Climate Change and Public Expenditures Analyst


Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :12-Jun-14 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2014
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

Background

UNDP’s democratic governance practice focuses on fostering inclusive participation, strengthening responsive governing institutions, and promoting democratic principles. Inclusive participation expands equal opportunities for engagement by the poor, women, youth, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups who are excluded from power. Efforts in this area aim to strengthen opportunities for civic engagement in the core channels linking people and the state, at the national, regional and local levels. Strengthening responsive governing institutions entails promoting the core channels of representation and accountability in the state at the national, regional and local levels. Responsive institutions mean that the state reflects and serves the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities. Supporting national partners to strengthen democratic practices grounded in human rights, anti-corruption and gender equality require UNDP leadership in promoting gender sensitive integration, coordination and information-sharing efforts of policies, practices, and strategies strengthening democratic governance within and outside of the UN family.
In Asia and the Pacific, UNDP is increasingly being requested to provide governance related services that support governments in articulating their response to climate change. These services include strengthening government’s institutional and administrative framework to be able to deliver integrated climate policy and programming within a range of sectors; strengthening government’s planning and budgeting processes to be able to account transparently for climate relate services; strengthening parliament and civil society’s roles in holding governments accountable in their response to climate change; and supporting local governments in integrating climate related services into their programming. There is also an increasing urgency to ensure that the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities and those particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts are included in the governance of a climate change response, including within all stages of policy formulation, programme implementation and processes of reporting and accountability.
 
To respond to the growing demands, APRC has established a multi-disciplinary team to deliver services which can support governments developing comprehensive approaches to govern the challenge of climate change in ways that support their overall development, particularly in the context of Rio+20 follow up and post 2015 development agenda. This team works across practices within UNDP and HQ, APRC, UNDP country offices and in partnership with a range of development partners at the regional level, to deliver this support.
 
The UNDP APRC and UNDP Country Offices are working together across four regional programmes including the Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI), the SIDA funded “Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to Benefit the Poor and Vulnerable”, the DfID funded “Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to Benefit the Poor and Vulnerable in South Asia” and Asia Regional Governance Programme (ARGP) to provide support to climate change finance and development effectiveness dialogues. Support is also being provided through the Asia-Pacific Gender Mainstreaming Programme, both in mainstreaming and for pilot initiatives at country level, such as the mainstreaming of gender across UNDPs’ entire portfolio of environment and energy projects.
 
Public expenditure reviews (PERs) involve the analysis of allocation and management of public expenditures and may cover all government expenditure or focus on a few priority sectors such as agriculture, water, infrastructure, gender, etc. Information gathered from PERs is used to provide key guidance to strategic planning and budget preparation and to identify ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of resource allocations. The Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews (CPEIRs) developed in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Samoa and Thailand and the Mitigation Fiscal Framework (MFF) developed in Indonesia since 2011 as well as the recommendations they made are the key building blocks upon which climate responsive planning and budgeting are expected to be built at the national and/or sub-national levels through the projects that UNDP is implementing in the concerned countries.
 
Based on their findings, the CPEIRs made a number of practical recommendations or future actions and interventions to improve the management of climate finance. UNDP is currently helping countries implement some of them in a number of Asia Pacific countries. Outputs developed include securing a comprehensive, cross-government approach that delivers a coherent and well managed response to climate finance, involving both the public and private sectors where practical. This approach is referred to as a climate fiscal framework. Another recommendation in the process of implementation is the specific climate functional marker or code that is introduced to the government chart of accounts. This marker is applied on a percentage basis, to all climate programmes to enable the tracking of the climate budget. This marker can also identify the nature of the climate intervention as adaptation, mitigation, capacity building or technology transfer. Finally, a national climate change financing framework that will help countries translate climate change strategy plans into costed and prioritized climate change action plans phased over five years given resource constraints as determined by financing scenarios and develop a better understanding of how climate change will affect the benefits from public expenditure is being designed.


Duties and Responsibilities

The analyst is expected to support the governance of climate change finance cross-practice team achieving the following objectives:
  • Developing a comprehensive public climate finance database drawing on the CPEIR literature, country national communications and OECD-DAC database and dissemination strategy;
  • Organizing a climate responsive budgeting workshop;
  • Developing a consultant roster for public financial management specialists, climate finance specialists, local governance experts and other relevant groups of experts;
  • Developing briefs that would illustrate and advocate for the work the UNDP APRC Climate Finance Governance Team is doing in a reader friendly and accessible language to stakeholders and the general audience alike.
Scope of work

The activities are summarized as follows:

Developing a comprehensive public climate finance database and dissemination strategy: 

The analyst will identify and gather all available public climate finance data sources, compile and present them in formats allowing time and cross country comparisons to the extent possible. He/she will also identify potential users of this data and prepare a mailing list to which the database will be sent regularly as it gets updated. The analyst will liaise with the website maintenance supplier in coordination with the team’s Regional Communications and Programme Analyst to have the database available to the public and published properly online.

Organizing a climate responsive budget workshop:

The consultant will contribute to the preparation of the climate responsive budget workshop.  He/she will help the governance of climate change finance cross-practice team identify the participants (governments, donors, UN agencies, CSOs etc.) and liaise with them, prepare the agenda for the workshop in coordination with the designated partners, identify and liaise with the guest speakers and review and comment on the submitted presentations. The analyst will also contribute to the summary/follow up report of the workshop.

Developing a consultant roster: 

The consultant will help build a consultant roster (both national and international consultants) the APRC governance of climate change finance cross-practice team can tap into when it is looking for 1)- Public Financial Management Expertise, 2)- Climate Financial Expertise, 3)- Gender and Climate Change Expertise, 4)- Poverty and Climate Change Expertise, 5)- Local Governance and Climate Change Expertise, 6)- Political Economy Analysis Expertise and 7) Cost Benefit Analysis expertise. This roster will also be shared with country offices when they would like to contract an expert for an assignment relevant to climate change finance.

Developing briefs that would illustrate and advocate the public finance instruments the Climate Finance Governance Team is implementing in a reader friendly and accessible language for concerned stakeholders and general audience alike:

  • Climate Change Budget Coding in Nepal;
  • Climate Change Mitigation Expenditures Tagging in Indonesia;
  • Climate Fiscal Framework in Bangladesh;
  • Climate Change Financing Framework in Cambodia;
  • Sub-national Climate Change Financing Framework in Cambodia;
  • Climate Public and Institutional Expenditures Review in Viet-nam;
  • Climate Public and Institutional Expenditures Review in Fiji;
  • Climate Public and Institutional Expenditures Review in Vanuatu.

Final Products:

  • Comprehensive public climate finance database constructed and published on www.climatefinance-developmenteffectiveness.org web-site;
  • Dissemination strategy for public climate finance database developed;
  • Climate Responsive Budgeting technical workshop successfully organized including agenda, list of participants identified and summary/follow up report on the workshop;
  • Comprehensive consultant roster prepared and shared with country offices;
  • At least eight briefs prepared on public finance instruments and framework implemented by the Climate Finance Governance Team.

Contract Duration: 

1 July - 31 December 2014

Duty Station:

Bangkok, Thailnad with travel to Asia-Pacific countries.

Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls:

The consultant will be working as an integral part of the APRC climate finance team and will be working closely with members of the team. The consultant will work under the overall supervision and guidance of APRC’s Governance, Climate Change Finance and Development Effectiveness Advisor, APRC’s Environment Advisor and will be supervised by the APRC Governance and Public Finance Specialist and/or the Climate Finance Specialist. She/he is expected to closely coordinate her/his activities with the International Poverty and Gender Advisor(s).

Documents to be included when submitting proposal: 

Interested individual consultant must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate your qualifications:
  • Financialproposal:The financial proposal must indicate lump sumprofessionalfeein USD;
  • Personal CV and/or P.11including past experience in similar projects and the name and contact details of 3 references.
Financial Proposal:
 
The financial proposal will specify the lump sum professional fee in USD and payments will be made to the Individual Consultant based on the number of days worked and upon completion of the deliverables.  All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. In the event of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. 
 
Evaluation:

The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable;
  • 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 related to services: 50 points;
  • Expertise & Availability: 50 points.

Financial Criteria weight; 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 350 technical points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity/Creating Organizational Precedents;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Functional Competencies:

Professionalism
  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
  • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
  • Remains calm in stressful situations.
Teamwork
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning and organizing
  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Uses time efficiently.
Client orientation
  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider.
Communication
  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Promoting Organizational learning and Knowledge Sharing: Developing tools and mechanisms:
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches;
  • Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms;
  • Develops and/or participates in the development of tools and mechanisms, including identifying new approaches to promote individual and organizational learning and knowledge sharing using formal and informal methodologies.
Job Knowledge and Technical Expertise: In-depth knowledge of the Subject-matter:
  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines;
  • Serves as internal consultant in the area of expertise and shares knowledge with staff;
  • Continues to seeks new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Master’s in Economics, Public Finance or other closely related fields with strong quantitative content.
Experience:
  • At least 2 years of progressive experience in support country process of governance reform including public financial management and institutional reform;
  • Proven experience in providing advice on public finance / institutional reform to senior policy makers and practitioners in governments of developing countries a must, and experience in Asia and Pacific
  • Knowledge of climate change economics and climate change finance is an advantage;
  • Work experience with civil society, media and parliament in promoting transparency and accountability for government policy and programming is an advantage;
  • Experience working in the international organization or UN family is an advantage;
  • Full computer literacy in internet searching and Microsoft Office programmes i.e. MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-Power Point. Website management experience is an asset.
 Language Requirement:
  • Proficiency in English with advanced command of speaking and writing;
  • Fluency in other languages spoken in the region is an asset.

Remark:

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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.


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