Local recruitment: Natural Based Solutions (NBS) Consultant

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Recruitment of a short-term local consultant


WRI intends to award a Fixed Price type contract for a local consultant who will be collaborating with International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for the delivery of empirical inputs -including models and model results- that are useful to appraise policies associated to the development of Natural Based Solutions (NBS) in Ethiopia, with focus on Restoration and other projects affecting sustainable land use. The individual consultant will contribute with analytical inputs, that will provide inputs to WRI policy analysis and modeling, and IISD experts, by identifying and helping organize data and other relevant information on the targeted project locations within Ethiopia (specific data needs to be identified by partners). Work by the Consultant will inform ongoing empirical exercises co-led by the WRI New Climate Economy team and its partners in Ethiopia to feed into core policy processes and decision-making, all with a goal to facilitate evidence-based low carbon policy making in Ethiopia and implementation of such policy.

About the World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a non-profit global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, AfricaChinaIndiaBrazil, and more. Our more than 800 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, cities and oceans.

About the New Climate Economy 

The World Resources Institute (WRI) Climate Program and the New Climate Economy (NCE), together with WRI Africa, are jointly supporting the Ethiopian government through the Planning Development Commission (PDC), and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to accelerate climate action – greenhouse gas reduction and building resilience to climate change through policies that also have potential to contribute to socio-economic development targets, including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular WRI National Climate Action program, NCE and WRI Africa contribute with research, technical support and capacity building that supports the Government of Ethiopia to identify policies, interventions and investments to address climate change and national development priorities simultaneously, to feed into development plans and other policy exercises; these programmes  also contribute to communication and engagement strategies to raise awareness and understanding, and to shape common and evidence-based policy narratives to foster climate policy action and implementation.

To ensure that the development planning is part of a continuous long-term effort that includes mainstreaming of climate and sustainable development policies, the PDC is partnering with, the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE), Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (MoUDC) and other line Ministries to build technical capacity for development policy analysis and to identify specific opportunities for climate action that can deliver inclusive, robust sustainable economic development. These WRI programs aim to build the capacity of government officials and other stakeholders such as PDC and line ministries, University of Addis Ababa, and other research partners, to enhance the local institutional knowledge and understanding across a range of topics, including: the complex relationship between climate, environment and socio-economic development; integrated assessment and economic modeling approaches and how these can be used to inform policy decisions and implementation strategies; and approaches to develop and use quantitative economic-environmental information to assess and prioritize climate and development policies. This quantitative economic analysis will also support Ethiopia’s ongoing work on updating and implementing the Climate Resilience Green Economy (CRGE) and Nationally determined Contributions (NDCs), including sectoral policies and planning, a mid-century low emissions development strategy as well as monitoring and evaluation of climate action.

About this New Climate Economy Ethiopia Project

Ethiopia’s continued economic growth and the prosperity of its people will depend on the sustainable management and development of its natural resources, particularly in the context of increased vulnerability to climate change. While the goals of a climate-resilient green economy have been mainstreamed in Ethiopia’s ten-year development plan, developing sector programs and establishing targets to implement such climate-related development goals often runs in parallel to implementation of the development plan, raising the risk of policy incoherence and lost opportunities. Supporting the Government of Ethiopia in the short-term to mainstream its Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy (CRGE) and other climate change objectives into the economic growth and development targets will provide a blueprint for a low carbon economy and green policy implementation, providing tools and methods for a proper quantitative economic appraisal of expected socio-economic and environmental co-benefits for development, focused on specific interventions as well as on providing necessary insights for policy implementation. Developing methods that prioritize natural capital and the provision of environmental goods and services are key to this understanding and to achieving national development targets. This will include attention to the benefits of forest restoration as one of the central pillars for the attainment of low carbon and green development goals in Ethiopia.

In its support to Government of Ethiopia, the World Resources Institute commissioned IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development) to help develop analytical inputs that can inform policy decisions. IISD will use the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) methodology to produce analytical inputs that will inform ongoing empirical policy analysis exercises being carried out by WRI through NCE in partnership with the Ethiopian government and other project stakeholders (referred to here as project partners); these inputs will feed into core policy processes and decision-making, all with a goal to facilitate the process of advancing evidence-based low carbon policy making in Ethiopia.

WRI seeks to hire an individual local consultant who will provide technical support to IISD and to WRI along the course of the assignment. The local consultant is also expected to catalyze knowledge building and transfer to help build the capacities of local decision makers and experts across project partners. 

This RFP therefore corresponds to the activities to be carried out by a local consultant who will be collaborating with the IISD and the commissioned the policy analysis work under the NCE Ethiopia project, in support of Government of Ethiopia (GoE). The aim of the work to be done by the individual consultant is to contribute to analytical inputs, to assist the WRI modeling team and IISD experts by identifying and helping organize data and other relevant information on the targeted project location (To be identified by partners).

Work by the Consultant will inform ongoing empirical, economic analysis of policies, exercises that are co-led by NCE and its Ethiopian government partners and that feed into core government-led policy processes and decision-making. These exercises will include the development of an integrated macro-economic representation of climate-related issues, of the environment, and of the economy based on Systems Thinking principles and using System Dynamics (SD) modelling tools, including spatial analysis and models for land and other natural capital analysis (an Ethiopia Green Economy Model – GEM).

In particular, the consultant will contribute by helping to identify specific reforestation and land use project locations where evidence of social, environmental and economic outcomes exists, data identification, collection and the validation of the inputs for the modelling work. The consultant will also conduct expert review of results derived from the SAVi modeling work and advise on its integration with the GEM for the appraisal of investments, avoided costs and added benefits with policies that pursue the simultaneous objectives of achieving low carbon economic development, climate change and other sustainability objectives.


The selected individual consultant will provide technical support to the NCE Ethiopia policy analysis and modelling work across the following scope of activities, with a focus on nature-based solutions:

  • Collecting and organizing input data from the project site (forest rehabilitation) that will be used for the development of a SAVi model that supports decision making in Ethiopia’s green economy policy, strategies and programs.
  • Identify a forest rehabilitation project area and help collect organize data and other information on project performance, taking inputs and guidance from IISD and other project partners
  • Facilitate the engagement of IISD with WRI experts and key local stakeholders (governmental and non-governmental) operating at national, subnational and project levels for data collection and verification.
  • Support additional data inputs for SAVi modelling and for its integration with the GEM Systems Dynamics modelling
  • Support capacity building activities on the use of SAVi methodology to enhance local capacity to ensure understanding and sustained application of the decision-making tool; and
  • Conduct expert review and support validation of IISD SAVi based results
  • Assist with the documentation of the outcomes and lessons of the model development work of IISD, provide input to a WRI effort to develop recommendations drawing on these results and for future use of these SAVi results and other possible applications of SAVi in WRI work.

Deliverables and Timeline

In consultation with IISD and WRI NCE Ethiopia team the local consultant will work from the date of contract signature (ideally November 2021) through May 2022 latest, and will be responsible for:

  • Identification of forest rehabilitation site(s) for the models to be developed by IISD in close consultation with WRI, PDC, EPA (or any other designated Federal Institution)
  • Collect data using primary and secondary approaches as per the guidance of IISD including, but not limited to, on the site’s:
    • Geographical, ecological (ecosystem services) and socioeconomic features;
    • Vegetation type and species composition;
    • Biomass growth;
    • Above and below ground carbon sequestration;
    • Preferred method of rehabilitation;
    • Major objective of rehabilitation;
    • Job opportunities and income created through the land rehabilitation interventions.
    • Income expected to be earned from the ecosystem services of the rehabilitated site e.g from harvested grass, feed harvested through cut-and-curry system, wood for fuel, ecotourism, carbon finance, improved water storage and discharge, reduced travel time to access water, reduced flood risk, increase in agricultural productivity, soil organic carbon levels and other biomass carbon storage, etc 
    • Associated costs such as costs of land rehabilitation, related costs for controlled grazing and other costs
    • Ecosystem services with specific values to women and that contribute to addressing gender inequalities e.g. reduced travel time to access water and other services.
  • Facilitate the following four capacity building workshops to be delivered by IISD:
    • 1 A first workshop explaining the approach and gathering inputs from local stakeholders;
    • 2 A second workshop on the methodology applied to forest or land rehabilitation

focusing on the System Dynamics element of the work;

  • 3 A third workshop on the methodology applied to forest rehabilitation focusing on the Spatial modelling element of the work; and
  • 4 A fourth workshop on the methodology applied to forest rehabilitation focusing on the Project Finance element of the IISD work.
  • Review and evaluate reports and outputs delivered by IISD and provide feedback to WRI and IISD. The consultant is also expected to help ensure a timely feedback and approval by the WRI Ethiopia team and the concerned government authorities of the IISD deliverables.

Timeline: 15 November 2021 (or date of signature of the contract, whichever is earlier) to 31 May 2022.


Contract value shall be decided in negotiation between WRI and the Consultant based on quote provided in the Consultant’s proposal but should ideally not exceed $20,000.00USD.

Please note that WRI is an IRS-registered 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization. WRI is not VAT exempt. All prices or quotes should include VAT and tax, as applicable.


Requirements (preferred – the ideal candidate will offer a selection of these competencies)

  • Master’s Degree and above forest economics, resources economics, forestry or similar land use science-policy background required;
  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience in forest landscape rehabilitation or other natural system rehabilitation work, related data collection and management, and nature-based system policy analysis;
  • Expertise in natural system valuation and modelling;
  • Experience in working with national and subnational government structures in Ethiopia;
  • Experience in planning, organizing and implementing capacity building platforms;
  • Experience of working with international teams is a plus; and
  • Excellent English drafting reporting skill.
  • Bilingual in Amharic and English

Proposal content

Prospective consultant should submit:

  • A statement of interest describing the proposed individual competencies and how it meets the above requirements;
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Examples of and references for similar previous work;
  • An outline of the proposed methods of working and illustrative workplan;
  • A proposed budget with a breakdown of costs sufficient to assess reasonableness and compliance with our funder requirements. Please also include a competitive payment schedule associating amounts with work milestones.

Expression of Interest, Deadline for Questions, and Proposal

All expressions of interest and questions about this RFP must be received via email to the contact below by 5 PM, 25 October 2021 (Washington, DC). Answers to the questions will be shared will all parties who have asked questions or otherwise expressed interest.

            Leonardo Garrido                                         Yigremachew Seyoum

            Lead Economist                                           Research Associate II

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Sileshi Enyew                                               Abiyot Dagne

            Project Coordinator                                      Associate

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