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BBRSO119143:Gender Expert on Adaptation and Climate Finance
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean - ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Deadline :31-Dec-20
Posted on :17-Dec-20
Development Area :OTHER  OTHER
Reference Number :73971
Link to Atlas Project :
00121534 - CliMateSud - Strategic Accelerator Partnership
Documents :
Annex II:UNDP Terms and Conditions
Annex V: Sample IC Contract
Annex III & IV: UNDP Offeror Letter
BBRSO119143:Procurement Notice and ToR
Overview :

To apply, interested persons should upload the combined* Technical Proposal/Methodology (if applicable), CV and Offeror’s Letter to “UNDP Jobs” by navigating to the link below and clicking “APPLY NOW”, no later than the date indicated on the “UNDP Jobs” website. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted**: -

UNDP Job Site – https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=95968 (cut and paste into browser address bar if the link does not work)

* PLEASE NOTE: The system allows the upload of one (1) document ONLY – if you are required to submit a Technical Proposal/Methodology, this document along with your CV/P11 and Offeror’s Letter, MUST be combined and uploaded as one.

NOTE: The Financial Proposal should not be uploaded to “UNDP Jobs”**.

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**Please email the password-protected Financial Proposal to procurement.bb@undp.org. The subject line of your email must contain the following: “BBRSO##### Financial Proposal – Your Name

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*** UNDP shall endeavour to provide such responses to clarifications in an expeditious manner, but any delay in such response shall not cause an obligation on the part of UNDP to extend the submission date of the Proposals, unless UNDP deems that such an extension is justified and necessary

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries unanimously agreed to work toward global goals that would limit global average temperature rise. Specifically, the Agreement seeks to limit the rise in the world’s average surface temperatures to “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial times this century, while “pursuing efforts” for 1.5°C. It also sets a target of eliminating global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by the second half of the century – or at least compensating any residual emissions through, for example, forest growth.

A key principle in the Paris Agreement is that no country should backslide on its intentions, which were put forward in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which describe each country’s self-determined strategy for curbing GHG emissions, typically in five- or ten-year periods and can also include plans to increase resilience. Individually, NDCs represent each country’s climate priorities and vision for achieving sustainable development. Aggregated, they represent the world’s collective efforts to fight climate change. However current NDCs are estimated to collectively result in a temperature rise of 2.9 to 3.4 °C by 2100.

The Paris Agreement also clearly states that “Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity,”. Which suggests that countries should consider a multidimensional and gender responsive approach when developing and enhancing their NDCs.

All countries are expected to submit increasingly ambitious NDCs every five years; a first opportunity to do so is in 2020. Achieving the Paris Agreement’s goals will require an emissions peak as soon as possible, followed by sharp reductions in GHG emissions. Therefore, many see high ambition in 2020 as fundamental to get on track to 1.5°C and counter a worrying trend of rising emissions. The transformative climate action required needs a global commitment to raising ambition, articulated in the next generation of NDCs, to create economic drivers that shift investments away from fossil fuel use and carbon-intensive practices.

In response, UNDP is leveraging its extensive climate portfolio and scale up urgently needed support for NDC enhancement in 100 countries, working in close collaboration with UN system partners (e.g. UNEP, FAO, UNICEF), IRENA, the NDC Partnership, the Green Climate Fund, and other strategic partners. An integrated approach will be used that harnesses the wide-ranging expertise of UNDP’s Global Policy Network to strengthen climate solutions with perspectives from governance, health, water, gender equality, women’s and youth empowerment, disaster risk reduction, and inclusive growth, among others.

The UNDP through its Climate Promise initiative is assisting Antigua & Barbuda in its efforts to update its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). UNDP will support activities that will contribute to raised mitigation and adaptation ambition in the revised NDC. It is expected that the implementation of the NDCs will be closely linked to global and local goals and agreements such Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the country’s NAP and other national sectoral policies. Also, the implementation of the NDCs will be closely linked to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 Gender Equality, the gender mandates included in the Paris Agreement, and the implementation of UNFCCC’s Enhanced Lima Work Programme on Gender and its Gender Plan of Action through the integration of gender specific components in the planning and implementation process of the Climate Promise. The UNDP is therefore seeking to recruit a consultant to conduct activities under the Climate Promise Initiative, which will support the integration of gender-responsive actions across Antigua & Barbuda’s NDC targets resulting in a more inclusive and ambitious climate action.

  1. The Importance of Gender Responsive Climate Actions in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Planning Process

Women, men, boys and girls experience the impacts of climate change differently and contribute to mitigation and adaptation efforts in a gender differentiated manner. Each stakeholder has different needs, contributions, opportunities and capacities to respond[1] in relation to climate change due to their specific gender roles and responsibilities.  If gender considerations are not recognized and addressed in national policies and planning processes, there is a high risk that a) preexisting gender inequalities will be maintained, amplified or at worse new inequalities could be created and  b) climate mitigation and adaption actions will be less effective, efficient and sustainable. By acknowledging gender considerations, appropriate measures can be taken to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment within national climate change action and particularly in the planning and implementation process for Antigua & Barbuda’s Nationally Determined Contributions.

The integration of gender-responsive actions into the NDC framework at a country level, will be founded in the Lima Work Programme on Gender and the gender mandates included in the different UNFCCC decisions, which aim to advance the design and implementation of national gender-responsive climate policies and initiatives. Promoting gender equality within the climate change agenda at the national level will strengthen national support for the implementation of both the international and national commitments set. It is further noted, that systematically addressing persistent gender gaps and recognizing both women and men as key agents of change in the response to climate change is one of the most effective mechanisms for building climate resilience and reducing emissions.[2]

[1] Daze, Angie; Dekens, Julie. A Framework for Gender-Responsive National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process. The NAP Global Network: August 2017.

[2] Huyer, Sophia. Gender Equality in National Climate Action: Planning for Gender-Responsive Nationally Determined Contributions. United Nations Development Programme: 2016.