Climate Change Adaptation and Planning Specialist

Madagascar
Apply by 8 July 2018
Posted on 8 June 2018

Job Description

Climate Change Adaptation and Planning Specialist

Local Governance and Private Sector Opportunities on Adaptation to Climate Change for Biodiversity and Livelihoods in Madagascar

USAID CEADIR Activity

  1. ACTIVITY CONTEXT

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience (CEADIR) Activity helps governments, the private sector, and civil society make the business and economic case for investing in climate change mitigation and adaptation. In collaboration with USAID/Madagascar’s Hay Tao and Mikajy activities and staff of the Mission and USAID/Washington’s Global Climate Change and Economic Policy Offices, CEADIR will identify and assess local governance and private sector opportunities for adaptation to climate change (ACC) to support biodiversity and livelihoods.

As part of this initiative CEADIR will 1) identify and assess opportunities to integrate climate change adaptation in local governance, especially in HBV zones and 2) guide private sector investments in adaptation with benefits for both biodiversity and livelihoods.

  1. POSITION DESCRIPTION

CEADIR is seeking a Climate Change Adaptation and Planning Specialist that will work with the CEADIR team to implement activities across four tasks.

  • Task 1: Identify options for integrating adaptation to climate change into governance frameworks at the regional and local levels in high biodiversity value zones;
  • Task 2: Conduct vulnerability assessments and other analyses related to the private sector at Mikajy activity sites;
  • Task 3: Identify potential adaptation measures involving the private sector with co-benefits for biodiversity and livelihoods; and
  • Task 4: Develop a roadmap for implementation of adaptation measures.

More specifically, the Climate Change Adaptation and Planning Specialist will be responsible for leading Task 1 where s/he will be responsible for identifying potential ways to mainstream climate change adaptation for biodiversity and livelihoods into local governance, planning, and decision-making processes and structures. The Climate Change Adaptation and Planning Specialist will also provide input and conduct field work for the Task 2 vulnerability assessment in two high value biodiversity zones, as well as provide support for Task 3 and 4 work related to the identification of adaptation measures and development of an implementation roadmap for select adaptation measures.

More detailed responsibilities for the Climate Change Adaptation and Planning Specialist by task are as follows:

  • Task 1: Identify options for integrating adaptation to climate change into governance frameworks at the regional and local levels in high biodiversity value zones
    • Summarize the existing governance and decision-making structure at the regional and level levels for high biodiversity value zones – including sharing reports and resource documents with CEADIR team;
    • Conduct interviews with key stakeholders in the national and local government, other donors, and development finance institutions on progress and plans under the NAP for support to biodiversity and livelihood;
    • Identify opportunities for integrating ACC, including NAP processes, into governance frameworks and local-level conservation and biodiversity decision-making and planning systems; and
    • Share information on findings with USAID and other stakeholders to influence the process of preparing and implementing the NAP in the context of other programs and activities.
  • Task 2: Conduct vulnerability assessments and other analyses related to the private sector at Mikajy activity sites;
    • Provide support in the preparation of a high-level vulnerability assessment of Mikajy project areas to understand the relevant climate and non-climate stressors, impacts, and vulnerabilities;
    • Share existing information on vulnerability, climate impacts, or other useful factors at Mikajy project areas with CEADIR team;
    • Collect data, information, or input from stakeholders that can feed into the vulnerability assessment (e.g., local livelihood information, climate data, other indicators, etc.); and
    • Summarize and share results of the vulnerability assessment.
  • Task 3: Identify potential adaptation measures involving the private sector with co-benefits for biodiversity and livelihoods; and
    • Work with the CEADIR team, in particular the Private Sector Specialist, in the identification and assessment of climate adaptation measures that can support biodiversity and livelihoods through public and private sector investments; and
    • Assist with field visits to the Mikajy project areas and other stakeholder consultations to assess and further explore potential adaptation measures that will be applicable.
  • Task 4: Develop a roadmap for implementation of adaptation measures.
    • Assist in further developing and refining a subset of adaptation measures into an implementation roadmap that can be used by the Mikajy project; and
    • Provide technical input into articulating adaptation and climate-resilient development benefits of these measures and describing how the measures will reduce climate-related impacts, vulnerabilities, and risk and ultimately strengthen development outcomes.
  1. DELIVERABLES

The consultant will be responsible for providing inputs into:

  1. A report on options for applying the NAP at the regional and local levels (10 – 15 pages), including:
    • A summary of existing governance framework and decision-making structures related to biodiversity and conservation;
    • Opportunities for integrating ACC into governance frameworks at the regional and local levels in HBV zones;
    • Potential ways to mainstream ACC for biodiversity and livelihoods into local governance, planning, and decision-making processes and structures; and
    • Ways to better link national adaptation planning and local adaptation planning.
  2. An briefing on initial vulnerability assessment results and a summary of the report on options for applying the NAP at the regional and local levels
  3. An initial briefing on adaptation measures engaging the private sector with co-benefits to biodiversity and livelihoods
  4. Draft vulnerability assessment results and roadmap for site specific adaptation measures with private sector involvement
  5. SCHEDULE AND LEVEL OF EFFORT

The consultant will have a total of 50 days LOE with the majority of work focus on Task 1 and 2. The consultants will submit their rates and confirm the proposed LOEs during proposal submissions. The timeline for implementation of the activity and deliverables is as follows.

Deliverable

Planned Schedule

Draft report on options for applying the NAP at the regional and local levels

July 13, 2018

An briefing on initial vulnerability assessment results and a summary of the report on options for applying the NAP at the regional and local levels

July 20, 2018

Initial briefing on adaptation measures engaging the private sector with co-benefits to biodiversity and livelihoods

September 07, 2018

Vulnerability assessment results and roadmap for site specific adaptation measures with private sector involvement

October 26, 2018

  1. COMMUNICATION

The consultants shall work in collaboration with CEADIR throughout the implementation of this activity.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least five years of relevant professional experience in climate change, preferably with USAID-funded activities
  • Preferably hold a Master’s degree in natural resources, environment, international development, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in climate change adaptation, vulnerability assessment, adaptation planning, biodiversity and conservation
  • Experience leading and implementing technical tasks related to climate change adaptation
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Exceptional written skills in English are required
  • Candidates must be located in Madagascar

About the Organization

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