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CONSULTANCY ON THE ASSESSMENT OF PROGRESS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT AND SDGs IN NIGERIA: Call for Applications

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CONSULTANCY ON THE ASSESSMENT OF PROGRESS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT AND SDGs IN NIGERIA: Call for Applications

Introduction

Established on the 10th of November 2012 with a focal commitment to unifying and strengthening the voice and offerings of the Nigerian civil society using accountability, volunteerism, networking and respect for human dignity as building blocks and key pillars of a resurgent civil society movement in Nigeria, Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet) is the leading network of civil society organisations working on climate change and sustainable development in Nigeria. CSDevNet is the Nigerian national chapter for Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) as well as the national focal organisation for several international and regional organisations that are relevant to its core focus: climate change and sustainable development.

Scope and Overall Objective of the Consultancy

Over the last decennia, Africa has seen a decrease in rainfall in large parts of the Sahel, Eastern and Southern Africa. Higher temperatures have exacerbated the effects of long droughts. In the last 25 years, the number of weather-related disasters, including floods and droughts, have doubled.  The recent occurrences of cyclone Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,300 people dead and causing significant damage in the Comoro Islands and Tanzania, is a clear case in point, urging immediate action both at personal and government level.  These weather-related disasters have affected health, livelihoods, productivity, water availability and overall security of people, resulting into conflicts and unprecedented levels of displacement and migration. Mostly affected are women, children and the aged who are not strong enough to relocate.

Perhaps the biggest milestone for the global community in addressing climate change was the signing of the Paris agreement which is supposed to be a roadmap which guides our efforts in combating climate change. The implementation of the Paris agreement was expected to begin in 2020. Many countries submitted their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which indicates the targets in emission reductions and the strategies of implementation.

The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), described as set of actions Parities will undertake as part of their commitment to the Paris Agreement, constitute an important aspect of climate ambition in all countries that are signatory to the Climate Change Convention and the Paris Agreement. The most dramatic characteristic of the Paris Agreement, and its NDCs, is the emphasis on action at sub-national and national level, as well as the role of non-state actors who will definitely provide important impetus to the momentum on climate action so as to turn the tide on the growing threat of climate change – manifested by such disasters as floods and chronic droughts have serious and significant impacts on communities, ecosystems and economies with negative impact on sustainable development, whereby African countries are most vulnerable to climate change.

The SDGs and climate change dialogue has been loud at high levels and in boardrooms while meaningful engagement of the communities at the frontline of climate crisis and where it matters most has been inadequate if not lacking. Youth, particularly, have curved a niche for themselves, and has evolved into the most formidable stakeholders in the international dialogue processes, elevating the concept of intergenerational equity and climate justice at a higher policy level.

However, COVID-19 is likely to affect implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDGs tremendously as most of the countries are now focusing on rebuilding their economies following the devastating shock of the pandemic. SDGs and Paris agreement are blueprints that aim at a common goal, it is therefore important to integrate the two. Such integration can be very beneficial for building resilience comprehensively across societies while maintaining the autonomy of each. This can guarantee improved coherence of action in implementation and can also save money and time, enhance efficiency and further accelerate resilience building. Under normal circumstances and as agreed globally, the Paris Agreement and the Agenda 2030 (SDGs) are supposed to be implemented as one global blueprint. However, the practice at the national level does not reflect this expectation.

During the African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (ARFSD) and the High-Level Political Panel (HLPF) in New York where the SDGs reporting are discussed and reported on respectively, the same expectation is not addressed. The Paris Agreement is rarely reported on as part of the SDGs; hence the two frameworks seem to work as parallel processes.

It is critical to gather data on the progress of countries on SDGs and Paris agreement and assess the extent to which countries align the two processes so as to generate baseline that will be useful in pushing for consideration of these two important processes in post-COVID reconstruction process. In this regard, CSDevNet and PACJA, are commissioning a study aimed at analysing the progress of African countries in implementation of the Paris agreement and the SDGs. The study will also seek to find out out how the integration of these frameworks is happening at the national level, in terms of reporting on progress, coordination mechanisms between the departments, and even policy coherence. The recommendations from these studies will be used for inputs into climate change and SDGs processes at the national level.

Main objective

The main objective is to analyse the progress of African countries in implementation of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

Main deliverables

The consultant is expected to develop a detailed report and one policy brief capturing the following aspects;

  1. A detailed analysis of the progress of the implementation of the Paris agreement and SDGs in the respective countries
  2. A detailed analysis of the integration of the Paris agreement into the SDGs process and reporting i.e. the coordination mechanisms within departments, policy coherence etc.
  3. An outline of the effects of COVID-19 in implementation of SDGs and Paris Agreement
  4. Recommendations of the roles of CSOs in catalysing the two processes.

Methodology of the study

This study will largely be undertaken as a desktop review but the resource person will also administer questionnaires to a diversity of stakeholders who may include but not limited to; government officials, RECS, CSOs, CSDevNet and PACJA secretariat, AU among other.

Qualification of the Consultancy Team

The Consulting Team’s Qualifications and Experience shall include the following:

  • A strategy development expert with at least a Master’s degree in any of the following: Climate change, Environmental Management, Law, Public policy, Sustainable Development, Project Management with not less than 10 years of experience in policy, strategy, sectorial reforms, international development, and regional advocacy with a significant number of references in the climate change/environment sector and for international donors.
  • Team members are expected to have expertise in any of the above-mentioned fields or must have in-depth knowledge of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), including knowledge and/or experience in strategy engagements with CSOs, regional organisations, international organisations or multi-national organisations
  • Experience of working in collaboration with the Nigerian government, Ministry of Environment, regional inter-governmental institutions or regional programmes in Africa
  • Knowledge of protocols, rules, procedures of the civil society organisations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental and socio–economic development issues and challenges in West Africa and Africa.
  • Good knowledge of CSDevNet

Duration of the Consultancy

The consultancy duration is six weeks (2nd September – 10th October 2020)

Payment/Fees

The Consultancy fee, terms and conditions of payment will be agreed with the successful consulting team.

Location and Reporting Structure

The Consulting team will report directly to CSDevNet’s National Network Coordinator with close working contacts with the Programmes Officer and functional linkages with relevant Secretariat Staff.

All applications are to be sent to:

CSDevNet Secretariat, or info@csdevnet.org

For more info, log on to www.csdevnet.org

Applications received after 18h00 (GMT-1) on Sunday the 30th of August 2019 will not be considered.

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