GEF Project Development and Climate Change Mitigation Expert

Location : Cairo, EGYPT
Application Deadline :30-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
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 :9 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :50 days between 01 May 2019 and 28 February 2020


UNDP is working with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency on GEF project development to support transformation of Sharm El-Sheikh City into a green city.  The overall project objective of the project will be to turn Sharm El Sheikh into a model integrated and ecologically sustainable tourism city of national and international importance through the adoption of further low-carbon technologies, good waste management practices and a further-enhanced protection of its natural capital.  The project concept is based on a vision of the Green Sharm Initiative that the Government has developed for the city in 2010. This will be achieved through a holistic approach including four key components, namely: reduced carbon emissions, sustainable water supply, effective waste management and healthy biodiversity in particular coral reefs.

UNDP will recruit an international expert on climate change mitigation and GEF project development to prepare the project document and full proposal with all required annexes in time for submission.  The project formulation expert is expected to have a strong climate change mitigation and energy background. Since it is a multi-disciplinary project, the project formulation expert will receive technical inputs from three International Consultants on biodiversity, waste management and environmental safeguards as well as a national consulting firm to support in collection of baseline data and identification of local context.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will be recruited by UNDP Country Office, under an overall technical guidance of the UNDP’s Regional Technical Advisors (RTA) for biodiversity with support from Regional Technical Advisors on climate change mitigation and chemicals management. The consultant will be expected to provide technical inputs in his focal area and lead quality assurance and control quality of inputs and outputs of all consultants and sub-contractors.

The following lists key responsibilities and deliverables of this contract. However, the PPG Implementation Plan provides further and more detailed guidance regarding the responsibilities of the PPG team and must be consulted accordingly.


Component A: Technical Review:


  • Baseline studies including a desktop review of all relevant documents, actual and previous studies on Sharm El-Sheikh development plans, Green Sharm Initiative, Ministry of Tourism strategy, Sustainable Development Strategy, etc.
  • Studies to address any opportunities/risks identified during the environmental and Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP)
  • On-going projects and other initiatives that can be integrated with Sharm development plans, policies, budgets and complementary projects will be identified and incorporated in the project document. Activities of the same types could be implemented jointly and/or in parallel as long as projects calendars will permit it.
  • Design climate change mitigation interventions in the project
  • Outputs of stakeholder consultations during technical review and negotiations with on-going projects to align their activities and the project to build synergies.  


 Component b: Institutional arrangements, monitoring and evaluation


  • Prepare a Theory of Change for the project detailing all underlying assumptions and expected impacts of the project as well as how the proposed interventions will lead to the expected transformational change.
  • Finalize of project results framework with appropriate objective-level and outcome-level quantitative and qualitative SMART indicators, and end-of-project targets including inputs from biodiversity, chemicals management and Environment and Social Management Framework background consultants. Special attention will be made to include socio-economic and sex-disaggregated indicators.
  • Develop a detailed M&E work plan, including clear identification of responsibilities and accountabilities, as well as an appropriate M&E budget. The plan will be based on the standard template provided in the UNDP-GEF project document template that reflects the mandatory requirements of the GEF M&E Policy. 
  • Conduct gender assessment, define the gender sensitivity of the project, and the best strategies for women’s engagement and benefits from the project.
  • Develop a sustainability plan that outline the principles and guidelines for ensuring the long-term sustainability of project achievements. It will also outline an exit strategy, seeking the continuation of key activities/achievements without the need of long-term international financing. 
  • Identify the project management arrangements and governance mechanism including the organisational structure governing the project will be decided. This will include identification of the project board composition.
  • Involve key agencies in the development of the project strategy to ensure strong national ownership. In close collaboration with key government representatives and other stakeholders, ensure full participation in the development of the project results framework and ensure agreement on the project objectives and outcomes. Undertake consultations to secure agreement(s) on project implementation arrangements, including roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of lead and partner agencies. 


Component C:  Financial planning and co-financing investments:


  • Prepare a detailed multi-year budget following the standard template provided in the UNDP-GEF project document template that reflects the mandatory requirements of the GEF M&E Policy.
  • Explore multilateral and bilateral co-financing opportunities and links with financial mechanisms and undertake a series of consultations with partners to ensure a coherent and sustainable financing package for the project. 
  • Explore resource mobilization via creation of new partnerships / a dialogue platform with old and new donors to support innovation in entrepreneurship for sustainable cities.
  • Stakeholder consultations during the implementation of the PPG project will be carried out with key stakeholders including government entities, private sector entities, industry groups, donors and civil society organizations as part of the above-mentioned activities and describe how they will be engaged in project preparation.

Component D:  Validation workshop:

A validation workshop will gather representatives from all relevant stakeholders to present, discuss and validate the final draft project document.

Expected Deliverables and Timeframe 

The full UNDP-GEF package shall inter alia include the following documents:

  • Finalized UNDP Project Document as per latest template in force
  • Finalized GEF Request for CEO Endorsement and annexes
  • Finalized SESP (Social & Environmental Standards)
  • All co-financing letters


  1. Competencies:
  • Proven ability to conduct detailed financial and technical analyses of project investments or activities, including calculation of estimated GHG reductions and cost-benefit analyses.
  • Proven ability to prepare Log Frame Analyses (LFAs) and project budgets.
  • Strong logical and analytical reporting and writing abilities.
  • Proven communication and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated resource mobilization capacities
  • Excellent team player with good interpersonal skills amongst diverse cultures and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to proceed plans and manage workloads with minimum supervision.
  • Experience working in Egypt is an asset; national knowledge is desirable.
  • Ability to conduct detailed quantitative GHG emission reduction calculations (direct and indirect) according to GEF policies and procedures
  • Familiar with UNDP-GEF gender assessments and requirements
  • Computer literate and acquainted with MS Windows and MS Office
  1. Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with colleagues in multi-cultural environments.
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience

  1. Academic Qualifications:
  • Minimum of Master’s degree in energy, engineering, economics, development or related fields. Successful applicants are expected to possess more than one of the following areas of expertise on the ground and proven experience in the respective areas of specialization in addition to the minimum qualifications specified above.
  1. Experience:
  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in the field of sustainable energy and climate change mitigation, i.e. with projects and policies on renewable energy, energy efficiency and technology transfer. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in Arab States.
  • Experience with policy or institutional development/implementation/reform, relating particularly to energy and infrastructure investment;
  • Experience with energy project development including logframe with SMART indicators, work plan and budget formulation;
  • Experience with sustainable cities theory and practice, and with assessing operations within sustainable city conceptual thinking would be welcome;
  • Previous exposure to other technical areas of the project such as biodiversity, waste management and water conservation is an asset;
  • Experience working with international organizations, including UNDP and GEF, is preferred.
  1. Language requirement:
  • Fluent written and spoken English is essential;
  • Arabic language is an advantage

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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