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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: RESEARCH ON THE BEHAVIORAL BARRIERS AND ENABLERS OF HOUSEHOLD SPENDING ON ENERGY-EFFICIENT AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS IN NORTH MACEDONIA
|Location :||Home based, Republic of North Macedonia|
|Application Deadline :||25-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Estimated 40 working days for the period from June - August 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.
Nature of the consultancy
Conduct a scoping study on the motivational factors among target groups that shape their spending behavior and decisions regarding the adoption of energy-efficient and renewable energy solutions.
UNECE (2019) reports that annual mean concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 (Particulate Matter with a diameter of 2.5 to 10 micrometers) in the cities of North Macedonia have consistently and significantly exceeded the annual limit values in all urban monitoring sites since monitoring began. Air quality has been detrimentally impacted by household practices, energy generation and modes of transport. Electricity generation in North Macedonia is around 80% coal-fired. The household sector accounts for nearly 28% of the energy consumption. But only 18% of the households have some insulation and 25% of the population in North Macedonia are unable to keep their homes adequately warm. Only a small percentage of the population has adopted renewable energy solutions. The result is that 75% of the citizens are exposed daily to air pollution at levels shown to cause adverse health outcomes. The impacts of air pollution and access to clean energy solutions are likely to be exacerbated by underlying causes of vulnerability, especially for those already facing societal inequalities because of their gender, age, class, indigeneity and/or disability.
Transitioning to a more sustainable energy mix through an increased share of renewables in energy production (particularly solar energy) and energy-efficient retrofitting of commercial buildings and residences is a major strategic objective of the Government of North Macedonia. Accelerating the country’s transition requires a banking sector that provides affordable finance for these investments to households. However, there is limited understanding of the motivational factors that shape the household spending behavior regarding the adoption of energy-efficient and renewable energy solutions among the project target groups (i.e. female-headed households, single-parents, persons with disabilities, vulnerable communities/Roma, and employees affected by COVID-19). To tap into remittances, the project also targets remittance recipients and returning migrants with special attention to the female-headed households, single parents, persons with disabilities, and employees affected by COVID–19. A clearer understanding of the behavioral enablers and barriers that shape the spending on energy-efficient and renewable energy solutions among all the target groups (and sub-groups) will help the commercial banks, which are participating in the Green Financing Facility project, to target the underserved segments of the target group through customized information campaigns. Also, it would contribute to an improved understanding of relevant issues that will inform project design as well as climate change policy and programming in the country.
Theoretical models have been developed to explain the factors that motivate individuals and households to engage in climate and environmental action. For example, the Model of Private Proactive Adaptation to Climate Change (MPPACC) by Grothmann and Patt (2005), the expansion of the MPPACC by Dang, Li and Bruwer (2012) as well as additional variables proposed by Van Valkengoed and Steg (2019). The factors predicting people’s adaptation behavior include risk perception, self-efficacy, outcome-efficacy, perceived costs of adaptation, climate-related hazard experience, trust in government-led adaptation measures, perceived incentives to adapt, social norms, negative affect, climate change perceptions, habits, place attachment, trust in governments, knowledge of climate change and adaptation and responsibility.
In this context, a scoping study will be conducted specifically for North Macedonia. The following question will guide this scoping study: How do motivational factors shape the decision among the target groups (i.e. female-headed households, single-parents, persons with disabilities, vulnerable communities/Roma, employees affected by COVID-19, remittance recipients and returning migrants) to spend on energy-efficient and renewable energy solutions in North Macedonia? Some motivational factors may be more important than others in shaping the spending behavior among certain segments of the target groups (based on age, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, etc.).
This project will contribute to supporting the Government of North Macedonia’s National Plan for Clean Air as well as the Government of North Macedonia’s mitigation-related commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It will contribute directly towards the SDGs 7 (7.a), 10 (10.2 and 10.7) and SDG 13 (13.2) and UNSDCF Outcome 3 (3.1).
Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of the Consultancy
Tasks to be performed under this contract:
Tangible and measurable output of the work assignment
Technical and behavioral requirements
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES:
Realistic delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered, and performance indicators: 3 months (no later than August 2021)
The payment will be done on lump-sum basis, upon successful completion of deliverables in instalments.
The consultant will work under direct supervision of Sanja Bojanic, Deputy Resident Representative in UNDP North Macedonia also representing the UN Team engaged in the preparation of the SDG Fund Joint Project Document. The consultant will be in regular communication with the above-mentioned supervisor through e-mail and will provide regular progress reports on bi-weekly basis. All communication and reports will need to be prepared in English language.
Duration of the ASSINGMENT
The duration of the Consultant’ is estimated 45 working days in the period 02 June 2021 to 25 August 2021.
Duty station and travel
The assignment will be completed on-line including zoom conference calls for consultations, presentation of deliverables, etc. but no travel is envisaged.
Required Skills and Experience
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF BEST OFFEr
The award of the contract shall be made to the offeror whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Being responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score based on the following weight of technical and financial criteria for solicitation as per the schedule below:
* Technical criteria weight: 70%
* Financial criteria weight: 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) in the technical evaluation shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
For the considered offers in the financial evaluation only, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (Pn / Pl) * 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED
Interested offerors are invited submit the following documents/information to be considered:
The financial proposal must take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel out of duty station (if required); communications, any other expenses related to this assignment.
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