International consultant for the Economic and policy analysis within for the Lebanon low emission development strategy.

Location : Beirut, LEBANON
Application Deadline :30-Jul-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :30 working-days spread over 10 calendar weeks.
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 working-days spread over 10 calendar weeks.

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.


The Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) project is part of the LECB programme, launched in January 2011 as a joint collaboration between the European Union (European Commission and Member States) and the UNDP and encompasses 25 participating countries, one of which is Lebanon. The project is implemented by the Ministry of Environment and managed by the United Nations Development Programme in Lebanon.
The project is designed to improve Lebanon’s relevant infrastructure, capacity building, information sharing and processes through the development of a greenhouse gas emission inventory system, identification and development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) , and the design of an Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system to support the different NAMA types, support the
government in preparing the intended Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), and design a Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS).
The Paris Agreement on climate change has entered into force in 2016, aiming at holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5ºC. All Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have submitted NDCs) which indicate the mitigation and adaptation targets they are willing to reach to achieve the Paris Agreement goals as soon as possible. Lebanon has submitted its NDC in 2015 with a target year of 2030.
In accordance with Article 4, paragraph 19, of the Paris Agreement, all Parties should strive to formulate and communicate long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies, mindful of Article 2 taking into account their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances. In addition, the Conference of the Parties, by its decision 1/CP 21, paragraph 35, invited Parties to communicate, by 2020, to the secretariat of the Convention mid-century, long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies.
Currently the national LEDS is under preparation, using the 2050 Calculator- 2050 Pathways Analysis, developed by DECC-UK (now BEIS-UK). The 2050 Calculator is an open source energy and emissions model, and allows the user to explore all high-level energy and emission pathway options. All major sectors are included in the LEDS, and a draft LEDS has been prepared depicting the range of attainable emission reduction. The draft LEDS is composed of 8 general policy recommendations (GPR) which are cross-sectoral, and five main pillars of action (PoA):
GPR1 Endeavor to strongly decouple economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions;
GPR2 Develop a circular economy with a high level of resource utilization;
GPR3 Strive to phase out fossil fuel subsidies;
GPR4 Strengthen the policy environment to implement and upscale low carbon and sustainable policy
GPR5 Increase the private sector’s participation in low carbon growth and sustainable development;
GPR6 Institutionalize low carbon growth in the public sector;
GPR7 Promote low carbon and sustainable research and development;
GPR8 Engage future generations through sustainable development and climate change education;
PoA 1 Optimizing energy structure;
PoA 2 Building low carbon cities;
PoA 3 Promoting low carbon industrialization;
PoA 4 Changing consumption patterns;
PoA 5 Enhancing rural land use.

Since LEDS is forward looking development planning in nature, and is intrinsically linked with economic growth, the LECB project is seeking to engage an international consultant to review and revise the draft LEDS, undertake an analysis of the economic and policy benefits and impacts of the proposed LEDS and integrate this into the draft document.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working under the direct supervision of the LECB Project Manager at the Ministry of Environment, the consultant will be responsible for conducting the following tasks:
1. Review and conduct an assessment and gap analysis of the draft LEDS and provide concrete advice for upgrading and/or elaborating the draft further;
2. Analyze co-benefits/sustainable development benefits, including gender/poverty reduction and job creation opportunities, and most importantly the contribution of the low emission development strategy and economic growth for Lebanon while ensuring linkages with the SDGs;
3. Cost estimation of the LEDS if possible and based on discussions with the LECB project team;
4. Advise on policy, institutional and legal frameworks and coordination mechanisms to ensure successful development and implementation of the LEDS, based on international best practices.
5. Revise the LEDS document for consistency, approach and to integrate all the above-mentioned analysis and based on international best practices
For additional information, please refer to ANNEX I – Terms of Reference


Functional Competencies:

  • Fluency in English.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Knowledge of the UN preferable.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in economics, climate policy, environmental economics or closely related subject or related field.

Years of Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in sustainable development, low-emission strategies and/or climate policy.

Technical Experience:

  • A well-established track record in research related to economic development and/or climate change;
  • Research related to the specific aspects of LEDS;
  • Previous experience in the Arab region and with the UN.

How to apply:

The consultancy is open for all international consultants who meet the selection criteria and propose a competitive fee. Interested consultants are requested to apply only through this UNDP jobs portal. Submissions through any other media will not be considered.

The application must include all of the following documents:

1. P11,
2. Technical Proposal,
3. Annex 3 (Offerors Letter) and
4. Financial proposal

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