International Consultancy to support the preparation of national plan for stage I of phasing down of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) in Uzbekistan


Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :17-Mar-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
06-Apr-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :Upto 20 days, ending 31 Dec 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :Upto 20 days, ending 31 Dec 2020

Background

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) operates in over 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, to reduce inequalities and to increase sustainability. One of its critical priorities for 2020 is to support countries to accelerate ambitious action on climate change.

A healthy ozone layer and climate are essential to meeting all of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Montreal Protocol continues to protect people and planet alike. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol agreed in October 2016 is expected to avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming by the end of this century through phasing down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful climate-heating gases largely used in cooling systems. Cooling is essential to human health, food security, economic productivity, and is becoming more important in the context of increasing global mean temperatures accompanied by more extreme heat waves. It is urgent to assist developing countries to access and scale up the use of the efficient and sustainable cooling technologies as a priority for tackling and adapting to the climate change. 

UNDP’s current Montreal Protocol portfolio covers 56 countries supported by the Multilateral Fund and 5 countries supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). UNDP helps countries to meet the objectives of the Montreal Protocol on the phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and HFC phase down under the Kigali Amendment.

The Republic of Uzbekistan honors its international commitments under the Montreal Protocol and is undertaking successful actions to accelerate the phase out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Currently, the Government of Uzbekistan is working towards the ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The Kigali Amendment brings the future production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the control of the Protocol and will make a major contribution towards the fight against climate change. According to the Kigali Amendment, Uzbekistan is facing an ambitious reduction schedule to phase down 5% of HFCs at 2020 from their baseline level, 35% at 2025 and 70% at 2029. The baseline of HFCs consumption for Uzbekistan is the calculated CO2-eq ton of 2011-2013 HFC average plus 25% HCFC baseline.

The State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Ecology and Environmental Protection has requested UNDP’s support to access financial support from GEF to phase down HFCs to meet the reduction target for the Kigali Amendment. UNDP is seeking to recruit an international consultant to provide policy, technical, economic and environment impact analytical support to UNDP country office and UNDP GEF team in the development of the project concept for GEF.

2.     Objective and scope of the assignment

The objective of UNDP project is to assist the Government of Uzbekistan to access the financial support from GEF for the phase-down of HFCs.  The project proposal should i) be aligned with the priorities and policy frameworks of the Government of Uzbekistan, ii) be in accordance with the GEF-7 programming strategy, particularly the chemicals and waste focal area, and iii) meet the relevant requirements of the Kigali Amendment.

The international consultant will be participating in an UNDP scoping mission to Uzbekistan to hold in-depth discussions with key stakeholders and to gather the information required to develop the project concept.

The key services provided by the international consultant to UNDP GEF team and UNDP Uzbekistan country office are outlined below:

  • Review current regulations and policies on the implementation of the Montreal Protocol as well as the relevant climate action in Uzbekistan and identify the activities to be needed in terms of policy framework and regulatory work for compliance with the Kigali Amendment;
  • Review the progress of current on-going HCFC phase-out project supported by GEF for Uzbekistan, analyze its relationship and implication with the HFC phase-down and identify the opportunity of coordinated and integrated implementation;
  • Providing broad and in-depth international experiences and lessons learned in the refrigeration transition at both developed countries and developing countries, particularly F-gas regulation and its implementation practice in EU; 
  • Analyze the HFC data available and predict the potential growth trend of HFCs till 2029 in business as usual (BAU) scenario;   
  • Help to develop a technology roadmap of transition to low GWP and highly efficient alternatives for main HFC consumption sectors and provide advice on the pathway of technology transfer;
  • Develop a compelling theory of change for the transition from HFC to low global warming potential and highly efficient alternatives;
  • Help to identify priority areas and activities to meet reduction targets at 2025 and 2029 in Uzbekistan;
  • Help to finalize the project concept including specific components and activities, identify the co-financing opportunity from the private sector and other resources, estimate the incremental costs, environment and climate benefit.
  • Identify risks of the implementation and indicate possible risk mitigation measures.
  • Assist the UNDP GEF team and country office to address the technical questions from the stakeholders and donors.


Duties and Responsibilities

3. Deliverables:

The consultant will produce the following deliverables:

  • Deliverable 1: Inception report which includes an understanding of the assignment and detailed work plan -   2 workday by no later than 2 weeks from the day of contract signature.
  • Deliverable 2:  Draft report for the services outlined in item 2 of this TOR-  12 workdays (including 5 days mission to Uzbekistan) within 3 months the day of contract signature.
  • Deliverable 3: Finalized project concept incorporating inputs from stakeholders and reviewers- 6 workdays within 5 months from the day of contract signature.

NB: the timeline can be adjusted depending on the circumstances and discussions between the expert and UNDP.

4.  Duration

The Contract will enter into force upon signature by both parties and until 31 December 2020 and estimated 20 working days.

5.  Duty Station

Home-based with a mission to Uzbekistan hold in-depth discussions with key stakeholders and to gather the information required to develop the PIF.

Country

Mission

Uzbekistan

5 days

6.   Fees

Payment shall be made with lump sum amount based on specific deliverables as described above inclusive of all travel expenses as required and the payments will be made upon satisfactory performance. The candidate shall quote his/her services as per the instructions in the financial offer.

A Best Value for Money approach will be used in the evaluation of the applicants and will lead to a combined score for technical capabilities and the financial offer.

The candidates, short-listed based on their technical capabilities, will receive the standard format that they must fill out to submit their financial offer.


Competencies

7.     Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN 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
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Good presentation skills.


Required Skills and Experience

8.     Qualifications and Requirements:

Education

  • Advanced university degree in Refrigeration Engineering, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, or other relevant disciplines.

Experience

  • At least 10 years’ international experience in the area of implementation of the Montreal Protocol and climate change.
  • At least 10 years’ experience on implementation of projects/programme, which resulted in the introduction of climate friendly low-GWP alternatives in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector.
  • Experience on the strategic programme related to technology transfer and introduction of climate friendly alternatives to developing countries.
  • Experience on the F-Gas implementation will be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of climate mitigation and energy efficiency program will be an advantage.

Communication skills

  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge of Russian and/or Uzbek will be an added advantage.

10.      Application Procedures (Instructions to Applicants)

The application is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications:

Step 1: Interested individual consultants submit the following documents:

  • CV indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references
  • Brief description of why the individual considers himself/herself as the most suitable for the assignment. Indicate available start date.

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal: Only applicants who attain a score of 70% and above on the technical evaluation will be contacted and requested to submit a financial proposal.

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

Financial proposals must be submitted with the following information:

  1. Lumpsum Fee based on the deliverables stated in item number 3 “Deliverables”
  2. Travel Cost based on the possible missions stated in item number 5. 

Both should be expressed in USD and sent the proposal for this consultancy to bpps.procurement@undp.org using the financial proposal template available here: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780. The proposals should be sent via email with the following subject heading: “International Consultancy to support the preparation of national strategy for stage I of phasing down of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) in Uzbekistan " by the deadline for this vacancy. Proposals to be received after the deadline may be rejected.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown.

  • Payment will be made upon submission of a certificate of payment request, indicating outputs achieved to be verified and cleared for payment by the supervisor.

The term ‘all inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses will be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP will 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.

Criteria for selection of individual consultant for award of contract:

The selection of the best offer from the shortlisted candidates will be based on a Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and experienced will be weighted a maximum of 70 points and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30 points out of 100 points

Method: Cumulative analysis method will be used to evaluate proposals.

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive, compliant, acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation

                                                                 Technical Criteria weight: 70%

                                                                 Financial Criteria weight: 30%

Technical Evaluation

Only those candidates that meet the minimum level of education, relevant years of experience and language requirements will be considered for the technical evaluation. The technical evaluation will be conducted by a desk review to select the shortlisted candidates (those that score at least 49 out of total 70 obtainable scores). The technical evaluation may also include interviews with shortlisted candidate(s).

Only applicants obtaining a minimum of 49 points on technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation

Technical Proposal (70 Points) 70% weight

Technical proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

Evaluation Criteria

Max Points

70

Education

Advanced university degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, or other relevant disciplines.

10

General experience

At least 10 years’ international experience in the area of implementation of the Montreal Protocol and climate change.

15

At least 10 years’ experience on the technology transfer which resulted in the introduction of climate friendly low-GWP alternatives in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector and alike.

15

Experience on the development of national strategy on phase down of ozone depleting substances.

15

Experience on climate action and energy efficiency programme will be an advantage.

10

Communication Skills

Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English

5

 

Financial evaluation (Weight 30%)

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

p = y (µ/z), where

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Financial Proposal (30% weight of combined score)

 

Contract Award

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.

Institutional arrangement

The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;

The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own computing and auxiliary equipment.

Payments will be made upon satisfactory delivery of outputs, certification of payment form, and acceptance and confirmation by the Task Manager on outputs satisfactorily delivered.

Payment modality

  • Payments will be made upon submission and acceptance of deliverables. All payments are subject to the clearance and approval of the direct supervisor. The contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost of components. The table below shows the payment milestones.

Deliverable / Outputs

Target Due Dates

% of lump sum to be paid

Deliverables 1

20 April 2020

2 days (10%)

Deliverables 2

30 May 2020

12 days (60%)

Deliverables 3

1 Sept 2020

6 days (30%)

 

Annexes

(click on the hyperlink to access the documents):

Annex 1 - Financial Proposal Template

Annex 2 - IC Contract Template

Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions

 


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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