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National Consultant- NAP Project Proposal Formulation


Location : Home- based with travel to selected provinces in Thailand, THAILAND
Application Deadline :23-Feb-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2017
Duration of Initial Contract :1st March 2017- 30th June 2017

Background

The national adaptation plan (NAP) process was established under the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF). It enables Parties to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs) as a means of identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs and developing and implementing strategies and programmes to address those needs. It is a continuous, progressive and iterative process which follows a country-driven, gender-sensitive, participatory and fully transparent approach.

Thailand’s NAP process began in 2015 with the study on vulnerability assessment that contains a set of vulnerability database, vulnerability maps, and suggestions for drafting the NAP (gaps and needs, priority list, and methodologies).  Subsequently, in 2016, the preliminary draft NAP was formulated composing of three main elements: Identification of sectoral vulnerability based on geographical locations, databases of adaptation options, and framework of NAP implementation.  It is expected that the final drafting of Thailand’s NAP together with the NAP implementation guidelines will be conducted during 2017/2018, taking into considerations of implementation experiences and lessons learned from (existing and future) NAP projects undertaken in different areas with different ecosystems, extents of climate change impacts, and priorities.

Currently, the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), the NAP focal point, is trying to draw on experiences of existing/future NAP pilot projects undertaken in diverse regions/areas in Thailand to be an input for the drafting so as the ensure that the final NAP and the implementation Guidelines will be appropriate, reflecting concerns, needs, and priorities of different sub-regions in Thailand.  For a purpose of piloting NAP projects, ONEP has identified priority areas for pilot implementation, based on political and ecosystem boundaries as follows:

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1. Central Plain of Chao Phraya river basin
  • Rice production system
2. Suphaburi province
  • Rice production system
3. Chiang Rai province
  • Tourism
4. Western forest complex
  • Forest ecosystem
5. Udon Thani
  • Urban and agricultural water usages
6. Moon-Chi river basin
  • Water resource
7. Andaman coast
  • Human settlement and tourism
8. Songkla lake
  • Human settlement and various sectors dependent on fresh water
9. Trat province
  • Agriculture and tourism

Through such pilot implementation of the NAP in these diverse areas with different ecosystem, challenges, and priorities, experiences and lessons drawn will subsequently be fed back to the final drafting of the NAP and its implementation guidelines.

In October 2016, ONEP, on behalf of the Royal Thai Government and in its capacity as the GCF’s National Designated Authority (NDA), sent a letter of intent to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) expressing its interest in submitting a project proposal to access finance under GCF Readiness Support Programme for NAP formulation and implementation with UNDP as a delivery partner.  The proposal will focus on the NAP implementation in one of the priority areas aforementioned, in order to address the vulnerabilities and adaptation options for marine and coastal areas, with a particular emphasis on the Gulf of Thailand.


Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the assignment

The main objective of this assignment is to formulate a project proposal to be submitted to the GCF for financial support under the GCF Readiness Support Programme for the NAP formulation and implementation.  UNDP is seeking for a national consultant to work jointly with ONEP and UNDP Thailand Country Office (CO), under an overall technical guidance of the UNDP’s Regional Technical Advisor (RTA) for climate change at the UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH), to develop this project proposal.

Scope of Work

For this assignment, the Consultant is primarily responsible for the following tasks:

  • Review documents related to climate change adaptation policy and strategic plan in Thailand, including among others, the Climate Change Master Plan, the preliminary draft NAP, and the study of Vulnerability Assessment, and also stock take existing NAP projects undertaken at both national and local levels in Thailand;
  • Organize a consultative meeting with ONEP, a few key relevant government agencies, development agencies, and research institutes to define a scope of the project proposal, including pilot areas, adaptation issues, key stakeholders, outputs, etc. with a particular emphasis on the vulnerabilities and adaptation options for marine and coastal areas along the Gulf of Thailand;
  • Gather and analyze data and information relevant to the selected priority areas which will be a basis for formulating the project proposal;
  • Work with UNDP Thailand Country Office and ONEP teams, under an overall technical guidance of the UNDP’s Regional Technical Advisor, to develop a project proposal that is in accordance with the GCF’s project proposal format for NAP Readiness Support Programme (see attachment);
  • Organize another round of consultations to share and discuss the first draft of the project proposal to all key stakeholders, and revise the draft based on comments and suggestions received; and
  • Produce and submit the final draft project proposal to UNDP Thailand Country Office.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

The expected outputs from this assignment are;

  • Work plan and methodology- date of submission by 15th March 2017;
  • 1st draft project proposal- date of submission by 30th April 2017;
  • Final draft project proposal- date of submission by 30th May 2017.

Institutional Arrangement

The consultant will report directly to UNDP Thailand Country Office, with direct supervision of the Team Leader of the Inclusive Green Growth and Sustainable Development Unit, and also work closely the UNDP Regional Technical Advisor on Climate Change from UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and ONEP working team.

Review Time

10 days after submission of each output.

Contract Duration: 1st March 2017- 30th June 2017

Duty Station: Home- based

Travel: Travel to southern Thailand is required whereby the consultant will make at least two visits to the selected areas (approx. 3-5 days per trip).


Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Sound understanding of climate change, sustainable development, environmental management issues, vulnerability and impact, and other related sustainable human development issues;
  • Strong analytical skills, communication, writing and networking abilities;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement, and report on work;
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master degree in environment, economics, development, social science, or a closely related field

Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience. Relevant experience can include areas such as designing projects and/or programmes on climate adaptation, working on multi-sectoral initiatives, institutional capacity-building, development planning and budgeting, development management, public administration and related initiatives;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of climate change adaptation and development;
  • Experience working with and delivering support to governments.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency of English languages

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

The contract will be based on Lump Sum Amount

The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:

  • Deliverable 1- Work plan and methodology :   20% of total contract amount;
  • Deliverable 2- 1st draft project proposal:         40% of total contract amount;
  • Deliverable 3- Final draft project proposal:       40% of total contract amount.

In general, UNDP shall 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 event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Evaluation Method and Criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology;

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 set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)

  • Criteria 1: Education- Max 10 points
  • Criteria 2: Demonstrated knowledge of climate change adaptation and development- Max 20 points
  • Criteria 3: Experience working with and delivering support to governments- Max 20 points
  • Criteria 4: Experiences in areas such as designing projects and/or programmes on climate adaptation, working on multi-sectoral initiatives, institutional capacity-building, development planning and budgeting, development management, public administration and related initiatives- Max 20 Points

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Documentation required:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II.
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Technical proposal, including a) a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment; and b) a methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
  • Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex 2.

Incomplete proposals may not be considered.

Please click on the link below to download required documents:

http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=35560


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