Development of Carbon Markets Framework and digital manual for Namibia’s engagement in carbon markets under the Paris Agreement.


Location : Windhoek, Republic of Namibia, NAMIBIA
Application Deadline :28-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
14-Jul-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :110 working days within a period of 8 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :110 working days within a period of 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

With support from the Japanese government, UNDP Namibia is implementing a project titled” Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to achieve net-zero emissions and climate-resilient development, in response to the climate emergency”. The project has three components namely: (i) Design of Key Building Blocks for a National Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS); (ii) Technical capacity building to enhance the institutional capacity of Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) and relevant institutions, including the private sector (iii) Enabling investment climate and operationalization planning for market mechanism in Namibia. The overall objective of the assignment is to support the development of a carbon market framework in Namibia. The specific objective will be to assess Namibia’s readiness for carbon market, identify the technical and institutional capacity needs and gaps and recommend a detailed carbon market framework, develop a digital manual and policy measures required to set up such a system for the implementation of carbon market instruments. The carbon market framework will set out the policy foundation essentials to give carbon market transaction actors clarity and certainty on their rights and obligations


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The International  Consultant will support the MEFT in developing an inclusive carbon market framework for Namibia’s engagement under the Paris Agreement. While the carbon market framework will focus on addressing broad policy areas for participating in carbon markets, the manual will define issues such as (a) institutional arrangement for carbon market project implementation; (b) mitigation activity development cycle; (c) approval procedures for carbon project registration and Article 6 credit issuances and transfers; (d) service fees, charges and payments; (e) criteria for methods and participating auditing entities, (f) standards and complaint redress. In addition, the consultant will work closely with a team of national experts led by the MEFT and UNDP, who will provide technical support to the consulting team.

Specific Objectives

In consultation with the national team of experts, MEFT and UNDP, the international consulting Team is expected to:

  1. Undertake comprehensive literature review on carbon pricing policy, the state of the existing carbon markets, NDCs and the interlinkages with the emerging post-2020 climate market. The consultant must also refer to the related national documents and reports to understand the policy implications of carbon market
  2. Conduct capacity gaps and needs assessment for Internationally Transferrable Mitigation Outcomes (ITMO) transfer readiness to identify countries’ readiness and capacity building needs to develop and operationalize carbon market projects, track results and process the corresponding adjustments. It is expected that the contractor will apply the World Bank MAPP-ITR modules ‘Party Readiness’ and ‘Article 6 implementation’ to review if a country has set-up a robust institutional framework and infrastructure to effectively implement carbon projects and will thereby determine the ‘party’s readiness’.
  3. Formulate the support needs to fill the capacity gaps and ensure a smooth implementation of carbon projects in Namibia. 
  1. Recommend a detailed carbon market framework to set out the policy foundation essentials to give carbon market transaction actors the clarity and certainty on their rights and obligations. The carbon markets framework is expected to settle key policy questions regarding the (i) relationship between NDC and mitigation activities to generate Mitigation Outcome (MOs) for carbon trade, (ii) ensuring environmental integrity in transacting MOs, (iii) maximizing sustainable development benefits, (iv) eligibility criteria for potential mitigation activities, (v) clarity on the utility of MOs, (vi) pricing and share of proceeds utilization, (vii) overall governance structure (viii) linkages with voluntary markets, crediting schemes, Article 6.2., 6.4 and CORSIA, (ix) standard and methodologies, (x) authorization, corresponding adjustment and reporting capacity development and awareness support
  2. Develop a digital manual to operationalize the carbon market framework and provide guidelines for the development and implementation of mitigation activities. The manual must address the following critical elements: (a) institutional arrangement for carbon project implementation; (b) mitigation activity development cycle; (c) approval procedures for carbon trading project registration and MO issuances and transfers; (d) service fees, charges and payments; (e) criteria for methods and participating auditing entities, (f) standards and complaint redress and any other element the stakeholders and consultant find appropriate.
  3. Prepare policy briefs articulating policy gaps, opportunities and recommendations to enhance national policies and implementation of Carbon Markets in Namibia.
  4. Develop the capacity building and training module/manual for the carbon market framework in Namibia including training manuals for the trainers
  5. Assess the capacity and potential/feasibility/viability for an  Emission Trading Scheme in Namibia and recommend what needs to be in place for its successful implementation.
  6. Map best practices and lessons on what works in carbon trading from other developing countries and Japan through SSC as well as global lessons from other ETS
  7. Conduct two training of trainer’s workshop in design and implementation of carbon market instruments.

Additionally, the international consultant will be expected, with support from the technical team and national consultants to make presentations at stakeholder workshops for validation of the framework and the manual with the associated templates.


Competencies

  • Corporate Competencies
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN mission, vision, values, and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Promotes UNDP's agenda in meetings

Other Competencies

  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize, and execute effectively;
  • The initiative, good analytical skills, mature judgment, and ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines achievement, ethics, and honesty;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a diverse environment
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with a complex multi-stakeholder environment
  • Good ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources;
  • Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills focus on results, ability to interact productively in a teamwork environment


Required Skills and Experience

EDUCATION:

Minimum of Master degree in natural/engineering/sciences (energy or environmental management or natural resource management), geography and social sciences.

EXPERIENCES: 

  • At least 7 years of relevant professional experience in carbon finance and knowledge of the nexus carbon finance, Nationally Determined Contributions and the Paris Agreement; ( 5marks)
  • Familiarity with international development issues, including understanding of technical and regulatory matters in the areas of climate change, Article 6.2 and sustainable development (demonstrate participation as speaker in international conferences or lead author in at least one of these thematic areas) (5 marks)
  • Demonstrated experience with the development of carbon finance projects in developing countries; (10marks)
  • Experience in undertaking Capacity Gas Assessment for Carbon market readiness in developing countries( 10marks)
  • Proven knowledge of development of climate change related guidance manuals ( 10 marks)
  • Proven ability to build Article 6 capacity in developing countries through training or workshops (including virtual workshops); (10 marks)
  • Proven knowledge of Article 6 mechanisms in particular Article 6.2 (at least 1 knowledge products/webinar/blog or similar); (10 marks

LANGUAGE:

  • Fluency and English is required with excellent reading and writing sklils in Egnlish

Recommended Method of Application and Presentation of Offer;

  • Completed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the Template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal CV or a P11 Personal History form, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Provide Brief description of Approach to Work / Technical Proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment (max 1 page).
  • To view the full Terms of Reference (TOR) and download letter of confirmation of interest and P11 form, please access the UNDP Procurement Notice site on the link: UNDP | Procurement Notices - 92392 - International Consultant - Devel
  • Financial proposal: 

Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per attached Letter Confirmation of Interest document. (based on the number of working days mentioned in ToR.)

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  • Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

 



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