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IC-029-22 Policy Pricing Economist
|Location :||Iraq and homebased, IRAQ|
|Application Deadline :||28-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||8 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||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.
Iraq Vision 2030 integrates with the environmental goal to create a clean, safe, and sustainable environment for the current and future generations. Iraq ratified the Paris agreement on January 14, 2021. President Saleh said at the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit: This move marks the Iraqi government’s intention to shift from relying heavily on oil to more renewable energy sources. Iraq is wrapping up its NDC to define Iraq’s strategic objectives and commitments towards climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Iraq plans for transition towards green economy. More than ever before, Iraq recognises that a healthy and sustainable economy is that the diversified and green one, this includes renewable energy and environmentally-sound technologies and enhance the resilience of communities most vulnerable to climate change.
According to the NDC, Iraq aims to achieve reduction period between 1% and 2% of its total emissions from 2021 to 2030 through the national effort and 15% subject to the international financial and technical support. Iraq aims to develop its National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) with priority to the electricity sector by investing in renewable energies of up to 12 GW based on the Cabinet's economic decisions for 2021.
Accounting for NDC mitigation targets is required under the Paris Agreement (Article 4.13) and can assist Parties in understanding their own and others’ mitigation targets as well as individual and collective progress toward mitigation goals. As part of the core mandate of Ministry of Finance (MOF) is the design and implementation of sound macro-economic policies and public finances, the economic and social impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly relevant for the wellbeing of the society. The MoF needs to strengthen its involvement in the preparation and delivery of NDC targets.
Iraqi MoF needs to create an effective and achievable NDC by providing reliable costing and macroeconomic assessments of climate interventions. Macroeconomic analysis can improve decision making for optimizing economic benefits and mitigating risks from climate change. Costing gives a more precise idea of the financial resources required to implement the different programs and interventions, the feasibility within macro-fiscal constraints, and a strong basis for budget allocation negotiations. These tools improve the chances of NDCs being designed as realistic and achievable commitments, and can attract greater levels of support.
It is essential for institutionalising NDCs into national fiscal systems. Monitoring financial flows or tagging expenditures are common tools and link climate throughout the budget cycle. MOF can pursue a variety of entry points and phased approaches to suit their economic situation when mainstreaming their NDC.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK AND TASKS
The objective of this project is the enabling the environment for post NDC in Iraq by addressing essential fiscal reform and improve understanding of the economic and financial implications of NDC implementation.
An effective NDC needs reliable costing of climate change interventions underpinned by macroeconomic analysis. Both can improve decision making for optimizing economic benefits and mitigating risks from climate change. Costing gives a more precise idea of the financial resources required to implement the different programs and interventions for both conditional and unconditional mitigation targets, the feasibility within macro-fiscal constraints, and a strong basis for budget allocation negotiations. Costing is a process that can help identify what NDC activities can be paid for publicly and what may need private partnerships, or international assistance. An NDC underpinned by strong financial data can be particularly beneficial to countries vulnerable to climate risks as there can be an associated perceived financial risk.
For the duration of this post, the Policy Pricing Economist will be working under the overall guidance and supervision of the International NDC Fiscal Modelling Expert and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, as well as in coordination with the UNDP EECC program manager and FFER-Federal Project Manager.
These duties are to be performed jointly with the assigned international expert.
DELIVERABLES AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE
The consultant is expected to deliver the following deliverables. It should be noted that the following list of deliverables might be subject to review and revision by UNDP in discussion with the consultant in the event of unexpected changes to the context during the consultancy period. Payments will be made upon receipt and approval of deliverables by UNDP as per the tentative payment schedule as below:
LOCATION AND TIMEFRAME FOR THE ASSIGNMENT PROCESS
The detailed Assignment workplan shall be agreed upon between the UNDP and the selected Consultant/s. The Assignment will take place between 1st May 2022 – 31st December 2022, including a combination of home-based work and in-country travel as needed. The security situation in each location will be reviewed to make-a-decision on the country visit. The assignment and final deliverables are expected to be completed no later than 31st December 2022 as per the details in the Deliverables Table.
MANAGEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION ARRANGEMENTS
The assignment is commissioned by UNDP Iraq’s Energy, Environment and Climate Change Pillar (EECC). The main UNDP Focal Point will be the Portfolio Manager (PM) of the EECC pillar. The Portfolio Manager will serve as the focal point to provide both substantive and logistical support to the Consultant/s. Assistance will be provided by the PM to make any refinements to the work plan of the selected Consultant/s (i.e. coordination with target entities, access to relevant documents, survey coordination and organization of interviews).
This TOR shall be the basis upon which compliance with assignment requirements and overall quality of services provided by the Consultant will be assessed by UNDP.
As part of the assignment:
The consultant will require the following qualifications, experience, competencies and language skills. Only applicants who meet these criteria will be short-listed and will be contacted.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Professional Qualifications Required:
At least, a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, financial analysis, environmental economics, Climate Change, or related field.