National Consultant (Environment) to Support the preparation of a Pre-Feasibility Study for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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As part of the UN country team in Sudan, UNDP aims to contribute to the significant reduction of extreme poverty throughout the country and to support the establishment of a critical mass among Sudan’s people that is ready and able to engage in the development process of the country. In line with the overarching SDG goal “Leave No One Behind” (embedded among others in SDGs 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 13), our programme interventions target localities characterized by high levels of poverty and exclusion and those affected by conflict. UNDP Sudan activities are fully aligned with UNDP’s corporate Strategic Plan as well as with the UNDAF currently being developed and embedded in the global SDG framework. To that end, we support stabilization and governance for peace as well as environmentally sustainable development. We pay particular attention to the inclusion of marginalized groups, including women and youth representing the most promising potential for change in Sudan.

As part of the Environmentally Sustainable Development, the Environment, Energy and Climate Change activities focus on strengthening capacities at local, regional and national level to manage and utilize natural resources in a sustainable way, to enhance resilience and adaptive capacity to long-term climate change including variability impacts and to reduce the associated risk of natural disasters.

Given the urgency and seriousness of climate change, the United Nations and Member States have established a new Green Climate Fund to make a significant contribution to the global efforts towards attaining the goals set by the international community to combat climate change. GCF is now the world’s largest multilateral fund for taking action on climate change, and will contribute to the achievement of the goals of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In the context of sustainable development, through a series of large scale country investments around the world, the Fund will promote a paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways, taking into account the needs of those developing countries particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. 

Communities in Sudan are exposed to significantly increased risk of malaria and other major diseases due to effect of climate change (NAPA 2007 and INDC 2015). According to the studies, the results have shown that the risk of transmission potential could increase substantially by 2060. Meanwhile, quality of health services is weakened by the limited access to reliable electrical power across the country remote area. The Sudan’s proposed GCF project aims to build resilience to climate change risks in health quality services through a highly innovative set of activities by using access to reliable electricity from solar for subsequent scale-up to other vulnerable communities. The key objective of the proposed project is to increase high quality health services by ensuring the reliable running of temperature and hygrometry controls, adequate lighting systems, refrigeration, cold rooms and IT networks for efficient stock and management information systems in health facilities. These measures affect to minimize and reverse the impact of weather and climate impacts on communities from increasing climatic variability and climate change. In general terms, these initiatives involve a hierarchy of activities that span risk minimization, risk absorption, and risk avoidance strategies in health sector and improve health services to help save the lives of the local people.

Duties and Responsibilities


The primary objective of the proposed services is to prepare “Social and Environment Framework Management” report of the Solar for Health project and contribute requested data set (i.e. Climate Change baseline information, Result and Resource Framework, etc…) to international consultant (s) which the findings will inform to the formulation of Solar for Health project concept design.

Overall scope of Works:

The national consultant will be working closely with an International Consultant (s) on the preparation of a Pre-Feasibility Study for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), responsible for completing the following tasks over a period of (50 working days) with the technical assistance and guidance of the Regional Technical Advisor (RTA) of Climate Change Adaptation; International Consultant (s), UNDP Sustainable Livelihoods Unit and the Task Force members of the project formulation team.


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;
  • Ability to work with a multi-cultural and diverse team.

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated experience in project design and formulation;
  • Demonstrated experience in technical issues related to adaptation to climate change;
  • Ability to analyze large amounts of complex and diversified data related to climate change adaptation in least developed countries;
  • Demonstrated strong coordination and facilitation skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to initiate discussions about climate change adaptation and reliance issues.
Required Skills and Experience


  • At least a master degree in environment, climate change, health, energy or related disciplines.


  • Minimum 15 years of experience in climate change adaptation, health sector strategic frameworks and research activities.
  • Within the 15 years’ experience, a minimum of 5 years in project development, research designs and analysis is a must.
  • Experience with multilateral supported climate change adaptation and/or mitigation such GEF/LDCF/other donors especially with the new GCF is an asset.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize relevant collected data and findings for the preparation of quality Technical Feasibility Study


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