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Description of the Assignment:
The United Nations Development Programme Philippine Country Office (UNDP CO-PH) is developing a climate finance knowledge and data platform as part of its support of sustainable and inclusive growth. This initiative is envisioned to serve as a tech and knowledge solution to the development challenges and associated needs mentioned in the project document of the Climate Finance PH for NBS (Accelerating Green and Climate Finance in the Philippines: Nature-Based Solutions) project as well as the 2022-2026 country strategy of the Climate Finance Network for the Philippines.
The platform was presented to stakeholders during the Country Plan Validation Workshop of the Philippine Climate Finance Network held in November 2022, which included the Department of Finance (DOF), Climate Change Commission (CCC), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Separate meetings partners were also conducted in January 2023 to identify and vet specific functionalities to be integrated to the platform. These include: i) NBS and CC adaptation and mitigation project portfolio, ii) NBS and CC adaptation and mitigation financing opportunities with requirements, iii) NBS and CC adaptation and mitigation project results and impact tracker, iv) repository of climate and green finance-related documents, v) page for national and international climate finance sources, and vi) page for best practices on CC adaptation and mitigation.
In relation to the first item, a review of the Climate Change Expenditure Tagging (CCET) data and its presentation in the National Integrated Climate Change Database and Information Exchange System (NICCDIES)1 platform of the CCC was done. The needs from the Commission related to the NICCDIES can generally be divided into two components: i) data engineering (extraction, transformation, validation, and loading) and ii) data analysis. The former came as a first-hand request with the main issues being lack of computing power of local devices for data processing and inefficient data extraction and transformation procedures. Regarding data analysis, it is assumed that the need for additional assistance is relatively less salient due to already existing support from other organizations. However, the CCET data is a key information source for identifying CC adaptation and mitigation projects implemented at the national and local (province, municipality) level. This can be loaded into the knowledge and data platform with extended analysis.
The Data Scientist will be leading the following activities and deliverables while working in close coordination with Pintig Lab and the Climate Finance Project Team:
Needs assessment and gap analysis – to have a better understanding of the intended use cases of CCET data and the current processes involved in generating and analyzing them, roundtable discussions and key informant interviews will be conducted with key stakeholders including the CCC, DENR, DBM, DOF as well as representatives of LGUs, NGOs, and the private sector. During these activities, the following processes will be dissected: i) data collection, ii) data quality assurance, and iii) data analysis. Needs from both end users and platform contributors are expected to surface, which will subsequently be compared to help determine where gaps exist. In addition, a review of climate finance-related platforms will also be conducted to see if there is potential for integrating them with NICCDIES and, in the process, address some of the gaps that will be identified.
- Consensus building over specific enhancements – this will be done with the CCC, DENR, DBM, and DOF and use the output/s from the activity above to pin down research questions and specific use cases to be used as foundations for introducing enhancements to CCET data analysis. Technological solutions that will be proposed as a result of this process (e.g., the CCET dashboard) shall be discussed in detail with stakeholders to ensure acceptability of the user interface design as well as the enabling infrastructure.
- Prototype development – the development of the CCET dashboard prototype will be done in sprints. For each iteration of the application, consultations with stakeholders and intended users shall be conducted to solicit feedback that will be used as a basis for subsequent modifications. Once the final version of the prototype is finished, it will be handed over to a firm for pushing to a production environment.
Period of assignment/services 60-person days
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