International consultant to assess the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan 2014-2023 (CCCSP) implementation and explore a possible approach for the CCCSP (2024-) considering the updated NDC and LTS4CN

Location : Homebased & Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :03-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :25 working days in November - December 2022
Expected Duration of Assignment :25 working days in November - December 2022

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.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) operates in over 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, to reduce inequalities and to increase sustainability. One of its critical priorities is to support countries to accelerate ambitious action on climate change. The global response to this challenge must be just, inclusive, and leave no one behind, while seeking the most efficient climate solutions that advance multiple Sustainable Development Goals at once.

Cambodia’s development focus is on poverty reduction and stable economic growth as part of the drive to become an upper-middle-income nation by 2030, as enshrined in the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP). Cambodia is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. At the same time, Cambodia’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are increasing as the country develops.

The country has made remarkable progress in terms of climate change policy, particularly in mainstreaming climate change into national and sub-national planning. The Royal Government of Cambodia has developed the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan 2014 – 2023 (CCCSP) (2013) and each relevant ministry has developed associated action plans (CCAPs). Cambodia’s first Biennial Update Report (BUR) was submitted in 2020, and the Third National Communication (TNC) work is underway. The National Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework for the response to Climate Change has also been developed and regular climate public expenditure reviews have been undertaken.

In addition, Cambodia recently (2020) published an updated Nationally Determined Contribution, with targets for climate change action until 2030 and submitted its Long-Term Low Strategy for Carbon Neutrality (LTS4CN) in December 2021. LTS4CN ensures the coherence of short-term climate action with long-term climate goals and suggests that Cambodia could achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.


UNDP Cambodia provides support to the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD) for the coordination of the climate change response, through the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance - Phase 3 (CCCA3) programme. There is a need for development of an approach for the new Climate Change Strategic Plan (2024-) to mainstream Cambodia’s climate commitments into the sectoral work and to analyze the short- mid and long-term policy pathways, that should guide Cambodia in meeting its commitment under its NDC and towards net zero emissions by 2050. The approach should take a systematic top-down and bottom-up approach to analyze the current sectoral work, analyze gaps and map opportunities to strengthen the practical implementation of the climate change commitments through the CCCSP.


The present TOR is focused on support required for the development of an approach for the new CCCSP and on analyzing of the gaps and opportunities related to the national capacity to achieve the goals selected. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The overall objective of this assignment is to analyze the existing framework for mainstreaming of Cambodia’s climate change commitments into national and sectoral plans and budgets, identify the gaps and opportunities, and develop an approach for the new CCCSP that will support the operationalization of Cambodia’s commitments. The CCCSP shall outline how concerned sectors will integrate climate change-related targets and actions in their respective strategies, plans and budgets, taking into account the identified gaps and opportunities.


1.Scope of Work


The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:


Inception phase and finalizing the methodology


  • Conduct an initial desk review of the NDC, LTS4CN, NSDP and key sectoral strategies and plans;
  • Consult with the Department of Climate Change and the CCCA3 team;
  • Develop a detailed approach and workplan for the assignment.


CCCSP implementation and sector wide gap assessment considering the updated NDC and LTS4CN and mapping of opportunities to mainstream climate change into key sectoral work

  • In consultation with concerned ministries and key stakeholders, assess the CCCSP 2014-2023 implementation; and the existing level of integration of NDC/LTS4CN goals and priority actions in national and sub-national policies, strategies, plans, and budgets and key sectoral documents;
  • Identify critical gaps as well as opportunities to address these gaps (i.e. when these documents can be amended/ updated to reflect climate change objectives). These findings shall be reflected in a gap assessment report;


Drafting the proposed approach and methodology for the new CCCSP development:

  • Develop a proposed approach (Terms of Reference with methodology) for the CCCSP process to address the identified gaps. The CCCSP process should include developing the actions and intermediary goals that would be required to achieve the higher level objectives set in the NDC and LTS4CN, setting clear targets and timelines for them to be integrated in relevant sectoral documents and the new NSDP, and developing the corresponding framework to monitor the CCCSP. The methodology shall cover the process of consultations with relevant ministries and relevant stakeholders, as well as broad guidance on how to translate NDC/LTS4CN commitments into concrete sectoral measures and targets;
  • Propose an outline for the CCCSP document, taking into account relevant guidance from the Government on the format of such documents.



Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at for more detail information about term of reference, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


  • Demonstrated analytical skills, ability to assess complex situations, to succinctly and clearly distill critical issues, and to draw practical conclusions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with developing country government agencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, coordination and planning skills. Sense of diplomacy and tact.
  • Excellent English report writing skills.
  • Computer literate (MS Office package) 


Required Skills and Experience



  • Advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in a relevant field, such as Climate Change, Environmental Policy, Development, Economics, Environmental economics, Environmental technology, or any related qualification.



  • At least 10 years’ experience in climate change-related work, both mitigation and adaptation, preferably including work in Cambodia or in the ASEAN context; 
  • International experience in climate policy/strategy development and  implementation across key sectors for adaptation and mitigation (necessary);
  • Proven experience in facilitating participatory planning processes, including a formulation of policies, strategies and action plans, involving government and a wide range of stakeholders; ideally in the context of Cambodia or ASEAN countries;
  • Proven experience in support for development of climate related strategies, NDCs, LTSs, National Communications including BURs and BTRs, NAMAs etc.
  • Experience in working with the UNFCCC mechanisms and guidelines, a good understanding of a wide range of issues relevant for the NDC/LTS implementation; and
  • Ability to provide timely, high-quality research and analytical products, tailored to the stakeholder landscape and audiences.


Language Requirements:

  • English (fluent)


Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

 Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:


  1. Proposal: Letter of explaining why they are most suitable for the work
  2. Financial proposal (Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP)
  3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references


Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.


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