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Climate Finance Specialist
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||22-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|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 :||42 working days|
The Arab region has a varying range of country contexts and economic capacities. At the same time, the region is home to rising levels of conflict and the world’s largest population of refugees and displaced people. Simultaneously, it is now the planet’s most water scarce and food import-dependent region, and the only region where malnutrition rates have been rising. Climate change exacerbates these trends, and by 2030 temperatures could rise by further 2 degrees Celsius, as the region is emerging as a global hotspot for drought. Development in the Arab region has always been complex, but climate change is now acting as an accelerator of fragility, disrupting ecosystems and triggering displacement.
In 2015, governments around the world adopted three major agreements that set out their vision for the coming decades: a new set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the ‘financing for development’ package. Finance is central to realizing all three agreements – and these now need to be translated into practical steps suited to each specific region and country’s circumstances.
The challenge for financial systems is two-fold. There is a need to mobilize finance for specific sustainable development priorities and there is also a need to mainstream sustainable development factors across financial decision-making. In order to address climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Arab region, while bringing benefits across all SDGs, there is a need to explore ways of scaling up private financial flows to development agenda at the national and regional levels. There is a need to clarify where and why exactly, private finance is essential to achieve the climate objectives set by the countries and which kinds of private finance are particularly relevant for which types of mitigation and adaptation measures in different development and crisis contexts.
To this end, UNDP and UNEP have initiated a Climate Finance Innovation project to help countries in the region scale up investments to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement 2030 and the Agenda for Sustainable Development. The project is focused on three main aspects:
Activity 1: Development of a sustainable finance diagnostic toolkit.
Activity 2: Assessment of private finance to fund the investments required for the transition to green, low carbon, climate resilient development pathways.
Activity 3: Design of a Climate Finance Innovation Platform.
Under the Activity 2, UNDP is looking for a Climate Finance Specialist to assess the private finance to fund the investments required for the transition to green, low carbon, climate resilient development pathways.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the Climate Finance Innovation project, the Climate Finance Specialist is expected to:
1. Map (a) the private finance and investment landscape, including an overview of how different forms of private finance `connect` with different types of mitigation and adaptation measures in a range of development and crisis contexts in the region and analyze and present (b) relevant hypothetical and generic case studies of successful leverage of private capital for climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, related, but not limited to:
2. Analyize (a) the roles that different types of private finance can play in supporting the climate change objectives of the Arab region countries; (b) the reasons why private finance is not yet being deployed at sufficient scale; and (c) how countries can most effectively mobilize relevant forms of private finance to play an important role in the transition to low carbon development and adaptation (by supporting or expanding existing instruments that are particularly successful, or by addressing and closing gaps in the current climate-, humanitarian-, and development-finance ecosystems);
3. Explain the role of private climate finance strictly as a means to an end, not as an end in itself, with climate finance potentially serving as a basis for generating co-benefits across various SDGs and achieving goals of recovery and resilience in crisis contexts.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
Years of experience
DURATION OF THE WORK
The duration of the work is expected to be 42 working days.
This is a home-based assignment with possible three missions to Middle East and North Africa region countries. If unforeseen travel outside the consultant home based city is requested by UNDP and not required by the Terms of References (ToR), such travel shall be covered by UNDP in line with applicable rules and regulations and upon prior written agreement. In such cases, the consultant shall receive living allowances not exceeding the United Nations (UN) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for such other location(s).
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Candidates that fail to submit the required information will not be considered.
Interested candidates shall submit above documents to the Job Advertisement Website: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm as one document not later than 8th October, 2019.
Interested candidates can find Procurement notice, letter of confirmation of interest and availability and P11 http://procurement-notices.undp.org/
Please do not submit financial proposal in this stage.Financial proposal shall be requested from Candidates who are considered technically responsive
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFERS
This selection criteria will follow the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%; using the following evaluation criteria:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Step I: Screening and desk review:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum requirements will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Shortlisted Candidates will be then assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria:
Technical evaluation Criteria max 100 points (Weighted 70):
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation
For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (PI / Pn)* 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
Step II: Final evaluation
The final evaluation will combine the scores of the desk review and the financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight: [70%]
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
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.