Green Growth Potential Assessment Lead Consultant

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

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The GGGI Work Program and Budget (WPB 2017-18) includes a program on “Green Growth Policy Alignment and Investment Prioritization for Green Growth (PAIP)” in Cambodia. This consultancy will support technical delivery of the PAIP project, which has the following overall outputs from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018:

  1. Assessment of the green growth potential of Cambodia developed
  2. Recommended policy priorities for the successor documents to the ‘Rectangular Strategy 2014-18’ and ‘National Strategic Development Plan 2014-18’ which support Cambodia’s domestic green growth agenda whilst also meeting its international commitments developed
  3. Monitoring arrangements developed for how these recommended policy priorities could be tracked
  4. Investment plan on how for how these recommended policy priorities could be financed.

Specifically, a lead consultant will support technical delivery towards outputs 1 and 2 with a focus on assessing the green growth potential of Cambodia by applying a proprietary Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) tool developed by GGGI. Specifically, outputs 1 and 2 include the identification of priority areas and the definition of sectoral interventions relevant to existing policy targets.

Information gaps, limited data availability, analytical consistency and existing policy targets can make a comprehensive and rigorous assessment a challenging task. Therefore, close consultation with stakeholders and their agreement to the results of the analysis form an essential part of the GGPA.

Contract

Project

Consultancy Services for implementing the Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) and defining sectoral interventions for impact analysis

Expertise

Category

Advisory Support: Level F (Deliverable-based)

Location

Duty Station

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Contract Length

Start Date

27 March, 2017

End Date

31 August, 2017

Part-time/Full-time

Part-time

Contract Value

Daily rate

N/A – Deliverable-based

Days Estimated

70 days

Total Fees

Up to USD 36,000 (dependent of experience) for the deliverables specified

And up to USD 14,000 for any travel and accommodation expenses incurred to deliver the requirements based on the actual expenses

Specifics of Recruitment

Introduction:

The Global Green Growth Institute was founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as “green growth”, which targets key aspects of economic performance such as poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

GGGI envisions a resilient world achieved through strong, inclusive and sustainable green growth, and is dedicated to supporting the transition of GGGI Member countries towards a green growth model. In pursuit of these goals, GGGI works with developing and emerging countries to design and deliver programs and services that demonstrate new pathways to pro-poor economic growth.

Headquartered in Seoul, Republic of Korea, GGGI also has representation in a number of partner countries. GGGI supports stakeholders through two complementary and integrated work streams – Green Growth Planning & Implementation and Knowledge Solutions – that deliver comprehensive products and services designed to assist in developing, financing and mainstreaming green growth in national economic development plans. GGGI’s interventions emphasize change in four priority areas considered to be essential to transforming countries’ economies including energy, water, land-use and green cities.

Country and Green Growth Policy Context

Over the last decade, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has made significant progress in socio-economic rehabilitation and development through achieving the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals. The economy grew at an average of 7% and poverty rate dropped from 17% in 2013 to 14.9% in 2016.  Policy frameworks and implementation mechanisms have played a role in enabling these achievements. In particular, the Rectangular Strategy Phase III and the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP 2014-2018) that serve as RGC’s core planning documents and development blueprint, have contributed to focusing attention and resources behind common objectives as well as to establish ownership and responsibilities among line ministries and agencies.

The NSDP outlines key policy actions, programs and projects, it provides a guiding framework on national priorities whereby a wide range of actors including development partners, civil society and private sector can reference, coordinate and align their respective goals, strategies and activities that contribute to long-term inclusive growth, job creation and environmental sustainability.

Since 2013, the RGC established the National Green Growth Policy (2013), and National Green Growth Strategic Plan (2013-2030) and Cambodia Climate Change Action Plan (2014-2023). These initiatives underpin Cambodia’s NDC. Against the universal agenda and national development context, systematic policy and investment prioritization, implementation needs assessment and sector-wide monitoring is necessary to enable the RGC to allocate and mobilize resources effectively to bridge green growth policy priorities and reality.

It is imperative to engage green growth champions across government agencies and line ministries to support a whole-of-government approach in integrating green growth, climate change and environmental objectives in the next phase of national planning documents, while leveraging existing coordination mechanisms, including SDG localization and climate mainstreaming at sub-national and sectoral levels.

Project Background and Objectives

As the Royal Government of Cambodia prepares its next phase of national strategic planning process – through the successor documents to the Rectangular Strategy Phase III[1] and the National Strategic Development Plan 2019-2023 – an integrated, cross-sectoral approach towards policy planning and investment prioritization is critical for Cambodia to meet core development objectives and achieve social and environmental outcomes at the national level.  This provides a window of opportunity to prioritize a green development pathway before locking itself in in a brown growth model. In this light, the RGC is engaging GGGI for technical assistance in green growth policy and investment priority setting.

The GGGI Work Program and Budget (WPB 2017-18) includes a program on “Green Growth Policy Alignment and Investment Prioritization for Green Growth (PAIP)” in Cambodia. This consultancy will support technical delivery of the PAIP project, which has the following overall outputs from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018:

  1. Assessment of the green growth potential of Cambodia developed
  2. Recommended policy priorities for the successor documents to the ‘Rectangular Strategy 2014-18’ and ‘National Strategic Development Plan 2014-18’ which support Cambodia’s domestic green growth agenda whilst also meeting its international commitments developed
  3. Monitoring arrangements developed for how these recommended policy priorities could be tracked
  4. Investment plan on how for how these recommended policy priorities could be financed.

Specifically, a lead consultant will support technical delivery towards outputs 1 and 2 with a focus on assessing the green growth potential of Cambodia by applying a proprietary Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) tool developed by GGGI. Specifically, outputs 1 and 2 include the identification of priority areas and the definition of sectoral interventions relevant to existing policy targets.

Information gaps, limited data availability, analytical consistency and existing policy targets can make a comprehensive and rigorous assessment a challenging task. Therefore, close consultation with stakeholders and their agreement to the results of the analysis form an essential part of the GGPA.

Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:

The objective of this assignment is two-fold:

1.            To apply the GGPA methodology to Cambodia in order to support the government in carrying out a gap analysis. The main purpose of the GGPA is to identify green growth priorities in Cambodia. The GGPA will set the stage for systematically assessing Cambodia’s green growth challenges, opportunities, priorities, and potential interventions through a consultative and qualitative approach.The results of the GGPA will feed into the next phase of national policy planning.

2.            To determine a set of sectoral green growth interventions and contribution to relevant targets based on existing policies, strategies and action plans in Cambodia. The interventions may include new opportunities that are not included in existing plans. This step serves as an input for a quantitative approach that entails sector-specific scenario planning and modelling in order to develop evidence-based policy recommendations.

The assignment will lead up to the drafting of the GGPA Country Report in Cambodia and the determination of a set of sectoral growth interventions for policy scenario planning. It is important to note that the identification of green growth priorities and the corresponding sectoral interventions should be framed in the context of the Rectangular Strategy and Cambodia’s National Strategic Development Plan (NCDP), the SDG localization process, NDC formulation and NDCs, and lead to greater harmonization across existing green growth, climate change and environmental policies and strategies.

Scope of Work:

The Lead Consultant will undertake the research, analysis and consultations (with support from GGGI Cambodia office and GGGI Headquarters) to prepare the outputs described below.

The Consultant should follow the specific methods prescribed in the GGPA framework; GGGI will provide all necessary guidance and methodologies during this process. The Consultant will make best use of both primary and secondary sources of information to prepare the GGPA Country Report for Cambodia.

The Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) consists of a combination of data analysis and stakeholder consultation in order to identify a country’s green growth priorities.

  • Component 1: based on more than 30 comparative indicators covering the economic, environmental and social dimensions of green growth, the GGPA attempts to identify areas for improvement. The consultant’s primary task at this stage will be to corroborate and add on the results from the generic data analysis with country-specific primary and secondary data sources. The consultant should identify data gaps as well as incorrect results and address those with estimates based on relevant alternative information.
  • Component 2: an essential part of the GGPA process is to gather input from a broad range of stakeholders through an interactive Delphi based workshop. This workshop serves to validate and/or revise the initial findings from the data analysis. Presenting the results of the data analysis, coupled with a systematic participatory process (Delphi survey), is essential to ensure broad stakeholder consensus on green growth priorities. The consultation process also serves to compensate for any lack of relevant data and ensures the alignment of GGPA results with existing policies. The Consultant’s task in this stage will be to draft the relevant presentation materials, present the results and conduct the Delphi surveys, together with the GGPA project manager, during the consultation workshop. The consultant will also be responsible for drafting the workshop report.
  • Component 3: based on the priorities identified, literature review and qualitative analysis is conducted to assess underlying causes and to identify a preliminary set of sectoral interventions relevant to Cambodia’s green growth potential and existing policy targets. The analysis involves face-to-face consultation with relevant technical experts.  The consultant will draft the questionnaire for these expert interviews. Together with the GGPA project manager and/or a member of the GGGI Cambodia Country Team, the consultant will conduct the expert interviews. Finally, the consultant will compile the results of the expert consultation and write the GGPA country report, including a thorough analysis of Cambodia’s green growth priorities, underlying causes and propose a set of sectoral interventions to address the identified issues.

The Lead Consultant will report directly to the GGGI Country Representative in Cambodia and GGPA Project Manager (Seoul-based) and coordinate closely with the GGGI Cambodia Country Team and government counterparts.

All relevant GGGI project templates and the program log-frame will be shared with the selected consultant, and should be used as the basis for the development of these documents.

Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables:

Output

Due Date

% Payment

1. Submission of data report (confirming GGPA indicators by other sources, identifying data gaps, estimating missing data)

Week 3

25%

2. Submission of the Inception Workshop minutes 

Week 7

3. Presentation material (PowerPoint) on Component 1

Week 7

4. Submission of the Consultation Workshop report

Week 10

35%

5. Sector Interview Summary Report

Week 16

6. Submission of the Draft GGPA Country Report for Cambodia

Week 18

7. Preliminary Assessment on Green Growth Sectoral Interventions

Week 19

40%

8. Submission of the Final GGPA Country Report for Cambodia

Week 21

9. Stakeholder Consultation minutes on prioritized interventions

Week 22

 Travel and accommodation expenses, up to USD 14,000, incurred for the deliverables

Qualifications/Experience/Expertise

  • At least 10 years of work experience in related area
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field, such as, economics, or environmental and social policies, etc
  • Demonstrated track record in completing high quality analytical and technical reports at the country level, preferably on topics related to green growth, sustainable development and country assessments used by international organizations and development banks
  • Extensive experience working with high-level official from the RGC, particularly central finance and planning ministries, as well as representatives from international organizations and development partners
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Cambodia’s national development context, specifically its economic, environmental and social policies, institutional and governance framework, etc.
  • Maintains strong network with the public and private sector and has proven experience engaging different development actors and stakeholders in high-level meetings
  • Proven experience in research projects on national-level strategic planning with a focus on green growth, climate resilience and environmental mainstreaming in Cambodia
  • A solid background in quantitative analysis, prior experience in using the Delphi method to gather expert/stakeholder opinion is a significant advantage
  • Excellent English-language report writing and communication skills.
  • Khmer language skills is a significant advantage
 

[1] The title of the successor documents to the Rectangular Strategy is yet to be determined. 


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED