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:
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.
The assignment will be home-based with regional travel in Asia-Pacific required. Travel will be arranged by UNDP.
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualification;
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 will be made after satisfactory acceptance and certification of the deliverables and in accordance with UNDP procedures:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER
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%
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.
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:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered.
ANNEX I – ToR_ Regional Climate Change Policy and Institutional Expert : http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=104589
ANNEX II – General Conditions : http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=104592
ANNEX III – Daily Financial proposal and Offeror’s Letter To UNDP Confirming Interest and Avail for IC : http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=104590
All documents can be downloaded at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=36609