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Social and Environmental Safeguards and Indigenous Peoples Consultant for child project under the Africa Mini-grids Program-Re Advertisement
|Location :||Home-based with possible travel mission|
|Application Deadline :||08-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 :||70 working days through 30 April 2021|
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council recently approved the Program Framework Document (PFD) for the Africa Mini-grids Program (AMP). The overall program objective of AMP is to support African countries to increase energy access by reducing the cost and increasing commercial viability of renewable energy mini-grids. The program has two main elements:
The AMP program is broadly focused on supporting appropriate policies and enabling environments, cost-reduction – across hardware costs, soft costs and financing costs, and promoting innovative business models for mini-grids. The programmatic approach aims to achieve greater impact by helping create new mini-grid markets across the continent, which, in aggregate, will create scale and momentum, attracting private sector interest and investment. The programmatic approach will also allow for a broader sharing of good practice and create economies of scale in providing program services. The program will support and facilitate knowledge management and information sharing between the regional project and national child projects, within the program’s community of practice, as well as, broader information sharing amongst the larger mini-grid community.
The initial 11 aforementioned countries participating in the program represent a diverse cross-section of African countries: both large as well as smaller markets; Anglophone and Francophone countries; small island developing states; and countries in post-crisis contexts.
The program is structured as four components, across national child projects and the regional child project, as set out in Figure 1 below. This structure allows for a clear results framework for measuring impact across national child projects, with a commonality in outcomes, outputs and indicators in each component.
UNDP is now commencing a detailed project preparation phase expected to last 9-12 months. The PFD was approved by the GEF Council on 20 December 2019. At the end of the preparation phase, UNDP will finalize 9 project documents and CEO endorsements for approval/endorsement by the GEF CEO for the national child projects allocated GEF resources and one project document and CEO endorsement for the regional project supported by the GEF. In the case of Angola and Madagascar, while both projects are officially part of the Africa Mini-grids Program, these two projects are funded separately from the GEF, using UNDP TRAC and AfDB Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) resources. For Angola and Madagascar, UNDP will work closely with the AfDB SEFA team to prepare the required project documentation.
The Project Preparation Grant (PPG) team composition for each national child project will include the following international consultants:
As per the 2018 GEF cancellation policy, the following key milestones will apply for the project preparation phase for each national child project:
Table 1: Key Dates for the GEF PPG
UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards (SES) underpin our commitment to mainstream social and environmental sustainability in our Programmes and Projects to support sustainable development. The objectives of the standards are to:
A key mechanism to ensure these standards are applied is through UNDP’s project-level Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) which is a requirement for all proposed projects. The objectives of the SESP are to: (a) Integrate the SES Overarching Principles (human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability); (b) Identify potential social and environmental risks and their significance; (c) Determine the Project's risk category (Low, Moderate, High); and (d) Determine the level of social and environmental assessment and management required to address potential risks and impacts.
UNDP’s SES and SESP came into effect January 1, 2015. All guidance on UNDPs Social and Environmental Safeguards can be found in the SES Toolkit. Pre-SESPs were done for all national child project concept notes developed as part of the PFD submission and all child projects – with the exception of Sudan – were classified in the pre-SESP as medium-risk. Sudan received a high-risk classification in the pre-SESP.
UNDP, in collaboration with the participating Governments, seeks to engage a qualified International Social and Environmental Safeguards and Indigenous Peoples Consultant to support the PPG team leader in the finalization of the Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) for the Sudan child project and to prepare the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for the Africa Mini-Grids Program. The consultant will also prepare an Indigenous Peoples’ Plans for Sudan, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Ethiopia, with the support of national consultants who will collect data for all relevant national child projects. The International Social and Environmental Safeguards and Indigenous Peoples Consultant will work with the PPG team leader for Sudan to finalize the required screening assessment and ESMF for the Sudan child project.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Social and Environmental Safeguards and Indigenous Peoples consultant will support the PPG Team Leader to conduct the necessary assessments to identify potential environmental and social risks, ways to avoid negative environmental and social impacts where possible, and where risk avoidance is not possible, to identify appropriate mitigation and management measures, in line with the UNDP Social and Environmental Standards. The consultant will prepare Indigenous Peoples Plans for applicable countries, in coordination with the national consultant.
The consultant will:
The list below outlines key responsibilities and deliverables of this contract:
A. Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews:
B. Formulation of the Sudan ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory and Project Specific Annexes:
C. Indigenous Peoples Plans:
D. Validation Workshop:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
Table 2. Deliverables, estimated duration, dates, fee percentage and required approvals
 IMPORTANT: For child projects that have a high-risk rating, the draft ESMF must be posted for public disclosure. At the end of the disclosure period the Safeguards Specialist must address comments and finalize the ESMF.
Required Skills and Experience
Documentation to be Submitted:
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General Conditions of Contract for the ICs: GTC
Annex II Offeror´s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) assignment: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/search.cfm (Reference No 66366 )
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.