Expert for Developing CBIT Montenegro Project Document Package for GEF

Location : Home-based and Podgorica, MONTENEGRO
Application Deadline :15-Oct-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :20 September 2018 – 30 March 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 consultancy days


Climate change is nowadays a central challenge to people and places around the globe. The costs of inaction are high, and smart solutions can propel economic opportunity, innovation, and greater energy reliability, which are the goals that all humans can embrace. Through the PA, the world, as a whole, agreed on a path forward. 196 nations signed the PA and for the first time the world has agreed on mutual action, which rocketed climate change to the top of the list of global issues.

As per the PA, ratifying countries will aim to keep warming well below 2ºC, and for the first time to pursue efforts to limit temperature increases to 1.5ºC. In addition, they can independently decide on how to lower their emissions. This is a significant improvement in comparison to the past actions, since previous attempts at a climate deal required that similar measures are adopted by all signing parties. However, because economies, cultures, and nations differ so greatly, a common denominator was hard to determine and, therefore, achieve. Allowing ratifying countries to determine the best way forward for them, individually, stimulated support for the agreement.

Article 13 of the PA provides for an enhanced transparency framework aiming at building mutual trust and confidence and promoting effective implementation of the actions identified under the NDCs, i.e framework for transparency of actions. The transparency provisions and the transformational change approach may pose additional challenges to countries, including Montenegro. Thus, to address these potential challenges, Article 13 provides clear understanding of climate change action in light of the Convention objectives, includes built-in flexibility, which takes into account Parties’ different capacities, and builds on collective experience, clarity and tracking of progress towards achieving NDCs, including good practices, priorities, needs and gaps.

This is further reinforced through the Article 4 of the PA, which highlights that, in communicating their NDCs, all Parties shall provide information necessary for clarity, transparency and understanding in accordance with decision 1/CP.21. Further, Article 4 requests for full, exhaustive, comparative and robust accountability of the measures and action, the progressions and achievements made determining that each country, except for least developed countries, shall report, no less frequently than on a biennial basis, their progress towards the implementation of their NDCs.

The PA calls for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) infrastructure that provides information on the measures taken and the support received, provided or accounted for the NDC.

Accelerating action to adapt to and mitigate the consequences of climate change is critical. Montenegro has set an ambitious GHG mitigation targets through its NDC (30% reduction in comparison to 1990). It is taking the need to reduce GHGs extremely seriously despite conflicting economically attractive opportunities of local coal and lignite availability and a flourishing tourist industry. Montenegro has a relatively pristine environment which is under threat from climate change. Building resilience through adaptation is an important objective for Montenegro. Montenegro needs to build adaptation into its national sectoral strategies and development practices and needs to make sure these fit well with its mitigation strategies and its wider sustainable development goals. Thus, Montenegro is focused on delivering adequate mitigation and adaptation actions and has yet to put the systems in place to monitor and report on their progress.

This work requires engagement with a wide range of different stakeholders and to ensure an adequate level of data quality. To do this, Montenegro needs to establish an MRV system with reliable data flows and a robust evidence base for stakeholder engagement. This requires a transparent framework and structures for data exchange and the development of national Methods, Procedures and Guidelines (MPGs) for the appropriate consideration of climate action across all areas of government, private sector and civil society.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism together with UNDP Montenegro is working on development of project proposal package for Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) to be submitted to GEF.

The initial concept “Strengthening Montenegro’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and Adaptation Activities Transparency Framework” was developed and submitted to GEF in March 2018. The concept has been approved in May 2018, after which full project document has to be developed and submitted to GEF for approval.

By the end of 2018 and with the support of the SBUR, Montenegro will have developed a conceptual framework for monitoring and reporting on its climate challenges, associated actions, their benefits, costs and associated financial and capacity building support, as well as links to the wider impacts of these actions on SDGs. This system will provide a backbone for Montenegro to start the process of collecting and processing data to inform its decision makers on climate change related actions, as well as to report on the progress.

Having identified the potential organizational structures, pools of expertise and data sources, Montenegro needs to formalize these into a functional system quickly. This formalization process needs to enable the development of data flows, analysis and provision of useful data for decision making and reporting associated with Montenegro’s NDC and adaptation actions.

With the GEF-CBIT support, country level capacity can be improved to prioritize the MRV development, to carry out critical climate-responsive contributions, set forth in NDC, in line with the PA. With an increased national capacity to measure, monitor and report on actions, identified in NDC, the country will be in a better position to enhance the transparency in reporting, and identify long-term mitigation potential.

Thus, the approved CBIT concept proposal has been focused on two main components: 
Component 1: Strengthening active stakeholder engagement and embedding MRV of climate action within existing sectoral functions and sustainable development goals;
Component 2: Enhancing technical capacities to implement an ambitious enhanced transparency framework.

Under the supervision of UNDP Programme Manager, and in close cooperation with the national project partners, primarily Directorate for Climate Change within the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Tourism, a consultant will be in charge of development of full project proposal package to be submitted to GEF.

The proposal package will be based on the concept approved, and will follow new GEF guidelines and templates, i.e. new Results Architecture, with the set of relevant core indicators. It will include the following:

  1. Request for MSP approval (GEF CEO Endorsement Request) *
  2. ProDoc *
  3. Co-financing Letters *
  4. Tracking Tools*
  5. Terms of Reference for Project Board, Project Manager, Chief Technical Advisor and other positions as appropriate (single file or it can be included in ProDoc)
  6. Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for moderate and high-risk projects only
  7. UNDP Project Quality Assurance Report (to be completed by UNDP Country Office)
  8. UNDP Risk Log (to be completed by UNDP Country Office)
  9. Results of the capacity assessment of the project implementing partner and HACT micro assessment (to be completed by UNDP Country Office)
  10. Any additional agreements, such as cost sharing agreements, project cooperation agreements signed with NGOs.
  11. Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the government - for DPC (this can be also included in ProDoc) *
  12. Other Annexes that may be required: GEF focal area specific annexes (e.g. GHG calculations); List of people consulted during project development; Communication/Stakeholder Engagement plan; Gender Analysis; KM Strategy; Financial and/or economic analysis.

Before the above package is submitted to GEF, it will have to go through UNDP technical and financial clearance.

Main project deliverables will include the following:

  • Draft proposal package – 15th November 2018.
  • Final proposal package, with all comments incorporated – 30th March 2019.

Time duration and travel: 

The assignment will be carried out within 20 working days from 20th September until 30th March 2019. Due to the nature of the assignment, the consultant would have to closely collaborate with the Directorate for Climate Change and UNDP.
Consultant will have three-days in-country visit to Montenegro, in order to discuss the proposal package with main national partners, including, but not limited to: Directorate for Climate Change, EPA, Ministry of Economy, Institute for Hydro-meteorology and Seismology etc. All travel related costs will be included in the lump sum financial proposal. 


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree – environmental science, natural science, electric engineer, mechanical engineer. Advanced degree desirable.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in development of similar project proposal in climate change, GHG emissions, mitigation.
  • Preparation of at least 4 similar project proposals for GEF.
  • Demonstrable experience and knowledge of the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Paris Agreement.
  • Demonstrable experience in climate change topic in Montenegro, including knowledge on roles and responsibilities of relevant national stakeholders and institutions.
  • Experience in policy/regulatory/financial frameworks related to climate change.


  • Fluency in English with good writing, presentation and communication skills.

Criteria for selection:

Combined Scoring method will be used. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the inidividual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: (i) responsive, compliant, acceptable, and (ii) 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% (Background and education 10%; Relevant previous experience 20%; Substantial knowledge/Required competencies 30%; Required language 10%);
Financial criteria weight - 30%.

Only offerors obtaining a minimum 490 points for technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation. For more information on procurement methodology for Individual Contractors, please refer to Procurement Notice.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications by September 13, 2018 by using the Apply now button. The application should contain a duly completed Personal History Form (P11) that can be downloaded from Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file.
Only the short-listed applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Description of Responsibilities".

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.

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