Organization: International Institute for Sustainable Development
Location: Home-based, with possible travel to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Duration: 26 days during the period between August 2020 and February 2021
Application deadline: August 7, 2020
Turkmenistan is predominantly a desert country characterized by dry and continental climate, limited river network and fresh water sources. Most of the environmental issues are associated with limited water availability and growing hot periods. The average air temperature in the country has increased by almost 2°С between 1950 and 2012. According to the Third National Communication, the country is projected to experience an increase in average annual air temperature by 2.21°С by 2040, with further warming of 5.35 °C by 2100.
In September 2019, Turkmenistan has adopted a new edition of the National Climate Change Strategy. Adaptation to climate change is a major focus of the strategy. Priority measures include (a) identification of priority strategic actions for adaptation at the level of economic sectors and (b) enhancement of national legislation on climate change: Law “On Climate Change”. The NAP process is seen as key mechanisms to mainstreaming climate change adaptation into national policies and plans and sectors for socio-economic development.
The international consultant will lead the development of the institutional analysis to identify entry points, existing channels and mechanisms that could be used to ensure that climate risks are reflected in sector strategies and enable the implementation of adaptation priorities at the sectoral level (with a strong focus on agriculture/ water economy). Specific attention will be paid to which role the NAP process can play in creating the conditions for sector-related adaptation actions to be implemented.
The assignment will involve:
- With input and assistance from the national consultant and on the basis of the key stakeholder interviews and background materials collected develop the first draft of the institutional analysis which should include the following key areas of information:
- Overview of the current institutional arrangements and ongoing policy processes related to climate change in Turkmenistan; with a special focus on the NAP process
- Institutional analysis of the existing and potential mechanisms and channels (entry points) for integrating adaptation into different sectors at the national level
- Feasibility assessment of entry points that could be used for information, capacity and resource-sharing to mainstream climate change information into sectoral planning processes to enable the implementation of priority adaptation action.
- Recommendations on how existing mechanisms/entry points could be used strategically for channelling financial resources, information and capacity to mainstream adaptation and how to enable use of climate information by key actors.
- Three short good practice examples from other countries related to sectoral integration of adaptation
- Lead (with support from the national consultant and the NAP Global Network) the organization and delivery of two-day validation and capacity-building workshop with relevant stakeholders in late 2020 (depending on travel restrictions due to COVID-19). The workshop will include representatives from the national ministries, the NAP Global Network, the consultants, GIZ and other non-state actors.
- Facilitate to the 2-day regional workshop, to take place in Ashgabat, highlighting the importance of the NAP process, the results of the institutional analysis, as well as good practice on sectoral integration related to the NAP process.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field
- Demonstrated expertise in policy analysis
- Demonstrated expertise in climate change adaptation and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process
- Good knowledge of climate change and the political system(s) in Turkmenistan / Central Asia
- Strong research and writing skills
- Fluency in English and Russian (spoken and written) required
The consultant will work in closely in consultation with Anika Terton (NAP Global Network) and GIZ Turkmenistan (Maya Ashirova) who will provide the overall guidance of the project.
How to apply
To apply for this consultancy, please submit a short statement of interest and CV (in English), your daily rate in EUR and a proof of your daily rate (e.g., copy of a contract of at least 10 days that states a daily rate) to Anika Terton at [email protected].
In your application, please clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria outlined above.