Local recruitment: Climate Change Policy and Institutional Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Nepal 🇳🇵

Home-Based / Remote

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The consultant will support ADB staff in the preparatory activities for the proposed Climate-Resilient Landscapes and Livelihoods project in the western part of Nepal. The proposed project aims to improve landscape-scale adaptation and disaster risk management through the following outputs: (i) climate-smart landscape management practices adopted and enhanced, (ii) climate-resilient rural livelihoods developed, (iii) integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation approaches such as nature-based solutions and green infrastructure solutions implemented, and (iv) capacities of local communities, regional and national decision-makers, and institutions on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strengthened. The project will support both community-based adaptation and ecosystem-based adaptation approaches that comprise improved technical knowledge, direct engagement of communities, and integration with inclusive livelihood approaches. The proposed solutions will be transformational as they focus on a system-wide approach (landscape in this case); promote nature-based approaches, which are key for building systemic resilience; and focus on bottom-up processes, which would help empower the local government and community in resilience-building measures. ADB requires the services of a Climate Change Policy and Institutional Specialist to work closely with the government of Nepal to assess the current policy and institutional framework relevant to the design implementation arrangement of the proposed project.

Scope of Work

The consultant will support the project team in expanding the understanding of current climate change policy and institutional framework and designing implementation arrangements considering Nepal’s federalized context and tailoring specific interventions/activities related to the new roles and responsibilities of the three tiers of governance and particularly in line with recent devolution of disaster risk reduction mandate to local government. The consultant will participate in online reconnaissance/consultation, and fact-finding missions and help the ADB team to prepare required documentation.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

1. Review national natural resources management and climate change policy and regulatory framework with the focus on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR); 2. Conduct a thorough review of all relevant laws, regulations pertaining to institutional mandate, and fund flow in the federalized context and three tiers of governance. Particular attention should be paid to the Institutional Roles and Responsibilities such as (i) responsibility for sector-wide policy- making; (ii) responsibility for climate and DRR actions at the community level; (iii) responsibility for natural resources (land-water) planning, allocation, and management; (iv)responsibility for private sector engagement in climate-resilient livelihoods development including regenerative agriculture and associate value chain development, eco-tourism, and infrastructure development; (v) responsibility for setting, monitoring, and enforcing climate change and natural resources/ watershed management standards; 3. Recommend policy and strategic entry points to promote landscape approach, community and nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and DRR; 4. Identify areas of policy and regulatory reforms to strengthen climate resilience at landscape and community level; 5. Recommend appropriate institutional setup to implement the project; 6. Review institutional capacity to ensuring proper governance and accountability; 7. Outline capacity development plan, including capacity development plan for women, children, and people with disabilities; 8. Support team in relevant data collection and analysis and an input to the project design; 9. Assist project team in preparation of the design and monitoring framework and concept paper; 10. Support in engagements with the potential partners and government agencies; 11. Support ADB missions by contributing to aide memoires and other outputs; 12. Provide support/advice as may be requested by SAER from time to time.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

The candidate should preferably hold a master’s degree in natural/ water resources management, public policy/ administration or equivalent, with 10 years of post-graduate experience in preparing, implementing and monitoring projects. He or she should be fully familiar with national natural resources policy and institutional framework. Experience in ADB or WB funded projects would be desirable.