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International Consultant to develop future scenarios for Private Sector Engagement in the PNG’s Forest Sector

Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published December 7, 2017  -  Deadline December 22, 2017
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Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6%[1]. This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, natural forest logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. These forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country and a commercial logging industry has for a long period been a central part of the economy.The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) has set ambitious goals for strengthening and changing the nature of this industry including:a ban on all round log exports by 2020 andthe expansion of planted forests to cover 800,000ha by 2050These are to be achieved while also increasing the contribution of commercial logging to the domestic economy. Efforts to achieve these targets will need to address significant challenges linked to the availability of land and the level of private sector interest in investing in either area.At the same time the government of PNG, with support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, implemented by Climate Change and Developed Authority with support of UNDP, has developed a National REDD+ Strategy to guide the country’s approach to addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – over 75% of which historically come from commercial logging[2].The current assignment is intended to work with the PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA) as well as key stakeholders in the private sector, land owning communities and civil society to identify how best to develop a pathway to a stronger forest industry in PNG in line with government targets while also helping to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.For this purpose, FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project is seeking a team of consultants such as International Team Leader, National Forest Sector Specialist, International Scenario Analysis Consultant and National Private Sector Consultant to support PNGFA in the development of a short to medium term strategy to develop a sustainable low emissions forest sector that contributes effectively to GDP and delivers long term development benefits to communities and PNG more broadly.It is anticipated that this objective will be achieved through effective engagement of government and private sector actors in identifying how best to attract and sustain long term private sector investment in PNG’s forest sector.This Terms of Reference is developed for International Scenario Analysis Consultant who will develop key scenarios for development of the forest sector and facilitating discussions of these scenarios with key stakeholders. [1] World Bank Data. Available at http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.CD?locations=PG[2] GoPG (2017) Forest Reference Emission Level Draft – submitted for technical review under the UNFCCC in January 2017

Team Leader International on the development of future scenarios for Private Sector Engagement in the PNG’s Forest Sector

Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published December 7, 2017  -  Deadline December 22, 2017
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Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6%[1]. This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, natural forest logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. These forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country and a commercial logging industry has for a long period been a central part of the economy.The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) has set ambitious goals for strengthening and changing the nature of this industry including:a ban on all round log exports by 2020 andthe expansion of planted forests to cover 800,000ha by 2050These are to be achieved while also increasing the contribution of commercial logging to the domestic economy. Efforts to achieve these targets will need to address significant challenges linked to the availability of land and the level of private sector interest in investing in either area.At the same time the government of PNG, with support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, implemented by Climate Change and Developed Authority with support of UNDP, has developed a National REDD+ Strategy to guide the country’s approach to addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – over 75% of which historically come from commercial logging[2].The current assignment is intended to work with the PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA) as well as key stakeholders in the private sector, land owning communities and civil society to identify how best to develop a pathway to a stronger forest industry in PNG in line with government targets while also helping to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.For this purpose, FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project is seeking a team of consultants such as International Team Leader, National Forest Sector Specialist, International Scenario Analysis Consultant and National Private Sector Consultant to support PNGFA in the development of a short to medium term strategy to develop a sustainable low emissions forest sector that contributes effectively to GDP and delivers long term development benefits to communities and PNG more broadly.It is anticipated that this objective will be achieved through effective engagement of government and private sector actors in identifying how best to attract and sustain long term private sector investment in PNG’s forest sector.This Terms of Reference is developed for International Team Leader who will coordinate all activities within the team and liaise effectively with both national counterparts and the FCPF project. It should be noted that effective engagement of key stakeholders is seen as critical to the success and will be considered as a key part of acceptance of deliverables. [1] World Bank Data. Available at http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.CD?locations=PG[2] GoPG (2017) Forest Reference Emission Level Draft – submitted for technical review under the UNFCCC in January 2017

National Private Sector Consultant on the development of future scenarios for Private Sector Engagement in the PNG’s Forest Sector

Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published December 7, 2017  -  Deadline December 15, 2017
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Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6%[1]. This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, natural forest logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. These forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country and a commercial logging industry has for a long period been a central part of the economy.The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) has set ambitious goals for strengthening and changing the nature of this industry including:a ban on all round log exports by 2020 andthe expansion of planted forests to cover 800,000ha by 2050These are to be achieved while also increasing the contribution of commercial logging to the domestic economy. Efforts to achieve these targets will need to address significant challenges linked to the availability of land and the level of private sector interest in investing in either area.At the same time the government of PNG, with support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, implemented by Climate Change and Developed Authority with support of UNDP, has developed a National REDD+ Strategy to guide the country’s approach to addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – over 75% of which historically come from commercial logging[2].The current assignment is intended to work with the PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA) as well as key stakeholders in the private sector, land owning communities and civil society to identify how best to develop a pathway to a stronger forest industry in PNG in line with government targets while also helping to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.For this purpose, FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project is seeking a team of consultants such as International Team Leader, National Forest Sector Specialist, International Scenario Analysis Consultant and National Private Sector Consultant to support PNGFA in the development of a short to medium term strategy to develop a sustainable low emissions forest sector that contributes effectively to GDP and delivers long term development benefits to communities and PNG more broadly.It is anticipated that this objective will be achieved through effective engagement of government and private sector actors in identifying how best to attract and sustain long term private sector investment in PNG’s forest sector.This Terms of Reference is developed for National Private Sector Consultant who will act as the key link between the team of consultants and key private sector actors in the country. [1] World Bank Data. Available at http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.CD?locations=PG[2] GoPG (2017) Forest Reference Emission Level Draft – submitted for technical review under the UNFCCC in January 2017

National Forest Sector Consultant on the development of future scenarios for Private Sector Engagement in the PNG’s Forest Sector

Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published December 7, 2017  -  Deadline December 15, 2017
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Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6%[1]. This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, natural forest logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. These forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country and a commercial logging industry has for a long period been a central part of the economy.The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) has set ambitious goals for strengthening and changing the nature of this industry including:a ban on all round log exports by 2020 andthe expansion of planted forests to cover 800,000ha by 2050These are to be achieved while also increasing the contribution of commercial logging to the domestic economy. Efforts to achieve these targets will need to address significant challenges linked to the availability of land and the level of private sector interest in investing in either area.At the same time the government of PNG, with support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, implemented by Climate Change and Developed Authority with support of UNDP, has developed a National REDD+ Strategy to guide the country’s approach to addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – over 75% of which historically come from commercial logging[2].The current assignment is intended to work with the PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA) as well as key stakeholders in the private sector, land owning communities and civil society to identify how best to develop a pathway to a stronger forest industry in PNG in line with government targets while also helping to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.For this purpose, FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project is seeking a team of consultants such as International Team Leader, National Forest Sector Specialist, International Scenario Analysis Consultant and National Private Sector Consultant to support PNGFA in the development of a short to medium term strategy to develop a sustainable low emissions forest sector that contributes effectively to GDP and delivers long term development benefits to communities and PNG more broadly.It is anticipated that this objective will be achieved through effective engagement of government and private sector actors in identifying how best to attract and sustain long term private sector investment in PNG’s forest sector.This Terms of Reference is developed for National Forest Sector Consultant who will provide the central link with government stakeholders within the forest sector as well as ensuring access to key documents and data held within the government bodies related to forest management. [1] World Bank Data. Available at http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.CD?locations=PG[2] GoPG (2017) Forest Reference Emission Level Draft – submitted for technical review under the UNFCCC in January 2017

International Consultant to undertake economic appraisal for the implementation of PNG’s National REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published June 6, 2017  -  Deadline July 27, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6%[1]. This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG will have to develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level;A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities;A system for providing information on how the safeguards on local community and forest biodiversity are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.In 2016-2017, with the support of UNDP/FCPF project, a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) was developed and submitted to the Government of PNG for review and endorsement. The NRS marks a major milestone in PNG’s transition from the REDD+ Readiness Phase to REDD+ implementation.While the NRS marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process further action is needed to ensure that the NRS is effectively financed, that proposed policies and measures are developed and tested, and that long term sustainable financing and management systems are in place.To achieve this the NRS will be supported by a REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (RFIP), which will provide a detailed breakdown of activities to be undertaken in the coming five years, including clear budgets and approaches to financing.In the PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy different REDD+ options of where and how to implement REDD+ activities involve different costs and bring different combinations of carbon stocks, biodiversity benefits and other ecosystem services. These benefits can have high economic values attached to them through their role in underpinning the production of goods and services that are valued by humans and that underpin local livelihoods and national economies. But often their values are not visible as these benefits do not directly enter markets and thus do not have a financial value (as defined by a market price) attached to them. Valuing forest benefits can help to understand the overall economic importance of REDD+ options and to assess economic trade-offs with other land use options. It is a means to mainstream forest benefits besides carbon into REDD+ strategy and RFIP and wider land use planning.Thus, the current economic assessment will help move forward to identify the costs of implementing all the actions in the RFIP as well as informing REDD+ planning for future interventions in PNG.

International Consultant to support PNG’s REDD+ Communications Strategy

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published April 10, 2018  -  Deadline April 20, 2018
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Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6%[1]. This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, natural forest logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. These forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country and a commercial logging industry has for a long period been a central part of the economy. Despite the seriousness of the threats facing the forests, the country has significant potential to reduce its forest loss rate, and enhance and sustainably manage its forest carbon stocks through the implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)[2].With support from a project under the Work Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the country has developed National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) for 2017-2027 which was endorsed by the Government of PNG in May 2017. The NRS was developed through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping.While one of the safeguards for REDD+ included in the Cancun Agreements is the full and effective participation of all stakeholders, it is important to understand that a full and effective participation can only be ensured if stakeholders are effectively and accurately informed about REDD+. Thus, communications and knowledge sharing and communicating about REDD+, especially at the beginning of its programme Readiness implementation, are critical to ensure respect for this safeguard.Experiences in other countries have demonstrated that where awareness raising is left to the initiative of individual partners, messages provided to stakeholders on REDD+ may be unclear, confusing or conflicting. Furthermore, since high quality communications and awareness raising activities and events are important to take into account in communicating REDD+ with the right messages through the right tools to the right target groups.To support implementation of PNG’s NRS, the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) as a leading government agency on climate change in close consultation with core government communications working group has developed a National REDD+ Communications and Knowledge Management Strategy. However, due to limited capacity within CCDA and FCPF REDD+ teams, there is a need to support implementation of this strategy, including provision of capacity building workshops for local mass media how to deliver climate change related messages. SCOPE OF WORKUnder the overall supervision of the FCPF Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), the Consultant will be responsible for providing capacity building support in the implementation of a National REDD+ Communications and Knowledge Management Strategy.Key elements of the assessment will include:Development of a national public awareness-raising plan on REDD+ in PNG. This includes review of REDD+ Communications and Knowledge Management strategy through provision of support to FCPF Communications Officer and facilitation of a core communications group on the development of public awareness plan during the first inception mission;Undertake a two-day capacity building training for local mass-media on “How to Deliver Climate Change related messages to the public” by using modern communications methods (Social Media, IT Software, etc.);Provide support to FCPF REDD+ and CCDA Communications Officers on the development of articles and press-releases as well as posters and infographics;Provide support on the development of REDD+ website content, including development of a toolkit for respective government agencies how to maintain the website;Initiate and coordinate a regional knowledge sharing and communications event on REDD+ progress;In close collaboration with the FCPF and CCDA Communications Officers, develop knowledge products for PNG on its REDD+ readiness phase. This includes summary of capacity building events, knowledge management workshops, study-tours, etc.Support the development of a plan for communication of significant developments to international stakeholders through such means as production of videos and briefing notes, design of side events at major international events such as the UNFCCC COP, etc. [1] World Bank Data. Available at http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.CD?locations=PG[2] http://redd.unfccc.int/

Lead Contractor on subnational engagement planning, including the development of REDD+ Stakeholder Engagement Plans in East New Britain and West New Britain provinces of Papua New Guinea

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published August 6, 2017  -  Deadline August 25, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to be facing acute and imminent threats. The Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) estimates that approximately 80 per cent of the total area of the country is covered by natural forests, of which 60 per cent are considered intact forests.Approximately 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are caused by land-use change and, in particular, the destruction of tropical forests. Slowing deforestation and forest degradation are a likely cost effective way of reducing carbon emissions compared to other mitigation strategies, such as curbing emissions from power stations. Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG should develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level;A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities;A system for providing information on how environmental, governance and social safeguards are addressed and respected throughout the implementation of REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) is receiving international support from several bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).In 2016-2017, with the support of UNDP/FCPF project, a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) was developed and officially endorsed by the Government of PNG in May 2017. The NRS marks a major milestone in PNG’s transition from the REDD+ Readiness Phase to REDD+ implementation.The NRS was developed over an 18-month period through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work that has focused on key areas of action on REDD+ including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping. Much of this work was compiled in an Issues and Options Paper for REDD+ in PNG, which sets out the key decision and action areas for REDD+ in PNG, including identifying Madang and East New Britain as potential demonstration provinces, and was circulated widely for consultation, the feedback from which was central to creating the NRS[1].PNG is still at an early stage of its REDD+ development process. Thus, while the NRS marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process further action is needed to ensure that the NRS is effectively financed, that proposed policies and measures are developed and tested, and that long term sustainable financing and management systems are in place. To achieve this the NRS will be supported by a National REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (NRFIP), which will provide a detailed breakdown of activities to be undertaken in the coming five years, including clear budgets and approaches to financing.To ensure full and effective participation of key stakeholders, FCPF project is seeking a qualified non-governmental organization to coordinate the development of stakeholder engagement plans and tools that will be used in the implementation of the NRS in East New Britain and Madang. It will also lead the development stakeholder engagement plans for East New Britain. [1] The full paper is available from https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3E2Be9wElyUZDRCallQVWUyNk0?usp=sharing

Development of REDD+ Stakeholder Engagement in Madang province of Papua New Guinea

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published August 6, 2017  -  Deadline August 25, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to be facing acute and imminent threats. The Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) estimates that approximately 80 per cent of the total area of the country is covered by natural forests, of which 60 per cent are considered intact forests.Approximately 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are caused by land-use change and, in particular, the destruction of tropical forests. Slowing deforestation and forest degradation are a likely cost effective way of reducing carbon emissions compared to other mitigation strategies, such as curbing emissions from power stations. Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG should develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level;A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities;A system for providing information on how environmental, governance and social safeguards are addressed and respected throughout the implementation of REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) is receiving international support from several bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).In 2016-2017, with the support of UNDP/FCPF project, a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) was developed and endorsed by the Government of PNG in May 2017. The NRS marks a major milestone in PNG’s transition from the REDD+ Readiness Phase to REDD+ implementation. The NRS was developed over an 18-month period through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work that has focused on key areas of action on REDD+ including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping. Much of this work was compiled in an Issues and Options Paper for REDD+ in PNG, which sets out the key decision and action areas for REDD+ in PNG, including identifying Madang and East New Britain as potential demonstration provinces, and was circulated widely for consultation, the feedback from which was central to creating the NRS[1]. PNG is still at an early stage of its REDD+ development process. Thus, while the NRS marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process further action is needed to ensure that the NRS is effectively financed, that proposed policies and measures are developed and tested, and that long term sustainable financing and management systems are in place. To achieve this the NRS will be supported by a National REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (NRFIP), which will provide a detailed breakdown of activities to be undertaken in the coming five years, including clear budgets and approaches to financing. To ensure full and effective participation of key stakeholders, FCPF project is seeking a qualified non-governmental organization to develop the stakeholder engagement plans for Madang. [1] The full paper is available from https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3E2Be9wElyUZDRCallQVWUyNk0?usp=sharing

Lead International Consultant to develop Papua New Guinea’s National REDD+ Finance & Investment Plan and REDD+ Funding Proposal for the Green Climate Fund

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published April 18, 2017  -  Deadline April 26, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6% . This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment. Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth. PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. PNG’s forests are also highly diverse, including 14 distinct forest types, with carbon-rich low altitude tropical forest constituting over 50% of forest area. The country’s forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country. The ecosystem services forests provide help to maintain access to water and suitable agricultural land for PNG’s predominantly rural population as well as helping to protect key infrastructure, people and crops from flash flooding and landslides. Forests also play a direct role in supporting the livelihoods or rural communities with more than 500 species of wild growing plants identified as being used for food and the value of annual bush meat consumption estimated to be equivalent to $26million if alternative meats had to be sourced .These economic values sit alongside the deep social and cultural values attributed to forests across PNG. With over 90% of the land area under customary land ownership, PNG’s forests are at the center of the cultural identity of many communities. Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG will have to develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level; A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities; A system for providing information on how the safeguards on local community and forest biodiversity are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.The Government of PNG is receiving international support from a number of bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is being delivered by UNDP. In 2016-2017, with the support of UNDP/FCPF project, a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) was developed and submitted to the Government of PNG for review and endorsement. The NRS marks a major milestone in PNG’s transition from the REDD+ Readiness Phase to REDD+ implementation. The NRS was developed over an 18-month period through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work that has focused on key areas of action on REDD+ including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping. Much of this work was compiled in an Issues and Options Paper for REDD+ in PNG, which set out the key decision and action areas for REDD+ in PNG and was circulated widely for consultation, the feedback from which was central to creating the NRS . PNG is still at an early stage of its REDD+ development process. Thus, while the NRS marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process further action is needed to ensure that the NRS is effectively financed, that proposed policies and measures are developed and tested, and that long term sustainable financing and management systems are in place.To achieve this the NRS will be supported by a National REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (NRFIP), which will provide a detailed breakdown of activities to be undertaken in the coming five years, including clear budgets and approaches to financing.In this regard, UNDP through the Government of PNG, particularly the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) is in process of recruitment of international and national experts to assess financial landscape and identify opportunities to promote inter-sectoral planning, mainstream REDD+ objectives in national and sub-national planning and budgeting as well as fill existing knowledge and finance gaps which is critical while developing NRFIPPNG’s NRFIP. Once the financial gaps to support REDD+ within the sectors have been identified, the Government of PNG, through UNDP as accredited entity, will develop a funding proposal for the implementation of PNG’s RFIP for submission to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).Application proceduresQualified candidates are requested to apply by April 26, 2017 by sending their application packages to registry.pg@undp.org with the subject line “International Consultant to National REDD+ Plan in PNG”.The application should contain:Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the \"Resume and Motivation\" section of the electronic application. Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV. Financial Proposal* - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days – in home office and on mission, travel – international and local, per diems and any other possible costs). For more details, please see “Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments”. Refer the following documents attached:Terms of Reference;Procurement Notice;P11 modified for SCs and ICs;General Conditions of Contract-for the services of IC's;Technical & Financial Proposal.Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

Mapping of land use investments and REDD+ Financing Options for the implementation of Papua New Guinea’s National REDD+ Strategy

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published April 7, 2017  -  Deadline April 26, 2017
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International Consultant to undertake mapping of land use investments and REDD+ Financing Options for the implementation of Papua New Guinea’s National REDD+ Strategy.Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6%[1]. This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. PNG’s forests are also highly diverse, including 14 distinct forest types, with carbon-rich low altitude tropical forest constituting over 50% of forest area.The country’s forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country. The ecosystem services forests provide help to maintain access to water and suitable agricultural land for PNG’s predominantly rural population as well as helping to protect key infrastructure, people and crops from flash flooding and landslides. Forests also play a direct role in supporting the livelihoods or rural communities with more than 500 species of wild growing plants identified as being used for food and the value of annual bush meat consumption estimated to be equivalent to $26million if alternative meats had to be sourced[2].These economic values sit alongside the deep social and cultural values attributed to forests across PNG. With over 90% of the land area under customary land ownership, PNG’s forests are at the center of the cultural identity of many communities.Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG will have to develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level;A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities;A system for providing information on how the safeguards on local community and forest biodiversity are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.The Government of Papua New Guinea is receiving international support from a number of bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is being delivered by UNDP.In 2016-2017, with the support of UNDP/FCPF project, a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) was developed and submitted to the Government of PNG for review and endorsement. The NRS marks a major milestone in PNG’s transition from the REDD+ Readiness Phase to REDD+ implementation.The NRS was developed over an 18-month period through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work that has focused on key areas of action on REDD+ including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping. Much of this work was compiled in an Issues and Options Paper for REDD+ in PNG, which set out the key decision and action areas for REDD+ in PNG and was circulated widely for consultation, the feedback from which was central to creating the NRS[3].PNG is still at an early stage of its REDD+ development process. Thus, while the NRS marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process further action is needed to ensure that the NRS is effectively financed, that proposed policies and measures are developed and tested, and that long term sustainable financing and management systems are in place.To achieve this the NRS will be supported by a REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (RFIP), which will provide a detailed breakdown of activities to be undertaken in the coming five years, including clear budgets and approaches to financing.Prior to the development of the RFIP, it is critical to assess current land use investment trends and identify opportunities to promote inter-sectoral planning, mainstream REDD+ objectives in national and sub-national planning and budgeting, better capture environmental outcomes in policy and decision-making processes, fill existing knowledge and finance gaps, and reinforce coherence between national and sub-national policy implementation.Initial scoping work on Forest Sector Finance (through FCPF) and conservation finance (through GEF) has been conducted. The assessment of the forest sector highlighted the importance but also the complexities of finance within the sector with estimates indicating that forestry industries contribute approximately $200million to the economy through payment of 19 levies, two royalties and an export tax. Further work is now needed to review how this finance is utilised as well as how government finances can further support the development of a robust and environmentally sustainable forest sector in PNG. The current assessment will help move this forward while also linking the forest sector with key other sectors that are impacting forest cover (most specifically agriculture) as well as the financing of those institutions that are relevant to decision making on and the protection of forests. SCOPE OF WORKThe objective of this assignment is to lead on, and oversee, the mapping out the existing and potential sources of finance for REDD+ implementation in PNG (including the identification of “REDD+-relevant” financing, including from domestic government budget, private sector and international financial and technical partners) and identify the scale of finance necessary for REDD+ implementation, particularly to support the integration of various land uses, REDD+ and climate-smart objectives in national, provincial planning and budgeting in PNG.The assignment will qualitatively and quantitatively map out public investments having an impact on land-use. The detailed scope and approach of work will be proposed by the International Consultant as part of the inception report. The assignment will build on the identification and quantification of relevant land use financial flows conducted at the national level as part of the elaboration of the resource mobilization framework of the national REDD+ investment plan. The assignment will provide a deep-dive analysis into land-use financial flows at the national level, and at the sub-national level in two pilot provinces: Madang and East New Britain (ENB). The approach taken will build on the work and results of multiple other assessments and will ensure consistency with the climate-relevant tracking approach developed.The International Consultant will take conceptual leadership of the tasks under this assignment, while working in close coordination and consultation with the team of consultants on the development of PNG’s REDD+ Investment Plan (RIP), Government, UNDP/FCPF project staff and the UNDP regional technical advisor.[1] World Bank Data. Available at http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.CD?locations=PG[2] Sherman P, Bryan J, Ash J, Hunnam P, Makey B, and Lokes B (2008) The State of the Forests of Papua New Guniea. Mapping the extent and condition of forest cover and measuring the drivers of forest change in the period 1972-2002. UPNG 2008[3] The full paper is available from (http://www.pngreddplus.org.pg/)The consultation will be for 70 days over the period of 8 months starting in May 2017.Application procedures:Qualified candidates are requested to apply by April 26, 2017 by sending their application packages to registry.pg@undp.org with the subject line “International Consultant to mapping land-use investments and REDD+ Financing Options in PNG”.The application should contain:Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the \"Resume and Motivation\" section of the electronic application.Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV.Financial Proposal* - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days – in home office and on mission, travel – international and local, per diems and any other possible costs). For more details, please see Section 8. “Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments”.Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.Refer the attached Terms of Reference (TOR) for details.

REDD+ Readiness project – Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

UNDP Country Office Papua New Guinea - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published May 19, 2017  -  Deadline May 24, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6%. This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areasof intact tropical forest in the world. PNG’s forests are also highly diverse, including 14 distinct forest types, with carbon-rich low altitude tropical forest constituting over 50% of forest area.The country’s forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country. The ecosystem services forests provide help to maintain access to water and suitable agricultural land for PNG’s predominantly rural population as well as helping to protect key infrastructure, people and crops from flash flooding and landslides. Forests also play a direct role in supporting the livelihoods or rural communities with more than 500 species of wild growing plants identified as being used for food and the value of annual bush meat consumption estimated to be equivalent to $26million if alternative meats had to be sourcedThese economic values sit alongside the deep social and cultural values attributed to forests across PNG. With over 90% of the land area under customary land ownership, PNG’s forests are at the center of the cultural identity of many communities.Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG will have to develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level;A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities;A system for providing information on how the safeguards on local community and forest biodiversity are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.The Government of PNG is receiving international support from a number of bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is being delivered by UNDP.In 2016-2017, with the support of UNDP/FCPF project, a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) was developed and submitted to the Government of PNG for review and endorsement. The NRS marks a major milestone in PNG’s transition from the REDD+ Readiness Phase to REDD+ implementation.The NRS was developed over an 18-month period through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work that has focused on key areas of action on REDD+ including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping. Much of this work was compiled in an Issues and Options Paper for REDD+ in PNG, which set out the key decision and action areas for REDD+ in PNG and was circulated widely for consultation, the feedback from which was central to creating the NRSPNG is still at an early stage of its REDD+ development process. Thus, while the NRS marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process further action is needed to ensure that the NRS is effectively financed, that proposed policies and measures are developed and tested, and that long term sustainable financing and management systems are in place.To achieve this the NRS will be supported by a National REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (NRFIP), which will provide a detailed breakdown of activities to be undertaken in the coming five years, including clear budgets and approaches to financing.In order to make the process inclusive and participatory, there is a need to support inter-sectoral coordination to improve participation of all relevant stakeholders from the government, civil society and private sectors in the joint development of NRFIP and positioning of PNG to support REDD+ before the global community.In this regard, Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), as PNG’s leading government agency to coordinate climate change and UNDP/FCPF REDD+ project are seeking a qualified full-time national consultant to strengthen inter-agency coordination and planning on REDD+ in the country.SCOPE OF WORKUnder overall guidance of CCDA’s REDD+ and Mitigation General Manager and direct supervision of the FCPF Chief Technical Advisor and in close collaboration with the CCDA REDD+ and FCPF teams, the National Consultant will be responsible for the provision of day-to-day support to promote and strengthen inter-agency coordination and planning on REDD+. Specifically, the National Consultant will perform the following duties:In close collaboration with CCDA REDD+ and FCPF teams coordinate with target sectors (government, civil society and private) on the development of their action areas under the National REDD+ Strategy to ensure effective consultation and coordination;Provide assistance for Technical Working Committees on National REDD+ Strategy, Safeguards and Safeguards Information System and other climate change-related groups;Strengthen coordination between mitigation and adaptation within CCDA to provide coherent messages to sector agencies;Make sure the ongoing sectoral assignments (agriculture, forestry, environment and land-use) are in line with National REDD+ Strategy Policies and Measures;Provide support on matters regarding the development, direction, capacity and coordination of activities within NRS and NRFIP to ensure that all stakeholders work together effectively;Provide coaching and mentoring to key partners to support the capacity development processes (support sector agencies in understanding climate change concepts through capacity building trainings, workshops and study–tours);Assess capacity levels and existing planning frameworks in sectors;Support the development of a framework / tool to support integrated climate compatible planning at sector level, linked with DNPM and other relevant agencies;Support the development of sector mitigation plans with target on land use change and forestry for relevant sectors;Participate proactively in the development of stakeholder engagement plans at the national and subnational levels;Support and participate in information exchange and coordination mechanisms with partners and relevant information systems/unitsInstitutional arrangementsThe assignment will be performed under overall supervision of the Climate Change and Development Authority in close collaboration with relevant government agencies at national and provincial levels as well as team of international and national consultants.The FCPF REDD+ Project Management Unit (PMU) in consultation with UNDP Regional Hub will provide technical advice on the methodological approach throughout the assignment.The National Consultant will be placed within the CCDA’s REDD+ Division and closely work with the team to ensure that all CCDA activities are effectively consulted/advised with relevant stakeholders.The assignment will be carried out in parallel with the REDD+ Financial mapping assessment. The National Consultant will seek to maximize integration and complementarity with that parallel processes in the work it does to ensure the study outputs can strengthen NFRIP and offer a useful case study for mainstreaming climate objectives into PNG master planning.Following the drafting of an inception report the National Consultant will meet with relevant stakeholders and gather data and information for the assignment.The FCPF PMU will provide support to the National Consultant with regard to logistics, including introductions to key stakeholders and organization and financing of workshops, if needed.Duration of the assignment The assignment will be undertaken over a period of up to 8 months, starting at the end of May 2017. In accordance with expected outputs and deliverables, the National Consultant submits reports to FCPF REDD+ Project Chief Technical Advisor and CCDA’s REDD+ General Manager for reviewing outputs, comments, and certifying approval/acceptance of works afterwards. In case of any delays to achieve the expected outputs, the National Consultant should notify the FCPF REDD+ Chief Technical Advisor in advance to take necessary steps.Duty stationThe duty station for this assignment is Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Work experienceDemonstrated experience in planning, strategy and policy development at the national level; especially in designing national strategies for forests, land use and/or natural resources;Strong understanding of climate change issues, particularly as regards to national REDD+ strategy/plan and climate and/or land use finance;Knowledge of the institutional and legal framework in PNG;Strong communication skills, including demonstrated written and presentation skills and the capacity to relate to both internal and external constituencies of the programme in English;Demonstrated ability to work well in multidisciplinary teams and manage complex tasksExperience with REDD+ in PNG or the Pacific region an advantageAPPLICATION PROCEDURESThe application should contain:Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the \"Resume and Motivation\" section of the electronic application.Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV.Financial Proposal* - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days – in home office and on mission, travel – international and local, per diems and any other possible costs). For more details, please see Section 8. “Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

Senior Palm Oil Advisor to support PNG’s Palm Oil Platform

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published April 11, 2018  -  Deadline April 25, 2018
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PROJECT DESCRIPTIONPapua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to be facing acute and imminent threats. Forests are also a vital resource for the local population particularly in the remote rural areas of PNG, providing food, fibre, building materials, and support a variety of wildlife and ecosystem services.A mechanism for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) being developed through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provides an opportunity to support PNG’s efforts to reduce levels of deforestation and help to maintain and protect its natural forest. PNG has been a leading proponent of REDD+ at the international level and has made considerable progress towards developing the capacity to engage in an international mechanism on REDD+. This progress has initially been supported by the UN-REDD Programme and is now being aided by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) through a project that will run until the end of 2020.However, agricultural expansion poses a threat to areas of forested land in PNG. Agriculture is a mainstay of the PNG economy and thus represents a key area for economic growth and stability. The sector accounted for 19% of total exports and 25% of GDP in 2010, as well as forming a major part of rural economy on which 80% of the population directly depend. increases in land clearance for agriculture are likely to increase in a country with population growth of over 2%, increasing global demand for agricultural commodities and only 4% of land area currently dedicated to agriculture when an estimated 30% is considered suitable for agriculture.A report on sustainable commodity production in PNG, commissioned by FCPF in 2016, found that sustainable agricultural commodities production can provide strong benefits for PNG's people, economy and the environment by increasing employment, protecting the environment and associated livelihoods and health benefits, helping to secure and diversify the exports market, and securing foreign exchange.In particular, the palm oil sector is one in which the UNDP can support the PNG with a positive trajectory towards sustainable palm oil production. Palm oil is the primary source of agricultural export revenue in the country and is likely to have the most impact on forest cover change in the short to medium term due to its currently unregulated expansion. It is therefore proposed that PNG’s National REDD+ strategy which was endorsed by the Government of PNG in May 2017, will focus its efforts on abating the impacts of this sector.The sustainable commodities assessment which was carried out in 2016 set out two recommendations:development of a national policy for sustainable palm oil;establishment of a multi-stakeholder PNG Palm Oil Platform (PNGPOP).In 2017, the FCPF project conducted a follow up assignment to take stock of the above recommendations and prepare a list of policy options through rigorous multi-stakeholder consultations and a high-level meeting. The participants of the high-level meeting agreed to the following vision for the palm oil sector: “To position PNG as the global leader for sustainable palm oil production, by producing palm oil in a way that sustains and advances economic growth, is respectful to the environment and landowner rights, yields social benefits and improves PNG’s market competitiveness for its primary agricultural export”.Thus, as a way forward, there is a need to establish PNGPOP to strengthen smallholders’ capacity through increased productivity, improve environmental management, support government strategies to develop the agricultural sector, protect forests, enhance biodiversity conservation, mitigate and monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, facilitate social responsibility through empowering local communities and enhance mediation systems, identify standards for wider acceptance, and improve market access in the country and abroad. SCOPE OF WORKUnder the overall supervision of the FCPF Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), the Senior Palm Oil Advisor will be responsible for providing technical support in relation to the PNG Palm Oil Platform and associated activities. The incumbent will work closely with the FCPF team, the platform team (National Palm Oil Platform Coordinator and Technical Specialist), the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL), and other key government bodies as well the Private Sector. The work will be supported by technical advice from the FCPF CTA and the UNDP Regional Hub in Bangkok and will also link with other activities related to REDD+ development in PNG of which the consultant will need to remain cognisant.The Senior Palm Oil advisor will assist the FCPF Team in the following areas:Strategic and Technical Oversight to the operations of the PNG Palm Oil Platform Support to the platform team to ensure they can deliver the agreed PNG Palm Oil Platform road map and work plan (capacity building, review of work plan, reports and provision of recommendations, etc.);Preplanning and meetings to prepare for the launch of the Papua New Guinea Palm Oil Platform (PNGPOP) & Attendance at the launch event;Support to the development of Memorandum of Understanding with respective parties to host the platform;Support and direct input into the development of the PNG Sustainable Palm Oil National Action Plan based on international and competitor trends;Support the development and implementation of strategies to adequately engage stakeholders into the PNGPOP and PNG National Action Plan (e.g. Technical working group meetings, producer engagement, provincial engagement, etc.);Socialise and explain the PNGPOP to relevant audiences in the EU and China markets;Assist in sharing lessons from Papua New Guinea globally through UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme (GCP) team and Global Community of Practice;Support to the development of associated activities Development of ToR and technical oversight on development of smallholders and national scale HCV/HCS tool consultancy to assess opportunities for sustainable expansionDevelopment of ToR and technical oversight on Cost/benefit consultancy comparing current model of uncontrolled expansion versus a model of regulation of new operations over next 20-30 years to strengthen economic business case for government/ acceptance and traction for policy and planningDevelopment of ToR and technical oversight on “Root Cause Analysis”/ “Barriers to Sustainability” Consultancy to inform the development of the National Action PlanContribution to GCF Project Formulation with regards to palm oil specific activities

National Consultant to undertake REDD+ financing mapping assessment within the environmental conservation and land-use sectors and support to PNG’s REDD+ Investment Plan development

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published April 19, 2017  -  Deadline April 24, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6% . This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.�Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.�PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. PNG’s forests are also highly diverse, including 14 distinct forest types, with carbon-rich low altitude tropical forest constituting over 50% of forest area.�The country’s forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country. The ecosystem services forests provide help to maintain access to water and suitable agricultural land for PNG’s predominantly rural population as well as helping to protect key infrastructure, people and crops from flash flooding and landslides. Forests also play a direct role in supporting the livelihoods or rural communities with more than 500 species of wild growing plants identified as being used for food and the value of annual bush meat consumption estimated to be equivalent to $26million if alternative meats had to be sourced .These economic values sit alongside the deep social and cultural values attributed to forests across PNG. With over 90% of the land area under customary land ownership, PNG’s forests are at the center of the cultural identity of many communities.�Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG will have to develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level;�A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities;�A system for providing information on how the safeguards on local community and forest biodiversity are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.The Government of Papua New Guinea is receiving international support from a number of bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is being delivered by UNDP.�In 2016-2017, with the support of UNDP/FCPF project, a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) was developed and submitted to the Government of PNG for review and endorsement. The NRS marks a major milestone in PNG’s transition from the REDD+ Readiness Phase to REDD+ implementation.�The NRS was developed over an 18-month period through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work that has focused on key areas of action on REDD+ including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping. Much of this work was compiled in an Issues and Options Paper for REDD+ in PNG, which set out the key decision and action areas for REDD+ in PNG and was circulated widely for consultation, the feedback from which was central to creating the NRS .�PNG is still at an early stage of its REDD+ development process. Thus, while the NRS marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process further action is needed to ensure that the NRS is effectively financed, that proposed policies and measures are developed and tested, and that long term sustainable financing and management systems are in place.To achieve this the NRS will be supported by a REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (RFIP), which will provide a detailed breakdown of activities to be undertaken in the coming five years, including clear budgets and approaches to financing.Prior to the development of the RFIP, it is critical to assess current land use investment trends and identify opportunities to promote inter-sectoral planning, mainstream REDD+ objectives in national and sub-national planning and budgeting, better capture environmental outcomes in policy and decision-making processes, fill existing knowledge and finance gaps, and reinforce coherence between national and sub-national policy implementation.Initial scoping work on Forest Sector Finance (through FCPF) and conservation finance (through GEF) has been conducted. The assessment of the forest sector highlighted the importance but also the complexities of finance within the sector with estimates indicating that forestry industries contribute approximately $200million to the economy through payment of 19 levies, two royalties and an export tax. Further work is now needed to review how this finance is utilised as well as how government finances can further support the development of a robust and environmentally sustainable forest sector in PNG. The current assessment will help move this forward while also linking the forest sector with other key sectors that are impacting forest cover (most specifically agriculture) as well as the financing of those institutions that are relevant to decision making on and the protection of forests. �Scope of�WorksUnder overall guidance of International Consultant on REDD+ Financial Mapping Assessment and in close collaboration with the team of experts, a National Consultant will be responsible for mapping out the existing and potential sources of finance within the environmental conservation and land-use sectors for REDD+ implementation in PNG (including the identification of “REDD+-relevant” financing, including from domestic government budget, private sector and international financial and technical partners) and identify the scale of finance necessary for the development of REDD+ Investment plan, particularly to support the integration of various land uses, REDD+ and climate-smart objectives in national, provincial planning and budgeting in PNG�The detailed scope and approach of work will be proposed by the National Consultant as part of the inception report. The assignment will build on the identification and quantification of relevant environmental conservation and land-use financial flows conducted at the national level as part of the elaboration of the resource mobilization framework of the national REDD+ investment plan.�The assignment will provide a deep-dive analysis into conservation financial flows at the national level, and at the sub-national level in two pilot provinces: Madang and East New Britain (ENB). The approach taken will build on the work and results of multiple other assessments and will ensure consistency with the climate-relevant tracking approach developed.The National Consultant will take necessary actions under this assignment, while working in close coordination and consultation with the team of consultants on the development of PNG’s REDD+ Investment Plan (RIP), Government, UNDP/FCPF project staff and the UNDP regional technical advisor. Key elements of the assignment will include:Under overall guidance of International Consultant, the first task will be to clearly define the proposed scope of work and identify the levels of conservation data assessment that is feasible within the existing time frame.�It is anticipated that this will review and address the proposed scope, which is:�Assist in the assessment of the budgetary process in PNG, identifying key actors, agencies, ministries involved in the budgeting process, as well as an overview of the budget coding system in PNG and consistency with the objectives of the assignment;Assist International Consultant to collect and assess international donor and private sector financial flows within the environmental conservation and land-use sectors and the breakdown of financing between national and subnational entities;In close partnership with the team of consultants on the development of REDD+ Investment Plan, participate in the collection and processing of environment and land-use data for REDD+ Investment Plan development;Review of government spending and break down of spending between CEPA and Provincial Environment Offices and how this spending is broken down by areas of technical work – e.g. conservation vs environmental management and enforcement;Public financing flows (i.e. government funds, including staff salaries and funded policy instruments for the environmental conservation and land-use sectors (e.g. fiscal policies, taxes, levies, etc.)) linked to the main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation; and (existing and potential) finance for the implementation of policies and measures (PAMs) to address these drivers (as set out in PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy) This work can build on assessment work done related to sustainable conservation finance;A review of existing planning frameworks influencing environmental conservation investments at the national and subnational levels, including private sector investment related to development of infrastructure;A detailed assessment of financial flows within environmental conservation and land-use sectors in two target provinces, East New Britain and Madang;An assessment of existing and potential climate finance within REDD+ relevant areas including review of national definitions for REDD+, and REDD+ relevant activities to identify areas that might be considered REDD+ aligned (or REDD+ ‘unaligned’);An assessment of the existing financial management structures within the environmental conservation for the above noted finances;A definition of a methodological approach for:Ensuring necessary support from national and subnational stakeholders;Collecting quantitative and qualitative data from the domestic budget, ODA and, to the extent possible, private sector in environmental conservation and land-use sectors;Ensuring data consistency and avoiding double counting;Developing a typology for forestry investments, consistent with and related to national climate change and REDD+ policy frameworks;Managing data in a spreadsheet and coding according to relevant categories for the analysis.Opportunities to re-direct finance flows that are supporting activities linked to deforestation and forest degradation (e.g. alterations of fiscal frameworks);Private sector financing sources: including finance for the implementation of sustainable production systems, e.g. certification schemes for agricultural (“forest friendly”) commodities and sustainable timber;�The results of the assessment presented in infographics which will be developed by the International Consultant to support easy dissemination to stakeholders. One example of infographics which is useful to illustrate financial flows is the landscape of finance tool (see Annex 1 for a generic example);Draw relevant conclusions and recommendations for the national and sub-national governments in Madang and ENB and their financial partners, with regard (but not limited) to:The amount of environmental conservation investments contributing to REDD+/climate-smart objectives in PNG, with a deep-dive into Madang and ENB;Gaps between current environmental financial flows and needs, both in terms of volumes and activities being financed;Potential barriers identified in financial flows at national and sub-national level;Opportunities for redirecting public conservation finance to REDD+/REDD+-relevant initiatives;Recommendations for financing the National REDD+ Strategy and selected policies and measures in PNG, including Madang and ENB;Opportunities for public finance to support private REDD+-relevant investments in PNG, including in Madang and ENB;Opportunities and needs to improve coherence and coordination between national and subnational level environmental conservation spending (permits, etc.).Scope of�Price�Proposal and�Schedule of Payments�In accordance with UNDP IC guidelines, the proposal must include “Lump Sum Amount” approach which is closely linked to deliverables. It must be “all-inclusive” and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the National Consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, office costs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services.�All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. If duty travels are expected, UNDP will provide the National Consultant with the UN’s Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rates prevailing at the time of sourcing, for the duty station and all other cities indicated in the TOR as part of duty travel destinations. �This will give the National Consultant an indication of the cost of living in a duty station/destination, to aid their determination of the appropriate fees and financial proposal amount, but it does not imply that Offerors are entitled to DSA payment .The initial payment shall include the actual cost of the IC’s travel to arrive at the designated Duty Station. �Such cases therefore imply that the completion of the journey can be considered as one of the deliverables payable upon arrival.Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.�The National Consultant is responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. The National Consultant is also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.orgApplication proceduresQualified candidates are requested to apply by April 24, 2017 by sending their application packages to registry.pg@undp.org with the subject line “National Consultant to undertake REDD+ Financing assessment within environmental conservation and land-use sectors and support to REDD+ Investment plan development”.The application should contain:Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the \"Resume and Motivation\" section of the electronic application;Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV;Financial Proposal* - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days – in home office and on mission, travel – international and local, per diems and any other possible costs).�Refer the following documents attached:P11 modified for SCs and ICs;General Conditions of Contract-for the services of IC's;Terms of Reference;Procurement Notice;Technical & Financial Proposal.Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

Lead National Consultant to support the development of Papua New Guinea’s National REDD+ Finance & Investment Plan and REDD+ Funding Proposal for the Green Climate Fund

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published April 19, 2017  -  Deadline April 26, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6% . This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment. Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth. PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. PNG’s forests are also highly diverse, including 14 distinct forest types, with carbon-rich low altitude tropical forest constituting over 50% of forest area. The country’s forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country. The ecosystem services forests provide help to maintain access to water and suitable agricultural land for PNG’s predominantly rural population as well as helping to protect key infrastructure, people and crops from flash flooding and landslides. Forests also play a direct role in supporting the livelihoods or rural communities with more than 500 species of wild growing plants identified as being used for food and the value of annual bush meat consumption estimated to be equivalent to $26million if alternative meats had to be sourced .These economic values sit alongside the deep social and cultural values attributed to forests across PNG. With over 90% of the land area under customary land ownership, PNG’s forests are at the center of the cultural identity of many communities. Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG will have to develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level; A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities; A system for providing information on how the safeguards on local community and forest biodiversity are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.The Government of PNG is receiving international support from a number of bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is being delivered by UNDP. In 2016-2017, with the support of UNDP/FCPF project, a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) was developed and submitted to the Government of PNG for review and endorsement. The NRS marks a major milestone in PNG’s transition from the REDD+ Readiness Phase to REDD+ implementation. The NRS was developed over an 18-month period through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work that has focused on key areas of action on REDD+ including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping. Much of this work was compiled in an Issues and Options Paper for REDD+ in PNG, which set out the key decision and action areas for REDD+ in PNG and was circulated widely for consultation, the feedback from which was central to creating the NRS . PNG is still at an early stage of its REDD+ development process. Thus, while the NRS marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process further action is needed to ensure that the NRS is effectively financed, that proposed policies and measures are developed and tested, and that long term sustainable financing and management systems are in place.To achieve this the NRS will be supported by a National REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (NRFIP), which will provide a detailed breakdown of activities to be undertaken in the coming five years, including clear budgets and approaches to financing.In this regard, UNDP through the Government of PNG, particularly the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) is in process of recruitment of international and national experts to assess financial landscape and identify opportunities to promote inter-sectoral planning, mainstream REDD+ objectives in national and sub-national planning and budgeting as well as fill existing knowledge and finance gaps which is critical while developing NRFIPPNG’s NRFIP. Once the financial gaps to support REDD+ within the sectors have been identified, the Government of PNG, through UNDP as accredited entity, will develop a funding proposal for the implementation of PNG’s RFIP for submission to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) .Scope of WorkUnder overall guidance of Lead International Consultant on the development of a comprehensive National REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (NRFIP) and in close collaboration with the team of experts, a National Consultant will be responsible for provision of support to collect necessary data and information, based on a robust theory of change and meeting the UNFCCC, GCF and Government requirements, which will guide the operationalization of the NRS for the implementation of REDD+ PNG between 2018-2022.Specific objectives:Support Lead International Consultant in the development of a robust NRFIP and REDD+ Funding Proposal for the Green Climate Fund, including:A robust theory of change;A detailed action plan, including leading and contributing agencies and stakeholders, scope and scale, volume of activities and timeline, quantified targets, expected carbon and non-carbon benefits, risk/benefit assessment and provisions to respect and monitor REDD+ and GCF safeguards, financial needs and respective sources and modalities;Overarching resource mobilization framework;A robust monitoring and evaluation framework.NFRIP formulation will promote adequate multi-sector and stakeholder engagement for a comprehensive, transparent and well-documented participatory process, until final endorsement.The National Consultant will also be responsible to oversee national consultants to undertake REDD+ Financial Mapping Assessment in the agriculture, environment, land-use and forestry sectors as well as development of NRFIP. The National Consultant will assist in the development of the NFRIP, and notably the implementation framework, detailed budget and resource mobilization framework, in close connection with the following complementary processes:a) Data collection and quantifying activities to ensure effective implementation of NRS Policies and Measures:The National Consultant will closely work with different government agencies and stakeholders (Technical Working Committees) to detail and quantify proposed activities under NRS PAMs, budgets, targets and support formulation of detailed action plans for the implementation of each policy and measure. Such detailed action plans will be the backbone of the NFRIP implementation framework;The National Consultant will be actively involved and support the formulation of REDD+ actions in accordance with the scope of NRS policies and measures. However, focused expertise and attention is expected to secure connection with, and contribute to advance, the following specific agendas:Aligning REDD+ with existing relevant forest and rural incentive instruments;Engaging the private sector and leveraging private investment for REDD+ implementation; Designing sustainable and attractive business models for the protection and conservation of natural forests.b) Establishment of policy dialogue between government agencies and development partners in PNG to inform policy decision makers on NRFIP implementation:The National Consultant with support of Lead International Consultant will set up policy dialogue by preparing technical notes to inform policy-level discussions. Focused expertise and attention is expected to secure connection with, and contribute to, the advancement of the following specific agenda such as national commitment for REDD+ and mapping of domestic public resources to implement NRS policies and measures;c) Support to the development of a fully-fledged GCF Funding Proposal for the implementation of PNG’s NFRIP with particular focus in two pilot provinces: Madang and East New Britain:Based on the findings of the REDD+ financial mapping assessment and detailed REDD+ actions, the National Consultant will assist Lead International Consultant to provide necessary support in the development of a fully – fledged GCF Funding Proposal for the implementation of PNG’s NFRIP in the two pilot provinces of Madang and East New Britain.The National Consultant through close collaboration with different stakeholders (Technical Working Committees) from government, civil society and private sectors will help to provide information on the following sections and elements of NFRIP (actual structure to be defined during the inception period):National context, including in particular:The strategic context: describe the relevant national, sub-national, regional, global, political, and/or economic factors that help to contextualize the document, including existing national and sector policies and strategies;The contribution to national priorities: describe how the NRS and NFRIP contribute to the country’s NDC or other identified priorities for low-emission and climate-resilient development;The baseline scenario: describe and quantify the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and key barriers, as well as their trends (carbon, including the overall FREL/FRL, and non-carbon);Strategic framework: A robust theory of change, clearly linking NFRIP components to the drivers and barriers, and the results framework;The outcomes and impact that the NFRIP will aim to achieve in improving the baseline scenario (including, but not only, against the FREL/FRL);The main components of the theory of change, as well as the detailed definition of the related activities and planned measures of the NFRIP, clearly describing how they link to the objectives, outputs and outcomes, in line with the results framework;The paradigm shift potential, describing:The contribution to the creation of an enabling environment: (i) how proposed measures will create conditions that are conducive to effective and sustained participation of private and public sector actors in low-carbon and/or resilient development, (ii) how the proposal contributes to innovation, market development and transformation (e.g. Introducing and demonstrating a new market for deforestation free commodities, using innovative funding scheme or making government transfer to provinces conditional to the respect for land use plans). This should also include (iii) how proposed measures are expected to contribute to strengthen the national / local regulatory or legal frameworks to systematically drive investment in low-emission activities, promote development of additional low-emission policies, and/or improve climate-responsive planning and development (e.g. Certification and traceability of commodity production, Land use planning that includes deforestation criteria)The potential for knowledge and learning: how the NFRIP contributes to the creation or strengthening of knowledge, collective learning processes, or institutions.The sustainable development potential: Identification and quantification of the multiple benefits of REDD+ (environmental, social and economic co-benefits), including gender-sensitive development impactA technical assessment, describing why particular options have been considered as the most appropriate for the NFRIPScope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments In accordance with UNDP IC guidelines, the proposal must include “Lump Sum Amount” approach which is closely linked to deliverables. It must be “all-inclusive” and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the National Consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, office costs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. If duty travels are expected, UNDP will provide the National Consultant with the UN’s Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rates prevailing at the time of sourcing, for the duty station and all other cities indicated in the TOR as part of duty travel destinations. This will give the National Consultant an indication of the cost of living in a duty station/destination, to aid their determination of the appropriate fees and financial proposal amount, but it does not imply that Offerors are entitled to DSA payment .The initial payment shall include the actual cost of the IC’s travel to arrive at the designated Duty Station. Such cases therefore imply that the completion of the journey can be considered as one of the deliverables payable upon arrival.Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner. The National Consultant is responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. The National Consultant is also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.orgApplication ProceduresQualified candidates are requested to apply by April 26, 2017 by sending their application packages to registry.pg@undp.org with the subject line “National Consultant to support the development of Papua New Guinea’s National REDD+ Finance & Investment Plan and REDD+ Funding Proposal for the Green Climate Fund”.The application should contain:• Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the \"Resume and Motivation\" section of the electronic application. • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV. • Financial Proposal* - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days – in home office and on mission, travel – international and local, per diems and any other possible costs). For more details, please see “Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments”. Refer the following documents attached:P11 modified for SCs and ICs;General Conditions of Contract-for the services of IC's;Terms of Reference;Procurement Notice;Technical & Financial Proposal.Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

National Consultant to undertake REDD+ financing mapping assessment within the forestry sector and support to PNG’s REDD+ Investment plan development

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published April 19, 2017  -  Deadline May 26, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6% . This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.�Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.�PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. PNG’s forests are also highly diverse, including 14 distinct forest types, with carbon-rich low altitude tropical forest constituting over 50% of forest area.�The country’s forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country. The ecosystem services forests provide help to maintain access to water and suitable agricultural land for PNG’s predominantly rural population as well as helping to protect key infrastructure, people and crops from flash flooding and landslides. Forests also play a direct role in supporting the livelihoods or rural communities with more than 500 species of wild growing plants identified as being used for food and the value of annual bush meat consumption estimated to be equivalent to $26million if alternative meats had to be sourced .These economic values sit alongside the deep social and cultural values attributed to forests across PNG. With over 90% of the land area under customary land ownership, PNG’s forests are at the center of the cultural identity of many communities.�Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG will have to develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level;�A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities;�A system for providing information on how the safeguards on local community and forest biodiversity are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.The Government of Papua New Guinea is receiving international support from a number of bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is being delivered by UNDP.�In 2016-2017, with the support of UNDP/FCPF project, a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) was developed and submitted to the Government of PNG for review and endorsement. The NRS marks a major milestone in PNG’s transition from the REDD+ Readiness Phase to REDD+ implementation.�The NRS was developed over an 18-month period through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work that has focused on key areas of action on REDD+ including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping. Much of this work was compiled in an Issues and Options Paper for REDD+ in PNG, which set out the key decision and action areas for REDD+ in PNG and was circulated widely for consultation, the feedback from which was central to creating the NRS .�PNG is still at an early stage of its REDD+ development process. Thus, while the NRS marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process further action is needed to ensure that the NRS is effectively financed, that proposed policies and measures are developed and tested, and that long term sustainable financing and management systems are in place.To achieve this the NRS will be supported by a REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (RFIP), which will provide a detailed breakdown of activities to be undertaken in the coming five years, including clear budgets and approaches to financing.Prior to the development of the RFIP, it is critical to assess current land use investment trends and identify opportunities to promote inter-sectoral planning, mainstream REDD+ objectives in national and sub-national planning and budgeting, better capture environmental outcomes in policy and decision-making processes, fill existing knowledge and finance gaps, and reinforce coherence between national and sub-national policy implementation.Initial scoping work on Forest Sector Finance (through FCPF) and conservation finance (through GEF) has been conducted. The assessment of the forest sector highlighted the importance but also the complexities of finance within the sector with estimates indicating that forestry industries contribute approximately $200million to the economy through payment of 19 levies, two royalties and an export tax. Further work is now needed to review how this finance is utilised as well as how government finances can further support the development of a robust and environmentally sustainable forest sector in PNG. The current assessment will help move this forward while also linking the forest sector with other key sectors that are impacting forest cover (most specifically agriculture) as well as the financing of those institutions that are relevant to decision making on and the protection of forests. �Scope of WorkUnder overall guidance of International Consultant on REDD+ Financial Mapping Assessment and in close collaboration with the team of experts, a National Consultant will be responsible for mapping out the existing and potential sources of finance within the forestry sector for REDD+ implementation in PNG (including the identification of “REDD+-relevant” financing, including from domestic government budget, private sector and international financial and technical partners) and identify the scale of finance necessary for the development of REDD+ Investment plan, particularly to support the integration of various land uses, REDD+ and climate-smart objectives in national, provincial planning and budgeting in PNG.�The detailed scope and approach of work will be proposed by the National Consultant as part of the inception report. The assignment will build on the identification and quantification of relevant forest financial flows conducted at the national level as part of the elaboration of the resource mobilization framework of the national REDD+ investment plan.�The assignment will provide a deep-dive analysis into forestry financial flows at the national level, and at the sub-national level in two pilot provinces: Madang and East New Britain (ENB). The approach taken will build on the work and results of multiple other assessments and will ensure consistency with the climate-relevant tracking approach developed.The National Consultant will take necessary actions under this assignment, while working in close coordination and consultation with the team of consultants on the development of PNG’s REDD+ Investment Plan (RIP), Government, UNDP/FCPF project staff and the UNDP regional technical advisor. Key elements of the assignment will include:Under overall guidance of International Consultant, the first task will be to clearly define the proposed scope of work and identify the levels of forestry data assessment that is feasible within the existing time frame.�It is anticipated that this will review and address the proposed scope, which is:�Assist in the assessment of the budgetary process in PNG, identifying key actors, agencies, ministries involved in the budgeting process, as well as an overview of the budget coding system in PNG and consistency with the objectives of the assignment;Provide inputs in the assessment of international donor and private sector financial flows within the forestry and environment sectors and the breakdown of financing between national and subnational entities;In close partnership with the team of consultants on the development of REDD+ Investment Plan, participate in the collection and processing of environment and land-use data for REDD+ Investment Plan development;Review of government spending and break down of expenditures between PNGFA, National Forest Service and Provincial Forest Offices (within provincial government) and how this spending is broken down by areas of technical work;Public financing flows (i.e. government funds, including staff salaries and funded policy instruments for the forestry sector (e.g. fiscal policies, taxes, levies, etc.)) linked to the main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation; and (existing and potential) finance for the implementation of policies and measures (PAMs) to address these drivers (as set out in PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy); The level revenue through taxation, levies and other fees that flows as a result of timber extraction and where possible where this finance is held / subsequently disbursed (a 2015 by the FCPF programme identified 19 levies, 2 royalty payments and a direct log export tax that were required to be paid with total income from these sources in 2015 equating to approximately USD 200million);A review of existing planning frameworks influencing forestry investments at the national and subnational levels, including private sector investment related to development of infrastructure;A detailed assessment of financial flows within forestry sector in two target provinces, East New Britain and Madang;An assessment of existing and potential climate finance within REDD+ relevant areas including review of national definitions for REDD+, and REDD+ relevant activities to identify areas that might be considered REDD+ aligned (or REDD+ ‘unaligned’);An assessment of the existing financial management structures within the forestry for the above noted finances;A definition of a methodological approach for:Ensuring necessary support from national and subnational stakeholders;Collecting quantitative and qualitative data from the domestic budget, ODA and, to the extent possible, private sector in forest sector;Ensuring data consistency and avoiding double counting;Developing a typology for forestry investments, consistent with and related to national climate change and REDD+ policy frameworks;Managing data in a spreadsheet and coding according to relevant categories for the analysis.Opportunities to re-direct finance flows that are supporting activities linked to deforestation and forest degradation (e.g. alterations of fiscal frameworks);Private sector financing sources: including finance for the implementation of sustainable production systems, e.g. certification schemes for agricultural (“forest friendly”) commodities and sustainable timber;�The results of the assessment presented in infographics which will be developed by the International Consultant to support easy dissemination to stakeholders. One example of infographics which is useful to illustrate financial flows is the landscape of finance tool (see Annex 1 for a generic example);Draw relevant conclusions and recommendations for the national and sub-national governments in Madang and ENB and their financial partners, with regard (but not limited) to:The amount of forestry investment contributing to REDD+/climate-smart objectives in PNG, with a deep-dive into Madang and ENB;Gaps between current forest finance flows and needs, both in terms of volumes and activities being financed;Potential barriers identified in financial flows at national and sub-national level;Opportunities for redirecting public forest finance to REDD+/REDD+-relevant initiatives;Recommendations for financing the National REDD+ Strategy and selected policies and measures in PNG, including Madang and ENB;Opportunities for public finance to support private REDD+-relevant investments in PNG, including in Madang and ENB;Opportunities and needs to improve coherence and coordination between national and subnational level forestry spending.Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of PaymentsIn accordance with UNDP IC guidelines, the proposal must include “Lump Sum Amount” approach which is closely linked to deliverables. It must be “all-inclusive” and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the National Consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, office costs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services.�All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. If duty travels are expected, UNDP will provide the National Consultant with the UN’s Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rates prevailing at the time of sourcing, for the duty station and all other cities indicated in the TOR as part of duty travel destinations. �This will give the National Consultant an indication of the cost of living in a duty station/destination, to aid their determination of the appropriate fees and financial proposal amount, but it does not imply that Offerors are entitled to DSA payment .The initial payment shall include the actual cost of the IC’s travel to arrive at the designated Duty Station. �Such cases therefore imply that the completion of the journey can be considered as one of the deliverables payable upon arrival.Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.�The National Consultant is responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. The National Consultant is also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.orgApplication proceduresQualified candidates are requested to apply by May 26 2017 by sending their application packages to registry.pg@undp.org with the subject line “National Consultant to undertake REDD+ Financing assessment within forestry sector and support to PNG’s REDD+ Investment plan development”.The application should contain:Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the \"Resume and Motivation\" section of the electronic application;Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV;Financial Proposal* - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days – in home office and on mission, travel – international and local, per diems and any other possible costs). For more details, please see “Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments”.�Refer the following documents attached:Terms of Reference;Procurement Notice;Technical & Financial Proposal;P11 modified for SCs and ICs;General Conditions of Contract-for the services of IC's.Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

National Consultant to undertake REDD+ financing mapping assessment within the agricultural sector and support to PNG’s REDD+ Investment Plan development

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published April 19, 2017  -  Deadline May 26, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been one of the fastest growing economies globally this century with average growth rates above 6% . This rapid growth has been driven primarily by the expansion of foreign investment within the natural gas sector and high prices for PNG’s central exports many of which are transported to rapidly growing Asian economies. This growth has built on a long history of natural resources being at the centre of the PNG economy with exports and employment dominated by mining, natural gas, logging and agriculture. While this rapid growth has delivered significant changes in PNG’s main urban areas and those communities benefiting directly from foreign investment, the country still faces significant challenges in meeting the objectives of Vision 2050 and in providing development opportunities for all while also maintaining its natural environment.Over 85% of the nation’s 7.3m population are based in rural areas and rely primarily on subsistence agriculture for survival and have limited access to health centres, education or broader development opportunities. Falling commodity prices since 2012 have also left the country facing significant economic challenges despite ongoing growth.PNG has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. PNG’s forests are also highly diverse, including 14 distinct forest types, with carbon-rich low altitude tropical forest constituting over 50% of forest area.The country’s forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country. The ecosystem services forests provide help to maintain access to water and suitable agricultural land for PNG’s predominantly rural population as well as helping to protect key infrastructure, people and crops from flash flooding and landslides. Forests also play a direct role in supporting the livelihoods or rural communities with more than 500 species of wild growing plants identified as being used for food and the value of annual bush meat consumption estimated to be equivalent to $26million if alternative meats had to be sourced .These economic values sit alongside the deep social and cultural values attributed to forests across PNG. With over 90% of the land area under customary land ownership, PNG’s forests are at the center of the cultural identity of many communities.Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG will have to develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level;A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities;A system for providing information on how the safeguards on local community and forest biodiversity are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.The Government of Papua New Guinea is receiving international support from a number of bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is being delivered by UNDP.In 2016-2017, with the support of UNDP/FCPF project, a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) was developed and submitted to the Government of PNG for review and endorsement. The NRS marks a major milestone in PNG’s transition from the REDD+ Readiness Phase to REDD+ implementation.The NRS was developed over an 18-month period through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work that has focused on key areas of action on REDD+ including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping. Much of this work was compiled in an Issues and Options Paper for REDD+ in PNG, which set out the key decision and action areas for REDD+ in PNG and was circulated widely for consultation, the feedback from which was central to creating the NRS .PNG is still at an early stage of its REDD+ development process. Thus, while the NRS marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process further action is needed to ensure that the NRS is effectively financed, that proposed policies and measures are developed and tested, and that long term sustainable financing and management systems are in place.To achieve this the NRS will be supported by a REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (RFIP), which will provide a detailed breakdown of activities to be undertaken in the coming five years, including clear budgets and approaches to financing.Prior to the development of the RFIP, it is critical to assess current land use investment trends and identify opportunities to promote inter-sectoral planning, mainstream REDD+ objectives in national and sub-national planning and budgeting, better capture environmental outcomes in policy and decision-making processes, fill existing knowledge and finance gaps, and reinforce coherence between national and sub-national policy implementation.Initial scoping work on Forest Sector Finance (through FCPF) and conservation finance (through GEF) has been conducted. The assessment of the forest sector highlighted the importance but also the complexities of finance within the sector with estimates indicating that forestry industries contribute approximately $200million to the economy through payment of 19 levies, two royalties and an export tax. Further work is now needed to review how this finance is utilised as well as how government finances can further support the development of a robust and environmentally sustainable forest sector in PNG. The current assessment will help move this forward while also linking the forest sector with other key sectors that are impacting forest cover (most specifically agriculture) as well as the financing of those institutions that are relevant to decision making on and the protection of forests.�Scope of WorkUnder overall guidance of International Consultant on REDD+ Financial Mapping Assessment and in close collaboration with the team of experts, a National Consultant will be responsible for mapping out the existing and potential sources of finance within the agriculture sector for REDD+ implementation in PNG (including the identification of “REDD+-relevant” financing, including from domestic government budget and private sector) and identify the scale of finance necessary for the development of REDD+ Investment plan, particularly to support the integration of various land uses, REDD+ and climate-smart objectives in national, provincial planning and budgeting in PNG.The detailed scope and approach of work will be proposed by the National Consultant as part of the inception report. The assignment will build on the identification and quantification of relevant agricultural financial flows conducted at the national level as part of the elaboration of the resource mobilization framework of the national REDD+ investment plan.The assignment will provide a deep-dive analysis into agricultural financial flows at the national level, and at the sub-national level in two pilot provinces: Madang and East New Britain (ENB). The approach taken will build on the work and results of multiple other assessments and will ensure consistency with the climate-relevant tracking approach developed.The National Consultant will take necessary actions under this assignment, while working in close coordination and consultation with the team of consultants on the development of PNG’s REDD+ Investment Plan (RIP), Government, UNDP/FCPF project staff and the UNDP regional technical advisor. Key elements of the assignment will include:Under overall guidance of International Consultant, the first task will be to clearly define the proposed scope of work and identify the levels of agricultural data assessment that is feasible within the existing time frame.It is anticipated that this will review and address the proposed scope, which is:Provide assistance to International Consultant in the assessment of the budgetary process in PNG, identifying key actors, agencies, ministries involved in the budgeting process, as well as an overview of the budget coding system in PNG and consistency with the objectives of the assignment;Assist International Consultant to collect and assess international donor and private sector financial flows within the agricultural and land-use sectors and the breakdown of financing between national and subnational entities;In close partnership with the team of consultants on the development of REDD+ Investment Plan, participate in the collection and processing of agricultural data for REDD+ Investment Plan development;Review of government spending and break down of expenditures between Department of Agriculture, relevant commodity boards, the FPDA, NARI and other relevant institutions and how this spending is broken down by areas of technical work;Public financing flows (i.e. government funds, including staff salaries and funded policy instruments for the agricultural sector (e.g. fiscal policies, taxes, levies, etc.)) linked to the main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation; and (existing and potential) finance for the implementation of policies and measures (PAMs) to address these drivers (as set out in PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy);The level revenue through taxation, levies and other fees that flows that are provided by agricultural sector;A review of existing planning frameworks influencing agricultural investments at the national and subnational levels, including private sector investment related to development of infrastructure;A detailed assessment of financial flows within agricultural sector in two target provinces, East New Britain and Madang;An assessment of existing and potential climate finance within REDD+ relevant areas including review of national definitions for REDD+, and REDD+ relevant activities to identify areas that might be considered REDD+ aligned (or REDD+ ‘unaligned’);An assessment of the existing financial management structures within the agricultural sector for the above noted finances;A definition of a methodological approach for:Ensuring necessary support from national and subnational stakeholders;Collecting quantitative and qualitative data from the domestic budget, ODA and, to the extent possible, private sector in forest sector;Ensuring data consistency and avoiding double counting;Developing a typology for agricultural investments, consistent with and related to national climate change and REDD+ policy frameworks;Managing data in a spreadsheet and coding according to relevant categories for the analysis.Opportunities to re-direct finance flows that are supporting activities linked to deforestation and forest degradation (e.g. alterations of fiscal frameworks);Private sector financing sources: including finance for the implementation of sustainable production systems, e.g. certification schemes for agricultural (“forest friendly”) commodities and sustainable timber;The results of the assessment presented in infographics which will be developed by the International Consultant to support easy dissemination to stakeholders. One example of infographics which is useful to illustrate financial flows is the landscape of finance tool (see Annex 1 for a generic example);Draw relevant conclusions and recommendations for the national and sub-national governments in Madang and ENB and their financial partners, with regard (but not limited) to:The amount of agricultural investment contributing to REDD+/climate-smart objectives in PNG, with a deep-dive into Madang and ENB;Gaps between current agricultural finance flows and needs, both in terms of volumes and activities being financed;Potential barriers identified in financial flows at national and sub-national level;Opportunities for redirecting public agricultural finance to REDD+/REDD+-relevant initiatives;Recommendations for financing the National REDD+ Strategy and selected policies and measures in PNG, including Madang and ENB;Opportunities for public finance to support private REDD+-relevant investments in PNG, including in Madang and ENB;Opportunities and needs to improve coherence and coordination between national and subnational level agricultural spending.Scope of price proposal and schedule of paymentsIn accordance with UNDP IC guidelines, the proposal must include “Lump Sum Amount” approach which is closely linked to deliverables. It must be “all-inclusive” and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the National Consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, office costs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services.All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. If duty travels are expected, UNDP will provide the National Consultant with the UN’s Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rates prevailing at the time of sourcing, for the duty station and all other cities indicated in the TOR as part of duty travel destinations. This will give the National Consultant an indication of the cost of living in a duty station/destination, to aid their determination of the appropriate fees and financial proposal amount, but it does not imply that Offerors are entitled to DSA payment .The initial payment shall include the actual cost of the IC’s travel to arrive at the designated Duty Station. Such cases therefore imply that the completion of the journey can be considered as one of the deliverables payable upon arrival.Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.The National Consultant is responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. The National Consultant is also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.orgApplication proceduresQualified candidates are requested to apply by April 26, 2017 by sending their application packages to registry.pg@undp.org with the subject line “National Consultant to undertake REDD+ Financing assessment within agricultural sector and support to REDD+ Investment Plan development”.The application should contain:Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the \"Resume and Motivation\" section of the electronic application;Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV;Financial Proposal* - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days – in home office and on mission, travel – international and local, per diems and any other possible costs). For more details, please see?“Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments”.Refer the following documents attached:Terms of Reference;Procurement Notice;P11 modified for SCs and ICs;General Conditions of Contract-for the services of IC's;Technical & Financial Proposal.Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

International Consultant to support establishment of Multi-Stakeholder Palm Oil Platform in Papua New Guinea

Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published October 10, 2017  -  Deadline October 18, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to be facing acute and imminent threats. Forests are also a vital resource for the local population particularly in the remote rural areas of PNG, providing food, fibre, building materials, and support a variety of wildlife and ecosystem services.A mechanism for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) being developed through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provides an opportunity to support PNG’s efforts to reduce levels of deforestation and help to maintain and protect its natural forest. PNG has been a leading proponent of REDD+ at the international level, and has made significant progress towards developing the capacity to engage in an international mechanism on REDD+. This progress has initially been supported by the UN-REDD Programme and is now being aided by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) through a project that will run until the end of 2020.Increases in land clearance for agriculture are likely to increase in a country with population growth of over 2%, increasing global demand for agricultural commodities and only 4% of land area currently dedicated to agriculture when an estimated 30% is considered suitable for agriculture. Agriculture is a mainstay of the PNG economy and thus represents an important area for economic growth and stability. The sector accounted for 19% of total exports and 25% of GDP in 2010, as well as forming a major part of rural economy on which 80% of the population directly depend. As such there is a need to ensure that continued agricultural development not only supports economic growth and poverty alleviation, but is also socially and environmentally sustainable. A report on sustainable commodity production in PNG, commissioned by FCPF in 2016, found that sustainable agricultural commodities production can provide strong benefits for PNG's people, economy and the environment by increasing employment, protecting the environment and associated livelihoods and health benefits, helping to secure and diversify the exports market, and securing foreign exchange.Palm oil is the primary source of agricultural export revenue in the country and is likely to have the most impact on forest cover change in the short to medium term due to its currently unregulated expansion. It is therefore proposed that PNG’s National REDD+ strategy which was endorsed by the Government of PNG in May 2017, will focus its efforts on abating the impacts of this sector.The sustainable commodities assessment which was carried out in 2016 set out two recommendations:development of a national policy for sustainable palm oil;establishment of a multi-stakeholder PNG Palm Oil Platform (PNGPOP).In 2017, the FCPF project conducted a follow up assignment to take stock of the above recommendations and prepare a list of policy options through rigorous multi-stakeholder consultations and a high-level meeting. The participants of the high-level meeting agreed to the following vision for the palm oil sector: “To position PNG as the global leader for sustainable palm oil production, by producing palm oil in a way that sustains and advances economic growth, is respectful to the environment and landowner rights, yields social benefits and improves PNG’s market competiveness for its primary agricultural export”.Thus, as a way forward, there is a need to establish PNGPOP to strengthen smallholders’ capacity through increased productivity, improve environmental management, support government strategies to develop the agricultural sector, protect forests, enhance biodiversity conservation, mitigate and monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, facilitate social responsibility through empowering local communities and enhance mediation systems, identify standards for wider acceptance, and improve market access in the country and abroad.SCOPE OF WORKUnder the overall supervision of the FCPF Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), the Consultant will be responsible for providing support in the initial set up of the PNGPOP and developing a Statement of Intent on sustainable development of the oil palm sector in PNG. The incumbent will take conceptual leadership of the assignment but will work closely with a team of national consultants, the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL), and other key government bodies as well the Private Sector. The work will be supported by technical advice from the FCPF CTA and the UNDP Regional Hub in Bangkok and will also link with other activities related to REDD+ development in PNG of which the consultant will need to remain cognisant.Key elements of the assessment will include:A) Develop a Statement of Intent for PNG’s Sustainable Palm Oil SectorReview the national legislation and policies and develop a framework for the development Sustainable Palm Oil Policy;Support the government to establish a Task Force with representatives from government, civil society and the private sector to develop the Statement of Intent;Review and incorporate recommendations based on the Marrakesh Declaration on the sustainable development of the oil palm sector and prepare a final draft for review and adoption by the Ministry of Agriculture;Support the government to convene a Task Force Meeting to discuss and agree on the Statement of Intent.B) Support the establishment of PNG's first multi-stakeholder palm oil platform (PNGPOP)The UNDP PNG Country Office is currently recruiting two national staff - a Platform Coordinator and a Technical Specialist for the PNGPOP. The objective of the platform is to create a multi-stakeholder national action plan for the long-term sustainability of palm oil, to help monitor and adopt actions that address the root causes limiting the sustainability of the PNG palm oil sector as well as harmonise government policies to ensure a strong and coherent legal framework for the sustainability of PNG palm oil production. It will also provide the government of PNG with an important opportunity to translate the STaRS long term development strategy into practice, build a new image for the sector, and position the country as a global leader for sustainable palm oil production. Ultimately, it will enable collective agreement on sustainable and systemic solutions for the production of palm oil that is respectful for the environment, expands social benefits and improves PNG's market competitiveness for its primary agricultural export.The Consultant is expected to support the inception of the PNGPOP, particularly:To identify and support the establishment of a coordination and management structure for the implementation of the platform and its relationship with the FCPF REDD+ project as well as broader REDD+ coordination in PNG through CCDA;To deliver capacity building support to the platform staff;To maintain constructive relations with key stakeholders, including Government institutions, donors, companies and NGO partners, informing them and consulting with them as appropriate regarding strategic decisions, and, in discussion with the international and national technical advisors, promoting the balanced participation of different Government entities in platform activities and benefits;To provide support to UNDP in the preparation of annual and semi-annual reports, as appropriate, incorporating inputs provided by project contractors in relation to each of the PNGPOP annual work plan and road map;To establish and implement a framework for monitoring and evaluating the platform’s implementation;To review quarterly work plans and provide recommendations to UNDP regarding their approval or, where necessary, modification prior to approval.EXPECTED OUTPUTS/DELIVERABLESThe international expert will, in collaboration with a national expert, deliver the following outputs:

Media organization to produce climate change documentary

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published July 13, 2017  -  Deadline July 28, 2017
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to be facing acute and imminent threats. The Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) estimates that approximately 80 per cent of the total area of the country is covered by natural forests, of which 60 per cent are considered intact forests.Approximately 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are caused by land-use change and, in particular, the destruction of tropical forests. Slowing deforestation and forest degradation are a likely cost effective way of reducing carbon emissions compared to other mitigation strategies, such as curbing emissions from power stations. Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG will have to develop the following elements:A National Strategy or Action Plan;A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level;A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities;A system for providing information on how environmental, governance and social safeguards are addressed and respected throughout the implementation of REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty.The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) is receiving international support from a number of bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project is working closely with the GoPNG’s Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), the agency in PNG responsible for coordination of all climate change activities including the implementation of REDD+. To support the smooth implementation of REDD+ in PNG there is a need to raise public awareness about the importance of forests and the need for REDD+ as part of the solution to addressing Climate Change.In this regard, FCPF REDD+ Readiness project is seeking a qualified media outlet to produce a short documentary film to help raise public awareness about climate change and key issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in PNG. SCOPE OF WORKThe objective of this assignment is to produce a short documentary film (approximately 7 minutes in duration) that will contribute to raising public awareness about climate change and efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in PNG.The documentary will focus on presenting, through a human-interest story format, real case study example/s that highlight the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation on forest-dependent communities in PNG.The case study examples must be approved by CCDA and FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project prior to filming and should highlight the impact of the main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in PNG as outlined in PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy. Case study examples will be taken from the provinces of West Sepik and East New Britain.The Contractor will work closely with the designated CCDA focal point and the FCPF REDD+ Readiness project management unit’s communications officer to better understand the project objectives and to ensure that the products will be delivered within the agreed timeline and an agreed quality.In particular, the Contractor will perform the following duties:Refine and present a methodology for implementing the assignment.This should include a detailed financial overview, pre-production, production and post-production schedule for filming and distribution plan. Conduct a scouting mission in the provinces of West New Britain and East New Britain.Undertake an initial scoping mission under the guidance of CCDA and FCPF to West Sepik and East New Britain. Visits to potential case study sites should be approved by CCDA and FCPF may include areas impacted by commercial agriculture, commercial logging and family agriculture.Submit a mission report outlining findings of the mission and recommendations of case study examples for final approval by CCDA and FCPF. (This includes summary of the collection of raw footage and profiling of potential candidates to feature in documentary.) Submit the final concept of the documentary for approval.Final concept to be approved by CCDA and FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project prior to production of documentary.Feedback and comments from review by CCDA and FCPF to be incorporated into final version. Submit the final script of the documentary for approval.Final script to be approved by CCDA and FCPF following shoot schedule of documentary.Feedback and comments from review by CCDA and FCPF to be incorporated into final version. Provide first cut of the documentary on DVDs and/or on an electronic USB storage device for review by CCDA and FCPF. First cut to be approved by CCDA and FCPF.Feedback and comments from review by CCDA and FCPF to be incorporated into final version. Produce a short/promotional version (trailer) of the documentary approximately 1 minute in duration.Documentary trailer should be provided in two formats appropriate for use on television and online platforms (Facebook and Youtube)The short version (F.) and the final documentary (G.) must follow these technical specifications:MP4 video format with H264 format and AAC audio.Optimal audience attention span on Facebook:120 seconds max, ideally 60- 90 secondsMaximum allowable file size 512 MBOptimal aspect ratio: 1280x1024px (max ratio 1:3-3:1) Subtitles & captions for ALL speakers (even in English) for short version: Calibri, PT Sans or Myriad Pro, at least font size 12Captions: Please add only a short sentence per video frame.Instead of a whole paragraph of captions per frame, please add additional frames to prevent the viewer from feeling overwhelmed by text.Font color for caption and sub titles: whiteAdd a 50% translucent gray text box layer underneath the text layer for additional ease in reading captions and subtitles.All ‘talent’ must have their full name, relevant position/title and organization captionedCCDE and UNDP logos and other logos and corporate information to feature in last frames as required Provide final documentary (approximately 7 minutes long) on DVD and/or on an electronic USB storage device. Documentary trailer should be provided in two formats appropriate for use on television and on online platforms (Facebook and Youtube). .The final documentary must follow these technical specifications:MP4 video format with H264 format and AAC audio.Captions in this format: Calibri, PT Sans or Myriad Pro, at least font size 12Captions: Please add only a short sentence per video frame.Instead of a whole paragraph of captions per frame, please add additional frames to prevent the viewer from feeling overwhelmed by text.Font color for caption and sub titles: whiteAdd a 50% translucent gray text box layer underneath the text layer for additional ease in reading captions and subtitles.All ‘talent’ must have their full name, relevant position/title and organization captionedCCDE and UNDP logos and other logos and corporate information to feature in last frames as required Provide CCDA and FCPF with 10 copies each of the final films (long and short versions) on DVDs and/or on an electronic USB storage device. Provide CCDA and FCPF will a full transcript of the long documentary Provide 30 high resolution images from the film (10 MB each) on the DVDs (H.) with FCPF to choose the most suitable images) and provide the following caption information for each, saved in the image’s metadata:Date + Location + Description + ©Example: 15 March 2016 - Jalabad - Afghanistan - Doctor looks through his microscope. 80% of Afghanistan’s malaria cases are in the east, which has more mosquitoes due to the humidity. The Afghan Ministry of Public Health, UNDP and the Global Fund are distributing 2.7 million bed nets and equipping 14,500 clinics with rapid diagnostic test kits and anti-malaria drugs. ©UNDP Afghanistan/Omer Sadaat Support promotion and distribution of the documentary film. This includes TV distribution by way of shortened 30secs to 1 minute versions for (online and TV) covering a duration of at least 2-3 weeks in prime time spots leading up to eventual screening of the full documentary.This includes design and printing of a basic wall poster (x 6 copies, approx. 27” x 40”) with feature photo, headline, quote, logos, contact details and other information as required by CCDA and FCPF

International Consultant to support the development of a communications strategy for Multi-Stakeholder Palm Oil Platform in PNG

UNDP Country Office - PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Published April 10, 2018  -  Deadline April 20, 2018
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PROJECT DESCRIPTIONPapua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to be facing acute and imminent threats. Forests are also a vital resource for the local population particularly in the remote rural areas of PNG, providing food, fibre, building materials, and support a variety of wildlife and ecosystem services.A mechanism for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) being developed through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provides an opportunity to support PNG’s efforts to reduce levels of deforestation and help to maintain and protect its natural forest. PNG has been a leading proponent of REDD+ at the international level, and has made significant progress towards developing the capacity to engage in an international mechanism on REDD+. This progress has initially been supported by the UN-REDD Programme and is now being aided by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) through a project that will run until the end of 2020.Increases in land clearance for agriculture are likely to increase in a country with population growth of over 2%, increasing global demand for agricultural commodities and only 4% of land area currently dedicated to agriculture when an estimated 30% is considered suitable for agriculture. Agriculture is a mainstay of the PNG economy and thus represents an important area for economic growth and stability. The sector accounted for 19% of total exports and 25% of GDP in 2010, as well as forming a major part of rural economy on which 80% of the population directly depend. As such there is a need to ensure that continued agricultural development not only supports economic growth and poverty alleviation, but is also socially and environmentally sustainable. A report on sustainable commodity production in PNG, commissioned by FCPF in 2016, found that sustainable agricultural commodities production can provide strong benefits for PNG's people, economy and the environment by increasing employment, protecting the environment and associated livelihoods and health benefits, helping to secure and diversify the exports market, and securing foreign exchange.Palm oil is the primary source of agricultural export revenue in the country and is likely to have the most impact on forest cover change in the short to medium term due to its currently unregulated expansion. It is therefore proposed that PNG’s National REDD+ strategy, which was endorsed by the Government of PNG in May 2017, will focus its efforts on abating the impacts of this sector.The sustainable commodities assessment, which was carried out in 2016 set out two recommendations:development of a national policy for sustainable palm oil;establishment of a multi-stakeholder PNG Palm Oil Platform (PNGPOP).In 2017, the FCPF project conducted a follow up assignment to take stock of the above recommendations and prepare a list of policy options through rigorous multi-stakeholder consultations and a high-level meeting. The participants of the high-level meeting agreed to the following vision for the palm oil sector:“To position PNG as the global leader for sustainable palm oil production, by producing palm oil in a way that sustains and advances economic growth, is respectful to the environment and landowner rights, yields social benefits and improves PNG’s market competitiveness for its primary agricultural export”.Thus, as a way forward, there is a need to establish PNGPOP to strengthen smallholders’ capacity through increased productivity, improved environmental management, support to government strategies to develop the agricultural sector, protect forests, enhance biodiversity conservation, mitigate and monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, facilitated social responsibility through empowering local communities and enhanced mediation systems, identification of standards for wider acceptance, and improved market access in the country and abroad.Communications has an important role to play in this endeavour. Strategic, well-planned and appropriately resourced communications will enable the consistent delivery of information to targeted groups, fostering on-going buy-in and growing support and momentum for the aims and objectives of PNGPOP. Strategic communications will also be important in positioning sustainable palm oil production as a national benefit, encouraging all aspects of society as well as the international community to support the development of this industry in a way that allows for economic benefits, while also protecting PNG’s globally unique natural heritage. SCOPE OF WORKUnder the overall supervision of the FCPF Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), the Consultant will be responsible for developing a three-year communications strategy and a detailed implementation plan for year one. This will include working with the designated communications officer to help generate visibility around the PNGPOP launch and providing advice on the production of key communications tools in year one. Key elements of the work will include:Undertake research to inform the development of a strategic communications strategy The first phase of the assignment will involve conducting desk reviews, in-depth interviews with representatives from key stakeholder and targeted groups, broader surveys and workshop/s, both in PNG and remotely. The purpose is to gain consensus on a vision and key goals for the communications strategy; and to develop an in-depth understanding of key stakeholders and targeted groups, their information needs and the potential roles they could play in the successful delivery of a communications strategy. The research would also identify communications opportunities, especially where the traditional and social media is concerned, as well as the existing communications assets, gaps and most effective channels. Specifically, the consultant will:In close consultation with key players, identify and articulate an overarching vision, principles and goals for the PNGPOP communications strategy. Map and prioritize stakeholders and targeted audiences in relation to their impact on the success of PNGPOP.Undertake an assessment of the existing knowledge, attitudes and perceptions around sustainable palm oil in PNG among key stakeholders and targeted audiences, alongside an analysis of which groups the communications strategy would seek to shift and in what way.Map and prioritize the most effective channels for consistently reaching key stakeholders and targeted audiences.Undertake an audit of existing communications assets and gaps within the PNGPOP network as well as the different roles and responsibilities that key stakeholders could potentially play in successfully delivering a coherent communications strategy.Undertake an audit of the national and international media landscape (including social media) to better understand how sustainable palm oil is currently reported, how PNGPOP might want to influence this and to identify key media engagement opportunities.Compile the key research findings and recommendations into a report, and in close collaboration with project management, identify and prioritize a series of strategic communications approaches to be undertaken over a three-year period. Elaborate a strategic communications strategy that is widely understood and supported by key stakeholdersWith the vision for communications agreed, a solid understanding of the information needs of targeted stakeholders and audiences and a set of strategic approaches prioritized, in close consultation with project management, the consultant will elaborate the communications strategy and detailed one-year implementation plan. Specifically, the consultant will:Articulate the key goals, activities and human plus financial resources needed over three years, including a means for monitoring and evaluating progress. Elaborate a detailed one-year implementation plan, identifying needed human and financial resources, timing, specific tools, actions and systems to be developed, alongside specific roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders.Identify any additional service providers that would be needed throughout the lifetime of the communications strategy implementation, such as videographers, graphic designers, writers etc.Ensure understanding and buy-in among key stakeholders as to their roles and responsibilities for the successful delivery of the communications strategy.As part of ‘year one’ implementation, develop a communications outreach plan specifically to support high visibility around the launch of PNGPOP.Support to branding, messaging and product developmentDevelop a compelling narrative and key messages to clearly articulate what PNGPOP is; what it aims to achieve; and the value of sustainable palm oil.Support the designated communications officer/s and recruited service providers to develop a PNGPOP brand and to apply this as well as the messaging to key communications tools and products as identified for development under the communications strategy and implementation plan (e.g. website, brochure, standard presentation etc).Support the designated communications officer/s to implement the communications outreach plan to support the successful launch of PNGPOP. Support the communications officer and other communications stakeholders to create links to other REDD+ communications strategies and efforts in PNG.
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