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OPPORTUNITY: Climate Change Risks and Opportunities in Uttarakhand, India

CDKN is seeking a partner organisation, or consortium of organisations, to design and deliver a State-wide climate change vulnerability assessment in Uttarakhand. This assessment will include both the risks and opportunities of climate change facing the state.

CDKN’s overall purpose is to support developing countries to design and deliver climate compatible development policies and plans. We provide a combination of technical advisory work, research and knowledge-sharing, tailored to countries’ needs. CDKN is a global programme managed by an alliance of partners with funding from the UK and Dutch Governments. In India, CDKN is housed in LEAD India a registered non-profit organisation in New Delhi. We are working with a number of State Governments and partners to support the implementation of the State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC). For details on some of CDKN’s other projects underway in India see the Country Snapshot.

Project details

The Government of Uttarakhand is requesting an accurate and relevant assessment of the vulnerability of the State to the current and future impacts of climate change, and the opportunities that can be utilised to deliver climate compatible development.

This assessment is the first step required to strengthen and prepare for implementation of the Uttarakhand Action Plan on Climate Change (UAPCC), as stated in the plan itself. The UAPCC has been prepared by the State nodal agency for climate change, the Forestry Department, and is expected to be finalised and approved by April 2013. The vulnerability assessment has the following provisional objectives:

–          Provide more detail on the likely consequences or impacts of climate change in the state now and in the future

–          Provide validity and context for the climate change concerns, impacts and proposed actions in the UPACC

–          Provide detail on potential opportunities that might arise in the state due to climate change that could be pursued as part of the UPACC.

–          Provide a framework for developing, refining and prioritising actions within the UPACC and how to move towards implementation including future decision-making and prioritisation.

–          Raise awareness at state and national levels of the unique vulnerabilities and opportunities that the State faces as a result of climate change, and the need for financial and technical support.

–          Act as a baseline to assess the effectiveness of actions

–          As a result of the consultation exercise provide some initial thoughts on the capacity and institutional requirements needed to implement some of the priority actions

The project will be delivered in 2 phases; a scoping phase and a delivery phase. A delivery partner(s) is required to design the detailed scope, methodology and outputs of the assessment using a participatory approach which builds government buy-in to the methodology being proposed.

This 1-2 month design stage should involve consultations (group and bilateral) with relevant officials at the State level, including at the highest level, as well as local stakeholders and experts. Inputs should be gained from experts and practitioners who have carried out similar exercises elsewhere, as well as national level officials, and the supplier should draw on their own knowledge of global best practice. CDKN should be invited to contribute at all stages of the process.

The output should be consensus within the Government and with CDKN on the scope of the assessment (e.g. geographical and sector focus), its purpose and use, the methodology including data sources and work plan including deliverables, project governance and timeframes.

Procurement process

Following the delivery and acceptance of the scope of work by State officials and CDKN and an assessment of supplier performance, CDKN may ask the supplier to submit a fully costed work plan to deliver Phase 2. Phase 2 will consist of the delivery of vulnerability assessment.

At the end of Phase 1, CDKN reserves the right to assess supplier performance to decide whether the same supplier that delivered Phase 1 will deliver Phase 2. If the Phase 1 supplier is willing and has delivered a good quality output from Phase 1 we anticipate that we will continue to use the same supplier for Phase 2 of the project (although it will be possible to bring in additional subcontractors at this point if the supplier and CDKN agree this is needed). If we choose not to use the same supplier, Phase 2 of the project will be advertised to the market.

Partner requirements

It is expected that either a single delivery partner, or consortium of partners, will have the following expertise:

–          Extensive experience of carrying out vulnerability studies and similar initiatives, and with excellent understanding of the range and type of methodologies and processes that can be utilised. At this stage suppliers should be flexible and open on the scope and methodology and not come with a fixed idea of what the final project should look like.

–          In depth understanding of the socio-economic, political and environmental context in India in general and Uttarakhand/other similar geographies (e.g. mountainous, densely forested) in particular.

–          Experience of working directly with State Governments in India, and ideally also the central Government. The focal person in the Government, as well as CDKN, will provide the access to the Government of Uttarakhand, but an existing relationship with the State Government will be an advantageous.

–          Ideally, a partner should have a registered office located in India, and also ideally have a presence in Uttarakhand. The supplier should plan to spend a significant amount of time on the ground in the state.

–          Be well connected within the central Government and among key experts, donors and stakeholders in India and able to draw on these relationships.

How to apply

In order to express an interest in this opportunity, please complete the following 2 steps:

Step 1: Send an email to the CDKN Procurement team ( including the following information:

·        Subject line: Expression of interest: TAAS-0036 – Climate change risks and opportunities in Uttarakhand, India

·        Organisation/company name

·        A sentence confirming your interest in bidding for the work

·        The name of any partner organisations you anticipate that you will work with

·        A contact name(s), email address and telephone number for the most appropriate person(s) to send further information to regarding bidding

Step 2:

Your nominated contact(s) will receive an email from the CDKN Procurement team, including Invitation to Tender document, a Non Disclosure Agreement, a copy of CDKN’s Expense Policy and the CDKN Terms and Conditions.  Complete the documents where relevant and submit these to the CDKN Procurement team ( before the deadline stated below.

Both steps are to be completed and your documents [including the signed Non-Disclosure Agreement] submitted by the deadline of 17.00 UK time on 2 April 2013.

Please note, we will accept and respond to questions with respect to this opportunity and the associated documents provided they are received by CDKN Procurement before 17.00 UK time on 22 March 2013.


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