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International Consultant for Capacity Building on Contemporary Aspects of Climate Change
|Location :||Home based with mission in Bangladesh if required|
|Application Deadline :||02-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 working days over a period of 5 months (Tentative March 2021 to July 2021)|
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.
Capacity Building of Diplomat and Professionals on Contemporary Aspects of Climate Change
The major objective of this pilot project is to enhance capacity of high-level government officials on the contemporary aspects of climate change for positioning climate change in a broader foreign policy and diplomatic context to highlights Bangladesh’s climate change agenda at international level since the traditional instruments of diplomacy are not always effective in tackling global climate emergency. The impact of the project is to enhance climate resilient development and green growth. The outcome of the project is to represent Bangladesh in better position in climate change in global climate change forum and negotiation which will contribute to achieving goals set in Paris Agreement along with a well-structured and diplomatic climate negotiation team on board.
Climate change impacts and variability are the critical development concerns for Bangladesh, given the country’s high vulnerability to its impacts. So, national legal and policy responses are required to deal with the adverse impacts of climate change and to promote climate resilient development and green growth. Capacity building (CB) could be entry point for mainstreaming climate change in development planning, programming and budgetary process. The relevant policy document like BCCSAP (2009), NAPA (revised in 2009) and NDC (2015) emphasis for capacity building on various contemporary aspects of climate change. The sixth pillar (T6: Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening) of the BCCSAP emphasized on CB and institutional strengthening to enhance the capacity of government ministries and line agencies, which is essential to meet the challenges of climate change and mainstream them as part of development actions. Revised NAPA (2009) proposed for “Build the capacity of the government to undertake international and regional negotiations on climate change”. The capacity development action plan (draft 2015) prepared by MoEFCC with support from “Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience” also identified CB a critical component for mainstreaming climate change in development agenda.
Climate negotiation is a complex multi-lateral process and hence no country negotiates in the UNFCCC as a single country, but rather within negotiating groups. Bangladesh negotiates as a member of the LDC group and was at one time the chair of the group but now remains in the senior group of LDC negotiators. Bangladesh was member of a number of important bodies set up by the UNFCCC over the years, such as the Adaptation Fund Board, the Green Climate Fund Board and the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage. This is global recognition of Bangladesh's expertise and importance in climate change diplomacy by the other counties. The ministerial level meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) held in 2011 in Bangladesh had an excellent example of success of Bangladesh in climate negotiations. The presence of the UN Secretary General at the CVF conference added value to arrive at a decision for raising common voice for the interest of vulnerable nations at different summit. GoB is now updating NDC aiming with a greater ambition and hence capacity building on implementation of ambitious NDC is also required. Moreover, the GoB is also preparing National Adaptation Plan which is expected to be complete by next year. Therefore, capacity building of NAP implementation is also urgent priority.
Bangladesh had been set up several climate change fund e.g. Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund (BCCTF), Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) and Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR). BCCTF allocated more than US$300 million over the last decade from own revenue budget and created Bangladesh Climate Change Trust to advance climate resilient development and green growth. This glorified example was followed by several LDC countries.
However, there are high turnover of staff leading to frequent losses of institutional memory in relevant ministries and line agencies which are hindering advancing climate change agenda. There is limited mechanism to retain talent officials at MoEFCC and other relevant ministries. Limited coordination capacity among relevant ministries and line agencies are also hampering timely and quality delivery of results in the climate change areas. In Bangladesh climate change is still a domain under the MoEFCC and they have limited capacity to bring and convene other important ministries and line agencies. As capacity building considered as the entry point for mainstreaming climate change in development planning; that is why adopting is continues, well-coordinated, phased and transformation driven capacity building approach is very much required.
One of the nine elements of the Work Plan to be coordinated by the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB), established at COP21, is to explore means of ensuring national ownership. It has also been urged to learn from past experience in CB (paragraph 73.e of the PA). In addition, the Paris Agreement includes CB as one of its main pillars through articles 11 (capacity building), 12 (education, training and awareness) and 13 (transparency). However, capacity building is a continuous process and therefore the plan remains an open and living document subject to changes and improvement as per country’s changing needs. Bangladesh by signing up to Paris Agreement has agreed to enhance capacity building activities including the associated institutional arrangements such as the establishment of coordination instrument. By setting up the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and CB Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), global communities have shown both commitment and transparency in their climate action. However, immediate, midterm and long-term capacity building plans with appropriate institutional arrangements and effective coordination mechanisms are required for implementing capacity building programs.
Without mainstreaming climate change into the development strategy, no country can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That’s why capacity building on contemporary aspects of climate change particularly climate negotiations and diplomacy, economics and financing aspects of climate change, green growth, carbon trading system, etc. are very important for Bangladesh. Since climate change is a cross-cutting development issue, the Ministry of Planning and the Economic Relations Division (ERD) under the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change , Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Ministry of Powe, Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Water resources, and Ministry of Agriculture could be engaged in the future as potential partners for mainstreaming climate change in development planning and management.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK
The International Consultant-Capacity Building Expert will be responsible for quality assurance and timely preparation of six training modules including detail ToR and operational guideline for climate negotiation and diplomacy. S/he will be responsible for collecting and collating required information and critically review various training modules prepared nationally and internationally to supporting, guiding and overseeing the work of National Consultant in the Team. Output of the assignment will be a training pack containing six sets of training modules and ToR including operational guideline for climate negotiation. The International Capacity Building Expert will provide necessary technical support to the following deliverables:
The International Consultant- Capacity Building on Contemporary Aspects of Climate Change will deliver as followings:
Payments shall be done in four installments based on actual days worked and submitted deliverables documenting this, upon approval by the contract administrator (Programme Specialist) of the deliverable and an indicating the days worked in the period and activities performed.
Required Skills and Experience
i. ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
At least Master’s degree in Climate Change, Environmental Science/Engineering, Sustainability Science, Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Studies and /or Resource Management, or closely related field, etc.
SUPERVISION AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
The Consultant will work closely with the Programme Specialist (Nature, Climate & Energy) and engaged donor for this assignment. The International Consultant- will report directly to Programme Specialist.
The Consultant will use his/her own personal computer or laptop. UNDP will provide a working station while visit in Bangladesh.
TRAVEL AND DSA
No DSA will be paid. If unforeseen travel outside the duty station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UNDP, and upon prior agreement/approval, such travel shall be UNDP’s expenses and the individual consultant shall receive a per-diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other.
This consultancy will be home-based.
TIMEFRAME AND DEADLINES
The assignment is for total 30 working days over a period of 5 months (Tentative March-2021 to 30 July, 2021).
Lump sum contracts
The financial proposal shall specify daily rate of services and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of daily rate (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).
Deliverables are linked with the payment schedule:
Individual Consultant will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 % point in technical criteria would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Financial Evaluation: (Total obtainable score – 30)
All technically qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals receive points according to the following formula:
p = y (µ/z)
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
Recommended Presentation of Offer
Interested individuals must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
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