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Lead Project Development Consultant

World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC 20001
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Lead Project Development Consultant

Type: Contractor
# of Openings: 1
WWF Washington, DC


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to establish a dedicated fund for least developed countries, the LDCF in 2001. The Least Developed Country Fund aims to support least developed countries in achieving their National Adaptation Programs of Action, as well as financing adaptation in the face of climate change. The GEF-7 strategy promotes the Least Developed Country Fund by highlighting its three objectives; i: Reduce vulnerability and increase resilience through innovation and technology transfer for climate change adaptation. ii: Mainstream climate change adaptation and resilience for systemic impact. iii: Foster enabling conditions for effective and integrated climate change adaptation. The WWF GEF Agency submitted a project for LDCF financing to be executed by the Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE) which was approved in December 2020.

The WWF project Managing Watersheds for Enhanced Resilience of Communities to Climate Change in Nepal (MaWRiN) aims to enhance climate resilience of Indigenous people and local communities in the Marin watershed through nature-based solutions and livelihood diversification. The proposed requested GEF funding will help increase the resilience of the local communities of the Marin watershed in the face of long-term climate change and associated hazards such as landslides, floods, droughts and forest fires by reducing vulnerability, increasing adaptability, and improving the transfer and expansion of locally appropriate nature-based solutions.

This objective will be achieved through 3 components:

  1. Component 1: Enabling environment for mainstreaming climate change. This will be achieved by updating local plans and policies to improve the understanding and capacity to mainstream climate change adaptation.
  2. Component 2: Enhance resilience of communities to climate change. Component 2 of this project will ensure that communities vulnerability to climate induced risks (landslide, flood, drought, and forest fires) are reduced, improving their resilience to the adversity of a changing climate.
  3. Component 3: Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge management. This component will ensure tracking of project results, including capturing and sharing of key project lessons to project stakeholders

Objective for this Role:

The Lead Project Development Consultant(s) will lead the development and ensure timely delivery of a quality document package, including the WWF-GEF Project Document (ProDoc), the CEO Endorsement Request document, and the letters of co-financing indicated in the activities of the attached PPG work plan document and any other requested material needed for GEF CEO endorsement. The incumbent will play an essential role as international team leader in project formulation by guiding, coaching and assisting the national consultants in the production of their deliverables, consulting with the WWF Nepal and WWF GEF and government counterparts such as the Ministry of Forests and Environment of Nepal (MoFE), WWF GEF Agency, any additional consultants (technical, safeguards, gender), and other key stakeholders. as well as other project partners, and then refining and consolidating the information in a way that will comprise a fully elaborated coherent project strategy and design and that will be aligned with the best practices in GEF project design. The Lead Project Development Consultant(s) will be responsible for developing a comprehensive project design in support of government priorities and in accordance with WWF and GEF standards.


The consultant(s) will lead the overall project preparation process and deliverables and be home-based, with field missions to Nepal. The consultant(s) is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Coordinate with WWF-Nepal, the Ministry of Forests and Environment of Nepal (MoFE), WWF GEF Agency, and other consultants (e.g. technical consultants, safeguards consultants, gender consultants) for overall planning and development of the project design, including participation in team meetings and workshops. The lead consultant will review and provide inputs on the ToR for national consultants thoroughly understand the overview and responsibilities of project staff and national consultants;
  • Orient, guide and coordinate the national consultants tasked with data collection and the generation of specific technical information and analysis critical to project design and budgeting;
  • As needed, prepare documentation for and participate in team meetings (e.g. by zoom or skype) as well as regular check-ins on progress towards deliverables to WWF Nepal and WWF GEF, including participation in project reviews (and response to the reviews);
  • Undertake a review of relevant literature and documents, e.g. national development plans, NBSAPs, NAPs, NAPAs, baseline studies, current/previous GEF projects, terminal evaluations, etc.

  • Stakeholder Engagement:
    • Support as appropriate in the interaction with relevant government departments and other stakeholders, working closely with WWF Nepal and WWF GEF, local NGOs, community-based organizations, Indigenous people, private sector organizations, and others. Document these interactions. He/she may delegate specific tasks as appropriate;
    • Participate in and lead the organization of key workshops such as the PPG Kick-off, Design and Validation Workshops; Coordinate these workshops with government departments and other relevant stakeholders and draft the workshop reports with inputs by the national consultants;
    • In close cooperation with WWF Nepal and the WWF GEF Agency, and with assistance from the national consultants, develop methodology/process for stakeholder consultations and gender analysis according to WWF policies (will be provided) to ensure project ownership, inform project design and buy-in at national level and in target landscape and project sites;
    • Deliver a Stakeholder Analysis and Stakeholder Engagement Plan with input from the technical consultants and full record of stakeholder consultations;
    • Review and comment on the gender analysis and gender action plan, with inputs from national consultants, prepared by the gender consultant (to be recruited separately) and include gender considerations throughout stakeholder consultations and the project design;
    • Review and comment on the gender analysis and gender action plan, with inputs from national consultants, prepared by the gender consultant (to be recruited separately) and include gender considerations throughout stakeholder consultations and the project design;
    • Integrate stakeholder feedback into project design;

  • Lead project design and development, ensuring that the project incorporates stakeholder feedback and is gender-responsive, and execute final delivery of the WWF GEF Project Document and accompanying documentation including:
    • Collect inputs and document key baseline information with assistance of the national consultants, design the project activities, site identification and selection, incremental cost reasoning, develop the Results Framework, clear output and outcome indicators and related baseline, and project risk management framework;
    • Ensure assessments and analysis such as the climate risk screening, landscape screening, and any other safeguards document prepared by the by the safeguards consultant (to be recruited separately) are reflected in the ProDoc (including strategy, budget) as necessary to reflect compliance with WWFs environment and social safeguards policies and procedures (SIPP);
    • Work with team and consultants to develop a Results Framework and GEF core indicators
    • Support budget development, based on the PIF and project design consultations;
    • Incorporate feedback from WWF, government, stakeholders, and GEF Sec/STAP reviews until CEO Endorsement and prepare the response matrix to the GEF Secretariat.
    • Ensure project theory of change and interventions are technically substantiated as well as cost-effective
    • Perform other duties as required.


1. Lead the overall project preparation process and deliverables

The consultant should submit to WWF GEF Agency:

  1. The completed ProDoc and CEO Endorsement Request in a required format in English including WWFs social and environmental safeguards;
  2. Minutes of key meetings/workshops, with lists of participants, date, locations, and input from stakeholders;
  3. Field mission reports;
  4. Responses to STAP, GEF and WWF internal reviews; and
  5. Any further information required by WWF and the GEF Secretariat

  1. Logistics, Team, Collaboration, and Supervision

The Ministry of Forests and Environment has formed a Project Planning Committee (PPC) to provide strategic guidance to the technical team responsible for formulation of project document, review of the development process, facilitate field visits, and coordinate with provincial and local governments and relevant stakeholders. Currently the PPC comprises of representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Forests and Environments Development Cooperation unit, Climate Change Management Division, Department of Forests and Soil Conservation, Gender focal point for Forests, Environment and Climate change, the governor of the Bagmati province, and WWF Nepal. The PPC is chaired by the head of Planning, monitoring and Coordination division of the ministry. Through regular meetings (via zoom connection) defined in a mutually agreed workplan, or emails, the PPC provides support to the consultant, including strategic guidance, facilitating dialogue with key stakeholders, and assisting in addressing project issues. The PPC will provide a no-objection to final ProDoc drafts.

WWF Nepal will provide logistical support to the consultant, including the hosting of meeting space and facilitating dialogue with government. WWF Nepal will also lead government relations for project development and can provide technical input to project design. The consultant will coordinate closely with the key WWF Nepal staff.

The consultant will administratively report to the WWF GEF Agency project manager (Heike Lingertat @ heike.lingertat@wwfus.org) in communications and deliverables. The manager will provide guidance on WWF GEF project development process and requirements, assess the quality of all deliverables, facilitate reviews of the deliverables, and will approve deliverables for payment. WWF GEF Agency will handle communications with the GEF Secretariat. WWF GEF will also facilitate a review process, including a three-stage review of (a) project storyline, (b) sites and intervention strategy, and (c) full draft ProDoc. The review panel will include WWF network experts, the extended WWF GEF team, and may include external specialists. The consultant will participate in any review meetings and will incorporate key review points (as noted by WWF GEF Project Manager) into the project design and documentation and will provide a response matrix on same.

National consultants will be hired in February 2021 and they will work with the Lead Project Development Consultant in close consultation with the PPC and WWF Nepal. They will coordinate with and report to the Lead Project Development Consultant. In particular, the national consultants will support local/national meetings and baseline data collection, in close coordination with the Lead Project Development Consultant. The roles of the national consultants will be defined in the work plan. The Lead Project Development Consultant will approve the work plan and deliverables of the national consultants in coordination with WWF Nepal.

  1. Start Date: as soon as possible February 2021
  1. Duration: The duration of the consultancy work shall be 12 months inclusive at least one filed visit to the Marin watershed in Nepal.


Required experience and expertise of the consultant or consultancy team:

  • At least eight years combined experience in developing, executing and/or evaluating complex international and multi-lateral funded projects, especially for GEF;
  • Masters Degree in Natural Sciences, Public Policy, Social or other related fields;
  • Background in climate change adaptation
  • Excellent consultation, facilitation, negotiation, analytical, research and presentation skills;
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills in English;
  • Available for 2-3 in country missions, including travel to field sites (depending on the COVID-19 situation);
  • Able to collaborate with project development partners and take guidance and feedback from the WWF GEF Agency.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working in Nepal
  • Familiarity with WWF Network;
  • Experience with Open Standards/Project and Program Management Standards (PPMS) in the GEF context;
  • Ample experience working with government agencies and regional governance bodies, specifically in the region;
  • Demonstrated expertise in gender responsive project design.

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Jacquelyn Trudeau at jacquelyn.trudeau@wwfus.org

Posted: 2021-01-26 Expires: 2021-02-27

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