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Individual Consultant - Support to Implementation of FCPF REDD+ Readiness
|Location :||Nairobi, KENYA|
|Application Deadline :||09-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||210 days over 12 months|
The UNDP Climate and Forests team is part of the Natural Capital and Environment team in UNDP’s new Global Policy Network (GPN). The team is spread globally, with advisors in New York, Geneva, Panama, Nairobi and Bangkok. The team is responsible for a growing portfolio of $100m largely focusing on support to countries to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation “REDD+”. UNDP’s REDD+ portfolio includes project activities with the UN-REDD Programme; the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF); the Green Climate Fund (GCF); the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI); and several bilateral REDD+ agreements. The team works closely with other parts of the Natural Capital and Environment team, particularly, the UNDP-GEF team, the Green Commodities Programme (GCP), and the New York Declaration of Forest global platform). It also works closely with the Climate team within the GPN (particularly with regards to the Nationally Determined Contributions support programme). The team can support the REDD+ initiatives of the regions and country offices and provide quality assurance on a full cost-recovery basis.
UNDP is a delivery partner for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) in seven countries, with the UNDP Climate and forests team playing key roles in technical assistance, policy advice and quality assurance. In addition, UNDP and the FCPF have elaborated joint guidelines on stakeholder engagement and on grievance redress mechanisms for the REDD+ practice.
UNDP as a delivery partner for Kenya and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, through a multi-stakeholder process, developed the FCPF REDD+ Readiness project. The project aims to put in place mechanisms to enable Kenya to reach its overall REDD+ goal to improve livelihoods and wellbeing, conserve biodiversity, contribute to the national aspiration of attaining a minimum 10% forest cover and mitigate climate change for sustainable development. To achieve this objective, the following outcomes are envisaged: an operational national REDD+ strategy and investment plan; an operational safeguards information system for REDD+; functional multi-stakeholder engagement and capacity building for REDD+; and technical support provided for improvement to the National Forest Monitoring System and Forest Reference Level.
The project shall be implemented through the National Implementation Modality (NIM) with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, in its official role as the coordinator of all climate change activities in Kenya. The Ministry and UNDP will work with collaborating partners drawn from other national and county-level institutions and agencies, independent commissions, the private sector, civil society organizations (CSOs), research/academic institutions and forest dependent communities.
In line with the above-mentioned context, UNDP is seeking to recruit a consultant to support the Project Management Unit in the implementation of the project. The Consultant will work under the UNDP Climate and Forest team and in collaboration with UNDP Kenya Environment Unit to provide support to the implementation of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Readiness project.
Duties and Responsibilities
Given the highly complex technical and political nature of REDD+ and noting the complex stakeholder engagement processes that UNDP needs to facilitate on the REDD+ work, the position requires a combination of technical, policy, strategic, and networking skills together with a full understanding of the complexity of development, climate change, and forest and land use issues, policies and negotiations, at the portfolio and international levels.
The consultant is therefore required to provide additional support for quality delivery of the FCPF REDD+ project results. The key responsibilities include:
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Technical Advisor, Climate & Forest Team, and with guidance as necessary from other members of the team, the consultant shall:
Technical and management support to PMU
Strategic Policy Advisory Services on REDD+
Knowledge management and communication
Required Skills and Experience
Criteria for selection of best offer
The applicants’ offer will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
The key criteria for rating the qualification and methodology are as follows:
Technical criteria (Weight 70%)
Financial Offer (Weight 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.
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.