Regional Climate Change Policy and Institutional Expert

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Project Description?

National and sectoral planning processes are crucial to identify national development priorities and ensure budgeting and implementation of activities. Given that likely adverse effects of climate change on development goals, especially those concerning poverty reduction, exclusion and inequality, countries have begun to integrate requirements for risk management into existing planning and budgeting processes in the hope of advancing integrated solutions.

UNDP BRH supports countries in the Asia Pacific region to improve the governance of climate finance in various forms, including by conducting CPEIRs, introducing a climate change dimension into the national and sub-national budget systems, and facilitating regional knowledge sharing and capacity building. At the same time, UNDP BRH supports stronger governance of climate change finance in individual countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Thailand. Being cross-sectorial by nature, climate change finance and its integration into any national budgeting system requires cross-country synergies and cooperation frameworks. UNDP BRH supports the cross-country cooperation and the need to gradually improve the synergies and knowledge sharing in the governance aspects of the climate change finances.

Currently, about 20 countries worldwide—most in the Asia Pacific region—have conducted CPEIRs. Countries in this region have also generally pioneered introducing climate change budget tagging mechanisms, and developing Climate Change Financing Frameworks. Nepal is one of the countries that has taken a leading role in introducing innovative and effective responses in this area, as well linking climate adaptation priorities to local-level planning and investment frameworks.

Through its technical support UNDP BRH continues to assist to strengthen the Government of Nepal’s capacity and systems to better manage existing and prospective climate finance, both domestic and international. An important component of the regional work is South-South knowledge sharing and capacity building initiatives supported by both UKAID and SIDA. This particular support is being financed by UKAID in the form of a regional programme “Governance of Climate Change Finance to Benefit the Poor and Vulnerable in South Asia” (GCCF).

In view of ensuring that climate-induced risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities are given due considerations in national development plans and budgets, and aimed to integrate climate change adaptation (CCA) options into agriculture sector development policies and strategies, FAO and UNDP initiated the Integrating Agriculture into National Adaptation Plan (NAP) project (NAP-Ag) with Ministry of Agriculture Development (MoAD), Government of Nepal. The project is supported through a Global Trust Fund Programme funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The NAP-Ag project in Nepal will contribute to four major outcomes: i) Strengthening MoAD/MoLD capacity and knowledge on CCA; ii) Mainstreaming CCA into ADS planning and budgeting cycle; iii) evidence-based results for NAP improved and iv) Advocacy and knowledge-sharing on NAP promoted. The second outcome area includes the following activities: elaborating a review of the Agriculture Development Strategy to find institutional gaps and entry points to better align with priorities to the NAP process (led by FAO); capacity building to improve existing climate change budget coding and expenditure tracking methods at sector level (led by UNDP); and revising internal MOAD/MoLD planning and budget guidelines to strengthen climate-sensitive sector budget proposals vis-à-vis NPC, MOF, and district authorities (also led by UNDP).

The GCCF and NAP-Ag programmes are therefore seeking a Regional Climate Change Policy and Institutional expert to contribute to results at both country and the regional level. In doing so, the Expert is expected to contribute to and complement other ongoing initiatives, in particular, the rolling out of a Climate Change Financing Framework and supporting formulation and implementation of National Adaptation Plan.

Objectives of the Assignment

The objective of the assignment is to support the regional team in a) achieving country level results based on existing work-plans, and b) strengthening the consolidation of regional knowledge based on existing country-level work.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The scope of work for this assignment includes:

  1. Support the implementation of the Climate Change Financing Framework, working with central ministries such as Ministries of Finance, Planning, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, as well as selected line ministries to implement systemic reforms required to implement the CCFF.
  2. Provide climate policy and finance expertise in the development of a Climate Budget Review Toolkit, a resource to be used by the Finance Committee and the Environmental Protection Committee of the parliament in Nepal, and to be replicated in Pakistan.
  3. Support the operationalization of the climate budget code generally at federal level, and in particular, MOAD/MoLD.
  4. Support and give quality assurance to the development of climate change expenditure reports as part of national budget reporting
  5. Facilitate a roundtable with key central ministries, select line ministries and think-tanks to identify areas for analysis on climate vulnerability to inform more responsive budget proposals.
  6. Contribute to the production of the State of Climate Finance Report in South-Asia
  7. Provide quality assurance on specific products, such as policy briefs, technical reports, and other project documents and reports, as relevant.
  8. Support the drafting of communication and knowledge management products, in consultation with regional and national communication/knowledge management focal points. These shall provide insights from country-level achievements and tailor key programme messages; they include newsletters, web stories, and videodocumentary story boarding, press releases, etc.
  9. Roll-out application of the Climate Change Budget Integration Index in Asia-Pacific region.

Provide technical assistance to MoAD/MoLD to implement NAP-Ag project activities 2.1.1 and 2.2.1 as per the approved national work plan endorsed by the Project Steering Committee. Note: a detailed scope of work under this sub-output is provided in Annex I.


 The consultant will report to the Regional Governance and Climate Finance Specialist at UNDP BRH. He/she will coordinate with the Energy, Environment, Climate and disaster Risk management (EECDRM) unit at UNDP and NAP-Ag Project Management Unit (PMU) based in Kathmandu. The consultant will also work in close consultation with the Joint Secretary, MOAD and Chief Budgeting Officer, as well as with various division and other relevant staff.


The contract will be for a total of 198 days between 20 April 2017-31 December, 2017.

 Duty Station

The assignment will be home-based with regional travel in Asia-Pacific required. Travel will be arranged by UNDP.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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 favouritism.

 Technical Competencies:

  • Analytic capacity and demonstrated ability to process, analyse and synthesise complex, technical information;
  • Proven ability to support the development of high quality knowledge and training materials, and to train technical teams;
  • Proven experience in the developing country context and working in different cultural settings.


  • Communicate effectively in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner.


  • Capable of working in a high pressure environment with sharp and frequent deadlines, managing many tasks simultaneously;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.


  • Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks;
  • Focuses on results for the client;
  • Welcomes constructive feedback.
Required Skills and Experience

The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualification;

  • Advanced degree in climate change, environmental sciences, public policy, or agriculture.
  • At least 15 years of proven experience working with government partners in Asia, preferably with experience in Nepal and Pakistan
  • Experience working with UNDP or other UN family or an international organization is an asset
  • Demonstrated, substantive knowledge on climate change policy and climate finance issues.
  • Proven experience in policy analysis, and advisory role to senior government stakeholders.
  • Practical experience in Ministries of Finance, Planning, Local Government an advantage.
  • Ability to work with multi-country teams.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Knowledge of regional languages, such as Nepali and Urdu a distinct advantage

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The method of payment is output-based lump-sum scheme. The payments shall be released upon UNDP’s satisfaction of the consultant’s submission of each deliverable by or before the due dates as agreed with the Governance of Climate Change Finance team.

 Payment Schedule:

 Payment will be made after satisfactory acceptance and certification of the deliverables and in accordance with UNDP procedures:

  • on submission  and acceptance of 1st deliverable set as defined in section D – 10% of the total value of the contract
  • on submission  and acceptance of 2nd deliverable set as defined in section D – 10% of the total value of the contract
  • on submission  and acceptance of 3rd deliverable set as defined in section D – 10% of the total value of the contract
  • on submission  and acceptance of 4th deliverable set as defined in section D – 10% of the total value of the contract
  • on submission  and acceptance of 5th deliverable set as defined in section D – 10% of the total value of the contract
  • on submission  and acceptance of 6th deliverable set as defined in section D – 10% of the total value of the contract
  • on submission  and acceptance of 7th deliverable set as defined in section D – 10% of the total value of the contract
  • on submission  and acceptance of 8th deliverable set as defined in section D – 15% of the total value of the contract
  • on submission  and acceptance of 9th deliverable set as defined in section D – 15% of the total value of the contract


 The criteria which shall serve as basis for evaluating offers as follows;

 Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a maximum of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30%


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:

  • 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;
  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal indicates the daily rate/fee of the candidate in USD and indicated the all-inclusive fixed total contract price supported by a breakdown of costs, as per templated provided.

Incomplete proposals may not be considered.


ANNEX I – ToR_ Regional Climate Change Policy and Institutional Expert :

ANNEX II – General Conditions :

ANNEX III – Daily Financial proposal and Offeror’s Letter To UNDP Confirming Interest and Avail for IC :

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