international trainer on the application of ISO standards in estimating greenhouse gas emissions

Location : Nur-Sultan, KAZAKHSTAN
Application Deadline :21-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
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 :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months

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.


UNDP Project “Assistance in enhancement of Kazakhstan Nationally Determined Contributions” is announcing a competitive bidding for individuals for the position of international trainer on the application of ISO standards in estimating greenhouse gas emissions;

For detailed information on the position, please refer to the attached Terms of Reference and Procurement Notice.

Duty station: Home based.

The following documents in PDF to be attached to the Offer (maximum size 20 Mb per one e-mail transmission) and should be sent to with indication of Ref.2021-142 in the e-mail subject not later 6 PM (Nur-Sultan time, GMT+6) of 14 October 2021:

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex 3)
  2. Personal detailed CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references; Methodology for performing work;
  3. Financial Proposal (Annex 4) that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP;
  4. Other documents certifying experience, knowledge, and skills (certificates of continuing education/diplomas, awards, etc.).
  5. A brief description of why the applicant considers himself/herself the most suitable for the job including methodology describing the approach to the implementation of the assignment (1000 characters maximum).

Please make sure you have provided all requested materials as described above. 

Incomplete proposals will be rejected automatically. ONLY fully submitted applications would be considered for evaluation!

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process. Late Proposals will not be considered.

For any questions please contact Procurement Specialist Irena Jurczynska by e-mail 

 NOTE: Template of Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal and General Conditions of Contract for the services of Individual Contractors can be found in the attachment.

Backgroung information: Like many other developing countries Kazakhstan is currently conducting an analysis of the existing system for measuring and reporting on the impact of climate change measures (both mitigation and adaptation measures). Since the available resources and practical knowledge are insufficient Kazakhstan needs a more comprehensive approach to changing and implementing the National Monitoring, Reporting and Verification system.

One of the main components of the Project is to study existing inventory methods and offer the best available methods and best practices for their further application in Kazakhstan's inventory methodologies and systems.

The project will aim to implement a modern MRV system and include adaptation measures in the NDC. It is planned to develop a roadmap for implementation of commitments, which specifies the main directions of national activities for adaptation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and which will become a technical guide for the government of Kazakhstan to achieve the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and measures for adaptation.

In 2020 project held a series of ISO trainings for various national stakeholders. This work was highly appreciated by GHG validators and verifiers. Not all attendants of training workshops managed to get certificates due to  not passing the eligibility criteria. It was recommended to conduct a new series of extended and deep trainings for those who already has a certificate and repeat a previous series of trainings for those who didn’t participate in previous and didn’t manage to get a certificate.

The following analog versions of national ISO standards have been approved in the Republic of Kazakhstan and have entered into force since July 1, 2020:

  1. QR ST ISO 14064-1:2019 Greenhouse gases. Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals (ISO 14064-1:2018);
  2. QR ST ISO 14064-2:2019 Specification with guidance at the project level for quantification, monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emission reductions or removal enhancements (ISO 14064-2:2019);
  3. QR ST ISO 14064-3:2019 Specification with guidance for the verification and validation of greenhouse gas statements (ISO 14064-3:2019).

Resolutions IAF2017-15 and IAF 2019-18 of the International Accreditation Forum’s (IAF) General Assemblies set the following deadlines for the transition from ISO 14064-1:2006, ISO 14064-2:2006, ISO 14064-3:2006 to ISO 14064-1:2018, ISO 14064-2:2019, ISO 14064-3:2019:

  1. for ISO 14064-1:2018 – 3 (three) years from the date of publication (date of publication-December 2018); i.e. until December 31, 2021;
  2. for ISO 14064-2: 2019 ­– 3 (three) years from the date of publication (date of publication – April 2019), i.e. until April 30, 2022;
  3. for ISO 14064-3:2019 – 4 (four) years from the date of publication (date of publication – April 2019), i.e. until April 30, 2023.

IAF General Assembly resolution 2019-14 approved ISO 17029:2019 Conformity assessment — General principles and requirements for validation and verification bodies as an IAF normative document. At the same time, IAF 2019-19 upcoming accreditation for the new version of the ISO 14065:2020 standard requires accreditation in accordance with the requirements of ISO 17029:2019.

Currently, the national ISO 17029:2019 standard is under development according to the National Standardization Plan of the Technical Regulation and Metrology Committee of Kazakhstan.

According to the Association of verifiers, Kazakhstan is significantly behind in the quality of application of ISO standards by both verification organizations and enterprises that are sources of GHG emissions. Thus, the transparency of GHG reporting suffers.

In this regard, it is necessary to conduct trainings to study the above standards for the accreditation body, validation/verification bodies and participants in the state system for regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

In order to continue the UNDP’s policy to ensure that countries are aware of vulnerability to climate issues, the importance of climate change adaptation and mitigation, also to increase attention to issues related to climate change, a series of sessions, workshops and seminars on topics related to climate change will be organized.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Prepare the training materials (educational modules including agenda, pptx presentations and test for participants) on the following ISO standards:
    1. ISO 14064-1:2018 Standard;
    2. ISO 14064-2:2019 Standard;
    3. ISO 14064-3:2019 Standard;
    4. ISO 14067:2018 Standard;
    5. ISO 14065:2020 Standard;
    6. ISO 17029:2019 Standard;
    7. Other related ISO standards.
  2. Conduct an online workshop on the above standards for interested participants who don’t have certificates from previous series of trainings At least four workshops with 3 hour agenda each
  3. Develop a material for extended trainings of above ISO standards for smaller group of experts (up to 20) to introduce comprehensive deep trainings. Each session of the extended training will be structured in two modules of 6 hours each. They will be introduced through a brief theoretical part and will be mainly based on practical exercises.
  4. Conduct enhanced online trainings for small groups (up to 20 participants);
  5. Develop an analytical paper on future development of ETS with special attention to carbon border adjustment mechanism and role of ISO standards in the system. Analytical paper should include recommendations to Kazakhstan.
  6. To provide a final report with result of the conducted work

For more detailed information, please refer to Terms of Reference.


  • Full proficiency in English;
  • Knowledge of Kazakh or Russian is an asset

Required Skills and Experience

  • Higher education in Environmental / Chemical / Technical or related areas;
  • At least 5 years of experience in conducting trainings in accordance with ISO standards;
  • At least 3 years of experience in accreditation bodies as lead assessor;
  • At least 3 years of experience in the CASCO Technical Committee for the development of ISO standards in the field of greenhouse gas management;
  • At least 3 years of experience in the IAF working groups on carbon management, or in other international bodies;
  • Experience in more than one accreditation authority is an asset;
  • Proven experience in working with international or local organizations on similar assignments;
  •  Experience in working with UN agencies is an asset;

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