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Support to the design of the 11th EDF programme for Environment and Climate Change in Jamaica

Country Jamaica
Sectors Environment
Language English
Status Framework
CV Deadline 2017-05-23 (Closed Project)
Background

Jamaica, by virtue of its location in the Caribbean Basin, its topography and geology is exposed to several natural hazards. These include: tropical hurricanes, floods, landslides, droughts and earthquakes. With the exception of earthquakes, these natural hazards have had significant impact on economic activities, human welfare, the physical and natural resources in the last two decades. As a climate sensitive society, it is expected that climate change will worsen this impact, including on human health.

Jamaica continues to experience an increase in the frequency of natural events related to inclement weather, tropical depressions, storms, and hurricanes almost on an annual basis – primarily floods, and landslides. Between 2001 and 2012 Jamaica experienced 11 storms (including 5 major hurricanes) and several flood events. These events combined resulted in loss and damage amounting to approximately J$121.7 billion . In 2004 losses associated with the passage of Hurricane Ivan was equivalent to 8.0 per cent of GDP. Hurricane Sandy (2012) accounted for $J9.7 billion or 0.8 per cent of 2011 GDP. In 2014, a number of flooding events were recorded – one noted event occurred in January when the eastern parishes of Portland and St. Mary were severely affected following two days of torrential rainfall. This resulted in an high clean-up cost and the need of continuous follow up works in St. Mary being J$125 million.

In addition, the possibility of drought has become a major concern. In 2013 and 2014 for instance, drought affected several sectors particularly in the agriculture and water sectors. During 2013, severe drought affected mainly central and western parishes. In the second half of 2014, however, the impact of the drought was felt largely in the southern parishes of Manchester and St. Elizabeth which is responsible for 40 per cent of Jamaica’s agricultural domestic production. With recorded rainfall levels for the months of June and July being only 33 and 37 per cent of the 30 year mean respectively, there were direct crop losses valued at J$27.7 million in St. Elizabeth and the overall estimate for the calendar year was about J$900 million.

With global temperatures predicted to rise over the next few decades, climate-related hazards such as droughts, unpredictable rainfall patterns, extreme weather events and water scarcity are expected to worsen. Jamaica’s vulnerability is exacerbated by social issues such as poverty, inadequate infrastructure and unplanned settlements in hazard-prone areas. Other factors such as environmental degradation leading to, among other things, deteriorated watersheds, loss of productive capacity and productivity of land resources can have far-reaching impacts in areas such as food security and livelihood protection for many rural communities. In the face of the impact of climate change, Jamaica has sought to improve its climate resilience and adapt to climate change through the implementation of relevant policies, programmes and projects. Under projects such as the: GOJ/Adaptation Fund “Enhancing the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector and Costal Areas for Livelihoods Protection and Food Security”; the GOJ/EU/UNEP Climate Change Adaptation Disaster Risk Reduction Project; Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience (CEADIR); and Phase 1 of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), gains have been realised in priority sectors/areas such as health, energy, agriculture & food security, coastal protection, waste management and ecosystem rehabilitation.

Objectives

The specific objectives of this assignment are linked to the formulation of a credible and relevant proposal documents to guide interventions aimed at enhancing environmental and climate change resilience and sustainability.

  • Objective 1: to conduct consultations with relevant stakeholders so as to prepare the required documents described under points below and ensure their quality.

  • Objective 2: to provide the assistance required by the Government of Jamaica throughout the formulation exercise of the 11th EDF Environment and Climate Change intervention and the necessary follow-up to the submitted documents.

Activities

Task 1: Prepare methodology and work plan

Task 2: Assist the government of Jamaica in defining and formulating the Action Fiche for Budget Support related to the Environment and Climate Change programme

Task 3: Assist the government of Jamaica and the EU Delegation throughout the process towards drafting of the performance indicators for assessment

Project Position 1

Position Team Leader - Environment/Climate Change expert
Activities

ToR on demand

Qualification
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Natural Resource Management, and/or Environmental Management

  • Knowledge of EDF rules and procedures is an advantage

  • Computer literate with good working knowledge of the standard Microsoft Office suite of programmes

Required Experience

General Professional Experience:

  • 12 years of experience in the area of environmental management, climate change and/or disaster mitigation applications.

Specific Professional Experience:

  • 5 years professional experience in the fields of climate change and development, management of natural resources, the built environment and biodiversity.

  • At least 2 documented assignments in preparing EU Budget Support programmes.

  • Experience in the Caribbean is a plus.

Estimated Manpower 35 WD
Mission Begin 12 June 2017
Mission End June 2018
Contact Manu Harchies

Project Position 2

Position Senior expert in Public Finance and budget support
Activities

ToR on demand

Qualification

Minimum of Masters level in public finance or macro-economic issues or equivalent; a high level of written and spoken English.

Required Experience

General professional experience:

  • Required at least 12 years of professional experience as macro-economist/public finance specialist with relevant work experience on public sector finance;

Specific experience: Minimum of ten (10) years within the following:

  • At least 3 documented assignment in working preparing and formulating budget support operations for beneficiaries of European Union (development assistance knowledge of making assessments on budget support eligibility as regards macro-economic framework, public finance management and transparency and oversight of the budget).

  • Ability to assess the institutional capacity of institutions involved in implementation of environmental/climate change programmes is a plus.

Estimated Manpower 20 WD
Mission Begin 12 June 2017
Mission End June 2018
Contact Manu Harchies