Private Sector Engagement Specialist

Madagascar
Apply by 8 July 2018
Posted on 8 June 2018

Job Description

Private Sector Engagement 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 Private Sector Engagement 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 Private Sector Engagement Specialist will be responsible for playing a leading role in Task 3 and Task 4 where s/he will be responsible for identifying ways to engage the private sector in climate change adaptation measures. The Private Sector Engagement Specialist will also provide input as needed for the Task 1 governance assessment the Task 2 vulnerability assessment in two high value biodiversity zones.

More detailed responsibilities for the Private Sector Engagement 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
    • Provide input as needed in the identification of opportunities for integrating ACC, including NAP processes, into governance frameworks and local-level conservation and biodiversity decision-making and planning systems; for example, this may include how the private sector can participate or influence these activities.
  • Task 2: Conduct vulnerability assessments and other analyses related to the private sector at Mikajy activity sites;
    • Provide input as needed 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; especially as it related to livelihood and private sector activities.
  • Task 3: Identify potential adaptation measures involving the private sector with co-benefits for biodiversity and livelihoods;
    • Based off of the impacts and vulnerabilities identified in Task 2 explore relevant examples and good practices of adaptation measures that have been used in Madagascar and other countries as it applies to the key vulnerabilities of the Mikajy activity sites;
    • Develop a list of adaptation measures that could be implemented in the two HBV zones of the Mikajy activity and also useful for the Hay Tao activity and NAP preparation and implementation; including measures that may be driven by the private sector or where the private sector is one of several participants (e.g., public private partnerships or financial contributors);
    • 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; especially as it relates to private sector participation/interest in adaptation measures.
  • Task 4: Develop a roadmap for implementation of adaptation measures.
    • In consultation with USAID/Madagascar and the Mikajy activity select a minimum of two of adaptation measures that will be further developed into an implementation roadmap;
    • Develop location-specific write-ups for these adaptation measures that provides a description of the opportunities, discusses climate stressors and benefits to biodiversity and livelihoods, includes a description of steps to be undertaken to achieve success, and discusses potential involvement of other actors, including the private sector; and
    • Conduct consultations with private sectors stakeholders, as well as natural resources managers and/or local communities to discuss their interest and potential involvement or partnership in implementing these adaptation measures in collaboration with the Mikajy activity.
  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
  2. A 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 description of 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; including
    • A general description of the opportunity;
    • The climate stressors and non-climate stressors it would address;
    • The potential benefits to biodiversity, livelihoods, and other sectors;
    • Appropriate locations, contexts, and timelines for implementation;
    • A description of the steps or tasks to be undertaken and how they could be carried out;
    • Which stakeholders would need to be engaged (private sector, government, NGOS, citizens, etc.), and the roles they would play;
    • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges associated with the measure, especially as it relates to implementation in Madagascar and to potential for scaling up and informing the NAP process; and
    • Other important considerations for implementation, such as partnership structures and financing mechanisms.
  5. SCHEDULE AND LEVEL OF EFFORT

The consultant will have a total of 50 days LOE with the majority of work focused on Task 3 and 4. The consultant will submit their rate and confirm the proposed LOEs during contract negotiations. 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.

  1. QUALIFICATIONS
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience in private sector engagement, preferably with USAID-funded activities
  • Preferably hold a Master’s degree in policy, business, administration, international development, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in private sector engagement, public-private partnerships, climate change, biodiversity, and/or conservation
  • Experience leading and implementing technical tasks related to stakeholder engagement
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Exceptional written skills in English are required
  • Candidates must be located in Madagascar

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