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National Consultant - Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) Specialist
|Location :||Manila, PHILIPPINES|
|Application Deadline :||11-Feb-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||15 working days spread over 1 month|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||15 working days spread over 1 month|
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.
A. Project Title: Climate Finance PH for NBS (Accelerating Green and Climate Finance in the Philippines: Nature Based Solutions)
The Project aims to increase private sector investments into gender responsive nature-based solutions for climate resilient technologies, innovations, practices and approaches. This, in support of a just transition to resilient and low emission development that sustains nature and ecosystems and protects the rights of all who are affected and at risk. This Project will contribute to the realization of the economic prize offered by investments in nature-based solutions in the Philippines. This Project will demonstrate how these additional investments can generate solid financial returns and contribute to the achievement of other SDG goals such as gender equality, expanding access to clean water, job creation, increase in incomes of local communities, increased food production, increased sustainable consumption and production, enhanced natural resilience, and many more.
There are four main components to achieve the above objective:
Component 1: Data-driven policy making and regulatory strengthening for climate finance. This will support the strengthening of a policy framework for establishing a robust innovative climate finance ecosystem in the Philippines, process data and evidence from sustainability reporting and impact measurement systems, access non-traditional data sets to guide prioritization and the unlocking of investments in gender responsive nature-based solutions, and ultimately propose relevant policy measures. This will be done through targeted analysis and the creation of an integrated data platform.
The Project will establish a regional program of The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance [The Lab] in the country to curate and de risk the most promising innovative climate finance solutions and facilitate access to capital. Over time, it is expected to create a pipeline of investible projects that can be taken up commercially, under Component 3. Component 2 will also increase the green and climate portfolio financed under the public private partnership facility and facilitate investments into nature-based solutions. This component also links to component 1 in that it draws from lessons-learnt in that part of the project to ensure appropriate and relevant solutions are generated.
Component 3: Capacity building of finance institutions to ensure more flows of funding to climate solutions. This Component will enable financial actors (regulators, commercial banks, micro-finance providers and national development agencies) to develop their capacities to monitor implementation of the sustainable finance framework and develop the capacities of banking sector to create funding portfolios that align with the framework. It will also draw from information generated in both components 1 and 2.
Component 4: Independent impact monitoring system on SDG impacts of green and climate investments. The Project will support the Securities and Exchange Commission to improve the measurement and reporting guidelines to ensure investors have access to impacts generated by investments, with the aim to attract more gender responsive capital in green and climate projects in the Philippines. It will draw on and provide critical data element generated from component 1 and in turn provide data to inform policies.
The combination of all the four interventions is expected to support green recovery, contribute to accelerate the achievement of the country’s targets under the Nationally Determined Contributions, Philippines Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, and related policies and programmes thereby enhancing resilience of Filipinos and its economy against the impacts of climate change.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives and Scope of Work
UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards (SES) underpin our commitment to mainstream social and environmental sustainability in our Programmes and Projects to support sustainable development. The objectives of the standards are to:
A key mechanism to ensure these standards are applied is through UNDP’s project-level Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) which is a requirement for all proposed projects. The objectives of the SESP are to (a) Integrate the SES Overarching Principles (human rights, gender equality, and environmental sustainability); (b) Identify potential social and environmental risks and their significance; (c) Determine the Project's risk category (Low, Moderate, High); and (d) Determine the level of social and environmental assessment and management required to address potential risks and impacts. The ESFM or a stand-alone management plan for the project shall be developed with the support from the international consultants and national consultants, in line with UNDP’s Guidance Note on Assessment and Management. UNDP’s SES and SESP came into effect on January 1, 2015. All guidance on UNDP's Social and Environmental Safeguards can be found in the SES Toolkit.
2) Final SESP matrix. The SESP matrix of the Project has been prepared. During the course of ESMF preparation, however, additional risks and mitigation measures might be identified. The latter will have to be integrated in the Project’s SESP.
3) Final Deliverables:
D. Expected Outputs and Deliverables
E. Institutional Arrangement
F. Duration of Work
G. Duty Station
Required Skills and Experience
H. Qualification of the Consultant
The Offers received will be evaluated using a combined scoring method - where technical proposal will be weighted 70 points and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30 points.
The CV will be reviewed using the criteria in the table below. Only offerors who will obtain a minimum of 70% or 49 out of 70 obtainable points will be shortlisted and considered for evaluation of financial proposal.
I. Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
1. The Contractor should send the financial proposal based on a lump-sum amount for the delivery of the outputs identified below. The total amount quoted shall be “all inclusive” (professional daily fees X number of days, communications, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor should be factored into the final amount submitted in the proposal. Travel, as deemed relevant by UNDP and compliant with government guidelines on community quarantine, will be arranged and paid for by UNDP and should not be included in the financial proposal.
2. Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of contract, the Contractor must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during contract duration
3. The contract price will be fixed output-based price. Any deviations from the output and timeline will be agreed upon between the Contractor and UNDP.
4. Payments will be done upon satisfactory completion of the delivery by target due dates. Outputs will be certified by the one (1) week [7 working days] prior to release of payments.
J. Recommended Presentation of Offer
K. Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
To select the best offer for this post, the combined scoring method will be used where the qualifications will be weighted 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30%.
Offerors must upload in one (1) file the documents mentioned above.
Templates for a) P11 Personal History Form and b) Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal (Annex 2) are available through the link below. UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contractors are also available:
Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.
Please see the deadline of submissions above.
Because of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.
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