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Local Action strategic development Consultant
|Application Deadline :||29-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||Estimated level of effort 130 days through 15 Mar 2023|
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.
In September 2019, world leaders called for a decade of action to deliver the sustainable development goals by 2030 and announced actions they are taking to advance the agenda. While the SDGs are global, the role of community-based organizations in helping to carry out these actions to achieve the SDGs, and the need to support their agency and strengthen their active participation, is paramount to ensure meaningful and sustainable progress. Community and other local organizations and institutions have a critical role to play in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
For over three decades, UNDP has supported community level, grassroots organizations to address sustainable development. This support has been provided via a variety of initiatives targeting communities through small grant mechanisms, e.g., hundreds of UNDP implemented projects that address enabling communities to plan for and achieve sustainable livelihoods in the face of the loss of biodiversity and a changing climate - including the poor and most vulnerable; The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) which delivers global environmental benefits in the areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation, and chemical and waste management through community-based approaches; the Adaptation Fund-UNDP Innovation Small Grant Aggregator Platform (ISGAP) which aims to support the development and diffusion of innovative adaptation practices, tools, and technologies; and others.
However, there is a significant opportunity to further and significantly expand the size and scope of UNDP’s community level support to countries beyond UNDP’s existing funding and capabilities by bringing in new partners and sources of funds. Building upon UNDP’s decades of experience supporting community level work, such a scaling up should be done in a manner that brings coherence to UNDP’s small grants and other work corporately. Recognizing the increased complexity and responsibilities to deliver such support, a newly designed UNDP local action mechanism will respond efficiently and effectively to the growing demand from governments and communities.
As a result of this analysis, in 2020, UNDP commissioned an organizational review of its community-focused work that identified options for greater integration of the different initiatives and activities as the foundation for future growth in its support to local action. This report identified a five-point transition plan to a consolidated Local Action cluster based on functional integration of the largest community-focused initiatives and their closer collaboration with other areas and groups in NCE and UNDP overall.
A key factor in the successful growth of the Local Action cluster is the mobilization of sufficient financial resources to permit effective oversight by UNDP staff and implementation support by project staff members. Increased financing of Local Action Country Programmes – building on SGP Country Programmes - will result in increased size and sophistication, permitting to serve a greater number of community organizations more efficiently. A critical feature of the transition to a fully established Local Action cluster is the need to develop and implement an effective strategy to mobilize increased resources from donor governments, NGOs, the private sector and others in sufficient volume to offset administrative and operational costs and achieve an acceptable level of cost-efficiency in supporting Country Programmes.
At the same time, in parallel, the Global Environment Facility has signaled its interest in expanding the SGP to include execution of resources by different GEF Agencies e.g. FAO, regional development banks, CI, WWF, etc. The operational, management and oversight implications for expanding the SGP in this regard have not been studied nor discussed in any meaningful detail. It would be important to understand clearly what a decision to make use of SGP’s installed capacities would entail in NY, the Regional Hubs and the UNDP Country Offices.
A potential feature of local action efforts is their integration into larger scale projects as community-focused components. While superficially this integration appears straightforward, there are a number of issues that make this difficult: the project time frames don’t allow sufficient growth of CSO capacities; one-off CSO grant programmes may take time to establish and operationalize; grants may be difficult to provide in the context of government supervision; financial administration of a local action component may involve unfamiliar systems and skills, etc.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will review and assess the objectives and structures of UNDP-implemented (UNOPS-executed) existing initiatives, particularly with a view toward effectively expanding the size and scope of community level work with new partners and/or additional sources of funding within the GEF-managed funds (Least Developed Countries Fund, Special Climate Change Fund, and focal area dedicated funding windows, e.g., biodiversity, mitigation), the Adaptation Fund, the Green Climate Fund, the private sector, governments, etc.
The consultant will work with the NCE Local Action cluster to mobilize resources, develop strategic partnerships for multi-agency use of SGP installed capacities, and explore and analyze the potential for design and implementation of effective local action components in larger projects.
The consultant will review past evaluations, useful lessons from institutional reviews, project reports from the existing initiatives and the wider literature in the field, as relevant. The consultant will consult with SGP, Equator Initiative, and AIM staff, as well as RTAs and RTLs, regarding their perceptions of resource mobilization, partnership development and community-focused work in larger projects.
The consultant will produce three analytical reports on 1) the potential for the use of SGP’s installed capacities by other agencies and institutions; 2) the advantages and disadvantages of integrating community-focused components within larger projects; and 3) the potential for significant resource mobilization an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of integrating community-focused components within larger projects, as well as operational details. As part of the first task, the consultant will work with Local Action advisers to formulate and implement a resource mobilization strategy. Each analytical report will identify options that will be used as a basis for making informed decisions to meet the important mission and ambitious goals of an NCE Local Action cluster.
To achieve the foregoing, the consultant will utilize relevant documents, in-person meetings, group discussions, teleconferences, and e-mail exchanges, to prepare concise reports as follows:
Detailed written analytical reports with recommendations on:
To achieve the above deliverables, the consultant will consult with UNDP NCE staff at HQ and Regional levels, as well as UNDP and SGP staff at country level engaged in supporting community-focused activities, GEF-SGP CPMT, Equator Initiative, ISGAP and UNOPS colleagues, among others, as relevant.
Deliverables, estimated duration, fee percentage
Information on Working Arrangements
• Ability to carry out data exploration and analytics
• Strong understanding of climate change adaptation and natural resource and environment
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum Qualifications Criteria (Pass/Fail):
Evaluation Criteria (Scoring Criteria):
Documents to be submitted:
The award of contract will be made to one individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as being: