Technical Consultant – Climate Finance


Location : New Delhi, INDIA
Application Deadline :06-Apr-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :8 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.


Background

BACKGROUND

UNDP is currently working on various aspects of sustainable development, from systems and institutional strengthening to inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods, as well as sustainable energy, environment, and resilience. The Climate Change, Resilience and Energy (CCRE) portfolio of UNDP is organized around the thematic areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation; disaster management and resilience; and access to clean and efficient energy. 

UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is supporting Green Climate Fund (GCF) project namely Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support. The project which is in its second phase aims to strengthen the capacity of the National Designated Authority (NDA) for effectively assessing GCF funds to address national climate change related priorities. The second phase has two major objectives:1) Accreditation support and building capacity of DAEs and state governments to develop fundable proposals based on the priorities identified in the country programme document with financing models that are innovative and can leverage various types of funds 2) Systematically engaging Businesses and financial institutions to invest in climate actions.

UNDP is also supporting MoEF&CC for the implementation of a GCF funded project namely “Enhancing Climate Resilience of India’s Coastal Communities” to  enhance the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change in three target states – Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. The project will work at national, state and community levels to enhance capacities for ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and will enable climate policy and finance shifts to catalyse climate action in all of India’s coastal states and union territories.


Duties and Responsibilities

TASKS

Under the GCF funded projects as well as other UNDP projects related to climate finance, the Consultant will report to the National Designated Authority of the GCF in MoEF&CC and Chief of the Environment, Energy and Resilience Unit in UNDP. The consultant will also coordinate with the SDG / Sustainable Finance team at UNDP.

The Consultant will provide technical support to the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change by executing the following tasks:

  1. Coordinate with agencies such as NIPFP and CPI engaged under the GCF Readiness project and review technical reports submitted by the agencies.
  2. Identify different blended and private finance mechanisms and map out the various  incentives for mitigation action through taxation, carbon pricing mechanisms and exploring the potential of greening the financial mechanism.
  3. Provide technical assistance in selection of National Accredited/Implementing Entities under the GCF Readiness project
  4. Provide technical assistance for including gender and social inclusive resources in the adaptation chapter of India’s adaptation communication.
  5. Provide strategic insights on latest developments in climate finance, covering private sector and financial actors, innovations in business models and financial products
  6. Contribute to the application and development of innovative climate/green financing instruments, tools and resources towards achievement of India’s climate change priorities and policies.
  7. Provide support for organizing training sessions/workshops under the GCF Readiness project.
  8. Knowledge management, development and facilitation of public and private platform/ networking on climate change financing to achieve SDGs at the national and provincial level;
  9. Support in the demonstration of climate finance models under GCF
  10. Provide an analysis of finance related matters related to climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Green Finance to support Accredited Entities (AEs) and Direct Accredited Entities (DAEs).
  11. At regular intervals, provide updates and coordinate with the SDG/ Sustainable Finance team at UNDP India on deliverables relating to financing instruments and analysis
  12. Any other responsibility assigned by the National Designated Authority of the GCF in MoEF&CC as well as  Head, Environment, Energy and Resilience Unit, UNDP.

DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINES

Sl. No

Deliverables

Timeline

% of payment to be made

1.

Deliverable 1

  • Assist Ministry with the design and management of three workshops under the GCF Readiness project
  • Work with Ministry to evaluate proposals to select National Accredited/Implementing Entities.
  • Brief note which reviews GCF Readiness reports such as those by CPI and NIPFP and identifies next steps for engagement

May 2022

20%

2.

Deliverable 2

  • Draft a brief for inclusion of gender and social inclusive resources in the adaptation communication
  • Draft a brief on financial resources of the development of the  Adaptation Communication.
  • Prepare minutes of the meetings of the stakeholder consultation of the working group on financial resources of the Adaptation Communication.

September 2022

30%

3.

Deliverable 3

  • Brief note which reviews and analyses the resources section of each of the vulnerable sectors of  the Adaptation Communication 
  • Conduct research and compile a brief on different blended and private financing mechanisms and various incentives for mitigation action through taxation, carbon pricing mechanisms, explore alternate climate/green financing instruments and tools.

 

January 2023

30%

4.

Deliverable 4

  • Strategic insights provided on latest developments in climate finance, covering private sector and financial actors, innovations in business models and financial products. Provide inputs on proposals focused on climate finance models to the Ministry
  • Build a brief note on analysis of finance related matters related to climate change, SDGs and Green Finance to support AEs and DAEs.

April 2023

20%

 

 


Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • In-depth knowledge of development finance at the national level;
  • Proven record on similar documentation/reporting writing work at the national level;
  • Excellent drafting, documentation and communication skills in English;

Corporate Competencies:

  • Promote the highest standards of ethics and integrity;
  • Support creativity and innovation;
  • Help create an enabling environment for open communication;
  • Share knowledge and support a culture of learning;
  • Demonstrate fairness and transparency.


Required Skills and Experience

Education: Post-graduate degree in Economics and Finance

  Experience:

  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in  policy analysis in climate finance at the national level post master’s degree
  • Experience of at least 2 years/ demonstrate at least 1 project in the past of working on matters pertaining to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the national level
  • Experience of at least 2 years/ demonstrate at least 1 project in the past of working with Central and/or State Governments on similar assignments will be preferred.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages

Language:

  • Excellent command in written and spoken English.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Detailed CV with contact details of three references;

Evaluation Criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies i.e. cumulative analysis.

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive;
  • 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%.

Short-listing would be done based on the following criteria:

  • Relevant Experience:50
  • Mark Qualification:20 Marks
  • Financial: 30 Marks

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial Proposal:

Technically qualified consultants will be requested to submit their lump sum rate i.e. consultants who score more than 70% i.e. 49 marks with respect to the above-mentioned evaluation criteria. Consultant should not specify their consultancy fee on their CV or with the submission. The CV will not be evaluated further in case the consultant submits the same.



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