Organization: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Closing date: 21 Mar 2018
Terms of Reference for Framework of Support (Consultancy – Junior National Consultant)
Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CI-ACA)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is a nonprofit policy research institute promoting sustainable development across the Asia-Pacific region. Established in 1998, IGES is headquartered in Hayama, Japan and has branch offices and desks in Bangkok, Beijing, Kansai, Kitakyushu, New Delhi, and Tokyo.
Since the year 2015, IGES has partnered with UN Climate Change to establish the UN Climate Change Regional Collaboration Centre for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.
IGES, on behalf of UN Climate Change and the regional Collaboration Centre, Bangkok (RCC Bangkok), seeks to hire a junior national consultant to carry out activities related to the Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CI-ACA) initiative, in Pakistan as described in the ‘Objectives and Details of Project’ section below.
Carbon pricing is a straightforward approach for addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as it puts a price signal on carbon, creating an incentive for cutting emissions and investing into more climate friendly solutions.
The Paris Agreement, which has already been ratified by 176 Parties (as of 29 January 2018), among which Pakistan, explicitly recognizes the important role of carbon pricing (decision CP21/1 para. 136).
Recognising the growing number of Parties to the Paris Agreement that are considering carbon pricing instruments as an approach for implementing their climate action and the related need for support, the CIACA initiative was announced during the COP22 in Marrakech. The initiative’s objective is to support Parties in the development of carbon pricing approaches for implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Agreement and foster cooperative climate action with other jurisdictions
The initiative is operationalized regionally through the UN Climate Change Regional Collaboration Centres (RCCs).
Purpose of the Assignment
Carbon pricing instruments can help guide economies towards a sustainable low carbon future and, therefore, support the achievement of NDC targets. However, such economic instruments for climate action do not exist in isolation, but are part of a much wider context which includes among others the international climate regime, domestic climate action and policies, and other national circumstances.
Recognizing that an effective carbon pricing instrument should be rooted in the national context, be aligned with national priorities, and take into account the views of key national stakeholders, from both the public and private sectors, the Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan has expressed interest in launching of a study, supported by the CI-ACA in initiative, on the design of carbon pricing instruments for the country.
Since many possible designs for carbon pricing instruments are possible, the purpose of this assignment is to determine which approach would be the most appropriate and beneficial for Pakistan.
Role and structure
In this context, through RCC Bangkok the CI-ACA initiative of UN Climate Change is seeking a consultant (junior) for supporting the designing, launching, and execution of this study.
Under the overall supervision of the Senior Consultant, the consultant (junior) will work with other members of the team in Pakistan and with the Ministry of Climate Change to support the design, launch, and execution of the above-mentioned study at the national level.
The junior consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
· Provide backstopping support as well as technical support to the team, including data collection, data analysis, desk research, drafting and editing project documents;
· Track data and trends on global and regional market based instruments;
· Draft summaries and conduct research as it relates to the topics of the study;
· Develop, plan, and execute in-country data gathering initiatives and events ;
· Support the development and formulation of the study in the capacity of both a research and technical resource.
· Local coordination for meeting/ consultation/ stakeholder engagement and holding/ organizing events (meetings, dialogues, workshops as required).
· Regular coordination with Ministry of Climate Change and UNFCCC Regional Collaborative Centre for update of progress and support in conduction of activity
The junior consultant will be placed in Pakistan with the Ministry of Climate Change.
The junior consultant will be part of a small team working on this study, the team will be supervised by a Ministry of Climate Change in Pakistan. The team will be guided by representatives of the CI-ACA initiative and UN Climate Change staff at RCC Bangkok.
The consultant will be contracted by RCC Bangkok partner IGES.
Objectives and Details of Project
Specifically, the objective of the project and the study is to support the Ministry of Climate Change of Pakistan in considering and drafting a proposed instrument (or set of tools) that provide a price signal on carbon emissions – in order to contribute to the achievement of the NDC of the country at the domestic level, considering the national context and priorities, while enabling potential cooperative mitigation action under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
The project will culminate in a study which will compare the merits of the different approaches, taking into account the needs and specific priorities of the country with regard to potential carbon pricing instruments – including potential for the use of these instruments with recommendations on required capacity-building and policy development.
The study will incorporate the feedback of key public and private stakeholders at the federal and provincial levels.
It is expected that the described study is developed in close collaboration with the Federal Government of Pakistan and interested parties.
Expected date for start of work
The work will start in March 2018.
The work will initially be of a 6-month duration. The consultant will be allocated 90 working days.
The duty station of the consultant shall be the Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan. Travel and subsistence allowance will be provided at prevailing UN Climate Change rates for any project related travel the consultant may need to undertake during the course of the consultancy.
Implementation and Reporting
Staff of the UNFCCC secretariat, especially those at the Regional Collaboration Centre Bangkok will provide support and act as reviewers. The Federal Government of Pakistan will also review and validate stages of the study of sub-packages of work.
The assignment shall be implemented based on a mutually agreed timeline. All deliverables shall be submitted to the CI-ACA project with a copy to the responsible Regional Collaboration Center and the country focal person/s.
Qualifications and Competencies
● Advanced educational qualifications in a relevant field (environmental economics, public policy, public administration) in combination with relevance of experience
● 2 years of professional experience in climate change mitigation; some concrete experience in designing and/or analyzing domestic carbon pricing and carbon market schemes such as carbon tax, emission trading systems and carbon funds is desirable.
● Familiarity with the following subtopics related to carbon pricing is desirable: scope and coverage, oversight and institutional arrangements, flexibility provision, setting of cap/price, allocation or management of price impact.
● Knowledge of latest national, regional, and international developments in the field of carbon pricing.
● Experience working with government and non-government stakeholders.
● Previous working experience in Pakistan strongly desired.
● Desired skills: Report writing, research and analysis, presentation, consulting and advisory.
● Language skills: Proficiency in written and spoken English and Urdu (or another local language) is essential.
● Technical Proposal and Timeline (1-10 points)
● Financial Proposal (1-10 points)
How to apply:
Candidates, whose qualifications and experience match what we are looking for, please send the documents cited below to Ms. Ariel Yu (firstname.lastname@example.org) and copy regionalcentre-HR@iges.or.jp. Please indicate “Junior consultant – carbon pricing” in your email subject.
This position is open for either entities or individual consultants to apply. In case of an application received from an entity, please submit the below listed documents for the Junior Expert as well as the documents listed in the ToR for the Senior expert under this project. Applications from entities received without complete documents for both experts will not be accepted.
Only candidates under serious consideration will be invited for an interview via teleconference.
Please include the following documents in your application:
● Up to date CV
● Cover Letter
● A technical proposal that will have a description of methodology for implementing the assignment and the tasks therein. Please include a list of key questions that, according to you, would need to be explored in the course of conducting the study.
● A financial proposal that will constitute a budget for the work described in this ToR, with a proposed payment schedule and indicating the daily rate;
Assessment criteria, based on desk review of submitted material:
● Listed Qualifications (1-10 points)
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