BBRSO116369:NDC Gender Expert


Location : Grenada, BARBADOS
Application Deadline :06-Nov-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)
23-Nov-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :26 days over 2 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :26 days over 2 months

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

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Background

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries unanimously agreed to work toward global goals that would limit global average temperature rise. Specifically, the Agreement seeks to limit the rise in the world’s average surface temperatures to “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial times this century, while “pursuing efforts” for 1.5°C. It also sets a target of eliminating global GHG emissions by the second half of the century – or at least compensating any residual emissions through, for example, forest growth.

A key principle in the Paris Agreement is that no country should backslide on its intentions, which were put forward in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which describe each country’s self-determined strategy for curbing GHG emissions, typically in five- or ten-year periods and can also include plans to increase resilience. Individually, NDCs represent each country’s climate priorities and vision for achieving sustainable development. Aggregated, they represent the world’s collective efforts to fight climate change. However current NDCs are estimated to collectively result in a temperature rise of 2.9 to 3.4 °C by 2100.

All countries are expected to submit increasingly ambitious NDCs every five years; a first opportunity to do so is in 2020. Achieving the Paris Agreement’s goals will require an emissions peak as soon as possible, followed by sharp reductions in GHG emissions. Therefore, many see high ambition in 2020 as fundamental to get on track to 1.5°C and counter a worrying trend of rising emissions. The transformative climate action required needs a global commitment to raising ambition, articulated in the next generation of NDCs, to create economic drivers that shift investments away from fossil fuel use and carbon-intensive practices.

In the lead-up to the UN Climate Summit, UNDP and UNFCCC released the most comprehensive review to date of global ambition. The joint report, The Heat is On, revealed:

  • 75 countries (representing 37% of global GHG emissions) intended to raise ambition through either mitigation or adaptation or both;

  • 37 countries (16%) intended to update information in their NDCs;

  • 71 countries (21%, including most developed nations) were either undecided on their approach, provided no information, or were seeking support for the NDC revision process; and

  • 14 countries (26%) had no plans to revise their current NDCs.

    The report reiterated that the choices made on ambition in 2020 would have profound consequences for future generations and required the world to move beyond business-as-usual as quickly as possible. It also highlighted that 2020 intentions represent a ladder of opportunity where advocacy efforts could potentially be undertaken at each level to persuade a country to undertake a positive step-change in ambition, e.g. a country that had no plans to revise its NDC submit an updated one, a country focused on adaptation ambition also increases mitigation ambition, etc. 

In response, UNDP is leveraging its extensive climate portfolio and scale up urgently needed to provide support for NDC enhancement in 100 countries, working in close collaboration with UN system partners (e.g. UNEP, FAO, UNICEF), IRENA, the NDC Partnership, the Green Climate Fund, and other strategic partners. An integrated approach will be used that harnesses the wide-ranging expertise of UNDP’s Global Policy Network to strengthen climate solutions with perspectives from governance, health, water, gender equality, women’s and youth empowerment, disaster risk reduction, and inclusive growth, among others.

The UNDP through its Climate Promise initiative is assisting Grenada in their efforts to update their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). It is expected that the implementation of the NDCs will be closely linked to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 Gender Equality the gender mandates included in the Paris Agreements, and the implementation of UNFCCC’s Enhanced Lima Work Programme on Gender and its Gender Plan of Action with the integration of gender specific components in the planning and implementation process of the Climate Promise. This actions will also guarantee that Grenada’s NDC targets are fully risk-informed in support of gender responsive and inclusive resilient development pathways.

The UNDP in collaboration with the  National Climate Change  Committee (NCCC) for Grenada is seeking  to recruit a consultant to conduct activities under the Climate Promise Initiative, which will support the integration of gender-responsive actions across Grenada’s  NDC targets resulting in a  more inclusive and ambitious climate action


Duties and Responsibilities

The scope of this consultancy, is to provide technical and capacity building support to the Government of Grenada in ensuring that their NDCs targets are fully risk informed and gender responsive. In this regard, the consultant will work with the Government of Grenada, UNDP and other key identified partners to support the following activities which will be executed in meeting the proposed project objectives.

                Activity 1:  Conduct a Gender Analysis

The first activity to be undertaken by the consultant, is a gender analysis to better understand where women and men are situated in climate change in the five priority sectors listed above, the barriers for women’s empowerment and participation in contributing to each sector, and the opportunities for policy articulation to strengthen the integration of gender equality into NDC planning and implementation processes. This includes a sectorial analysis, analysis of sex disaggregated data for evidence-based identification of gender differences in vulnerabilities, in resource allocation, decision making and opportunities for supporting and benefitting from climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. Consult will focus on the priorities sectors of, but limited to: electricity, transport, waste and forestry as outlined in the intended Nationally Determined Contributions of Grenada. The consultant in undertaking the following activities

  1. Review of Relevant Sector Policies or Strategies. This includes an analysis of the extent to which, national policy or strategy on integrating gender equity and equality into the updated NDC have been mainstreamed into current climate change legal, policy and institutional frameworks. This  Policy Review should also identify gender mandates included in environmental/climate change policies and strategies (or other policies/strategies relevant to the NDC). Including, the Intended National Determined Contributions, the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (NAP) for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite and Martinique 2017-2027, the National Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (NCCSAP) 2007-2011, the Grenada Protected Area Systems Plan 2012, the National Energy Policy 2011, and other relevant environmental/climate change national policies.

  2. Institutional Analysis Institutional Capacities Review for the country. An assessment of the technical capacities of key staff and stakeholders to mainstream gender into policy planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. The analysis should identify the strengths and gap analysis of the national institutions involved in the implementation of the NDC; for each institution the summary can mention if it has a gender policy, gender experts/focal points, gender sensitive staff, has conducted capacity building sessions on gender, implementing gender responsive programs and projects)

  3. Brief Situational Analysis of National Context. The consultant will also be expected to conduct a brief situation analysis of national context to provide an understanding of the situation of women in the country, as well as gender differences in contributions to national development, division of labour, employment, access to resources, and participation in decision making; especially in key climate change sectors. This analysis should include collecting sex disaggregated data and identification of data gaps in important climate- change affected areas of the economy and natural resources management and identify gender inequalities relevant to the NDC, gender differentiated vulnerabilities and impacts of climate change, gender differentiated contributions to reducing GEI and increasing resilience.

  4. Analysis of Gender Integration into Sectoral Policies, Planning Instruments and Initiatives. Conduct an assessment of the extent to which gender has been integrated into climate action (mitigation and adaptation instruments) within the health, water, transport, waste, disaster risk and climate services sectors: to ascertain how these are aligned with the NDCs for effective implementation. The analysis should include an identification of the specific and relevant actions including current practices for gender integration in the key sectors, (health, water, waste, transport, disaster risk and climate services) and identify what gaps exist.

  5. Gender Analysis in Key Sectors included in NDC. Analysis differentiated roles in the sectors relevant to the NDC, gender differentiated priorities and preferences of activities associated to the different sectors and impact assessment of the gender differentiated risks, costs and opportunities associated with the targets and activities proposed by the NDC. Also it should include the identification of case studies of gender and environment/climate change programs, projects or initiatives that have been implemented in the country that are relevant to the NDC sectors

  6.                 Activity 2: Design and Conduct Gender- Responsive Climate Change Consultation(s)

Using the information and data gathered from the gender analysis the consultant will design, organize and conduct a gender-responsive climate change consultation. The design and conduct of the consultation will be done in close collaboration with the Government of Grenada and its NCCC, UNDP and other key partners identified. The aim of the consultation is identify key gender considerations, goals and priorities for Grenada’s NDC. The consultant working in close collaboration with the Government of Grenada and its NCCC, UNDP and other key partners must ensure that the consultation facilitates inclusive stakeholder participation which promotes gender equality. This involves ensuring that equal and fair access to both men and women as well as other vulnerable groups to effectively participate in the consultation process is facilitated. Gender-responsive facilitation should also ensure that diverse views are captured, and different groups have equitable influence in decisions particularly those that are among the most vulnerable and marginalized within society. In order to implement these consultations the consultant should, among other activities, conduct an:

  1. Analysis of national data to determine the diversity of women in country

  2. Mapping of women’s groups or women that are working in initiatives related to conservation, climate change, sustainable use of biodiversity, sustainable energy, wasted management, or other sectors relevant to the NDC

  3. Mapping of key government representatives from the Division of Gender and Family Affairs that could contribute to the NDC

  4. Mapping of gender focal points or key staff from the Ministry of. Climate Resilience, The Environment, Forestry, Fisheries & Disaster Management that has a working knowledge on gender issues

  5. Mapping of national and local gender experts that work on gender and environment/climate issues

  6. Organize a workshop on gender and NDC for women, women groups and representatives from the Division of Gender and Family Affairs, the workshop could serve both as a capacity building space and a platform to discuss gender goals and priorities for the NDC

  7. Organize different gender workshops for decision makers from the different sectors included in the NDC. These workshops should focus on the links between gender and climate change and the key gender considerations for the sector. It would be key to invite some of the women that participated in the previous workshop to participate and share their priorities and define with the decision makers gender goals and priorities for the NDC

Lastly, in the documentation of the discussions, recommendations and proposals coming out of the consultative process, it is critical that the consultant ensures that proposals brought forward are gender specific, that gender performance indicators are referenced and that sex-disaggregated data as well as other gender-responsive reporting techniques are incorporated at this phase to ensure the final report produced is comprehensive.

Activity 3:  Prepare & Submit a Final Report inclusive of Gender Recommendations from Grenada’s NDC review and implementation

The final activity under this consultancy is the submission of a comprehensive final report by the Contractor. The final report will include a thorough analysis of the outcomes and inputs gathered under activities 1 and 2 of the assignment and propose recommendations and innovative ways that gender can be mainstreamed into the NDC. The report should include a summary of the Gaps, strengthens, challenges and opportunities to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the different sectors included in the NDC, the summary of the gender considerations for  the NDC sectors, the potential gender targets and indicators that could be included in the different sectors included in the NDC, and the recommendations and propose strategies on how the Government of Grenada and its NCCC can ensure that its NDCs are fully risk-informed in support of gender responsive and inclusive resilient development pathways.

 

 


Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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;

  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional competencies:

  • Excellent organizational skills, especially for writing reports and facilitating meetings;

  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team;

  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;

  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;

  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities;

Excellent public speaking and presentation skills


Required Skills and Experience

  • A Master’s degree or higher in gender or related fields with at least five (5) years working experience.

  • A Master’s degree or higher in environmental management, sustainable development or related fields with at least fice(5) years working experience

  • Strong understanding of the links between climate change/environment and gender issues.

  • Practical experience with gender mainstreaming

  • Proven ability to undertake gender analyses, design relevant criteria and develop gender strategies.

  • Experience in conducting research and analysis on gender equality and at least one other related theme, including climate change mitigation and/or adaptation, NDC, environment and/or sustainable development.

  • Demonstrated experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations.

  • Demonstrated experience working with governments and international organizations in a developing country context, experience in countries in the Caribbean will be taken as asset;



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