« READINESS » PROJECT & PREPARATORY SUPPORT TO LIBYA “Preparation of Libya to Climate Finance through GCF country programming and establishment of the GCF national designated authority”

  TERMS OF REFERENCES   

 FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT TO ELABORATE A DESCRIPTIVE GUIDE ON THE MAIN STEPS FOR ACCESS TO THE GCF 


  1. CONTEXT   
 Located in North Africa, Libya is constituted of more than 90% of desert and semi-desert areas, of which only 4700 km2 are irrigated lands. It is one of the world’s most arid countries with only 2% of its surface receiving rain that allow to practice agricultural activities and only 5% of the country receiving more than 100 mm of rainfall per year. According to climate scenarios, average annual temperature is expected to increase by 2 ° C by 2050, with more frequent heat waves. Average annual precipitation is also expected to decrease by 7% by 2050, with an increase in rainfall intensity and extreme events. Agricultural productivity is strongly affected by limited water resources, difficult climate conditions and poor soil quality. Only 3.8 million hectares (1 to 2% of the country’s land area) are arable.
Due to these conditions, Libya is compelled to import up to 75% of its food. This figure is all the more alarming as estimates suggest that one-third of the population lives below the poverty line and therefore has limited resources to adapt to projected increases in temperature and extreme weather events. Combined with limited governance capacity, these unfavorable conditions represent considerable obstacles to adaptation to climate change. Indeed, up to this day and in light of its situation for the last few years, Libya, although having ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, has not yet submitted a national communication or proposed a political and strategic framework for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Libya’s commitment to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will enable it to access the financial resources needed to build its political, strategic and institutional framework for adaptation to climate change. It will also be an opportunity to upgrade, in terms of climate finance, both the public institutions that are involved in the climate change issue and the financial institutions that are likely to be involved. Account taken to these aspects, Libya requested the GCF support to conduct a project for preparation to climate finance “Climate Readiness”. The request was accepted and will contribute to bridging gaps in terms of capacities and to strengthening the effective commitment of the concerned stakeholders. The activities of the “Readiness-Libya” project will allow to set up a National Designated Authority (NDA), and to strengthen its institutional capacities to fulfill his/her roles and responsibilities towards the GCF. The project is structured around two components: Component1: Strengthening the Focal Point and NDA Once the NDA is established with the support of the project, the activities of this component will focus on the recruitment of national and international experts to provide technical and institutional support to the GCF National Focal Point to strengthen his/her capacities and help him/her fulfill his/her roles and responsibilities vis-à-vis the Green Climate Fund. Component 2: Strategic Engagement Framework with the GCF This component will allow to establish a favorable environment at the national level for the mobilization of climate finance by involving stakeholders and identifying national priorities taking into account the GCF main guidelines and cross-sectoral and public-private cooperation tracks. Access to climate funds, in particular to the GCF, requires a good understanding of the procedures and requirements by the concerned stakeholders.
To this end, it is important to develop a guide adapted to the national context and in in both English and Arabic. This guide aims to help projects and programs promoters in Libya to mobilize “Climate» financial resources, especially those of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). 
2. OBJECTIVE 
This international consultancy aims at the elaboration of a descriptive guide on the main necessary steps for access to climate finance, the GCF in particular, taking into account the country’s context and specificities. The work will be carried out under the supervision of the AND and the NFP at the General Authority of the Environment of Libya. 
3. CONSULTANT’S DUTIES
 In order to achieve the guide, the consultant is required to: 
  •  Develop an overview of existing guides and methodological tools on climate finance procedures, especially those of the GCF,
  •   Organize consultation meetings with national partners to discuss the content of the guide and gather useful information (national priorities and requirements) for the development of the guide; regarding the actual situation in Libya, this consultation can be done with the most relevant communication tools (example Skype, …).
 The guide will be based on the following elements among others::
 – Synthesize the strategic directions and procedures of the GCF. These include 
(i) priority areas for GCF intervention,
 (ii) arrangements for the allocation of financial resources, and 
(iii) eligibility criteria applied, etc…;
 – Description of the accreditation process to be followed by national entities to gain accreditation by the GCF;
 – The process for submitting concept notes for climate finance-related projects / programs at the national level as well as the procedure for processing files (no-objection mechanism);
 – Description of the process of developing GCF-eligible project / program proposals based on the GCF forms and highlighting the most important GCF and country requirements;
 – Determine the role of each stakeholder in the process of developing and submitting projects / programs (project promoters, ministries, civil society, private sector, DNA, etc.) at the national level. 
  • Develop the guide on the basis of what has gone before;
  •   Present the content of the guide at a national workshop to be held in Tunis;
  •   Develop a summary document of the guide (10-15 pages). 
4. EXCEPTED OUTPUTS
During the project implementation duration, the consultant is invited to produce: 
  •  A detailed plan of the guide;
  •   A detailed practical guide on the main steps to access the GCF financial resources developed in English;
  •  A presentation support (PowerPoint) guide; 
  •  A report of the national stakeholders exchange workshop; 
  •  A summary (10-15 pages) of the guide presenting the main orientations and steps described in the guide.  
  5. REQUIRED PROFILE AND QUALIFICATIONS 
The consultant who will be in charge of the guide development must hold:
  •   A university degree (bac + 5 at least) in relation of environment and natural resources;
  •   have solid experience in the fields of climate finance and in the development of communication tools on climate change issues. In addition he (she) must have the following qualifications:
  •  Have considerable skills in the fields of environment, climate change, sustainable natural resources and master aspects related to climate finance;
  •   Have knowledge on the progress and recent approaches and procedures of climate finance, especially the GCF;
  •  Have good writing skills and good command of English and Arabic;
  •   Have a great capacity for analysis, synthesis and writing; 
  •  Have a good knowledge of new information technologies and office software (word processing, messaging and internet); 
  • Have a good knowledge of methods and tools for data processing and information production.
 6. DURATION, DEADLINE AND REMUNERATION
 For this consultancy, the overall effort is estimated at 25 person/days, as detailed in the table below at a daily rate fixed at 600 US$.   
  The payment of the fees will be made by OSS to the consultant’s bank account upon the validation by OSS of the work requested. The payment transfer will be made over two instalments as follows: 
  •  30 % of the total amount upon reception and validation of the guide detailed plan;
  •   70% of the total amount upon reception and final validation of all the products required in accordance with the TOR, including the guide, summary and the workshop report. If the consultant is Tunisian or resident in Tunisia, he will be paid in Tunisian dinars according to the exchange rate practiced by the OSS.  
  7. APPLICATION FILE 
The application file must be presented in accordance with the profile requested in the TOR. The file must include the following documents: 
1. A methodological note of 3 pages for the mission implementation, specifying the expert’s field of competence, achievements, and experiences in relation with the consultancy theme. 
2. A detailed curriculum vitae of the consultant; use the OSS Standard model downloadable on the following link: [OSS CV Model].
 3. Any other useful references/documents. 
8. APPLICATION MODALITIES AND DEADLINE 
Applications can be sent by e-mail, before 19 th of May 2019 at 23h59mn to the following e-mail address: [email protected] and marked “([AC/OSS/READINESS-Libya_GCF-Guide/060519-10] Application: For the recruitment of an International consultant to elaborate a descriptive guide on the main steps for access to the GCF).
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