Climate Change International Consultant

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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This project aims to assist Albania in the preparation and submission of its First Biennial Update Report (FBUR) and its Fourth National Communication (4NC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), so as to fulfil its obligations to the Convention under Decision 17/CP. 8, decision 2/CP17 and other related guidance. The project components include: (i) National circumstances, Institutional Arrangements, Constraints & Gaps, related financial, technical & capacity needs and Other relevant Information; (ii) National Inventory of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of all GHG not controlled by the Montreal Protocol; (iii) Vulnerability assessment and adaptation (V&A); (iv) Mitigation actions and policy measures and Domestic Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system; and (v) Publication and submission of First Biennial Update Report and the Fourth National Communication to the UNFCCC alongside Monitoring and Evaluation.

The project will start with the Inception phase, by the end of which the Inception workshop and the inception report are held and finalised to amongst others:

a)       Re-orient project stakeholders to the project strategy and discuss any changes in the overall context that influence project strategy and implementation;

b)      Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the project team, including reporting and communication lines and conflict resolution mechanisms;

c)        Review the results framework and finalize the indicators, means of verification and monitoring plan;

d)      Discuss reporting, monitoring and evaluation roles and responsibilities and finalize the M&E budget; identify national/regional institutes to be involved in project-level M&E; discuss the role of the GEF OFP in M&E;

e)      Update and review responsibilities for monitoring the various project plans and strategies, including the risk log; Environmental and Social Management Plan and other safeguard requirements; the gender strategy; the knowledge management strategy, and other relevant strategies;

f)        Review financial reporting procedures and mandatory requirements, and agree on the arrangements for the audit;

g)       Plan and schedule Project Board meetings and finalize the first year annual work plan.

h)      The Terms of Reference of the project staff (and decision-making structure) and projects experts are reviewed and, as needed, revised/clarified with everybody’s responsibilities during the project's implementation phase.

i)        The Project Inception Workshop is organized as a crucial step to building ownership for the project results and to plan the first year annual work plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

An International Consultant will be recruited to provide technical support to the UNDP CCP Team Leader/Project Coordinator to go through and finalize the Inception phase of the Project. In essence, the responsibility of the IC is to ensure that the overall technical direction of the project in this phase is maintained and flexibly adapted to meet the practical challenges faced during implementation.

Scope of work

The IC will work closely with the Team Leader/Project Coordinator and a national consultant, under the overall supervision and guidance by the UNDP CO, and the UNDP-GEF (HQs). Specifically his/her tasks include but are not limited to:

·   Get familiar with the project document including objectives, outcomes, outputs and activities including project work plan and monitoring and evaluation  plan;

·   Get familiar with the development programs and projects, and relevant policies that are under way with regards to the climate change issues in Albania;

·   Update accordingly the Project Document to report on changes in the project environment since the project was submitted;

·   Support the UNDP CCP Team Leader in organizing the implementation of the different sub-components of the project at the inception phase, including support to the UNDP in the preparation of the Project Inception Workshop;

·   Drafting of the Annual Work Plan divided in quarterly time-frames detailing the activities and progress indicators that will guide implementation during the first year of the project. This Work Plan should include the dates of specific field visits, support missions from the UNDP-CO, or the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) or consultants, as well as timeframes for meetings of the project's decision making structures. The Report will also include the detailed project budget for the first full year of implementation, prepared on the basis of the Annual Work Plan, and including any monitoring and evaluation requirements to effectively measure project performance during the targeted 12 months’ time-frame;

·   Finalizing of Terms of Reference for the experts’ roasters of national and, as needed, additional international experts and subcontractors, etc., to provide specific consultancy services at least during the first year of the project;

·   Support the CCP Team Leader in arranging co-operation with the current project partners and, as applicable, in establishing new, additional national and/or international partnerships to support the project goals and objectives;

·   Provide advice on the required institutional, legal and regulatory changes to support the reaching of the stated outcomes of the project and provide other required advice on the successful implementation of the specific project subcomponents and activities by drawing from the international lessons learnt and best practices;

·   Assist with the organization of the Project Inception Workshop;

·   Drafting of the Project Inception Report.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

The total duration of assignment will be up to 10 working days in the period between October, 2018 and January 31, 2019. The assignment will involve desk study and at least one mission to Albania. Throughout the assignment the consultant will work in close collaboration with one national consultant and the Project Coordinator.

1.          Updated project document and Annual Work Plan

2.          ToRs for the major consultancies to be undertaken during the first year of the project

3.          Inception Workshop

4.          Draft Project Inception Report


Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Communication - Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
Planning & Organizing – Develops clear goals in line with agreed strategies, identifies priorities, foresees risks and makes allowances accordingly.
Organizational Awareness - Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
Teamwork - Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and delivers outputs in accordance with agreed time, cost and quality standards.

Functional Competencies:

Excellent analytical skills and effective communication and training skills and competence in handling external relations at all levels;
Very good drafting and reporting skills, team player and capacity to deliver as per deadlines.
Strong inter-personal and communication (oral and written) skills, efficiency in a multi-tasking and multi-cultural environment.
Ability to work and adapt to a dynamic working environment, judgment, results-orientation, and ability to perform under pressure.
Fluency in English;
Familiarity with the specific UNDP and GEF requirements is considered as an asset.
Excellent reporting skills.
Demonstrated experience and success in supporting the preparation of the national communications (or its subcomponents) in other GEF programme countries;
Demonstrated experience with/excellent knowledge of the international negotiation process on climate change and recent developments and COP/MOP decisions involving the non-Annex 1 countries;
Demonstrated experience with/excellent knowledge of the EU respective directives in the area of climate change;
Relevant experience with UN Agencies or other international organizations would be appreciated;

Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualification:

Advanced degree in Natural Sciences, environmental engineering field, other related field
Relevant work experience:

Minimum 15 years of professional experience in the specific areas the project is dealing with, including the process of preparation of national communications to climate change, preparation of greenhouse gases inventories, vulnerability assessment and adaptation options, measures to mitigate climate change, technology transfer needs, climate change research and systematic observation, integration of climate change in social, economic and environmental policies, capacity building, education, training and public awareness, etc.;