International Consultant for Facilitation of Foresight Based Climate Change Consultation Process
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Close on 9 Jul 2020
Location: Macedonia
Grade: Consultant
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Job Description


UNDP and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP) are implementing the project “Macedonia’s Fourth National Communication (NC) and Third Biennial Update Report (BUR) on Climate Change under the UNFCCC (4th NC/3rd BUR)”. One of the project activities is development of a methodology for mainstreaming climate change consideration into special plans, with particular focus on the upcoming country Spatial Plan 2021 - 2041. The nexus between climate change and spatial planning opens the door for building climate resilience by mainstreaming climate change and climate variability as one of the guiding principles for spatial planning in the country.

Additionally, the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP) is revising the Macedonian Nationally Determined Contributions (enhanced NDC) under the Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC, supported by the UNDP Climate Promise Initiative. The enhanced NDC will have more ambitious mitigation targets which will be based on the mitigation potential both energy and non-energy sectors, and will consider crosscutting areas: gender, various co-benefits; private sector engagement and SDGs linkages.

Moreover, scenarios for expected climate change and for climate change induced extreme weather events in Macedonia have been developed by 2100.

In its efforts to instigate active stakeholder participation in the process of preparation of the Spatial Plan 2021 – 2041 and the enhanced NDC, and having in mind that it is very difficult for people to imagine the future and to consider/plan policy actions today to prevent something that is predicted in the future, a specific tool based on the contemporary foresight methodologies can be used for generating new perceptions and data. The tool intends to enliven public engagement in monitoring and management of climate change issues through involvement of a wide variety of stakeholders, from authorities to local communities and youth, ensuring that both documents, besides the expert analyses, would also reflect people’s perceptions and concerns related to climate change. UNDP CO has used this foresight methodology in several occasions and has very positive experience.

Therefore, UNDP would like to engage an International Consultant to facilitate the foresight-based climate change consultation process in the country.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the Assignment

The objective of the assignment is to support the involvement of a wide variety of stakeholders in discussion on the key climate change issues in the country by using the foresight methodology.

Scope of Work

The consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Conduct a desk review of current activities for the development of the Macedonian Spatial Plan 2021 – 2041 and the enhanced NDC;
  • Propose/design foresight methodology/tool to be used for the development of the Macedonian Spatial Plan 2021 – 2041 and the enhanced NDC;
  • Use a foresight methodology to create future scenarios regarding spatial planning through facilitation of an online “foresight” process with spatial/urban planners and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Use a foresight methodology to create future scenarios regarding the enhanced NDC through facilitation of an online “foresight” process with the youth (youth-led climate coalitions in the country);
  • Analyze and summarize the results in two separate reports;
  • Present the results to relevant stakeholders (on-line, using zoom or other relevant tools)


The consultancy is expected to deliver the following outputs:


Tentative date

Foresight report for the Spatial Plan 2021-2041

By 30th September 2020

Foresight report for the enhanced NDC

By 30th October 2020

Presentation of the results

10th November 2020

Institutional arrangments

The consultant will work under direct supervision by the Project Manager, and in close collaboration with the UNFCCC Focal Point and the waste department within the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.

The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment.

All reports shall be submitted in English.

Duration of the Work

The duration of this work is an estimated up to 45 working days in the period July 2020 – November 2020.

Duty station and travel

The assignment will be home based. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all consultation and coordination shall be held on-line.

  • Excellent communications and facilitation skills;
  • Excellent analytical and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.

Required Skills and Experience

The selected candidates shall possess:

  • University degree in economics, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, sociology, or another relevant subject; Higher education shall be an asset.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in innovation, future studies or similar.
  • At least 2 (two) similar assignments in nature and scope (foresight, future studies or similar).


The award of the contract shall be made to the offeror whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) Being responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score based on the following weight of technical and financial criteria for solicitation as per the schedule below:

* Technical criteria weight: 70%

* Financial criteria weight: 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) in the technical evaluation shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

For the considered offers in the financial evaluation only, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula:

Lowest Bid

30 ×

Proposed Bid

The candidate will be awarded with the highest aggregate score based on technical and financial proposal.

Technical Criteria:


Maximum points


University degree in economics, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, sociology, or another relevant subject; Higher education shall be an asset.

B.Sc = 11

M.Sc = 13

PhD = 15


Minimum 5 years of experience in innovation, future studies or similar.

5 years = 20 points

6-10 years = 23 points

11-15 years = 26 points

16 or above = 28 points


At least 2 (two) similar assignments in nature and scope (foresight, future studies or similar).

2 projects = 18 points

3-6 projects = 21 points

7-10 project = 24

11 or above = 27 points



Interested offerors are invited submit the following documents/information to be considered:

  1. Offeror’s letter, as per the following form LINK
  2. Most updated CV with focus on required qualification as well as the contact details of at least three (3) professional references;
  3. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment,
  4. Financial Proposal The financial proposal must be expressed in the form of a lumpsum all-inclusive cost, supported by breakdown of costs as per template provided in US Dollars for this consultancy.


Step 1

1. Click on the "Apply now" button

2. Input your information in the appropriate sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume, and motivation (cover letter). You can type in, or paste your short Resume into the last box.

3. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. On the next page, you will be asked to upload other required documents listed in the step 2.

Step 2

Interested individual consultants must submit the documents/information listed in the “Documents to submit section” above.

The system will allow only one attachment. Therefore, please upload all required documents as one file.

Failing to submit any of these documents may result in disqualification of the application.

Please note that shortlisted candidates might be interviewed.

If the deliverables are not produced and delivered by the consultant to the satisfaction of UNDP as approved by the responsible Portfolio Manager, no payment will be made even if the consultant has invested man/days to produce and deliver such deliverables.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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