Climate Change Adaptation Specialist to Prepare a Feasibility Study

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 🇲🇳


UNDP, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry (MoFALI), in collaboration with the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism (MNET), are working together to formulate a  7-year programme  “Improving the Adaptive Capacity and Risk Management of Rural Communities in Mongolia” for submission to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

This project will strengthen the agriculture sector’s resilience to climate change, specifically the animal husbandry and crop farming sub-sectors. It will address key barriers including shortcomings in availability of climate information and integrated ecosystem based approach for enhanced planning, and insufficient support to households to enhance climate-resilience of agriculture sector. 

The proposed adaptation measures will strengthen agency capacities at the national and sub-national level through technical upgrades and supporting enabling policies. On local level, the focus of support is on upscaling best practices in sustainable land management and ecosystem based adaptation with local communities and local governments as the key actors.

The project targets the resource dependent rural households involved in extensive livestock husbandry and crop farming. With approximately 160.000 herding households, the beneficiaries of the project make up about a third of the country’s population. The target areas are to be determined. The estimated project budget is $ 43 million USD.

The consultancy is required to prepare a feasibility analysis of proposed interventions that will inform formulation of the full funding proposal building on the available pre-feasibility study and the project concept note. The concept note structures the project into three project components:

  • Component 1: Enhance early warning system to strengthen preparedness and planning in the agriculture sector
  • Component 2: Up-scale integrated adaptation approaches for maintaining ecosystem services and functions   
  • Component 3: Apply climate-smart technologies to increase agriculture production and safeguard rural livelihoods

UNDP will mobilize a team of consultants to support UNDP, MoFALI and MNET to formulate a feasibility study for the full project proposal. The team includes eight members, in addition to the International Consultant preparing the feasibility study:

  • Team Leader on Project Formulation/Climate Change Adaptation Specialist (International Consultant), to support the design of the GCF full project document, including the synergy of climate risk-informed interventions in all 03 project components;
  • An expert on Economic analysis (International consultant) to undertake a detailed economic analysis of proposed interventions.
  • An expert on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (International consultant)   
  • An expert (National consultant) in monitoring, forecasting and rural disaster/risk preparedness/management  systems to support detailed design of the Component 1 on  enhancing early warning system to strengthen preparedness and planning in the agriculture sector
  • An expert (National consultant) in ecosystem based adaptation with experience in sustainable land/pasture resources management  to support detailed design of the Component 2 on  upscaling ecosystems based adaptation measures to preserve land and water resources
  • An expert (National consultant) in ecosystem based adaptation with experience in sustainable water resources management  to support detailed design of the Component 2 on  upscaling ecosystems based adaptation measures to preserve land and water resources
  • An expert  (National consultant) on Mongolian livestock breeds/breeding for climate resilience  to support detailed design of activities on livestock breed improvement under Component 3
  • An expert  (National consultant) Agronomist with expert knowledge and experience in fodder and seed production to support detailed design of activities in enhanced fodder cultivation and processing, and quality wheat seed production under Component 3.
  • An expert on gender analysis (National Consultant).   

The feasibility study prepared by the Climate Change Adaptation Specialist will be a key building block of the full project proposal formulation and complement deliverables provided by national experts. In this respect, the Climate Change Adaptation Specialist is expected to closely liaise with the Project Development Team Leader and provide necessary inputs in a timely manner as per initially agreed work plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the consultancy:

The main objective of the consultancy is to formulate the feasibility study of the proposed project interventions that will inform development of the full proposal for the GCF funding for Mongolia. In order to achieve this objective an international consultant is required to review and assess existing climate change adaptation studies for agricultural and farming sector in Mongolia, including studies on potential of ecosystem based adaptation measures to land and water resources in Mongolia context. The feasibility study is to be further informed by the potential of these approach to meet the two-fold objective of climate change adaptation and disaster-risk preparedness and reduction. The preparation of the feasibility study will be guided by the Green Climate Fund requirements on its scope and focus. The feasibility study, in addition to the analytical chapters will include an executive summary and a chapter with recommendations for project interventions aiming to improve adaptive capacity and risk management of rural communities in Mongolia. Furthermore, upon request from UNDP and/or project development Team Leader, the consultant will undertake a technical review of the draft project proposal (including feasibility of proposed technical approaches, budget, capacity building needs, operational requirements and proposed project plan).

S/he will work with the project development Team Leader and the UNDP Country Office, under overall technical guidance of the UNDP’s regional technical advisor (RTA) for climate change adaptation at the UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub.

Reporting and coordination line:                  

  • The International Consultant will report directly to UNDP Mongolia Environment Team Leader. The exact workplan progress reporting periodicity will be agreed between the Consultant and Environment Team Leader but should take place at least once in 7 days.
  • The International Consultant will closely coordinate with project development Team Leader and national experts;
  • The International Consultant will need to work closely with the UNDP CO Technical Specialist on DRR and CCA for all the technical requirements of the project formulation process and in close coordination with UNDP Regional Technical Advisor on Climate Change Adaptation, as well as timely respond to technical requirements of MoFALI and MNET technical working group members;


Under the overall supervision of the UNDP CO Environment Team Leader and in close consultation with the UNDP Regional Technical Advisor and the Project Development Team Leader, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Preparation of the feasibility study for the project proposal (15 days)
  • Provide technical feedback on the approaches suggested in the draft project proposal (3 days)
  • Provide technical inputs to complete the project budget and procurement plan (0.5 day)
  • Provide technical feedback on and address possible review comments from the GCF Secretariat or Board members (1.5 day)


  • Feasibility study for ‘Improving Adaptive Capacity and Risk Management of Rural communities in Mongolia’ GCF project proposal

Detailed Implementation Plan

The consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks and deliver on the required outputs as specified.

* Approved workplan for the feasibility study preparation by UNDP (0.5 days) – 15 September – 10%

* Complete draft feasibility study accepted by the UNDP and project development Team Leader (14.5 days) – 5 October – 50%

* Technical review and feedback provided on the draft project funding proposal, including budget, procurement and operational plan (7.5 days) – 15 December – 25%

* Provide technical feedback on and address possible review comments from the GCF Secretariat or Board members on the draft project funding proposal (2.5 days) – 1 Mar 2017 – 15%


Required application documents

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability, including Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price in USD, supported by a breakdown of costs (e.g. monthly fee, per diem for in-country travel, etc.) as per template provided;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least two (2) professional references;
  • Writing sample in English and/or reference to a publicly available document relevant to this assignment that has been authored by and/or formulated under leadership of an applicant.

Criteria for evaluation and selection of the best offer

Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative analysis (i) technical qualifications (weight 70%) and (ii) financial proposal (weight 30%).

Only candidates who obtain a minimum of 70% in the technical evaluation will be considered for the financial evaluation. 


Technical qualification – 70%

* Relevant education background – 25

* Relevant work experience in preparing feasibility studies, modelling and cost-benefit analysis related to CCA/DRM in agricultural sector – 40

* Writing and analytical skills – 30

* Work experience with climate and disaster risk forecasting and early warning systems in agriculture and farming sectors would be an advantage  – 5

Financial qualification – 30%

Required Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have a background in climate change adaptation and Agricultural/Economics, with a sound understanding of disaster risk management approaches in developing countries. A strong technical and analytical skills, and proven track record in preparing feasibility studies for projects with similar scope and focus is required.  

The following qualification requirements are essential:

  • Postgraduate degree (M.S or PhD) in environmental science, economics, agricultural economics or in other climate change adaptation related fields;
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in conducting feasibility studies and economic modelling in the focus areas covered by the project, namely in integrated disaster and climate change risk management projects with specific focus on managing climate risks in agriculture, including nomadic livestock husbandry, pasture/grasslands and sustainable land management, water resources management, crop farming, resource dependent resilient livelihoods.
  • Experience in economic and financial analysis for project viability and budget formulations;
  • Full familiarity with technical issues related to adaptation and agricultural sectors, methods of cost-benefit analysis for adaptation options, identification of multiple benefits of adaptation, including, economic, social and gender related.
  • Strong analytical and written presentation skills in English;

Desirable criteria include:

  • Prior work experience in Mongolia and/or familiarity with the Mongolian context and situation in agriculture sector and issues related to the climate change adaptation; 
  • Some working experience in community based DRM/CCA, climate and disaster risk forecasting and early warning systems in agriculture and farming sectors would be an advantage.