International Consultant on Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Economic Development


Location : home-based with 3 missions to Moldova (Chisinau), MOLDOVA
Application Deadline :16-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
20-Jul-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :July 2020 – February 2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :estimated workload: up to 65 working days

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.


Background

The EU4Moldova: focal regions Programme is based on the European Commission Implementing Decision on the Annual Action Programme 2018 in favor of the Republic of Moldova and is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.

The overall objective of the five-year Programme is to strengthen the economic, territorial and social cohesion in the Republic of Moldova through facilitating inclusive, sustainable and integrated local socio-economic growth and improving the standards of living of the citizens in the pilot micro- regions: Cahul and Ungheni.

To this end, this Programme will address the urban-rural divide and regional disparities, stimulate economic growth and job creation, refurbish and upgrade some social and technical infrastructure in selected pilot micro-regions (smaller towns and villages) while taking into account a gender perspective in the activities of the Programme.

Specific objectives:

  1. To strengthen transparency, accountability of local public authorities and citizen participation in local governance processes in the pilot micro-regions.
  2. To improve citizens' access to quality public services and utilities in the pilot micro-regions.
  3. To create employment opportunities for men and women in the pilot micro-regions and improve the attractiveness of the pilot regions for investors and entrepreneurs,
  4. To promote the smart specialization of the economy of the pilot micro regions through the development of the clustering and value chain approach in key economic sectors.

The Programme objectives will be achieved through measures targeted at: (i) capacity building to support the implementation and monitoring of local economic development plans; (ii) civil society engagement in local planning, governance processes and basic social service delivery; (iii) provision of investment funding in support of the creation and/or development of social and technical infrastructure which, combined with the outcomes from interventions (i) and (ii) above, will have an immediate, visible and tangible impact on employment creation, the standard of living of the population in the pilot micro-regions.


Duties and Responsibilities

SCOPE OF WORK

The overall objective of the International Consultant on Low Carbon Economic Development (LCED) assignment (hereinafter Consultant) is to provide methodological guidance and technical expertise in road-mapping of the Programme interventions for supporting 2 focal regions from the Republic of Moldova to build their competitiveness in promoting green and climate resilient economic growth and job creation. In this regard, the Expert is expected to deliver the following activities:

  • Support the Programme to undertake the preparatory activities for defining the ‘functional economic area’ and initiation of the LCED field interventions in two focal regions;
  • Support the process of elaboration of Low Carbon Economic Development Roadmaps for two focal regions with the environmental and climate change considerations duly mainstreamed;
  • Support the conceptualization of the methodological approach to facilitate and catalyze the implementation of LCED Roadmaps in two focal regions.

Note: The term of ‘focal region’ is used to define the broader area of Cahul municipality (35 thousand inhabitants) and Ungheni municipality (32 thousand inhabitants), comprising adjacent rural communities (to be further defined).

 

TASKS AND ESTIMATED WORKLOAD

The assignment will require the completion of the following tasks:

Tasks, Activities & Deliverables

(provision of deliverables of required content and quality is the only criteria for consultant’s payment)

Estimated work volume

(used at the submission stage)

Tentative timeframe

(subject to coordination/adjustment with EU4MD project team)

  1. Support the Programme to undertake the preparatory activities for initiation of the LCED field interventions in focal regions
  • Provide support in elaboration of the detailed methodology for the organization of LCED field interventions in two focal regions, based on organic approach: 
  • Adapting the PACA methodological approach to the local context and Programme timeframe;
  • Elaboration of the detailed work roadmap for initiation and conducting of the LED interventions in Cahul and Ungheni focal regions.
  • Inside the PACA methodology put particular emphasis on low carbon and climate resilient considerations.
  • Conduct an induction 2-days executive LED Training for the Programme’s team of national and local consultants, which will include the following elements:
  • The concept of the ‘functional economic area’ / zone of economic interest (commuting patterns, business linkages, supply chains, utility expansion, etc.) of a city / growth pole;
  • The concept and principles of ‘organic LED process’ and related PACA[1] (Participatory Appraisal of Competitive Advantage) methodological framework;
  • Standard organization of PACA process: stages and steps, inputs and outputs;
  • Local competitiveness, comparative and competitive advantages;
  • Rapid Economic Appraisal methods and techniques;
  • Rules and techniques effective and efficient engagement of private sector representatives in LED process;
  • IMC as a tool for LED, business support activities, trade development;
  • Clusters and value chains (general concepts);
  • Smart specialization and identifying the local competitive advantage;
  • Role of environment governance tools SEA/EIA in materializing the LED;
  • Potential use of environment friendly/lower emission/cleaner production technologies and processes in the identified areas of economic development.
  • Provide methodological support for the analytical territorial definition of the ‘functional economic area’ for Cahul and Ungheni municipalities:
  • Elaboration of the methodological approach for defining ‘functional economic area’ of targeted focal regions (indicators to be considered, including on climate resilience and environmental impact);
  • Facilitate 2 workshop (one in Cahul and one in Ungheni) with local teams for applying the indicators for each focal region to define their ‘functional economic area’.
  • Provide methodological support and coaching for local consultants in identification, analyses and liaison with the local public and private stakeholders most relevant for LCED in Cahul and Ungheni focal regions:
  • Elaboration of the methodological approach for identification, analyses and mobilization of relevant LCED stakeholders analyses;
  • Facilitate workshop with local teams for conducting of the stakeholder analyses in Cahul and Ungheni focal regions.

up to 25 working days

 

Deliverable 1: 

  • Draft methodological roadmap for the organization of LED field interventions in two focal regions, based on organic approach;
  • Report on conducted LED Training.

 

July 15, 2020

 

Deliverable 2: 

  • Draft methodology on defining ‘functional economic area’ (indicators to be taken into consideration);
  • Draft methodology for stakeholders' analyses;

Report on results of the facilitated workshops and coaching for defining the functional economic area and stakeholder’s analysis.

 

August 30, 2020

 

  1. Support the process of elaboration of Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Economic Development Roadmaps for Cahul and Ungheni focal regions 
  • Elaboration of the tailor-made methodology for rapid economic appraisal and LCED Roadmap elaboration;
  • Provide methodological support and coaching in the process of conducting the rapid economic appraisal for Cahul and Ungheni focal regions;
  • Provide methodological support and coaching in the process of elaboration of the LCED Roadmaps for Cahul and Ungheni focal regions (to incorporate both ‘quick wins’ and ‘catalytical’ interventions), identification of local strength, winning points, advantages to be capitalized via local specialization;
  • Active participation in the preparation and organization of the Local Business Forums in Cahul and Ungheni focal regions to present and validate the LCED Roadmaps;
  • Provide methodological support and coaching on the integration of environmental sustainability and resilience to climate change into the elaboration of LCED Roadmaps.

up to 30 working days

 

Deliverable 3: Draft methodology for conducting of rapid economic appraisal and LCED Roadmap

 

September 30, 2020

 

Deliverable 4: Report on coaching local teams for conducting rapid economic appraisal in Cahul and Ungheni focal regions

 

October 15, 2020

 

Deliverable 5: Report on coaching local teams in elaboration of Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Economic Development Roadmap in Cahul and Ungheni focal regions.

 

December 10, 2020

  1. Support the initiation of Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Economic Development Roadmaps implementation in Cahul and Ungheni focal regions.
  • Provide methodological support to the Programme Management in conceptualizing the further technical assistance and financing of the interventions to support the implementation of LCED Roadmaps in focal regions of Cahul and Ungheni; 
  • Provide methodological support to Programme Management in preparation of the further activities related to supporting smart specialization and cluster development in focal regions of Cahul and Ungheni.

up to 9 working days

 

Deliverable 6: Report on recommendations for the Programme on further progressing of activities to support the Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Economic Development interventions in focal regions of Cahul and Ungheni.

 

February 10, 2021

IV    Deliver a final Activity Report on all activities under these Terms of Reference

up to 1 working day

 

Deliverable 7: Final Combined Progress Report

Note 1:  The report will contain the narrative part on progress achieved with all deliverables attached (both in hard and digital versions).

 

By

February 28, 2021

TOTAL estimated workload

Up to 65 working days

 

Note: The indicated tentative timeframe has been estimated as being sufficient/feasible for the envisaged volume of work to be completed successfully and is proposed as a guideline for the duration of the assignment. The provision of the envisaged deliverables approved by the Programme shall be the only criteria for Consultant’s work being completed and eligible for payment/s.

All activities under this assignment shall be performed in a gender-sensitive manner and applying human rights-based approach.

Language of the deliverables: All deliverables shall be submitted in English language (or Romanian or Russian if the Expert is fluent in one of these languages).

[1] www.mesopartner.com/knowledge-resources/methodologies/paca/


Competencies


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications :

Working experience :

[1] E.g. www.mesopartner.com/knowledge-resources/methodologies/paca/

 

For the details on the evaluation process, please, refer to the Individual Consultant Procurement Notice attached to the announcement.



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