|Overview : |
Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to be facing acute and imminent threats. The Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) estimates that approximately 80% of the total area of the country is covered by natural forests, of which 60% are considered intact forests.
Approximately 10 per cent of global GHG emissions are caused by land-use change and, in particular, the destruction of tropical forests. Slowing deforestation and forest degradation is a likely cost effective way of reducing carbon emissions compared to other mitigation strategies, such as curbing emissions from power stations. Since 2005, PNG has been at the forefront of intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop an international mechanism to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To be eligible to receive results-based finance for REDD+ results-based actions under the UNFCCC, PNG will have to develop the following elements:
A National Strategy or Action Plan;
A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level;
A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities;
A system for providing information on how the safeguards on local community and forest biodiversity are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities while respecting sovereignty
The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) is receiving international support from a number of bilateral and multilateral sources to prepare the country for implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including through readiness support from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). A major component of the FCPF project is to support the development of PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy.
SCOPE OF WORK
The objective of this assignment is to scope GRM for implementation of PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy.
The consultant will work under the leadership of CCDA and the supervision of the FCPF team, and in close collaboration with government counterparts, private sector stakeholders and NGOs.
The national consultant will work closely with the CCDA REDD+ team and the FCPF Project Management Unit (PMU) and UNDP regional and global technical advisors based in Bangkok to support the work planning, methodological approach, consultations and drafting of text. The consultant will also work closely with other national and international consultants working on assignments related to the National REDD+ Strategy to ensure complementarity and cohesion between consultancies.
The national consultant will work in close coordination and consultation with the government, UNDP and FCPF staff and the UNDP regional stakeholder engagement specialist. Key elements of the assignment will include:
1. Review existing trends and patterns of grievances in land-use and related sectors, and existing formal and informal mechanisms to address these grievances
- Identify and analyze historical and current types of grievances, disputes, complaints or equivalent in the forest and land-use sector. Differentiate types based on national, provincial and local levels;
- Review and assess current legal and regulatory frameworks for grievances, disputes, complaints or equivalent (formal mechanisms), specifically in the land-use sector, and broadly in other related sectors.
- Evaluate how effectively these frameworks are operationalized against the steps of a proposed GRM recommended in the Guidance Note
- Identify, review and assess informal mechanisms for grievances, disputes, complaints or equivalent in these sectors, where available; and
- Identify and evaluate current capacities in the government, civil society, landowners to use formal grievance mechanisms.
2. Identify potential grievances, disputes, complaints or equivalent that may arise during REDD+ implementation
- Identify potential grievances, disputes, complaints or equivalent that may arise from the implementation of potential policies and measures (PaMs) and the overall implementation of the National REDD+ Strategy; and
Assess adequacy and effectiveness of current formal and informal grievance mechanisms to address and resolve anticipated grievances, disputes, complaints or equivalent at national, provincial and local levels.
3. Recommend ways to establish or strengthen grievance mechanisms for REDD+ implementation
Propose specific interventions that could be related to:
Legal and regulatory frameworks for grievances, disputes, complaints or equivalent in the land-use or other related sectors; and
Operational framework for the legal and regulatory frameworks.
Identify other functional and technical capacities required for leading government agencies such as CCDA and PNGFA, as well as other relevant agencies.
The work will be undertaken over a four-month period from October 2016. Following stakeholder consultations, the consultant will support a validation workshop organized by CCDA prior to finalizing the report.
The FCPF project management unit (PMU) will provide support to the consultant with regard to logistics when in PNG, including introductions to key stakeholders and organization and financing of workshops. Travel outside of Port Moresby, if required, will be covered by UNDP. The consultant will be responsible for her/his own transport within Port Moresby.
Duration of the assignment
The duration of the assignment is 30 days over four months from October 2016 to January 2017. In accordance with expected outputs and deliverables, the National Consultant submits reports to FCPF REDD+ Project Chief Technical Advisor for review outputs, comments, certify approval/acceptance of works afterwards. In case of any delays to achieve the expected outputs, the National Consultant should notify the FCPF REDD+ Chief Technical Advisor in advance to take necessary steps.
The duty station for this assignment is Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
DEGREE OF EXPERTISE AND Qualifications
Post-graduate degree (LLM or MA) in law with a focus on natural resources or closely related field.
A minimum of 10 years progressive experience in law related to natural resource management or a related field;
Strong understanding of REDD+ under the UNFCCC, including application of REDD+ concepts and implementation in developing country contexts;
Experience with REDD+ development and implementation in PNG, or the Pacific region;
Strong inter-personal skills, in particular, demonstrated team leadership qualities and excellent oral communication skills.
- Experience of PNG is a requirement
Qualified candidates are requested to apply by September 14, 2016 by sending their application packages to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “FCPF REDD+ National Consultant on the Grievance Redress Mechanisms in PNG ”.
The application should contain:
Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application.
Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV.
Financial Proposal* - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days – in home office and on mission, travel – international and local, per diems and any other possible costs). For more details, please see Section 8. “Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments”.
Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.