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BBRSO30: Design and development of the NAMA for the Water Sector in Jamaica

JAMAICA

Background

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Administration

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Caribbean countries share similar economic and sustainable development challenges, including small populations, fragile economies, susceptibility to natural disasters, and most importantly, vulnerability to climate change. Negative impacts associated with climate change on land, water resources and biodiversity have also been predicted, and ultimately, key economic sectors, for example tourism and agriculture, will be negatively impacted by these changes. Notably, even though Caribbean countries emit relatively small amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, they will suffer disproportionately from these negative impacts.

The Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP), aims to support eight Caribbean countries in advancing the process of low-emission risk-resilient development by improving energy security and integrating medium to long-term planning for adaptation to climate change. Interventions under the Project include supporting policy innovation through the development of a number of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and implementing actual technology that is both low-emission and advances climate risk management, including demonstration in the target countries. The participating countries include Belize, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, the Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Republic of Suriname. This project is funded by the Government of Japan and will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with UNDP Barbados & the OECS sub-regional office as a lead agency.

The Government of Jamaica has already taken critical steps towards defining mitigation actions to address national vulnerabilities. Recognising the development challenges that are intrinsic to developing countries and particularly to SIDs, the Government of Jamaica has crafted the country’s first long term national development plan; Vision 2030 Jamaica. While this comprehensive plan supports many key national initiatives towards achieving developed country status by 2030, of note is the acknowledgement of climate change as a significant national issue. The document therefore provides the framework for ensuring the mainstreaming of climate change issues into national planning and development strategies and outlines the intent to embed climate change mitigation and adaptation into the physical planning system. While acknowledging the country’s limited contribution to global emissions, the plan proactively seeks to implement mitigation measures to reduce the country’s carbon footprint which is to be addressed primarily through greater energy conservation. These intended actions fall under National Outcome #10-Energy Security and Efficiency and within the Sector Strategy - Promote energy conservation and non- carbon-based forms of energy.

Supporting the intentions set out in Vision 2030, the National Energy Policy sets out goals for energy conservation and efficiency within the water sector and acknowledges that the National Water Commission is the single largest consumer of energy in the public sector. As such under this Policy, the Government of Jamaica seeks to develop a specific programme of energy management which will target improved operational efficiency and management for the water sector.

In advancing the goal of emission reduction on a national level, the Government of Jamaica has recently developed a Renewable Energy NAMA. The newly developed NAMA promotes the integration of renewable energy based electricity generation through the development of an enabling environment for adoption and deployment of appropriate technologies.

The work towards addressing climate challenges has continued in partnership with J-CCCP through a number of on-going activities. This collaboration will support the strengthening of the national focal point network through the provision of additional capacity and has facilitated a recent assessment of ongoing climate actions through the Baseline Assessment of national climate initiatives. In an effort to build on on-going activities and to align planned actions with the proposed mitigation initiatives, the Government of Jamaica seeks to develop a NAMA for the Water Sector. Under this partnership, the UNDP, together with the Government of Japan, will support all work towards the development of this national document.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Technical Consultant, with guidance from the Government of Jamaica and other relevant stakeholders in the beneficiary country and in close consultation with the J-CCCP Project Management Unit (PMU) within the UNDP Barbados and the OECS sub-regional office, the UNDP Jamaica Country Office and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC), will undertake all activities related to the design and development of the NAMA for the Water Sector in Jamaica. These actions should be guided by UNDPs MDG Carbon NAMA Template (2014) as well as the report entitled Guidance for NAMA Design, Building on Country Experiences by UNFCCC, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UNDP and other relevant documents guided by UNDP.

The Technical Consultant has the following principal responsibilities and deliverables, as well as other related tasks that the PMU may identify as necessary to the success of the Project in attaining its objectives:

A. Stocktaking and gap analysis

Review the work conducted under the J-CCCP Baseline Assessment and any other previous studies and identify any relevant additional information needed for a complete national overview of climate mitigation actions undertaken for the Water Sector in Jamaica. Areas for review should include but not be limited to the following:

a. Current climate and climate scenariosb. National capacities and resources (e.g. Information management systems, programmes, human resources and policies etc.) needed to engage in the NAMA processc. Institutional framework for mitigation planningd. Barriers to planning, designing and implementing mitigation activities (e.g. systems, data, institutional and legislative frameworks, human? capacity and expertise etc.)e.?Sustainable development efforts most at risk from climate changef.??Expected impact of climate change on social development, as well as issues related to social inequality and povertyg.?Linkages between existing mitigation strategies and Disaster Risk Management activitiesh.?Outline the gaps to be addressed based on analysis of the information collected 

  1. Specify NAMA objectives and select mix of instruments
    1. Formulate NAMA objectives with reference to the expected GHG emission reduction and Sustainable Development Goals
    2. Determine scope of the NAMA
    3. Select mix of measures and instruments to be included
  1. Policy Analysis:
  1. Identify relevant national and sector strategies and policies
  2. Describe the NAMA alignment with national and sector strategies and policies
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  4. Baseline information and NAMA targets (working closely with UNFCCC which may support developing the standardized baseline)
    1. Baseline boundary
    2. Review updated GHG baseline and mitigation targets
    3. Sustainable Development baseline and co-benefit targets
    4. Transformational change
  1. Measures and Interventions under the NAMA
  1. Define NAMA interventions and NAMA measures for the relevant sector
  2. Define capacity development needs
  3. NAMA Costs and Financial Mechanism
  4. Costs of interventions and measures
  5. Costs of Capacity Development
  6. National and international financial sources
  7. Financial distribution and mechanisms
  8. Donor exit strategy
  1. NAMA Implementation Structure
  1. Description of operational bodies and implementing partners
  2. NAMA operational and management system
  3. Implementation plan
  4. Implementation schedule
  5. NAMA Measuring and Reporting
    1. Measurement of GHG emission reductions
    2. Qualitative and quantitative description of sustainable development impacts
    3. Financial support
    4. Transformative change
    5. Reporting
    6. Verification and Evaluation 
  6. Risk Management
    1. Detail required risk management and monitoring and evaluation strategies

Outline institutional arrangements and timeline for implementation

Competencies

Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Technical Competencies:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with analytic capacity and demonstrated ability to synthesize complex information in high quality papers/reports and in effective presentations to different audiences;
  • Skills in facilitating meetings effectively and efficiently;
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships/relationships, including with clients, focusing on results for the client/partner and responding positively to feedback.

Professionalism:

  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
  • Exercise the highest level of responsibility and be able to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner.

Communication:

  • Active listening and dialogue (acknowledges and responds constructively to the points of view of others);
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner.

Teamwork:

  • Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks;
  • Focuses on results for the client;
  • Welcomes constructive feedback;

Good interpersonal and networking skills, ability to establish and maintain effective working relations, supports and encourages open communication in the team, and facilitates team work

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications and Experience

The candidate should be highly motivated and capable of working independently. The ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders from governments, agencies, private companies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and research institutions is essential. A good understanding of the institutional framework relating to climate change initiatives in the country is highly desirable. In addition, the Technical Consultant should possess:

  • An advanced degree or higher (Master’s or higher) in areas relevant to climate change, climate finance and mitigation.
  • At least 10 years of relevant working experience with climate change mitigation and national development issues.
  • Proven familiarity with post-2020 climate change mitigation regimes. The proponent should outline at least three relevant projects undertaken in the last five years which highlights their experience.
  • Good knowledge of the Water Sector, water resources management, hydrology, renewable energy and energy efficiency. A brief description of past experience in this area should be included in the offer.
  • Good organizational skills, especially for facilitating meetings, workshops and writing reports.
  • Experience working with international donors and UNDP would be an asset.
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders in Jamaica, the Caribbean Region or Small Island Developing States (SIDS) would be an added advantage.

Demonstrated analytical, communication and report writing skills. Outline at least three technical, policy, scientific or research publications undertaken within the last five years

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: JAMAICA
  • Grade: International Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-13

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