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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
The Consultant shall provide the following outputs:
Output 1: Implementation plan
Output 2: Prioritization criteria and framework
Output 3: Prioritization and investment frameworks assessment technical report
Output 4: Consultation workshop
Output 5: Intervention options shortlist
This project shall be completed with a timetable as follows: