Consultancy to develop Liberia’s National GreenHouse Gas Inventory (GHGI) and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System 199 views


Consultancy to develop Liberia’s National GreenHouse Gas Inventory (GHGI) and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System

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    Consultancy Services ANNOUNCEMENT: CONSULTANCY TO DEVELOP LIBERIA’S NATIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY (GHGI) AND MONITORING, REPORTING AND VERIFICATION (MRV) SYSTEM

    Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International (CI) empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity. CI’s strategy is to serve as a trusted advisor to decision makers at all levels to help societies establish healthy, sustainable economies that secure nature’s ability to provide enduring human well-being.

    We accomplish this through the four pillars of our work:

    · We innovate to identify and implement practical and effective s

    · olutions to problems. This innovation takes place throughout the organization and relates to all aspects of CI’s work including science, field implementation, policy, markets, partnerships, etc.

    · We promote healthy, sustainable economies to achieve those impacts

    · We demonstrate these impacts throughout CI geographies (including Liberia)

    · We work through global agents of change, the major partners that help us amplify and achieve global impact

    BACKGROUND

    Liberia is a signatory to the Paris Agreement Climate Agreement and has developed its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which present the roadmap for reducing Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in Liberia. To support mitigation, Liberia will need to reduce gross emissions from the land sector (e.g., deforestation and forest degradation) as well as increase the potential for carbon storage. The extent of implementation of the national contributions on mitigation and adaptation in Liberia are conditioned upon the provision of adequate means by the international community (financial resources, capacity building and the transfer of technologies). Given this context, there is clearly a need to strengthen Liberia’s national capacity to implement the different elements of the Paris Climate Agreement. Against this background, Conservation International and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia has received funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in support of the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) project “building and strengthening Liberia’s national capacity to implement the transparency elements of the Paris Climate Agreement (CBIT)” in Liberia. The project will be executed through the Environmental Protection Agency and Conservation International- Liberia.

    The main objective of this CBIT project is to support institutions in Liberia to build and strengthen Liberia’s national capacity to implement the transparency elements of the Paris Climate Agreement. The main components of the project are: (1) Strengthen the capacity of national institutions to track NDC implementation and sustain transparency efforts over time; (2) Provide direct technical support to harmonize land use, agriculture, energy, transport and waste sectors data collection and reporting through training and assistance; (3) Integrated Platform for Data Sharing and Policy Making.

    SCOPE OF WORK (PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES)

    a) Purpose and objectives

    The consultant will work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Project Management Unit, Conservation International-Liberia and other partners to develop a National Green House Gas Inventory (GHGI) and MRV System and subsequently conduct sectoral trainings in GHG emissions. The trainings will focus on the following key emission sectors: Agriculture, Forestry, Transport, Energy and Waste. The consultant will work under the supervision of the CBIT Project Manager and supported by the Deputy Country Director of Conservation International-Liberia to deliver this assignment.

    This Consultancy will contribute towards realization of the following specific outputs provided in the Project Document (ProDoc) (refer to Table 1). The full project document can be accessed at: https://www.thegef.org/project/building-and-strengthening-liberia-s-nati…

    Indicative outputs that the consultancy will contribute towards realization*

    COMPONENTS and OUTPUTS

    COMPONENT 2: Provide direct technical support to harmonize land use, agriculture, energy, transport and waste sectors data collection and reporting through training and assistance

    Output 2.1.1: Processes and protocols for measuring results related to the land use, agriculture, energy, transport and waste sectors established

    i. Review the REDD+ MRV system

    ii. Develop Standardized Protocols for the measurement and harmonized reporting on emissions across the NDC sectors.

    iii. Mechanisms developed for integration of REDD+ MRV system into the NDC system.

    iv. Provide Technical support to all NDC sectors team including energy

    Output 2.1.2 Implementation plans developed and at least 200 stakeholders trained to incorporate land use, agriculture, energy, transport and waste sectors into the NDC

    i. Identified Innovative and practical strategies for emissions reduction for each of the NDC sectors,

    ii. Preparation of implementation plans to advance the development, uptake and upscale of the innovation strategies.

    iii. Provide trainings on how to incorporate land use, agriculture, energy, transport and waste sectors into the revised NDC

    COMPONENT 3: Testing and piloting the GHG emission inventory and MRV system.

    Output3.1.1: Data for GHG inventory and MRV system aggregated from different sources, and compiled to develop a national GHGI and MRV system

    · Develop Mechanisms for GHG data aggregation of GHG data from multiple sectors into a centralized system

    · Hold technical training workshops on the on the MRV System and GHGI

    Output3.1.3: National Inventory of Green House Gas emissions (by sources) and by removals (by sinks) in place and made publicly available.

    i. Technical Assistance to establish a GHGI and MRV system at EPA

    ii. Assistance to NDC sector institutions to quantify and report policy results/impacts

    *These specific target outputs are indicative.

    b) Key Tasks

    The consultant will work under the supervision of the CBIT Project Manager and supported by the Deputy Country Director of Conservation International-Liberia and Multi-literal Environmental Agreements Department of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia to deliver this assignment. The consultant will perform the following tasks:

    I. Baseline study:

    The consultant will undertake initial analyses and will prepare a baseline study report that will include the following items:

    a. Review available sectoral GHG database, and their relevance in accordance with international guidelines; and review how to develop and collect new database from available sources;

    b. Outline suitable GHG calculation approaches that can be operated in Liberia based on the data availability;

    c. Present proposed national MRV system including GHG inventory, reporting regime for mitigation actions and a verification framework for the key GHG sectors.

    d. The baseline study report will be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Conservation International and other partners for review and approval.

    II. Pilot testing:

    a. The consultant will undertake pilot-testing opportunities of the proposed analytical approaches for the GHG emission sectors and will evaluate the lessons learnt with focus on:

    b. Data availability

    c. Overall reliability of the assessment (which important factor for verification of the results)

    d. Time and resources needed for conducting the inventory and calculations

    e. Recommendations for future improvements

    f. The consultant will prepare a draft report describing lessons from pilot-testing.

    III. Support the development of GHG emissions inventory and guidelines by building capacity of the GHG sectors identified in (VI) below.

    a. The consultants will provide tools and templates that will guide these institutions on how to establish institutional arrangements for preparing national inventories and related UNFCCC reporting that promotes transparency, accuracy, consistency, comparability and completeness.

    b. The consultant will train the stakeholders on collection, calculation, processing and interpretation of GHG data and enhancement of GHG inventories and emission projections in the key emission sectors. They will also train on MRV systems, tracking NDCs, and UNFCCC reporting.

    IV. Compile a Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Liberia. The consultant in collaboration with the GHGC will lead compilation of sector GHG Inventories and compile a national GHG Inventory for Liberia

    V. The consultant(s) in collaboration with the CBIT Capacity Building Coordinator will lead the capacity building activities of at least 95 staff (as laid out in table 2 of this ToR) at institutional level in the NDC sectors.

    a. The trainees are expected to be drawn from the Government, academic and civil society sectors as appropriate.

    b. The training should be complementary to previous trainings conducted and should not duplicate identified previous trainings. To improve inventory skills and immediately apply skills to real problems, trainings should focus on practical skills, applying real data and information from Liberia, with the goal of directly supporting upcoming national and international reports and submissions.

    c. The trainings are expected to involve crosscutting GHG inventory processes, measurement, reporting and verification protocols and policies and NDC-System using the IPCC methodology.

    c) Deliverable outputs

    The Consultant will be required to present:

    1. Inception report detailing the understanding/ interpretation of the ToRs; the methodology of carrying out the assignment; work plan and implementation schedule as agreed upon with CI and EPA submitted 10 working days after signing of contract.

    2. Baseline study report will be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Conservation International and other partners for review and approval. The report should cover the following:

    a) Review available sectoral GHG database, and their relevance in accordance with IPCC 1996 Or 2006 guideline guidelines; and review how to develop and collect new database from available sources;

    b) Outline suitable GHG calculation approaches that can be operated in Liberia based on the data availability;

    c) Present proposed MRV system including GHG inventory, reporting regime for mitigation actions and a verification framework for the key GHG sectors.

    1. Report outlining lessons learnt from pilot testing: The consultant will undertake pilot-testing opportunities of the proposed analytical approaches for the GHG emission sectors and will evaluate the lessons learnt with focus on:

    a) Data availability

    b) Overall reliability of the assessment (which important factor for verification of the results)

    c) Time and resources needed for conducting the calculations

    d) Recommendations for future improvements

    Greenhouse Gas Inventory (GHGI): The consultant in collaboration with the CBIT GHG Coordinator will lead compilation of sector GHG Inventories and compile a national GHG Inventory for Liberia.

    a) Sector Inventory reports from the 5 NDC sectors

    b) A National GHG Inventory developed for Liberia

    1. A National Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system developed for Liberia

    5. GHG Trainings:

    a) Training schedule and milestones: The consultant should train at least 95 people as per the breakdown below;

    Table 2: Target trainees per sector

    Sector & Number of trainees

    Energy 16 trainees

    Transport 16 trainees

    Forestry 16 trainees

    Agriculture 16 trainees

    Waste 16 trainees

    University of Liberia 5 trainees

    EPA/ PMU 10 trainees

    Total 95 trainees

    a) A training manual on field data collection, processing and transmission across the key emission sectors (Two hard copies and soft copies).

    b) A training plan on field data collection, processing and transmission across the key sectors (Two hard copies and soft copies).

    c) Undertake sector training on training needs identified in on Key tasks.

    (Please note detailed tasks and deliverables will be discussed and agreed upon during contract negotiation)

    6. REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

    CI requires consultant(s) with senior-level qualifications to perform the work described above.

    i. Individuals/firms will have, at least a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the field of climate change, environment conservation/management, Greenhouse gas concepts and Measuring, Reporting and verification.

    ii. Substantial experience working on GEF funded projects under the climate change, biodiversity and land degradation, sustainable forest management focal areas, as well as demonstrable experience working with the Government of Liberia is a major advantage.

    iii. The team should demonstrate previous experience and work in training on GHGI and MRV in developing country context preferably Africa.

    iv. Demonstrated experience and evidence of supporting UNFCCC reporting

    We welcome international/national applications from individuals and registered consulting firms.

    Additional key requirements for the consultants:

    a. Agriculture and Forestry

    The consultant should be conversant with training in;

    · Methodologies and tools for collecting, processing, documenting and archiving GHG data for agriculture, land use and forestry sectors,

    · IPCC Inventory software and other related software if appreciable for GHG emission calculation and the data requirements,

    · Knowledge of systems for data collection, processing and emissions estimations that are attributable to livestock, soil and fertilizer management, rice paddy cultivation, land conversions, biomass stocks (above and below ground), wood extraction and fire in all land units

    · Key Category data collection, analysis and computation of GHG emissions and removals for agriculture and forestry sub sectors

    · Data disaggregation for GHG inventory e.g. Livestock breeds, feeds, manure management, fertilizer types etc.

    · Land use and land use change mapping within and outside protected areas (forest land, cropland, grassland, wetland, settlements etc.)

    · Formulation of relevant country specific emission factors

    · The IPCC guidelines and good practice required for GHG inventory

    · Uncertainty analysis for the agriculture and forestry sector

    · Measuring Reporting and Verification of GHG data in all agriculture and forestry sub sectors

    b. Energy and Transport

    The consultant should demonstrate training expertise in areas of;

    · Methodologies and tools for collecting, documenting and archiving GHG data for the energy, transport and industry sectors

    · IPCC Inventory software and other related software if appreciable for GHG emission calculation and general computation of GHG in the energy, transport and industry sectors

    · Data requirements including fuel type and amounts disaggregation in all energy, transport and industry subsectors (e.g. including industrial subcategory such as manufacturing Industries, chemical industry, food processing, mining, wood processing, construction and textile industry; types of vehicles, fuel quantities and distance covered by vehicles etc.). Fuel combustion activities (Energy industries, Transport, manufacturing industries and construction)

    · Fugitive emissions from fuels (solid fuels, including (firewood and charcoal), oils and natural gas) and monitor in country fuel stock change

    · Carbon dioxide transport and storage

    · Key Category Analysis and sector GHG integration

    · The IPCC guidelines and good practice required for GHG inventory

    · Knowledge on the difference between sectoral approach and reference approach in GHG estimation for the energy and transport sectors

    · Uncertainty analysis for the energy, transport and industry

    · Formulation of relevant country specific emission factors

    · Measuring Reporting and Verification of GHG data in all energy, transport and industry sectors

    c. Waste

    The consultant should demonstrate experience and knowledge in delivering trainings in;

    · Solid waste disposal and management

    · Biological treatment of solid waste

    · Incineration and open burning of waste

    · Wastewater treatment and discharge including industrial effluents

    · Methodologies and tools for collecting, documenting and archiving GHG data for waste sector; including designing systems and tools to collect data on wastewater generated, quantities of solid waste (volume and density), waste type by composition (biodegradable and nonbiodegradable)

    · Data requirements including waste type disaggregation in all waste sub sectors

    · Key Category Analysis, GHG emission calculation and general computation of GHG in the waste sector

    · The IPCC guidelines and good practice required for GHG inventory for the waste sector

    · Uncertainty analysis for the waste sector

    · Formulation of relevant country specific emission factors for the waste sector

    · Measuring Reporting and Verification of GHG data in all waste sub sector.

    d. Environmental Protection Agency (Climate Change Department, MEAs and data managers)

    The consultant should demonstrate experience and knowledge in delivering trainings in;

    · Coordination skills for effective collection processing and reporting of GHG data and climate change information

    · GHG inventory and reporting concepts and procedures including GHG data entry, data standardization, data Quality Assurance and /Quality Control,

    · Data management including GHG collection, computation, conversion factors, emission factors and their application and use of IPCC tools

    · Measuring Reporting and Verification of GHG data in all Sectors

    DURATION:

    The maximum period of the contract is 180 days

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF TECHNICAL PROPOSALS

    a) Right of award: CI may reject any or all bids that are not responsive to the scope of work.

    b) Language: Proposals must be submitted in English.

    c) Deadline for Submission: The deadline for submission of full RFP December 31, 2019

    d) Currency: proposals should be budgeted in United States dollars. Payment will be made in United States dollars.

    e) Cover and signature: Applicants should submit their proposals with a cover letter signed by an authorized representative of the applicant.

    f) Expert table: Proposals should include a table with the name, position title, and level of effort (in person-days) of all individuals proposed to work on the project.

    g) Resumes/CVs: proposals should include the resume of all named personnel corresponding to the table in item (h) above

    4. EVALUATION AND SELECTION CRITERIA

    CI will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

    Criterion & Points

    Demonstrated experience (20%) working with developing country governments in Africa on GEF funded Projects under climate change, biodiversity, land degradation and sustainable forest management. Demonstrated experience in Monitoring Reporting and Verification System development fields. Experience working with the government of Liberia is an added advantage.

    Relevant technical expertise (60%): technical experience in development of Green House Gas Inventories and MRV Systems; experience conducting trainings related to GHG including GHG Inventory Development. Specifically, proven technical experience in the following areas:

    · Methodologies and tools for collecting, documenting and archiving GHG data for the AFOLU, waste, energy, transport and industry sectors,

    · IPCC Inventory software for GHG emission calculation and general computation of GHG,

    · Data requirements for GHG Inventory development and key categories

    · Key Category Analysis, and sector GHG integration

    · Ability to calculate GHG emissions estimates using agreed upon Guidelines (including methods, collection of AD, EFs and other parameters).

    · Ability to calculate uncertainty

    · Ability to prepare and report recalculations in accordance with the 2006 IPCC Guidelines and relevant reporting formats

    · Ability to report emissions using agreed upon formats

    · Ability to implement QA/QC procedures according to 2006 IPCC guidelines

    · Ability to compile a national GHG Inventory for Liberia.

    Appropriate budget (20%), demonstrating appropriate allocation of labour days in relation to tasks and deliverables; appropriate consultant daily rates in relation to qualifications; appropriate other direct costs in relation to the scope of work; and overall cost effectiveness.

    Inquiries: Please direct all inquiries concerning this request for proposal to: yjohnson@conservation.org with a copy pmulbah@conservation.org

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