Individual Consultant to Develop a Climate Finance Report for Zimbabwe


Location : Home Based with occasional missions to Harare, ZIMBABWE
Application Deadline :09-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :7d 2h 8m
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
21-Dec-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :50 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :5 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 / PROJECT DESCRIPTION 

Zimbabwe’s climate is becoming increasingly variable, and the low level of resilience and capacity to address impacts makes it one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change in Southern Africa. It is expected that climate variability and change will exacerbate these challenges, increase pressure on natural resources, impact ecosystem services and agricultural productivity, and disproportionately affect the poor. The Government of Zimbabwe recognising this fact has embraced a low-emission and climate-resilient post-COVID-19 recovery pathway that mainstreams climatic change issues in the country. The National Development Strategy 1, Low Emissions Development Strategy (LEDS), revised Nationally Determined Contribution and the draft National Adaptation Plan (NAP) all indicate to the need to support green growth/low-emission, climate-resilient development, shift in production and consumption processes to emit fewer greenhouse gases and promote sustainable development which all need financial resources. Implementation of 38 economically viable mitigation abatement activities options in the LEDS is estimated to cost USD 6.3 billion by 2030. On the other hand, implementation of mitigation options in the revised NDCs would need approximately USD 4.8 billion wholly conditional on international financial support thus making mobilisation of both domestic and international climate financial resources imperative both adaptation and mitigation actions. It is against this background that UNDP in Zimbabwe in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry and Ministry of Finance and Economic Development seek to commission the development of a report aimed at mobilisation of both domestic and international climate financial resources to finance adaptation and mitigation actions identified in the listed documents above.


Duties and Responsibilities

Objective and Scope of Work

The overall objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of Zimbabwe’s public and private sector for climate finance mobilization. The work covers;

  • Undertaking a landscape mapping to identify the main sectoral priorities, policy and strategic frameworks and actors within the climate finance arena in Zimbabwe. It is expected that this review will include an outline of the current policy and strategic frameworks, as well as outline the key challenges and opportunities in the existing frameworks for an attractive enabling environment for climate finance and viable projects;
  • Determine the state of climate financing in Zimbabwe, particularly, the current programmes investing, the level of investments, and the key areas of investments;
  • Undertake a scoping of relevant local, regional and international sources of funding – both public and private – and the conditions for accessing the finance;
  • Identify potential investors (domestic, regional and international) and understand their investment philosophy, investment finance instrument and duration of the investment
  • Identifying viable projects in priority sectors highlighted in the revised NDC. An analysis of critical barriers to the access and mobilisation of increased levels of climate finance (in particular private capital) should be undertaken. This analysis should result in the value of pipeline opportunities, with potential timelines and key considerations outlined; 
  • Provide a critical perspective on the possible financing instruments for bankable projects, showcasing innovative approaches in Zimbabwe, including impact investing, green incentives, RBFs, and viability gap funding among others. An analysis of the key success factors, and the relevant business models;
  • Provide a compelling case on the risk perception of Zimbabwe outlining the low hanging fruit to improve the risk profile for potential investors;
  • Compile the report for presentation to key stakeholders including the DRETF, key government departments, development partners and financiers;
  • Conduct three workshops: a) Inception meeting where the methodology is presented, b) Capacity building workshop for projects developers and investors, and c) Validation workshop with key stakeholders;
  • Provide project developers (of the selected projects) with technical assistance, capacity building and financial structuring advice to increase the bankability of projects and make them more interesting to investors. This should include a review of potential suitable financing instruments and business models. Host a workshop where the project developers would engage with investors from both the public and private sectors, and work to develop funding mechanisms suitable for the selected projects.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES

The assignment is expected to commence immediately after the signing of the contract to the successful bidder.

  • Produce a short Scoping Report on the Climate Finance landscape in Zimbabwe;
  • Develop a detailed technical report on the Climate Finance landscape in Zimbabwe (number of sectors covered to be defined) anticipating 4 sectors covered;
  • Conduct at least two stakeholder engagements to disseminate key findings and develop a consolidated Report on the outcomes of the stakeholder consultations;
  • Select 3 to 4 projects in three priority sectors (9-12 in total) and design appropriate technical assistance to be provided to project developers;
  • Host the workshop for project developers and investors;
  • Conduct a Climate Finance landscape mapping, report and dissemination, and initial technical assistance to project developers.

INSTITUTIONAL ARRAGEMENTS FOR MANAGEMENT OF THIS CONSULTANCY

The principal responsibility for managing this assignment lies with the UNDP Country Office, Zimbabwe. UNDP will contract the consultant and ensure the timely provision of reimbursable costs and remuneration. UNDP will mobilise internal technical expertise to support the consultant’s work. UNDP will support the consultant’s engagement with stakeholders, arrange for meetings, field visits and coordinate with stakeholders and Government officials. Under the overall supervision of the UNDP Head of PRECC, the consultant will oversee the quality of the consultations with stakeholders, collection and analysis of data and generation of all the reports as per the TORs.

TIMEFRAME

The consultancy is expected to provide 50 days of services. The indicative time guideline for the Consultancy is provided in the deliverables schedule above.

IMPACT OF THE RESULTS

The purpose of the consultant is expected to achieve the following outcomes;

  • For the projects who have not received secure funding, participation in the process will highlight areas where adjustments are needed to improve their bankability going forward;
  • Work with the Government of Zimbabwe to deploy innovative climate financing instruments to accelerate the bankability of adaptation projects;
  • Provide relevant institutions with a better understanding of their specific roles and responsibilities within Zimbabwe’s climate finance supply chain;
  • Build the capacity of domestic commercial banks and the private sector, including through increasing their understanding of new and untested sectors, technologies and business models and introducing them to new funding mechanisms.

PAYMENT MILESTONES AND AUTHORITY

The consultant must send a financial offer based on Daily Fee. The consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. Travel costs and daily allowance costs should be identified separately.

Payments will be made based on the agreed financial proposal (contract is based on daily fee) and released upon submission of a certificate of payment request, indicating deliverables achieved and days worked to be verified and cleared for payment by the supervisor.

The qualified consultant shall receive his/her lump sum service fees upon certification of the completed tasks satisfactorily, as per the following payment schedule:

  • 10% first instalment on submission of Inception Report  and approved by UNDP Head of PRECC;
  • 30% second installment on submission of Scoping and Technical Report on the Climate Finance landscape in Zimbabwe approved by UNDP Head of PRECC;
  • 30% third installment after submission of Stakeholder engagement report indicating the technical assistance provided to project developers approved by UNDP Head of PRECC;
  • 30% fourth installment after submission of Climate Finance landscape mapping, report and dissemination, and initial technical assistance to project developers approved UNDP Head of PRECC.


Competencies

Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent drafting, documentation and communication skills in English;
  • Knowledge of Climate Change and project management skills;
  • Proven record on similar documentation work at the National level.

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

International Consultant (s)

Education

  • The task requires international finance expertise blended with national(s) expertise. The team leader should have at least a Master’s degree in Finance, Investment, or related field.

Experience

  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience working in Climate change and related aspects;
  • Proven international experience in developing Climate finance frameworks is essential;
  • Strong expertise and experience in financial modelling.

Language

An excellent command of English is required

Local Consultant (s):

Education

  • At least a master’s degree in Environmental Management, Climate Policy, Environmental Policy, Climate Finance or Development Finance or related field.

Experience

  • At least minimum of 8 years experience working in Climate change and related aspects;
  • Strong Understanding of Climate Policy and finance landscape in Zimbabwe;
  • Fluency in English and other local languages.

Other Experience

  • Experience in developing joint UN or collaborative projects is an added advantage;
  • Substantial relevant experience in the design and implementation of integrated development projects;
  • Good understanding of the development sector particularly energy sector in Zimbabwe;
  •  Experience in the formulation and management of similar projects with global funds including;
    • Knowledge of socio-cultural, socio economic context of Zimbabwe is strongly desired;
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating inclusive dialogues and engagements;
  • Working with multi-disciplinary teams, including local and expatriate technical experts.

The Team of International consultants shall also be supported by two national consultants for purpose of knowledge transfer and for physical engagement with national stakeholders and for collection of data and review of national documents to serve as an input to the work of the Team of international consultants.

Language:

  • An excellent command of English is required.

HOW TO APPLY

Submission must be online following the instruction given on the website.

Please submit the following to demonstrate your interest and qualifications. Please note that all the documents below must be submitted as one PDF file.

  • P11 (required), 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;
  • Personal CV (optional);
  • Duly completed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided [see link further down]; 
  • Technical Proposal demonstrating full understanding of the TORs, approach and methodology to the task and workplan;
  • Financial proposal (All-inclusive daily fee): Interested individuals are kindly requested to submit an all-inclusive daily consultancy fee;
  • Travel: All envisaged international travel costs must be included in the financial proposal in a separate line, though not the cost of in-land travel, which will be handled directly by the UNDP Country Office.

Application Evaluation Process: 

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the Cumulative Analysis methodology [weighted scoring method], where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; 
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Technical Criteria weight; [70%].

Financial Criteria weight; [30%].

Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% of the obtainable 100 points in technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Evaluation Criteria:

  • Adequacy of Profile and Technical Proposal (Max 100 points)

General Conditions of Contract for the ICs:

https://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf

UNDP Personal History form (P11) required of all applicants:

https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=308402;

Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability

https://www.dropbox.com/s/789q1hvdrdgwqqc/PPG_Cons_Letter%20of%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx?dl=0

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