National Consultant- Vulnerability & Adaptation (V&A) Team Leader

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Bosnia & Herzegovina


Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) became a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on December 6, 2000, and the Kyoto Protocol was ratified on April 22, 2008. The Initial National Communication (INC) of BiH to the UNFCCC was submitted in 2010.
The TNC was completed in 2017.? The TNC has advanced the state of climate modeling, impacts assessment, and policy analysis in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it has also established a measurement baseline for public awareness and outlined key capacity needs. Furthermore, work on the TNC has enhanced the individual capacity of climate researchers in Bosnia and Herzegovina in government, academia, and NGOs, and it has strengthened the organizational capacity of the UNFCCC focal institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina.?
This Project will not only support the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina in meeting its above specified obligations as a UNFCCC signatory but will also serve as a significant strategic document for sustainable development. The cross-cutting nature of the FNC process will foster relationships across entities and economic sectors, by establishing linkages between environment and other sectors.

The overall project’s objective is to enable Bosnia and Herzegovina to prepare its FNC and TBUR to the Conference of Parties. Preparation of the FNC and TBUR will attain higher level change by contributing to the achievement of the national environmental objectives in several ways: (1) It will enhance the ability of Bosnia and Herzegovina to participate actively in addressing the global environmental threat of climate change; (2) It will further develop capacity in climate change-related research and analysis that can support effective environmental policies and provide important data related to environmental challenges to sustainable development in Bosnia and Herzegovina that go beyond climate change; and (3) It will provide improved information and analysis for policies in key areas, such as water resources, agriculture, etc. Specifically, the capacity development efforts under this project and its emphasis on disseminating the FNC and its findings to policy-makers will contribute to enhanced country’s legal and strategic frameworks for sustainable management of natural, cultural and energy resources (as stated under the Outcome 5 of UNDAF 2015-2019 for Bosnia and Herzegovina). Furthermore, this project will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Preparations of NCs represent an obligation of signatory countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and it represent a valuable insight into the efforts that countries are taking to integrate climate change measures to policies, strategies and planning.

The overall objective of this assignment is to provide an updated assessment of climate changes in BiH and its vulnerability to climate change.? The FNC will conduct an in-depth vulnerability assessment, including recommend adaptation measures for priority sectors of socio-economic development and natural environment; including risks of climate change, climate variability and extreme weather events. The FNC will in this sense continue to expand modelling, focus on flood and drought threats, improve vulnerability analysis, and address knowledge gaps in the health and tourism sectors. This section will include a compilation of a study integrating response measures in the context of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). Another key activity related to V&A is that of improving the sectoral climate vulnerability assessments provided in the TNC.? Based on the above analysis, potential adaptation measures in these areas will be identified and prioritized.

Duties and Responsibilities

The V&A Team Leader should work in consultation with and under the guidance and supervision of the Project Manager (PM). Specifically, hisher responsibilities are but not limited to the following:

Prepares a detailed work-plan for V&A on the basis of the Project document;
Develops the scope of work and respective terms of reference for the team members;
Leads and oversees the V&A team;
Leads the data and information collection process for performing sectoral V&A assessments;
Performs a stocktaking exercise of vulnerability and sensitivity of the country territory to climate risks
Conducts an in-depth vulnerability assessment of key socio-economic sectors (agriculture, forestry, tourism, health, water resources, biodiversity, coastal area) and natural environment to climate impacts, including assessment of economic impacts by sectors
Provides input data and monitors the development of climate models and the production of climate scenarios (e.g. RCP8.5)
Identifies and recommends adaptation measures;
Conduct a study integrating response measures in the context of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA);
Provides capacity enhancement trainings on adaptation analysis and modelling for representatives of relevant institutions;
Leads development of two pilot studies on climate change impacts in the health and sensitive ecosystems (mountain lakes);
Provides input for revision of Climate Change Adaptation and Low Emission Development Strategy;
Provides input for revision of National Determined Contributions (NDC) and NDC roadmap and action plan;
Archives and documents all studies, models ran and scenarios;
Ensure the timely and effective management of the activities as scheduled;
Provides quarterly progress report to the project management;
Prepares progress reports for Project board at least twice a year.
Drafts a chapter on V&A, circulates it for review and incorporates comments;
Finalize the respective chapter of the FNC along with the respective part of executive summary;

Deliverables/ outputs
The consultant is responsible for the following deliverables:
Deliverable / outputs/# of days per task/Due date/Percentage/

Detailed work-plan for V&A exercise on the basis of the overall project work plan developed,3,15 Aug 2018,2.5
Stocktaking of vulnerability and sensitivity of the country to climate risks completed; Relevant data for sectoral V&A assessments collected; Stocktaking of all awareness raising, education and research on CC completed,25,30 Oct 2018,20.8
In-depth vulnerability assessment of key socio-economic sectors completed 30,30 Mar 2019,25
Adaptation measures identified and prioritized,10,30 May 2019,8.3
Input to NDC completed, 10,30 Jun 2019,8.3
Pilot studies on climate change impacts in the health and sensitive ecosystems (mountain lakes) completed,20,30 July 2019,16.7
Input for revision of Climate Change Adaptation and Low Emission Development Strategy,7,30 Sept 2019,5.9
Draft chapter submitted for internal and external review,10,30 Nov 2019,8.3
Final FNC input submitted,5,28 Feb 2020,4.2


Corporate competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Functional competencies:

Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team
Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
Excellent public speaking and presentation skills;
Excellent communication skills;
Extensive knowledge of computer applications;
Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
Ability to work independently as well as part of a fairly big team;
Ability to operate under strict time limits.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education

Advanced degree in natural sciences

Minimum15 years of experience in areas relevant to climate change;
Knowledge of the environmental issues in BiH;
Good understanding of climate change and sustainable development issues;
Knowledge and understanding of the UNFCCC and its relevance in BIH context
Knowledge of IPCC;
Good knowledge of climate modeling and climate scenario design for the IPCC;
Substantial involvement in the preparation of the previous National Communication is an asset;
Good knowledge of sensitivity and adaptation to climate change.
Languages Requirements

Excellent writing, editing, and fluent oral communication skills in English is a must


Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

* Technical Criteria weight-70%
* Financial Criteria weight- 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points for technical criteria assessment would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Applicants are required to submit an application including:

Completed and signed UNDP Personal History Form (downloadable from and at least 3 references;
Financial proposal which will separately specify professional fee, indicating number of anticipated working days, travel costs (air-ticket or use of private vehicle), living allowance, and all other applicable costs.

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.


For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 62 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.
Technical evaluation criteria

Criteria Weight Max. Point

Rating based on qualifications 30%;
Knowledge of the environmental issues in BiH; Good understanding of climate change and sustainable development issues; Knowledge and understanding of the UNFCCC and its relevance in BIH context 30%
Knowledge of IPCC methodology; Good knowledge of climate modeling and IPCC climate scenarios 30%;
Excellent writing, editing, and fluent oral communication skills in English is a must10%

Financial 30%