International Climate Transparency Specialist (Project Design Team Leader), Home Based

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Wednesday, 6 October 2021


International Climate Transparency Specialist (Project Design Team Leader)

Job Posting: 22/Sep/2021

Closure Date: 06/Oct/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : SEC

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Home-Based

Duration : 6-7 months

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

Under the Paris Agreement, countries are requested to revise their NDCs every five years to cut greenhouse gas emissions to limit Earth’s temperature rise and implement solutions to adapt to the effects of climate change. The updating of NDCs and their implementation present countries with significant opportunities to align their climate and development agendas to promote sustainable growth, but also presents challenges in mainstreaming these goals into existing policies and operations and mobilizing scaled-up domestic and international resources. For this reason, the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) was created at the request of Parties to help strengthen the institutional and technical capacities of non-Annex I countries to meet the enhanced transparency requirements defined in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement. The CBIT has three aims:

Strengthen national institutions for transparency-related activities in line with national priorities;
Provide relevant tools, training, and assistance for meeting the provisions stipulated in Article 13 of the Agreement;
Assist in the improvement of transparency over time. Within the preparation to the GEF-7 project identification form (PIF) a project proposal "Strengthening capacities in the agricultural and land use sectors in Uzbekistan to increase transparency in the implementation and monitoring of the national contribution of Uzbekistan in accordance with the Paris Agreement " was approved in August 2021. The main objective of the project is to develop frameworks and upgrades at the institutional and technical level for Uzbekistan that will enhance a country capacity to prepare reports on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in accordance with the Paris Agreement on improving the transparency structure, which will contain enhanced components of the relevant sectors, including lists of sources and sinks of emissions, and also the information needed to track progress towards the priority actions identified in the nationally determined contributions of these sectors by 2023.

The purpose of this call is support Uzbekistan at the preparation of project proposal for GEF.

Reporting Lines

Under the general supervision and guidance of Natural Resources Officer, the Consultant will contribute to the preparation of the Concept Note and full project proposal for Uzbekistan.

Technical Focus

Supporting the formulation, drafting, development, and submission of the PPG for Uzbekistan through the provision of relevant expertise. The objective of this consultancy is to lead the project design and prepare the full GEF Project Documents and supporting materials for submission to the GEF Secretariat (SEC) before middle of March 2022.

Tasks and responsibilities

To achieve PPG objectives, the consultant will lead the PPG design teams to carry out general tasks, including:

Coordinate inputs, such as on project scope, potential operational and financing arrangements, from other PPG preparation support staff, government and other key stakeholders;
Provide professional recommendations on design of appropriate consultative processes and PPG work schedule;
As a lead author, complete a fundable FAO-GEF Project Document and supporting documentation complying with the GEF-7 Trust Fund results framework, the GEF-approved PIF, GEF Focal Areas, STAP comments and general FAO-GEF requirements;
Ensure the project design process is participatory, and that the project is nationally relevant and ‚owned‘;
Support the FAO country office to identify potential co-financiers and obtain co-financing letters; and

Lead, participate in and facilitate consultative, inception and validation workshops, meetings, providing clarifications and presentations as necessary, and ensure documentation of relevant meetings.

Provide methodological support for the stocktaking exercise on the progress achieved in the definition of an MRV system in Uzbekistan and development of a roadmap to finalize this system

Prepare a stakeholder map that are involved into NDC process and other requirements under Paris Agreement

To achieve these objectives, the consultant, as a lead author of the project documents, will:

Meet virtually with the GEF Operational Focal Point and key stakeholders to discuss the scope of the project, confirm PPG support and the level of resources to be allocated to the project development;
The consultant, with the support of the PPG team members, will prepare, review, reconfirm and/or amend (if/where necessary) the following points:

The global environmental issues, CBIT focus, related national NDC mitigation and adaptation priorities, technical and reporting capacities, systems and barriers that must be addressed via the project and utilizing FAO comparative advantage;
Reconfirm/update the baseline scenario and associated baseline activities/projects - analyse relevant past and ongoing activities, projects and programmes that seek to address Enhanced Transparency Frameworks and identify priority gaps where these fall short; based on the analysis of ongoing and planned projects/programmes, estimate potential baseline funding (sources of co-finance);
Review and, if necessary, re-define/focus the proposed alternative scenario, GEF focal area strategies, with a brief description of expected outcomes and components of the project, and articulate the project’s theory of change;
Review and if necessary, re-articulate the incremental reasoning for the project;
Highlight innovation and sustainability aspects of the proposed project and potential for scaling up or replication;
Highlight partnerships and synergies supporting scale out of impacts (i.e. supporting national reporting from other priority sectors);
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If/where applicable, outline how the project can best address socioeconomic issues such as gender and indigenous communities‘ issues/ concerns;
Review identified risks that might prevent the project objectives from being achieved, and propose measures that address these risks in the project’s design;
Outline the coordination with other relevant GEF-financed and other initiatives for co-financing components;
Outline the knowledge management approach for the project, including, if any, plans for the project to learn from other relevant projects and initiatives, to assess and document in a user-friendly form, and share these experiences and expertise with relevant stakeholders;
Describe tangible global environmental benefits and socioeconomic benefits for the intervention, and calculate/estimate their project targets;
Oversee the stakeholder analysis and consultations, and re-confirm the identification of key stakeholders (including academia, private sector and civil society organizations, if/where applicable) who will be involved in the project, and institutional arrangements for project formulation and implementation in the form of co-financing;
Ensure that management/implementation arrangements are secured and agreed upon by relevant stakeholders

Define and justify all project components, indicative outcomes, outputs and activities and budget allocations (both GEF and co-finance) across the components;
Integrate the risks identified during the PIF incl. those in the environmental and social safeguards and climate change assessments, where relevant

Identify potential areas of support through the project on building back better from COVID-19 impacts , and

Present and discuss the project’s ProDoc and tracking tool with government, partners and relevant FAO teams, and incorporate feedback.


Minimum Requirements

University degree in Economics, development studies, environmental/agricultural sciences, political science, social science, international relations, business administration or a related appropriate field

3 years of relevant experience in climate finance and project/programme planning and monitoring, including practical experience in project formulation, appraisal, implementation, monitoring, communication and/or in financial and budget planning.

Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work

Extent and relevance of experience in project/programme formulation

Extent and relevance of experience in results monitoring and reporting

Familiarity with climate finance mechanisms

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