State of Sonora Green Growth Strategy Consultant

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Mexico City, Mexico 🇲🇽


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.

Project Background and Objectives

The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (SEMARNAT), through its International Affairs Coordination Unit (UCAI), jointly with the Environment and Sustainability Commission of the State of Sonora (CEDES), requested GGGI’s support for the preparation of the Sonora’s Green Growth Strategy. This initiative aligns well with:

  • Mexico’s National Development Plan, which includes green growth as one of its main strategies.
  • The State Development Plan published by the Government of Sonora, which aims to enhance economic growth, competitiveness, and social wellbeing in the state, while improving environmental protection and services.
  • GGGI’s strategic interest in supporting the evaluation and development of green growth strategic planning and public policy design and implementation in the four priority areas of energy, green cities, water and land use, as well as cross-cutting initiatives; particularly at the subnational level.

Supporting state and municipal governments in green growth planning and capacity building is important as many of the levers to exert change reside at the subnational level, including transport, water, solid waste, land use planning and zoning, building energy efficiency, among others. In addition, technical capabilities tend to be lower at the local level than at the federal level.

During the months of May and June 2016, GGGI held at least four meetings with representatives of the State of Sonora to develop a plan of action for the development of the Sonora Green Growth Strategy. In addition, conversations have been held with the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC) and other potential donors to seek their participation.

The Sonora Green growth plan will take into consideration relevant state documents, such as the State Development Plan published by the new government, and the State Climate Action Plan. The State Development Plan is built around six pillars, three of which are related directly to the three focus areas of green growth, namely “Cities with quality of life” (environment), “Economy with a future” (economic), and “All Sonoran people, all opportunities” (social inclusion).

Furthermore, the state plan will take into consideration, to the maximum degree possible, previous work conducted by GGGI in Mexico, namely as it relates to improving conditions for technological innovation, improvements to the concessions and financial models for public transport, and assessment of vulnerabilities to climate change at the municipal level.


Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:

The project will be guided by the following logical framework:

OUTCOME: The State of Sonora, with GGGI’s support, prepares a Sonora Green Growth Plan defining a pathway toward green growth.

OUTPUT A: Scoping report identifying opportunity areas and defining a work-plan for the preparation of the Sonora Green Growth Plan.

OUTPUT B: Technical inputs for the preparation of the Sonora Green Growth Plan.

OUTPUT C: Support for the implementation of recommendations resulting from the Plan; subject to timeline to finalize the Plan.

During the remainder of 2016, GGGI will engage with SEMARNAT and the State of Sonora to deliver Output A, namely:

  • Prepare a presentation for the State Governor and the Federal Minister of the Environment to establish support for the project at the highest level.
  • Support the state government in the creation of a steering committee (Comité Intersecretarial), and advisory council for project oversight, including the definition of participants, functions, and working groups.
  • Identify and engage other partners for project delivery, including funding, such as BECC/NADB, ECLAC, and other international donors (e.g. GIZ, USAID).
  • Prepare a more detailed methodology and work-plan for preparation of the Sonora Green Growth Strategy starting in 2017.
  • Identify potential “quick win” or “no-regret” actions that the State government can start working on during the preparation of the Sonora Green Growth Strategy.

The delivery phase work-plan will be conducted in 2017 and 2018, and will be heavily based on the Green Growth Guidelines document (March 2016), adjusted to the state of Sonora. In addition, it will use the methodology for the Green Growth Plan for the State of Karnataka, India (which shall be shared with the selected Consultant). Other GGGI experiences conducting green growth strategies at the national level will be used, such as Peru and Jordan.

In general terms, the overall process as below:

  • Diagnosis: sustainable growth analysis, stakeholder map & engagement
  • Evaluation: macro-economic assessment and sectoral assessment
  • Action Planning: Governance & financial systems, investment & action plan
  • Advisory & capacity Support, monitoring & evaluation 

Scope of Work:

The Consultant shall conduct the scoping phase and deliver Output A – Scoping report identifying areas of opportunities and defining a work-plan for the preparation of the Sonora Green Growth Plan. The Consultant shall complete the following main activities of the scoping phase:

  • Develop the methodology and work-plan to follow for the development of Sonora’s Green Growth Plan.
  • Support the create the Steering Committee and working groups, including identifying potential members, defining roles and responsibilities, organizing meetings and work-plans.
  • Research and develop a diagnosis of Sonora’s current situation regarding growth, sectoral development, needs, and commitments.
  • Identify possible funding sources, and arrange meetings with said sources

The Consultant shall follow a work plan as follows:

  1. Coordination with the State Government, SEMARNAT and other donors to set up and launch project.
  2. Establishment of a multi-ministerial steering committee and a multi-stakeholder advisory group.
  3. Diagnosis:
    • Stakeholder mapping and engagement plan.
    • Situational analysis.
    • Analysis of green growth opportunities.
  4. Evaluation:

    • Definition of green growth indicators (preliminarily via a workshop with steering committee and key stakeholders).
    • Prioritization of sectors and policy needs for the development of green growth plan.
    • Sectoral analysis.
    • Green growth scenarios.
    • Identification and quantification of green growth opportunities.
    • Prioritization of opportunities.
  5. Development of roadmap for the project implementation phase:

    • Specific action plans.
    • Investment needs.
    • Development of budgets or financial mechanisms.
    • Socialization and validation process.

The Consultant shall report to the Mexico Country Representative.

Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables:

The Consultant shall provide:

  1. Recommendations for the creation, functions and rules of engagement for the Steering Committee (Comité Intersecretarial) and Advisory Council.
  2. Roadmap for the engagement of potential donors and implementation partners.
  3. Enhanced methodology and detailed work-plan for full delivery in 2017-18.
  4. Scoping report at the end of the engagement, incorporating all GGGI feedback and comments.

All deliverables must be in Spanish and 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD); a specialty in economics and development is an asset.
  • 8-15 years’ experience working with National and Local governments in Mexico to promote policies and projects.
  • Experience leading and participating in large, complex, long-term projects to effect change in chosen sphere.
  • Full command of Spanish and English.
  • Ability to interact and form relationship with high-level government officials and partners.
  • Resourceful and able to develop and operationalize strategies to achieve objectives and outcomes.
  • Understand and actively support GGGI’s mission, vision and values.
  • Promote an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership.
  • Excellent at problem solving.
  • Promote creativity and innovation among staff.
  • Be able to lead, develop and motivate staff and support the Country Representative to make sound decisions.