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Description of assignment: International Consultant on strengthening a framework for REDD+ investment and benefits sharing distribution system in Papua New Guinea, IC/PNG/010/2020
Duration: Up to 75 days over the period of July – November 2020
Papua New Guinea (PNG) has a significant area of intact tropical forest covering 77.8% of the country’s 46.9m ha of land. Together with the forest of West Papua (Island of New Guinea) they represent one of the largest areas of intact tropical forest in the world. These forests are critical to the livelihoods and economy of the country and a commercial logging industry has for a long period been a central part of the economy.
These forests, however, have been impacted by development activities linked to a rapidly growing population and efforts towards economic development. These impacts while unavoidable in some areas have been identified as being excessive in other areas and as result the Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) has started efforts towards developing an approach to reducing those impacts through engagement in the mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, the Sustainable Management of Forests and
the Conservation and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+) as laid out under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
With support from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s (FCPF) REDD+ Readiness Funds implemented by UNDP Country Office in PNG, the GoPNG developed key elements of the Warsaw Framework on REDD+ including a Forest Reference Level (submitted to the UNFCCC in 2017) and a National REDD+ Strategy, approved by National Executive Council (NEC) under Decision 126/2017 in 2017.
Based on these documents the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) with continuing support from FCPF and in partnership with other government agencies and development partners has worked to develop a REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (RFIP) that identifies the potential costs and benefits of implementing the National REDD+ Strategy (NRS). The RFIP provides a basis for the GoPNG to make more informed policy decisions relating to the potential costs and impacts of different action areas within the NRS.
With the nature of international markets for REDD+ continuing to evolve and a need for the GoPNG to be able to both access additional international and domestic finance to support the implementation of the RFIP further support is required to increase understanding of the potential financing options available to the GoPNG and the steps and structures needed to access these, as well as to support action to access upfront finance to implement the RFIP.
Experience and Qualification:
• Minimum university degree in forestry, natural resources economics, development economics, finance, or closely related field. Post-graduate degree (MSc) is an advantage.
• A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in forestry, natural resource economics, and management or a related field;
• Minimum 5 years of experience with public expenditure reviews related to forestry finance, natural resource management in developing country contexts;
• Minimum 5 years of experience with REDD+ in PNG or the Pacific region an advantage.
• Fluency in written and spoken English.
• Strong inter-personal skills, in particular, demonstrated team leadership qualities and excellent oral communication skills.
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
• High-level planning, organizational and time management skills, including flexibility, attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure to meet challenging deadlines;
• Ability to quickly adapt to change, and to remain calm under pressure;
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