National Consultant on Climate Change Related Financial Support


Location : YEREVAN, ARMENIA
Application Deadline :31-Jan-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :6 February 2023 – 10 April 2023 (40 workdays)

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

UNDP and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Armenia (MoE) are implementing the project Building Armenia’s National Transparency Framework under Paris Agreement” UNDP-GEF Project (CBIT Project). As the project title indicates, the immediate objective of the project is to meet enhanced transparency requirements as defined in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement by strengthening institutional and technical capacity for measuring and reporting on emissions, mitigation and adaptation activities, and support received.

Article 13 of the Paris Agreement establishes an Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) in order to provide a clear understanding of climate change action through reporting on action and support received. The transparency framework shall build on and enhance the transparency arrangements under the Convention, including national communications, biennial update reports (BUR) and international consultation and analysis. Paragraphs 7 to 10 of Article 13 require each Party to regularly provide a national inventory report, information necessary to track progress made in implementing and achieving its NDC, information related to climate change impacts and adaptation, and information on support received. Article 13 also requires all Parties to establish institutions for ongoing monitoring.

At present, Armenia lacks the institutional arrangements and technical capacity to comply with enhanced transparency requirements. It also lacks a proper MRV infrastructure for assessing and reporting on mitigation and adaptation actions and policies and on support received.

Output 3.2.3 of CBIT Project aims to develop a methodology for reporting on support received.  This output will adopt guidelines on reporting support received for climate change mitigation and adaptation activities and will improve coordination on reporting from various sources. Different agencies, local governments, the private sector, and NGOs currently receive support for climate-related activities. These efforts are not coordinated, and therefore not all of them can be captured.

For more project information visit: http://nature-ic.am/en/projects/Building-Armenia’s-National-Transparency-Framework-under-Paris-Agreement/1039


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Climate Change Programme Coordinator and guidance of Task Lead expert and in cooperation with the project expert team, the Consultant will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Develop methodology for information collection on financial support received under Article 9 of the Paris Agreement following the Decision 5/CMA.3. “Guidance operationalizing the modalities, procedures and guidelines for the enhanced transparency framework referred to in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement”[1]:
  1. Identify the typology of climate finance support received by types, source, responsible national entity;
  2. Assess what kinds of institutional mechanisms exist and how climate change-related information can be filtered for tracking and reporting purposes;
  3. Define the scope of national framework, appropriate for the identified data sources for tracking support received.
  • Provide recommendations on the most appropriate institutional level approach for monitoring and reporting the financial flows ensuring transparency. Consult the proposed approach with key stakeholders.
  • Present the results of the task at the workshop with the stakeholders, summarize the results and incorporate them into the final protocol.
  • In line with developed approach collect information on financial support received by Armenia for 2020-2021.

4. Expected Deliverables, Draft Timeframe and Schedule of Payments

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Description of deliverables

Delivery time

Amount

1.

 

Draft methodology for the collection of information on climate change related financial support is developed,

Final methodology based on stakeholders’ comments submitted.

6 weeks after contract signing

60%

2.

Report on financial support received by Armenia for 2020-2021 is prepared.

8 weeks after contract signing

40%

Payment mode:

  • Evaluation of outcomes is the responsibility of the UNDP Climate Change Programme Coordinator/Project Manager.
  • Estimated duration of the tasks is 40 consultancy days within the period of 6 February - 10 April, 2023. Payments will be made based on submitted and accepted deliverables.
  • Payment will be made in three installments upon completion of the tasks under each output and approval of deliverables by the UNDP country office.

[1] Decision 5/CMA.3, Table III.7 Information on financial support received by developing country Parties under Article 9 of the Paris Agreement of Annex III. Common tabular formats for the electronic reporting of the information on financial, technology development and transfer and capacity-building support provided and mobilized, as well as support needed and received, under Articles 9–11 of the Paris Agreement

 


Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong analytical skills, excellent coordination and collaboration skills, proven ability to work under time pressure and handle multiple activities and tasks concurrently.
  • Proven knowledge of communication tools, excellent writing skills, track record with producing high quality research/analytical reports and papers.
  • Timely delivery of good-quality products.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and to participate effectively in team-based information sharing.


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in the relevant field (technical, natural sciences, environmental management, or relevant related fields). Advanced degree will be an asset. 

Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in working with public finance;
  • At least 3 years of experience in climate finance;
  • At least 3 of experience in international projects and knowledge of Armenia’s financing system;
  • Relevant experience with the United Nations or another international organization is an asset.

Language Skills

  • Proficiency in Armenian; good knowledge of written and spoken English.  

 

CANDIDATES WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING METHODOLOGY:

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications, experience and financial proposal.The contract will be awarded to the candidate whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation - max. 70 points

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation - max. 30 points.

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.

  • Financial Proposal and Availability formOFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP (A total lump sum  option is applicable for this assignment)
  • CV shall include Education/Qualification, Processional Certification, Employment Records /Experience

General Conditions of Contract is available here: GENERAL CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT

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