Consultancy: Conduct a national stocktaking of adaptation in Jamaica
Organization: International Institute for Sustainable Development
Duration: January– April/May 2020
Application deadline: January 5, 2020
The Climate Change Division (CCD) of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC) is seeking technical support to undertake a comprehensive national stocktaking exercise of climate change adaptation planning and initiatives in Jamaica.
The stocktaking exercise will assist in understanding the current landscape of climate change adaptation initiatives with a view to identifying gaps and opportunities for further action. One specific intended use is to help Jamaica better leverage climate finance. To this end, Green Climate Fund (GCF) readiness resources will be sought in the first half of 2020 to develop the country’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP). The proposal is its earliest stages. While a Theory of Change has been prepared, a national stocktaking exercise is needed to further support a thorough gap and barrier analysis and propose solutions.
Following the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) National Adaptation Plans Technical Guidelines for the national adaptation plan process, and to support Jamaica’s preparation of adaptation communications, the National Stocktaking Workshop is critical to laying the groundwork and addressing gaps in national adaptation planning.
As a pillar of adaptation thinking, gender should be taken into account by the consultant, since Jamaica intends to integrate gender considerations in National Adaptation Planning processes.
Activities related to the assignment
The expected activities related to this assignment are:
- Literature review of key documents, reports and other literature, including but not limited to, annual, monitoring, and progress reports of projects, programs, policies and other initiatives implemented by government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, academia and UN and donor entities.
- To identify the most appropriate methodology/tool, in consultation with the Climate Change Division and IISD, to undertake a national stocktaking exercise and thereafter identify Jamaica’s adaptation needs and priorities.
- To map key stakeholders and actors (public sector, private sector and civil society, including academia) for the planning and implementation of adaptation activities.
- To identify and synthesize the available and relevant information on climate change impacts vulnerability and adaptation. This should include the relevant outcomes of the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, the special reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the guidance on adaptation communications, and any other relevant reports.
- To organize and conduct a stocktaking workshop with national stakeholders to identify and assess ongoing and past adaptation activities and, based on this, identify gaps, opportunities and make recommendations on Jamaica’s way forward on adaptation
- To undertake a rapid assessment of the gaps and needs of the enabling environment for the NAP process (focusing also on human resources, institutional capacities, data and information, including on age, gender, etc.); the potential barriers to the planning, design and implementation of adaptation activities including Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA), Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and Community-based Adaptation (CbA); and to assess the ability to mainstream adaptation issues into sector strategy and action plans
- To organize and conduct a validation workshop to present the final results of the stocktaking exercise which will inform the GCF NAP readiness proposal.
Experience Requirements: We are interested in applications from a team of two local consultants with complementary skills, as we believe this will enrich the outcomes.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field
- Demonstrated expertise in climate change adaptation
- Experience with policy analysis and the development of reports
- Experience in the facilitation of workshops
- Good knowledge of climate change in Jamaica
- Strong research and writing skills
- Fluency in English (spoken and written)
How to Apply: To apply for this consultancy, please submit a cover letter, CVs, your daily rates and proof of your daily rates (e.g., copy of a contract of at least 20 days that states a daily rate) to: email@example.com