Category Archives: Global

10 Rules for Making REDD+ Projects More Equitable

Source :Mongabay – February 02, 2012

The International Institute for Environment and Development has published a new report on benefit distribution under Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programs. The report includes a top ten list of recommendations to ensure REDD+ works for poor communities that live in and around forests.

The list, as laid out in a blog post on IIED’s web site:

1. Communities should be consulted on whether they prefer to have benefits transferred to the entire community or directly to households.
2. Consider economic feasibility, local institutional capacity and governance structures before deciding whether to transfer benefits to communities as a whole or directly to households.
3. Three factors need to be considered to make REDD+ benefit the poor: proportionality, equality and need.
4. In such unequal societies equitable benefit distribution could be achieved by systematically favoring the poor, such as landless and small landholders.
5. Projects should be designed to use the primary asset of the poor – their labour.
6. Whether to transfer cash or in-kind benefits should be based on a careful assessment of community preferences and the logistical and social consequences of each payment type.
7. An analysis of the availability and access to local markets should decide whether to provide cash or in-kind payments.
8. Consider whether the type of payment will have a negative impact on the local economy.
9. Where cash payments are made, some measures need to be taken to overcome inflationary pressures.
10. Project design needs to be flexible and include the periodic assessment by participants of their payment preferences.

For more details check out the paper, titled Pro-poor benefit distribution in REDD+ and IIED’s blog post.

Link : http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0202-iied_10_rules_redd.html?utm_campaign=General+news&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_source=SNS.analytics

Course on ‘Building Resilience to Climate Change’

Source : Mailist – January 13, 2012

UNU’s Institute for Sustainability and Peace is pleased to announce postgraduate level courses on ‘Building Resilience to Climate Change’. The courses run for five weeks in Tokyo (Japan) from 20th February to 23rd March 2012.

Following two courses will be offered, each with duration of 2 weeks:
Course-1: Science, Impacts and Vulnerability’
Course-2: Approaches to Adaptation

In addition, week-long hands on training in ‘Remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)’ will also be provided. Please refer to the attached brochure for detailed information.

Priority will be given to students who are currently enrolled in a postgraduate programme. However, the courses are also open to young faculty members, researchers and practitioners who have completed master’s degree and are working in the relevant field.

Limited competitive fellowships are available for the deserving candidates from the developing countries. The application deadline is now extended to 20th January, 2012 (31st January, 2012 for applicants from Japan).

More information about the courses is available at: http://isp.unu.edu/grad/credited/cecar/index.html
Applications can be submitted online at: http://cecar.unu.edu/apply

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Wilma James (james@unu.edu) or Ms. Soo Huey Teh (teh@unu.edu).

Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues, students, networks and community of practice. Apologies for cross posting, if any.

JOB: Kalimantan Forest and Climate Partnership – Project Objective and Purpose Coordinator

Source : Mailist – January 13, 2012

The Kalimantan Forest and Climate Partnership (KFCP) is a key activity under the Indonesia Australia Forest Carbon Partnership (IAFCP). Euroconsult Mott MacDonald is looking for a Coordinator for the project.

Project Objective and Purpose
The goal of KFCP is to demonstrate a credible, equitable, and effective approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, including from the degradation of peat lands, that can inform a post-2012 global climate change agreement and enable Indonesia’s meaningful participation in future international carbon markets. KFCP has four components that correspond to the key aspects of REDD+:

1. reducing greenhouse gas emissions through incentives to local people and technical means;
2. developing methods and capacity to measure and monitor greenhouse gas emissions;
3. developing and testing equitable and practicable payment mechanisms to channel financial payments to those people and organisations that contribute to achieving emissions reductions; and
4. building institutional and technical readiness on the part of local government and villages to implement REDD on a sustainable basis.

Scope of the position responsibilities
The KFCP Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of the operations and outputs of the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership (KFCP), whether implemented directly by the Managing Contractor, by sub-contractors, or by partners. The Coordinator is ultimately responsible for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with key program partners, in particular the Provincial and District Working Groups and other relevant counterparts to ensure a partnership approach to program work planning, implementation, and monitoring. S/he will manage partnerships to ensure AusAID’s obligations to partners are met, that partners achieve agreed results and that open, honest, trustworthy, and reliable working relationships are maintained. These relationships will model, demonstrate and champion transparent and accountable governance and management in all aspects of the program and partnership.

Reporting
The position reports to and is supervised by the IAFCP Partnership Office, namely the GoA and GoI Coordinators.
The position is based in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, and requires frequent travel to Kapuas District, with some travel to Jakarta and the KFCP field site.

Tasks and duties:
1. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key program partners, in particular the Provincial and District Working Groups and other relevant counterparts to ensure a partnership approach to program work planning, implementation, and monitoring. Model and champion good governance and its relationship to achieving internationally credible management of REDD+ as well as positive development outcomes.
2. Liaise with and provide support to KFCP partner organisations (including private sector, academic and civil society organisations) to ensure their effective contribution to the goals of the project and the IAFCP.
3. Systematically identify and manage risks to program implementation, drawing on sound relationships with internal and external stakeholders to resolve issues as they arise.
4. Work with the Partnership Office to ensure timely and effective communications and dissemination of the progress and results of KFCP both through routine reporting (primarily six monthly Rolling Prioritization Plans) as well as targeted communications and socialisation activities. Ensure that all team members contribute effectively to reporting and communications priorities.
5. Ensure that there are effective and efficient communications and working relationships between KFCP teams.
6. Provide advisory support to the IAFCP Partnership Office, the KFCP Working Group, the Central Kalimantan REDD Working Group, and other relevant stakeholders at the District and Provincial level.
7. Uphold and ensure all teams and partners adhere to IAFCP guidelines for program Operations, Procurement, Safety & Security, Fraud, etc., to ensure compliant program management and model good program governance.
8. Supervise KFCP support for monitoring missions by GoA, GoI, and partners to ensure these missions are effective and achieve the intended results.
Required Qualifications and Experience

The KFCP Coordinator must have demonstrated experience of managing complex development programmes and partnerships. Some technical knowledge of forests and climate change would also be considered an asset. The candidate must have a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with multiple partners (including local governments and non-governmental organisations) that are based on honesty and integrity and foster, demonstrate, and uphold good governance as an essential outcome of the program. An ability to manage the expectations of local partners is particularly important. Further, the candidate must have a proven track record in overseeing the effective planning, implementation, and progress tracking of program activities to ensure the timely achievement of high quality program results.

Selection Criteria
1. Proven ability to establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with multiple partners (including local governments and non-governmental organisations) that are based on honesty and integrity and foster, demonstrate, and uphold good governance. The candidate must understand the link between transparent and accountable program management and achieving the goals of the program i.e. internationally credible management of REDD by all involved stakeholders.
2. A proven ability to lead an innovative program where systematically capturing lessons is essential to the outcomes of the program, and a proven ability to use lessons to inform program design and as an input to high quality reporting and communications materials
3. A demonstrated ability to identify, track and manage risks to program implementation, including a proven ability to pull a wide range of internal and external stakeholders together to resolve issues to smooth program implementation.
4. A proven record in establishing and maintaining effective knowledge capture and data collection / record keeping systems that enable KFCP to generate and share relevant lessons for REDD+ and for effective program management.
5. An ability to uphold and ensure all teams and partners adhere to guidelines for program operations, procurement, Safety & Security, Fraud, etc.
6. Some technical knowledge of forests and climate change would also be considered an asset.
7. Fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English will be necessary for this position.
8. Knowledge of and experience working in Central Kalimantan is highly desirable, including proficiency in local Dayak language.

Link : http://www.devex.com/en/jobs/kalimantan-forest-and-climate-partnership-37436

CCB Validation of Five Carbon Projects

Source : Mailist – January 12, 2012

The following projects are undergoing a validation audits against the CCB Standards:

Project name: Bikin Tiger Carbon project
Location: Primorye, Russia
Auditor: TÜV SÜD
Public comment period: January 12 through February 11, 2012

Project name: Biocorridor Martin Sagrado REDD+ project
Location: San Martin, Peru
Auditor: Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Public comment period: January 10 through February 9, 2012

Project name: Protection of the Bolivian Amazon Forest project
Location: Pando, Beni and Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Auditor: Environmental Services, Inc.
Public comment period: January 9 through February 8, 2012

Project name: Afforestation/ Reforestation on Degraded Lands in Southwest Sichuan, China
Location: Southwest Sichuan, China
Auditor: TÜV SÜD
Public comment period: January 9 through February 8, 2012

Project name: TIST Program in Uganda CCB-001
Location: Bushenyi, Kabale, Kanungu, Mbarara, Ntungam, and Rukungiri Districts, Uganda
Auditor: Environmental Services, Inc.
Public comment period: January 9 through February 8, 2012

Project documents may be downloaded at www.climate-standards.org/projects

Comments are invited from the public about whether thes projects meet the requirements of the CCB Standards. Comments received will be considered by the auditor during the validation process.

For the latest CCB news including please visit: http://www.climate-standards.org/index.html

JOB: Concern International (PCI) – Monitoring and Evaluation

Source : Mailist -January 12, 2012

Position Description
Project

Concern International (PCI) is currently seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist to lead the Monitoring and Evaluation activity of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation project in Bengkulu. This is a 3-year project that aims to achieve strengthened resilience of vulnerable rural populations in
Bengkulu Province to disaster and climate change through the following three intermediate results: strengthened institutional capacity for disaster and climate change management; reduced exposure and vulnerability through adapted livelihoods; improved disaster preparedness practices of communities through knowledge and
education.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will contribute to the overall design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities including baseline, final assessments, and design and management of trigger and performance indicators systems. In addition, s/he will be responsible for establishing, implementing and overseeing effective Disaster Risk Management monitoring and information systems, including activities related to quality assurance, capacity building, integration and institutionalization of M&E systems among PCI and collaborating partners. S/he will also set standards to improve program design, quality and documentation.

A secondary responsibility will be to support and oversee training/capacity building activities ensuring that training design and approach are participatory and based on the principles of adult learning. The position will be based in Bengkulu

Primary Responsibilities:
1. Work with program management team to refine and implement Performance Management Plan (PMP)
2. Oversee the design and implementation of baseline assessments, program reviews, mid-term final evaluations and special studies.
3. Prepare a monitoring and evaluation plan for the CADRE program, measuring the impact of the program against goals and indicators throughout the life of the program. ensure that effective M&E systems and standards are incorporated into the overall program design and implementation of the program
4. Design, implement and/or provide technical assistance and training on quality assurance and improvement of programmatic interventions.
5. Strengthen M&E capacity of PCI’s partners, including data management, analysis, reporting and utilization of findings for program improvement and application of state of the art M&E methods and techniques.
6. Oversee the identification, documentation and sharing, both within PCI and externally, of best and promising practices, including programs’ success stories, develop, and implement dissemination strategy.
7. Routinely visit program sites to observe data collection, conduct data verification exercises, evaluate processes and assist local NGO partners in M&E activities in accordance with the program work plan.
8. Prepare and submit narrative reports based on the findings. The reports should particularly focus on the impact of services provided by PCI and its implementing partner in this CADRE program and adjustments to the program for more effectives.
9. Analyze findings and outcomes of M&E activities regularly, and provide feedback and updates to CADRE management Team, including identification and mitigation of factors which may hinder program from reaching desired outcomes.
10. Provide training in assessment & monitoring methodologies to relevant staff and NGO partner.
11. Oversee the design and operation of databases for the entry and analysis of survey data.
12. Orient key staff and partners to M&E plans, data collection and reporting methodologies.
13. Contribute to PCI’s international M&E agenda, including support of GIMS (Global Impact Measuring System) and participation in the virtual Global M&E team.
14. Collaborate and coordinate activities with program research partners to effectively measure and evaluate the relative impact of various community mobilization approaches.
15. Review and support training design and quality implementation.
16. Design and oversee training evaluations
17. Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications, Experience, Skills and ABbilities:
1. Bachelor degree (Masters or equivalent degree preferred) in Environmental, Social Welfare or Social Science, with broad-based expertise in monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
2. At least four years of experience related to M&E for development programs and sound experience in planning and programming.
3. Experience and capacity in institutionalizing M&E systems and standards.
4. Strong experience with data collection, management, analysis and report production.
5. Considerable work experience and capacity to collaborate with partners at multiple levels
6. Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite, including knowledge of common statistical software packages, DRR information technologies and software applications, relational database systems and web technologies.
7. Proficient in English, spoken and strong writing skills to prepare reports, promotional materials and oral presentation
8. Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment with both technical and non-technical staff.
9. Excellent inter-personal and inter-cultural skills.
10. Excellent training and M&E capacity building skills.

Interested Parties: Email resume to Careers@projectconcern.org; include the word “Indonesia – PCI, M&E Specialist” in the subject header. closing date: January 18, 2011. PCI is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB: (Senior) Communications and Advocacy Officer

Source : Mailist – January, 11 2012

(Senior) Communications and Advocacy Officer

Wetlands International invites creative and communicative candidates to apply for the position of (senior) Communications and Advocacy Officer.

Overall Purpose of the Job:

The (senior) Communications and Advocacy Officer is responsible for a number of thematic areas in terms of communications and advocacy. S/he contributes to the development of communication strategies for key projects and coordinate their implementation in terms of advocacy, media and online campaigning, facilitating outreach to and public relations with the Wetlands International Networks and target groups.

Main duties
Reporting to the Communications Manager, your main duties will include:
1. Strategic development of our outreach: (20% of time)
– Develop strategies for outreach, including advocacy work, of projects and programmes.
– Support the inclusion of communications in new programmes or projects.
– Provide guidance to communications staff of other offices.

2. Advocacy: (30%)
– Strategise and facilitate effective advocacy at (international) meetings.
– Maintain contact with key people who are essential for our successful outreach at events (press, key decision makers, partners).
– Maintain an overview on policy developments, for a rapid response.

3 Global media outreach: (20% of time)
– Support the development of a network of journalists and other media (websites, web logs) and keep in close contact.
– Identify and develop outreach opportunities; develop press releases and have direct contact with press.
– Support other offices with media outreach in their region and / or for their publications and projects.

4. Online and offline communications products: (30%)
– Contribute to design, write and edit the web-based information and services.
– Create off-line communication and promotional materials (writing, editing, basic lay-out. Liaise with designers and printing companies).
– Coordinate dissemination of communications materials to and through partnership networks and media.
– Increase web-based visibility by developing and implementing plans for more interactive communications and for visibility on websites including fora outside the wetlands.org network.

Qualifications and Experience
Profile: The successful candidate will be a person who likes to work in a dynamic international environment, has a creative mind and knows how to create effective communication products.

The following skills, qualifications and experience are essential:
1. Appropriate educational qualification on a bachelor or master level.
2. 5 years of relevant experience in advocacy and policy work, campaigning and /or communications.
3. Demonstrated track record in writing and editing articles, website content, reports and press releases.
4. Demonstrated track record in managing campaigns at a strategic level.
5. An excellent command of written and spoken English, preferable on the level of a native speaker.
6. Good interpersonal, team-building and networking skills, demonstrating awareness and respect of different cultures.
7. Some experience with basic graphic design; able to guide designers to produce high level, effective materials.
8. Understanding and interest in wetland issues or related subjects in the field of water, poverty, environment and conservation issues.
9. Networks and experience in a relevant international context.

Preferred skills and competencies:
Ability to work in other languages (particularly Dutch, French or Spanish).

Reporting to the Communications and advocacy Manager
Part-time position, 32 hours per week
Based in: Ede office, Netherlands
Grade: Salary indication: € 3000 – € 3750 full time salary

Background
Wetlands International is a leading global, non-profit organisation dedicated solely to the work of wetlands conservation for poverty alleviation, water management, climate regulation and biodiversity. The organisation has a core staff of around 200 people in 18 offices world‑wide. Wetlands International works with partners in government, NGO’s and the private sector and manages a large number of global level, multi-partner projects as well as working at the grass roots level with community groups. The Ede office is the headquarters of the global organisation. The communications and advocacy team consists of 5 people: a manager, a communication officer / web editor and 3 (senior) communication and advocacy officers working on the full range of outreach tasks for various themes. One of these three positions is currently vacant.

Supported by a range of projects, main thematic areas for the team are peatlands and CO2 emissions, biofuels, mangrove restoration, river management and water scarcity.

We offer a dynamic, international working environment and a diverse range of communication responsibilities.
Working relationships

INSIDE Wetlands International:
The Communications Manager, Communications staff and project staff in other offices, all Headquarters staff.

OUTSIDE Wetlands International:
Partner NGO’s, governmental and corporate policy makers, journalists and other media contacts, various communication specialists.

Procedure
For applying to this vacancy, please send us a resume and an application letter indicating your motivation to hr@wetlands.org before 31 January 2012. Please indicate our reference SCAO-2012 in the subject line of your e-mail.

For more information, send an email to hr@wetlands.org.

A first round of interviews is planned for 3 and 6 February 2012. Please indicate in your application if these dates are inconvenient for you.

Link : http://www.wetlands.org/Aboutus/JobsVacancies/tabid/71/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2812/Senior-Communications-and-Advocacy-Officer.aspx

JOB: UN-REDD Technical Assistance-3; Expert in Socio-Economic Impact Analysis

Dear Sir/Madam,

UNDP Indonesia hereby invites you to submit a proposal for the following Individual Consultant assignment :
Title of the assignment:

the assignment : UN-REDD Technical Assistance-3; Expert in Socio-Economic Impact Analysis
Project name : UN-REDD 00073846
Period of assignment/services : This procurement notice will be open until 6 January 2012 at 16.00 hours>. Details on the assignment can be found in the Terms of Reference (ToR).

To submit your proposal, please complete the following documents:
1. Use the technical and price proposal template to submit your proposal;
2. Attach a completed and signed P11 form;
3. Complete and attach the Vendor Form;
4. Attach a copy of your latest CV (make sure to highlight any previous experience in similar projects or closely related areas).

Please ensure that all the documents mentioned above are submitted. Incomplete submissions may lead to rejection.

The selection of the individual consultant will be based on:
Highest qualified candidate; selection of the candidate with the highest combined technical and financial score; or Lowest priced evaluated offer of technically qualified consultant

Please submit your IC Proposal to: ic.id@undp.org; sri.hastutiningsih@undp.org; ratih.saraswati@undp.org

Note: For consultants above the age of 62, UNDP regulations require that a full medical evaluation is performed. Medical evaluation documentation does not need to be submitted with the other requested documents listed in this document, but will be requested should the consultant be chosen.

For any clarification please send an email to: ratih.saraswati@undp.org (Requesting Unit). Please cc any email to sri.hastutiningsih@undp.org; (Procurement Unit)

Original link : http://www.undp.or.id/procurement/docs/IC_UNDP_ENV_101_2011.pdf