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Description: Recruitment of three international consultants to conduct a climate public expenditures review and capacity building on climate risk budgeting.
- Period of consultancy: March to December 2021 (10 months)
- Duration of consultancy: 10 months Maximum number of days for each expert during this period of 10 months, as below:
- International consultant with public finance management expertise (60 days)
- International consultant, with local governance/decentralisation expertise (40 days)
- International consultant with climate change and policy response expertise (30 days)
These ToRs are for the recruitment of the above three international consultants to conduct the review in collaboration with a national firm.
Interested applicants are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described in the TERMS OF REFERENCE - Enclosed
Africa and particularly the Sahel have some of the most vulnerable areas to climate change in the world. Flooding, drought, deforestation and draining of lakes impact millions of people’s lives and only account for some of the averse of climate change.
In this context, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was established in 1992. Niger signed and ratified the convention on 11 June 1992 and 25 July 1995, as well as the Kyoto protocol on 23 October 1998 and 17 March 2004 and the Paris agreement on 22 April 2016 and 21 September 2016.
Niger is a landlocked country in West Africa and due to its biophysical characteristics and low adaptive capacity related to the high prevalence of multidimensional poverty (89.9%), is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Besides, almost 84% of the population of Niger is reliant on natural resources for their livelihoods. Its underdeveloped economy and limited infrastructure are also combined with one of the highest population growth rates in the world (3.9%). Climate change is already presenting difficult challenges for agricultural productivity and food security in Niger.
Since the 1990s, the Government of Niger has sought to address the consequences of climate change on its development. It has adopted a range of strategic documents including the Environmental National Program for a Sustainable Development (PNEDD), the National Strategy and Action plan for Change and Climatic Variabilities (SNPA/CVC) and the 2013 National Climate Change Policy (PNCC). It has submitted three National Communications to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Nationally Determined Contributions to the UNFCCC in 2016.
However, climate change remains seen as a sectoral issue and needs to be further integrated into all development planning processes. It is especially important for LDCs that lack resources to cope with natural disasters such as droughts, flooding, strong winds and storms.
The COP 16, held in Cancun in 2010, defined the basis of the National Adaptations Plans (NAP). Then, the COP 17 in Durban (2011) and the COP18 Qatar (2012) adopted the NAP guidelines. However, although such guidelines support LDCs in the Sahel to address climate change issues, there is a gap of expertise and insufficient institutional capacities that complicate the implementation of NAPs. There is indeed limited research available to initiate NAP processes, especially regarding climate data at regional level and analyses on the impact of climate change.
NAPs aim at reducing the vulnerability of countries to the averse of climate change by strengthening adaptation capacities and resilience. They also foster the integration of climate change adaptation in policies and programmes, in particular in new development planning strategy and processes of relevant sectors.
In order to advance medium to long term integration of climate change in planning processes, the Government of Niger launched the preparation of its NAP in May 2014 with the support of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the United Nations Development programme (UNDP). The name of the project is “Advancing medium and long-term adaptation planning and budgeting in Niger”. It aims at addressing the main gaps and strengthening national capacities in climate change at all levels of planning and budgeting.
In this context, a team will be recruited to conduct consultations on strengthening capacities for planning, budgeting and implementation of climate change adaptation. The team will be based homebased with potential missions if COVID-19 allows.
The document will be drafted during 10 months from March to December 2021.
Payments :Payments will be based on Certificate of Payment approved by the Supervisor confirming that the services related to each deliverable have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates specified
Final payment to be upon satisfactory performance evaluation from the direct supervisor
Note: The consultant must comply with all legislation, ordinances, rules, regulations, instruments, and other applicable laws in all relevant jurisdictions (e.g. country of origin, country of residence, country(ies) where services are performed), including but not limited to those relating to taxation, licences, work permits and visas.
Taxation on remuneration paid to individuals engaged under an Individual Contract is the sole responsibility of the Consultant Holder. Under no circumstances will UNDP be responsible for paying or reimbursing such taxes. The fee paid to the Consultant is not exempt from national or local taxation. UNDP is not responsible for payment of tax on earnings or other taxes due on the fee paid to of the Consultant.
Submission of Proposals:
Submissions to be sent to the email: firstname.lastname@example.org separately for each consultancy, clearly mentioning the subject line as below:
- International consultant with public finance management expertise (60 days) - Ref: PSU-CREE-NER-2021-003/01
- International consultant, with local governance/decentralisation expertise (40 days) Ref: PSU-CREE-NER-2021-003/02
- International consultant with climate change and policy response expertise (30 days) Ref: PSU-CREE-NER-2021-003/03
Closing date: 22nd February 2021 - 6pm Copenhagen time zone
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
- Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Attached) - this includes the Financial Proposal.
- If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
- The financial proposal will specify a total lump sum amount and payment terms shall be in line with those that are mentioned in the deliverable table.
- A detailed methodology on how the candidate will approach and conduct the work
- Personal CV or P11 (http://sas.undp.org/documents/p11_personal_history_form.doc, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only qualified candidates will be contacted further
All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel (if required in the TOR). In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the case of unforeseeable travel after commencement of the contract, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed
EVALUATION METHOD: Cumulative analysis
- Contract award shall be made to the incumbent whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
- responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
- having received the cumulative highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Technical Criteria weight: 70%. Financial Criteria weight: 30%
- Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% from the maximum available technical score would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
- The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal and will equal to 30. All other price proposals will be evaluated and assigned points, as per below formula:
- 30 points [max points available for financial part] x [lowest of all evaluated offered prices among responsive offers] / [evaluated price].
- The proposal obtaining the overall cumulatively highest score after adding the score of the technical submission and the financial proposal will be considered as the most compliant offer and will be awarded a contract.
Attachments to this Procurement Notice:
- Terms of Reference
- Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability template provided by UNDP includes the Financial Proposal (for submission with Application)
- IC Contract Template (for information)
- UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual contractors which will be an Annex to IC Contract - (for information)
Interested experts with questions regarding this assignment should send them in writing befofre the deadline mentioned above to: email@example.com, and copying the reference in the subject line as indicated above against each Consultancy . Proposals will not be received through this email.