The Paris Agreement was adopted at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Paragraph 84 of the COP decision adopting the Paris Agreement decided to establish “a Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency in order to build institutional and technical capacity, both pre-and post-2020”. The Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) “will support developing country Parties, upon request, in meeting enhanced transparency requirements as defined in Article 13 of the Agreement in a timely manner”. As established in paragraph 85 of said decision, the purpose of the Transparency Capacity Building Initiative (CBIT) is to:
- Strengthen national institutions for activities related to transparency, in accordance with national priorities;
- Offer tools, training and assistance to comply with the provisions of Article 13 of the Agreement;
- Help improve transparency over time;
CBIT Chile began to be implemented in October 2018, and has represented a relevant contribution for the country in the management of climate change, through the generation of products that contribute to the fulfilment of international commitments, the strengthening of coordination and collaboration between various entities, and joint exchange and learning in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In this context, CBIT Chile is preparing documentation to facilitate the development of capacities and analysis in some sectors, strengthening the path towards adaptation and mitigation of climate change.
The objective of the consultancy is to support agricultural decision-making for climate change adaptation and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation. To this end, objectives are divided into these areas.
Scope of the work
As mentioned, the consultancy encompasses a mitigation and an adaptation component:
The consultancy focuses on climate risk and vulnerability assessment methodologies according to GIZ guidance (2015, 2018) for the agricultural sector. The work will review the development of assessments that have studied impact chains with focus on climate scenarios associated with lower future water availability among other climate parameters that may affect crop yields. It will analyze how these methodologies have been incorporated in monitoring the assessment of adaptation progress at sub-national and national levels. For this purpose, 3 case studies relevant for Chile with an adequate level of information will be defined in agreement between parties according to the consultant’s initial proposal. At a specific level it is expected:
- The incorporation of environmental sensitivity, social sensitivity and adaptive capacity indicators within the impact chain methodologies will be developed. A detailed description of the methodologies for calculating these indicators within the impact chains is expected.
- From a monitoring and evaluation perspective, it will detail how the cases use climate risk and vulnerability calculations in national and subnational decision-making processes. The consultant should detail how such assessments are articulated in the framework of national policies-instruments and international reporting mechanisms of National Determined Contributions (NDC).
The consultant should identify and describe different interventions aimed to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction from the agricultural sector. In addition, the consultant should develop a comprehensive analysis of NDCs that explicitly consider actions in the agricultural sector, taking into account at least NDCs in America, Europe and Asia. Plans or strategies that consider actions for the sector in relevant countries should be analyzed and public policy exploration and analysis carried out for the same purpose. This should consider both actions aimed at the productive sector and policies that aim at behaviour changes, affecting the demand for agricultural products.
- The consultant team must submit a progress report at the eighth week of the consultancy containing the 3 cases required by the adaptation component.
- The consultant team must provide a final report with all activities completed at week 14 of the consultancy.
The deliverables will be in Spanish.
UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) will review all written deliverables before being finalized. This includes: i) all reports to be drafted; ii) UDP reserves sufficient time to review in detail and provide feedback; and iii) UDP will sign‐off on final version. UDP ‘s role will be to review final outputs, offer feedback, and ensure coherence with CBIT guidelines and best practices.
Organizational Setting and Reporting:
- The Consultant will report to, and be directly supervised by the CBIT project team, consisting of a representative of the Chilean government (Ministry of Environment), and a representative from UNEP DTU Partnership.
- The consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;
- The consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own work station (i.e. Laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection;
- The consultant will be retained on a contract with the UNEP DTU Partnership and payments based on satisfactory delivery of expected outputs
- The position is home-based
- The consultant must present a team of at least 2 members. The team must have at least the following qualifications:
- A postgraduate degree in the area of agriculture, who demonstrates in-depth experience in climate change issues for. (20%)
- Considerable experience in public policy analysis or development. (10%)
- Considerable experience in GHG mitigation analysis in the agriculture sector. (15%)
- Considerable experience in adapting to climate change in the agriculture sector. Knowledge and verifiable experience in sector climate risk assessments incorporating Ecosystem based Approaches (EbA), Nature Based Solutions (NbS), or similar is required. (15%)
A professional can meet one or more of the above characteristics, being sufficient to meet the requirement of the characteristics in which it meets.
Values in parentheses correspond to the individual contribution of each professional in the total score obtained by this proposal.
- Likewise the methodology and implementation plan will be evaluated: The methodological proposal shows an in-depth knowledge of the required topics, clearly defining how the activities requested in these terms of reference will be carried out and demonstrating their knowledge of the required bibliography. (40%)
Fluency in Spanish and English
The budget allocated for this consultancy is USD 26,500 to be paid in stages, subject to satisfactory deliverables.
The contract period is expected to last 14 weeks from the day the contract is signed.
9th April 2021
The application should contain (in Spanish):
- CV and cover letter.
- Methodology on how the consultant expects to implement the activities.
Application deadline: 09/04/2021