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National Consultant - Development of Carbon Markets Framework and digital manual for Namibia’s engagement in carbon markets under the Paris Agreement.

Windhoek

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Windhoek
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Climate Change
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-28

Background

With support from the Japanese government, UNDP Namibia is implementing a project titled” Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to achieve net-zero emissions and climate-resilient development, in response to the climate emergency”. The project has three components namely: (i) Design of Key Building Blocks for a National Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS); (ii) Technical capacity building to enhance the institutional capacity of Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) and relevant institutions, including the private sector (iii) Enabling investment climate and operationalization planning for market mechanism in Namibia. It is in respect of the above, that UNDP is seeking to engage an individual national consultant to work together with an international consultant recruited by UNDP, MEFT and multi-stakeholders.

The overall objective of the assignment is to support the development of a carbon market framework in Namibia. The specific objective will be to undertake comprehensive policy, regulatory and legal reviews to assess Namibia’s readiness to engage in carbon markets.

Duties and Responsibilities

The National consultant will work with the international consultant to support MEFT in the development of carbon market strategy/framework for Namibia. While the carbon market framework will focus on addressing broad policy areas for participating in carbon markets, the guidance manual will define issues such as (a) institutional arrangements for carbon market project implementation; (b) mitigation activity development cycle; (c) approval procedures for carbon project registration and Article 6 credit issuances and transfers; (d) service fees, charges and payments; (e) criteria for methods and participating auditing entities, (f) standards and complaint redress. In addition, the consultant will work closely with a team of national experts led by the MEFT and UNDP, who will provide technical support to the consulting team. The national consultant will also undertake comprehensive policy, regulatory and legal reviews to assess Namibia’s readiness to engage in carbon markets.

In consultation with the national team of experts, the international consultant, MEFT and UNDP, the national consultant is expected to:

a. Undertake Policy, regulatory and legal reviews to assess Namibia’s readiness to engage in carbon markets- highlighting the gaps, needs and specific recommendations to address them

b. Support in conducting capacity gaps and needs assessment to identify countries’ readiness and capacity building needs to develop and operationalize carbon market projects, track results and process the corresponding adjustments. It is expected that the contractor will apply the World Bank MAPP-ITR modules ‘Party Readiness’ and ‘Article 6 implementation’ to review if a country has set-up a robust institutional framework and infrastructure to effectively implement carbon projects and will thereby determine the ‘party’s readiness;

c. Support in formulating the support needs to fill the capacity gaps and ensure a smooth implementation of carbon projects in Namibia;

 d. Support to prepare a detailed carbon market framework to set out the policy foundation essentials to give carbon market transaction actors the clarity and certainty on their rights and obligations.

e. Support the development of a digital guidance manual to operationalize the carbon market strategy and regulate the development and implementation of mitigation activities. f. Support in the development of policy briefs articulating policy gaps, opportunities and recommendations to enhance national policies and implementation of carbon markets in Namibia;

g. Support the development of training manuals for public and private sector on carbon markets, h. Support to assess the capacity and potential/feasibility/viability for an inclusive Emission Trading Scheme in Namibia;

i. Support to conduct two training of trainers workshops in design and implementation of carbon market instruments; and facilitate the presentation at stakeholder workshops for validation of the carbon market framework and the manual with the associated templates.

Competencies

  • Corporate Competencies
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN mission, vision, values, and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Promotes UNDP's agenda in meetings

Other Competencies

  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize, and execute effectively;
  • The initiative, good analytical skills, mature judgment, and ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines achievement, ethics, and honesty;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a diverse environment
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with a complex multi-stakeholder environment
  • Good ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources;
  • Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills focus on results, ability to interact productively in a teamwork environment

Required Skills and Experience

A. National Climate Change Policy Specialist

        Education:

  • Master’s degree in economics, environmental finance, business administration, environmental engineering, sciences or a related field.

       Experiences:

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in carbon finance and knowledge of the nexus carbon finance, Nationally Determined Contributions and the Paris Agreement.
  • Familiarity with international development issues, including understanding of technical and regulatory matters in the areas of climate change.
  • Good understanding of Namibia’s climate change policies and strategies as well the vision 2030
  • Familiarity with the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement

B. Legal Expert

       Education:

  • Law Degree or master’s degree specialized in international and/or environmental law, or climate legal, policy and regulatory framework.

       Experiences:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in Namibia with environmental law issues, including legal and regulatory aspects related to climate change
  • An understanding of carbon markets and associated carbon market standards and their legal requirements.
  • An understanding of Namibia Climate change Policy and institutional framework 

Languages:

  • Fluency and English is required with excellent reading and writing sklils in Egnlish

Recommended Method of Application and Presentation of Offer;

  • Completed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the Template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal CV or a P11 Personal History form, 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;
  • Provide Brief description of Approach to Work / Technical Proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment (max 1 page).
  • To view the full Terms of Reference (TOR) and download letter of confirmation of interest and P11 form, please access the UNDP Procurement Notice site on the link: UNDP | Procurement Notices - 92402 - National Consultant - Developmen
  • Financial proposal: 

Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per attached Letter Confirmation of Interest document. (based on the number of working days mentioned in ToR.)

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  • Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
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