Investment Prioritization International Expert

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

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Based in Seoul, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as “green growth”, which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.

GGGI supports stakeholders through complementary and integrated workstreams – Green Growth Planning & Implementation and Knowledge Solutions – that deliver comprehensive products designed to assist in developing, financing, and mainstreaming green growth in national economic development plans.


Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:

GGGI is supporting the development of green cities through activities aiming to mainstream green growth in government bodies responsible for urban planning. The Ministry of Construction of Viet Nam, a leading government agency in the field of urban planning, has identified the following five areas of activities that are critical for implementing the National Green Growth Action Plan (Decision 403/QD-TTg) in the urban sector:

  • Development of Urban Green Growth Strategic Framework and Roadmap
  • Identification of Urban Green Growth Monitoring and Implementation Indicators
  • Preparation of Urban Green Growth Guidelines and Best Practices and Analysis
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Prioritized E2+Equity Investments

GGGI’s project with MOC – Viet Nam’s Urban Green Growth Action (“Project”) – is implemented in two phases. The ultimate aim is to strengthen the ability of stakeholders in Viet Nam to integrate green growth objectives into their planning, development, and investment processes in the urban setting. For Phase I, delivered in 2015, it aimed to assist the implementation of the National Green Growth Strategy (Decision 1393/QD-TTg) and specific tasks assigned to MOC in the context of the National Green Growth Action Plan by developing green growth city indicators, conducting a status quo assessment of urban green growth policies and activities, and developing capacity development trainings for the government officials of MOC.

Phase II will build upon the work completed in 2015, eventually leading to the development of a comprehensive National Urban Green Growth Strategy for Viet Nam. GGGI will further support MOC to create the enabling environment for urban green growth through adoption of decision making tools, policy development, and capacity development training.

The Project is managed and implemented by GGGI, in partnership with the Ministry of Construction, the Project counterpart. MOC provides leadership, technical inputs, coordination support and liaises with relevant government agencies and development partners. The Project is working at the national level with MOC but focussing on three pilot cities: Thai Nguyen, Dien Ban and Tra Vinh. Work on the Project to date has highlighted the critical need to focus activities on the urban wastewater, transport and energy sectors – which will be considered in Phase II.

Scope of Work

This Consultancy represents two major components of Phase II of the Project. As indicated above, Phase I focused on the construction of a green growth index/indicators for cities in Viet Nam, developed from a status-quo assessment of urban green growth activities in Viet Nam and accompanied with training for MOC and other relevant national and subnational stakeholders. Phase II will incorporate progress made on the urban green growth indicators and enhanced capacity of stakeholders to develop for MOC a National Urban Green Growth Strategy (NUGGS).

In total, Phase II of the Project has five major components as follows:

  1. Urban Green Growth Policy Assessment
  2. Prioritization Criteria and Assessment for Urban Green Growth Actions
  3. Urban Green Growth Roadmap
  4. Draft National Urban Green Growth Strategy
  5. Capacity Development and Knowledge Management

These components will make up the total of the Phase II outputs, building upon the work delivered in 2015 under Phase I. The first three components together with the outputs produced under Phase 1, will provide the foundation for the National Urban Green Growth Strategy. This TOR for an Investment Prioritization International Expert will focus on work under the second component above, and may use outputs generated under the first component.

The detailed scope of work including outputs to be produced by the Investment Prioritization International Expert is explained below. The Consultant shall perform the following tasks under the guidance of GGGI and MOC.

Prioritization and Assessment of Urban Green Growth Actions

The objective of this component is to provide a framework for prioritizing projects requiring a prefeasibility study and to apply the framework in the three pilot cities. This will be developed and implemented in close collaboration with the three pilot cities.

a)       Review of prioritization and investment frameworks

The Consultant shall provide an assessment for GGGI and MOC of existing prioritization and investment frameworks that shall build on analysis readily available in Viet Nam, including those delivered under phase 1 (both the status quo assessment and the green growth indicators), as well as wider development partner work (such as those delivered by the World Bank and ADB).  The Consultant shall:

  • Undertake an assessment of the relevant prioritization and investment criteria currently being utilized in Viet Nam – including the MPI-GGGI-UNDP Investment Guidelines for Green Growth – to analyse their strengths and weaknesses in terms of delivering green growth in the urban sector. This shall examine decrees such as those on investment management and urban development. 
  • Undertake an assessment of international best practice of relevant prioritization and investment frameworks and their applicability to Viet Nam, including those from the World Bank, ADB, IFC, UNDP, OECD, UNEP/MCA4C, World Resources Institute, or others as relevant
  • Draft a technical report on the review of prioritization and investment frameworks
  • Develop an implementation plan for the preparation of the prioritization framework and its application in the pilot cities
  • Other tasks as deemed necessary by MOC and/or GGGI staff

b)       Development of prioritization framework

The Consultant shall provide a framework that shall identify a simple method for utilizing analysis already undertaken to prioritize investments – for example infrastructure investment needs, financial viability, climate resilience, etc. The framework’s objective is to identify investments for a prefeasibility study, and therefore should highlight those investments of critical need to deliver green growth in the chosen sectors. This framework shall be discussed in detail with MOC and the three pilot cities.  The Consultant shall:

  • Based on the research and assessment of a) above, propose prioritization criteria and a framework to be applied in Viet Nam’s cities to identify key priority infrastructure investments in the wastewater, energy and transport sectors
  • Facilitate a consultation workshop on a draft prioritization framework with MOC and pilot city stakeholders and city officials.  The workshop dates are yet to be determined, but tentatively aimed for August or September 2016.
  • Draft a technical report on the prioritization framework, to be combined with the draft report developed for a) above, taking into consideration the feedback from stakeholders and the consultation workshop
  • Other tasks as deemed necessary by MOC and/or GGGI staff

c)       Application of prioritization framework in pilot cities (Thai Nguyen, Dien Ban and Tra Vinh)

The Consultant shall apply the framework within the three pilot cities to highlight some key intervention options that would require a prefeasibility study to be developed. These options shall be agreed with GGGI, and the senior leadership of the three pilot cities.  The intervention options will be presented as part of the final technical report.  The Consultant shall:

  • Liaise with key stakeholders in the cities and MOC to develop a longlist of potential intervention options for review under the prioritization and assessment framework
  • Support stakeholders to apply the prioritization framework to a) narrow down the long list to a short list of preferred interventions and b) rank the short list of intervention options
  • Other tasks as deemed necessary by MOC and/or GGGI staff

All reports must be in English, in accordance with GGGI’s formatting requirements, and submitted in hard copy and digital formats along with complete sets of raw data, research materials, and interview notes.

Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables:

The Consultant shall provide the following outputs:

Output 1: Implementation plan

  • This shall be a brief paper outlining how the Consultants shall go about the work. It shall include a work plan, schedule, division of labor, and methodology. (maximum 5-10 pages)

Output 2: Prioritization criteria and framework

  • This shall be a framework and criteria through which cities will prioritize investment options. The criteria shall be based on relevant national policies on urban development, climate change, and green growth. The framework shall bring these national priorities together along with a financial capacity analysis, green growth potential assessment, project prioritization process, and an investment pipeline to bring the elements together.

Output 3: Prioritization and investment frameworks assessment technical report

  • This shall be a technical report on the prioritization investment framework cities to be applied against a potential long list of investment options. The technical report shall describe the criteria, the framework, and a methodology for application. It shall also review the international best practices of existing investment prioritization frameworks.

Output 4: Consultation workshop

  • This shall be a consultation workshop to present and get feedback on the prioritization criteria and framework.

Output 5: Intervention options shortlist

  • This shall be a list of prioritized investment options that is the result of applying the prioritization framework with individual cities.


This project shall be completed with a  timetable as follows:




Due Date




Output 1: Implementation plan


1 July 2016




Output 2: Prioritization criteria and framework


15 July 2016




Output 3: Prioritization and investment frameworks assessment technical report


15 August 2016




Output 4: Consultation workshop


31 August 2016




Output 5: Intervention options shortlist


30 September 2016






  • At least 15-20 years of experience in planning, economics and financing development with government agencies and development partners
  • Advanced degree in development and/or environmental economics, finance, urban planning/policy, or a close related field
  • Experience in other Asian or developing countries on policy development for green growth, investment planning, and related issues
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize technical and policy documents and to compose clear and concise reports
  • Experience working with government agencies in Viet Nam is a must
  • Language: Fluency in English is required; Vietnamese language skills are a plus