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:
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:
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:
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:
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
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:
Desirable criteria include: