International Specialist on Climate Change Policy and Institutions


Location : Islamabad, PAKISTAN
Application Deadline :20-Feb-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
02-May-2015
Duration of Initial Contract :2 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :2 Months

Background

UNDP Pakistan is developing a set of strategic interventions to strengthen climate responsive budgeting in Pakistan. As a first step, UNDP Pakistan supported the government of Pakistan to undertake a Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (CPEIR)[1], which was a response to interest expressed in the initiative by the Ministry of Climate Change (formerly the Climate Change Division) in the Cabinet Secretariat. The CPEIR report will be finalised by end of February 2015  following which implementation of recommendations ensuing from the report and policy actions for mainstreaming climate change finance into the budgeting process will be implemented. The conduct and output of the CPEIR are expected to contribute to mainstreaming climate finance by raising awareness of strategy and policy issues, promoting the efficient and effective use of resources, assessing policy formulation and implementation thereby contributing in a practical way to greater co-operation between diverse stakeholders.  The study will therefore make practical recommendations for future actions and interventions to improve the management of climate finance in Pakistan. The CPEIR approach has potential to become a benchmark reference that will allow policy makers assess the present status of the federal and provincial response to climate change.

This set of interventions will be supported by UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) from its regional programme funded by DFID – Strengthening the governance of climate change finance to benefit the poor and vulnerable in South Asia (2013-17). The regional programme has three broad objectives, which are adapted to each country context:

  • Climate Change is integrated into budget formulation at national and sub-national levels;
  • Strengthened institutions track and report on climate change expenditures as part of the budget process at national and sub-national levels;
  • Knowledge effectively shared across countries of the region as well as with key international policy process related to climate finance

The project in Pakistan, through consultations with stakeholders in both the government and non-government sectors will develop a strategy to work towards those objectives, adapted to the Pakistani context. Through this assignment the project formulation will be informed of the best practices that countries around the world have pursued in mainstreaming climate change finance while keeping in mind core aspects of the national budget vis a vis climate change finance.


Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of the assignment is to provide technical support to the Country Office and BRH in formulation of the project design and in outlining strategic interventions to support the climate finance mainstreaming efforts in Pakistan. The ultimate aim is to mainstream climate change finance by integrating it with budgetary and planning process.

Specifically, the assignment will:

  • Assess current policy priorities and strategies as they relate to climate change and make recommendations for embedding the climate change into the national budget process.
  • Review and provide advice on the institutional arrangements for promoting the integration of climate change policy priorities into budgeting and expenditure management within and across key ministries and stakeholders, as well as between the federal and provincial levels.
  • Review the integration of climate change objectives within the budgeting process, including as part of the budget planning, implementation, expenditure management and financing.

Scope of Work

As a Climate Change expert the scope of the work for the assignment includes:

  • Review the findings and recommendations of the Pakistan CPEIR, and ensure a logical link between the recommendations and findings and proposed set of activities.
  • Support the development of a proposed set of strategic interventions and work-plan over a 2 ½ year period that will be supported.The interventions could be integrated within an existing work plan or project modality within the UNDP Country Programme portfolio or as a contribution to a new project as appropriate.
  • Engage and consult with key stakeholders if necessary, both government and non-government, for consultations on project formulation and modalities.
  • Identify options for integrating climate change expenditures in existing expenditure tracking systems.

Deliverables 

Draft of 2 ½ year set of interventions with associated targets and objectives developed for integrating climate change finance in budgeting processes in Pakistan.

Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls

The Climate Change expert will work in close association with the Public Finance/ Project Coordinator UNDP Pakistan Environment and Climate Change and the UNDP APRC team.

Submitting the Proposals:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

Proposal:

  • Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (if applicable)

Financial proposal

P-11 and Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 2 references.

Lump sum contracts:

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).

Travel:

All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.  In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the case 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.


Competencies

Functional competences

  • Substantial knowledge on Work Planning;
  • Ability to write clearly and compellingly in English;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to meet goals, work under pressure and meet demanding deadlines.

Corporate competencies:

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in climate change, environment, energy, social sciences or relevant field is preferable.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in policy analysis, advisory role to senior government stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience in formulation and implementation of policies and programmes related to climate change;
  • Substantial experience in developing reports and strategies;
  • Substantial experience in generating dialogue and consultation process in areas of policy analysis;
  • Experience in South Asia, or Asia advantageous. Experience in Pakistan preferred.

Language:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral in English;
  • Knowledge of local language is an advantage.


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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