International consultant for transfer of Czeck experiences related to the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions of Bosnia and Herzegovina under the Paris Agreement


Location : Home-based with two missions to BiH, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Application Deadline :14-Jul-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :20 September 2017 - December 2017
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 20 working days

Background

Purpose

The adoption of the Paris Agreement at the COP 21 (2015) made history under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A central part of the Agreement is the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) whose goal is to set out each country’s approach to reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate. Bosnia and Herzegovina submitted its first NDC in October 2015, while the Paris Agreement was ratified by the Decision on ratification of Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Official gazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina – international agreements, No. 01/17).
The purpose of this assignment will be to prepare plan for implementation of NDCs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Objective

The international consultant will prepare a plan for implementation of NDCs of B&H covering all the relevant aspects of the Plan (starting from the timeframe, decision on legal framework, governance structure of NDC preparation and implementation, financial analysis relevant for the NDCs, planning of new NDCs and its finalization and approval). The international consultant will work in close cooperation with 1 national consultant who will provide local support and expertise in preparation of the Plan for implementation of NDCs of B&H.. Needed support will be provided by GEF Project Manager and Climate change policy advisor of the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub.
Entire process of Plan development should assure identification and involvement of all stakeholders relevant to this process.   

Background Information

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) became a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on December 6, 2000, and the Kyoto Protocol was ratified on April 22, 2008. Following the ratification of the UNFCCC, BiH has made a serious effort to es¬tablish appropriate political, institutional, and legal frameworks to meet the commitments of the convention.
Since COP 21 (2015), countries have started to ratify the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on 4th November 2016, and confirm their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). In the future, countries will be required to submit updated and more ambitious NDCs every five years.
In order to implement NDCs successfully, as a first step a proper planning process should be set in place. The planning process needs to consider many aspects of the NDC implementation, including:  establish a mandate for coordinating actions around NDCs cycles and driving implementation; mainstream and integrate climate change into national planning and development processes; stakeholder engagement and address resource constraints.


Duties and Responsibilities

International consultant will provide around 10 days of home-based support, and around 10 days of support within Bosnia and Herzegovina spread over two missions, all of which aim to preparation of implementation plan of NDCs. The main duty of international consultant will be to provide guidance, support, and expertise and to cooperate with the national consultants who will provide local expertise needed in development of the implementation plan of NDCs for B&H, with specific reference to the following:

  • Development of workplan and guiding the development of implementation plan in close cooperation with engaged national consultant and GEF Project Manager;
  • Cooperation with relevant ministries aimed at preparation of realistic and efficient implementation plan;
  • Identification of relevant stakeholders and their active involvement in the preparation of the implementation plan;
  • Presentation of draft version of NDCs implementation plan at the workshop for stakeholders in order to obtain their feedbacks and comments;
  • Preparation of final draft version and its submission for approval.

The NDC implementation plan should include the following segments:

  • Establishment of timeframe for the NDC that should be aligned with:
    • the Paris Agreement NDC updating cycle;
    • national planning processes.
  • Decision, including its justification, on legal form and publication of the Plan;
  • Decision, including its justification, on governance structure of NDC preparation and implementation considering the following:
    • Organizational structure of the NDC Plan implementation (political only, political and technical together, political with technical group/s on mitigation and adaptation);
    • Review the existing organization of the NDC preparation (that could be assessed as sufficient and therefore no action will be needed);
    • Design of the needed structure including the: format (focal point, committee, responsible ministry/agency); players, mandate, roles, and responsibilities; cooperation/communication between key ministries, departments and agencies, sub-national authorities; broader stakeholders and mechanisms for their involvement; funding of the designed structure work; legal format of the structure; identification of the capacity building needs and how to build it.
  • Development of a Mitigation Plan for the implementation of the NDC considering the following:
    • Linking the mitigation NDC target and sectors to the existing strategic documents and plans (i.e. Low Emission Development Strategy);
    • Identification of additional mitigation actions, identify financial needs and possibilities for international financing and recommend development of additional strategy/policies/plans/programs/projects;
    • Analyze the existing Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system and plan improvements at national/sectoral/program/project MRV levels for tracking implementation and impacts (link to other processes, SDG, etc.) in line with EU requirements including the: development of mechanism for adjusting policies and developing new ones when not reaching the target; implementation of the mitigation policies; possible adjustments of the mitigation actions; identification of the links to other processes such as EU requirements; The Energy Charter Treaty; SDG, SE4ALL, Sendai Framework, TNA, etc. and the MRV system to use common monitoring and reporting systems and information; identify links to adaptation if applicable; link the national system of reporting to the international reporting on NDC under UNFCCC; initiation of preparation of the second NDC; identification of capacity building needs and possible ways of meeting them; consideration of genders issues.
  • Development of Adaptation Plan for the implementation of the NDC considering the following:
    • As it is not submitted as part of the NDC; it should be decided if and when to add it including the additional information to an existing part and decision on need to perform additional analysis of current and future climate change impacts and vulnerability or using the latest National Communication;
    • Link the adaptation of NDC target/needs to existing national strategies/plans/policies/programs/projects;
    • Analyze the potential of those required to meet the adaptation target/needs set in the NDC;
  • Development of the plan for participation in the new market based mechanisms (SDM);
  • Development of plan for financial support for the NDC implementation (including evaluation of needed financial resources and revision of existing international, national - both public and private) financial resources;
  • Development of a plan for new/subsequent NDC;
  • Ensure stakeholder participation at all stages of plan preparation.

The total duration of the assignment will be 20 working days over approximately 4 months. Expected date of contract is September 1st,2017.  A detailed timeframe will be worked out with the consultant at the beginning of the assignment.

Deliverables and timelines

The consultant is responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Organize consultations with relevant stakeholders - September 30th, 2017;
  • Draft version of the Implementation Plan submitted to the UNDP - October 30th, 2017;
  • Organize a workshop with relevant stakeholders to present the draft version of the Implementation Plan - November 30th, 2017;
  • Final version of implementation plan for NDC submitted, approved and published - December 20th , 2017;


Competencies

Core values:

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modeling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and its conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Core competencies

  • • Results-Orientation: Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals, generates innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations;

Quality of Work

  • Consistently ensures timeliness and quality of work;

Communication

  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations, both orally and in writing, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences;

Client orientation

  • Ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with national partners and stakeholders. Ability to identify beneficiaries’ needs, and to match them with appropriate solutions;

Teamwork

  • Ability to interact, establish and maintain effective working relations with a culturally diverse team, both as a team member and as a team leader, to build trust, and to manage in a deliberate, transparent and predictable way;

Building trust

  • Deals openly, honestly and transparently with issues, resources and people.
     


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Minimum of a Masters’ degree in an appropriate subject (environment, climate change, management, etc.).

Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in preparation of development plans and/or national reports and assessments related to national obligations under the UNFCCC; Specific experience with NDCs is preferred;
  • Demonstrable experience from Czeck Republic in cooperation and capacity building of national stakeholders and institutions related to the above is required;
  • Relevant experience in similar projects implemented in the Czech Republic is preferred;
  • Demonstrable leadership ability and technical ability to communicate complex ideas verbally and in writing;
  • Prior UNDP project experience and knowledge of UNDP procedures and guidelines is an advantage.

Language Requirements

  • Excellent English, both written and oral.

EVALUATION

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should 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%
  • * Financial Criteria weight- 30%

Applicants are required to submit an application including:

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.

Note:

  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 62 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points for technical criteria assessment would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical:  

  • Minimum of a Masters’ degree in an appropriate subject (environment, climate change, management, etc.) - Weight: 10%, Maximum points:10;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in preparation of development plans and/or national reports and assessments related to national obligations under the UNFCCC; Specific experience with NDCs is preferred - Weight: 35%,Maximum points: 35;
  • Demonstrable experience from the Czeck Republic in cooperation and capacity building of national stakeholders and institutions related to the above is required; Relevant experience in similar projects implemented in the Czech Republic; Demonstrable leadership ability and technical ability to communicate complex ideas verbally and in writing; Prior UNDP project experience and knowledge of UNDP procedures and guidelines.- Weight: 20%, Maximum points: 20;
  • Excellent English, both written and oral. Weight: 5%, Maximum points: 5

Financial:  Weight: 30%, Maximum points: 30.


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.

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