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Individual Consultant to develop a framework, institutional arrangements, procedures and digital manual for Zimbabwe’s International Carbon Market under the Paris Agreement to support NDC implementation.
|Location :||Home Based with occasional missions to Harare, ZIMBABWE|
|Application Deadline :||09-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||12d 2h 24m|
|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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||100 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||11 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 / PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Since the 1980s, Zimbabwe has played a significant role in establishing solutions on global environmental and climate issues and has committed to reducing net carbon emissions by 40% per capita by 2030. However, despite this domestic and international commitment funding has been limited to small projects under multilateral funding streams such as the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Adaptation Fund. The international funding envelops on climate in particular, have been mainstreamed in loans, developmental aid and grants. Zimbabwe’s withdrawal from the US$79.6 billion from 2010 to 2020, has been limited with approximately US$40 million being withdrawn in a variety of small projects solicited from a variety of development partners that support Zimbabwe in a variety of areas.
Carbon Trading in Zimbabwe is one of the country's policy cornerstones to combat climate change and is a key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. The ambition to reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) largely carbon dioxide from polluting the atmosphere has been a complex exercise, hence many countries have stated ambitions to reduce without a clear domestic plan, despite this having been defined under the Kyoto Protocol from 2009 to 2020. Throughout much of Africa, the trade in carbon has been slow, and the Paris Agreement(2015) and the Glasgow Pact (2021) seek to re-affirmed this market, through mechanisms which many developed countries have agreed to.
In the last few months of 2022, there has been wide interest in carbon trade, as seen through a surge of offering on the international stock exchange, and a rush of investors eyeing the African markets as providing huge potential for carbon trade. However, much of Africa has not been prepared and the trade frameworks defined under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been complex, with a few countries trading on the markets, mostly under the voluntary mechanism.
The Paris Agreement recognizes that Parties may choose to pursue voluntary cooperation in the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to allow for higher ambition in their mitigation and adaptation actions and to promote sustainable development and environmental integrity. Article 6 of the Paris Agreement establishes three approaches for the post-2020 carbon market participating countries, these are as follows:
With a well-coordinated approach, Carbon Markets can be a catalyst for Zimbabwe achieving the NDC goals and provide investment opportunities for businesses. It is for this reason that Zimbabwe as a Party to the Paris Agreement and in fulfilment of the Glasgow Climate Pact considers the development of a carbon trade framework, institutional arrangements, procedures and digital manual under the Paris Agreement as paramount.
The overall objective of the project is to develop a framework, institutional arrangements, procedures and digital manual for Zimbabwe’s International Carbon Market under the Paris Agreement to support NDC implementation. Other objectives of the Assignment include:
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the assignment is to support the development of a carbon market framework in Zimbabwe. The specific objective will be to assess Zimbabwe’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 and legal 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. The carbon market framework is expected to focus on Policy and Regulatory Framework, Institutional/Governance structure, Tools/Pricing and Knowledge Management/Capacity Building. The framework is expected to specifically address the following as well:
The assignment is expected to commence immediately after the signing of the contract to the successful bidder.
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 be in charge of the quality of the consultations with stakeholders, collection and analysis of data and generation of all the reports as per the TORs.
The consultancy is expected to provide 100 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 to provide a specialised technical support to the Government of Zimbabwe, UNDP Country Office Zimbabwe and its partners to develop a framework, institutional arrangements, procedures and digital manual for Zimbabwe’s International Carbon Market under the Paris Agreement to support NDC implementation.
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 cost 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:
Required Skills and Experience
The firm/consortium must have experts with the lead consultant having the following minimal educational qualifications:
An excellent command of English is required.
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.
The whole article works as one. 6.2; 6.4 all generate ITMOs. 6.8 contributes to Host Party NDC. They are all interlinked so the consultant has to work on all.
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.
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:
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:
General Conditions of Contract for the ICs:
UNDP Personal History form (P11) required of all applicants:
Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability
“UNDP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff, and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Well qualified candidates, particularly women and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply”.