Green Climate Fund Accreditation Specialist

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 catalyse the climate resilient transition. However, the current Focal Point for the GCF in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development faces severe capacity constraints. The 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 project and programme 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

Further to enhanceing Dominica's direct access the GCF , this consultancy will facilitate an NIE (a local financial institution), in obtaining accreditation to the GCF. The details of position are indicated below:

Project GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support in Dominica
Post title Green Climate Fund Accreditation Specialist
Duty Station Home-based with at least 2 missions Dominica
Type of Contract International Consultant
Language Required English
Duration of contract 50 Working Days between 1 September 1 – 31 December 2018

Objective

Two local entities have already been selected by the Government of Dominica as candidates for application as National Implementing Entities (NIEs) to the GCF. The International Consultant will report to UNDP, working under the day-to-day guidance of the NDA and the National Project Coordinator (NPC) and provide the necessary support to the proposed NIEs to support their application for accreditation to the GCF.

Scope of Works

The scope of the contract will involve direct engagement with the NIEs in support of their application for accreditation to the GCF. The International Consultant will work under the supervision of the NPC, with guidance from the NDA, to deliver the following:

  • Conduct gap assessment of NIE candidate in terms of financial integrity and management, transparency, self-investigative powers and other GCF requirements;
  • Provide direct technical assistance to strengthen internal mechanisms of the NIE candidate to address the identified gaps;
  • Assist the NIE candidates draft, assemble and submit GCF accreditation application and
  • Assist the NIE candidate in responding to any querries from the GCF during the accreditation process

Deliverables and Schedule of Payment

The assignment will have the duration offifty(50) working days. A proposed timeline of activities should be submitted as part of a detailed work plan in the proposal to be submitted by interested applicants.

Deliverables Proposed Deadline Payment
Inception Report 1 week after signature of contract 10% of total contract sum
Gap assessment report and action plan on NIE and report on technical assistance to improve capacities 4 weeks after signature of contract 25% of total contract sum
Submission of accreditation requirements by NIE to GCF 18 weeks after signature of contract 45% of total contract sum
Report on support to NIE based on GCF response 24 weeks after signature of contract 20% of total contract sum

Required Skill and Experience

  • Education:
    • Master's degree in public policy,economics, international development, or environmental/ climate change policy or an undergraduate degree with a combination of seven years professional experience
  • Experience:
    • Demonstrated work experience in supporting accreditation of national institutions to the Adaptation Fund, the Global Environment Facility or the Green Climate Fund
    • Strong knowledge of GCF and its investment framework, financing modalities and accreditation requirements
    • Demonstrated experience in developing, monitoring, or managing projects funded by multilateral funds such as Adaptation Fund, Global Environment Facility
    • At least 5 years' experience in leading capacity building and training initiatives
    • Demonstrated experience in writing reports or knowledge products
    • Demonstrated experience in leading and conducting stakeholder consultation, focus groups, interviews, workshops
  • Additional Competencies:
    • Expertise and sound understanding of global climate change negotiations, climate finance and multilateral climate funds, readiness, climate change mitigation and adaptation proposal development, project implementation, etc.
    • Project management expertise, including budget management, Monitoring & Evaluation, reporting, knowledge management, results-based monitoring
    • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English language
    • Demonstrated ability in analytical thinking
    • Strong organizational, reporting and writing abilities
    • Capacity to work independently, plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time
    • Flexibility to travel for work to all regions and under short notice

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, 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 utilise 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 National Project Coordinator.

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