2) OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT The objective of the GEF PPG Team Leader is to lead the develop the project concept into a full project document: Integrated Water Resource Management and Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in the Xe Bang Hieng river basin and Luang Prabang city. As described in the project concept (PIF), this project aims to promote integrated management of sites in the Mekong River Basin for increased climate resilience of Savannakhet Province and Luang Prabang communities vulnerable to floods and droughts, which are expected to worsen under future scenarios.
3) SCOPE OF WORK 1) Management of the GEF PPG Team a. Define and submit a detailed methodology and work plan in consultation with the other consultants with clear delegation of responsibilities for the International Consultant (IC) and National Consultants (NCs), the PPG team;
b. Ensure that project development is participatory, gender-responsive and based on extensive
stakeholder engagements; and
c. Verify and ensure that all project components are technically sound and cost effective.
2) Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews (Component A): With inputs from the national
consultants, as detailed in their respective TORs:
a. Compile baseline/situational analysis for the full-size project (FSP). This will include a precise definition
of baseline projects, activities, budgets, goals and co-financial links to GEF outcomes; definition of GEF
incremental value per outcome and output; and presentation of results of the incremental costanalysis
in matrices as appropriate;
b. Lead and oversee the stakeholder analysis and consultations, with support from national consultants,
and ensure that they are complete and comprehensive including consultations with the private sector
and tourism associations and bodies;
c. Ensure the preparation of the gender analysis and ensure its findings are meaningfully integrated into
the project’s strategy, theory of change and results framework;
d. Ensure action points, including risk assessments, from the UNDP Social and Environmental Screening
Procedure (SESP) at the PIF stage (“pre-screening”) are fully implemented during the PPG, and update
that screening in an iterative process throughout the PPG, and as appropriate;
e. Oversee the identification of the project sites, with documentation of selection criteria and making
sure that geo-referenced data and maps are clearly presented both for targeted protected areas and
broader landscapes, as applicable;
f. Ensure the design of appropriate project knowledge management processes and platforms, ensuring
appropriate linkages to existing mechanisms and knowledge sharing in project landscapes;
g. Lead and oversee the identification of opportunities for private sector engagement and co-financing;
h. Ensure the preparation of partner capacity assessments and discussions on management
arrangements early in the PPG process;
i. Oversee the consultations with partners regarding financial planning; and
j. Ensure completion of any additional studies that are determined to be needed for the preparation of
the ProDoc and all other final outputs.
3) Formulation of the ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory and Project Specific
Annexes (Component B): With inputs from the national consultants, as detailed in their respective
TORs, and based on international best practice:
a. Develop, present and articulate the project’s theory of change;
b. Develop the Results Framework in line with UNDP-GEF policy;
c. Develop a detailed Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and Budget;
d. Oversee and ensure the preparation of a comprehensive Stakeholder Engagement Plan;
e. Oversee and ensure the preparation of a Gender Action Plan and Budget;
f. Oversee and ensure the updating of the SESP based on assessments undertaken during Component
A, and ensure the development of required environmental and/or social management plan(s) as
g. Oversee the preparation of the required GEF tracking tools (if required) and GEF Core Indicators and
ensure these are supported by robust and validated data;
h. Secure all co-financing letters;
i. Prepare the indicative procurement plan;
j. Secure and present agreements on project execution and management arrangements and ensure that
the project aligns to UNDP-GEF guidance on UNDP execution support;
k. Ensure the completion of the required official endorsement letters; and
l. Synthesize all analyses, studies, etc. that are prepared under Components A and B to produce the draft UNDP-GEF ProDoc, GEF CEO Endorsement, and all mandatory and project specific Annexes, using the templates.1 4) Validation Workshop (Component C): a. Lead the validation workshop to present, discuss and validate the final draft ProDoc and mandatory and project specific annexes, with a special focus on the SESP and any management plans; b. Oversee all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop; and c. Ensure completion of Validation Workshop Report.
4) DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT, DUTY STATION AND EXPECTED PLACES OF TRAVEL
This is an 80-day (over 8-month period) consultancy service, starting as soon as possible. The International Consultant will be required to perform this assignment as home-based with in-country travels to the project sites in Savannakhet Province and Luang Prabang in close consultation with the UNDP Lao PDR Country Office and relevant agencies of the Government of Lao PDR (Department of Water Resource, Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment) . The International Consultant will work closely with UNDP Country Office, especially Natural Resource Management (NRM), Climate Change (CC) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and UXO Portfolio and relevant Government of Lao officers at provincial and district level within the target areas.
Due to COVID-19, should travel not be possible contingency plans for remote working will be established.
5) FINAL PRODUCTS
Output 1: Detailed methodology and work plan with clear delegation of responsibilities for the International Consultant (IC) and National Consultants (NCs), the PPG team;
Output 2: Consolidation of all technical and consultation inputs and comments including from national stakeholders, UNDP, GEF Secretariat, STAP and GEF Council, into a well written and concise UNDP ProDoc with all required sections and Annexes, in line with the standard UNDP-GEF ProDoc template and annotated guidance;
Output 3: Finalized SESP (and stand-alone management plans as required);
Output 4: Validation Workshop Report.
Output 5: All documentation from GEF PPG revised based on feedback (including technical reports, meeting minutes, etc.); and Completion of the GEF CEO Endorsement Request;