Procurement Process : IC - Individual contractor KEN10 - 0000005999
Office : UNDP Country Office - KENYA
Deadline : 29-May-20 @ 04:59 PM (New York time)
Development Area : CONSULTANTS CONSULTANTS
Reference Number : 66023
Link to Atlas Project :
00099178 - FCPF REDD+ Readiness Grant
NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT - (TEAM LEADER) REDD+ STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT PLAN
Period of assignment/services: 70 Days within a Period of 10 Months
Firms are not eligible for this consultancy assignment. Open to national individual consultants only.
Kenya's Constitution, the National Development Plan-Vision 2030, and the Government's Priority Action Plan, which covers manufacturing, health, housing and food security, set out the development agenda for the country. The Medium-Term Plan (MTP 2018-2022) prioritizes policies, programmes and projects which generate broad based inclusive economic growth, as well as faster job creation, reduction of poverty and inequality, considering climate change impacts, and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Kenya has identified climate change as one of the key challenges that will continue to exert negative effects on key sectors of the economy. The Government notes that the burden of extreme climatic events could cost Kenya's economy an annual loss of as much as 2% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is likely to stunt Kenya's long-term economic growth prospects as well as its ability to meet the targets set out in Kenya Vision 2030.
As a Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Kenya has taken bold measures to secure the country's development against the risks and impacts of climate change. Climate change related policies have been developed, including a National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS), the first and second National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) 2013-2017 and 2018-2022, respectively, the National Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement (2015), the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP) (2016-2030). Along with the Climate Change Act (2016) these policy documents highlight forestry as one of the priority areas to move Kenya towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathway. To do this, they policy documents recommend that the national forest cover must be increased to at
least 10% as recommended and proposed in Constitution 2010. The National Forestry Programme (2016-2030), a strategic framework for forest policy, planning and implementation to coordinate forest sector development, notes that REDD+ provides an opportunity to move towards more effective governance of the sector.
Kenya's forests are widely distributed, encompassing grasslands (dryland forests), forested areas (Western and rain forests and plantation forests), coastal forests and mangrove forests. These forests are of immense importance for their contribution to economic development, rural livelihoods, and for the environmental and ecosystem services they provide. Additionally, they support operations of key economic sectors, including agriculture, horticulture, tourism, wildlife, and energy. Kenya's NDC Sectoral Analysis Report 2017 presents forest sector as having a mitigation potential of between 11.3 and 20.1 MtCO2e per year with a technical maximum potential of 40.2 MtCO2e per year by 2030.
A coordinated approach, coupled with incentives for forest conservation and management, is needed to manage and conserve forests sustainably and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as meet the national targets - to increase the national forest cover at 10% of the land area. In this regard, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has developed a national strategy for achieving and maintaining over 10% tree cover by 2022. The strategy has identified REDD+ mechanism as one of the vehicles to achieve this goal and to this end Kenya applied for funding support from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to support the REDD+ Readiness process in the Country. Through this support a National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and fostering conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) will be developed. The REDD+ National Strategy and Investment Plan, aligning to the vision of the strategy to achieve 10% forest cover, will identify incentives, policies, actions and measures to meet national goals and objectives.
The team leader to provide technical, policy and leadership skills compile, write and deliver a) Issues and Options Report; and b) REDD+ Strategy and Investment Plan in Kenya (see Appendix A). This consultant will act as Team Leader for a team of consultants that will support the development of this work. The team leader will be the primary contact and lead pen throughout the drafting the REDD+ Strategy. S/he will coordinate the overall analytic effort and be responsible for organising inputs and reviewing/editing the specific reports from team members
2. EXPECTED DELIVERABLES
Phase 1 - Issues and Options Report (15 days)
Review and assess existing technical reports and those developed by the individual consultants, literature from relevant studies, identify gaps to be filled and key areas that will be required. identify where improvements are required to ensure that key elements are captured for the development of an issues and options report. Work in tandem with the consultants' team, key institutions and partners to draw out and synthesize information for the development of Issues and Options (IO report).
Propose a long list of options for implementing REDD+ actions through policies and measures (PAMs) that address specific direct and indirect drivers and barriers. The report should include
A comprehensive description of the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and barriers to sustainable forest management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks,
Data and information on best practices and lessons learnt from past and current programmes and projects (including REDD+ Projects) to address the main direct and underlying drivers and barriers and/or foster enabling conditions for successful REDD+ implementation;
Relevant sectoral and cross-sectoral directives, policies, laws and regulations related to REDD+ implementation;
Scope of REDD+ (in terms of activities to be undertaken); various approaches, such as a jurisdictional approach, including information about a nested approach;
The institutional arrangements needed to undertake these approaches;
Assessment of the technical feasibility, risks and sustainability of proposed interventions or options identified in the IO report;
Assessment/ screening (using a SWOT methodology or something similar) to confirm key stakeholders and identify and assess their critical capacity needs;
Describe the roles and activities of national and county level stakeholder interests in REDD+ with respect to the implementation of key strategic objectives and options for REDD+ implementation including national and county governments, civil society, private sector, indigenous people, Forest dependent and local communities, international organizations, donors and other relevant stakeholder groups.
In developing the IO report, existing capacity levels, to identify both potential opportunities and challenges associated with different approaches to REDD+ implementation, including recommendations on enhancing participation and contribution of indigenous peoples and local communities in implementation of REDD+ should be considered.
Phase 2 - National Strategy (15 days)
The next phase entails writing of the Kenya National REDD+ Strategy building on all the work carried out by the other consultants. A validation workshop will be organised involving a wide range of stakeholders to consider the IO report and draw out four to five REDD+ priorities for the Strategy and Investment Plan, with inputs from work on SESA, drivers of deforestation and policy and legal studies.
The Strategy should include:
The current role of national and county governments and institutions in the development and implementation of REDD+ and analysis of the potential to strengthen these roles.
Summary of roles and identification of opportunities to increase inter-MDA (ministries, departments, and agencies) collaboration on climate change and other programming areas to strengthen REDD+ readiness implementation;
Summary of planned donor program/activities and identify opportunities for integration, synergy, how such initiatives can be upscaled in a coordinated manner in order to contribute to the objective of REDD+ in Kenya and identify what coordination and/or collaboration would be useful. e.g., the Greening Kenya Initiative;
Contain chapters on safeguards, the institutional approach, how gender and benefit sharing will be integrated, as well as chapters on safeguards, the national forest monitoring system and the forest reference level;
Contribute, support and participate in the preparation of a Climate Change and REDD+ meeting with high level Government officials and stakeholders that endorses the policy direction and vision outlined in the REDD+ Strategy.
Phase 3 - Investment Plan (40 days)
Develop first draft of Investment Plan
Finalise Investment Plan
3. REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
o Advanced degree in climate change, forestry, environment and land management, natural resources management or development-related subjects based on the technical requirements of the assignment
At least 10 years of experience in successfully managing assessments of similar scope and scale related to related to natural resource management, Environment/Climate Change.
In-depth knowledge and understanding of climate change, REDD+ process, especially the mitigation policies, technologies and climate finance as well as analytical skills and experience in preparing technical and/or policy-relevant reports and papers.
Traceable records of similar consultancies.
International experience, and knowledge of the REDD+ mechanism, and preferable evidence of similar work in other countries in Africa.
Work experience with the United Nations system is an added advantage.
" Good interpersonal skills.
Proven experience in drafting reports, strategies and actions plans will be required by submitting sample of similar work.
Fluency in English and Kiswahili is required. Knowledge of local language is an advantage.
4. TECHNICAL EVALUATION CRITERIA(Minimum 70 points)
Criteria Weight Max. Point
Understanding of the scope of work (SOW); comprehensive of the methodology /approach; and organization and completeness of the proposal 30% 30
Advanced degree in climate change, forestry, environment and land management, natural resources management or development-related subjects based on the technical requirements of the assignment 20% 20
At least 10 years of experience in successfully managing assessments of similar scope and scale including policy, legislative regimes and institutional analytical work in relation to natural resource management, forestry, environment/Climate Change 20% 20
In-depth knowledge and understanding of climate change, REDD+ process, especially the mitigation policies, technologies and climate finance; track record of analytical experience in use of political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal (PESTEL) approach in similar technical area 20% 20
Familiarity and understanding of UNFCCC and climate change finance requirements particularly with regards to national REDD+ strategy/plan and climate and/or agriculture, forestry and land use nexus; track record of similar work in other countries in Africa; proven experience in drafting technical reports, strategies, policy briefs/papers, investment plans , resource mobilization plans or frameworks
Total (Maximum obtainable points) 100% 100
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the 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 of 70% of the total technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
6. Financial Proposal
Applicants are instructed to submit their financial proposals in KSH using the financial proposal template provided (Offerors letter to UNDP).
The financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown. The term 'all-inclusive" implies that all costs (professional fees, travel related expenses, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal.
7. APPLICATION PROCESS.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications which should include the following:
1. Detailed Curriculum Vitae
2. Proposal for implementing the assignment - template provided
3. Offerors letter to UNDP - template provided
Note: The successful applicant will be required to complete a UNDP Personal History Form (P11) form prior to contracting.
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