Rwanda is a landlocked least developed country, which, despite having generated impressive economic growth for over a decade, still faces multiple socio-economic and environmental challenges. This is being addressed through a multitude of national, sectoral and local development plans, based on the overarching “Vision 2020” and the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategies (EDPRS, currently EDPRS-2 from 2013 – 2018). To tackle and address the challenges of population growth, environmental degradation, poverty reduction, social protection and vulnerability to climate change, the Government of Rwanda (GoR) has incorporated the concept of green village in the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP). The concept was designed to serve as a model of clustered rural settlements (umudugudu) where productivity and improved livelihoods can be enhanced through integrated environmental management.
Since 2009, the green village concept has been tested, piloted and demonstrated under the UNDP-UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) programme, which significantly improved the lives of some 150 families and sustainable management of environment and natural resources in two pilot green villages. With support from PEI, a green village toolkit was developed and completed to provide guidelines for development of new green villages in Rwanda. The initial green villages have generated high level political support and interest to up-scale this green village approach through the ‘Imidugudu’ resettlement national roll-out programme. The Government now requires that all 30 districts pilot two green villages. UNDP has supported the strong interest and effort of the Government of Rwanda in piloting and up-scaling green villages through several programmes.
From these pilot villages, it has been demonstrated that the green village approach can address many priority areas including poverty reduction, social protection, improved infrastructure, and sustainable environment and natural resources management. However, due to its original objective of integrated settlement and poverty reduction, in many cases the climate change component has not been specifically addressed in the development of most green villages. Considering the fact that climate change scenarios portray changing conditions in most of Rwanda and that villagers are often relocated or resettled from areas vulnerable to climate impact, strengthening climate change adaptation elements in green villages has been found crucial. For more background information, please refer to the Annex I to the ToRs.
Against this background, UNDP with agreement of the REMA (also the GEF operational focal point) will now develop a Project Identification Form (PIF) for GEF/LDCF funding on “Climate Proofing Green Villages for better adaptation to climate change” (initial proposed title). After the approval of the PIF, a full proposal will be developed. It is in view of the above that an international consultant is being sought to provide expert advice in the area of climate change adaptation and in the development of the PIF for submission to UNDP for consideration of GEF funding under the LDCF.
2. Objective and scope of the work
The purpose of this consultancy is to work with the Government of Rwanda and UNDP, to scope and develop a PIF that would be eligible for funding by GEF/LDCF. The PIF should be aligned with the expectations of GoR, UNDP’s experience, GEF/LDCF Guidelines and the concept note already developed. In particular, the PIF should incorporate the climate change adaptation measures into the green village approach in Rwanda, that will promote synergies between addressing development priority areas of green villages and reducing vulnerability to the impact of climate change while enhancing the adaptive capacity and resilience of communities, most likely in two disaster prone areas in western, northern provinces in the districts that were seriously affected by landslides in 2016 (Gakenke, Ngororero) and eastern provinces in the districts that were recently affected by drought.
All interested and qualified international individual consultants may also download the Individual Consultant Notice, Terms of Reference documents from UNDP Rwanda website at:
Candidates must only apply by sending the following documents to the only email address at: [email protected]
Duties and Responsibilities
The international consultant (IC) will undertake a scoping mission to identify potential work areas as identified by the Government of Rwanda, UNDP and other stakeholders in terms of generating local and global environment benefits through the green village approach, especially by introducing climate adaptation elements. The consultant will work closely with the Poverty Reduction and Environment Unit of UNDP, UNDP-UNEP PEI team, UNDP Regional Technical Advisors on Climate Change, and Division of Climate Change and International Obligations in REMA and other stakeholders deemed relevant.
The individual consultant will develop a Project Identification Form (PIF) by undertaking the following major tasks and having responsibility including:
Required Skills and Experience