibility for implementing the vision of the Government of Uganda depicted in the Renewable Energy Policy (2000) and the National Development Plan, 2010-2015.
The objective of project is to secure multiple environmental benefits by addressing the twin challenges of unsustainable utilization of fuel wood (including charcoal) and poor land management practices common in Uganda’s woodland through technology transfer, enhancement of the national policy framework and promotion of SLM and Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) practices. The project will be developed within the context of the National Development Plan (NDP) to promote a low carbon emission development path, the National Forestry Policy (2001) that seeks to promote the rehabilitation and conservation of forests, soil and water resources, the National Action Plan (NAP) to combat desertification under the UNCCD and other relevant national policy and legal frameworks. In order to address the main barriers to transforming the current charcoal production practices into sustainable business, the project proposes the following approach:
- Establish a supportive policy, legal and institutional framework to govern the biomass energy sector
- Establish relevant baselines on the basis of charcoal trade
- Pilot efficient carbonization technologies (to reduce GHG emissions).
- Strengthen stakeholders’ capacity in SLM/SFM to ensure access to renewable biomass stocks
- Establish a functional production-supply chain extending incentives for producers to adopt more sustainable practice
- Incubate small, medium and micro-enterprises in form of a sustainable charcoal sub-sector
Technical Steering Committee
The Steering Committee (SC) will be set up comprising of high level representatives of the key Ministries related to Renewable Energy, Civil Society and the Private Sector. It will provide high-level policy guidance and orientation to the project. The representative of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development will chair the SC. Representatives from the following organizations/entities will form part of the Steering Committee:
- Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
- National Forestry Authority,
- National Environment Management Authority,
- National Agricultural Research Organization,
- Uganda National Council for Science and Technology
- Ministry of Water and Environment.
- Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries
- Representative of Civil Society Organizations
- Representative of Private sector
The Principal tasks of the Steering Committee are the following:
- Provide high level orientation and guidance for the project.
- Ensure that the project develops in accordance with national development objectives, goals and polices.
- Pay special attention to the assumptions and risks identified in the log frame, and seek measures to minimize these threats to project success;
- Ensure collaboration between institutions and free access on the part of project actors to key documents, land information systems, remote sensing imagery, etc
- Pay special attention to the post-project sustainability of activities developed by the project.
- Ensure the integration and coordination of project activities with other related government and donor-funded initiatives.
Scope of services
The overall purpose of the consultancy is the preparation of a UNDP/GEF compliant FSP, which will involve a detailed analysis and assessment of the local conditions and contexts regarding SFM/SLM indicators, biomass energy technologies and carbon stocks monitoring. This will be done by performing the following principal tasks:
- Work in close collaboration with the international biomass energy expert.
- Provide technical advice on all SFM/SLM and biomass technology issues in the local context
- Carry out baseline and stakeholder consultations relevant to the FSP in the area of SFM/SLM capacity gaps and carbon stocks
- Develop SLM/SFM indicators for the FSP.
- Guide site selection in collaboration with district level stakeholders
- Ensure coordination between project team and government departments
- Identify risks that may affect the efficacy of project activities and provide recommendations for FSP planning and activity design regarding SFM/SLM components
- Ensure integration of the project with relevant local initiatives
- Assist in preparing the final draft of the FSP by October 2012
The consultant shall be responsible for the following deliverables in draft and final versions:
- A report of the assessment of bottle necks hampering introduction of SLM/SLM measures, the overlaps/linkages between this FSP and other projects on charcoal and SFM/SLM in the country
- A profile of the sites selected for the FSP activities and a description of how best carbon flow monitoring protocols can be introduced based on carbon stock field assessments at the selected sites
- An elaborate and refined action plan to address the gaps, threats and barriers identified to integrate SLM/SFM actions into the FSP
- An elaborate project concept mainly focusing on:
- SFM/SLM actions to be taken, indicators and carbon stock monitoring
- Budget Requirements
- Logical framework in relation SLM/SFM aspects of the project.
- 20% upon signature of contract
- 30% upon completion of deliverable #1
- 30% upon completion of deliverable #2
- 20% upon submission of an elaborate project plan with log frame and budget
Qualifications and Experience
- Minimum Masters degree in Forestry or Natural Resources Management, Land Resource Management
- At least 5 years experience in designing and/or implementing project interventions in developing countries
- Proven and extensive experience in project formulation and capacity building
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
Application Procedure: Applicants are required to submit an application and proposals, which include the following:
- Job Proposal: Letter of Interest, stating why you consider yourself suitable for the assignment;
- Brief methodology on the approach and implementation of the assignment;
- Personal CV Highlighting past experience in similar projects;
- Work references - contact details (e-mail addresses) of referees;
- Financial proposal indicating consultancy fee, lump sum fee with a breakdown of the costs or unit price together with any other expenses related to the assignment (e.g. travel costs, translation interpretation, etc).
Please note that the system will only allow you to upload one document, therefore all the technical and financial proposals are to be attached to the CVs and uploaded together at once.
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