Consultant – Forest Investment Program Brazil, IDB

CONSULTANT, FOREST INVESTMENT PROGRAM (BRAZIL)

I. BACKGROUND

1.1 The Forest Investment Program (FIP) is a targeted program of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), which is one of two funds within the framework of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The FIP supports developing countries’ efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and promotes sustainable forest management that leads to emission reductions and the protection of carbon reservoirs. It achieves this by providing scaled-up financing to developing countries for readiness reforms and public and private investments, identified through national REDD readiness or equivalent strategies.

1.2 The FIP takes into account country-led priorities and strategies for the containment of REDD, while building on existing forest or related initiatives. It promotes programmatic investments aimed at transformational change in the forest sector or sectors affecting forests.It supports: (i) investments that build institutional capacity, forest governance and information; (ii) investments in forest mitigation efforts, including forest ecosystem services; and (iii) investments outside the forest sector necessary to reduce the pressure on forests such as alternative livelihood and poverty reduction opportunities. FIP investments also mainstream climate resilience considerations and contribute to multiple co-benefits such as biodiversity conservation, protection of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, and poverty reduction through rural livelihoods enhancements.

1.3 Following recommendations made by an expert group, the FIP governing body has selected Brazil as one of the FIP pilot countries in June 24th, 2010. Being the host of approx. 1/3 of the remaining tropical forests area, Brazil has the highest emission of GHG from deforestation and forest degradation. The annual emissions for the period 2000-2005 are estimate to 213 MtCO2e, and represent about 20% of the global emissions from deforestation and degradation in total. Changes in the forest carbon stock also accounts for 3/4 of all GHG emissions in Brazil.

1.4 Not only are the actual emissions levels high in Brazil, but the country has also taken a leading role in international efforts to reduce emissions from forests. Both the federal and state governments have taken a large number of policy initiatives to realize the REDD+ potential. These efforts within Brazil can be further strengthened through the assistance of FIP.

1.5 FIP in Brazil is being implemented jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group in a multi-sectoral and integrated manner involving both public and private sector entities as well as civil society organizations and indigenous people groups.

II. OBJECTIVE

2.1 The purpose of this consultancy is to provide policy, technical and operational support to the CIF Focal Point based in INE/ECC, the Rural Development and Natural Resources Division (RND) FIP Coordinator, and to the CIF Private Sector Focal Point, leading the coordination of activities under the FIP in Brazil and in supporting origination and programming activities of CBR/CSC.

III. SCOPE OF SERVICES

3.1 The consultant will undertake the following activities but will not be restricted to these:

a. Lead the coordination and supervision of technical and operational activities related to the implementation and execution of the FIP in Brazil, including liaising with different Government agencies and other stakeholders such as civil society organizations,private sector, indigenous people groups and local communities; as well as lead the organization of meetings, workshops, facilitate stakeholder participation, preparation of documents, among other things.
b. Provide support to the focal points for the FIP in the Government of Brazil in the development and preparation of the “FIP Investment Strategy”, including:
i. Dissemination of information concerning the program to relevant stakeholders (public and private sector, NGOs, bilateral agencies, indigenouspeople, local communities among others);
ii. Compilation of information related to forest and land use in the country;
iii. Draft technical reports and proposals.
c. Provide specific technical knowledge to the FIP Team from the IDB, and assist the FIP Team with the coordination, preparation and implementation of the FIP Investment Strategy, including identification and development of investment opportunities in the public and private sectors.

IV. SPECIFICATION OF SERVICES

4.1 The consultancy will consist of the following:

• Type of consultant: Individual consultant.
• Duration of contact: The consultancy will be for 12 months from the signing of the contract, expected to be from January 2011 to December 2011 (starting and end dates may change one or two months).
• Place and time of work: The consultant will be based in the offices of the Inter-
American Development Bank in Brasilia, Brazil and will follow normal working hours.

In addition the consultant will be expected to travel and work when required to Washington DC.

• Qualifications:
– Brazilian National
– Masters degree or equivalent professional experience, in forest, natural re source
management, environmental economics, environmental management or similar areas.
– Good command of English (verbal and written).
– Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Power Point, Internet).
– Ability to take on multiple responsibilities simultaneously and have a good attention
for detail.
– The ability to work independently, with initiative and responsibility as well as be
able to work effectively within a team.
 
• Experience: Minimum 5 (five) years experience in the coordination and management of projects, preferably in an area related to forest, land use management, natural resources management; knowledge and understanding of climate change broader issues; knowledge and understanding of the role of the private sector in addressing deforestation; and working experience in Brazil.

V. REPORTING

5.1 A progress report will be submitted at the end of the first quarter of the consultancy. This report shall be limited to 5 pages (11 font size) and shall contain a summary of the progress of the work, operations in preparation and implementation until the date of delivery of the FIP Investment Strategy, difficulties encountered and recommendations and next steps.

5.2 A draft of the final report of the consultancy will be submitted for review at the end of the consultancy to the project team at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. The draft report should contain a summary of the status of activities undertaken by the consultant, areas of difficulty and any outstanding activities. A final version of the report will be submitted ten (10) working days after receiving the comments to the draft. The consultancy report format shall be agreed with the supervisor at the IDB (see section 7.1). The consultant shall keep a record of all primary and secondary information that is used to prepare such reports. The primary and secondary information used must be furnished to the Bank.

VI. PAYMENT

6.1 Monthly fixed payments.

VII. SUPERVISION/COORDINATION

7.1 The consultant will work under the supervision of the Brazil Chief of Operations at the Country Office, Mr. Juan Carlos De la Hoz, and in close coordination with the ECC CIF Focal Point, Dr. Gloria Visconti, the RND FIP Coordinator, Mr. Eirivelthon Santos Lima, and CIF VPP Focal Point, Mr. Steven Wilson at the headquarters of the IDB in Washington, DC.

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