Green Growth Potential Assessment Data 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, the Data Consultant shall support data collection, review and stakeholder coordination towards the technical delivery of outputs 1 and 2 with a focus on collecting and validating the data needed to apply a proprietary Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) tool developed by GGGI. Outputs 1 and 2 will include identification of priority areas and the definition of sectoral interventions relevant to existing policy targets.

Information gaps, statistical consistency and sensitive use of data can make a comprehensive and rigorous diagnostic a challenging task. Cross-sectoral collaboration and verification with stakeholders will be critical to address challenges and ensure successful delivery of GGPA.

Contract

Project

Consultancy Services for data support in conducting the Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) and economic analysis of prioritized sector(s) interventions

Expertise

Category

Technical and Administrative Support: Level C

Location

Duty Station

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Contract Length

Start Date

1 April, 2017

End Date

30 September, 2017

Part-time/Full-time

Part-time

Contract Value

Daily rate

N/A – Deliverable-based

Days Estimated

100 days

Total Fees

Up to USD 10,000  

And up to USD 500 for any travel and accommodation expenses incurred to deliver the requirements

Specifics of Recruitment

Introduction:

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) 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 the gap between Cambodia’s 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, the Data Consultant will support data collection, review and stakeholder coordination towards the technical delivery of outputs 1 and 2 with a focus on collecting and validating the data needed to apply a proprietary Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) tool developed by GGGI. Outputs 1 and 2 will include identification of priority areas and the definition of sectoral interventions relevant to existing policy targets.

Information gaps, statistical consistency and sensitive use of data can make a comprehensive and rigorous diagnostic a challenging task. Cross-sectoral collaboration and verification with stakeholders will be critical to address challenges and ensure successful delivery of GGPA.

Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment

The objectives of this assignment is two-fold:

1.            To provide technical support in data collection, assessment of data quality, identification of data gaps and alternative data sources, as well as coordination with stakeholders in the application of GGPA. The GGPA aims to identify green growth priorities and sectoral interventions. These feed into the next phase of national policy planning. Identifying reliable data and verifying GGPA data with national sources will instill stakeholder confidence in the results of the GGPA and its recommendations.

2.            To provide support in identifying national targets relevant to the GGPA indicators. The identification of targets set by the RGC (e.g. through the SDG localization process) in relation to the GGPA indicators is a necessary step to contextualizing the analysis as well as suggested interventions, ensuring that both take into account existing policy priorities.

The assignment will contribute to drafting the GGPA Country Report in Cambodia and determining 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 (NSDP), the Cambodian-SDGs, and the Cambodian NDC, and lead to greater harmonization across existing green growth, climate change and environmental policies and strategies.

Scope of Work:

The Data consultant will undertake the data research, collection and assessment (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 provide data requirements. The Data Consultant will also be required to provide administrative and logistical support in conducting the GGPA.

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 over 30 comparative indicators covering 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 will support identification of data gaps as well as incorrect data and identify relevant alternative information. Face-to-face consultation with relevant stakeholders and authorities is necessary to validate the information and/or triangulate any missing data. If available, the Consultant will also gather data on Cambodian Sustainable Development Goal (CSDG) targets relevant to the GGPA indicators.
  • 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 present, validate and/or revise the initial findings from the data analysis as well as to ensure broad stakeholder consensus on green growth priorities. The consultation process serves to compensate for any lack of relevant data and ensures the alignment of GGPA results with existing policies. The consultant’s tasks include, but are not limited to, provide support in preparing presentation materials and meeting minutes, collecting participant feedback on gaps in data/findings presented, as well as participants’ understanding of individual indicators (if different from GGPA definition). Finally, the consultant will also support 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 provide support by identifying and assessing relevant data in relation to CSDG and sectoral targets, as part of preparation for the sectoral interviews. Other tasks include providing administrative and technical support, including taking minutes during the meetings.

The Data Consultant will report directly to the GGGI Country Representative in Cambodia, 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:

Key deliverables include, but not limited to:

Outputs

Due Date

% Payment

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

Week 3

15%

  1. Submission of additional data report (identifying CSDG/sectoral targets relevant to GGPA indicators)

Week 4

  1. Technical input and administrative support for the Inception Workshop, including submission of Inception Workshop minutes

Week 6-7*

15%

  1. Technical input (data, graphs, etc.) to the Presentation material (PowerPoint) on Component 1

Week 6-7

  1. Stakeholder coordination and administrative support to the Consultation Workshop provided (e.g. taking minutes on participant feedback on gaps in data/findings presented at the consultation and participants’ understanding of individual indicators; technical inputs to the Consultation Workshop report

Week 7-10*

15%

  1. Technical inputs, administrative and logistical support provided, including preparation of meeting minutes (English) in the Sector Interviews, leading up to the Sector Interview Summary Report

Week 10-16

15%

  1. Submission of relevant additional data for selected sectors (up to two sectors) and targets (based on GGPA findings) and fact checking of the Draft GGPA Country Report for Cambodia

Week 17-24

20%

  1. Submission of report (fact-checking results of sector interviews against existing sector/sub-sector policies)

Week 24-28

20%

*pending confirmation on workshop dates

 (Travel and accommodation expenses, up to USD 500,  incurred for the deliverables)

Qualifications/Experience/Expertise

  • At least 4 years of relevant experience with at least a Bachelor’s degree
  • Track record in collection, compilation and analysis of statistics and data covering the national level as well as placing the results in Cambodia’s national development context
  • Strong experience working with the RGC, particularly central finance and planning ministries, international organizations, and development partners
  • Maintains strong network with the relevant counterparts (such as the national statistical bureau, universities, research institutes, etc.) and has proven experience in engaging stakeholders to obtain reliable data
  • Knowledge of topics related to green growth and sustainable development
  • Understanding requirements and use of Delphi method and other relevant tools is a significant advantage
  • Khmer language skills is necessary; good level of English (verbal and written)
 

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


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