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Individual Consultant on Support to UNDP Climate Promise in Azerbaijan
|Location :||Home based with expected misssions|
|Application Deadline :||24-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|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 :||10 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||10 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.
Climate change presents the single biggest threat to sustainable development and is already causing widespread, unprecedented impacts that disproportionately burden the poorest, marginalized and most vulnerable. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that urgent and transformative action is necessary to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees or below, adapt to global threats, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries unanimously agreed to work toward global goals that would limit global average temperature rise. A key principle in the Paris Agreement is that no country should backslide on its intentions, which were put forward in climate action plans known as “Nationally Determined Contributions”, or NDCs. All countries are expected to submit increasingly ambitious NDCs every five years, often described as a “ratchet mechanism”. A first opportunity to do so is in 2020. Achieving the Paris Agreement’s goals will require an emissions peak as soon as possible, followed by sharp reductions in GHG emissions. Therefore, many see high ambition in 2020 as fundamental to get on track to 1.5oC and counter a worrying trend of rising emissions.
UNDP is well-positioned to support countries on these efforts, with a long track record of supporting NDC processes globally, which has led to insights on critical bottlenecks, key success factors, emerging trends and anticipated support needs. In 2014, UNDP and UNFCCC jointly launched a series of regional technical dialogues that provided a neutral space for countries to share experiences on NDCs and build trust. In all, 22 dialogues have been held, attracting 2200+ participants from 150 countries. UNDP also assisted 43 countries to submit intended NDCs in 2015 and now supports 63 countries to strengthen core elements of NDC architecture, such as gender-responsive institutional coordination, whole-of-government approaches, strengthened transparency systems, and mainstreaming of NDC targets. These efforts are underpinned by a $3.2BN grant-financed portfolio of climate action in 142 countries.
In response, UNDP announced its Climate Promise landmark initiative to leverage its extensive climate portfolio and scale up urgently-needed support for NDC enhancement in 100 countries, working in close collaboration with UN system partners (e.g. UNEP, FAO, UNICEF), IRENA, the NDC Partnership, the Green Climate Fund, and other strategic partners. An integrated approach will be used that harnesses the wide-ranging expertise of UNDP’s Global Policy Network to strengthen climate solutions with perspectives from governance, health, water, gender equality, women’s and youth empowerment, disaster risk reduction, and inclusive growth, among others.
UNDP service lines in the framework of Climate Promise include the following:
1: Build Political Will & Societal Ownership at National/Sub-National Levels;
2: Review, Align & Update/Enhance Current NDC Targets, Policies & Measures;
3: Incorporate Additional Sectors &/or GHGs;
4: Assess Costs & Investment Opportunities;
5: Monitor Progress & Strengthen Transparency.
Given the above, UNDP Country Office in Azerbaijan is recruiting a consultant to facilitate and coordinate implementation of the UNDP Climate Promise in Azerbaijan. The consultant will work under overall guidance of the Resident Representative, the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative in collaboration with the relevant environmental team.
After being static from 2014 to 2016, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose to historic highs in 2018 according to the IEA 2019 Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, driven by higher energy consumption.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope and Timing
The assignment is expected to take place over a 10 months’ period from 01st July 2020 to 30th April 2021 with a goal to complete the documentation package to be submitted to the Resident Representative and Deputy Resident Representative not later than April 2021.
The main objective of this assignment is to support UNDP Country Office in Azerbaijan to implement the Climate Promise and to assist the governments in the process of updating/enhancing their NDCs under the Paris Agreement. The Consultant will also support Country Office by delivering advice on a broader climate change and climate policy development agenda. The Consultant will support the preparation of at least one (1) environment related project document, based on the work undertaken in enhancing the NDC.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the UNDP DRR and will closely coordinate with the global and regional Climate Promise coordination and support team. The Consultant will provide support to Country Office in delivering UNDP Climate Promise and supporting climate action and project development, will be assessing country’s progress with implementing NDCs, will guide country in the process of updating the NDCs, and will support Country Office reporting on Climate Promise. The specific deliverables are:
Task 1. Needs assessment and work plan for the assignmnet:
Task 2. Stakeholder management, resource mobilization on the Climate Promise implementation and climate action in Azerbaijan.
Task 3. Analytical reports and communication on the NDC update and Climate Promise progress and results in Azerbaijan.
3. EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMETABLE
Language: The reports and all final documents and reports should be submitted to UNDP in English. If the reports and documents are to be translated into Azerbaijani, then they will need to be done at the cost of the UNDP Country Office.
Location: The assignment is home and mission based.
Travels: This assignment will include missions to Azerbaijan (4 missions for 5 days ) and UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (2 missions per 5 days). And 1 in New York, Headquarter.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. Approval of the DRR is required prior to planning of the trips and relevant logistics.
The consultant will work under overall guidance of the Resident Representative, the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative in collaboration with the relevant environmental focal person to ensure successful achievement of the main deliverables.
The consultant must ensure timely fulfillment of his/her assisting and support actions, including reporting, thus making timely and sufficient contribution to the timely preparation and submission of the assignments.
In number of deliverables and content. They should be aligned. Here you might not need to repeat the wording but may reference above section. But number of deliverables should be the same and they all should be linked to payment.
Required Skills and Experience
The Consultant will work under the supervision of the DRR to ensure successful achievement of the main deliverables.
The Consultant will:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate eligibility of their qualifications:
As the system accepts only 1 attachment, the applicants are required upload all the 3 documents above to the system as a one combined file attachment.
If any of the above-mentioned documents is missing UNDP holds the right to reject the respective proposal altogether.