National Expert – LAND USE FINANCE MAPPING IN CAMBODIA


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :14-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :65 working days from 01 July 2019 to 31 May 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :65 working days from 01 July 2019 to 31 May 2020

Background

Cambodia has made significant progress in developing its REDD+ framework over the past years. In 2017, the RGC approved its National REDD+ Strategy (NRS). The NRS marks major milestone in Cambodia’s transition from REDD+ Readiness to REDD+ Implementation Phase. The NRS was developed through an extensive structured consultation and awareness raising process with key government agencies, non-governmental organization, civil society, indigenous and local community. It builds primarily upon three national policy frameworks that guide forest management. These are the National Forest Program 2010-2030 (NFP), the National Protected Areas Strategic Management Plan 2017-2030 (NPASMP) and the Strategic Planning Framework for Fisheries 2010-2019 (SPFF).

Cambodia is currently finalizing the preparation of its Action and Investment Plan for the Implementation of the National REDD+ Strategy (AIP-NRS). The strategic objectives of AIP-NRS are:

  1. Improve management and monitoring of forest resources and forest land use; 

  2. Strengthen implementation of sustainable forest management; 

  3. Mainstream approaches to reduce deforestation, build capacity and engage stakeholders.

The AIP aims to estimate the costs of the policies and measures (PAMs) considered on the NRS. In order to prioritize action and effectively mobilize additional resources, Cambodia will benefit from assessing the current level of financing supporting NRS implementation in the country. Identifying and mapping these flows from relevant sources (government, international donors, potentially private sector if data is available) will allow to identify the main funding gaps, support priority setting, as well as identify potential financing barriers and opportunities. This financial picture will serve as a baseline to track the mobilization of resources for REDD+ over time. By comparing the costing with the available financing identified through the mapping, the RGC will have a complete view of the main funding gaps and priorities to mobilize resources, as well as potential sources of finance and partners.

Mapping financial flows in land-use sectors can also identify, quantify and analyses investments, which are not aligned to REDD+ PAMs, and may be driving forest conversion in Cambodia.  To achieve REDD+ objectives, it is essential that countries also look at these “grey” flows and take measures to redirect some of these investments to more sustainable activities.


Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of this assignment is to assist the mapping of financial flows related to land-use in Cambodia. The mapping will quantitatively review public (and potentially private) spending and investments relevant to REDD+ and forests, with the objectives of:

 

  1. collecting data to create a database of existing spending on REDD+ policies and measures, including the key sources, financial instruments, the disbursement channels and end uses and beneficiaries.

  2. categorizing and consolidating spending that potentially drives forest carbon emissions or supports REDD+ objectives.

The approach will follow the land-use finance mapping methodology developed by the EU REDD Facility and Climate Policy Initiative and adapt it to the Cambodian context. The approach taken will build on the work and results of the Climate Public Expenditure and Investment Review (CPEIR) of 2012, AIP-NRD and other relevant studies, and will be conducted in parallel and in cooperation with the BIOFIN study.

The National Land Use Expert will support the general tasks under this assignment coordinated by the team leader the tasks related to the land use typology. The Land Use Expert will work in close coordination and consultation with the team leader, the national finance expert, UNDP/FCPF project staff, UNDP regional technical advisor and EU REDD Facility staff.

Important Notice: Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=55928 for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online


Competencies

  • Strong facilitation and coordination skills.

  • Strong analytical, writing and communication skills, including the ability to articulate ideas in a clear and concise manner.

  • Experience with UNDP and/or UN agencies is an advantage.

  • Flexibility and ability to operate in different cultural settings and with a variety of stakeholders, in a culturally and gender-sensitive manner.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:  Post-graduate degree (at least Master Degree) in forestry, natural resources management, agriculture and rural development, or any close field.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years progressive experience in natural resources management or a related field;

  • Strong understanding of REDD+ under the UNFCCC and Cambodia’s forest and land-use policy framework

  • Strong understanding of the drivers of forest conversion in Cambodia

  • Strong networks in forest and land-use sectors in Cambodia

  • Experience with public expenditure reviews related to natural resource management is an asset.

Language Requirement:

Fluency in written and oral in English and Khmer.

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