Consultancy Finalize the GCF proposal for Strengthening Water Security in the Central Area of Namibia under the Climate Change for Submission to the Green Climate Fund

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Windhoek, Namibia 🇳🇦


UNDP is one of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Accredited Entities (AEs).  UNDP has been requested by the Government of Republic of Namibia to support the process of developing a country proposal for submission to the GCF.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which has been established in compliance with Article 11 of the Convention to contribute significantly to the collective efforts of the international community to combat climate change.  It is the first multilateral fund dedicated solely to fund climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in developing countries.  The GCF has now secured pledges of USD 10.3 billion to be channeled to climate friendly activities in developing countries.  The GCF can be accessed directly by National Implementing Entities from developing countries and/or through international and regional Implementing Entities (IEs).  The fund has agreed to allocate 50:50 between adaptation and mitigation measures.  The fund will also allocate a significant amount of resources through its Private Sector Facility in order to catalyze and maximize private sector engagement in climate finance throughout developing countries. 

The Green Climate Fund’s vision is to support a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development. It is driven by innovation and targets its investments for transformational impact.  The Fund has identified the following 8 impact areas which will deliver major mitigation and adaptation benefits:

Shifting to low-emission sustainable development pathways through:

  •  Low-emission energy access and power generation
  •  Low-emission transport
  •  Energy efficient buildings, cities and industries
  •  Sustainable land use and forest management    

  Increasing climate-resilient sustainable development for:

  •  Enhanced livelihoods of the most vulnerable people, communities, and regions
  •  Increased health and well-being, and food and water security
  •  Resilient infrastructure and built environment to climate change threats
  •  Resilient ecosystems

The Government of Republic of Namibia has requested UNDP to support the finalization of a GCF proposal to strengthen its adaptive capacity and climate resilience in water resources management, building on the existing draft proposal that was developed through the GCF Readiness Program in 2016 with support from KfW. 

Responding to the request, UNDP is seeking for services from a consultant to assist with the finalization of a GCF proposal, with all the required Annexes to the proposal to be submitted to GCF. All documents produced will be in the required format set by GCF and/or UNDP. 

Duties and Responsibilities

More specifically, a consultant, in close consultation with the national stakeholders and with guidance from UNDP, will have the following specific duties:

Draft a project concept note (no more than 20 pages) in the required template, based on the existing draft proposal and further consultation with UNDP and the City of Windhoek to strengthening the current draft, presenting at minimum the following:

  • Climate Change context in Namibia
  • Barriers to be removed for Namibia to become more climate change resilient with clear additionality arguments
  • Proposed interventions to remove the barriers identified, with a clear Theory of Change argument.
  • Summary of economic and financial analysis to justify the proposed consessionality
  • Identification of opportunities and requirements to advance gender considerations
  • Overview of the budget and co-financing 
  • Draft a roadmap for the finalization of a full funding proposal (FFP). 

The roadmap will be costed and finalized in consultation with UNDP and shared with key national stakeholders to establish a common understanding of the tasks and time required to finalize the FFP. 

 Draft a full funding proposal (FFP) and all required annexes in the required template, incorporating inputs from a number of experts and subject specialists mobilized to develop the full proposal.  The FFP (with Annexes) will have to include at minimum:

  • Background information and the context of the project with clear adaptation/additionality arguments
  • Project description, objective, outputs (expected results), activities, sub-activities, inputs as well as indicators (at output level)
  • Clearly defined project’s system boundaries and scope
  • Feasibility Study and viability assessment, validated through a 3rd party specialist review. 
  • Expected impact of the project using a compelling Theory of Change argument (using logic structure of underlying problem, preferred normative solution, key barriers, targeted project outputs, activities, sub-activities)
  • The paradigm/transformational shift potential, sustainable development potential, coherence with the country needs, how country ownership will be ensured (in project design, and project implementation) and efficiency and effectiveness of the proposed project.
  • Co-financing and baseline investments identified, supported by co-financing letters.
  • Proposed implementation arrangements
  • Results of the social, environment and gender screening and the Environment and Social Management Framework developed for the project.
  • Gender Analysis and Gender Action Plan developed for the project.
  • Key costs and benefits (including market and non-market benefits) of the proposal project (in consultation with UNDP’s investment appraisal specialist assigned to this project)
  • Exact locations for proposed interventions presented with maps

The first draft of the FFP will be subject to UNDP’s internal review.  The lead consultant is expected to address and incorporate all comments raised during the review process, closely working with other experts and specialists and in close consultation with the City of Windhoek and UNDP Namibia with the guidance provided by the UNDP Regional Technical Advisor assigned to this project. 

Produce the advanced draft of FFP, incorporating comments received on the 1st draft. 

The advanced draft FFP will be subject to a Peer Review organized internally within UNDP to ensure technical quality as well as a compliance with UNDP’s accreditation.  Once both technical clearance and financial clearance are issued, the FFP will be formally submitted to GCF Secretariat for their review.

Address comments received by GCF Secretariat, ITAP, GCF Board, and any other reviewers in collaboration with other experts and specialists under the guidance of UNDP Namibia and Regional Technical Advisor.  

Time Frame

  • The lead consultant is expected to start no later than 16 May 2017. 
  • The first draft Concept Note is expected within 10 working days upon the signature on the contract. 
  • The Concept Note is expected to be finalized by end June 2017
  • The timeline for the delivery of the 1st and advanced draft of FFP will be finalized upon the approval of the Roadmap by UNDP
  • Strong analytical, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills.
  • Proven capacity to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Results-driven.
  • Knowledge and experience of UNFCCC negotiations, GCF guidelines and policies.
  • Good background in challenges and opportunities related to climate change in the context of Namibia and response strategies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.
Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in areas related to climate change, water resources management, environmental or civil engineering, agriculture, forestry, natural resources management, environmental science, or other relevant disciplines.

Professional Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience in programming and proposal development for medium to large scale projects in the field of water resources management and climate change. 
  • Proven experience in UNDP project proposal development, financed by GCF, GEF, SCCF, LDCF, Adaptation Fund, etc.
  • Previous work experience in Africa in the context of development.  Experience in working in Namibia would be highly valued. 
  • Experience in working on climate change adaptation projects.  Experience in designing and/or implementing climate change adaptation project related to water resources management would be highly desirable. 
  • A clear understanding of the GCF modality of financial support would be an asset.
  • A clear understanding of the fiduciary, environmental and social safeguards standards and requirements of the Green Climate Fund and/or UNDP will be an asset.

Language and other skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.

Method of submitting Application online:

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template[1] provided by UNDP;
  • CV and a Personal History Form (P11 form[2]);
  • Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment; (max 1 page)
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price and all other travel related costs (such as flight ticket, per diem, etc), supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template attached to the Letter of Confirmation of Interest template. If an applicant is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the applicant must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.