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Development of costed NDC Implementation Plan for Eswatini
|Location :||Mbabane, SWAZILAND|
|Application Deadline :||20-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Forty Days (40) over Four (04) Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Forty Days (40) over Four (04) Months|
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.
The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini has ratified the Paris Agreement that seeks to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C2 above preindustrial levels. In addition, Eswatini has submitted its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The NDC is considered as a policy document which has an overall objective of putting the country on a Low carbon climate resilient pathway and aimed at assisting the country to contribute towards the achievement of the global temperature goal. It articulates the country’s ambition for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Under adaptation it included actions in the sectors Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Water, Agriculture and Health. Under mitigation it included actions in the sectors Energy, Transport and Substitutes for Ozone Depleting Substances.
As a developing country with about 60% of the population living on less than $1, the revised Nationally Determined Contribution for Eswatini to Paris Agreement on Climate change emphasizes adaptation measures while at the same time reducing total GHG emissions by 14% by 2030 compared to the baseline scenario of 2018 across the economy. With support of development partners, Eswatini in line with her commitment to Paris Agreement, has revised the NDC with an enhanced and raised ambition towards climate action. UNDP plays a central role in building countries’ capacity to strengthen and implement NDCs, given its previous NDC support experience, its technical expertise in related areas, and its on-the-ground presence in over 170 countries using its integrator role. Through its Climate Promise Initiative UNDP has supported; i) building political will, whole of government and whole of society ownership; ii) alignment of targets with national development strategies, policies and measures; iii) incorporation of new sectors and raising GHG reduction towards zero net emission; iv)) established mechanisms to monitor progress & strengthen transparency; and vi) preparation of the revised NDC document. The NDC revision has been spearheaded by the Climate Change Unit under the Department of Meteorology within the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs (MTEA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development.
While the country has taken commendable measures to improve its mitigation and adaptation efforts in line with its commitment to contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement, significant effort and investment is required to build capacities across the government to realize the desired NDC objectives and targets. Achieving the targets set out in Eswatini ’s revised NDC will require considerable support for capacity building, technology investment and climate financing. This requires prioritization and elaboration of cost implications for achieving mitigation and adaptation targets.
Preparing for NDC implementation, requires includes several key steps, such as aligning NDC implementation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); reviewing the analysis underpinning the NDC priorities; prioritizing policies and measures; assessing capacities, institutions, and regulatory frameworks required for NDC implementation. NDC implementation will also requires costing of options, formulating strategies to finance NDCs, and scaling up climate finance in a more integrated and sustainable way. Central to NDC implementation is monitoring and reporting of NDC progress and achievement, which can inform any adjustments to implementation plans. Lastly, and of critical importance, successful NDC implementation can help countries prepare for their next NDC submission and increase ambition to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals.
It is against this background that UNDP is seeking a competent consultant to support Eswatini Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs and partners prepare a costed NDC implementation plan.
Duties and Responsibilities
The purpose of the assignment is to develop a Costed NDC Implementation Plan for the Kingdom of Eswatini.
1. Take stock of the revised NDC
Using desk review, the Consultant will take stock of what the revised NDC specifically commits the government to pursue in terms of domestic measures such as which greenhouse gases and sectors are included and which targets, policies, and actions need to be implemented and reported on internationally. Taking stock of the revised NDC will also include enhanced understanding of how the targets, goals, and actions contained in the NDC were chosen, including the extent to which they were already adopted and planned or whether new measures need to be undertaken.
2. Confirm the relevance of the analysis underpinning the NDC
The consultant needs to confirm that the underlying models and assumptions relied upon for the development of NDCs and its revision remain current. These include Greenhouse gas inventory data and emissions projections, underlying cost assumptions and technology learning rates, implementation costs and barriers, climate scenario and vulnerability assessments, “low-regrets” approaches such as short-term policies with high results, alignment with National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process etc. The consultant needs to identify additional technical or other information available, models changing as a result of technological innovations and cost reductions, changes in political priorities, or the development of a long-term low-emissions development strategy (e.g., pursuant to Article 4, paragraph 19 of the Paris Agreement). He/she needs to ensure alignment between long-term strategies and the medium-term targets established through NDCs can be useful to sequence actions and milestones in a way that maximizes benefits for both agendas and avoids lock-in effects in the short and long runs. Reviewing the analysis underpinning the NDC may lead to a better understanding for the consultant of the relevance of key sectors and regions to supporting effective implementation and the expected cost of doing so.
3.Review prioritised policies and measures
Review prioritised policies and measures in the NDC and identify implementation options using participatory approaches that engage all key stakeholders.
4.Assess the human and information capacities required for NDC implementation
Through desk review, the Consultant should understand capacity gaps, constraints, gaps, and related financial, technical, and capacity needs in the NDC or other relevant national plans (including national communication or the NAP process). He/she will then identify capacities that need to be strengthened and develop a plan to build capacity in both the short and long terms, which is relevant to the implementation plan.
5. Assess the institutional framework for implementing the NDC
The Consultant will
6. Assess the regulatory framework
The Consultant will undertake a review of Eswatini’s regulatory frameworks to ensure that these can help drive NDC implementation and bring about the agreed policy objectives. Key elements to consider when reviewing a country’s legal and regulatory framework relevant to NDC implementation include the laws and public policies with regard to mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. The following steps are to be undertaken by the Consultant:
7. Gender Inclusive stakeholder engagement
The Consultant will develop and adopt a gender inclusive stakeholder engagement plan. Strong engagement of stakeholders can be built through careful planning, appropriate budgeting, coordination, relationship-building with key messengers, and an iterative, flexible approach. The plan should recognize that public participation is likely to raise concerns that fall outside of one agency’s jurisdiction and that coordinated approaches from implicated agencies can address these concerns. The tasks will include:
8. Draft a Costed NDC Implementation Plan
The Consultant will draft a costed NDC implementation plan to support coordination and ensure transparency. The development of the plan itself does not constitute NDC implementation. It is a tool to support a more effective implementation process, not the end goal. The implementation plan can be used to;
Institutional arrangements and Reporting
The Consultant will report to the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs through the Director of Meteorology and the UNFCCC Focal Point on key deliverables as per contract.
Duration and Duty Station
This consultancy is for 40 work days spread over four (4) months.
The deliverables for this consultancy include the following:
Corporate and Core Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Proposals must be expressed as an all-inclusive Lump Sum Amount and fixed for the contract period regardless of cost components. Payment shall be based on submission of satisfactory deliverables on assigned tasks;
A.Recommended Presentation of Offer
Qualified candidates should submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF file:
B.Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer