National Consultant on (Communication support to NDC implementation) in Sudan


Location : Khartoum, SUDAN
Application Deadline :06-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Oct-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :30 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 working days

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:

The Paris Agreement in 2015 was a landmark in the fight against climate change. After years of negotiating, every one of the 196 countries, plus the European Union, all Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), agreed on a set of principles to curb greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change head on.

The aim of the Paris Agreement is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that global temperatures don’t rise more than 2C above pre-industrial levels this century, and ultimately pursue a scenario where temperature rise remains below 1.5C

NDC stands for a Nationally Determined Contribution. For the Paris Agreement goals to be achieved, every country needs to play its part. Because countries have different circumstances, resources and abilities, the agreement was designed so each country defines their own pledges, in terms of what they can contribute to the 2030 Agenda. These country pledges are the NDCs. Each country produced a document outlining these contributions and how they will be achieved. Nearly all the NDCs include a target to reduce CO2 emissions by a certain amount over a given time. Most of them also highlight how climatic changes will affect their country, and how they intend to adapt to these changes. The last decade was the hottest in history. Critical new research has also emerged since 2015 demonstrating the potential devastating impacts of a 1.5o rise in temperature. In 2021, the devastation of COVID-19 has made the whole world more vulnerable to shocks and changes and illustrated the potentially severe effect of global crises.

A critical aspect of the Paris Agreement is that every five years, countries are required to update their national pledges with more ambitious targets.

NDCs Progress in Sudan.

Sudan’s current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) has been prepared before the adoption of the Paris Agreement (PA) in Dec 2015, however, it includes ambitious contributions, in line with Art.3 of the PA, on both climate change mitigation and adaptation. After the entry into force of the PA and the recent adoption of work programme for its implementation, Sudan decided to further develop its NDC and building an enabling environment, to access international finance and technical support to implement its determined contributions. This would enable Sudan to transition its development sectors into a more resilient and low emission pathway, in line with the objectives of the PA and the national development priorities. Following Climate promise planning guideline, UNDP has developed the first NDC report under the autopsy of UNDP of Sudan in 2021. The NDC2020 document was then submitted for approval by the highest government authority (Higher Council for Ministry) but unfortunately and due to political circumstances, the report was not endorsed.  The Climate Promise II offered new opportunity to Sudan to continue its mission on tackling NDC cause, building on the previous experience.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work and Responsibilities:

UNDP support the reviewing NDS framework in collaboration with the (HCENR). The UNDP Country Office in Sudan seeks the service of a national Consultant (IC) to support the management of NDC coordination activities.

The consultant will work closely with NDC consultant as well as NDC focal point at the Higher Council of Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR). As). He/ She will work under the guidance of UNDP Officer as well as coordinate activities with NDC consultant. He/she will perform duties related to support in management of NDC reviews and capacity building activities.

Specifically, the national consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Document events and incidents relevant to NDC project, take photos, Edit/ finetune workshops report and ensure timely dissemination of final reports to relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide support to Project Coordinator point in communication management and updating project communication plan:
  • Liaise with UNDP communication specialist and HCENR focal point in updating UNDP and HCENR respective websites and social media platforms with information and news related to NDC implementation.
  • Generate regular Quarter Reports, newsletters and other Outreach Products and ensure timely dissemination.
  • Design Knowledge Products (pamphlets, brochures, newsletters.), in addition to decision of Publications and advocacy materials (drafting, copy editing, translation, and layout) in line with relevant corporate policies and guidelines.
  • Develop short term NDC communication strategy (2022-2023).

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

  • Document events and incidents Document events and incidents relevant to NDC project, take photos, Edit/ fine tune workshops report and ensure timely dissemination of final reports to relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide support to Project Coordinator point in communication management and updating project communication plan:
  • 1.      Liaise with UNDP communication specialist and HCENR focal point in updating UNDP and HCENR respective websites and social media platforms with information and news related to NDC implementation.
  • 2.      Generate regular Quarter Reports, newsletters and other Outreach Products and ensure timely dissemination.
  • Design Knowledge Products (pamphlets, brochures, newsletters.), in addition to designing Publications and advocacy materials (drafting, copy editing, translation, and layout) in line with relevant corporate policies and guidelines
  • Develop short term NDC communication strategy (2022-2023).

Institutional Arrangements:

  • The national consultant will have direct contact with the NDC consultant and UNDP Officer within the Environment and Energy unit at UNDP and work closely with National focal point at HCENR.  He/she will work under the direct guidance and supervision of UNDP Energy Unit and coordinate activities in collaboration with HCENR.

Duration of the Work:

  • The total duration of this consultancy will be 30 Working days spread over the Period November– December 2022.

Duty Station

  • Duty station will be Khartoum, no travel is required.

Recommended Presentation of the Consultant Offer:

  • Applicants are requested to complete and sign and submit all the following documents:

  • Duly completed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP.
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.

Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:

  • The offers received from the candidates will be evaluated using combined scoring method. The combined scoring method assesses the offers with technical merits of the proposals – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70%, and later combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Minimum 5 years of work experience required in the field of communications, digital communications, journalism, or relevant field required.
  • proven knowledge and experience in development of Media Strategies, plans, and mass communication
  • Previous working experience with government entities, ministries, research, and training institutions.
  • Proven knowledge with digital media tools for efficient management of digital communications, in social media content creation required.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • Ability to work with a multi-cultural and diverse team.

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated experience in project implementation.
  • Demonstrate experience in managing wide range of stake holders.
  • Demonstrated experience in technical issues related to NDC.
  • Ability to facilitate training wok shops
  • Demonstrated strong coordination and facilitation skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Experience and qualifications required:

  • University degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Digital Communications, International Relations, or related field required.

Work Experience and Expertise:

  • Minimum 5 years of work experience required in the field of communications, digital communications, journalism, or relevant field required.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in development of Media Strategies, plans, and mass communication.
  • Proven knowledge with digital media tools for efficient management of digital communications.
  • Previous working experience with government entities, ministries, research, and training institutions.



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