Type of Contract: One Individual Consultant; (45 days)
Languages Required: English & Mongolian
Duration: 45 days between September and December 2016
Application Deadline: Possible Internal Recruitment
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provides an opportunity to support Mongolia’s efforts to reduce deforestation and help to maintain and protect its natural forest. In preparation for REDD+ implementation, and as an effort to mitigate ensuing impacts from REDD+ actions, the Cancun Agreements (Decision 1/CP. 16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) call countries to address and respect a set of seven safeguards. One of these safeguards is (d) The full and effective participation of relevant stakeholders, in particular indigenous peoples and local communities, in actions referred to in paragraphs 70 and 72 of this decision.
These objectives will be achieved through two outcomes:
- Outcome 1: Capacities exist for effective and efficient management of REDD+, including full and effective participation of all relevant stakeholders
- Outcome 2: National REDD+ Strategy
One of the fundamental issues identified during the engagement process in Mongolia is the need to involve disadvantaged groups and women. The engagement process can only be effective if there are mechanisms established at the national level and within the provinces, of the national REDD+ strategy, to ensure its sustainability, wherein men, women, youth and ethnic groups are equitably involved in and can benefit from REDD+.
As such, this assignment will analyses social inclusion dynamics of men, women, youth and ethnic groups for REDD+ in Mongolia at the national level. This preliminary analysis will inform the development of an engagement mechanism, as well as considerations for potential policies and measures as part of the development of a draft national REDD+ strategy.
2. OBJECTIVE OF ASSIGNMENT
This assignment will provide preliminary analysis of social inclusion dynamics of men, women, youth and ethnic groups for REDD+ in Mongolia. It will ensure stakeholder engagement mechanisms are socially inclusive and gender responsive. The analysis will also inform considerations for potential policies and measures of a draft national REDD+ strategy that reflects both national priorities as well as concerns and priorities of key stakeholders, including men, women and youth at the national, and potentially sub-national levels.
3. SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT
The National consultant/s are expected to work closely with the identified international counterparts to complete the tasks under this assignment. This will be done in close coordination and consultation with government counterparts and the international UN-REDD team, Government staff and identified CSO forum members, who will liaise with UNDP REDD+ regional and global advisors.
The conceptual leadership of this assignment will be assumed by the International Consultant/s, including work plan preparation and methodological leadership.
The National Consultant/s are expected to provide country background, collect information based on conceptual framework and guiding questions, advise, coordinate, analyses local documents and issues, and translate key issues for discussion with International Consultant/s, conduct focus group discussions, and deliver capacity building.
4. METHODOLOGY FOR ASSIGNMENT
The methodology will include
- Review conceptual framework for social and gender inclusion prepared by International Consultant(s), and further adapt to the Mongolian context based on desk review of relevant guidelines and reports produced, particularly the UN-REDD Programme Guidance Note for Gender Sensitive REDD+, MET Gender Strategy, and those arising from GIZ, ADB and FAO Forest sector projects.
- Develop a list of key institutional and individual stakeholders.
- Use guiding questions to collect information with identified stakeholders.
- Lead facilitation of a national validation workshop.
- Deliver capacity building for social inclusion in REDD+.
- Write a report of the analysis, findings and recommendations.
- This assignment consists of the following tasks:
- Analysis on national formal rules, policies and institutions for social inclusion of men, women and youth
- Identify existing key policies, laws or regulations that support social inclusion which includes men, women and youth broadly and including those from ethnic minorities and vulnerable communities. Assess the extent these policies, laws or regulations are socially and gender responsive, and identify any gaps.
- Identify whether existing policies, laws and regulations related to REDD+ (e.g. climate change, land tenure and forest and natural resource management and use) are socially and gender responsive, and identify any corresponding gaps (e.g. lack of equal rights around statutory and customary land tenure, forest access and use, capacity and awareness, etc.).
- Assess any capacity gaps of REDD+ national and local institutional structures to integrate social inclusion and gender dynamics into REDD+ processes, including within the development of a national REDD+ strategy.
- Identify initiatives undertaken by other partners that have supported socially inclusive and gender responsive national policy processes to ascertain lessons learned and opportunities for creating synergies and replicating good practices.
- Analysis of social inclusion and gender dynamics and initiatives in natural resource management in Mongolia
- Identify current social inclusion and gender dynamics, barriers and inequalities related to natural resource management and forests in Mongolia.
- Identify division of roles and responsibilities between men and women in natural resource management and decision making.
- Identify any knowledge and capacity gaps on REDD+ among local and national institutions supporting the REDD+ process in Mongolia, to assess their, (i) the importance of social inclusion in REDD+; (ii) capacity and knowledge in integrating social inclusion and gender dynamics into REDD+ processes, especially within the development of a national REDD+ strategy.
- Interview partners and stakeholders (government, CSOs, NGOs, ethnic minorities, etc.) that have supported socially inclusive and gender responsive (i) national policy processes and (ii) REDD+ and/or natural resource management consultation and engagement efforts.
5. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The National Consultant/s will work closely with International Consultant/s to prepare the necessary studies, concept notes, agendas and other materials in Mongolia and following-up on activities.
The expert is expected to undertake the following activities in order to achieve the stated objectives above.
6. ASSIGNMENT MONITORING AND REPORTING
- Reporting Lines
The National Consultant/s will be supervised by the International Consultant(s), and work in close consultation with the UN-REDD PMU.
- Expected Deliverables
The expected deliverables include the following outputs:
- Work plan and brief inception report outlining proposed methodology, indicative activities, interview questions, timeline for deliverables (in conjunction with International Consultant/s)
- One (1) draft and one (1) final report for social inclusion dynamics for REDD+ in Mongolia. Suggested sections for the report are: objectives; analysis of the implementation of rules, policies and institutional capacity; assessment of social inclusion and gender dynamics and initiatives in natural resource management; short, and medium term recommendations to improve implementation and address social inclusion and gender gaps; and relevant lessons from other initiatives.
- Responsibilities of the Consultant
The National Consultant/s are responsible for timely provision of data and information to UN-REDD PMU staff to ensure that the analysis of social inclusion dynamics are in place for consideration in the development of a national REDD+ strategy.
The National Consultant/s will be responsible for the deliverables.
- Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; and
- Ability to maintain effective rapport with different kinds of people.
Management and Leadership
- Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
- Proven ability to work flexibly and independently as part of an interdisciplinary and/or multi-cultural team working across disciplines and stakeholders at all levels, and delivery quality results against tight deadlines; and
- Strong managerial/leadership and decision-making skills.
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Shares knowledge and experience.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
- Strong analytical skills and the ability to master new material quickly;
- Ability to manage priorities in order to meet tight deadlines;
- Good communications, interpersonal and report writing skills; and
- Creativity and innovation abilities.
8. DEGREE OF EXPERTISE AND Qualifications
- Degree or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as Anthropology, Political Science, Development Studies and Natural Resource Management
- At least 10 years of relevant working experiences in the areas of natural resource management or social development: experience in participatory and gender responsive processes is an advantage
- Strong experience providing strategic advice and dealing with the government and development partners, examples of outputs should be provided
- Experience with working with gender and social inclusion assessments is required
- Experience working in environment sector change is an added advantage
- Strong research, analysis, report-writing, facilitation, communication and inter-personal skills, examples of reports should be provided
- Ability to adapt and work in politically sensitive situations
- Experience working with Mongolian stakeholders is required.
- Proficiency in both spoken and written English Proficiency in local languages is mandatory; examples of reports should be provided.