Job Opening

Posting Title: International Consultant to develop a monitoring, reviewing and reporting framework
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 09 December 2021 - 31 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-170497-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Strengthening institutional, technical and financial capacities for climate change adaptation in Iraq.

Work Location

Home-based (with possible mission to Baghdad, Iraq)

Expected duration

From: 20 January 2022 To: 30 September 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational Setting, Purpose and Objective:

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The Regional Office for West Asia delivers advisory services and capacity building support to countries to achieve environment and sustainable development objectives.

The Republic of Iraq is considered one of the most vulnerable countries in the Arab region to the impacts of climate change. A higher frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as drought, sand and dust storms have been experienced in recent years. These events are leading to rising environmental degradation throughout the country, threatening Iraq’s progress towards sustainable development.

The Iraqi government considers adaptation to be a priority for the country, particularly in addressing the impacts of climate change on poor and vulnerable communities and has made some progress towards managing the impacts of climate change. However, despite short-term and ad hoc adaptation interventions, Iraq’s ability to initiate a plan for medium- and long-term adaptation to unfolding and emerging climate change impacts is facing significant challenges, such as limited institutional capacity to integrate adaptation into policies and plan and insufficient and irregular collection, analysis and dissemination of data and information. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Readiness project seeks to address these barriers by strengthening institutional, technical and financial capacities to ensure that medium to long-term adaptation needs are integrated into national development planning in
Iraq.

The objectives of the NAP process are:
(a) To reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, by building adaptive capacity and resilience;
(b) To facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation, in a coherent manner, into relevant new and existing policies, programmes and activities, in particular development planning processes and strategies, within all relevant sectors and at different levels, as appropriate (decision 5/CP.17, paragraph 1).

The UNFCCC’s Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) on adaptation released Guidelines for National Adaptation Plans (December 2012) and a number of Supplementary Guidelines. NAPs are focused on medium and long-term adaptation planning. Planning for adaptation at the national level is a continuous, progressive and iterative process, and should be based on and guided by the best available science, as stated in the NAP technical guidelines (UNFCCC, 2012). Furthermore, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has issued guidance on its support to national adaptation planning processes.

The elaboration of the National Monitoring and Reporting Framework for Adaptation is an integral component of formulating and implementing the NAP. The NAP should contain indicators (measures of change) and targets for priority adaptation programmes and projects and means of verification for measuring progress and achievements. These NAP indicators, targets and means of verification form the basis from which the NAP Monitoring and Evaluation Framework establishes data collection protocols to regularly collect data and information to enable periodic assessment of achievements against targets.

The Ministry of Environment responsible for the NAP will serve as the custodian of the National Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Adaptation and coordinate its application and regular progress and result reporting. In doing so, there is a need to ensure that it is closely aligned and integrated into national development and sectoral monitoring and reporting systems as the NAP aims to integrate adaptation into national development and sector policies, plans, budgets and monitoring systems. Similarly, the National Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Adaptation will need to contribute to national and sector reporting on progress and achievements towards achieving the SDGs, in particular SDG 13 on Climate but also other SDGs (e.g. Agriculture, Water, etc.). Consequently, it is important that key stakeholders including central government (Ministry of Planning, National Office of Statistics, etc.), sector ministries (including Environment, Agriculture, Planning, etc.), local government, academia and research institutions, civil society, and the private sector are involved in the process of developing the M&E framework for the NAP and, where possible, that the NAP M&E framework is connected to and strengthens the national government performance management framework.

The main objective of the consultancy is to elaborate a National Monitoring Framework for Adaptation and to develop guidelines on its application and integration into national development and sector M&R systems, in addition to training technical staff on the use of these guidelines.

The International consultant will work closely with a national consultant and will report to the Regional Climate Change Coordinator at UNEP West Asia Office. He/she will also work in close collaboration and coordination with UNEP National Officer in Iraq and the NAP Coordinator of the Iraqi Ministry of Environment.

 Duties and Responsibilities (Included in JO Posting):
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator for Climate Change at UNEP, and in consultation with the UNEP National Officer in Iraq, the NAP Coordinator at the Ministry of Environment, and NAP project stakeholders, and overseeing one national consultant, the International Consultant will carry-out, inter alia, the following duties and responsibilities:

• Lead the development of a monitoring and reporting (M&R) framework or system for the adaptation process and its effectiveness. The outline of the framework or system to be agreed in advance with UNEP.

 Hold consultations and agree work modalities, preparatory work and outputs with the selected national consultant
 Review existing national and sector government monitoring and reporting systems and identify entry points for integrating adaptation relevant indicators and targets.
 Develop a monitoring and reporting framework on adaptation milestones, performance indicators and short-, medium- and long-term targets, as well as outputs. The framework should include monitoring and reviewing tools and templates and assessment planning in addition to, preparing training of government representatives and stakeholders and follow-up actions.
 Guide the planning and content of virtual work sessions with the national consultant and key national stakeholders to present the inception report, introducing the M&R framework and validating the methodology developed.

Deliverable:

a) Inception report, including methodology and workplan
b) A National Adaptation Monitoring and Reporting Framework on adaptation
c) Content development of stakeholder validation session


• Develop guidelines for the M&R framework and training materials on the use of the guidelines and tools (assisted by a national consultant)

 Prepare indicator definition sheets for each NAP indicator which defines the indicator, the target(s), the metrics to be used to monitor the indicator and data sources, the frequency for data collection and any methodological notes for analysis of the data collected to inform progress to facilitate climate data collection, analysis and dissemination of the results to monitor and review the NAP process over the long term.
 Prepare guidelines and tools for the application of the National Adaptation Monitoring and Reporting Framework by technical staff including MoE, the Iraqi Meteorology and Seismology Organization, the Climate Modelling Unit and Directorates within each Governorate and other relevant national and subnational institutions.
 Develop a training plan on M&R for technical staff of relevant sector ministries
 Guide the planning and content of the training sessions with the support from the national consultant using the guidelines and training materials (4 training sessions, 15-20 participants per session, during a period of 2 months)
Deliverable:
a) Guidelines and tools on the M&R framework
b) Training materials.

 Lead the development of a reviewing system for the NAP process

 Engage with the national consultant and key national stakeholders to discuss the reviewing system
 Elaborate a reviewing strategy of the NAP process
 Set metrics to measure success and failures of the NAP process including an analysis framework on the lessons learned from the formulation, implementation, funding, and monitoring of the adaptation planning process.
 Present a draft annual review report of the NAP process with inputs from the national consultant and key stakeholders and finalise report based on feedback received

Deliverables:
a) Prepare an inception report on the methodology of the reviewing process.
b) Reviewing strategy
c) Review report

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: At least a Master’s degree in monitoring and evaluation, statistics, environmental sciences, public policy, economics or a closely related field is required.
Experience: • A minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience in developing monitoring and evaluations systems for national public policy and programmes in a developing country context is required, preferably in the Middle East.
• Experience in developing M&E systems for policies, plans and programmes in close collaboration with public sector institutions, preferably with ministries of planning, national bureau of statistics and/or other relevant government agencies and institutions.
• Demonstrated experience and skills related to formulating indicators and means of verifications, including data collection protocols and analysis for monitoring and reporting on results and impacts of public policy and bilateral and multilateral supported programmes and projects. Engaged in the environment sector would be an added advantage.
• Experience in integrating social (i.e. gender, vulnerable groups), economic and environmental variables in monitoring and evaluation systems and would be an added advantage.
• Ability to work effectively within a variety of government agencies and stakeholder groups and a diversity of individuals (gender, age, language, etc.).
Language: Excellent English writing, reading and verbal communication skills, knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage.

No Fee

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