Consultant on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Background

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its project “Strengthening the System of Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia”, II Phase is aimed at establishing the Georgian Parliament as a credible institution with an essentially greater role in national policy-making and European integration.

One of the directions of the Project is enhancing the capacities of parliamentary committees to effectively exercise their law-making and government oversight functions. Among other, this is achieved through supporting strategic policy planning exercise within the committees to facilitate structured approach to their work, making it more comprehensive, result-oriented, well-managed, inclusive and participatory. This is particularly important in the context of parliamentary system of governance, where the legislature has a greater role to play in national policy-making. The activity also promotes the institutionalization of a culture of short and medium-term policy planning in the Parliament which is particularly crucial in view of the country’s EU integration agenda, and specifically Georgia’s obligations under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. It also promotes greater civil engagement in legislative work as it encourages a broadly participatory and consultative processes with different groups of society.

UNDP in consultation with the Parliament selected three sector committees to provide the above support. These are: Healthcare and Social Issues Committee, Agrarian Issues Committee and Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee. In view of this, UNDP Project is announcing a tender to contract consultants in the relevant fields. The given Terms of Reference specifically targets the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee (hereinafter “Committee”) and is designed to provide international consultancy in the respective area.

Starting from March 2017, the Committee will be engaged in the strategic planning exercise to enhance the Parliament’s role in developing the environmental protection and sustainable natural resources sector in Georgia, including contributing to the effective implementation of the commitments undertaken under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement in the respective sectors. Based on the preliminary conducted baseline study, UNDP Project’s National Consultant will be supporting the Committee in developing the following strategic documents:

  • A ten-year strategy which will set a vision, overall objectives, key priorities and strategic goals for improving environmental protection and natural resources field in Georgia.
  • A four-year Committee Action Plan to translate the strategic goals and policy into specific actions with detailed depiction of the time-frames, responsible parties, monitoring and evaluation frameworks included.
  • A special chapter (on environment and natural resources) of the Parliament’s Action Plan on the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

The above process will be based on strategic planning meetings and workshops with different stakeholders, including MPs and parliament staff, government officials, civil society, international organizations and independent experts.

Although the Committee will be supported by a national consultant, the international expertise is required to guide the overall process through raising awareness of the Committee and its leadership on the contemporary trends and developments in the environmental protection and natural resources area globally and providing recommendations as well as the peer review of the above mentioned strategic documents.

To accomplish the above tasks, the Project intends to contract an International Consultant in Environmental Protection and Natural Resources to provide support to the Committee.

 
Duties and Responsibilities

In view of the above, under the overall supervision of the UNDP Project Manager and in close coordination with the parliamentary Committee and the Project’s National Consultant on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, the Consultant shall be responsible for the overall guidance of the above-mentioned process for which he/she shall perform the following tasks and activities:

  • Conduct a desk review to study the main developments in the area of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources in Georgia with focus on key challenges and planned reform initiatives. Major strategy documents of the Government of Georgia, National Environmental Action Programme – NEAP 2, draft NEAP-3 (being developed at present), Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS), National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy, Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC Georgia), EU-Georgia Association Agreement, Roadmap for the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement in the fields of environment and climate action as well as the baseline study produced by the Project’s National Consultant shall serve as the reference (April 2017);
  • Undertake the first mission to Georgia to participate in the strategic planning exercise and guide the Committee and the Project’s National Consultant through the design of a ten-year strategy in the field. The activity also includes facilitating and engaging in strategic planning workshops. During the mission, the Consultant shall hold a number of meetings with different stakeholders to receive up-to-date information on the on-going reforms and challenges in the field. As part of the mission, the Consultant shall design and deliver a targeted training/workshop for the Members and staff of the Parliament to raise their awareness on the contemporary trends and developments in the environmental protection, sustainable natural resources management and climate change (including Georgia’s commitments to implement NDC)  globally, and with particular focus on the European Union (April 2017) and aligning Georgian legislation to EU directives; in addition, these workshops should include discussion and agreement on the vision of the Parliamentary Committee for the Strategy development, propose and agree on a detailed methodology to be used, and identify targets and indicators to serve a starting point for further discussions;
  • In the frames of the home-based consultancy, provide online guidance and advice (through the national consultant), a peer review of the draft strategic documents (mentioned above) and provide recommendations (April-May 2017);
  • Conduct a second mission to Georgia to engage in the concluding workshops to verify and validate the final drafts of the strategic documents with different stakeholders. Support the Committee and the Project’s National Consultant in finalizing all the above mentioned documents (May-June 2017);
  • Develop a final analytical report on performed activities, situation analysis and final recommendations (June 2017).

Throughout the process the Consultant shall ensure that the Committee drives the strategic planning process and has an ownership of its outcomes. 

 
Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent intercultural, moderation, facilitation and negotiation skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impact and result and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
  • Demonstrates strong oral communication skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.
 
Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • At least Master’s degree in natural or environmental sciences (minimum requirement: 8 points).

Experience: 

  • At least 7 years of working experience in provision of consultancy services in environmental protection and natural resources field, as well as international experience  (minimum requirement: 7 years – 5 points; more than 7 years – additional 7 points);
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing strategic planning exercises and developing strategic planning related documents in the relevant sector (minimum requirement: 5 years – 5 points; more than 5 years – additional 5 points);
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering trainings/workshops in the relevant field (minimum requirement: one similar assignment – 5; more than one – additional 5 points);
  • Knowledge of the main policies, trends and challenges in environmental protection and natural resources globally and particularly within the European Union;
  • Good understanding of the role, functions and responsibilities of the state and non-state actors involved in the environmental protection and natural resources fields.

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in English.

Evaluation:

Offerors will be evaluated against a combination of technical and financial criteria. Technical criteria consist of a desk review and an interview. Offerors obtaining minimum 28 points as a result of the desk review will be short listed and invited for an interview. Offerors obtaining minimum of 21 points as a result of the interview (i.e. minimum of 49 points in the technical criteria) will be considered qualified and requested to provide financial proposal for the assignment. 

Financial Proposal:

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount.

Note: UNDP Project will provide logistics for the consultancy, including, printing, translation, etc. and where required, cover costs for in-country travel and accommodation. Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources will be responsible for background materials, setting up the Consultant’s meetings with parliamentary and government officials, civil society and international organizations, where required.

Deliverables:

  • Desk review; training/workshop for the Members and Staff of the Committee on the contemporary trends and developments in the environmental protection and natural resources field globally, and with particular focus on the European Union; strategic planning workshops;
  • Peer review of the:
    • A ten-year strategy to set a vision, overall objectives, key priorities and strategic goals for improving environmental protection and natural resources field in Georgia.
    • A four-year Committee Action Plan to translate the strategic goals and policy into specific actions with detailed depiction of the time-frames, responsible parties, monitoring and evaluation frameworks included.
    • A special chapter (on environment and natural resources) of the Parliament’s Action Plan on the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.
  • Reports on the outputs of the strategic planning workshops;
  • Final analytical report on performed activities, situation analysis and final recommendations.

Payment modality:

The Consultant will be paid a lump sum in three installments upon successful completion of the deliverables according to the following scheme: 

  • Desk review, Training/workshop, strategic planning workshop reports – due in April 2017 – 30% of the total fee;
  • Peer review of strategic documents, strategic planning workshop reports – due in May 2017 – 50% of the total fee;
  • Analytical report on performed activities, situation analysis and final recommendations – due in June 2017 – 20% of the total fee. 

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