IC/004/22 - International consultant on MRV system development and establishment in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan


Location : Desk-work based at home country
Application Deadline :03-Feb-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
14-Feb-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :30 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :February to March, 2022

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.


Background

Policy action for climate security in Central Asia project funded by UK Conflict Stability and Security Fund aims to enhance policy action for climate security in Central Asia through supporting more robust and coherent climate change action and increasing public awareness. It targets Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and will be spearheaded by UNDP Kyrgyzstan, which will work closely with Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. 

Countries are at various stages of action to implement the Paris Agreement agenda; Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan ratified the Paris agreement respectively in 2019, 2017 and 2018, and similarly to other Central Asian states have not been active in climate advocacy. 

The project will contribute to enhanced climate change policies, to be reflected in the countries’ commitments under the UNFCCC at COP26, which will reduce conflict, promote energy/food and climate security, stability, and resilience to climate change risks.  Key outputs of the project will be enhanced technical, political economy and climate risk/ sensitivity analyses and scientific data available to national climate change decision makers; and target countries step up engagement in COP 26 and advocate for more coherent, risk informed climate change policies and increased public awareness and advocacy for locally appropriate, climate change actions.

The project will actively engage national stakeholders and build their capacities in developing research, policy and advocacy field.  This will ensure building national knowledge and know-how.  The project will also enable a rapid acceleration of efforts in the run-up to COP 26 and will lay the foundation for further government funded action and regional cooperation as required by Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan’s commitments to Paris Agreement implementation.  Actions will be further complemented by the NAP, GCF Readiness and Climate Promise initiatives currently on-going in the countries.

The Paris Agreement establishes a Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system that will be the foundation for accountable and accurate tracking of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation measures and their impact on GHG emissions reductions, adaptation measures, and resources. The MRV system is therefore a fundamental and essential component of measuring and monitoring all mitigation and adaptation actions. Furthermore, a robust MRV system is necessary for attracting climate finance, and additionally for participation in activities under Article 6 (technology transfers and market and non-market-based mechanisms with the aim of reducing of GHG emissions), a key article in the Paris Agreement established to support developing country parties.

The UNDP will provide the consultative support and guide the process of development of the MRV System in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. This activity will build national capacity in order to support the establishment and operation of the MRV system to monitor and assess the implementation of mitigation activities, adaptation activities, and resources.

Under the overall operational supervision of the Manager of the Joint Programme and Programme Analyst, Environment and Climate Action Cluster (ECAC), UNDP Uzbekistan, and under the direct thematic oversight of the Regional Coordinator, , the International Consultant will be responsible to provide policy advise on development of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and capacity building on MRV, including guiding the national teams on national-level activities led through the UNDP COs in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and supporting enhanced understanding of Paris Agreement requirements for Enhanced Transparency Framework in a comprehensive manner by fulfilling the following tasks.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Bottleneck analysis of the current situation for monitoring, reporting and verification system based on available information and reports elaborated within NDC preparation stage, GHG inventory/BUR, National communication, including the relevant policy, legal and institutional arrangements and interviews with COs and national partners focusing on Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan;
  • Analyze the latest international agreements for MVR mechanisms and ETF requirements and provide overview for the targeted countries;
  • Review international best practices in MRV arrangements and processes of development and reporting of GHG Is, NCs, BURs, and NDCs, including relevant legislations;
  • Identify requirements for the design and development of the MRV systems based on the bottleneck analysis and latest relevant decisions of global climate negotiations, latest guidance and guidelines and develop the basic principles for design of concept the national MRV system;
  • Conduct at least 1 regional capacity-building workshop with relevant stakeholders and at least 3 technical national consultation workshops in each targeted country in on-line mode;
  • Develop draft roadmaps with number of key actions needed to develop a sustainable system for the measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) development and adoption of legally binding provisions for implementing a national MRV system, the establishment of an online MRV data management and reporting platform, the development of MRV guidelines and templates based on best practices;
  • Provide recommendations on strengthening the national institutional arrangements and development of a framework for MRV System including national legislation, taking into consideration the UNFCCC and IPCC guidelines, the requirements for ETF and the requirements for CTU and reviewed best practice cases as well as present linkages of MRV with the Global Stocktake (GST) indicated in Article 14 of the Paris Agreement. 


Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Strong oral and writing skills;
  • Extensive knowledge of PC applications;
  • Focuses on result for client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a fairly big team;
  • Ability to operate under strict time limits.


Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in environmental engineering, political, social, administrative sciences, natural sciences, economics, or engineering. Higher university degree is an asset;
  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in the area of climate change;
  • Proven experience in developing technical training methodologies/tools, delivering trainings or capacity building activities on Measurement, Reporting and Verification arrangements to a range of different stakeholders.



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