Local consultant - Junior economist

Location : Home Based with Travel Within BiH, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Application Deadline :17-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :October - December 2021 (approx. 20 days)

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


NOTE: Signed Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and availability - https://www.ba.undp.org/content/dam/bosnia_and_herzegovina/docs/Operations/Jobs/Offerors%20Letter%20to%20UNDP%20Confirming%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx - Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability.docx - to be sent to e-mail ba.shared.hr@undp.org with Subject: Job ID 101724.

Within the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) initiative the UNDP BiH aims to enable Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop its capacity to meet the requirements of the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The project will attain higher-level change by contributing to the achievement of environmental objectives in BiH in three ways: strengthening institutions to improve monitoring and reporting praxis, establishing a domestic climate change MRV system, and improving information that forms the basis for GHG inventories and the NDC. Specifically, the capacity development efforts under this project and its emphasis on strengthening and harmonizing legislation on MRV will contribute to an enhanced legal and strategic framework for sustainable management of natural, cultural and energy resources (as stated under Outcome 5 of UNDAF 2015-2019 for Bosnia and Herzegovina).  They will also support progress under SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, particularly Target 13.2, which focuses on integrate climate change measures into policies, strategies, and planning, and Target 13.3, which focuses on improving human and institutional capacity for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

To achieve this desired change, the Project will support the country in several ways.  It will strengthen relevant legislation, including secondary legislation, it will support coordination among MRV institutions, it will design and launch an MRV system for reporting under Article 13 that can also support other environmental reporting commitments, it will strengthen the GHG inventory of BiH and its NDC, it will integrate gender considerations into MRV, and it will support a regional peer exchange.

European Commission introduced “Staff Working Document (SWD)” outlines in more detail the actions related to the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans included in the Communication on an Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans adopted by the European Commission ( Guidelines for the Implementation of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, Brussels, 6.10.2020 SWD 223).

It further details the five pillars of the Green Agenda: (1) climate action, including decarbonisation, energy and mobility, (2) circular economy, addressing in particular waste, recycling, sustainable production and efficient use of resources, (3) biodiversity, aiming to protect and restore the natural wealth of the region, (4) fighting pollution of air, water and soil and (5) sustainable food systems and rural areas. Digitalisation will be a key enabler for the above five pillars in line with the concept of the dual green and digital transition. The objectives of these pillars should be pursued through concrete actions and supported by mechanisms and financial instruments.

As well as its serious impact on the environment and people, climate change is one of the biggest threats to economic stability. Heatwaves make us less able to work and reduce productivity. Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons devastate millions of people, leaving them in absolute poverty after ruthlessly sweeping away their communities. Droughts shrink harvests, further complicating the arduous task of feeding the world population, which is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050 (World Population Prospects 2019, United Nations Organisation). The World Bank is warning: if we don't do something immediately, climate change could push 100 million more people into poverty by 2030.

Increasing number of studies and activities show that measures aimed at dealing with global climate change are a golden opportunity for ensuring sustainable development and driving economic growth. As explained by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (GCEC) adopting ambitious climate measures may generate profits of USD$26 billion by 2030, creating 65 million new jobs with low carbon emissions.

In order to unlock the economic potential of the green, low-carbon, and circular economy, address and curb the main drivers of climate change, the Leaders Western Balkan countries confirmed their determination to work towards improving the well-being of Western Balkan citizens through joining the EU’s efforts in fighting climate change. Leaders of Western Balkans countries gathered in Sofia on 10th November 2020 and to acknowledge and adopted so called Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda by recalling the conclusions of the Berlin Process Summit in Poznan in July 2019, in which they expressed common willingness and readiness to meaningfully contribute to an ambitious Green Agenda, to concur to the leading efforts of the EU in fighting climate change, protecting the environment and to unlock the economic potential of the green, low carbon and circular economy in the region.

The main role of junior economist is to assist local economist in research, analyses, due diligence and search for best practice models.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares a detailed work-plan with lead economist and UNDP PM,
  • Contributes to Project implementation ,
  • Assists in raising public awareness among the decision makers,
  • Ensures timely and effective conduction of the activities as scheduled,
  • Assists in producing the report of the results of relevant activities,
  • Identifies existing data and information, including research from academic and research institutions, and identify high-priority data needs in various sector.



Deliverables / Outputs

# of Days per Task

Due Date



Assessment, in cooperation with the economist, of the legal and economic impact of the WB Green Agenda


5 November 2021



Identification, in cooperation with economist, of all institutions responsible for the implementation of Sofia Declaration


30 November 2021



Assessment, in cooperation with the economist, of resources needed and regulatory framework which needs to be introduced/changed provided


10 December 2021



Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment

Functional competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a fairly big team
  • Ability to operate under strict time limits

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • BSc in Economics;


  • More than 3 years of relevant professional experience in analyzing current economic trends globally and nationally,
  • Experience in conducting analyses, identifying trends and challenges for sustainable development in BIH in environment,
  • Experience in conducting analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data,
  • Experience in facilitation of public consultative policy development processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina,
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to conceptualize and write concisely and clearly and to contributes to project promotion, raises public awareness among the decision makers and to ensure the timely and effective conduction of the activities as scheduled,
  • Understanding the role of European Union in Western Balkan countries is an asset,
  • Professional experience with international community and UNDP (in the area of environment) is an asset,
  • Proven communication and advocacy skills, and ability to work in an environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors including government representatives and other stakeholders is an asset.

Languages Requirements:

  • Knowledge of local languages is a must, English at least B1 level;

Longlisting/Shortlisting Criteria

Qualifications as stated in the ToR



Relevant Education

max 25 points
15 points allocated for BA/BSc degree
+ 5 points for MSc/MA
+ up to 5 points for PhD 

Relevant professional experience

max 70 points 

Knowledge of English

max 5 points - will be assessed as:
5 points for fluency and the points decrease as per the level mentioned in the CV:
good - 4 points;
fair/upper intermediate – 3 points;
intermediate - 2 points;
beginner - 1 point. 

The candidate must reach a minimum of 70% threshold to qualify for technical evaluation.

Technical Evaluation Criteria



Rating based on Qualifications


Professional experience with international community and UNDP (in the area of environment)


Understanding the role of European Union in Western Balkan countries


Submitted methodology


The candidate must reach a minimum threshold of 70% on technical evaluation to be taken for final consideration.


Individual  will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the candidate whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

  • * Technical Criteria weight-70%
  • * Financial Criteria weight- 30%

Interested candidated must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Personal CV/P11, including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references;
  • Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work 
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work.

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.


  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.

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