International Consultant/Review of Five Key Climate


Location : Home based, UZBEKISTAN
Application Deadline :22-Feb-12 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :10 working days during the period from 1 March 1 to 31 May 2012

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

As substantive negotiations on climate change issues are expected to take place in 2011, there will be a need to provide continuous and enhanced support to the Uzbek delegation in their efforts to participate effectively in the negotiating process. The governments clearly stated their needs in this regard, and this request is firming on the way towards reaching a global legally binding climate change agreement, as they understand that if they are not able to position their countries properly under the post-2012 regime this will affect their development. For many years already UNDP is supporting the governments and in particular the negotiators, by issuance of guidance, briefings, presentations, conduction of trainings, workshops, roundtables, videoconferences and providing expertise and technical advice.
 
In view of comprehensive legally binding global climate change agreement is to be in place (November 2012, Qatar, 18th Conference of the Parties under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) there will be a need to identify further commitments/requirements to the countries of the region and to support them in the understanding and preparation for their fulfilment.
 
The International Consultant on Review of Five Key Climate Change Negotiation Areas will be responsible for development of approaches aimed at enhancing knowledge and skills related to the international climate change negotiations of  the national negotiation team; and development of practical recommendations on how to ensure and enable efficient participation in the climate change negotiations, which are a very comprehensive and complex process.


Duties and Responsibilities

Throughout the assignment the International Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and overall guidance of the Climate Change Specialist of the Environment and Energy Unit, UNDP CO, as well as the Environmental Specialist from the UNDP Regional Center in Bratislava. The International Consultant shall establish close cooperation with the national experts involved in the corresponding LEDS development activities.
 
Key Responsibilities:
 
I.     Review the outcomes of the 17th Conference of the Parties under the UNFCCC held in Durban in 2011 that are relevant to the five key focus areas of the international climate change negotiations:
  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation
  • Finance
  • Technology Transfer
  • New Market Mechanisms
  • II.     Develop five technical papers covering the five key focus areas of the international climate change negotiations that will include inter alia analysis of relevant opportunities for Uzbekistan to benefit from the each of above five  areas.

    III.     Based on the request of the project team and national negotiation team, advise them on the relevant issues via e-mails and /or telephone- and skype conferences.

    Implementation arrangements:

    The assignment will be based on the deskwork at home-country within 10 working days during the period from 1 March 1 to 31 May 2012. The International Consultant will be fully and solely responsible for undertaking the above tasks and quality and timely producing the expected outputs and deliverables indicated below.

    Deliverables and timeframe:

    The following deliverables and indicatives schedule are expected from the contract. The final schedule will be agreed upon in the beginning of the consultancy assignment. All deliverables should be submitted to UNDP by the Consultant in English. See Section III above for specific details of the content required for these deliverables.

    • Technical paper “Analysis of opportunities for Uzbekistan to benefit from the ‘mitigation’ key focus area of the international climate change negotiations”, technical paper “Analysis of opportunities for Uzbekistan to benefit from the ‘adaptation’ key focus area of the climate change negotiations” and technical paper “Analysis of opportunities for Uzbekistan to benefit from the ‘finance’ key focus area of the international climate change negotiations” developed and submitted. - By April 15, 2012.
    • Technical paper “Analysis of opportunities for Uzbekistan to benefit from the ‘technology transfer’ key focus area of the international climate change negotiations” and technical paper “Analysis of opportunities for Uzbekistan to benefit from the ‘new market mechanisms’ key focus area of the international climate change negotiations” developed and submitted. Distance consultations provided based on the requests, if any. By May 1 5, 2012
    Payment Conditions:
     
    This is a lump sum contract that should include costs of consultancy and other relevant costs, if any, required to produce the above deliverables. Payment (100%) will be released in 1 (one) installmentupon timely submission of respective deliverables and their acceptance by the Supervisors and the UNDP CO.
1 (one) installment


Competencies

  • Excellent analytical and presentation skills;
  • Outstanding time-management, organizational and inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to use informational and communication technology as a tool and resource.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Masters degree in Economics, International Law, International Relations or a closely related field. Technical knowledge of the implications of climate change process on development, finance, environment and other relevant fields is critical.
Experience:
  • At least 7years of relevant working experience;
  • Proven and sound  knowledge of the international climate change negotiations;
  • Solid experience in the policy development associated with the environment, climate change and sustainable development dimensions is an asset;
  • Proven experience in working for and collaborating with the relevant government agencies is an asset;
  • Relevant working experience in CIS countries is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of English, including writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Russian, including writing and verbal communication skills is an asset.

Proposals:  Required Documentation

  • Statement of Interest - Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (2 pages or less)
  • UNDP Personal History Form - Applicants are encouraged to fill and sign a P11 Form and submit it on the online application.  The P11 Form can be obtained at http://www.undp.uz/en/download/index.php?type=file&parent=3209&doc=100739

Application process: To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:

  • Download and complete the UN Personal History Form (P11).
  • Merge your P11, Proposals and other relevant documents into a single file.
  • Click on the Job Title.
  • Click “Apply Now” button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and click “Submit Application”.
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  • Shortlisted candidates only will be requested to provide financial offer.

    Evaluation:

    Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:

    • Cumulative analysis - The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:  a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
    • Technical Criteria weight; [70%]; Experience: 10%; Education & Language: 10%; Brief Note: 10%; Interview: 40%
    • Financial Criteria weight; [30%]
    • Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation



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