April 23, 2021

International Mitigation Consultant

The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) announces a tender for International Mitigation Consultant within GEF funded project “Georgia`s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation for the Paris Agreement”

REC Caucasus is executing the project “Georgia`s integrated transparency framework for implementation for the Paris agreement”, which aims to meet the enhanced transparency framework (ETF) requirements under the Paris agreement.

The overall objective of the project is to propose actions that will allow the country to use a more detailed level of emissions calculation to better track the trend of emissions changes in the sector and to check the level of measurement, reporting, and confirmation.
REC Caucasus announces tender for International Mitigation Consultant:

PROJECT PERSONNEL # 01017 – International Mitigation Consultant

Project title: Georgia’s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation of the Paris Agreement
Post title: International Mitigation Consultant
Duration: 13 months, (07 May, 2021 – 31 May, 2022)
Starting Date: 07 May, 2021
Duty station: Tbilisi, Georgia
Reporting structure: Reports to the REC Caucasus


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 the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that each 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 the Parties’ different capacities and builds upon collective experience.
For Georgia, there is a need to set up new transparency governance structures, develop and implement measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) procedures, and update, implement, and integrate new data and information flow 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.

Outset situation

Over the last ten years, some Georgian municipalities and cities have joined the Covenant of Mayors (CoM). Signatories who have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors between 2008 and 2015 have made the voluntary commitment to go beyond the EU’s 2020 targets of 20% in terms of reduction in CO2 emissions. At a second phase, since October 2015, under the now called Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (CoMCE), local authorities commit to reduce their CO2 emissions (and possibly other GHG) by at least 40%, increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change and provide secured access to sustainable and affordable energy by 2030. Signatories who are working within the 2020 timeframe are invited to renew and extend their commitments.
When officially joining the Covenant of Mayors, signatories commit to developing a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) within two years. Adopted by the local council, a signatory’s action plan describes the steps towards its 2030 targets. Hence, the municipalities and cities are expected to develop SECAPs with their targets for the period, including mitigation and adaptation strategies appropriate for the local communities and aligned with the NDC targets.
The poor alignment of municipal climate plans with the NDC, the limited coordination among the different government levels resulting in high institutional fragmentation, and the lack of a strong and well-conceptualized MRV system, are gaps that need to be addressed to implement and enhance transparency framework working from the central government to municipalities and vice versa. There is a need, to enhance the role of municipalities and cities in the NDC implementation. This requires the development of capacities of cities and municipalities, considering that there is still a lack of capacity in preparing SECAPs requested under CoMCE.


RECC engages International Consultant for preparation of the methodology and procedures for tracking the NDC implementation process based on the international experience.

Specific Objective of the Assignment

The consultant will be responsible for the provision of methodologies for assessing and reporting mitigation actions and policies, their effects and support needed and received, diagnosis methodology for identifying constraints and gaps in the NDC implementation, transferred technology specification forms, and methodology for the development of evidence-based policy measures.

Planned activities are as follows:

The following work steps are needed within the assignment:

Step 1. Elaborate and adopt a nationally adapted methodology on setting up the NDC tracking system based on mitigation measures.

This task includes a review of international practices on NDC tracking systems;

Step 2. Elaborate and adopt guidance and procedures for the assessment of mitigation policies.

This task includes a review of UNFCCC requirements on assessment of mitigation policies;

Step 3. Elaborate and adopt a nationally adapted methodology for evaluating multiple benefits, quantitative goals and progress indicators.

This task includes:
• provision of methodology on evaluation of multiple benefits;
• identification of quantitative goals;
• defining the progress indicators.

Step 4. Elaborate and operationalize a diagnosis methodology for identifying constraints and gaps in NDC implementation, to be adopted in the Third BUR.

This task includes a review of international experience on identifying constraints and gaps in NDC implementation.

Step 5. Elaborate a template for technology specification.

This task includes a review of technology transfer requirements.

Step 6. Elaborate and adopt a methodology for the development of evidence-based policy measures by incorporating the scientific community in the prioritization of climate-friendly technologies.

This task includes a review of evidence-based approaches for developing climate policy measures.

Recommended sources to be observed

The consultant will observe the following recommended sources when preparing recommendations and methodologies based on international best practices:

• Draft decision -/CMA.1 L document


The person suitable for this position should have the following qualifications:

• Relevant university degree in natural sciences and/or related fields.
• Two years of working experience;
• Working experience in climate change mitigation field;
• 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;
• Fluent in English, both written and verbal.


• English


Interested applicants should submit a current CV meeting the required qualification and a filled-in technical offer form (see Annex 1) to the following E-Mail address: vacancy@rec-caucasus.org and CC Ms. Nino Janashia, Project Administrative Technician: nino.janashia@rec-caucasus.org

The deadline for application is May 4, 2021, at 18:00 (GMT+4). Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Attachment: Annex 1_TECHNICAL OFFER FORM