NGO and CSO Climate Consultant

The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has indicated its desire for Dominica to become the first climate resilient country in the world. To achieve this, a range of programmes and projects will be implemented, funded from a variety of local, regional and international sources. One such source is the Green Climate Fund (GCF), access to which could unlock highly concessional finance to help catalyze the climate resilient transition. However, the current Focal Point for the GCF in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development faces severe capacity constraints. Procedures for the efficient functioning of the National Designated Authority (NDA) have not been fully established and the framework for comprehensive, national stakeholder engagement on GCF matters does not exist. Although significant progress was made on designing a robust national Low-Carbon Climate-Resilient Development Strategy (LCCRDS) i.e. Nationally-Determined Contribution (NDC) and preliminary project ideas, some of these still need to be translated into bankable projects and programmes, concepts and proposals.

UNDP serves as Dominica's delivery partner for readiness support to assist in building the capacity of the NDA and relevant government ministries, establishing an effective coordination mechanism by strengthening the existing high-level National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) and engaging all stakeholders, including government, the private sector, civil society and academia in consultations, with effective mainstreaming of gender considerations and inclusion of marginalized groups in climate change decision-making.

Under the Readiness Programme, the main outcomes to be achieved are as follows:

  • To build the capacity of the NDA to perform its roles and responsibilities for GCF related-matters
  • Identify projects and work with proposed Accredited Entities on climate finance project concept notes for both the public and private sector consistent with the Fund's Investment Framework, and other partners
  • Obtain direct access accreditation for a national entity to facilitate direct access to GCF funds
  • To review and revise the Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development Strategy (LCCDRS)
  • To develop an action plan for the implementation of the LCCRDS
  • Development of a strategic framework for GCF engagement across Government, the private sector, NGOs/CBOs

NGO & CSO together are key stakeholders. Their participation is essential to achieving the aforementioned outcomes of the program. This consultant position therefore is further to ensuring their effective participation in the aforementioned. The details of position are indicated below:

Project GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support in Dominica
Post Title NGO & CSO Climate Consultant
Location Home Based, with at least two (2) missions to Dominica
Type of contract International Consultant
Language Required English
Expected start date September 1, 2018
Duration of Initial Contract 45 Working Days between September 1- December 31, 2018

Objective

The International Consultant will report to UNDP, working under the day-to-day guidance of the NDA and the National Project Coordinator (NPC), to undertake the necessary consultations with the non-commercial private sector. Also comprising of NGOs and other Civil Society Organizations, to identify the sector's current contribution to building climate change resilience, determine needs and formulate comprehensive plans for future engagement in national climate change planning and implementation. Specifically, the International Consultant will achieve the following:

  • Identify and map the Third Sector. This will include an appraisal of the current contribution of the CSOs to Climate Change response and building Community Climate resilience
  • Develop and document a comprehensiveframework for the sector to engage with the NDA and proposed National Accredited Entities (NAE's) in the development and promotion of full program submissions to the GCF, with emphasis on the inclusion of women and marginalized groups in programme development
  • Identify and map additional regional and international sources of technical and climate finance support for the sector to undertake climate change programming
  • In coordination with the NDA and national stakeholders, develop at least one concept note for submission to the GCF

Scope of Work

The scope of the contract will involve stakeholder consultation of the NGOs and CSOs to develop guidelines for engagement between Government and the Third Sector in climate change planning and decision-making. Reporting to the UNDP, the International Consultant will work under the supervision of the NPC, with guidance from the NDA, to deliver the following:

  • Third Sector Mapping Study including:
    • A mapping exercise of the CSO's and NGO's, includingenumerating their location, management and administrative capacities, type of interventions and modalities of implementation. Theexisting climate change activities of the sector will be assessed to define alignment with national priorities (Low-Carbon Climate-Resilient Development Strategy, NDC, GCF Country Programme Brief, National Development Strategy, etc.)
    • Identification of specific funding opportunities for new investments or to scale up existing/planned investments from local, regional and international sources
  • Based on the Study at (i) develop:
    • A community climate resilient action plan for integrating different NGO's and community-level actors into national climate change planning and implementation, in line with the Dominica GCF Country Programme Brief
    • Under the guidance of the NDA and the NPC, develop information materials and planning tools on GCF and climate finance to be disseminated to the Third Sector
    • Under the guidance of the NDA and the NPC, design and conduct training for actors in the Third Sector on GCF procedures and opportunities
  • Using the framework developed at (ii), under the direction of the NDA and the NPC and in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, develop at least two project concept notes for the GCF for relevant local, regional or international climate investment facilities

Deliverables

The contract price is a fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the specified duration. The Financial Proposal will include all fees and costs associated with the execution of the contract. This also includes professional fees, travel, equipment and all other expenses that will be incurred during the execution of the work. Should unforeseeable travel to the country be required which exceeds the two anticipated country missions outlined in "Location of Work", UNDP will reimburse all related travel costs. Reimbursement will be calculated at the rate for travel and associated expenses established and agreed to within the final contract. It should be noted that justification must be provided by the proponent and prior written approval obtained from the UNDP before unforeseeable travel is undertaken.

UNDP will cover the expenses for the venue and catering for related in-country workshops. As such these costs should not be included in the submitted financial proposals.

Payment for the deliverables will be remitted subject to the approval of final submissions by UNDP and the Government and based on the International Consultant's Financial Proposal.

Deliverable Deadline Percentage of Contract Value
Inception Report 1 week after contract signature 10%
Third Sector Mapping Study 3 weeks after contract signature 20%
Third Sector Action Plan 4 weeks after contract signature 30%
Training/Informational Material & Training Reports 6 weeks after contract signature 25%
Project Concept Notes 10 weeks after contract signature 15%

Qualifications and Experience

The International Consultant shall have a strong background in community engagement with an emphasis on climate change interventions and demonstrated competencies in stakeholder consultation and training. The International Consultant shall also have experience working with multi-lateral agencies and donors, in particular the GCF. Experience working within the Caribbean generally and Dominica in particular will be a distinct asset.

Specifically, the International Consultant will possess:

  • Academic:
    • An Advanced degree in international development, sustainable development policy, environmental management or closely related field
  • Experience:
    • 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the areas of climate change, community development and policy development
    • Demonstrated experience working with national governments and the local communities to develop community-driven policy recommendations
    • Knowledge and demonstration of experience working with international climate finance agencies would be a distinct asset
  • Additional competencies:
    • Leadership and coordination
    • Timely delivery of high quality analytical work
    • Strong problem-solving skills
    • Proven stakeholder engagement experience

Duration of Work

Work under this assignment is anticipated to be undertaken within 45 days spread over a period of four months.

Location of Work

The International Consultant will operate from their home base, and undertake at least two missions to Dominica necessary.

Institutional Arrangements

The International Consultant will report directly to UNDP, but will work under the guidance of the NPC. At the end of each contracted delivery period, the Individual Consultant shall submit relevant project outputs to the Programme Manager of UNDP at which time each will be assessed against the Terms of Reference for validity and completeness. Once approved by the UNDP, all outputs become the property of Dominica to utilize and disseminate as deemed necessary.

Reporting Requirements

All deliverables should be submitted with Microsoft Word format and a PDF format for web publishing. If relevant, copies of high resolution maps and graphics should also be submitted to the UNDP Programme Manager.

Expressions of Interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by August 15, 2018.

National Project Coordinator
Ministry of Planning and Economic Development
5th Floor, Financial Centre
Roseau
Commonwealth of Dominica
Tel: (767) 266 4289
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted: 23/07/2018