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Intitulé publication: International Consultant in Value Chains
Département / Bureau: Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement
Lieu d'affectation: NAIROBI
Période de candidature: 19 avril 2022 - 03 mai 2022
No de l’appel á candidature: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-178735-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
Valeurs fondamentales de l'ONU: intégrité, professionnalisme, respect de la diversité
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Result of Service

A technical report clear and robust presenting the above elements with references and justification.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

4 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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". Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

UNEP is a key partner in the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), which builds on the combined convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme and UN Environment Programme.

The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally led REDD+ processes to curb deforestation and forest degradation, which accounts for approximately 17 per cent of carbon emissions, more than the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector. It is now clear that stabilizing global average temperature rise within two degrees Celsius will be practically impossible to achieve without reducing emissions from the forest sector.

REDD+ in Côte d’Ivoire
Côte d'Ivoire is a country in the West African forest biome that has lost much of its natural forests. With only 2.77 million hectares of forest left and almost no pristine forest outside the National parks, the country has probably one of the world’s fastest rates of deforestation and forest degradation. Based on the Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) submitted to the UNFCCC (FREL, 2017), forest cover was 7.8 million hectares in 1990, 5.09 million ha in 2000 and 3.4 million in 2015. Current estimates indicate 250,000 ha of forest loss annually from 1990 to 2015 (BNEDT, Ecterra, 2016). This decline was slower in the past years reaching 37,500 ha a year but still, despite deforestation-free cocoa commitments made during COP 23 in 2017 by leading chocolate companies and states through programmes such as the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, the trend of forest loss due to cocoa production continues even inside protected areas and national parks.

GHG emissions related to agriculture account for 32.2% of total GHG emissions for Côte d'Ivoire. Agriculture accounts for 62% of deforestation, 38% of which is coming from cocoa (MINEDD, 2019). To tackle these issues, Côte d’Ivoire has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 28% compared to the business-as-usual scenario by engaging into REDD+ and by developing a new national agricultural policy known as ‘zero-deforestation agriculture’. On the REDD+ side, the country has completed its REDD+ readiness phase, fulfilling each of the Warsaw Framework pillars. Both the Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) and National REDD+ Strategy (NS REDD+) were submitted in 2017. The Third National Communication and the second Biennial Update Report (BUR) were planned to be submitted in July 2020, but the country wanted to assess first, in the framework of PROMIRE (a FAO project funded by the GCF), potential ER results before the submission of this BUR. The submission of the BUR and REDD+ technical annex was then delayed to 2021. Côte d’Ivoire has also advanced towards developing an Emission Reduction Programme (ERP) under the FCPF Carbon Fund and initial results have been reported in 2021.

The country is therefore politically committed to reducing deforestation and forest degradation: governmental agencies including the Ministry of Water and Forests, the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development and, more recently, has successfully launched two jurisdictional approaches to deforestation-free cocoa production and rural development, in a context of protecting the country's last forest reserves in the Cavally region and deploying forest ecosystem restoration solutions in the Bélier region.

The 1for20 partnership
The UN-REDD programme has provided dedicated support to international private sector companies to identify the best business model based on improved agroforestry techniques. Through the complementary expertise of its Climate Mitigation Unit, Climate Finance Unit and Finance Initiative, UNEP has developed an extensive expertise around sustainable business modeling for commodities recognized as important drivers of deforestation, like palm oil, soy, coffee and cocoa. In Côte d’Ivoire, the UN-REDD programme has deployed an important private sector engagement strategy focused on the cocoa value chain, in close collaboration with the European Forest Institute (EFI), with the involvement of several ministries (environment, agriculture and finance) and under the leadership of the Cocoa Coffee Council (CCC). It has led to the creation of the 1for20 Parternship with the aim to mobilize USD 1 Billion for the restoration of 20% of the country’s forest cover. To that end, the partnership convenes private and public actors to explore innovative financing models able to finance the transition to sustainable and deforestation-free cocoa production at scale. It informs these dialogues by assessing the viability of different production models that are based on attractive incentives for smallholders while aligned with the environmental and social objectives of the private sector and the government. The partnership is also uniquely positioned to help pilot financial solutions in collaboration with leading financial institutions and agribusinesses, building on past experiences (for instance the Tropical Landscape Finance Facilty or Agri3), ensuring a deployment at scale that can be transformative.

EFI and UNDP are also engaging several actions on the ground as part of their 2022 workplan to start and/or continue reflection and implementation of REDD+ implementation at jurisdictional level. EFI, on one hand, will develop a proposal for a jurisdictional approach to the sustainability of cocoa production in Côte d'Ivoire by (i) proposing a set of sustainability indicators and cartographic valuation at country level and (ii) defining the conditions under which the regional councils could lead sustainability actions implemented in their territories. On the other hand, UNDP, building on a collaboration with IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative - is involved in the implementation of the Green Growth Plan in the Cavally region together with the regional council, public & private sector actors, as well as technical and financial partners. The main interest of this new plan is to contribute to the local economy by having a positive social impact while actively protecting the natural resources which are essential for the balance of the ecosystem in this region.

UNEP has a great role to play to follow this dynamic and contribute to the 1for20 partnership by bringing new elements on the table by focusing its work on its core competencies.

This position is homebased under the supervision of Programme Management Officer, Climate Mitigation Unit and in close collaboration with the Climate Finance Unit and Finance Initiative, the main goal of the consultant will be to provide new technical elements to the 1for20 partnership through this study to prepare and encourage a REDD+ implementation at jurisdictional level but also by engaging actors to do so and invest in REDD+. More specifically, he/she will perform the following tasks:

1. Deforestation-free value chain for cocoa:
a. Identification of potential jurisdictions where the agroforestry-based models previously identified by UNEP can be implemented with strong justification keeping in-mind that the regional level seems to be the most appropriate and that Cavally, Bélier and la Mé are engaged through UNDP and EFI activities,
b. Identification of additional data and information needed to complete the model following an assessment of the 1for20 partnership reports,
c. Screening of private sector actors to replace BNPP and see how they could fit/contribute to the initiative,
d. Once actors and localities are being identified, start discussions to engage them to implement the model in the jurisdiction,
2. Timber value chain:
a. Using findings from the preliminary report on business opportunities for agroforestry-based timber models, identification of existing value chains and their geographical location to inform the selection of priority landscapes for deforestation-free value chain for cocoa,
b. Evaluation of supply chain gaps and areas of underinvestment across production, transformation and distribution channels. Estimation of investment needs required to develop or expand required value chains to meet the commercial needs of the deforestation-free value chain model at jurisdictional level,
c. Like 1. identify and engage timber value chain actors to evaluate the potential of their contribution to the initiative, in terms of existing initiatives, available resources, challenges and barriers.
3. Restoration Factory:
a. Conduct a rapid assessment of the potential for the development of community-based forest enterprises amongst cocoa farmers engaged in (or supportive of) a sustainable agroforestry model, both in terms of number of mobilizable farmers and geographical distribution at jurisdictional level,
b. Evaluate the opportunity for the implementation of the Restoration Factory incubation program to support the creation of timber ventures to supplement sustainable agroforestry cocoa programs,

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced-level university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences or related field is required, a postgraduate specialization in a field directly related to REDD+ is an advantage,
Experience: At least 5 years of professional experience in value chains assessment, collaboration with the private sector and markets evaluation is required.
Experience in agroforestry and decentralization is an advantage,
Professional experience acquired within international organizations, national agencies and donor agencies with analytical capacity in a donor-funded environment is an advantage
Knowledge and experience of REDD+ stakeholders of Côte d’Ivoire is an advantage.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this assignment, fluency in English and French, both oral and written is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

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