COLOMBIA: ESMS & ESS SPECIALIST CONSULTANCY

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COLOMBIA: ESMS & ESS SPECIALIST CONSULTANCY

INTRODUCTION TO GGGI

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. To learn more please visit about GGGI web page.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Through strategic partnerships, GGGI has collaborated with the Government of Colombia to promote green growth and investment policies. These alliances include collaborations with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, and the National Planning Department (DNP). Since 2014, GGGI has supported the DNP in advancing a green growth vision and transition plan for Colombia to support climate goals and the achievement of the SDGs. GGGI supported the development of the Green Growth Working Group led by the DNP (2016–2018), which produced valuable information for the design of the Green Growth Policy – GGP (adopted through CONPES 3934 of 2018).

Additionally, Colombia has made significant progress in designing and implementing standardized methodologies, such as Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and the Colombian Green Taxonomy, to ensure the sustainability of national investments. However, economic and financial investments are essential to mobilizing resources for the socioeconomic and cultural transformations necessary in the country to advance the climate transition. Although the Government of Colombia has made significant progress in developing a robust policy framework and updating the country’s National Climate Finance Strategy to promote sustainable climate finance and resource mobilization to meet mitigation and adaptation objectives, it is necessary to increase climate investments in strategic sectors for a just transition towards low-carbon and climate-resilient economic development.

On the other hand, the Colombian government has adopted policies to promote sustainable, low-carbon, and climate-resilient development. Mitigation and adaptation to climate change are national priorities. Colombia’s 2021-2023 GCF Country Program is expected to mobilize GCF resources to support the objectives of Colombia’s updated NDC, National Climate Change Policy, National Long-Term Climate Strategy 2050, and sectoral plans and territorial issues on climate change. On the other hand, the National Development Plan (PND) 2022-2026, adopted through Law 2294 of 2023, establishes climate action, the control of deforestation, and the construction of climate resilience as national priorities.

Priorities for GCF financing in Colombia are established through the Collegiate Body, which meets periodically to discuss the country’s project financing needs through the GCF and to review and support GCF financing proposals. The Collegiate Body is made up of the PND, the MADS, the MHCP, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Presidential Agency for International Cooperation (APC).

In Colombia, three accredited Direct Access Entities (Fondo Acción, Findeter, and Bancoldex) and one nominated entity are in the accreditation process (Finagro). Finagro is Colombia’s largest financing provider for the AFOLU sector. FINAGRO operates as a second-tier bank, that is, it delivers resources under favorable conditions to financial institutions so that they grant credits to productive projects. To achieve its objective, Finagro is funded through Agricultural Development Titles (TDA), whose conditions are defined by the Board of Directors of the Banco de la República and makes its placement following what is established by the National Agricultural Credit Commission (CNCA). Thanks to this scheme, agricultural producers can access financing in the lowest market conditions, given that the CNCA establishes ceiling rates at which agricultural development credit can be registered with Finagro. In 2023, Finagro’s loan portfolio was valued at USD 10,549 million and included 1,319,000 individual credit operations, of which small agricultural producers represented 82%.

Finagro submitted its accreditation documentation through the GCF Online Accreditation System in December 2021. This application was the subject of preliminary observations that were adjusted on two occasions; The last preliminary observation was received in January 2023. The application requires updating.

Additionally, Finagro needs to implement the SGAS and the Gender and SSE policies efficiently. To do so, it depends on financial intermediaries to develop analysis and collect information from the beneficiaries. Therefore, it is necessary for Finagro intermediaries to adopt compatible policies and ESMS. Bancamía, a microfinance institution that manages the majority of Finagro’s microcredit operations, is developing its own ESMS and requires support to implement it, including training its staff.

Despite steady progress, Finagro’s accreditation requires further expert support to address three outstanding barriers: Finagro’s limited capacity to implement ESMS and gender and EAS policies, the limited capacity of first-tier financial intermediaries to implement climate investments, and the lack of credit instruments aligned with the criteria of Colombia’s Green Taxonomy.

Since 2019, GGGI has supported Finagro in its accreditation process through GCF Readiness. GGGI will implement the program: “Advance the mobilization of climate finance in Colombia’s AFOLU sector through the support of the Direct Access Entity and the implementation of the country’s green taxonomy for the agricultural and forestry sectors.” This program will be implemented in close collaboration and consultation with the NDA, SFC, Finagro, and Bancamía to ensure alignment with Colombia’s strategic and planning documents, NDC objectives, and the country’s political context.

GGGI aims to utilize new and existing GGGI staff for positions that involve involvement in multiple outcomes and require ongoing involvement during program implementation. This consultancy will be part of the team required to implement the program successfully. It must respond to closing the barriers: 1: Overcome Finagro’s limited capacity to put into practice its ESMS and ESS and gender and barrier policies 2: Overcome the limited capacity of Finagro’s financial intermediaries to implement GCF investments.

OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

This consultancy’s main objective is to support Finagro and Bancamía to strengthen their capacities in key areas related to access to climate financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This includes reviewing and strengthening policies and codes of ethics, developing operational manuals, and conducting training workshops. We will also collaborate with Bancamía to review and strengthen its environmental and social management system and its gender equity policies.

DELIVERABLES AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Deliverable Description Recommendations Payments Date
D1: Detailed work plan. It must include a detailed schedule and methodology for the fulfillment of the consultancy.
  • Deliver in Spanish and English version.
  • Attach PowerPoint, Word, and Excel presentation.
10% Two weeks after signing the contract.
D2: Adjustment of Operation Manuals for SSE and Gender Policies at Finagro. These manuals detail the operational procedures for implementing SSE and gender policies at Finagro. They include training on ESMS, SSE, and gender policies, implementation evaluation through pilot sessions, and necessary adjustments.
  • Develop clear and concise training materials that address key aspects of SSE and gender policies, ensuring they are accessible to all stakeholders.
  • Conduct pilot sessions to evaluate the effectiveness of operational manuals, collecting detailed feedback from participants to make necessary adjustments.
  • Adjust operational manuals based on feedback received during pilot sessions, ensuring they reflect best practices and are applicable in the Finagro context.
25% 10 weeks after signing the contract.
D3: Report on Strengthening the Governance Framework, Procurement Policies, and Code of Ethics of Finagro. This report details the strengths of Finagro’s governance framework, procurement policies, and code of ethics. It includes the review of hierarchical updates, organizational changes, and implementations to guarantee transparency and competitiveness in acquisitions, as well as adjustments to the code of ethics that were made according to the Action plan implemented between 2021 and 2022 to close gaps. It also includes recommendations.
  • Provide an evaluation of hierarchical updates, highlighting significant changes and their impact on the organizational structure.
  • Detail the organizational changes made and their relationship with strengthening the independence of the internal control body and the office of the President.
  • Analyze developments and implementations to ensure transparency and competitiveness in procurement processes, suggesting areas for improvement if necessary.
  • Evaluate the adjustments made to Finagro’s code of ethics, highlighting the role of the Ethics Committee, and proposing additional measures if necessary.
20% At week 17, from the signing of the contract.
D4: Collaboration and Feedback Report with Bancamía on ESMS, ESS, and Gender Policy Development Plan. This report details the collaboration with Bancamía to review and provide feedback on its Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), Gender Equality Policy (ESS), and Gender Policy Development Plan.

It includes the evaluation of these elements, the recommendations provided to Bancamía and the implementation of the final recommendations.

  • Conduct an evaluation of Bancamía’s ESMS, ESS and Gender Policy Development Plan, identifying areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.
  • Provide specific feedback to Bancamía on the necessary recommendations and adjustments in its ESMS, ESS and Gender Policy Development Plan.
  • Support Bancamía in the implementation of the final recommendations, providing guidance to guarantee the success of updating its policies and plans.
25% At week 22, from the signing of the contract.
D5: Report of three Capacity Development Workshops at Finagro. This report details the three capacity development workshops held at Finagro, with a focus on the effective implementation of new systems and processes. Includes information on participation, topics discussed and results achieved.
  • Workshops must include at least 40% women to ensure equitable representation.
  • Select relevant and practical topics that address the specific training needs identified at Finagro.
  • Facilitate practical sessions that promote learning and practical application of acquired knowledge.
  • Presentation of slides, training documents, and any other materials necessary for awareness and training.

Include:

  • An executive summary that describes the consultancy’s process and results. This summary will be for decision-makers. It is available in English and Spanish.
  • Presentation in PPT format that explains the process and results of the consultancy.
20% At week 27, from the signing of the contract.
SCOPE OF WORK
  • The assignment includes the following tasks but is not limited to:
  • Contribute to the organization and coordination of capacity-building workshops, webinars, and events (virtual and presential) with different partners in Colombia.
  • Provide coss cutting support through attending meetings, drafting emails, providing technical inputs for discussions, leveraging impact, and creating stakeholder engagement.
  • Develop power point presentations and concept notes as requested by supervisor.
  • Participate in project-related meetings and calls and elaborate meeting minutes, agendas, and presentations.
  • Ensure the high quality of the narrative and technical evidence for donor and GGGI reporting schemes.
REPORTING ARRANGEMENTS
  • The ESMS & ESS Specialist reports to the GGGI Staff – Project Manager.
  • The consultant work progress will be monitored primarily through periodic review meetings for planning and weekly short face-to-face (or virtual) meetings for prioritizing activities, all that previous consensus with the Contract Supervisor. In this review, meetings will tackle subjects such as the overview of the contractual objectives, the development of activities, detailed information milestones, actual achievements made against the timeline initially set, and any other relevant progress details.
  • Deliverables will be produced in Spanish, in accordance with GGGI’s formatting requirements, and submitted with proof of editable file back-up (e.g. .docx, .pptx) in GGGI SharePoint system.
  • Additionally, the consultant will deliver one monthly brief in English explaining the activities developed the month before and for any other deliverable if so, requested by the Project Manager.
  • Where relevant, the consultant shall also provide sets of raw data, research materials, and meeting notes related to the contractual objective.
EXPERTISE REQUIRED

1) ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • An advanced degree in environmental management, social sciences, economics, or a relevant field is desired.

2) PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience mainstreaming environmental and social considerations into financial institutions, corporations and government policies and planning
  • A minimum of five years of experience developing ESMS of financial institutions
  • Familiarity with GCF accreditation requirements and processes is a must.
  • Familiarity with Colombia’s financial sector is an asset.
  • Prior working experience with Finagro, the Ministry of Agriculture, or the Ministry of Finance is desired.
  • Understanding and familiarity with IFC Performance Standards
  • Previous work experience in international organizations or multinationals in developing countries is a strength.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a proven ability to develop, maintain and enhance relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and Spanish
ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
  • Selection method / process: Competitive Selection
  • Documents for submission: CV, GGGI Application Form
  • Timeline of the selection: 14 days
  • Date to close is Korean Standard Time (KST). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered Application. Cover Letter, and CV must be sent in English.
 
 
 
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Bogota, Colombia
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