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WFD is looking for International Experts in Climate Governance and Nationally Determined Contributions to support Environmental Democracy in Georgia
The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK’s leading democracy support organisation, working in partnership with political parties, parliaments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and electoral bodies around the world to create more inclusive, accountable and transparent democratic systems. WFD strengthens the capacity of these key democratic institutions, helping to ensure they have the systems, knowledge and skills to perform effectively. WFD also fosters improved democratic processes, bringing together individuals and institutions and encouraging them to work together to solve concrete problems, applying democratic values and principles.
Advancing Environmental Democracy in Georgia
The work defined in this terms of reference will take place under the UK-government funded Advancing Environmental Democracy in Georgia programme, which aims to generate the sustained political will necessary to address environmental and climate issues.
The programme’s approach and actions are underpinned by the key principles of environmental democracy. Our approach focuses on the dual pillars concerned with increasing transparency and on enhancing civic participation in environmental decision making.
The programme works with a wide range of governance and civic actors to address environmental and climate issues. Capitalising on the global attention around COP26, the programme will initially focus on tackling climate change. We will, for example, work with Georgian political institutions to identify the laws and regulations required to successfully achieve the aspirations in Georgia’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and how the transition to renewable energy can be catalysed. Other priority policy areas will further be determined as the programme progresses.
Scope of our work
In support of the Advancing Environmental Democracy in Georgia programme, WFD is seeking international consultants with expertise in climate governance, and especially NDCs. WFD will be supporting the Parliament of Georgia in the coming months to raise its level of awareness of Georgia’s NDC commitments and to try to help it establish a much greater role over the implementation of the commitments in that NDC. Georgia’s second NDC was submitted to the UNFCCC earlier in the year and although civil society was engaged to some degree in the development of the document, parliament has had little to no involvement in that process, nor is it engaged yet in overseeing its implementation. To address this WFD is planning the following four activities, which we anticipate will take place between September and November. Please note that for all activities, international consultants would be required to work closely with a local expert as well as WFD staff based in Georgia and the UK.
For each activity we have outlined the type of support we are seeking from an international expert:
1. Assist the environment committee in conducting a working group session.
- Assist the Georgian parliament, in particular the environment committee, to conduct a working group session on Georgia’s NDC commitments, during which the Ministry of Environment would present and explain Georgia’s recently agreed second NDC.
- Improve the knowledge and understanding of the working group members on NDCs, including by providing examples of best practice of NDC development from other countries and to advise the working group on how to scrutinise NDCs and what might potentially be required to meet the aspirations in Georgia’s new NDC.
2. Support the environment committee to assess the government’s progress in meeting the commitments in Georgia’s first NDC.
- Support the environment committee to assess the government’s progress in meeting the commitments in Georgia’s first NDC through a committee session/hearing.
- Prepare the committee for this session by assisting them in analysing to what degree Georgia met its commitments in its first NDC.
- Provide context on what comparable countries proposed as their first NDC and how well they have succeeded in implementing them.
3. Support the environment committee to assess the government’s plans for implementation of its second NDC.
- Support parliament to hold an online committee session/hearing to assess the government’s plans for implementation of its second NDC.
- Prepare the committee to draw up a terms of reference for a call for evidence in support of this hearing/session, through which views and evidence from civic actors will be gathered.
- Support the committee in analysing the evidence provided to it, and share international good practice on parliamentary scrutiny over NDCs. Context should also be provided on what comparable countries proposed in their second NDCs.
4. Organise knowledge sharing sessions on key COP26 agenda items and UK climate priorities.
- Organising round-table discussions/knowledge sharing sessions for both government and parliamentary representatives on key COP26 agenda items and UK climate priorities to build momentum ahead of the summit.
- Inform and raise the awareness of parliament and government about COP26 (as well as previous climate conferences) and the UK’s specific climate priorities through presentations and facilitated discussions.
- The Consultant should also seek to link the main COP26 agenda items to Georgia’s situation and national priorities.
Later in the year and early next year we will also be seeking support to conduct the following activities:
- Establish and facilitate a quarterly cross-institutional working group on climate and the environment to broker a closer engagement between parliament, government, and other key stakeholders, including civil society and businesses.
- Advise on the composition of the group, assist in the development of its terms of reference and facilitate its meetings with a viewing to achieving a consensus on its key priorities and aims as well as helping to coordinate the group’s work. Working in particularly close consultation with the local expert, the consultant should also seek opportunities to develop the working group into a coalition for change by linking with actors outside of the group.
2. Bring CSOs and political parties together for a series of online knowledge sharing workshops to discuss political parties’ manifesto policies.
- Facilitate these workshops and develop a constructive working relationship between the participating political parties and CSOs. The ultimate aim of the workshops will be persuade the parties to utilise the knowledge and expertise of environmental CSOs to develop better environmental and climate policies.
3. Run training sessions to enhance knowledge of committee members and staff on how to conduct post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) of climate and environmental legislation.
- Provide training on conducting PLS on environmental and climate policies, including through sharing examples of international best practice.
4. Deliver training sessions on environmental democracy approaches to government champions.
- Improve knowledge and understanding of environmental democracy principles and approaches among participants from the government, including through sharing international examples of where environmental democracy approaches have improved policy making.
Place of Work
The large majority of this work will be delivered remotely (online). However, there is a possibility of travel to Georgia for activities v to viii.
Expressions of interest
Please outline your availability between mid-September and end-November, in particular, and provide your required daily fee in GBP in the covering letter.
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