IC-PAP3149/2021 - International Consultancy: Individual Consultant to conduct quality assurance (QA) and review of technology needs assessment (TNA) for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in urbanization & industry sectors in Rwanda.

Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :22-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :20 Working Days – over a period of 3 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 Working Days – over a period of 3 Months

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IC-PAP3149/2021 - International Consultancy: Individual Consultant to conduct quality assurance (QA) and review of technology needs assessment (TNA) for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in urbanization & industry sectors in Rwanda.


Description of assignment: Individual Consultant to conduct quality assurance (QA) and review of technology needs assessment (TNA) for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in urbanization & industry sectors in Rwanda

Project: UNDP Rome office – Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Type of Consultancy: International Post.

Duty Station: Home Base.

Period of assignment/services: 20 Working Days – over a period of 3 months.

Estimated Starting Date: Early June 2021 over a period of 3 months

Proposals should be submitted: Not later than 22nd of May 2021, 17:00 COB (+03:00GMT/ Istanbul Time)


Important Notices:

  • Proposals should be submitted through the UNDP Jobs Portal only no later than COB 22nd of May 2021 (Istanbul Time: +3 GMT).


Please note the following:

  • Proposers MUST provide the financial offers in their submission as in the format of Annex 1. The form can be downloaded from https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=78465
  • Request for Clarification: Any request for clarification must be sent in writing via e-mail to the procurement officer mentioned in the Procurement Notice [ali.salam@undp.org].

  • The latest day to receive and respond to inquiries is 2 days prior to the closure of the procurement notice; UNDP will provide a written response, via the Procurement Notice website, without identifying the source of inquiry.

Duties and Responsibilities



Parties to the UNFCCC are engaged in the elaboration of the technology framework to support the implementation of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, and to further promote and facilitate enhanced action on technology development and transfer.  Technology transfer has been under focus since the Rio Summit in 1992, where issues related to technology transfer were included in Agenda 21 as well as in Articles 4.3, 4.5 and 4.7 of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Enhancing technology development, transfer deployment and dissemination is a key pillar to the international response to climate change. The work on Technology Needs Assessments will play a key role in the implementation of environmentally sound technologies for mitigation and adaptation.

With Funding from the Global Environment Facility, UN Environment, through UNEP DTU Partnership, supports developing countries to determine their technology priorities for the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change through the global Technology Needs Assessment project. 


However, the UNDP office in Rome , The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development  provides an opportunity to support the achievement of the Agenda 2030 through the implementation of the project “Sustainable Urban Wetlands Development within Kigali City”, developed by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) with the support of the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS).

One of the target of the stated project includes the support of the Centre for the recruitment of an International Consultant who will assist the Government of Rwanda to conduct the Quality Assurance of the TNA in Urbanization & Industry sectors developed.



2.Rationale of the consultancy/Justification


The Government of Rwanda has signed and ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1998 and became legally obligated to adopt and implement policies and measures designed to mitigate the effects of climate change and to adapt to such changes. Climate change adaptation and GHG mitigation technology transfer to developing countries is one of the most prominent items on agendas at the Conferences of Parties (COPs) to the UNFCCC. Through technology transfer, developing countries can cut their GHG emissions, which in turn will enable them to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals and fulfill their obligations to the UNFCCC’s common goal- stabilizing the GHG concentration in the atmosphere and preventing dangerous anthropogenic interference with Earth’s climate system.


Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) as a regulatory agency is responsible for the implementation of climate policies and measures with respect to the fulfillment of the country’s obligations under the convention.


In this regard, Rwanda has conducted a Technology Needs Assessment in Agriculture and Energy Sectors, developed the National Adaptation Programme of Action to climate change, Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy, National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and three National Communications. In these documents, a number of potential projects and activities that Rwanda could undertake or implement that could assist its development process while contributing positively to its response to climate change.


Based on these documents and the TNA handbook, the current TNA will consider Urbanization and Industry as priority areas for National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) among others.



3.Objective of the study


The objective of this consultancy is to conduct a quality assurance and peer review of the TNA report, Barrier Analysis and Enabling Framework development for the deployment and diffusion of priority technologies report; Technology Action Plan for both mitigation and adaptation report and Project Ideas & project proposal developed by a national consultant. that need to be submitted. The consultant will ensure all documents are comprehensive and of high quality, containing the relevant and sufficient information and are in line with TNA requirements.



4.Tasks and Responsibilities:


  • Be part of the reviewing team of the inception report to approve the methodology
  • Review the consolidated TNA, BAEF, TAP and PI&PP reports
  • Conduct in-depth quality check/analysis of above reports using a hands-on guidance to multi criteria analysis (MCA) and the identification and assessment of related criteria for both mitigation and adaptation
  • Use a guidebook for countries conducting a Technology Needs Assessment and Action Plan as a pointer for quality and comprehensiveness of the reports
  • Submit feedback of the quality assurance to the TNA coordinator and national consultant where conclusions and recommendations recorded will be considered into final reports
  • Review and approve final reports to be submitted


5.Deliverables and payments:


The Consultant will be responsible for producing the below deliverables. These deliverables are changeable subject to UNDP approval, in case unexpected incidents take place in the project, such as delay of the project or change of project scope, due to reasons uncontrollable by the Consultant.


Output 1: Inception report clearly containing the methodology and work plan to achieve successfully the objective of the assignment

Output 2: Summarized analysis of the review of inception report submitted by the national consultant and guidance provided on the report.

Output 3: Review reports in both sectors, of:

  • TNA, containing a prioritized list of technologies for mitigation and adaptation, and describing the methodology followed ready for submission.
  • Barrier Analysis and Enabling Framework development for the deployment and diffusion of priority technologies for mitigation and adaptation ready for submission.
  • Technology Action Plan for both mitigation and adaptation ready for submission.
  • Project Ideas and full Project Proposal in Industry and Urbanization sectors for identified technologies ready for submission.


  • Excellent team player with good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to demonstrate sufficient technical knowledge to perform effectively and independently;
  • Ability to manage workload with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Ability to accommodate additional demands on short notice;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Skill in achieving results through persuading, influencing, and working with others;
  • Skill in facilitating meetings effectively and efficiently and to resolve conflicts as they arise;
  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior and high-ranking members of international, regional and national institutions;
  • Displays sensitivity and adaptability to different cultures, genders, religions, races, nationalities, and age groups.

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications and Requirements:


  • At least advanced University degree (MSc) in Environmental sciences, Environmental Engineering, Environmental management/sustainability, Climate science, Industrial Development & Technology, Urban planning & Development. Advanced degree (PhD is an asset)

B.Work Experience:

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in climate change and environmental related fields with proven technical experience with climate change mitigation and adaptation in Urbanization and Industry sectors.
  • Familiarity with technology-related needs assessments in developing countries. Prior experience in guiding/conducting/reviewing TNAs is highly desirable.  
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with TNA Process Guidebooks and Technology guidebooks.
  • Good coordination and facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of UNFCCC and its relevance in developing countries context.
  • Understandable methodology and work plan.


Fluency in English language is a Must

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