The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) announces a tender for GHG International Consultant (QA/QC) within the GEF-funded project “Georgia’s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation of the Paris Agreement”
TERMS OF REFERENCE
For the Review and Improvement of Draft Modalities and Procedures for the Implementation of QA/QC, Application Procedures for Verification Techniques, and Archiving System Procedure and Preparing Database Outline
REC Caucasus is executing the project “Georgia’s integrated transparency framework for implementation of the Paris agreement”, which aims to meet the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) requirements under the Paris agreement.
Project Title: Georgia’s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation of the Paris Agreement
REC Caucasus Project ID: 024RECC/G/UNEP
Contract type: Consultancy Service Contract
Contract No: 024RECC/G/UNEP-2023-SRV-52-BL110110
Position: GHG International Consultant (QA/QC)
Starting Date: 15 May, 2023
Duration: 3 months and 15 days (15 May, 2023 – 1 September, 2023)
Duty Station: Remote
1. PROJECT BACKGROUND
Contract is concluded for implementation of the GEF financed Project (2019-2023) “Georgia’s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation of the Paris Agreement”.
The Paris Agreement, adopted at the 21st Conference of Parties (CoP) in December 2015, sets out a global action plan that puts the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. The Agreement refers to ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDCs) that each individual country should make to achieve the worldwide goal set of reducing anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. As part of this Agreement, all countries agreed to an enhanced transparency framework (ETF) for action and support (Article 13), with built-in flexibility which considers Parties’ different capacities and builds upon collective experience. For Georgia there is a need to set up new transparency governance structures, develop and implement MRV procedures, and update, implement, and integrate new data and information flows with pre-defined periodicity. Two parallel ongoing climate activities at the central and local levels in the country need to be aligned under the Domestic Enhanced Transparency Framework. The clear, comparable, accountable and flexible MRV system should integrate mitigation strategies, measures and their effect into the national level. A key condition for successful implementation of the Paris Agreement’s transparency requirements is the provision requiring adequate and sustainable financial support and capacity building to enable developing countries to significantly strengthen their efforts to build robust domestic and regulatory processes. For the above purposes, the GEF Funded Project “Georgia’s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation of the Paris Agreement” is planned to be implemented in Georgia.
The overall objective of the project is to meet the enhanced transparency framework (ETF) requirements under the Paris Agreement.
1. Strengthening vertical integration in Georgia for transparency-related activities;
2. Georgia’s National greenhouse gas (GHG) Inventory system and HFC data management system are aligned to the enhanced transparency framework (ETF);
3. Climate Change Mitigation in Georgia’s transparency system
The country lacks an enduring, legally supported QA/QC process for all Georgian national inventories. The CBIT project is going to shift the QA/QC process from ad-hoc basis to an enduring, legally supported procedure for all Georgian national inventories in the future.
2. OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
RECC engages International Consultant to review and improve draft modalities and procedures for the implementation of QA/QC, draft application procedures for verification techniques, draft archiving system procedure and prepare archiving system database outline.
Specific Objective of the Assignment
The consultant will be responsible to review and improve (1) draft QA/QC plan for the national and sub-national GHG inventory, (2) draft modalities and procedures for the implementation of QA/QC, (a) draft QA as well as general and category-specific QC procedures, (3) draft application procedures for verification techniques, (4) draft archiving system procedure and prepare archiving system database outline.
Planned activities are as follows:
The following work steps are needed within the assignment:
Step 1. Review and improve, for adoption, draft QA/QC plan for the national and sub-national GHG inventory, including an outline of the processes, schedule to review all source categories and a time frame from initial inventory development to final reporting in any year [Activity 2.3.1],
Step 2. Review and improve, for adoption, draft modalities and procedures for the implementation of QA/QC [Activity 2.3.1, 2.3.2];
This task includes reviewing and improving QA as well as general and category-specific QC procedures, including expert peer review guidance for checking the calculations or assumptions done during the sector inventory both at a national and sub-national level, the cross-checking activities for the assumptions and criteria for the selection of activity data and emission factors, documented transcription errors, emissions calculations, etc. activities for checking the movement of inventory data among processing steps, estimations of uncertainties in emissions and removals, internal documentation, recalculations, completeness, prior estimates; checking emission data, including default factors, country-specific emission factors, and direct emission measurements from individual sites checking activity data collected at a national level using secondary data sources or from site-specific data prepared its personnel from their own measurements [Activity 2.3.2];
Step 3. Review and improve, for adoption, draft application procedures for GHG inventory verification techniques, including defining the scope of verification and activities/mandates under this instrument [Activity 2.3.3];
Step 4. Review and improve, for adoption, draft GHG inventory archiving system procedure and prepare database outline and format, including archiving system protocol: identification of type and mode of information that needs to be archived [Activity 2.3.6].
This task includes preparation of database outline and format description;
3. QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
– Master’s degree in exact and natural sciences and/or social and political sciences and/or other related fields;
– Seven years of working experience;
– Experience of working on QA/QC of national and sub-national GHG inventories;
– Good analytical and managerial skills, ability to express ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
– Ability to plan and manage tasks independently;
– Good interpersonal and communication skills;
– Fully experienced with computer software and other office equipment;
– Fluency in English language.
4. WORKING AND REPORTING LANGUAGES
Working and reporting language shall be English and Georgian.
5. SPECIAL REQUIRENMENTS REGARDING REPORTING FORMAT
All reports shall be produced in the following format:
Font: Arial for English / Sylfaen for Georgian
Font Size: 11
Lane Spacing: single
Spacing before: 0’
Spacing after: 0’
6. OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:
Interested applicants should submit a current CV meeting the required qualification and a filled in technical offer form (see annex) to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to Project Administrative Assistant: email@example.com
Email subject line: GHG International Consultant (QA/QC)
Deadline for application is May 5, 2023, (GMT+4).
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.