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IC Environmental Governance Specialist
|Location :||Kuwait, KUWAIT|
|Application Deadline :||20-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||100 days for 5 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||100 days for 5 months|
In 2015 the world adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), marking a historic shift in the global development agenda. A major focus moving forward will be the implementation agenda, particularly bottom-up local actions and solutions to achieve results across the range of environmental sustainability issues addressed in the SDGs. This project seeks to establish the enabling environment to make this happen in Kuwait.
The passage of this new global agenda converges with the enactment of Kuwait’s new Environmental Protection Law (EPL) (Law No. 42 of 2014), which sets an ambitious vision to scale-up environmental protection results across all sectors of development. The new law is a critical turning point for environmental governance in Kuwait, setting a more ambitious vision for environmental sustainability and providing the Kuwait Environment Public Authority (KEPA) an enhanced mandate to set implementing regulations, seek actions by sectoral Ministries, and achieving improved environmental compliance and enforcement.
The project supports a set of two strategic outputs meant to set an enabling environment for implementation of the new EPL: (1) Capacities for Effective Participation in Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), (2) Environmental Information Systems (EIS) enhanced including the use of statistics and indicators for measuring EPL implementation.
The project goal is to support the improvement of the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources in Kuwait and to contribute towards the development and implementation of comprehensive and integrated environmental strategies and policies for Kuwait based on the EPL and Kuwait’s commitments under the MEA and SDGs.
At the base of a risk-informed approach to decision-making is the need for better scientific information and data on environmental risks, and the capacities to interpret them. Information can provide an improved foundation for decision-making and policy setting in an era defined by increasing complexity and need for systems-based thinking and decision-making. The project will support alignment of existing databases (including the Compliance Information Management System, CIMS) to KEPAs Environmental Monitoring Information System of Kuwait (eMISK), to scale-up their use into an umbrella EIS for EPL implementation and decision-making support.
Successful Implementation of environmental regulations requires strong principles for compliance and enforcement. Compliance monitoring is a key component of any effective environmental compliance and enforcement program. Establishing minimum, uniform standards and requirements for environmental compliance through the integration of stakeholder compliance inspections with environmental enforcement is critical for the establishment of a holistic Environmental Information System. the effectiveness of EPL is determined by its implementation at national, and deficient application and enforcement remain an important issue. Monitoring is crucial — of the state of the environment and of the level of implementation of the environmental law
Without effective environmental enforcement, countries experience low levels of compliance, nullifying the objectives of the developing environmental laws and regulations. For an enforcement program to be effective, there must be adequate resources and staffing throughout the compliance continuum to ensure the enforceability of the developing laws and regulations, promote compliance, provide compliance assistance to the regulated community, conduct compliance monitoring to detect violations, prosecute in the appropriate forum violations that may be discovered, and efficiently resolve instances of noncompliance with appropriate remedies and sanctions where necessary. Many countries are trying to build their enforcement capacity by increasing staffing in the environmental ministries and elsewhere, developing their policy framework, and training inspectors, prosecutors, and program managers responsible for the planning and execution of compliance and enforcement resources.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the consultancy:
The objective of this consultancy is to assess the status of EPL implementation and practice in Kuwait taking into consideration the formal (regulations, guidelines) and the informal (e.g. cultures, behaviors, what’s acceptable in a society) rules and practices that may underlie the implementation of relevant policies and regulations and identify priorities to address key challenges in enforcement and compliance. This should consist of a review of existing legislation, regulations and guidelines, as well as actual practice (through case studies) and evaluating this against regional and international best practice in select countries, and proposing a related outline action plan to improve the system.
The assignment will consist of identifying strengths and weaknesses, priority reform areas and opportunities for strategic interventions in implementing the EPL in eight principle area; Legal enforcement authority, institutional arrangements and capacity building, compliance monitoring, enforcement response, compliance assistance and data management, economic and other incentive based instruments, indicators to evaluate implementation of EPL and public participation.
REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND DELIVERABLES
The consultant will report to the Project Manager of the KEGI and present an inception report and workplan with table of contents outlined within two weeks of signing the contract. The consultant will coordinate with the environmental data specialist regarding the evaluation of the EIS systems at KEPA and present a comprehensive report on gaps, recommendations and capacity building requirements for effective EPL implementation.
The assessment report should include:
Duration of the Work
The consultancy will require 100 working days from January 3rd- June 30th 2018 with 3 travels.
Home based work with mission travel to Kuwait
Required Skills and Experience
I. Academic Qualifications:
II. Years of experience:
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Lump Sum Amount
Travel: All envisaged travel and other related costs must be included in the financial proposal.
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.
Total score=Technical Score + Financial Score.
Technical Criteria weight - 70%, 700 scores maximum
Financial Criteria weight - 30%. 300 scores maximum
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 from 700 point in the Technical part of evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
The selection of candidates will be done in 3 stages:
1st stage: Prior to detailed evaluation, all applications will be thoroughly screened against eligibility criteria (minimum qualification requirements) as set in the TOR in order to determine whether they are compliant/non-compliant.
2nd stage: Evaluation of technical proposals
Short-listed candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 points (70%) at the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
3rd stage: Financial evaluation
Cumulative analysis will be used based on the following methodology: All the offers of individual consultants who scored 490 (70% from 700) and more points during the desk review are acceptable for financial evaluation. The lowest financial qualified proposal receives 300 points and all the other technically qualified proposals receive points in inverse proportion per the formula:
The candidate achieving the highest cumulative score for both Technical and Financial evaluations will be recommended by the Evaluation Committee for contracting.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals.
UNDP forms to be filled:
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.