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PRC/ZWE/RFP/1960/8/10/2018: Support for Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) and related monitoring reporting and verification (MRV) system development and initiation for Zimbabwe
Procurement Process :RFP - Request for proposal
Office :Harare - ZIMBABWE
Deadline :30-Aug-18
Posted on :10-Aug-18
Development Area :OTHER  OTHER
Reference Number :48922
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Overview :

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Working under the direct supervision of the “Support To Implementation of Zimbabwe’s NDC under the Paris Agreement” UNDP Project Manager, the Company / Partnership of consultants will lead the process of crafting a national LEDS for Zimbabwe.

The government of Zimbabwe emphasises the need to harness LEDS, not only for GHG abatement but also for fostering national socio-economic development.

It is expected that the Company / Partnership of consultants will be experienced with the UNFCCC requirements for the development of long term strategies (LEDS) for emission reduction as well as the requirements for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of emission reductions as part of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement. Also the Company / Partnership of consultants should be knowledgeable about the process of developing capital raising plans, green investment frameworks in the context of financing the NDC in accordance with the LEDS and be familiar with various approaches and good international practice in designing such (incl. the effective involvement of key stakeholders, assessment of mitigation options for highest impact and potential sources of finance for the selected mitigation and adaptation options). Lastly it is expected that the Company / Partnership of consultants makes use of national expertise, anchors the work with key national institutions and coordinates closely with national experts working on mitigation analysis for the 4th National Communication.

Zimbabwe’s NDC prioritised 6 sectors for mitigation: Energy, transport, agriculture, forestry, waste and industrial processes. This consultancy shall focus on all sectors including industrial processes (IPPU), AFOLU and waste sectors in developing the Low Emission Development Strategy.

As it is the first time that Zimbabwe is designing a LEDS, the country may benefit from the experiences of other countries that have already gone through the process. The work will also build on and complement the work conducted by the World Bank, which has supported Zimbabwe’s implementation of the NDC’s through the ZIM CLIFS Technical Assistance program namely an emission scenario analysis, mitigation options and impact analyses and guidance for an MRV system.

The work shall support the government in harnessing economically viable abatement potentials by proposing the formulation of appropriate policies and by identifying bankable and appropriate financing solutions.

The specific objectives/tasks of the consultants are as follows:

The consultant will carry out the following activities:

Task Area 1: Low Emission Development Strategy

  • Carry out a policy review of national development plans & vision statements, climate change strategy/policy, national and sectoral strategies, national communications, etc. as the basis for the crafting of an economy wide Low Emission Development Strategy and related MRV system;
  • Lead the stakeholder engagement process and provide technical guidance to stakeholders on scope and objectives of LEDS and the MRV system. Stakeholder consultations are to be carried out at national level by the company / partnership of consultants;
  • Advise on institutional frameworks and coordination mechanisms to ensure successful development and implementation of the LEDS and MRV system, based on national and international best practices;
  • Build on the mitigation analysis of the ZIM CLIFS TA for the energy, Agriculture, Forestry/REDD and transport sector and conduct a comparable mitigation analysis (i.e., development of business-as-usual and mitigation scenarios for selected sectors) for the sectors not sufficiently covered by the ZIM CLIFS analysis: namely Industrial Processes and Product Use (IPPU), Agriculture, Forest and Waste sectors;
  • Develop historic and future GHG emission trajectories for the sectors not sufficiently covered by the WB ZIM CLIFS TA: IPPU, Agriculture, Forest and Waste;
  • Identify mitigation options in sectors not covered by the WB ZIM CLIFS TA: IPPU, Agriculture, Forest and Waste;
  • Support the analysis of Zimbabwe’s national abatement cost function (developed by the WB) and use of the analysis to inform the development and revision of national policies. These policies should leverage national abatement potentials which a) reduce GHG emissions and b) reduce the net costs of abatement interventions / i.e. negative marginal abatement costs / i.e. increase economic competitiveness;
  • Provide technical inputs to estimation of financing needs and potential sources of support for the identified mitigation options;
  • Provide guidance on relevant financing instruments per sector, which may support the engagement of financial institutions, private sector and public sector actors in implementing the mitigation options and policies. This shall focus on developing financing instruments for economically viable abatement interventions by e.g. reducing the current interest rates of the private sector in collaboration with the IDBZ and MDBs (AfDB, WB etc.) as required;
  • Provide recommendations on the design of reporting structure for monitoring the implementation of the LEDS, including the design of indicators to measure progress, based on international best practices.

Task area 2: MRV system:

The WB ZIM CLIFS TA has already supported a capacity building workshop on MRV and has developed MRV methods for priority actions to cover the energy-agriculture-water nexus. The MRV methods have determined the indicators, including financial indicators and variables to be used to quantify co-benefits of mitigation/adaptation measures. A draft report has been produced to identify the institutional arrangements and mandates for data collection and reporting. The aspects considered were: (a) Institutional setup; (b) Official setup; (c) Procedural setup.

  • Carry out a status and gap assessment of MRV for priority NDC sectors (namely IPPU, Waste, Agriculture, Forestry) not covered by the ZIM CLIFS TA and further deepen the analysis and work already carried out by the WB ZIM CLIFS TA across sectors;
  • Institutional arrangements for national MRV systems as per requirements stated under the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement, reports submitted by Zimbabwe’s (national communications and GHG inventories) and international best practices
  • Identification of public and private sector stakeholders necessary for creating a national MRV system
  • Legal, policy and technical frameworks for collection and
  • Available data, methodologies and calculations for the baseline emissions, measurement and reporting for the priority sectors in the NDC – building on/aligned with the ZIM CLIFS TA and IPCC guidance and linked to the National Communications.
  • Convene government stakeholders to:
  • Define the MRV coverage, building on and deepening the work of the WB ZIM CLIFS programme,
  • Define institutional, legal and procedural arrangement, building on and deepening the work of the WB ZIM CLIFS programme
  • Determine methodologies/methods and design of the MRV framework for priority sectors (building on/aligned with the ZIM CLIFS TA systems and methods)
  • Decide data reporting and archiving platform, which also is linked to the National Communications
  •  Provide recommendations for training programs at technical and management levels focused on the NDC’s and MRV framework, objectives, sources of information and data collection.
  • Operationalize the Coordination and Implementation Mechanism/Team
  • Develop TORs for MRV working Group/Project Team
  • Develop MOUs and confidentiality agreements per sector with relevant stakeholders
  • Signing of MoUs and confidentiality agreements
  • Pilot testing of MRV methods/systems
  • Pilot tests of the developed MRV methods/systems for 2 pilot interventions, including identification of possible technological tools (software/platform etc.) for MRV
  • Development of MRV methods in prioritized sectors of the economy (especially waste and industrial processes) and roll out of 2 pilot tests