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Climate Change Adaptation Mainstreaming and Local Development Planning / Budgeting Specialist
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based with travel to LoCAL countries|
|Application Deadline :||07-Jun-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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 210 working days spread over a period of three (3) years|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 years|
UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.
UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) facility was designed and launched in 2011 with the aim of promoting climate change–resilient communities and local economies by establishing a standard and internationally recognized country-based mechanism to channel climate finance to local government authorities in LDCs and to increase local resilience, thereby contributing to achievement of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the goals of poverty eradication (SDG 1) and climate action (SDG 13). LoCAL increases awareness and capacities to respond to climate change at the local level, integrates climate change adaptation into local governments’ planning and budgeting systems in a participatory and gender-sensitive manner, and increases the amount of finance available to local governments for climate change adaptation.
LoCAL combines performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs) with technical and capacity-building support. PBCRGs ensure programming and verification of climate change expenditures at the local level and offer strong incentives for general performance improvements targeting areas of importance for enhanced resilience. The PBCRG can be seen as an earmarked cross-sectoral grant with conditions attached to the use of its funding for climate change adaptation beyond business as usual. Combined with regular grant allocations, PBCRGs enable 100 per-cent of the investments in climate-sensitive sectors to become climate resilient over time. They include a set of minimum conditions, performance measures and a menu of eligible investments.
LoCAL focuses on the delivery of four outputs that will directly contribute to increasing local governments’ access to climate finance and building resilience to climate change:
Output 1 – Awareness and capacities to respond to climate change adaptation at the local level are increased;
Output 2 – CCA is mainstreamed into government’s planning and budgeting systems and investments are implemented in line with the PBCRG mechanism;
Output 3 – The PBCRG system is effectively and sustainably established in participating countries and leads to an increased amount of CCA finance available to local government and local economy;
Output 4 – The role of local authorities and of the PBCRGS in addressing climate change are increasingly recognized at international level, through outreach, learning and quality assurance.
The mechanism operates in three distinct phases:
Phase I: Piloting, consists of an initial scoping analysis, followed by testing in two to four local governments. As of 2019, The Gambia, Lesotho, Nepal, Tanzania and Tuvalu are in Phase I; Ghana, Mali, Niger are preparing to enter Phase II.
Phase II: Consolidating, takes place in 5–10 local governments in a country. It involves collecting lessons and demonstrating the mechanism’s effectiveness at a larger scale. As of 2019, Bangladesh, Benin, Mozambique, are in Phase II.
Phase III: Scaling-up, is full national roll-out of LoCAL based on the results of the previous phases and lessons learned. LoCAL is gradually extended to all local governments, with domestic or international climate finance, and becomes the national system for channeling adaptation finance to the local level. Bhutan is in Phase III, with budget support from the European Union; Cambodia has also entered Phase III.
Since its global scale-up in 2014, LoCAL has evolved considerably. As of 2019, LoCAL engages 280 local governments, representing over 10 million people in 14 countries : Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Cambodia, The Gambia, Ghana, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Tanzania and Tuvalu. 8 countries will be joining as new countries in 2020, counting 19 LDCs in total: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Malawi, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Island, Uganda, which potential scale up reach to 500 million people.
LoCAL has delivered close to $17 million directly to countries – including through grants and technical assistance.
In this context, LoCAL provides technical support to national government for the prospective National Implementing Entities for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), inter alia, by supporting them with the GCF application procedures/processes, undertaking institutional gap assessment, supporting the development of documentation required by the GCF (ex. policies and procedures), supporting in answering questions raised by the GCF accreditation review committees, etc. LoCAL also supports the development and submission of GCF concept notes and full project proposals for a LoCAL scaling up in target countries.
Green Climate Fund (GCF)
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. It was set up by the 194 countries who are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010, as part of the Convention’s financial mechanism. It aims to deliver equal amounts of funding to mitigation and adaptation, while being guided by the Convention’s principles and provisions
The portfolio of national LoCAL initiatives requires technical advice and support in the field of climate change adaptation mainstreaming into local development planning and budgeting, providing quality assurance of the LoCAL mechanism, and supporting the national government to achieves the GCF NIE’s accreditation and direct access. As LoCAL expands, there is also an increasing need for the recipient countries in mainstreaming climate change adaptation and seek for additional financing to reach phase III of LoCAL for full national roll-out of performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs) with technical and capacity-building support.
Duties and Responsibilities
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The objective of this consultancy is to support LoCAL portfolio in participating countries in respect to:
Climate change adaptation mainstreaming, local development planning/budgeting process
Green Climate Fund (GCF)’s National Implementing Entities (NIEs) Accreditation support
SCOPE OF WORK
Working under the direct supervision of the LoCAL manager, in close collaboration with the governments and UNCDF LoCAL regional and country teams, the consultant will be responsible for providing high quality technical support to programmes including:
Climate change adaptation mainstreaming, local development planning/budgeting process
Green Climate Fund (GCF)’s National Implementing Entities (NIEs) Accreditation support
In performing the tasks, the incumbent will, inter alia, undertake, organize or facilitate consultations, training and planning workshops, and on-the-job learning.
DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT, DUTY STATION AND EXPECTED PLACES OF TRAVEL
Contract Duration: The Framework Agreement shall be signed for a period of up to 210 days spread over a period of three (3) years.
Duty station and expected places of travel: Home based with extensive travel to countries where LoCAL operates, including (but not limited to) the following countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Cambodia, The Gambia, Ghana, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Tanzania and Tuvalu. 8 countries will be joining as new countries in 2020, counting 19 LDCs in total: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Malawi, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Island, Uganda.
The schedule of travel will be agreed on with the incumbent according to the requirements of each programme country.
Travel costs associated to the assignment will be paid on reimbursable basis and following the UNDP/UNCDF rules and regulations which states that consultants shall only be paid the most direct and most economical ticket, as will be quoted by the official UN travel agency. Any amount in excess of the said quotation, such as class and airline preference of the consultant, shall be borne by the consultant and the daily living allowance will be paid as per UN Rate.
Contract modality: This solicitation is for a Framework Agreement, also known in UNCDF as the Long-Term Agreement (LTA) for three years.
LTA refers to a mutual framework agreement by and between UNCDF and an individual whereby the latter may, at any time within the duration of the LTA, be required to render the agreed services at the agreed and fixed unit prices. An LTA specifies the unit price (daily rate), scope of work, allowing for a framework agreement to be used when the consultant’s services are needed.
When a request for service arises, and within the scope of the LTA, UNCDF can engage the individual or company holding an LTA through a “call-off” of the LTA. Every call-off shall have specific TORs which includes tasks, scope of services and outputs to be delivered within a specific period of time. For this particular process, the call-off shall be formalized through the issuance of a Purchase Order, attaching thereto the TOR, and any other document relevant to the call-off. Financial commitments will only be established each time a Purchase Order for the specific services/TOR for Individual Contractor is issued.
The LTA shall have a cumulative ceiling amount that may accrue to the individual contractor during the life of the LTA, but said amount shall remain as an upper limit, and must not and cannot be interpreted nor understood as neither a financial commitment nor guarantee of business volume. It is important to note that, under an LTA, UNCDF does not guarantee that any specific quantity of services shall be made during the term of this agreement. The LTA does not form a financial obligation nor commitment from UNCDF at the time the LTA contract is signed.
As a result, the consultant under this position will be engaged on a need-based consultancy basis, as and when called upon to do so by UNCDF LoCAL Programme Manager (Global a.i) or designate(s) from UNCDF LoCAL Programme Manager (Global a.i), at an agreed upon “daily rate” and “number of days” per an agreed TORs for each call-off.
The consultant will deliver the following final products:
·A descriptive and analytical back to the office report following each assignment that provides full details of the mission schedule, copies of substantive inputs produced and recommendations for follow up action.
·Substantive reports and other inputs as requested by the LoCAL Project Managers based on the ToR of the specific assignment as mentioned under section 3 of this Procurement Notice.
PROVISION OF MONITORING AND PROGRESS CONTROLS
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the LoCAL Project Manager based in Brussels and in close collaboration with other relevant colleagues, experts and/or institutions designated by the LoCAL Project Manager.
The consultant will have weekly communication with the Regional Office in Bangkok via email and skype, for coordination and guidance purposes, ensuring consultants’ output quality and targets.
The Consultant is responsible for providing his/her own laptop during the course of his/her engagement with UNCDF.
This contract is under a framework agreement that will work on a call-off mechanism. The consultant will be ‘called’ upon to deliver a specific set of deliverables under a TOR and a purchasing order, indicating the total number of days required to complete the services. The contractor shall submit the invoices specifying the outputs delivered and the Certificate of Payment form for the approval of UNCDF.
The following supporting documents will serve as conditions for payments to an Individual Contractor(s): (i) submission of an invoice and Certificate of Payment (COP); (ii) submission of all deliverables / workplan / progress report with the relevant supporting documentation; and (iii) review, approval and written acceptance of each deliverable by the LoCAL Project Manager and any other Project/Programme Manager designated by LoCAL Project Manager;
Where payment is based on days worked and not on milestone outputs, the submission of time sheet and expenses with relevant documentation may be required by UNCDF.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Required Skills and Experience
DEGREE OF EXPERTISE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Interested individuals should submit the documents mentioned below as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications (Note: the system does not allow multiple uploads of documents. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file).
All applications must contain the following information:
3. One sample of written work or publications related to the assignment.
4. Signed Financial proposal for the assignment, outlining All-inclusive fee (including professional fees and other professional expenses, such as insurance, taxes, etc.). Available at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=29916).
If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNCDF under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNCDF.
Failure to submit all the below mentioned documents may result in rejection of the application
Applications will be rated on both technical and financial submissions. The following selection method will be used: Highest rated proposal using the combined scoring method, which assigns the weight distribution between the technical and financial proposals. The overall combined score will be 100 points, where weight distribution shall be 70% technical (30% desk review + 40% interview) and 30% financial.
Step I: Screening
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review: (100 Points X 30%)
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates as follows:
Step III: Technical interviews (100 points x 40%)
A competency-based Interview shall be conducted with the top three or four candidates who score the highest in Step II (minimum of 70 points). Candidates will be tested on the same key work areas, in greater depth, with the same weighting, namely:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Step II: Desk Review and Step III: Interview will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
Step IV: Financial Evaluation:
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
Step V: Award of Long-term Agreement (LTA) :
The award of the LTA will be made to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined
Both individual consultants and individual employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply.
Any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for IC must do so in their individual capacity (providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly).
Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNCDF 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.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when traveling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org. If the consultant is over 65 years old, UNCDF reserves the right to require full medical certification and clearance from the consultant’s physician prior to commencing the travel.
UNDP’s Individual Consultant’s General Terms and Conditions are provided here:
CONSULTANT’S PRESENCE REQUIRED ON DUTY STATION/UNCDF PREMISES
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.