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Gender Equality and Climate-related Public Investments Consultant
|Location :||Home based with travel required, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||12-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|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 :||22 July – 11 October 2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to a maximum of 37 working days during 12 working weeks|
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is on the ground in over 170 countries, employing participatory approaches to developing local solutions to national and global development challenges. UNDP’s focus is to respond to three sets of development issues: (1) Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, (2) Accelerating structural transformation for sustainable development, and (3) Building resilience to shocks and crises.
Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDP’s approach to achieving its core Vision. Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment are goals in their own right but are also central to the achievement of UNDP’s development mandate. UNDP works towards gender equality in all of the outcomes and key outputs set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021.
As part of its Strategic Plan Climate Change efforts UNDP has developed the Nationally Determined Contributions Support Programme which works with countries to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. To better integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into national Climate Change actions, UNDP is currently assisting 10 countries (Bhutan, Philippines, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Lebanon, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador) to mainstream gender equality into their Intended NDC (INDC) planning and implementation processes. More than 65 countries have now integrated gender equality into their national priorities either within their adaptation or mitigation areas of focus. Following COP-21 (2015/Paris), attention turned from developing and submitting INDCs to preparing for effective implementation of the national Contributions. UNDP plays a central role in building countries’ capacity to implement their NDCs, given its experience and technical expertise in this area.
UNDP’s Strengthening Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme, which began in 2012, focuses on generating knowledge and a shared understanding on how to integrate a response to Climate Change within national budget process. Currently, the Programme is targeting Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan and Nepal. The second phase of the Programme (since 2017) will continue to support governments to implement budget reforms that enable the delivery of gender-responsive Climate Change-related investments but with a specific focus on poverty and human rights and with the aim to achieve the following objectives:
1) National budget processes increasingly formulate and identify Climate Change-related investments that are gender-responsive and with positive impacts on poverty and human rights,
2) National accountability for gender-responsive Climate Change-related investments that have impacts on poverty and human rights is enhanced,
3) Subnational institutions increasingly play a role in integrated approaches to gender-responsive Climate Change budgeting with impacts on poverty and human rights,
4) International policy processes give increasing priority to strengthening domestic budget systems that enable the delivery of gender-responsive Climate Change investments that have positive impacts on poverty and human rights.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The purpose of the envisioned Background/Issue Paper is to inform national Climate Change Finance Frameworks and raise awareness among stakeholders - both government officials and other actors - of the different ways in which Climate Change financing coming from both multilateral mechanisms and domestic flows if well designed, prioritized and effectively managed and tracked, can have positive impacts on gender equality and poverty reduction in the context of NDC processes. Climate change finance frameworks which integrate gender considerations will have co-benefits and lead to more rapid progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Paper should also identify and discuss bottlenecks limiting Climate Change finance’s current contributions to a more holistic response. The background paper will identify and explore optimal entry points to systematically ensure more gender and poverty-responsive Climate Change financing and provide actionable recommendations for the way forward. The Background/Issue Paper findings will contribute to informing revision of the Climate Change Finance Framework at the country level with a strong focus on how Climate Change budgets are formulated, and public investments are designed and appraised in climate-related sectors. The background paper will also support the formulation of a strategy on the creation of the Community of Practice on Gender and Climate Change Financing under the Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme in collaboration with the Gender Component of the NDC Support Programme. Finally, the exercise will inform strategic discussions around the intersections of Climate Change, gender equality and poverty reduction.
Given this scope the consultancy’s key deliverable will be a policy action-oriented paper, within the context of NDC, that will address
Length of policy action-oriented paper Suggested maximum length – 30 pages (plus tables/panels)
 Climate Change Finance Frameworks are whole-of-government frameworks that broadly engage all stakeholders to better mobilise, manage and target domestic and international climate change finance. CCFF’s can include: a costing of planned climate change responses; measurement of available resources for climate responses; identification of ways to bring domestic and international sources of climate finance into national budgets; outlining methods to increase accountability over the use of climate finances (to guarantee they reach those who need them most).
Expected deliverables and outputs
Duration of the Work:
37 working days during 12 working weeks after signing the contract.
Expected period is from 22 July – 11 October 2019.
Home Based with expected travel to at least one field mission globally (i.e. Thailand (TBC))
Required Skills and Experience
The Consultant should possess the following expertise and qualifications:
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount excluded travel cost. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee and other related cost (exclude travel cost) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. The method of payment is output-based scheme. The payments shall be released upon submitting the required deliverables with satisfactory by or before the due dates agreed with the Governance of Climate Change Finance team as per below percentages:
Travel costs will be reimbursed at actual cost but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP certified travel agency. The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP DSA rates.
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Only those candidates that meet the minimum level of education and relevant years of experience requirements will be considered for the Technical Evaluation. The Technical Evaluation will include a desk review to select the shortlisted candidates. The Technical Evaluation may also include interviews with shortlisted candidate(s).
The selection of the offer, from the shortlisted candidates, will be based on a Combined Scoring method where the technical evaluation (desk review and interview where applicable) will be weighted a maximum of 70 points (70%) and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30 points (30%). The 70-point rating shall be based on how well the Offer meets the minimum qualifications/competencies described above.
Technical Evaluation will be based on the following criteria with the corresponding points (out of a total 70 points):
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and only the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I TOR_Gender Equality and Climate-related Public Investments Consultant
All documents can be downloaded at: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=56851
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.