Call for tenders : related to the drafting of a synthetic report and to support the organization of a regional technical workshop to develop more elaborate indicators related to climate change
Context and objectives
The Mediterranean basin is one of the global climate change hotspots and the region is warming 4 times faster than the rest of the world.
The Mediterranean basin is one of the global climate change hotspots and the region is warming 4 times faster than the rest of the world, according the first ever Mediterranean Assessment Report on climate change impacts has been published in 2020 by MedEEC, as well as the State of the Environment Report (SoED 2020) by Plan Bleu. They both provide the latest updated data and information dealing with environment and climate change in the Mediterranean region.
The MSSD 2016-2025’s dashboard also addresses the monitoring of climate change issues, at regional level, through 3 indicators (MapX – MSSD category n° 4 “Climate change”):
- Green House Gas emissions (related to GDP)
- Energy intensity measured in terms of primary energy and GDP (SDG Indicator 7.3.1)
- Renewable energy share in the total final energy consumption (SDG Indicator 7.2.1)
Through the participation in the GEF Mediterranean Sea Programmes (GEF MedProgramme 2020-2025) Child Project 1.1, Plan Bleu will support GEF CP 1.1 beneficiary countries to develop more elaborate indicators, under Activity 2.1.7:
- to assess the impacts of climate change on the coastal zone
- to monitor the implementation of climate adaptation policies,
- and, as far as possible, to make recommendations regarding a possible integration of climate change considerations into IMAP implementation [e.g. propose a potential rationale for a new IMAP Common Indicator].
2. Activities foreseen
Task I- A synthetic report as contribution to the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) report
Sub-task 1.1: Identify existing networks and observatories working on climate change at national (for the 9 beneficiary countries of the GEF CP 1.1) and (sub-)regional levels
Sub-task 1.2: predefine a core set of indicators (up to 10) based on the transboundary issues pre identified by the TDA regional consultant/expert on climate change.
The core set of indicators should also cover:
- assessment of climate change impacts,
- the monitoring of climate adaptation policies implementation,
- as far as possible, recommendations for the potential integration of climate change considerations into IMAP implementation.
A tentative list of transboundary issues related to Climate Change impacts corresponding to countries’ needs and concerns is listed in the table below. The list could be enlarged based on:
- a literature review (e.g: MAR1 ; SoED 2020 ;..)
- the series of national workshops organized within the frame of GEF CP 2.1
- consultant’s own expertise
The table below centralized the 4 categories of possible transboundary issues and tentative indicators. The tentative indicators will be prepared by Plan Bleu’s consultant and validated during a technical regional workshop.
|Transboundary issues||Tentative Parameters||Tentative Indicators|
|Warming and acidification trends||GHG levels||To be defined by Plan Bleu’s consultant and discussed during the workshop|
|sea pH anomalies|
Biodiversity and pollution patterns changes
Sea water quality
|Coastal landscape integrity|
|Exposed coastlines and flooding zones *|
*Possible synergies with GEF SSCFA project
Sub-task 1.3: predefine targets (thresholds and values for each indicator)
Sub-task 1.4: pre evaluate countries’ capacities to populate the indicators depending on available data.
Outcome of the task 1: a 20 pages report to be delivered in Q1/2023 as inputs to the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis report for chapters 4 and 9.
Task II- A regional technical workshop organized by Plan Bleu.
During the regional consultation, the invited experts and national counterparts (1 per GEF CP 1.1 beneficiary countries) will:
- Discuss the tentative core set of indicators elaborated by Plan Bleu’s consultant
- Discuss the definition of targets (thresholds and values for each indicator)
- Evaluate countries’ capacities to populate the indicators depending on available data.
The identification of data providers and scientific bibliography / literature will also be clarified during the workshop.
Outcome of the task 2: support the organisation and participate to a regional workshop (online or in person depending of the sanitary context) with:
- MedECC representatives
- 1 representative per GEF CP 1.1 Beneficiary country (9)
- Plan Bleu representative
- PAP/RAC representative (since there exist clear links with the Climagine methodology’s implementation in Montenegro and Morocco under the GEF MedProgramme CP 2.1 and SCCF, in support of the development of Coastal Plans for two coastal hotspots, led by PAP/RAC)
- MedProgramme PCU representative/MEDPOL/TDA consultant
- Date and place: december 2022; hybrid: Plan Bleu’s headquarters in Marseille, France + online
All the expensives related to the workshop will be covered separately by Plan Bleu.
3. Duration of the consultancy:
The consultant is expected to start working the 12th of September and conclude its work by 31th January 2023. The following section describes the estimated workload.
|Activity / deliverable||Deadline|
|Identify existing networks and observatories working on climate change at national (for the 9 beneficiary countries of the GEF CP 1.1) and (sub-)regional levels||23th September 2022|
|predefine a core set of indicators (up to 10) based on the transboundary issues pre identified by the TDA regional consultant/expert on climate change.||21th October 2022|
|predefine targets (thresholds and values for each indicator) and countries’ capacities to populate the indicators depending on available data.||18th November 2022|
|support the organisation and participate to a regional workshop (online or in person depending of the sanitary context||December 2023 (date to be confirmed)|
|Report finalized||31th January 2023|
The consultant will be supervised by Plan Bleu’s Head of Observatory, Mr Antoine Lafitte firstname.lastname@example.org Each of the above-described steps will be validated by Plan Bleu. Regular calls and meetings with Plan Bleu will be planned during the activities development to ensure a smooth development of the tasks and that the results are adapted to the needs.
5. Selection of the consultant
- Previous relevant experience in statistics and indicators (definition and population) and identification of targets.
- Previous relevant experience on identification of climate change impacts
- Experience in the Mediterranean and GEF donor
- Strong conceptual and synthesis ability combined with good writing and communication skills
- Ability to mobilise information and existing knowledge in an efficient way
- Relevant project and publications references
- Fluency in English as well as proven technical writing skills are crucial
This consultation can be carried out by an individual consultant or a group of consultants.
The selection of the consultant will be done based on a presentation of a technical offer, an economic offer, as well as a letter of interest and a resume making reference to these Terms of Reference. The evaluation will be based on the best bidder principle, with 75% of the score based on technical criteria and 25% on financial criteria. Acceptance of successful bids will imply acceptance of the conditions and timetables detailed in these Terms of Reference. The final selection of the candidate may require an interview that will take place online.
6. How to apply
Applications must be submitted no later than 5th September 2022
- Applications must be submitted through Plan Bleu website: planbleu.org and by e- mail at: Mr Antoine Lafitte email@example.com
- Applications must contain a technical offer (incl. a methodology for the development of the governance framework), an economic offer (in USD all taxes included), as well as a letter of interest and a resume making reference to these Terms of Reference.
Additional information required for consultancy firm:
- Certificate of incorporation or other legal proof of your company’s registration, delivered from the appropriate authority in your country (incl. fiscal number)
- Kbis extract issued within the last 3 months for French companies
Additional information required for individual consultants:
- Registration certificate to the Directory of Enterprises and Institutions
- Document or Certificate stating the right to practice this profession (e.g. registration certificate) delivered from the appropriate authority in your country (incl. fiscal number)
7. References provided:
- SoED (Chapter 2)
- MedProgramme CP1.1. Plan Bleu-led study “Mediterranean LME: Prioritization of the transboundary problems, analysis of impacts and causes”. 2022, 47p.
- SCCF Climate Risk Assessments (under development in the SCCFA project)
- GEF ClimVar project: “Integration of climate variability and change into national strategies to implement the ICZM protocol in the Mediterranean: Identify a set of Climate Variability and Change indicators”; 2015; 45p.