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Date of notification: 26th April, 2017

Last Date of application: 12th May, 2017

Nature of Contract : Long term full time consultancy on annual renewable basis

About ACT
ACT (Action on Climate Today) is working to mitigate the effects of climate change in South Asia. The programme is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by Oxford Policy Management. It brings together two existing DFID programmes: the Climate Proofing Growth and Development (CPGD) programme, and the Climate Change Innovation Programme (CCIP).

Responsible to: CPGD Regional Programme Director

Main accountabilities:

• Provide oversight, management and technical inputs to support ongoing OPM projects, particularly in the area of climate finance.
• Contribute to the development of ACT’s intellectual thinking, with a specific focus on climate finance and PFM.

Specific responsibilities

• Manage a complex portfolio of analytical work and research related to climate finance and PFM, by guiding a team of experts and consultants which translates plans and activities into action and results.
• Develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of government actors and in-country partners in order to provide expert advice on national/state level climate finance and public finance issues, and ensure ACT is maximising its relevance and impact.
• Develop and maintain relationships with a network of organisations and individual consultants in the climate finance and PFM fields to support the delivery of projects and programmes.
• Oversee the work of teams and consultants to ensure technical integrity and plan measurement and foster documentation and dissemination of learning and evaluation.
• Support the development and management of a robust strategic framework to guide ACT’s engagement in the PFM/Climate Finance markets globally, which balances evidence, innovation and practicality. In particular, support the development and diversification of the company’s climate finance work.
• Lead prioritisation, resource allocation and project delivery against the framework, in areas of defined responsibility. Support the preparation of tenders for climate finance projects.
• Undertake other duties reasonably required, including participating in programme meetings, and managing relationships with key clients.

Qualifications & experience:

• Advanced academic degree or professional qualification in a relevant discipline.
• Minimum of 10 years work experience in PFM and established reputation in public financial management. Experience / familiarity with climate change and climate finance issues, will be considered an added advantage.
• Demonstrated experience to think strategically and execute exceptionally, translating analysis into winning ideas/proposals, action and advocacy
• Demonstrated ability to conceive and manage complex, large-scale reform programmes. Ability and experience in managing multiple objectives in a dynamic environment.
• Significant leadership experience working with governments, development agencies, organisations and think-tanks at the highest levels.
• Strong interpersonal, negotiating and influencing skills, including at the most senior levels. Experienced team-player who can manage a diverse teams of professionals to create a common vision, conceptualise solutions and then drive effective implementation to deliver impact.
• Excellent communications skills, verbal and written, with a wide range of government, donor, private sector and community stakeholders

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send their updated CV along with a cover letter to jobs@actiononclimate.today with the position mentioned in the subject line. Last date of submission of applications is 12th May, 2017

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview

2. ACT Online Course, request for proposals

1  Background

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) is a leading international development consultancy that enables strategic decision-makers to design and implement sustainable solutions in low- and middle-income countries.
OPM’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk team delivers a number of projects relating to low carbon growth, adaptation and resilience, and disaster risk, collaborating with public and private sector clients, in Australasia, Asia, Africa and Latin and Central America. These range from multi-country technical assistance programmes, including one in South Asia focusing in part on mainstreaming climate adaptation into planning and budgeting, to independent evaluations and small strategic and analytical research studies on topics that include the political economy of disaster risk to shock responsive social protection systems.
Between 2014 and 2019, OPM manages a UK Aid funded initiative called Action on Climate Today (www.actiononclimate.today). The programme provides technical support to national and subnational governments in four South Asian Countries to mainstream climate change resilience into sectoral policies, programmes, plans and budgets. Its main outcome areas are increased capacity, systems and policy enhancements, knowledge generation, and budgets shaped and finance accessed.
As part of this project’s effort to mainstream climate change adaptation into the planning and budgets in the long run, the Climate Change Financing Framework (CCFF) has been successfully applied in South Asian countries at national and Sub-national levels in India. CCFFs aim to facilitate the integration of climate change (CC) into standard techniques of planning and budgeting, to enable governments to assess the expected adaptation benefits of adaptation spending and prioritise budget resources for climate change ends.
The programme proposes to develop an e-learning platform for those interested in mainstreaming climate change into public budgets and development planning and ultimately improve climate resilience.
The ACT programme will offer this platform, including training sessions on CCFF, to spread a methodology that facilitates the integration of CC into standard techniques of planning and budgeting to enable governments to assess the expected adaptation benefits of adaptation spending and prioritise budget resources.
2              Objective and scope of responsibilities
The ACT programme now wishes to contract an agency to provide technical support to develop the online material for the CCFF. This would include an e-learning platform that has at its core embedded several multi-media learning modules which consist in audio presentations/video lectures, interactive modules, self-correcting exercises.
The development of the portal and the modules in coordination with ACT will take place between June and August while testing of a beta version will take place in September. There may be a trial period of the online course with target audiences in October 2017. It is planned to publicly launch the online course by mid November 2017.
This would include
  • the development of the portal and the modules:
  1. A landing page displaying relevant information with social media campaigns and learning resources
  2. Learning resources will be documents, videos, interactive/self-correcting exercises, multiple choice questions, ideally the possibility for excel sheets model scenarios to let participants “play with the numbers” and understand sensitivity of assumptions
  3. In addition to audio-presentations (video lectures), interactive modules with fold-out pictures and text boxes
  4. An easy-to-navigate module layout that gives users an overview and allows them to track progress at any time
  5. External links to relevant publications, reports and websites;
  6. Glossaries of terms and of acronyms as supportive learning tools and a data library consisting of a prepared bibliography and linked to module content
  7. Possibly, a community discussion board (forum) will allow participants to discuss topics initiated by the course moderator and to post questions, comments or new discussions (decision pending)
  8. Possibly, an auto-generated certificate upon completion of a critical threshold of exercises for the 3 different groups and means to reflect the certification on LinkedIn
  9. A pre-course exercise to serve as a baseline to the participants and to place them into groups
  • Videos/testimonials by ACT team leaders and South Asian government officials produced by the service provider
  • Testing of beta and final version in coordination with ACT and identifying gaps in functionality
  • Supply of the portal source code to ensure possibility of later alterations to the portal
  • Limited post production support of the portal: Updates of the content in regular, but not frequent levels
The agency will be responsible for working with a small team from ACT to further refine the learning and delivery model, identify potential platforms for hosting the content and develop the content based on the technical substance supplied by the ACT team.
The agency will have responsibility for supply the finished learning product to the specifications agreed with the team at the outset of the contract and based on agreed parameters of flexibility and adaptation of the work to be undertaken.
Besides the technical requirements, we look forward to receiving proposals that
  • present an engaging interface and learner-centric platform that will work best for our audience(s),
  • reflect digital experience, project management skills and technical expertise and the ability to integrate their digital platform with our content and provide some of the content (videos) under guidance of ACT. We are looking for a provider with video production, graphics and content management.
  • present a compelling use of the planned testimonials/videos of act team leaders and South Asian government officials to give more colour and grounding to this material and demonstrate the work arounds that were developed,
  • feature the possibility of configurations: we want users to be able to configurate their content can create their own learning programme using digital tools,
  • propose features that ensure that participants finish all the modules and are incentivized to deepen their knowledge on climate change adaptation finance (f.e. by taking higher level modules),
  • and ensure flexibility/adaptability that will allow ACT to modify content and add modules at regular (albeit not frequent) intervals.
The service provider will be expected to follow and demonstrate an understanding of relevant guidelines and best practice relating to data protection, including the DFID digital service standard.[1] Moreover, the service provider will ensure that industry-standard web accessibility standards are adhered to (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0).
3              Bid structure
Given the nature of this bid with the two-stage design and then agreement on the delivery structure there will be a bidder’s conference call for clarifications or questions from the bidders on May 22th at 10 AM UK time. If interested in participating, please email Jobs@actiononclimate.todayand details on how to participate remotely will be shared.
Questions can be submitted in advance of this meeting which will then be read out and answered by the team. Any written question submitted in advance of the call on May 22thwill be available to all other bidding agencies although they will be presented in an anonymous format.
Deadline to submit the bids is May 29th, 2017. Please send an electronic copy of the technical and financial proposal to Jobs@actiononclimate.today.
 
We plan to notify parties at the beginning of June about the outcome of the bidding process.
The proposal should be submitted in two parts which separate the technical and financial aspects. Set out below is the expected format of the bid which the agencies should follow although additions to these sections can be included where justified by the bidding agency.
The technical proposal should be set out in the following format.
  • Background to the bidding agency, where possible this should be supplemented by hyperlinks to relevant information. (maximum one page)
  • Up to three relevant similar pieces of work which demonstrate the agency’s experience. These pieces of work must have been carried out within the past five years. Links to relevant sites or documents should be included as well as contact details for references for the work carried out. Additional similar work carried out by the agency can be included as hyperlinks as an annex. (maximum four pages)
  • Proposed methodology for carrying out the first phase of the contract including timeframe and team structure (maximum two pages)
  • Proposed methodology including partners where appropriate for carrying out phase two of the contract. (maximum three pages)
  • Assumptions and clarifications as part of the bid (maximum 1.5 pages)
The financial proposal (Annex 2) should be accompanied by very brief CVs of the proposed team members clearly specifying their number of years of relevant experience. The financial proposal should include the following information.
  • Cost for the phase one of the contract where fees and reimbursable costs are clearly separated. The fees should be presented in the following format which can be submitted in either word or excel;
Name of individual
Position / responsibility
Daily rate
Number of days proposed
Total cost
  • The agency should not include a general management fee in the costs. All personal and positions expected to be working on the contract should be clearly identified, costed and days allocated within the budget.
  • All expected reimbursable costs should be presented in the following format
Item
Unit cost
Number of units
Total cost
  •  Items such as ‘contingency costs’ etc. should be avoided.
  • Any assumptions in the cost structure presented as an introduction to the budget.
  • Parties may use the attached format for submission of financial proposal if they wish.
Kindly click on this link to see the full version of the RFP.