International Senior Consultant on Climate Change Policy

Location : Home-based and Ha Noi, VIET NAM
Application Deadline :15-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
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 :06 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :June 2021 - 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.


With its extensive coastline and deltaic plains, Viet Nam is considered to be among the most vulnerable countries to climate change globally. Extreme weather events such as typhoons and tropical storms have increased in intensity, magnifying socio-economic and health impacts on rural, urban, coastal, and mountain communities, and endangering critical transportation and drainage infrastructure. The Mekong Delta is one of the most susceptible deltas in the world to sea level rise.

To address climate change, the Government of Viet Nam developed a series of national climate change, green growth, and sustainable development policies, strategies, and action plans. One key planning instrument is the GoV’s National Strategy on Climate Change 2012-2020. To date, the government has been able to put in place several key climate change related decisions, including the landmark Plan for Implementation of the Paris Agreement in 2016 and approved its domestic National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in the year 2020. In addition, Viet Nam is among the first countries to have submitted its Updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the UNFCCC in July 2020.

There is a need to update the National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS). The initial NCCS was approved by the Prime Minister in Decision 2139/QÐ-TTg on December 5, 2011, and was effective for the period 2012-2020. A progress assessment initiated by MONRE’s Department of Climate Change (DCC), and supported by the French Development Agency (AFD), concluded that the system of legal policies addressing climate change issues improved over the strategy’s lifetime, likewise the organizational structure on coping with climate change became consolidated. It also found that the activities to cope with climate change have achieved certain results. Specifically, there have been many advances in natural disaster forecasting and warning; disaster prevention continues to be promoted, damage caused by natural disasters has decreased compared to the previous period. Rice area and basic food security are guaranteed. Forest protection and development continues to achieve many results. The development of renewable energy has made strong progress, especially for solar power. Many models, methods and techniques of low-carbon farming have been applied in agricultural production in many localities across the country. The report, however, also identified some weaknesses in the strategy implementation process and provided some initial proposals on areas that require continued/new attention in the updated NCCS.

Following the consultation with Development Partners and building on the existing technical assistance of partners in the NDC review and update, MONRE requested UNDP and GIZ to continue support to the Government process of updating the NCCS for the period 2021-2050, vision 2100.

To support MONRE in this process, a total of 4 background reports will be developed, which will provide inputs into the NCCS for the period 2021-2050, vision 2100:

  • Outcome 1 (Report 1): Analysis international experience in the formulation and implementation of climate change strategies in the global change context; Technical lead: UNDP
  • Outcome 2 (Report 2): Analysis of the domestic context and orienting socio-economic development, identifying climate change issues; Technical lead: GIZ
  • Outcome 3 (Report 3): Assessment of the potential of private sector engagement in Viet Nam's climate change response strategy; Technical lead: UNDP
  • Outcome 4 (Report 4): Assessment of climate finance landscape and solutions to promote the resource mobilisation for the implementation of the updated NCCS; and Technical lead: GIZ
  • Outcome 5 (updated NCCS): National Strategy on Climate Change for the period 2021-2050, vision 2100. Technical lead: MONRE

The requested international senior consultant will support MONRE to complete different actitivities under outcomes 1,2,3,5 and provide some technical oversight functions.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main objective of the consultant is to support MONRE and UNDP to develop and update Viet Nam’s National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS) for the Period 2021-2050, vision 2100. The senior consultant is expected to work closely with a range of International and National Consultants, who are also being mobilised by UNDP, GIZ and MONRE.

The senior consultant will provide oversight to develop four background reports essential to provide the knowledge base to update the National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS) for the period 2021-2050, vision 2100. For this, the consultant will review and synthesize international experiences in the formulation and implementation of climate change strategy in the global change context, support identifying entry-points to strengthen private-sector engagement in the implementation of the NCCS, review the existing NCCS to identify gaps and mitigation needs, and propose revisions, objectives, and solutions.

The consultant will more specifically be responsible to provide oversight to,

  1. Lead in developing the Background Report 1 that reviews and synthesizes international experience in the formulation and implementation of climate change strategies in the context of global change (17 days);
  2. Provide inputs, peer review and strategic advice during the drafting process of Background Report 2 that discusses Vietnam’s climate change policy framework and implementation progress in the context of global change and long-term development pathway. The inputs should include a specific focus on key methodology for provincial surveys on the gaps in climate mitigation and adaptation actions and key areas of needs for an updated NCCS (7 days);
  3. Provide inputs and strategic advice during the drafting process of Background Report 3 assessing the potential of private sector engagement in Viet Nam's climate change response strategy (5 days); and
  4. Peer review and provide strategic advice on the draft National Strategy on Climate Change for the period 2021-2050, vision 2100 (5 days).


Procurement Notice with enclosed TOR and evaluation criteria as well as Submission forms are in the attached files and uploaded on:  

Required Skills and Experience

The qualification requirements for the consultant team is as follows:

  • Postgraduate degree in Environment, Climate Change, Economics or relevant subjects or related field (100 points);
  • At least 20 years of work experience on climate change policies and strategies, practices with countries in the region, experience in Viet Nam context is an advantage (200 points);
  • Proven experience and understanding of global, regional and national process for climate change negotiations (UNFCCC) and climate change planning, including up to date knowledge and international practices and guideline of UNFCCC LEG, UN practices on NAP and NDC (200points);
  • Experience in providing macro-economic and climate change/GHG policy advisories to Government agencies, UN and development partners in Viet Nam (100 points)
  • A proven consultancy track-record in Viet Nam, particularly in the field of Climate Change Mitigation and Viet Nam NDC is an advantage (100 points);
  • Work experience of developing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA), long-term strategy for developing low GHG emissions (LEDS), or comparable strategic plans will be an advantage; and (200 points)
  • Excellent technical writing skills in English by provision of 1-2 writing reports (100 points)

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