Consultant for the Preparation of the Project Proposal for the European Commission


Location : Home based with 1 mission to Kyrgyzstan, KYRGYZSTAN
Application Deadline :25-Aug-09 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
10-Sep-2009
Duration of Initial Contract :Three (3) months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 20 working days

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

Kyrgyzstan ratified the UNFCCC on May 25, 2000 (entered into force on 23 August 2000), and joined the Kyoto Protocol on 13 May 2003. In March 2003 the Initial National Communication (INC) of Kyrgyzstan to the UNFCCC was published and submitted to the Conference of Parties. In 2008 Kyrgyzstan prepared its Second National Communication (SNC) and submitted to COP 14. The SNC includes vulnerability assessment and adaptation measures to climate change. The assessment covered the most vulnerable sectors (water resources, population health, agriculture and climatic emergency situations). The share of the agriculture in the national GDP is about 30%. Plant cultivation takes 54.4% of the agriculture input into GDP, and cattle-breeding provides 43.9% accordingly. The heat availability of the vegetative period for 2100 has been determined for all climatic regions of the Kyrgyz Republic (Northwest, Northeast, Internal Tien-Shan, Southwest) and emissions scenarios. As a whole, distribution of the areas with various heat availabilities will essentially change. The percent of the area with values of humidity lower than 0.30 (arid zone of deserts and semi-arid zone of semi-deserts) can increase approximately up to 23.3-49.7 % in 2100. The Chui valley comes to be among the most vulnerable and affected. Such changes of humidifying can result alongside with necessity of re-structuring of agriculture sector as well as in essential changes of natural vegetative and animal communities.

The proposed project is considered as one of the key national priorities and will ensure the Kyrgyzstan’s Chui valley ability to adapt to long-term climate change, by integration of climate change concerns into the agriculture management. 

Therefore, the principal responsibility of the Consultant is to develop the Project Proposal in standard European Commission template for the proposed pilot project.


Duties and Responsibilities

The  Consultant  will undertake the following tasks:

  • Work under the supervision of Climate Change Policy Adviser (CCPA) and in close cooperation with the Component Coordinator;
  • Desk study the key reports and documentation that have been prepared by Kyrgyzstan addressing their climate change problems since the adoption of the UNFCC;
  • Identify any gaps in the information and data needed for the successful formulation of the project proposal;
  • Based on the information gap analysis, develop TORs for national consultants to obtain any essential additional information;
  • Supervise the work of the national experts and their delivery according to the agreed work schedule and milestones; validate their results;
  • Propose project structure and outline in consultations with the UNDP Kyrgyzstan;
  • Prepare the project proposal in accordance with the latest European Commission guidelines, consultation with the UNDP Kyrgyzstan;
  • Ensure that the project proposal clearly address the recommendations provided by the European Commission;
  • Ensure that the Project Proposal clearly articulate cost effectiveness of  European Commission investment;
  • Include detailed and separate budgets for project preparation and implementation, relating all inputs to outputs, including USD values and work weeks;
  • Include a detailed terms of reference for all consultancy and sub-contracts and a work plan for project preparation;
  • Submit the draft project proposal for UNDP review;
  • Revise and finalize the project proposal documents taking fully into account UNDP comments and suggestions, prepare them for European Commission submission.

Management Arrangements, Timeline

Under the overall guidance of the Climate Change Policy Adviser, Component Coordinator, and UNDP CO Kyrgyzstan and in coordination with the national consultants the Consultant is expected to work in Kyrgyzstan for developing the project proposal. The Consultant will report to the Climate Change Policy Adviser and Component Coordinator. He/She will liaise with the national experts that will support his/her work.

 
Timeline:
 
September 2009 – Desk review (7 days) and TORs

 
October 2009 – Draft project proposal
 
November 2009 – Final project proposal ready for submission to the European Commission Board

 
November 2009 – Revised project proposal within 7 days of receiving comments on them from UNDP and European Commission Board

 
 
In the course of the assignment, the Consultant will be expected to undertake 1 mission to Kyrgyzstan: October 2009 (meetings and consultations with government representatives and potential project partners). The mission will tentatively last for 4-5 days. The dates for mission will be agreed upon between the consultant and UNDP-Kyrgyzstan.

Expected outputs/deliverables:

The main overall output under this TOR will be the finalized project proposal.

 
Deliverables:

  • Draft project proposal
  • Final project proposal ready for submission to the European Commission Board
  • Response matrix for European Commission comments


Remuneration and Special conditions:

Fee transfer will be processed in three installments:

  • the first payment (30% of the total) is to be paid after approval by Climate Change Policy Adviser of a draft project proposal;
  • the second payment (60%) is to be paid after approval by Climate Change Policy Adviser of the final project proposal prepared following the requirements at the moment of submission;
  • the third payment (10%) is to be paid after provided response matrix for European Commission comments if any;


Competencies

  • Graduate degree in climatology, ecology, agriculture or similar discipline;
  • Solid awareness of the UNFCCC and its requirement;
  • Knowledge of UNDP policies and procedures, particularly in the climate change focal area;
  • Experience with adaptation project preparation;


Required Skills and Experience

The International Consultant must fulfill the following minimum requirement:

  • Graduate degree in climatology, ecology or similar discipline;
  • Solid awareness of the UNFCCC and its requirement;
  • Knowledge of UNDP policies and procedures, particularly in the climate change focal area;
  • Experience with UNDP project preparation;
  • Excellent communication and information technology skills;
  • Significant international experience in adaptation to the climate change;
  • Proficiency in the English language.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  The applicants should submit completed P11 form (can be downloaded from http://www.undp.kg) with the title of the position at the following address: UN House, Environment Programme office, 3 floor, 160 Chui str., Bishkek, 720040 or via e-mail to aidai.ashiralieva@undp.org by the expiry date indicated, 17:30 (Bishkek time) at the latest.



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