The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) announces a tender for the Trainer in Psychology of Climate Change within the GEF-funded project “Georgia’s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation of the Paris Agreement”
TERMS OF REFERENCE
For Preparing and Introducing the Presentation on the Psychological Impacts of Climate Change-Induced Climatic Hazards and Extreme Weather Events on People and Psychological Support and Hosting a Post-Presentation Discussion.
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-45-BL110405
Position: Trainer in Psychology of Climate Change
Starting Date: 23 March, 2023
Duration: 1 month and 5 days (23 March, 2023 – 28 April, 2023)
Duty Station: Tbilisi, Georgia
1. PROJECT BACKGROUND
ToR is concluded for the 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 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 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 at the national level. A key condition for the 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 frequency and methods of media coverage of climate change have a significant influence on the process of forming public opinion about climate change. The lack of articles/stories on the mentioned topic indicates that climate change coverage is less popular in Georgia due to social and political issues or problems being prioritized over climate change. There’s especially little coverage of the psychological impacts of climate change-induced natural hazards and extreme weather events on people.
According to the Technical Summary (TS) of the 2022 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events such as wildfires, extreme heat, cyclones, storms, and floods have adversely affected or caused loss and damage to human health, shelter, displacement, incomes, and livelihoods, security, and inequality (high confidence). Over 20 million people have been internally displaced annually by weather-related extreme events since 2008, with storms and floods the most common drivers (high confidence). Climate-related extreme events are followed by negative impacts on mental health, well-being, life satisfaction, happiness, cognitive performance, and aggression in exposed populations (very high confidence) .
Mental health challenges increase with warming temperatures (high confidence), trauma associated with extreme weather (very high confidence), and loss of livelihoods and culture (high confidence). Distress sufficient to impair mental health has been caused by climate-related ecological grief associated with environmental change (e.g., solastalgia) or extreme weather and climate events (very high confidence), vicarious experience or anticipation of climate events (medium confidence), and climate-related loss of livelihoods and food insecurity (very high confidence). Vulnerability to mental health effects of climate change varies by region and population, with evidence that Indigenous Peoples, agricultural communities, first responders, women, and members of minority groups experience greater impacts (high confidence) .
The training, within the project Georgia’s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation of the Paris Agreement, aims to popularize climate change issues among journalists, encourage the creation of stories, videos, articles, and blogs about the psychological impacts of climate change-induced climatic hazards and extreme weather events on people, raise awareness of the unity of nature and the human race, to encourage activities supporting climate change policy, and interest media representatives in climate change policy issues and encourage their participation.
2. OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
REC Caucasus engages Trainer in the Psychology of Climate Change for preparing a presentation and introducing it to 25 media representatives on the psychological impacts of climate change-induced climatic hazards and extreme weather events on people.
Specific Objective of the Assignment
The trainer will be responsible for preparing the presentation on the psychological impacts of climate change-induced climatic hazards and extreme weather events on people for training, ensuring the knowledge and experience are shared with the training participants accurately, clearly, and supportively. The expert will also be responsible for preparing the report on the content of the presentation and post-presentation discussion.
The above-mentioned will facilitate achieving the following specific project objectives:
• SO1 Conduct at least two “media” 3-day training events for 25 media representatives (each) on global and national climate change actions (under activity 1.3.3);
Planned activities are as follows:
The following work steps are needed within the assignment:
Step 1. Prepare presentation and training session report (the content of the presentation and post-presentation discussion) on psychological impacts of climate change-induced climatic hazards and extreme weather events on people [Project activity 1.3.3];
The above-mentioned steps include the following activities:
• Sharing knowledge and experience with the training participants accurately, clearly, and supportively;
• During the presentation paying special attention to the experience of women and other marginalised communities.
3. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
– Master’s degree in psychology and/or social sciences;
– Two years of working experience in the field of psychology focused on the psychological impacts of climatic hazards and extreme weather events on people;
– Working experience in conducting meetings and trainings;
– Working experience in climate change themes (will be an asset);
– Good analytical 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 digital presentation tools/programmes;
– Fluency in the English language.
4. REPORTING OBLIGATIONS
Reporting Schedule and reporting obligations are provided in Annex 2.
5. WORKING AND REPORTING LANGUAGES
The working and reporting language shall be English and/or Georgian.
6. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS 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’
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: email@example.com with a copy to Project Administrative Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email subject line: Psychology of Climate Change
The deadline for application is March 14, 2023, (GMT+4).
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.