Technical Consultant for National Adaptation Plans/ Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) support to Francophone countries in Africa

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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UNDP’s Strategic Plan (2014 – 2017) lays out a commitment to strengthening sustainable development pathways and building resilience in developing countries. In this context, UNDP is currently supporting a number of countries to implement a large portfolio of climate change adaptation projects, which have designated sets of indicators to track project activities and impact. Among these initiatives is one that focuses on supporting countries to advance their national adaptation plan (NAP) process, which is meant to result in the integration of climate change considerations into planning and budgeting systems at the country level. Several sources of financing including the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and bilateral funding from the Government of Japan and Germany, are also supporting this body of work.

In this context, UNDP is seeking a consultant to support a set of initiatives that are underway which focus on supporting LDCs and developing countries, with the National Adaptation Plans process. The support through this consultancy focuses mainly on French speaking countries

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work:

Under the supervision of the Lead Technical Specialist and under guidance of the Senior Technical Consultant, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

A) Policy and analysis:

  • Undertake policy analysis of appropriate climate and development frameworks of countries in order to the identify entry points for the NAP process.
  • Compile and draft narrative reports on country support for NAP related projects
  • Conduct background research and provide technical input into project concept notes and documents
  • Provide technical inputs on other NAP-related activities, UNFCCC processes and outreach opportunities
  • Provide technical input for NAP regional workshops
  • Provide technical input for the drafting and review of presentations, notes, publications and other related technical documents
  • Provide and/or supervise translations in French for technical documents, guidelines, papers, power- points and other NAP materials

 B) Country support:

  • Prepare NAP technical support terms of reference in consultation with UNFCCC focal points and related national institutions in coordination with NAP GSP team and UNDP country offices.
  • Find linkages of NAP technical support proposals to climate finance readiness activities and reflect in NAP support proposals.
  • Facilitate and provide training sessions in NAP support missions in cooperation with UNDP COs and Governments in French-speaking countries
  • Prepare narrative reports summarizing areas for future programme follow-up for NAP and areas for project development.
  • Provide advice and guidance on best practices from in-country support missions
  • Draft and review NAP Papers based on desk-review and fact-finding missions
  • Prepare NAP-related reference documents to assist countries with the NAP process
  • Review documents and providing technical feedback in French and English,
  • Support the identification of technical expertise to support countries.
  • Identify entry points and opportunities for UNDP assistance in French-speaking countries
  • Provide input into project proposals to assist countries in accessing funding for NAP

 C) Learning, knowledge management and communication:

  • Support to the evaluation, capturing, synthetizing of lessons learnt and best practice and knowledge, including the development of toolkits and other knowledge material (case studies, best practice write ups)
  • Prepare case studies and best practice write ups to inform outreach for the NAP and associated projects based on country missions.
  • Support to the organization of side events and other related outreach events in the frame of the UNFCCC and other related processes
  • Contribute to a French version of the e-news-letter, in coordination with the Knowledge Management consultant.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

The expected outputs from this assignment are;

a) Policy and analysis:

  • Key NAP support documentation available in French
  • 2 regional workshops for French -speaking countries
  • Strategic input into work planning of the NAP with regards to French -speaking countries
  • Policy guidance, including draft policy paper on mainstreaming climate change into planning and budgeting
  • Input given for the development of 5 new project documents

b) Country support

  • 4 Stocktaking and policy analysis reports prepared for French -speaking countries
  • 5 brief reports based on country missions
  • 4 additional stocktaking reports reviewed for French -speaking countries
  • 10 support missions and workshops planned and organized in French -speaking countries, including participation in up to 5 missions.
  • Trainings in at least 5 countries conducted using UNDP/UNITAR/GIZ training package
  • Identification of support and follow up needs for at least 10 French-speaking developing countries
  • Follow-up reports on areas for future programme development for NAPs
  • Terms of reference of missions, assessments, roadmaps drafting.
  • 5 back to office reports (BTORs)
  • 5 Training reports

 c) Learning, knowledge management and communication:

  • 1 case studies document on best practices and lessons learnt from in-country support missions
  • 5 draft case studies on NAP progress in countries with specific areas for each country defined.
  • 10 country pages for French speaking countries are updated and contain all relevant documentation from NAP-GSP missions
  • 2 side events at UNFCCC sessions
  • 10 articles on country support missions
  • Technical input into other knowledge products.

Institutional Arrangement:

The consultant will report directly to the Senior Technical Consultant under direct supervision of the Lead Technical Specialist and will effectively work with the NAP-GSP team on a routine basis and coordinate his/her efforts to match the timelines of the assignments throughout the consultancy.

Duration of the Work: 15 March 2017 to 14 March 2018 (up to 220 days)

Duty Station: Home-based with possible travels (Niger, Chad, Senegal, Benin, Madagascar). Travel will be approved by project manager and reimbursed according to UNDP rules. Destination shall be assigned and approved prior to travel, based on clear requests from the countries supported. For all international travel expected of this consultancy, return air-tickets on least-cost, economy fares will be arranged and paid separately. Once a mission plan is drafted, the consultant will submit the request for travel to the supervisor of this contract at least 3 weeks prior to the travel dates.

  • Good communications skills, both oral and written;
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement, and report on work;
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualifications:

Master’s degree or equivalent in Environmental Economics, Climate Change and Development, Social Sciences or closely-related field


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in environmental policy analysis and policy development;
  • Experience in capacity building, organization and delivery of trainings related to climate change and development;
  • Experience working with and supporting Governments in developing and/or Least Developed Countries, especially in Africa;
  • Experience in working in fields related to climate change, sustainable human development, environmental management issues, adaptation, vulnerability and impact assessments;
  • Work experience in an international organization.

Language requirements:

Excellent English and French (proficiency in both at the level of being able to do technical drafting).

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Daily Fee

Consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately. Payments shall be done on a monthly basis based on actual days worked, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period.

In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent.  The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP DSA rates. Repatriation travel cost from home to duty station in Bangkok and return shall not be covered by UNDP.

Evaluation Method and Criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology

Cumulative analysis

The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as                                 

  • a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 500 points)

  • Criteria 1: Education (Max 75 Points)
  • Criteria 2: A minimum of 5 years of experience in environmental policy analysis and policy development (Max 125 Points)
  • Criteria 3: Experience in capacity building, organization and delivery of trainings related to climate change and development (Max 75 Points)
  • Criteria 4: Experience working with and supporting Governments in developing and/or Least Developed Countries, especially in Africa (Max 75 Points)
  • Criteria 5: Experience in working in fields related to climate change, sustainable human development, environmental management issues, adaptation, vulnerability and impact assessments (Max 50 Points)
  • Criteria 6: Work experience in an international organization (Max 50 Points)
  • Criteria 7: Excellent English and French (proficiency in both at the level of being able to do technical drafting) (Max 50 Points).

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 350 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Documentation required

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II.
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Technical proposal, including a) a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment; and b) a methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment. [Only request b) If applicable. A methodology is recommended for intellectual services, but may be omitted for more support services]
  • Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. .

Incomplete proposals may not be considered.

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