REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO THE REGIONAL DIALOGUES ON CARBON MARKETS (EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA)

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TECHNICAL SUPOPORT TO THE REGIONAL DIALOGUES ON CARBON MARKETS (EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA)

Request for proposal

 

Background

In an effort to maximize the impact of their efforts to address climate change and support member states in the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement, the UNFCCC secretariat and UN Environment agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in December 2017 which aims, inter alia, at strengthening capacity building at national and regional levels and support research and evidence based climate policy making.

The Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CI-ACA) is a project implemented by the UNFCCC through its Regional Collaboration Centres (RCCs) with the aim to assist Parties in the development of carbon pricing approaches for implementing their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement and foster cooperation. Most jurisdictions interested in developing instruments for carbon pricing/markets will require support at different levels, to:

  • Identify the options available and how these fit with their own circumstances and objectives;
  • Elaborate concrete proposals to establish instruments;
  • Adopt at the national level and instrument;
  • Implement their instruments on the ground. The CI-ACA initiative offers support to jurisdictions, in accordance with their needs, for developing carbon pricing instruments, even for jurisdictions which have just started considering the idea.

In its second phase, CiACA is having regional consultations in order to strengthen the exchange of lessons learnt and sharing of best practices amongst peers. Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 crisis, the consultations will be conducted virtually.

The Regional Dialogues on Carbon Pricing (REdiCAP) have been created based on one of the most important lesson learnt in the last four years of implementing the CI-ACA initiative, which is that very few strategies are as effective as regional exchange of experience. Through support to both national and regional jurisdictions it has became clear that the value of creating platforms for experience exchange, bringing countries at different stages of implementing carbon pricing to the same venue to dialogue, has proven irreplaceable. The main objectives of REdiCAP are to:

  • Provide Parties at different stages of adopting carbon pricing instruments both at national and regional level an opportunity to find out more about the benefits, challenges, tools and best practices directly from the implementers;
  • Foster an emulation between Parties currently engaged in considering/formulating carbon pricing policies and those which have not yet taken this step;
  • Provide an opportunity to mutually update about ongoing developments and a safe space to share challenges and frustrations to identify potential solutions;
  • Discuss linkages between carbon pricing, NDCs and potential/opportunities to meet sector wide NDC mitigation target, while supporting alignment between NDCs and CP.

Roles and Responsibilities

The UNFCCC secretariat in partnership with GIZ, is hiring a short-term technical expert to provide technical support to the conducting of the REdiCAP in East and Southern Africa.

In order to maximize the impact and outcome of the dialogues, REdiCAP is looking for the support of a technical expert with very strong regional expertise on carbon market developments, who can support the preparation, implementation and follow-up of the dialogues. The technical expert is expected to be home based for the duration of the contract. They will work closely with the professional facilitator to structure, design and deliver the REdiCAP for Eastern and Southern Africa.

The following ToR have been prepared to guide the support of the technical expert, specifically with regard to the following activities:

Pre-Webinar Preparation (3 days)

  • Co-creation of concept outline and development of dialogue guidelines;
  • Provide support in the identification of the most adequate participants;
  • Connect with participants individually to support dialogue preparation based on the guidelines package shared in advance;
  • Ensure that participants are aware of the expectations of the dialogue and with regard to their own contribution;
  • Collaborate with the professional facilitator to agree on structure of the sessions;
  • Prepare a regional overview of carbon market developments to present at the dialogue;
  • Prepare any other material as needed to support the dialogue.

Webinars (2 days)

  • Provide technical expertise to the discussion, guide with questions that can ensure a positive outcome.
  • Be ready to respond to questions: guide the discussion in a constructive and positive way;
  • Identify possible areas that need further elaboration and engage the participants around those areas of discussion;
  • Guide the development of a roadmap of activities with participating countries;

Post- Webinars (2 days)

  • In collaboration with the moderator, preparation of reports including recommendations to follow up to be distributed;
  • Finalise the roadmap of activities to be shared with participating countries;

Expected outputs and proposed timeline:

Output/Deliverable Tentative Date of delivery
a)     Dialogue Guidelines September 4th
b)     Dialogue Preparation Material September 4th
c)     Coordination with participants 2 weeks prior to event
d)     Draft Roadmap based on Dialogue outcomes September 18th
e)     Draft report of Dialogue September 25th
f)      Final report of Dialogue October 2nd
g)     Final Dialogue Roadmap October 9th

 Competence

  • The technical expert should have at least 10 years of relevant experience;
  • Be an expert in the development of carbon pricing instruments in Eastern and Southern Africa and up-to-date on the latest developments, including under the negotiations of Article 6 under the UNFCCC;
  • Have an excellent understanding of the region and the ongoing challenges in regard to carbon pricing instruments;
  • Experience working with the UN system and sensitive to regional variations;
  • Fluency in English.

Application guidelines

Candidates, whose competencies and experience match the requirements above should send their resume and technical proposal to RCC Kampala (rcckampala@unfccc.int) by 2nd September, 2020. Proposals after this date will not be accepted. Please indicate “Proposal for Technical Expert” in the subject line.