Individual Consultant (IC): UNDP Support to Governors’ Climate and Forest Task Force Initiative (GCFTF)
BPPS/SDEV/REDD+ - SWITZERLAND | Published October 24, 2017 - Deadline November 11, 2017
BackgroundReducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, as established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is often referred to as “REDD+”. The UNDP REDD+ team is based in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support - BPPS. It is part of the Sustainable Development cluster and also works closely with the Climate Change team.The REDD+ team is responsible for a growing portfolio. The sources of funds include: (i) the UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative partnership with FAO and UNEP; (ii) the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF); (iii) the Central African Forests Initiative (CAFI); and (iv) the Green Climate Fund (GCF). In addition, the team is responsible for other forest and climate initiatives and ensuring overall quality assurance. UNDP’s REDD+ Team is spread globally, with management based in Geneva. Regional teams are located in UNDP’s Regional Centres in Bangkok (Asia-Pacific) and Panama (Latin America and the Caribbean), while the regional team for Africa is in Nairobi in order to be co-located with UNEP’s REDD+ Team. The regional teams support UNDP’s country offices and partners in their region. Support to UNDP country offices is coordinated closely with the Regional Bureaux through the regional centres.The team works closely with UNDP’s Green Commodities Program (GCP) on drivers of deforestation related to agricultural commodity supply chains, the UNDP-GEF team to provide guidance on GEF-funded projects related to REDD+, and with the Low Emissions, Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) team to ensure UNDP’s efforts on REDD+ contribute to broader transformational change. The team can support the REDD+ initiatives of the regions and country offices and provide quality assurance on a full cost-recovery basis.The UNDP REDD+ team has recently been identified to support the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCFTF) initiative. This involves supporting the preparation and implementation of projects for the more than 30 developing country sub-national jurisdictions participating in the initiative to develop strategies and investment plans for innovative forested landscape transformation. This will be done in coordination with the secretariat for the GCFTF (based in Colorado University), the governance arrangements for the initiative, and other existing partners.Scope of WorkUnder the supervision and leadership of the Principal Technical Advisor for REDD+, the prospective consultant will manage UNDP’s contribution to the GCFTF initiative, ensure effective delivery and play a significant role in ensuring the overall objectives of the initiative are met.As a member of the UNDP REDD+ Team, the consultant will also contribute to the overall success of the team, engage effectively with team members, support their contributions to the GCFTF initiative, and contribute to the overall portfolio as needed.Expected Outputs and Deliverables The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:1. Contribute to the development, implementation and adaptive management of a multi-year UNDP-GCFTF work plansDevelop and coordinate internal project management arrangements to ensure the effective delivery of funds to jurisdictionsDevelop and coordinate arrangements for the disbursement of fundsDevelop and coordinate internal control systems for reviews, reporting, monitoring and evaluation2. Contribute to the quality assurance of interventions at the jurisdictional levelDevelop and coordinate criteria and arrangements for assessing proposalsEngage with the GCFTF secretariat and implementation partnersSupport and facilitate technical inputs from UNDP REDD+ team members and other relevant UNDP inputs3. Contribute to the achievement of expected GCFTF resultsProvide inputs to GCFTF strategic planning etc.Contribute to identification and development of innovative, transformative approaches to forest and climate landscape managementSupport the development and implementation of interventions where UNDP acts as the lead partnerCoordinate with donors, GCFTF secretariat, jurisdictions and implementation partnersInstitutional ArrangementThe consultant will be supervised by and report to the Principal Policy and Technical Advisor, REDD+, Sustainable Development Team, BPPS. In addition, she/he will be expected to liaise, collaborate and work with the UNDP REDD+ Team and Sustainable Development Cluster, REDD+ stakeholders, GCFTF Secretariat and implementation partners.Duration of the Work The IC consultancy will be for a duration of 3.5 months full time, commencing on 16 January until 30 April 2018.Duty StationGeneva, SwitzerlandQualificationsThe individual contractor must have a graduate degree in environmental management, international development, public policy or any related degree. A tertiary qualification in economics, law, or project management is desirable. S/he must have at least 5 years work experience in managing grants/projects in developing countries, preferably in the Latin America and Caribbean region, including Brazil. Experience working on REDD+ issues with an international forest & climate initiative (i.e. UN-REDD, FCPF, FIP, REM, GCF) is highly desirable.Operational language fluency in English and Spanish is required; working knowledge of French and Portuguese desirable.CompetenciesExcellent English written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of quality project reportsAbility to understand new terminology and concepts easily and to synthesize information from different sources into a coherent project documentMaturity and confidence in dealing with senior and high-ranking members of international, regional and national institutionsExcellent team player with good interpersonal and communication skillsAbility to demonstrate sufficient technical knowledge to perform effectively and independentlyAbility to manage workload with minimum supervisionAbility to work under pressure and tight deadlinesAbility to accommodate additional demands on short noticeDisplays sensitivity and adaptability to different cultures, genders, religions, races, nationalities and age groupsScope of Price Proposal and Schedule of PaymentsThe individual contractor will be compensated based on an all-inclusive daily fee, to be paid on a monthly basis upon submission of a signed IC time sheet, to be cleared and approved by the Principal Technical Advisor. [In the event that mission travel is required, this will be administered and compensated separately in accordance with standard UNDP travel policies and procedures.]Presentation of OfferApplicants are requested to submit the following on or before 11 November 2017:Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided (uploaded)Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional referencesBrief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment. A methodology is recommended for intellectual services, but may be omitted for support servicesFinancial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive daily rate.Criteria for Selection of the Best OfferThis consultant’s offer will be evaluated based on the following criteria:Combined Scoring method – where the technical qualifications will be weighted a maximum of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the financial criteria. Click here to apply.