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UNDP/NAP-2: National Consultant to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Management Strategy and its Action Plan (Vacancy: Pr21/02192)



Background

Climate change is already profoundly impacting the conditions for resource availability and agricultural activities. Over the last decade, the country has experienced a large number of extreme events, such as droughts and major floods, along with the cumulative effects caused by increased mean temperature and the uneven distribution of precipitation throughout the year, which have had negative consequences on the country's economy, and its population wellbeing and health. Severe droughts are recurring more frequently, causing significant economic losses. The increasing scope and intensity of extreme events have also resulted in increased frequencies of high-risk situations. By 2050, an increase of 2–3ºC in the average temperature, an additional 32 days that exceed the current maximum temperature by 10%, and another 12 days with zero precipitation are projected.

The Government sees the National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process as key to achieving the adaptation objectives outlined in its 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy of the Republic of Moldova and its 2020 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), as well as the continued mainstreaming of climate change considerations into its policies and budgeting processes. The proposed project supports the Republic of Moldova's Government in advancing the second cycle of its National Adaptation Planning process (known as NAP-2). The outcomes of the NAP-2 national adaptation planning processes are:

Outcome 1: To strengthen and operationalize the national steering mechanism for climate change adaptation (CCA);

Outcome 2: To improve the long-term capacity on planning and implementation of adaptation actions through CCA technologies;

Outcome 3: To improve the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation through the increased alignment of national development priorities in the priority sectors (forestry, health, energy, and transport).

As Moldova progresses in its adoption of a holistic approach to adaptation and towards increased integration of CCA considerations into medium- and long-term planning, it must rely on a strong evidence base to strengthen its ability to appraise available adaptation options. There is a need to strengthen the knowledge base for CCA and focus on improving the accessibility and availability of climate-related information through a climate change information and knowledge management portal (CCIKMP). In this context, a national consultant will be contracted as part of the team to develop a knowledge management framework for sourcing, sharing, and practical application which is consistent with the national CCA authorities' mandates and National Adaptation Planning requirements.

Scope of work

This assignment's overall objective is to enhance the countries' knowledge to reduce vulnerability and increase adaptive capacity by sharing data, information, and knowledge gathered from the CCA activities. This would be achieved through a Knowledge Management Strategy to a central, web-based national climate change information and knowledge management portal (CCIKMP) that will store the available climate information such as a geospatial database on weather and climate-related data/maps/info, harmonize/standardize data processing, modelling, and projections and will enable the linking of multiple climate information sources into a "one-stop" centre. The specific tasks are listed below:

  • Support International Consultant (IC) in mapping all key stakeholders to be involved in the knowledge management process and identify all relevant providers and end-users of climate change adaptation knowledge;
  • Support IC in assessing past and on-going work and knowledge on climate change adaptation (e.g., publications, assessments, projections, educational programs, including Capacity Development Plan designed under NAP-2) and integrate into the KMS;
  • Assess the needs of knowledge on climate change adaption and prioritize knowledge management directions;
  • Support IC in development of the Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Management Strategy and the Action Plan into a detailed and well-structured document;
  • Support IC in development of a Concept of an informative and interactive CCIKMP that will serve as a “one-stop” resource for climate change adaptation-related information, data, and tools;
  • Organize two online workshops with all relevant stakeholders: one consultative and one final on Knowledge Management Strategy and the Action Plan and CCIKMP framework;
  • Integrate all stakeholders’ recommendations into the final version of the documents;
  • Support IC in development of indicators for monitoring the degree of implementation of the KMS.

For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.

Requirements for experience

Academic Qualification:

  • University degree in communication, environmental sciences, social sciences, etc.

Experience:

  • At least 3 years of experience in management of environmental knowledge;
  • Previous professional experience in working with governmental agencies, institutions, NGOs;
  • Previous professional experience in working with international organizations, including UN agencies, will be an advantage

Competencies:

  • In-depth understanding of climate change and development issues;
  • Good understanding of providers and end-users of climate change adaptation knowledge at various levels;
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and diplomatic skills, as well as ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders and to present ideas clearly and effectively.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in Romanian and English is required for this assignment, Russian is an asset.

Proven commitment to the core values of the United Nations, in particular, respecting differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or other status. Please mention in CV if you belong to the group(s) under-represented in the UN Moldova and/or the area of assignment.

UNDP Moldova is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Financial proposal

Lump sum contracts

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including fees, taxes, travel costs, accommodation costs, communication, and number of anticipated working days) (see Annex 2 of the Offeror’s Letter Confirming Interest and availability attached to this Procurement Notice).  

Documents to be included

Interested individual consultants must submit the following required documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

 Offeror's Letter confirming Interest and Availability, including financial offer, according to Annex 2;

 CV, including information about experience in similar assignments;

 Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment.

For detailed information, please refer to Terms of Reference and Procurement Notice by following the link: https://sc.undp.md/jobdetails/2192/.

Proposals should be submitted online by pressing the "Apply Online" button, no later than 25th of March 2021, 18:00 (GMT+2:00).

Requests for clarification only must be sent by standard electronic communication to the following e-mail: pavel.gavrilita@undp.org. UNDP will respond by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.

Author: NAP2 Project

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