The Government sees the National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process as key to achieving the adaptation objectives outlined in its 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy of the Republic of Moldova, and its 2020 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), as well as the continued mainstreaming of climate change considerations into its policies and budgeting processes. The proposed project supports the Government of the Republic of Moldova in advancing the second cycle of its National Adaptation Planning process (known as NAP-2). The outcomes of the NAP-2 national adaptation planning processes, are:
The project will contribute to UNDAF, 2018-2022 outcome #3 (The people of Moldova, especially the most vulnerable, benefit from enhanced environmental governance, energy security, sustainable management of natural resources, and climate and disaster resilient development). Additionally, the project will contribute to the UNDP Country Programme Output 3.3 (National and sub-national governments have improved capacities to integrate resilience to climate change and disasters into development plans and practices to reduce population’s vulnerability). Other than that, the project will contribute to the National Development Strategy “Moldova 2020” through: a) reduction of energy consumption by increasing energy efficiency and using renewable energy sources, and b) agriculture and rural development: competitiveness of agri-food products and sustainable rural development.
The Government launched its NAP process in 2014 through consultations with national stakeholders and with the support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and UNDP. The preliminary work under the first cycle of the NAP (known as NAP-1) supported the development of a NAP as a process, conceptualizing and developing its elements, including the national steering mechanism, and laid down the groundwork towards long-term adaptation planning. Albeit the progress, significant gaps remain in the integration of climate change considerations into many of the development policies of the national priority sectors and their associated budget priorities. National appropriations for CCA remain limited.
In preparation for NAP-2, a stocktaking exercise was conducted between August and October 2017, and its recommendations validated by the representatives of key sectors. These included representatives from the energy, health, water, labour and social protection, forestry, agriculture, regional development, economy and infrastructure, gender, environment, internal affairs, and emergency situation ministries, district Local Public Authorities (LPAs), and the National Designated Authority (NDA): the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE). The stocktaking exercise highlighted remaining weaknesses, as well as prevailing barriers to CCA planning in Moldova. The results confirmed that in order to comprehensively address climate change vulnerabilities, Moldova must overcome coordination and planning capacity weaknesses, as well as a general lack of awareness of CCA – both at the national and subnational levels – especially in those sectors where Sectorial Adaptation Plans (SAPs) have not yet been developed. As a result, the NAP-2 cycle is designed to help the Moldovan government continue to increase its capacity to address the country’s long-term vulnerabilities to climate change in its national priority sectors
Moldova’s NAP-2 cycle has been formulated on two parallel project tracks. Each track corresponds to a separate submission to the GCF. This dual track approach is needed as during the NAP-1 cycle, due to lack of funds as well as insufficient sectorial interest, could not address one of the most important of the nationally identified priority sectors—the agriculture sector. At the same time, there remain significant needs capacity, information and investment needs at the national level:
By its very nature, the NAP-2: Track 1 will facilitate integration of CCA into existing strategies, policies and programmes and establish a strong foundation for the integration of methods, tools and information systems in day-to-day planning activities to effectively inform decision-makers on the climate risks, and to enable the informed formulation of resilient projects and financing strategies. This track also has a strong focus on private sector engagement and implementation capacity.
Its main beneficiaries of the NAP-2 are the National Commission on Climate Change; the MARDE; the forestry, health, energy and transport sectors, and 3 urban authorities. Indirect or secondary beneficiaries include other ministries and local governments receiving capacity development support, as well as all other entities associated with CCA in Moldova: gender centered CBOs and NGOs, the Congress of Local Authorities, universities, Academy of Sciences, SMEs and the Hydro-meteorological Services of Moldova (SHSM).
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager and overall guidance of the Programme Analyst, the incumbent assists in the effective management of the project through a range of actions contributing to the design, planning, management and monitoring of project activities. The Project Finance Associate applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.
Project Associate works in close collaboration with the Programme, Operations, Communications and other project teams in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex project-related issues and information delivery.
The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Leadership and Self-Management
Required Skills and Experience
Moldova nationals: Project Associate (NAP-2: Advancing Moldova’s National Climate Change Adaptation Planning Project)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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