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GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNICAL ADVISOR - Sierra Leone
|Location :||Home-based, SIERRA LEONE|
|Application Deadline :||06-Feb-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 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.
The purpose of consultancy is to provide technical support to the Freetown City Council (FCC) for the implementation of the #FreetownTheTreeTown campaign, one of the winners of the 2021 Global Mayor's Challenge. The project provides monetary incentives for local communities to plant trees, establishing a tree-trading market that funds additional reforestation. Using geospatial tagging for each new tree, the initiative creates tree tokens in the hopes of developing a new market focused on the reforestation of the city. This initiative offers a unique opportunity to use market forces to drive climate action at the community level.
UNDP is looking to select a Green Infrastructure Technical Advisor consultant to support the core team of the #FreetownTheTreeTown campaign and the Freetown City Council (FCC) in the development of a financial, operating and funding model to operationalize the financial strategy of the project and align with its finance capabilities and functional structure. The Consultant will also elaborate the governance and risk management structures, defining the capital requirement and the carbon credit system that will provide revenue flows to the project, as well as organizing the “pilot fishing” (investor sounding) activities to attract investors and test the market interest in the project.
The UN Secretary-General established the UN SDG Action Campaign to inspire people and organizations from all backgrounds and every part of the world to take actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, while holding decision-makers to account for progress society-wide. The UN SDG Action Campaign is hosted and supported by UNDP and is based in Bonn (Germany) with a lean team that marshals rapid support for new initiatives as opportunities arise and provides partners with on-demand strategic creative services that inspire SDG action with an engaged community of activists and concerned individuals.
The UN SDG Action Campaign is working closely with cities and local governments to showcase how they are actively contributing to implement Agenda 2030, accelerating transformative action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for all, and everywhere. The UN SDG Action Campaign, together with the office of UNDP in the Sierra Leone are supporting the Freetown City Council to implement the #FreetownTheTreeTown Campaign, one of the winners of the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge.
Freetown, Sierra Leone, is among the world’s rainiest cities. They have also experienced rapid tree loss in recent years, estimated at some 555 hectares – or 500,000-plus trees – annually since 2011. The national government oversees the legal framework governing urban greening and land use, limiting Freetown’s options for curbing tree loss, and requiring reforestation. Heavy rains, coupled with this deforestation, have resulted in devastating landslides, including an event in 2017 which claimed nearly 1,000 lives.1 #FreetownTheTreetown is an initiative to reforest the city and surrounding areas to reverse tree loss and reduce disaster risks. The overall goal is to increase canopy cover by 50% from 2018 levels by the end of 2022.
In the first two years since its launch in January 2020, 560,000 trees have been planted, digitally tracked and ‘tokenised’, with 578 hectares of urban land in and around Freetown restored. The project is targeting the following objectives:
As well as planting new trees, #FreetownTheTreetown is helping to discourage environmentally harmful practices, such as sand mining, and to reduce deforestation and mangrove destruction in targeted areas. The full ecosystem services from the trees planted during the initial three-year campaign will come later, around 2030, once they are more established. There has already been a discernible reduction in flooding and landslide risk because of planting in the upper catchment areas. The campaign has also directly or indirectly created over 1,000 green jobs along the value chain, from workers in tree nurseries to community growers – of whom 80% are youths and 48% are women.
Duties and Responsibilities
2. Scope of Work, Responsibilities, and Description of the Proposed Analytical Work
The Consultant will undertake home-based work to support the city of Freetown with the following activities:
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation (70 points)
Criteria A – Desk Review of candidates´ qualifications and experience (30 Points)
Criteria B – Technical proposal (40 Points)
Only the technical proposals of candidates obtaining a minimum of 25 points in Phase 1 (Criteria A) will be assessed on Criteria B.
The top 3 candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points from Criteria A plus B) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered shortlisted for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation (30 points)
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: p = y (µ/z), where
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Supervisor, Freetown Global Mayors Challenge and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
If lumpsum: Payments are based upon output, i.e., upon delivery of the services specified above and deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
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