Individual Consultant - KM, Communications and Partnership Development

Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :20-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :170 days over 9 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :9 months

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.


Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, as established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is often referred to as “REDD+”.  The UNDP REDD+ team is based in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support - BPPS. It is part of the Sustainable Development cluster and also works closely with the Climate Change team.


The REDD+ team is responsible for a growing portfolio.  The sources of funds include: (i) the UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative partnership with FAO and UNEP; (ii) the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF); (iii) the Central African Forests Initiative (CAFI); and (iv) the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  In addition, the team is responsible for other forest and climate initiatives and ensuring overall quality assurance. Entering its 10th year of operation, the UN-REDD Programme supports nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities in partner countries, spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.


UNDP’s REDD+ Team is spread globally, with management based in Geneva.  Regional teams are located in UNDP’s Regional Centres in Bangkok (Asia-Pacific) and Panama (Latin America and the Caribbean), while the regional team for Africa is in Nairobi in order to be co-located with UNEP’s REDD+ Team.  The regional teams support UNDP’s country offices and partners in their region.  Support to UNDP country offices is coordinated closely with the Regional Bureaux through the regional centres.


The team works closely with other relevant UNDP initiatives, in particular: the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Platform and the Green Commodities Program (GCP) on drivers of deforestation related to agricultural commodity supply chains. 


UNDP KM responsibilities under UN-REDD in 2018 are focused on: (1) Mainstreaming REDD+ in NDCs, SDGs and the Paris Agreement; (2) REDD+ funding arrangements and mechanisms and 3)  REDD+ and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples.  In this context, UNDP is seeking a consultant to provide knowledge management, communication and partnership development services for its 3 regions.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will work under the overall responsibility of the Principle Technical Advisor, REDD+, with day-to-day management of the Senior Regional Policy Advisor, REDD+, Africa.  Deliverables will be reviewed and cleared by the focal point within the UNDP REDD+ Team for each relevant source of funds.  In addition, she/he will be expected to liaise, collaborate and work with the UNDP REDD+ Team and Sustainable Development Cluster, REDD+ stakeholders, as well as UN-REDD colleagues at global, regional and national levels and within UNEP and FAO.


Knowledge Management:


  • Produce targeted global regional and country level UNDP/UN-REDD knowledge products- aiming to communicate the broader picture of UNDP/UN-REDD support to countries in strengthening their national capacities and visibility efforts to effectively and efficiently plan for, access, manage, deploy and monitor climate finance to ultimately enhance coordination among stakeholders and institutions of national and sub-national entities to manage and deliver climate finance.
  • Research and analyze information, good practices and lessons learned gathered from diverse sources on climate change and natural resource and sustainable management of forests issues. Work to integrate this information into programme efforts as well as effectively disseminate across the Programme to make it readily accessible across regions and within partner countries.
  • Work proactively with stakeholders across UN-REDD and UNDP teams to identify opportunities for capturing and sharing knowledge, and disseminating information about major progress and results.
  • Provide KM and Communication support to the partnership between UNDP and Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea on the REDD+ implementation in critical forested countries through GCF funding proposals.
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned including case studies, lessons learned, stories and reports that promote knowledge development and sharing on new approaches, thinking and techniques on REDD+.
  • Coordinate closely with the staff working within other technical areas of the Programme to identify opportunities and synergies for collaboration on knowledge management and capacity building approaches.
  • Assist in the delivery of the UN-REDD KM coordination component led by UNEP aimed at serving all UN agencies and UN-REDD partners.




  • Support the development of story-telling, visibility and outreach for UN-REDD and UNDP work on "climate and forests".
  • Assist in the preparation and implementation of communication tools and materials on REDD+ and advise on the how to develop communication messages into existing REDD+ initiatives linked to knowledge management efforts.
  • Advise stakeholders on the development of the learning events and knowledge products, including advising on creative learning approaches, methodologies, illustrations, technologies.
  • Formulate knowledge and communication products relevant to the programme’s evolving capacity building needs using available learning platforms and technology.
  • Support and facilitate, as required, the development of training materials and delivery of training events, including the development of content. Follow through with user feedback, progress and integrates the feedback into lessons learned knowledge products.
  • Proactively coordinates and engages in the development of capacity building frameworks linked to knowledge management and South-South cooperation between countries.


Partnerships Development


  • Work closely with the Secretariat of the NY Declaration on Forests and UNDP Green Commodities Programme on synthesizing lessons and stimulating the uptake of best practices and knowledge, and the development of knowledge materials.
  • Support partner countries to strengthen capacity as well as policy and institutional coordination including the establishment of strategic partnerships for REDD+ implementation.
  • Assist in the identification of opportunities for cooperation and potential contributions with UN-REDD Programme partner agencies to promote information exchange and identify synergies between countries through the establishment of long term partnerships.
  • Work closely with partner countries to identify and facilitate South-South learning exchanges, synergies and linkages with other country-level programmes and proactively work with UN-REDD partner countries to identify new opportunities for south-south cooperation.
  • Design, content production and dissemination of south-south cooperation knowledge products and publications.
  • Facilitate the flow of existing knowledge on south-south cooperation, improve the capture, classification and accessibility to South-South development knowledge (i.e. best practices, development solutions); and enhance the opportunities for leveraging development knowledge. 
  • Support the promotion of South-South Cooperation mainstreaming in UNDP programmatic tools, including in other UNDPs areas of work in close coordination and collaboration with other Regional Service Center colleagues.


Corporate Competencies:


  • Demonstrate commitment to UNDP´s mission, vision and values;
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.


Functional Competencies:


  • Knowledge of climate change mitigation concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations;
  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey concepts and approaches in a clear and persuasive style
  • Ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills;
  • Capability to work effectively under deadline pressure and to take on a range of responsibilities;
  • Demonstrate ability in analytical thinking, work-planning, multi-tasking and strategic planning;
  • Ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with UN-REDD Agencies, technical service providers and stakeholders; and pro-activeness in identifying partners’ needs and matching them to appropriate solutions.

Required Skills and Experience



  • Master’s degree in Development issues, International Relations, Communications and/or other relevant field.




  • At least 10 years work experience in project management, setting up/managing diverse and innovative partnerships, knowledge management, and communication;
  • Experience working with governmental and non-governmental institutions and, proven experience in drafting knowledge products and reports;
  • Experience working on REDD+, and/or climate change related issues is an advantage;
  • Experience working in an international environment is also an advantage




  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of French and or Spanish is an advantage.


Presentation of offer


The application submission is a two-step process. Failure to comply with the submission process may result in disqualification of the application:


Step 1:  Interested individual consultants must apply online and include the following documents when submitting the application in the UNDP job shop (link). 

Note that only one (1) file is allowed to be uploaded online; therefore scan documents altogether in one single file before submitting online application.


Step 2:  Submission of Financial Proposal


Applicants are instructed to submit their financial proposals using the IC Offeror’s letter template (click here to access template) and fee/rate must be expressed in US dollars. The offeror’s letter/financial proposal must be submitted separately to, with the following subject heading: “Financial Proposal/Consultant: KM, Comms, Partnership Development ”. Deadline for submission of financial offer is the same date as application deadline.

Proposals received after the deadline will be rejected.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the consistent comparison of financial proposals, the financial offer should be all-inclusive, daily rate and indicated in US dollars. The term ‘all-inclusive” implies that all costs that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored in.


Criteria for selection of best offer


The applicants’ offer will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Combined Scoring method – where the technical qualifications will be weighted a maximum of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%;


The key criteria for rating the qualification and methodology are as follows:

Technical criteria (Weight 70%)

  • Master’s degree in Development issues, International Relations, Communications and/or other relevant field (15 points)
  • At least 10 years of experience in project management, setting up/managing diverse and innovative partnerships, and knowledge management and communication (25 points)
  • Experience working with governmental and non-governmental institutions and, proven experience in drafting knowledge products and reports (25 points)
  • Experience working on REDD+, and/or climate change related issues is an advantage (15 points)
  • Experience working in an international environment is also an advantage (10 points)
  • Fluency in English is required; Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage (10 points)

Financial Offer (Weight 30%)

  • Daily rate/fees must be expressed in US dollar currency (30% financial offer).

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