UNDP Moldova/NAP-2: National Consultant to assess financial costs of Climate Change Adaptation Measures in five key sectors/ Extended Deadline: 27 May 2021



Background

Climate change is already profoundly impacting the conditions for resource availability and agricultural activities. Over the last decade, the country has experienced a number of extreme events, such as droughts and major floods, along with the incremental effects caused by increased mean temperature, and the uneven distribution of precipitation through 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 has 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 an additional 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 Contribution (NDC), as well as the continued mainstreaming of climate change considerations into its policies and budgeting processes. The proposed project supports the Government of the Republic of Moldova 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).

Scope of work

The main objective of this assignment is to provide a climate adaptation investment planning framework for the priority sectors, as well as mainstreaming the identified CCA actions in the mid- and short- term budgetary planning at national and sectoral levels. This would be achieved by undertaking a detailed critical analysis of the financial aspects of the current NCCAS until 2020, compared with the established objectives, identified measures, and estimated needs of the Strategy and its Action Plan. This critical analysis will also assess and inform on the efficiency of utilisation of the financial resources, allocated for implementation of the measures stipulated in the current NCCAS and in other sectorial policy documents, as applicable.

The Consultant will work under the guidance of the International Consultant and supervision of the Team Leader and Project Manager to conduct a comprehensive review of the financial aspects in the current NCCAS until 2020, develop a new climate adaptation investment planning framework, including for streamlining identified CCA measures for the key sectors health, forestry, water, transport, and energy into the national and sectoral budgetary planning. For identification of appropriate financing mechanisms, he/she will closely coordinate with the national consultants working on the development of sector specific CCA measures.

Specific tasks:

  • Establish regular communication plan and data/information sharing procedures with the International Consultant and national sectoral consultants;
  • Provide feedback to the International Consultant with respect to the development of methodologies, tools, and other elements related to the design of the assessment;
  • Provide climate financing- related inputs to the International Consultant and ensure effective communication with the relevant national stakeholders (MoF, MARDE, MEI etc.);
  • Coordinate and work with sectoral NCs to identify financial needs and options, as well as potential entry points for efficient mainstreaming of CCA considerations in the strategic and budgetary planning on both national and sectoral levels;
  • Collect, analyse, and summarize all the initial information regarding the degree of implementation of the financial aspects in the NCCAS and its Action Plan until 2020, or, if relevant, other sectoral policy documents that comprise CCA measures;
  • Support the organization of a stocktaking workshop and coordinate with all relevant decision makers the results of evaluation of the financial aspects in NCCAS 2020;
  • Conduct a desk review of various international (WB, OECD, FAO, UNDP etc.) and relevant national assessments of climate-related development finance flows and potential CCA investments in the country, in view of supporting short- and medium-term budgeting for climate-related measures on national and sectoral levels;
  • Liaise with relevant national stakeholders to discuss options for streamlining the identified CCA financial needs into the national and sectoral budgetary planning;
  • Contribute to the costing of formulated CCA measures for the new Action Plan and, together with the sectoral NCs, coordinate the proposals with the relevant stakeholders;
  • Identify appropriate financing mechanisms and streamlining options, coordinate them with the relevant national stakeholders, and propose formulations to be included in the new NCCA Framework;
  • Identify sources of funds for financing adaptation, including country funds, as well as donor and international funds to be targeted at priority sectors/areas.
  • Based on the findings and recommendations identified in the process of CCAS implementation assessment – develop a climate risk management/adaptation financing plan to be incorporated in the new CCA framework. In this context – consider and propose options for mainstreaming the CCA measures in the sectorial investment planning, as well as in the national and sector-specific budgetary framework;
  • Conduct consultative workshops and ensure consultation on the proposed/estimated financing framework for the implementation of CCA measures with the National Climate Change Commission and other stakeholders and update it according to the received recommendations.
  • For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.

Requirements for experience

Academic Qualification:

  • University degree in economics and finances, environmental economics or another relevant field related to the assignment.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in financial and/or economic analysis of projects and/or programmes;
  • Previous experience with development/evaluation of Cost and Benefits Analyses (CBAs) for policy documents/programmes;
  • Experience in working with UNDP and/or EU-funded project or other international organization would be an asset.

Competencies:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Republic of Moldova’s climate-related political framework and its financing, especially in climate change adaptation;
  • Familiarity with national development objectives and climate related needs identified during the NAP 1 process in the Republic of Moldova;
  • Knowledge of national stakeholders, institutional mandates, financing needs and investments related to adaptation to climate change would be an asset;
  • Excellent and proven analytical and writing skills;
  • Good coordination and facilitation skills.

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.

Documents to be included

Applicants shall submit the following documents:

  • Offeror's Letter confirming Interest and Availability with financial proposal (in USD, specifying the total lump sum amount). Financial proposal template prepared in compliance with the template in Annex 2;
  • CV, including information about experience in similar assignments and contact details for at least 3 referees;
  • Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment.

For detailed information, please refer to Terms of Reference and procurement Notice by following the link:https://sc.undp.md/jobdetails/2224/

Proposals should be submitted online by pressing the "Apply Online" button, no later than May 27, 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.



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