Ref.2020-012_International Consultant to develop full funding project proposal “Building the climate resilience of grain farming in northern Kazakhstan” for submission to the Green Climate Fund

Location : Home based with a mission to Kazakhstan, KAZAKHSTAN
Application Deadline :05-Mar-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :71 working days (April-December 2020)

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.


Important notice to the Applicants!

Only those applications would be considered that have been submitted to the following e-mail address: with the indication of Ref.2020-012 in the subject line. The application deadline is 3 PM (Nur-Sultan time) 5 march 2020. For detailed information on the position, required documents to be sent and evaluation procedure please refer to the Terms of Reference.


The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a financial operating entity of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which is established to contribute to the collective efforts of the international community to combat climate change. The GCF plans to fund programmatic approaches that provide an opportunity for a transformational shift in countries’ climate resilience and green economies, prioritizing a balanced approach between adaptation and mitigation. The GCF can be accessed directly by National Implementing Entities (NIEs) from developing countries and/or through accredited international and regional Implementing Entities (IEs). The Board of the Green Climate Fund has started Accreditation of National and International institutions for direct access

Led by the following ministries such as Ministries of Energy and Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, with UNDP serving as the GCF Accredited Entity, an adaptation project has been proposed for possible funding by the GCF. In 2019 a concept note, pre-feasibility study and draft full funding proposal for "Building the climate resilience of SME farms in Kazakhstan” were developed. Upon further consultations with the relevant stakeholders, the scope of the project has shifted towards the whole grain sector in northern Kazakhstan with a deeper analysis and level of details to be developed for the full funding proposal.

A consultant is required to rescope the GCF draft full funding proposal developed earlier, develop finalized full funding proposal and develop a technical feasibility study in line with UNDP and GCF guidance. UNDP will mobilize the team to support the preparation of the proposal package in time for submission to the GCF Secretariat.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main objective of the consultancy is to formulate the full proposal for the GCF funding following the developed draft proposal with the title “Building the climate resilience of small and medium agricultural enterprises in Kazakhstan". Upon consultations with the key stakeholders, the draft proposal was rescoped towards the whole grain sector in the north of Kazakhstan. The Consultant will develop a refined version of the draft Full funding proposal with all the documents according to the GCF and UNDP guidelines. S/he will work with UNDP Kazakhstan Country Office, under the overall technical guidance of the UNDP’s regional technical advisor (RTA) for climate change adaptation at the UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub. Guided by the draft Full funding proposal, Theory of Change and sub-assessments and consultation with the Government of Kazakhstan, the consultant is expected to meet the following objectives

Scope of work:

1. Coordinate inputs from international and national consultants and relevant stakeholders

  • To liaise with key government stakeholders involved in the project formulation to obtain their expected inputs to inform the project design;
  • To participate and obtain inputs from CSO and private sector meetings which are organized by the UNDP;
  • To participate in community-level consultations to validate the design and input into the full proposal;
  • Ensure all project interventions are robustly designed meeting GCF investment criteria and is backed up with evidence including feasibility assessments, evaluations, relevant studies, especially at the site level, etc;

2. Design the technical feasibility study for the proposal

  • Consolidate inputs from the national and international technical experts and consultants and finalize the baseline analysis for the full proposal;
  • Update and fine-tune option analysis for the GCF feasibility study based on the pre-feasibility study developed at an earlier stage;
  • Finalize description of and justification for the proposed adaptation solution;
  • Describe technologies to be selected for the GCF project with costing and risk analysis

3. Conduct Financial analysis for the GCF project

  • If necessary, develop a financial model for any revenue-generating activities of the project
  • Develop financial analysis based on the UNDP guidelines.
  • Financial analysis will include analysis of value-added for GCF investment, a justification for GCF grant, assessment of the financial efficiency of the project.

4. Design the full funding proposal, with the inputs from the national and international consultants

  • Develop the GCF proposal document and coordinate inputs from all consultants to prepare the full set of Annexes as part of the package for submission to GCF;
  • Develop the results log frame according to the GCF performance measurement framework;
  • Develop the total budget and financial structure of the project (with input from UNDP) and all main cost categories at the input level corresponding to all outputs and activities. The UNDP procurement and budget planning tool (latest version) must be used for this purpose;
  • Coordinate closely with the CO to prepare the procurement plan according to the UNDP template and project implementation timeline;
  • Work closely with the CO colleagues to present the implementation arrangements, in accordance with UNDP’s rules and regulations;
  • Continue to support the project refinement process based on feedback from GCF Secretariat up until GCF Board Approval.


Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Postgraduate degree (M.S) in environmental management, economics, public administration or related fields;


  • At least 7 years of technical experience in financial analysis and financial appraisal of projects and/or investments OR at least 7 years of technical experience in natural resources management area;
  • Recent experience in preparing of at least 3 projects for vertical funds, experience with Green Climate Fund is an asset;
  • Understanding and knowledge of the main areas/Project cycle of the Green Climate Fund or in the relevant areas.
  • Experience in the formulation of projects in agriculture, water sector, sustainable land management, climate adaptation in the developing countries.
  • Familiarity with technical issues related to adaptation, methods of cost-benefit analysis for adaptation options, identification of multiple benefits of adaptation, including, economic, social and gender-related.
  • Strong analytical skills; exceptional ability in communication and networking, negotiations and writing;
  • Flexibility and ability to operate in different cultural settings and with a variety of stakeholders; culturally and gender-sensitive.

Language and other skills:

  • Full proficiency of English language, excellent communication skills; demonstrable analytical skills.

Recommended Presentation of application:

The following documents only in PDF should be attached to the application (proposal) and sent by e-mail to the following address: indicating Ref.2020-012 in the e-mail subject no later than 15.00 (Nur-Sultan time) March 5, 2020:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP; Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs; template attached;
  • Detailed personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) and other supporting information confirming that the candidate meets the qualification requirements;
  • Copies of higher education diplomas and other relevant documents.

Due to the technical features of e-mail, the size of the file should not exceed 9 Mb per message. There could be a maximum of 3 e-mail transmissions.

*Only fully received application would be considered for evaluation.

Please make sure you have provided all requested materials. ONLY fully submitted applications would be considered!!!

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