The objective of the IRCEA project is to strengthen the climate resilience of the agropastoral production systems in key vulnerable areas in the Provinces of Bié, Huambo, Malange and Huila. This will be achieved through: (i) mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into agricultural and environmental sector policies, programmes and practices; and (ii) capacity building and promotion of CCA through soil fertility and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices using the FFS approach. The project strategy is built on four main components. The first is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of climate change vulnerability and adaptation. The second is scaling up of improved CCA/SLM practices through FFS. The third is mainstreaming CCA into agricultural and environmental sector policies and programmes.
In order for climate change adaptation to be sustainable and applicable on a wide scale the government official need to mainstream climate change in the culture and practices of their institutions. Understand the key concept of climate change and climate change adaptation and how to mainstream the risks and the opportunities of climate change into sectoral programming and budgeting is of paramount importance.
The consultant will be hired by FAO Angola. He/ she will report to Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) in Lubango provincie.
The overall objective of this assignment is to support line ministries to improve the technical and institutional capacities on climate change adaptation at national and provincial level.
Tasks and responsibilities
Task 1: Climate change screening of the relevant sectoral planning documents:
- Review the “Programa do Desenvolvimento do Sector Agricola 2017-2022” performing climate screening and adaptation
- Climate screening of the document “Angola 2025”
Task 2: Capacity building on mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development sectors, aimed at 120 officials (national, province and municipal level)
- Build on-the-job knowledge of relevant Ministries officials as part of the process of identifying and evaluating optimal CCA screening/prioritization methods and tools for Angola.
- Prepare training materials based on the identified tools for Ministry of environment and other government officials from various departments responsible for planning, project formulation, and budgeting, including relevant academia and researchers;
- The training workshop as required should address the following modules
- Finding the entry points and making the case (Preliminary assessments; Raising awareness and building partnerships; Strengthening institutions and capacities Needs Assessment Working mechanisms;)
- Mainstreaming CC into policy and planning processes (Collecting country-specific evidence and influencing policy processes; Costing, assessing and selecting adaptation and mitigation options and measures; Strengthening institutions and capacities (Learning by doing);
- Meeting the implementation challenge; Budgeting and financing – Mainstreaming CC in the budgetary process; Mainstreaming CC in monitoring systems Performance assessment frameworks; Supporting policy measures National, sector and subnational levels; Supporting policy measures National, sector and subnational levels
Task 3: Support the institutional task force to improve inter-sectoral coordination for mainstreaming CCA
- Create the appropriate tools and guidance notes on facilitating the Institutional and coordination mechanism among sectors in Angola.
- Build on pre-existing intersectoral coordination mechanisms wherever possible
- Sensitize senior decision makers on the identified tool and how it can assist them to structure, define, and prioritize CCA actions under Ministry of Environment Strategic Plan for Climate Change.
Task 4: Develop 5-year strategy to mainstream CCA considerations into sectoral programming and budgeting;
- Provide support to the teams in charge of annual planning and programming within minitries of Environment, Agriculture and Economy to mainstream CCA and SLM practices into annual planning and budgeting.
- Help organize a nation workshop on mainstreaming CCA into sectoral programming and budgeting
Task 5: Final compilation of all intermediate reports into a final document.
- Produce a summary report describing an overall outcome of the training activities, approach used, capacity gaps, and areas for further capacity development.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- Advanced degree(s) for Consultants (MSc, Ph.D.)/ University Degree for PSAs, in environment, agro-meteorology, hydrology, climatology, agriculture and natural resource management or related fields;
- Minimum of 5 years of experience on environmental and climate change adaptation
- Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, or Chinese) for Consultants. Working knowledge of English for PSAs.
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus and monitoring
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Experience in providing trainings to a diverse audience;
- Expert knowledge on Climate Change Adaptation and mitigation
- Excellent understanding of the linkages among agriculture, climate variability and climate change adaptation in rural farming communities.
- Expert knowledge of FAO-Adapt framework programme
- Demonstrate experience and understanding of UNFCCC
- Demonstrated experience in training large groups.
- Solid experience in providing policy advice to the government agencies to enhance national and sectoral policies;
- Demonstrated strong communication skills in English and Portuguese both orally and in writing;
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team, and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the geographical, institutional and social-economic aspects of the area of intervention of the project.
- Previous experience in similar trainings and work at national or international level
- Solid experience and understanding of UNFCCC and related protocols and agreements
- Demonstrated solid understanding of the FAO strategic objectives and their alignment with SDGs