Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Consultant (Preparing The NDA’s Operational Logframe)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

Guided by Syria’s national development policies and priorities, a Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness project has been awarded to assist the Government of Syria in the preparatory activities necessary to support the set-up of a fully functioning National Designated Authority (NDA) and his/her office, as well as a Steering Committee that supports the NDA in making strategic decisions. This project will develop NDA’ manual which provide the guidance on rules and procedures of the Syria’s NDA for its day-to-day operation, including decision-making process, criteria with regard to funding and accreditation support decisions, institutional mechanism, and other policies to strengthen its operational efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. The project will further ensure that Syria’s climate profile is assessed and communicated to all relevant officials.   Reporting Lines   The International Consultant for preparing the NDA’s Operational Logframe will report to the FAO Representative for Syria Office.   Technical Focus   As part of the GCF Readiness Programme’s support to the National Designated Authority (NDA) of the Government of Syria, the service of a consultant is sought to produce the Operational Logframe of Syria's NDA corresponding to activities 1.1.2, 1.1.3, and 1.2.1 in the work plan of the Syria Readiness project proposal (see https://www.greenclimate.fund/document/nda-strengthening-and-country-programming-support-syrian-arab-republic-through-fao).   The consultant will work under the supervision of the FAOR Syria, the project manager, and the FAOs Lead Technical Officer. The consult needs to execute all activities in close collaboration with  the focal point of NDA in the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment. The activities include, but are not limited to:   1. Define the operational Guidelines and work plan for the NDA; 2. Define the TOR and work plan for the Steering Committee; 3. Establish a no-objection mechanism at the national level to examine in an efficient and coherent manner the proposals to be submitted to the GCF for funding (this must be guided by i.a. Syrian Climate Change priorities as well as GCF Investment Criteria); 4. Participate in and help organize a 3-day stakeholder engagement and training workshop in cooperation with an international Climate Finance expert as per output 1.1.4. 5. Establish a national consultative framework to engage stakeholders   The assignment will be guided by the gap assessment developed under output 1.1.1 of the same proposal. The assessment report will be shared with the consultant, once a contract enters into force.   The consultant will develop the Operational Logframe for the NDA in close consultation with the Syria’s NDA, Ministry of Local Administration and Environment, and other relevant national stakeholders in climate change and finance. The Operational Logframe development will be primarily based on stakeholder consultations organized by the consultant to be hired under this assignment, who will need to consider the national context of climate finance and climate policy and governance in Syria. This work will require a thorough examination of relevant background documents from the GCF as well as the climate change priorities of Syria (see on-going projects and national policies as well as international commitments), good practices from other countries, and comprehensive consultations with country stakeholders.   Tasks and responsibilities   The consultant shall carry out the followings tasks in cooperation with a National Consultant to achieve the desired results of the assignment:
  • Organize and conduct as deemed necessary consultations with stakeholders in related government institutions for the drafting of the Terms of Reference (ToR) for NDA and Steering Committee; and the No-Objection Mechanism;

  • Develop, in accordance with national rules and regulations, the ToRs for the NDA’s role and respective selection criteria;

  • Draft an overview of the positioning of the NDA within the national legal and planning structure and institutional set-up (with reference to the output produced under activity 1.1.1.).

  • Develop operational guidelines that support the NDA and other relevant staff in the NDA’s office in performing their roles and responsibilities.

  • Develop a work plan governing the financial, management, and technical considerations relevant for the NDA’s office;

  • Set up transparent criteria for evaluation and prioritization of climate finance programmes/projects to be funded, under the GCF and other climate change and environmental funds;

Develop a national consultative framework for engaging stakeholders for the development and implementation of future projects/programmes;
  • Assess and recommend specific training needs for Human Resource development within the NDA office, including the Functional Steering Committee (see activity 1.1.3. of this project);

  • Draft ToRs for the Functional Steering Committee for supporting the NDA in making strategic decisions;

  • Develop a work plan for the Committee, aligned with the NDA work plan;

  • Participate in and help organize, in cooperation with an international expert in climate finance, a three-day stakeholder engagement and training workshop for 50 participants on Climate Finance with focus on the GCF full funding proposal and Readiness project development processes (subjects covered should also include: direct access modalities, private sector engagement, government co-finance modalities, GCF Investment Criteria, etc.). In addition, this workshop will be used to present gaps and information identified under 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 and collect recommendations how to address these;

  • Produce a guidance document of the GCF no-objection mechanism based on criteria adapted to the national context and priorities (as per i.a. NDCs and national communications to the UNFCCC) as well as to GCF investment criteria (see  https://www.greenclimate.fund/sites/default/files/document/investment-framework-criteria-assessment.pdf), agreed upon by the NDA and Steering Committee as well as relevant national stakeholders. The no-objection procedure will guide the NDA in deciding on whether to support concept notes and funding proposals received from Accredited Entities (please refer to https://www.greenclimate.fund/document/initial-no-objection-procedure).Discusse the draft findings of the various outcomes prepared by the consultant with NDA and the national stakeholders for validation and approval.

  CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING   Minimum Requirements  
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in good governance, public administration, or other closely related fields.

  • At least 5 years of work experience in an international environment within the context;

  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages, preferably Arabic.

  FAO Core Competencies  
  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills  
  • Demonstrated experience providing policy advice to Governments in developing countries on governance structures and public administration;

  • Experience in drafting documents in clear and concise English;

  • Experience in conducting focused group discussions (FGDs) and key informant interviews (KIIs), also remotely if necessary;

  • Strong analytical skills;

  • Demonstrated initiative, ability to work independently, sound judgement and good interpersonal skills;

  • Experience in engaging with various stakeholders, using participatory and consultative approaches and ability to manage diversity of views in different cultural contexts;

  • Work experience in Arabic and Asian countries is desirable.

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