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Consultant on Identifying Lessons Learned from the Korean Green Transition
|Location :||KOREA (REPUBLIC OF)|
|Application Deadline :||22-Dec-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||January 1st, 2022 – June 30th, 2022|
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.
Together with the loss of biodiversity and the increase of pollution, climate change has emerged as a crucial component of the ‘Triple Planetary Crisis.’ In this regard, the transition from the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement represented a paradigm shift from a top-down form of climate governance founded on legally binding ‘targets and timeframes to a bottom-up approach promoting voluntary commitments through ‘soft reciprocity.’ Due to this paradigm shift and the inertia of the Sustainable Development Goals, global levels of climate commitments have gradually increased over the years. However, as noted in the latest IPCC and Emissions Gap Report, the latest submissions of Nationally Declared Contributions do not yet reflect the ambition needed to reach the Paris goal of limiting climate change to 1.5 to 2°C, despite all future scenarios exceeding 1.5°C by 2040. Accordingly, together with the impetus to ‘build back better’ from COVID-19, the Green New Deal has emerged as a policy solution in many countries.
In this vein, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has recently announced its Korean New Deal, which incorporated a Green New Deal as one of its primary components. Through this initiative, the ROK has affirmed its commitment to promote the green transition of infrastructure, low carbon and decentralized energy, and innovation in the green industry. To this end, the ROK is planning to pursue not only stand-alone environmental projects, but also integrated projects incorporating a digital focus.
Having also published a strategy to ‘globalize’ its New Deal, the ROK has declared its intent to support other countries with facilitating similar structural changes. This is important as, despite having the political will to do so, many governments have been unable to formulate their own Green New Deal strategies. As such, the ROK will be strengthening, among other things, its ‘Green New Deal ODA’ by enhancing support for green transitions in developing countries, leading global cooperation on the Green New Deal, and building mutually beneficial partnerships. In this regard, it is worth noting that many of the ROK’s relevant strategic documents specifically mention UNDP as a potential partner organization with whom to undergo joint interventions.
These developments in the ROK’s strategic approach are relevant for UNDP because its Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2025 outlines the need to promote the green and digital transformation of partner countries as one of its three primary drivers of change. Thus, being mandated to share the ROK’s development experience, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) is seeking to identify additional opportunities to cooperate with the ROK at both the business unit and corporate level. This builds on prior partnership experiences which involved activities such as facilitating policy discussions on ‘building back better.’
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the Assignment
This paper will provide an overview of the context upon which multilateral climate action is taking place. This should entail an analysis of recent international processes, which includes international fora such as the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, OECD DAC commitments as well as national initiatives such as the Green New Deals of other countries. Building on this, the paper will critically analyze how UNDP has sought to contribute to such processes by providing specific reference to relevant corporate interventions, so as to identify country-level demand for relevant policy advice as well as the niche areas upon which new partnerships could be formulated.
Against this backdrop, this paper will describe the ROK’s potential relevance to such initiatives. That is, it will elaborate on the unique value that the ROK’s green transition offers in this regard and the progress made hitherto. Subsequently, it will explain the overall roles and responsibilities of relevant stakeholders, including that of non-state actors such as the private sector.
Following this, this paper will identify green policy solutions in which the ROK possesses a comparative advantage and that may be of interest to countries in the Global South. By doing so, this paper will serve as a reference point for relevant decision-makers, while also potentially informing USPC’s SDG Partnerships (which is its primary modality of knowledge exchange) and UNDP’s institutional partnership with the ROK. As such, USPC seeks to assist partner countries in emulating initiatives similar to that of the ROK, thereby contributing to UNDP’s strategic objective of promoting a green and digital transformation. To this end, the findings of this paper will be presented to UNDP’s Global Policy Network and selected Country Offices at an USPC-facilitated event with countries that are well-positioned to benefit from the lessons learned and can provide valuable lessons based on their own experiences.
The consultant is expected to draft a paper that will include components such as but not limited to the following:
OECD. 2021. OECD DAC Declaration on a new approach to align development co-operation with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. https://www.oecd.org/dac/development-assistance-committee/dac-declaration-climate-confe26.htm.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The consultant will report to the Programme Specialist (focal point), and team leader of Inclusive Growth and Prosperity Team at UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH), in all aspects of the activities. She/he will also consult with other relevant experts of the BRH.
The duration of the assignment will be January 1st, 2022 – June 30th, 2022 (up to 36 working days)
This consultancy will be home-based, with no foreseen travel.
Skills and Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
Skills and Required Language:
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment.
This is a fixed out-put based contract price regardless of extension of the herein specific duration. The payments will be released upon submitting the required deliverables with satisfactory by or before the due dates agreed, and as per below percentages:
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Applicants are reviewed based on the aforementioned requirements for experience and qualifications, as well as on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weigh 70% and financial criteria weighs 30%.
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite maximum of five shortlisted candidates for interviews. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation. Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced qualified proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I - TOR GND
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