I. BACKGROUND

Clean Air Asia is one of the implementing organizations (“Project Consortium”) of the Integrated Urban Climate Action for Low-Carbon and Resilient Cities (Urban-Act) project (“the Project”) in the Philippines together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC). In addition, the Project’s main political partner in the country is the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other relevant national government agencies.

Urban Act supports the transformation towards low-carbon and resilient urban development in the Philippines, India, Thailand, China, and Indonesia. It aims to contribute to implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. This will be done at the country level by addressing enabling conditions and development of frameworks with a focus on technical services, cross-sectoral and multi-level coordination, and incentives for urban climate action and; and at the city level by strengthening of the capacities of cities for mainstreaming climate change into urban development and in supporting the development of climate-sensitive urban development plans.

 

Urban Act has the following output areas:

  1. Improved institutional environment for climate-sensitive urban development;
  2. Evidence-based and inclusive climate-sensitive spatial and urban planning;
  3. Project concepts for urban climate action investments identified, and;
  4. Enhanced knowledge through regional networking, exchange, and learning.

 

In the Philippines, three pilot cities were identified and selected where the Urban Act project will be implemented. The current local development plans of these cities will be assessed based on their sensitivity to climate change. As the focus of Urban Act in the Philippines is transportation and mobility, the assessment will focus on developing a climate-sensitive Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) and integrating the climate-sensitive LPTRP into the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) process towards incorporating transport-related programs, projects, and activities.

 

Clean Air Asia is looking for a firm/organization that can provide a team of experts, i.e. National Planning Expert, a Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Expert, and a Transportation Planning Expert for the conceptualization and Development of Evidence-Based and Inclusive Climate-Sensitive Urban Planning Frameworks and Mainstreaming Processes in the Philippines. The engagement is six (6) months under a fixed-term, intermittent consultancy contract.

 

II. JOB PURPOSE

A firm/organization (“the Consultant”) in the field of urban planning, climate change and disaster risk management, and transport planning will provide their expertise and services in developing and conceptualizing frameworks and processes for an evidence-based and inclusive climate-sensitive urban planning trough the following:

  • Review and assess the climate sensitivity of the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) of the Project’s pilot cities;
  • Conceptualize a climate risk and vulnerability assessment applicable for the public transportation sector;
  • Mainstream the climate risk and vulnerability assessment of public transport sector to the LPTRP process;
  • Develop the process to integrate the climate-sensitive LPTRP to the CDP process

 

III. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE OF WORK

Under the Urban-Act project, the Firm/Consultant will perform the following:

  • PHASE I. Develop a tool to assess the climate-sensitivity of the Pilot Cities’ CDP and LPTRP
    • Formulate an assessment tool that describes a climate-sensitive CDP and LPTRP. (Note: The tool can be in checklist, tabular, or narrative report form, or a combination of these.)
      • The assessment tool must include sets of criteria for a climate-sensitive CDP and LPTRP based on international and Philippine frameworks, policies and reports
      • The assessment tool must be aligned with relevant guidelines and policies on CDP and LPTRP formulation, including but not limited to:
        • DILG MC 2021-037 (Updated Guidelines on the Assessment of CDPs of Cities and Municipalities)
        • DILG and DOTR JMC 2017-001 (Guidelines concerning the Local Public Transport Plan)
      • The assessment tool must consider and build upon the following documents developed by the Project Team
        • Draft assessment framework integrating low-carbon and resilient development into the CLUP and CDP
        • A review of related studies on strategies supporting the implementation and mobilization of sustainable transportation systems in development planning
    • Apply the tool to assess the climate-sensitivity of the CDP and LPTRP of the Pilot Cities
      • Assess the CDPs and LPTRPs using the developed tool
      • Perform a gaps analysis of the current state of CDPs and LPRTPs versus the desired state as outlined by the tool as part of the assessment
    • Recommend actions towards enhancing the climate-sensitivity of the CDPs of Urban Act Pilot Cities
      • Based on the gaps analysis, recommend actions (e.g., policy instruments, additional data and analysis, focus areas) to enhance the climate-sensitivity of the CDPs and LPTRPs of Urban Act Pilot Cities
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  • PHASE 2. Develop a methodology for assessing the climate risk and vulnerability of the public transportation sector in the Philippines.
    • Identify indicators and a scoring system (exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity) for the climate risk and vulnerability assessment of the public transportation sector
      • Review international and Philippine frameworks, policies and tools relevant to the climate risks of the public transportation sector, including but not limited to the New Urban Agenda, Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA), Provincial Climate Risk Diagnostics, and the LPTRP Manual
      • Identify indicators from the existing CDRA Guidelines that can be used for assessing the climate risk of the public transportation sector
      • Identify indicators from related literature that are applicable to the Philippine context
      • Determine data collection methods for each indicator that Philippine LGUs can perform.
      • Develop a Risk Score Matrix for the climate vulnerability and risk assessment of the public transportation sector based on the Risk Score Matrices in the CDRA Guidelines
    • Develop the process for the climate risk assessment of the public transportation sector
      • Propose the steps and guidelines to conduct the climate vulnerability and risk assessment
      • The process flow must be in line with the current data collection and data analysis schemes that the Philippine LGUs are already using which may include geospatial analysis using Geographic Information System tools and spreadsheet-based methods.
    • Pilot the methodology using the details of one pilot city
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  • PHASE 3. Develop the guidelines and process of integrating the climate risk and vulnerability assessment of the public transportation sector into the current LPTRP process
    • Conceptualize a framework for mainstreaming the developed climate risk assessment of the public transportation sector into the current LPTRP process.
    • Detail the process of integrating the climate risk and vulnerability assessment of the public transportation sector into the current LPTRP in a draft guidebook format similar to the current local planning guidelines such as the risk-informed CDP, CLUP guidebook, CDRA manual, LCCAP manual, and the like
    • Conduct consultations with the DILG, DOTr (particularly the LTFRB), and Urban-Act Philippines Pilot Cities throughout the development of the draft guidebook
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  • PHASE 4. Develop a guidebook on how to mainstream the climate-sensitive LPTRP into the CDP process
    • Conceptualize a framework for mainstreaming the climate-sensitive LPTRP into the CDP process
      • Emphasize entry points in the CDP process for mainstreaming public transport planning
      • Co-design the framework with relevant project stakeholders such as the Project Team, Project Consortium, regional partners, relevant national government agencies particularly the DILG, and pilot cities to ensure alignment with existing frameworks
    • Develop a draft guidebook for mainstreaming climate-sensitive LPTRP into the CDP, in a draft guidebook format similar with current local planning guidelines such as the risk-informed CDP, CLUP guidebook, CDRA manual, LCCAP manual, and the likes

 

As part of the work, Firm/Consultant is expected to conduct research and participate in meetings and consultations with the Urban Act Philippines Project Team; the Project Consortium; regional partners such as Urban-Act Regional Team members and German universities; national government agencies including but not limited to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Department of Transportation (DOTr), and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA),and; the pilot cities and its operational partners such as identified state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs).

 

IV. OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES

Phase

Deliverablesa

Submission

Inception

Inception Report detailing the Consultants’ understanding of the ToR and their proposed workplan including the approaches and methodologies

10 working days after accepting the Contract

Phase 1

CDP and LPTRP assessment tool with the climate sensitive sets of criteria for the Project’s pilot cities

31 March 2024

Review, assessment, and gap analysis of the pilot cities’ CDPs and LPTRPs

Recommendations improving the CDP and LPTRP process

Phase 2

Indicators for the climate risk and vulnerability assessment of the public transportation sector

 

31 May 2024

Detailed process of conducting the climate vulnerability and risk assessment of the public transportation sector

Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of one pilot city

Phase 3

Mainstreaming framework and draft guideline detailing the process of integrating the climate vulnerability and risk assessment of public transportation sector into the LPTRP process

31 July 2024

Phase 4

Mainstreaming framework and draft guideline detailing the process of integrating the climate-sensitive LPTRP into the CDP process

31 August 2024

Must include detailed documentation on the formulation/methodology of the Report. Present results/report to the Project Team

 

V. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND CRITERIA

  • A legally registered firm specializing in research and policy development with a special focus on urban and transport development planning incorporating climate and disaster risk lens. The firm must be able to nominate a team consisting of a National Planning Expert, a Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Expert, and a Transportation Planning Expert. The team will be led by the National Planning Expert, who will be responsible for the technical sign-off of transactions and deliverables;
  • The National Planning Expert must at least possess a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Management, Development Management, Public Administration, or related field, and a minimum of 5 years’ work experience in urban planning focusing on research and/or policy development work in areas of integrating climate change adaptation, resilience, and mitigation in local development planning;
  • The Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Expert must at least possess a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, or a related field, and a minimum of 5 years’ work experience related to climate change and disaster risk management policy development;
  • The Transport Planning Expert must at least possess a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Transport Planning, Transport Engineering or a related field, and a minimum of 5 years’ work experience related to transportation planning or traffic engineering focusing on the public transportation sector policy development;
  • The experts must possess extensive experience in engaging with different levels of government in crafting mandated local development plans, including but not limited to Comprehensive Development Plan, Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Local Climate Change Action Plan, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan, Climate Disaster Risk Assessment, and Local Public Transport Route Plan;
  • The experts must have a deep understanding of the Philippine planning system, from cities/municipalities up to national processes, guidelines, and frameworks;
  • The experts must be knowledgeable of local and international policy development work and advisory roles;
  • The experts must be fluent in spoken and written English; with strong written, analytical, presentation and reporting skills. Strong technical writing skills, with the ability to do research, analyze data and properly cite publications is essential. Written publications on sustainable urban planning, climate change and disaster risk management, and transport planning are an advantage;
  • The experts must have a well-developed interpersonal, communication and stakeholder liaison skills with experience in networking and establishing and maintaining relationships with partners at different levels (ministry, donors, private sector, NGOs and local community-based organizations), and;
  • The experts must demonstrate attention to detail and proven ability to meet deadlines.

 

VI. DURATION, REMUNERATION and OTHER BENEFITS

Under a fixed-term consultancy contract, the selected firm/organization will render their services until the satisfactory delivery of the final output on August 31, 2024, with the possibility of an extension based on acceptable circumstances.

 

VII. HOW TO APPLY

  • The Curriculum Vitae of the three experts, including a brief profile of the company/firm, should be uploaded in the "Upload CV" box;
  1. The Online Application Form should be accomplished by the nominated National Planning Expert of the team;
  1. Upload your letter of intent stating the reasons of your interest in the engagement in the "Cover Letter" box, and;
  1. Attach your other relevant documents such as publications in the "Supporting Documents" box.

We encourage early application as applications will be processed as they are received so the recruiting process may end earlier than the closing date. Only shortlisted entities will be contacted.

All applicants must clearly state in their cover letter how they meet the job specification above, as well as contact details of three referees.

 

We encourage early applications as applications will be processed as they arrive so the recruiting process may end earlier than closing date. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.