Notice for Consultant Services

 

Sundar Nepal Sanstha (BNA)

Birendranagar-08, Surkhet, Nepal

Call for Technical Assistance to Sundar Nepal for a carbon project development and registration at Gold Standard for a UNICEF Programme

First date of publication: 20th July 2021

 

Sundar Nepal Sanstha is a pioneer, non-profit organization working in renewable energy, DRR, Agriculture, Child Projection, Social Empowerment and Community development in Nepal especially in Karnali and Sudurpaschim provinces of Nepal. Sundar Nepal is implementing Improving Access to Eco-Cookstoves and Establishing Green Zones at Schools and Health Facilities in Nepal to Address Deforestation and Air Pollution project in the financial support of UNICEF Nepal.  This Climate, Energy and Environment (CEE) programme has officially started by UNICEF from December 2020 in 6 municipalities: Raskot (Kalikot), Khadachakra (Kalikot), Kanakasundari (Jumla), Badimalika (Bajura), Tribeni (Bajura), and Ramaroshan (Achham). The municipal governments are the major implementing partner of the programme, and Sundar Nepal’s role is to provide assistance to components related to ICS and carbon trading, e.g. baseline survey, capacity building, carbon project registration and validation, and advocacy.

Among a few objectives, the CEE programme aims to improve livelihood opportunities through carbon trading earned from ICS usage. The total number of 12,000 ICS will be distributed to households, and the revenues earned from carbon credits will flow back to the local government and communities. As a reference, UNICEF’s programme includes afforestation (planting 3,000 saplings) at 60 schools and 30 health posts to establish green zones, yet this activity is not the main focus of carbon trading.

For this set-up, Sundar Nepal Sanstha Calls applications from eligible national /international firms/ individual consultant providing Technical Assistance to Sundar Nepal for a carbon project development and registration at Gold Standard for this UNICEF Programme. The Consultant under Sundar Nepal is expected to support UNICEF’s registration and verification of carbon project at the Gold Standard for a single entry and support during the first verification visit.

The overall objective of this call is to provide technical assistance to UNICEF and Sundar Nepal to successfully register and monetize a carbon project at Gold Standard (GS) based on the carbon and co-benefits of the project, get the GS Voluntary Emission Reductions (G-VERs) verified by a Validation/Verification Body (VVB), and sell the carbon credits for UNICEF’s CEE programme in six municipalities to suitable buyers at competitive prices as per the global carbon market and Support in finding the suitable buyers to sell those generated carbon credits at competitive price. The eligible firm/consultant is expected to complete all these activities in 8-10 months of period starting from August 2021.

The interested consultants/firms are requested to submit their expression of interest to accomplish the targeted activities in given time frame with copies of the documents that demonstrates eligibility and experience details of the projects registered at GS and other related experiences via email or direct submission to the office of Sundar Nepal within 26th July 2021. Detailed TOR can be downloaded from the website of the Sundar Nepal Sanstha www.sundarnepal.org.np. Or ToR can be made available upon email request to: info@sundarnepal.org.np with the subject line “ToR for Carbon Project Registration Consultant”.

The applications received within deadline will be evaluated and successful firm will be informed for the contract. Sundar Nepal Sanstha reserve the right to accept or reject, wholly or partly any or all the recruitment process without assigning any reason, whatsoever.  

Contact:

Sundar Nepal Sanstha

Birendranagar-08, Surkhet

Contact: 083520926, 523530

Email: vacancy@sundarnepal.org.np

 

 

 

 

Terms of Reference (ToR):

Technical Assistance to Sundar Nepal

for a carbon project development and registration
at Gold Standard for a UNICEF Programme

 

1.      Job Title:  Consultant for Gold Standard Project Development & Registration

 

2.      Duration of assignment:  

The duration of the contract is for 10 months from the date of signature. However, the consultant is subject to providing technical advice when there is a request on his/her assignment after the contract period.

 

3.      Background:

Sundar Nepal will be supporting the implementation of UNICEF’s programme on Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) and green zones in Karnlai and Sudur Paschim Provinces. This Climate, Energy and Environment (CEE) programme has officially started from December 2020 in 6 municipalities: Raskot (Kalikot), Khadachakra (Kalikot), Kanakasundari (Jumla), Badimalika (Bajura), Tribeni (Bajura), and Ramaroshan (Achham). The municipal governments are the major implementing partner of the programme, and Sundar Nepal’s role is to provide assistance to a few components related to ICS and carbon trading, e.g. baseline survey, capacity building, carbon project registration and validation, and advocacy.

Among a few objectives, the CEE programme aims to improve livelihood opportunities through carbon trading earned from ICS usage. The total number of 12,000 ICS will be distributed to households, and the revenues earned from carbon credits will flow back to the local government and communities. As a reference, UNICEF’s programme includes afforestation (planting 3,000 saplings) at 60 schools and 30 health posts to establish green zones, yet this activity is not the main focus of carbon trading.

For this set-up, the Consultant under Sundar Nepal is expected to support UNICEF’s registration and verification of carbon project at the Gold Standard for a single entry.

 

4.      Objective and Tasks/Deliverables:

The overall objective of this work assignment is to provide technical assistance to UNICEF and Sundar Nepal to successfully register and monetize a carbon project at Gold Standard (GS) based on the carbon and co-benefits of the project, get the GS Voluntary Emission Reductions (G-VERs) verified by a Validation/Verification Body (VVB), and sell the carbon credits for UNICEF’s CEE programme in six municipalities to suitable buyers at competitive prices as per the global carbon market.

The specific deliverable tasks include:

 Description of Deliverables/Responsibilities

Target Delivery Date*

 Proposed Fee (NPR)

Emission Reduction Project Baseline Study

Jul-Sep 2021

 

Development of a f-NRB baseline for emission reduction project

 

 

Establishment of baseline for energy efficiency measures in thermal applications:

         i.            Efficiency of the system being replaced;

       ii.            Efficiency of the system being deployed as part of the project activities (fraction);

      iii.            Annual energy savings per system (ICS);

     iv.            Gender sensitive and socio-economic requirements;

       v.            Limit of annual energy savings for GS project activities.

 

 

Determination of the sample size and preparation of questionnaires (in collaboration with UNICEF)

 

 

Providing training guidance for field enumerators (Sundar Nepal)

 

 

Household survey and kitchen performance testing

 

 

Data entry and analysis

 

 

Preparation and submission of the baseline report

 

 

Project Documentation: Project Design Document (PDD), Passport, and other supplementary documents required

Jul-Sep 2021

 

Drafting of PDD and Passport documents, which include: establishing project boundary, project baseline scenarios, Safeguarding Principal Assessment, estimation of climate and sustainable development impacts, demonstration in the additionality; fixation of data and parameters (ex-ante) for monitoring contribution to each of the SDGs targeted under this project, choice of data or measurements methods and procedures, monitoring plan, annual emission reduction plan, sampling plan for monitoring and verification, designing monitoring operational and management structure

 

 

Local Stakeholder Consultation

Sep-Nov 2021

 

Stakeholder identification and suggestion of the criteria

 

 

Preparation of consultation materials (checklist, key project information, handouts, and feedback forms)

 

 

Orientation on the consultation materials and processes

 

 

Preparation and submission of the consultation report

 

 

Finalization of Project Documentation based on the Feedback of Stakeholder Consultation for the submission to GS Registry

Nov-Dec 2021

 

Finalization of PDD and Passport documents as per GS requirement and feedback

 

 

Submission of the documents to GS Registry

 

 

Project Validation and Registration

Jan-Feb 2022

 

Submission of the Project Documentation (including PDD, Passport, and Monitoring & Reporting Plan) to VVB

 

 

Submission of the Project Documentation for Global Stakeholder Consultation

 

 

Project validation by VVB under the direct supervision of the Consultant

 

 

Submission of a final Validation Report by VVB for registration

 

 

GS review and registration

 

 

Annual Monitoring and Verification of VER

Feb-Apr 2022

 

Preparation and training of the plans on monitoring (designed in the PDD stage), verification and registration of VER:
- Monitoring for the carbon project
- Mid-term and final verifications by VVB

- VER registration in the market

 

 

Measuring the reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions (for annual monitoring) in accordance with PDD

 

 

Submit annual carbon monitoring report verification

 

 

Monitoring sustainable development according to Passport

 

 

Submit sustainability monitoring report verification to GS Registry

 

 

Completion of the first annual verification of the project

 

 

Coordination for GS certification and issuance of GS credits

 

 

Signing the Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) with buyers

 

 

*The Consultant is requested to suggest delivery target dates with referring to the periods indicated in the table. Although it is strongly recommended to keep up with the given time period, they can be slightly modified if the Consultant has a good justification, e.g. more carbon credits can be verified.

 

5.      Payment Scheme:

Sundar Nepal will make payments to the Consultant based on his/her submission of major deliverables (e.g. submission of reports).

 

6.      Financial Quotation:

The Consultant is requested to submit a financial quotation based on deliverables. In-country travel expenditures related to the assignment (including transportation, accommodation and food) will be reimbursed based on prior approval from Sundar Nepal.  Taxes will be deducted as per the rule of government of Nepal.  The consultant has the responsibility to manage the insurance and other cost. The Consultants and their staffs should flow the PSEA guideline strictly.

 

 

7.      Qualifications:

 

1.       Work Experience

o  At least three work experiences related to designing and implementing Gold Standard carbon trading projects/programmes;

o  Minimum three years of work experience as a professional working with local government, international development organization, national government, and/or NGO;

o  Work experiences related to providing training and orientations;

o  Other work experiences related to the Emission Trading Scheme/Clean Development Mechanism will be an asset.

 

 

 

2.       Education

o  Master’s or higher degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science or any relevant fields.

 

 

3.       Technical/Social Knowledge

o  Advanced technical knowledge on the theories, principles, methodology, and documentation of carbon trading projects on ICS, in particular Gold Standard;

o  Advanced technical knowledge on the methods of management, monitoring, analysis and reporting of carbon projects.

 

 

4.       Language Proficiency / Computer skill

o  Proficient in speaking and writing English and Nepali;

o  Good computer skills in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint;

o  Excellent skills in data analysis software would be an advantage.

 

 

5.       Other

o  A candidate without any problem to visit rural areas in Nepal will be preferred;

o  Respect for human rights and gender/disability issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF and Government positions and approaches, especially with regards to conducting surveys and interviews.

o  Good understanding of and adherence to ethics in research, mainly UNICEF procedure for ethical standards in research, evaluation, data collection and analysis.

 

 

 

8.      Working Conditions:

The Consultant will mostly conduct his/her work remotely and virtually. When there are needs to work on site, apart from field visits, the Consultant will be given with a working space in the office of Sundar Nepal, Surkhet, or in the office of UNICEF (Lalitpur/Nepalgunj).

 

 

9.      Reporting Relationship:

The Consultant will coordinate with programme managers of Sundar Nepal and report to CEE Officer in UNICEF Nepal Country Office and DRR/Emergency Officer in UNICEF Nepalgunj Zonal Office. Certification of on-going work and periodic job performance will be conducted by both parties.


Annex – 1   CEE programme activities in Karnali and Sudurpaschim Provinces (Dec 2020 to Jul 2024)

"IMPROVING ACCESS TO ECO-COOKSTOVES AND ESTABLISHING GREEN ZONES AT SCHOOLS AND HEALTH FACILITIES IN NEPAL
TO ADDRESS DEFORESTATION AND AIR-POLLUTION"

 
 

Outcome: Children and rural communities benefit from improved air quality, safer schools and health facilities, and greater levels of conservation and livelihood opportunities.

 

Output/Activity

Responsibility

Remarks

 

Output 1: 12,000 households across 6 rural municipalities have and know how to use eco-cookstoves.

 

Activity 1.1: Baseline survey

Sundar Nepal

Support

 

Activity 1.2: Development of flyer/manual

 

 

Activity 1.3: Train community leaders on dangers of pollution, deforestation and use of eco-cookstoves

Local Government

 

 

Activity 1.4: Distribute eco-cookstoves to 12,000 households.

 

Output 2: Local communities have enhanced livelihood opportunities.

 

Activity 2.1: Register Project Activities (PA) at UNFCCC or Gold Standard.

Sundar Nepal/VVB

Support

 

Activity 2.2: Train local cookstove producers to manufacture eco-cookstoves.

Sundar Nepal

 

Activity 2.3: Monitor the use of eco-cookstoves in target households.

Local Government

Support

 

Activity 2.4(A)/(C): A. Carry out mid-term and final verification of carbon emission reduction to acquire carbon credits

VVB

Support

 

Activity 2.4(B): End-line survey

External party

Support

 

Output 3: Local communities have improved understanding on the effects of air pollution and afforestation.

 

Activity 3.1: Train 300 Female Community Health Volunteers and Community Workers, and orient 12,000 women of reproductive age on the use of eco-cookstoves to reduce exposure to indoor air pollution.

Local Government

 

 

Activity 3.2: Plant trees at 30 health facilities and 60 schools.

 

Activity 3.3: Train health facility staff, teachers and students in health facilities and schools on the impacts of climate crisis and environmental degradation.

 

Output 4: Local governments are capacitated and sensitized to increased allocation of sectoral budget on climate crisis and air pollution initiatives.

 

Activity 4.1: Train 30 local government and sectoral officials on air pollution and climate crisis.

Local Government

 

 

Activity 4.2: Advocacy with local governments to ensure long-term sustainability and replication of the programme

UNICEF/Sundar Nepal

Support

 

Activity 4.3: Advocacy with Federal government to promote the mainstreaming of eco-cookstoves, alternative clean energy sources, climate crisis mitigation and adaptation including disaster risk reduction and air pollution reduction initiatives

 

 


Annex 2:  Programmatic areas