|Overview : |
Rwanda is a landlocked least developed country, which, despite having generated impressive economic growth for over a decade, still faces multiple socio-economic and environmental challenges. This is being addressed through a multitude of national, sectoral and local development plans, based on the overarching “Vision 2020” and the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategies (EDPRS, currently EDPRS-2 from 2013 – 2018). To tackle and address the challenges of population growth, environmental degradation, poverty reduction, social protection and vulnerability to climate change, the Government of Rwanda (GoR) has incorporated the concept of green village in the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP). The concept was designed to serve as a model of clustered rural settlements (umudugudu) where productivity and improved livelihoods can be enhanced through integrated environmental management.
Since 2009, the green village concept has been tested, piloted and demonstrated under the UNDP-UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) programme, which significantly improved the lives of some 150 families and sustainable management of environment and natural resources in two pilot green villages. With support from PEI, a green village toolkit was developed and completed to provide guidelines for development of new green villages in Rwanda. The initial green villages have generated high level political support and interest to up-scale this green village approach through the ‘Imidugudu’ resettlement national roll-out programme. The Government now requires that all 30 districts pilot two green villages. UNDP has supported the strong interest and effort of the Government of Rwanda in piloting and up-scaling green villages through several programmes.
From these pilot villages, it has been demonstrated that the green village approach can address many priority areas including poverty reduction, social protection, improved infrastructure, and sustainable environment and natural resources management. However, due to its original objective of integrated settlement and poverty reduction, in many cases the climate change component has not been specifically addressed in the development of most green villages. Considering the fact that climate change scenarios portray changing conditions in most of Rwanda and that villagers are often relocated or resettled from areas vulnerable to climate impact, strengthening climate change adaptation elements in green villages has been found crucial. For more background information, please refer to the Annex I to the ToRs.
Against this background, UNDP with agreement of the REMA (also the GEF operational focal point) will now develop a Project Identification Form (PIF) for GEF/LDCF funding on “Climate Proofing Green Villages for better adaptation to climate change” (initial proposed title). After the approval of the PIF, a full proposal will be developed. It is in view of the above that an international consultant is being sought to provide expert advice in the area of climate change adaptation and in the development of the PIF for submission to UNDP for consideration of GEF funding under the LDCF.
2. Objective and scope of the work
The purpose of this consultancy is to work with the Government of Rwanda and UNDP, to scope and develop a PIF that would be eligible for funding by GEF/LDCF. The PIF should be aligned with the expectations of GoR, UNDP’s experience, GEF/LDCF Guidelines and the concept note already developed. In particular, the PIF should incorporate the climate change adaptation measures into the green village approach in Rwanda, that will promote synergies between addressing development priority areas of green villages and reducing vulnerability to the impact of climate change while enhancing the adaptive capacity and resilience of communities, most likely in two disaster prone areas in western, northern provinces in the districts that were seriously affected by landslides in 2016 (Gakenke, Ngororero) and eastern provinces in the districts that were recently affected by drought.
Candidates must only apply by sending the following documents to the only email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
- Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
- Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how he/she will approach and complete the assignment;
- Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs.