2189 Climate Change Adaptation Expert


Location : Belgrade, SERBIA
Application Deadline :23-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :01 March – 31 December 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.


Background

Purpose

 

To provide substantive guidance and technical inputs to vulnerability assessments in the key sectors and substantive and technical guidance and inputs to climate change adaptation (CCA) mainstreaming.

 

Objective

 

To ensure synergies in capacity building activities between NAP project and other climate related initiatives in Serbia.

 

Background Information

 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acting as an implementing agency of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), is providing assistance to the Serbian Government in the preparation and implementation of the GCF funded project “Advancing medium and long-term adaptation planning in the Republic of Serbia (NAP project). 

 

The project builds on Serbia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) commitments to advance medium and long-term adaptation planning in the Republic of Serbia with a National Adaptation Plan (NAP), providing support for iterative improvements to the NDCs under the enhanced transparency framework requirements, while enabling the Government of Serbia to build and strengthen capacities for mainstreaming climate change adaptation (CCA), produce actionable climate risk and vulnerability assessments, and implement effective methods, tools and information systems to better inform decision-making on climate risks. 

 

Project activities will address the main barriers to the integration of CCA into national, sectorial and local government planning and budgeting and support the formulation of financing strategies and mechanisms for the scaling up of medium- and long-term adaptation.

 

The overall goal of the NAP will be to reduce climate change related risks throughout Serbia by strengthening institutional and technical capacities that support integrated CCA planning and programming.

 

UNDP is seeking for a Climate Change Adaptation Expert to provide assistance to UNDP Climate Change Portfolio in initiating activities for the National Adaptation Planning for the Republic of Serbia. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UNDP Portfolio Manager and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water management of Serbia, the CCA Expert will provide technical guidance to the UNDP Project coordinator, the Project Board and other engaged consultants on the overall implementation of project activities, with specific reference to the following:

  • Provide comprehensive draft chapters of the NAP document/Policy concept: multi-hazard comprehensive risk and vulnerability assessments, climate change adaptation measures (containing specific actions, responsible institutions, sources of financing and other technical details), in compliance with the Methodologies, Procedures and Guidelines (MPGs), the EU legislation and draft Climate change law; 
  • Integrate chapters into integral and comprehensive draft of the NAP document/Policy concept in compliance with the MPGs, the EU legislation and draft Climate change law;
  • Develop framework and template for inventory of climate change related data, impacts of climate change, vulnerabilities and measures for at least key sectors envisaged by the NAP;
  • Draft concept for the annual training programme and develop specific annual training programme for 2021 for the public servants at national and local level to be accredited by and implemented through the National Academy for Public Administration, based on data and information already developed through the NAP project; 
  • Conduct a pilot annual training programme for public servants for at least 40 participants;
  • Prepare a training programme for at least one additional stakeholder group identified by the project; 
  • Conduct a pilot stakeholder training programme for at least 40 participants;
  • Based on information collected and constrains and gaps identified under the project, prepare the list of project ideas within the priority areas and prioritised short-listed Project pipeline;  
  • Prepare at least 4 project concepts for the GCF and other potential donors, in requested format that includes mandatory requirements (such as GCF requirements) and an outline of the tasks, types of analysis to conduct as a part of the design process, a preliminary time schedule and information on the actual context in which the project is to be implemented including an initial identification of stakeholders to be involved in the design process;
  • Prepare at least 10 learning / information sharing materials based on the draft chapters of the the NAP/Policy concept;
  • Organize at least 10 learning, peer-to-peer workshops for the members of the NAP project Working Group and other relevant stakeholders and integrate related conclusions and recommendations into relevant draft chapters of the NAP document/Policy concept.
  • Strengthen the institutional arrangements of the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) to enable it to better serve as the coordination mechanism for adaptation, by formulating, but limited, to following:
    • Define the mission and mandate of the NCCC on adaptation related activities;
    • Clarify and define the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders;
    • Identify sectorial focal points for CCA;
    • Articulate the governing processes to allow for oversight and coordination of adaptation related issues;
    • Establish the framework for a monitoring and evaluation system in which all sectors will need to report regularly to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the NCCC on the implementation of UNFCCC commitments and multilateral agreements, such as the Paris Climate Agreement, with particular focus on CCA;
    • Establish a formal NAP updating and reporting cycle concurrent with cyclical communication and awareness activities;
    • Strengthen the technical and managerial capacity of the NCCC;
  • Develop a process and mechanism to ensure sustainability of climate adaptation related training programs by designing and updating a centralized database of CCA training materials accessible to all ministries and housed in the Human Resource Management Service of Serbia;
  • Support the development of input and output templates for CCA and NDC reporting;
  • Participate in the capacity building events for data providers and data users related to CCA;
  • Assess the status and progress in adaptation finance flows, with recommendations for better financial planning and reporting.

Deliverables

Deadline

1. The annual training programme for 2021 for the public servants at national and local level on CCA in key NAP sectors, and for at least one additional stakeholder group identified by the project, prepared and accepted by UNDP;

1 April 2021

 

2. Comprehensive draft chapters of the NAP document/ Policy concept comprising multi-hazard comprehensive risk and vulnerability assessments and CCA measures, in compliance with the MPGs, the EU legislation and draft Climate change law, prepared and accepted by UNDP;

1 July 2021

3. Draft chapters of the NAP document integrated into integral and comprehensive draft of the NAP document/Policy concept in compliance with the MPGs, the EU legislation and draft Climate change law, prepared and accepted by UNDP;

1 July 2021

4. Report (up to 30 pages) on integration of CCA tools into comprehensive climate change MRV system, prepared and accepted by UNDP;

10 August 2021

5.  Recommendations for integration of the NAP project results into national climate change MRV system, namely the inventory and database of CCA measures and climate data Platform, prepared and accepted by UNDP;               

1 October 2021

6. At least 10 learning /information sharing materials based on the draft chapters of the NAP/Policy concept, prepared and accepted by UNDP;

1 October 2021

7.  The short-listed project pipeline within the priority areas, including at least 4 project concepts for the GCF (1) and other potential donors (in requested formats), prepared an accepted by UNDP;

1 October 2021

8.   A pilot training programme for at least 40 public servants and at least 40 other stakeholders, prepared and accepted by UNDP;

31 December 2021

9.  At least 10 learning, peer-to-peer workshops,  for the members of the NAP project Working Group and other relevant stakeholders, prepared and accepted by UNDP;

31 December 2021

10. The rules and procedures for the NCCC, including the institutional arrangements, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, monitoring and evaluation system, NAP updating and reporting cycle, to enable it to better serve as the coordination mechanism for adaptation, prepared and accepted by UNDP.

31 December 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Primarily in line with, but not limited to, the GCF Country Programme. 

 

NOTE: All deliverables have to be quality reviewed and accepted by the UNDP Portfolio Manager in consultations with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water management. None of the materials, reports, designs, brochures and articles produced under this Contract may be used, released, and/or disseminated without prior approval by UNDP.


Competencies

  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Displays ability to synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subject;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Proven capacity to produce reports;
  • Displays capacity to provide experienced advice on best practices;
  • Possesses knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Good application of Results-Based Management;
  • Good communication, coordination and facilitation skills;
  • Consistently ensures timeliness and quality of work;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling ethical standards.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

 

  • University degree in natural sciences, environmental management, environmental law or other related fields;
  • Proven expert knowledge of the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement.

Experience:

 

  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in environmental protection and climate change related issues;
  • Knowledge of policies and sectorial plans and programs in the Republic of Serbia;
  • Knowledge of the specific climate change adaptation measures for Serbia; 
  • Knowledge of climate related data;
  • Demonstrable experience in training and capacity building of national stakeholders and institutions;
  • Experience in Policy/Regulatory and Institutional assessments;
  • Previous experience with UNDP is a great advantage;
  • Experience in working with wide range of stakeholders (private, governmental, etc.). 

Languages:

 

  • Fluency in English and Serbian language.

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.

 

Application Procedure:

 

Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their applications via UNDP Web site: UNDP in Serbia under section “Jobs” no later than 23 February 2021.

 

Application should include: 

  • CV in English language containing date of birth, contact information (home address, phone number, e-mail) and timeline of work experience (including description of duties).  
  • Offeror’s Letter (only PDF format will be accepted) confirming Interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) Assignment. Can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.undp.org.rs/download/ic/Confirmation.docx. The Offeror’s Letter shall include financial proposal specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement with a breakdown of costs. 
  • Methodology concept containing a preliminary plan of work (no more than two pages).

In order to apply please merge above listed documents into a single PDF file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.

 

Any request for clarification must be sent by standard electronic communication to the e-mail vacancy.rs@undp.org. The procuring UNDP entity will respond by standard electronic mail and will send response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

 

Financial Proposal

 

Lump sum contracts

 

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, 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 this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).

 

Travel

 

All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.  In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

 

Evaluation

 

Cumulative analysis 

 

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.

* Technical Criteria weight; 70%

* Financial Criteria weight; 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

 

Criteria

Weight

Max. Point

Technical - Interview

30%

  1. 70 points
  • Criteria A

Experience in environmental protection and climate change related issues and ability to clearly present the impact of these strategies;

20

  • Criteria B

Experience in Policy/Regulatory and Institutional assessments and knowledge of the specific climate change adaptation measures for Serbia;

20

  • Criteria C

Demonstrable experience in training and capacity building of national stakeholders and institutions;

8

  • Criteria D

 Experience in working with wide range of stakeholders (private, governmental, etc.);

7

  • Criteria E

Proven expert knowledge of the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement;

15

Financial

30%

30 points

 

Additional Information:

 

  • Individual Contract (IC) will be applicable for individual consultants applying in their own capacity.  
  • Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA) will be applicable for applicants employed by any legal entity. Template of RLA with General Terms and Conditions could be found on: http://www.undp.org.rs/download/RLA%20with%20General%20Terms%20and%20Conditions.doc. In the case of engagement of Civil servants under IC contract modality a no-objection letter should be provided by the Government entity. The ‘no-objection’ letter must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status (if applicable), and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any. If the previous is not applicable ‘leave-without-pay’ confirmation should be submitted.

Engagement of Government Officials and Employees:

 

  • Government Officials or Employees are civil servants of UN Member States.  As such, if they will be engaged by UNDP under an IC which they will be signing in their individual capacity (i.e., engagement is not done through RLA signed by their Government employer), the following conditions must be met prior to the award of contract: 

(i)       A “No-objection” letter in respect of the individual is received from the Government employing him/her, and; 

(ii)     The individual must provide an official documentation from his/her employer formally certifying his or her status as being on “official leave without pay” for the duration of the IC. 

  • The above requirements are also applicable to Government-owned and controlled enterprises and well as other semi/partially or fully owned Government entities, whether or not the Government ownership is of majority or minority status.   

UNDP recognizes the possibility that there are situations when the Government entity employing the individual that UNDP wishes to engage is one that allows its employees to receive external short-term consultancy assignments (including but not limited to research institutions, state-owned colleges/universities, etc.), whereby a status of “on-leave-without-pay” is not required.  Under such circumstance, the individual entering into an IC with UNDP must still provide a “No-objection” letter from the Government employing him/her.  The “no objection” letter required under (i) above must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status, and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any.  The said document may be obtained by, and put on record of, UNDP, in lieu of the document (ii) listed above.


 



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