The Asia Pacific level REDD+ Regional Workshop was organized by ANSAB from August 5 to 7, 2019 in Kathmandu as part of the FCPF-Capacity Building on REDD+ for Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities in East Pacific and the Pacific Region Project. The objective of the workshop was to i) exchange first-hand learning and sharing of experiences from the civil society organizations implementing the REDD+ capacity building sub-projects in Fiji and Vietnam, ii) share and discuss the broader experience from country/regional level capacity building of CSOs and LCs on REDD+; and agree on: the key lessons learned, best practices and next steps in building capacity of the civil society and local communities in the region. Over 40 individuals representing the government and civil society organizations from eleven FCPF Asia Pacific countries, international and regional level organizations, and the current and past FCPF CSO observers in the region participated the workshop.

During May 7-13, 2019, ANSAB Team carried out a Project Monitoring and Implementation Support Mission of the sub-project – Building Capacity for Fiji’s CSOs and LCs to Actively Participate in the Fiji National REDD+ Readiness Programme, being implemented by the Grace Trifam Ministry (GTM), based in Lautoka, Fiji, which is the recipient organization of the FCPF Capacity Building on REDD+ for Southern Civil Society Organizations and ‎Local ‎Communities ‎in East Asia and the Pacific Region Project. The members of the mission consisted of Puspa L. Ghimire, and Mr. Sudarshan C. Khanal.

The mission was organized with two objectives: 1) review of the general operation of GTM and provide hands-on training to strengthen their system; 2) monitoring of the project activities and outputs based on the indicators mentioned in the project proposal. During the mission, Mr. Puspa Ghimire focused on the objective 1 and Mr. Sudarshan Khanal, as an M&E focal person of the project focused on the objective 2.

The mission consisted of discussion with the GTM staff, field visits to three sub-project sites, meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Forestry, Fiji based Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) member, REDD+ Technical Advisor of the World Bank in Fiji and the chairperson of the Fiji Indigenous Women’s Society. On the last day of the mission, the ANSAB team carried out onsite observation of GTM’s administration, financial management and record keeping arrangements, and conducted a supervision support mission with GTM for fiduciary compliance.

KEY POINTS DISCUSSED AND AGREED ACTIONS 

National-level activities. GTM consulted with the relevant government agencies regarding the sub-project. Capacity building needs assessment of the local communities was carried out regarding their understanding of REDD+ through a “talanoa session”, that involved participation of the traditional leaders of the communities. It has helped the project team to gain knowledge on the context and level of understanding of the local communities and design the training workshop session accordingly. Capacity building training workshops has been carried out in fourteen communities: Dawasamu, Lekutu, Wailevu, Naqaliyalatina, Tokaimalo, Naboubuco and Naqarawai in the Mainland communities, and Bureta in Ovalau, Moce and Nasau in Koro, Waiqori in Oneata, and Tubou, Yadrana and Solotavui in Lakeba in the Maritime islands. The participants received trainings on the preliminary knowledge on REDD+, current ongoing REDD+ activities and policy at national level, and participation of communities in REDD+ activities. Compilation of the beneficiaries’ detail is ongoing.

For the remaining activities, ANSAB closely worked with the GTM and developed a summary of the agreed actions with an agreed timeline to complete the activities. It was agreed during the meeting that GTM will develop the organizational website during the project period.

Progress toward achieving the PDO. The beneficiary feedback indicator (Indicator 1) is yet to be processed, but it is above the targeted 80% for the ones whose initial analysis is done. For an example the feedbacks from the participants of the training workshop in GTM is above the targeted and in the range of 90-95%. GTM is developing a video clip on REDD+ and it has yet to be completed. Furthermore, it will also develop the organizational website. The target of one knowledge product (Indicator 2) is expected to compete during the sub-project end period. Out of the ten end-of-project target regarding the number of meetings between civil society and LC representatives and national REDD+ decision makers (Indicator 3), eight has been achieved (3 with National REDD+ Steering Committee, 3 with LC representatives, 1 with REDD+ CSO platform and 1 with divisional REDD+ forum). The remaining two (1 National level forum and 1 with Divisional REDD forum) are planned during this month. The target of the number of direct project beneficiaries (Indicator 4), 700 in total 40% female participants, has already been achieved. GTM will update the total number of beneficiaries as they benefit from the project activities. 

FIDUCIARY COMPLIANCE

Financial Management, Administration and Procurement Performance. ANSAB carried out a session with the GTM staff to orient them on financial management, administration and procurement. The session included discussion, onsite observation of the records and orientation regarding overall organizational management and governance structure, and administration and financial management incl. policies, book keeping, accounting, financial management and procurement.  Discussion and onsite observation of the records was carried out at GTM office based on a checklist. It was observed during the mission that GTM has followed good practice for financial and procurement management however they are not properly documented. It was agreed that GTM will develop an admin and finance manual incorporating the feedbacks during the mission.

Disbursements Status. An amount of US $60,000 has been disbursed in two tranches.

SAFEGUARD MANAGEMENT

Environmental and Social Safeguards: The project does not trigger any of the World Bank safeguards policies. The project is an Environmental Assessment (EA) Category C (no EA needed) since there are no expected adverse environmental impacts of the project. The eligibility criteria for the selection of sub-project incorporated appropriate environmental and social actions that promote transparency, stakeholder participation and public information disclosure.

The mission also discussed on the grievance redress mechanism managed within the project. The mission reiterated GTM’s responsibilities for ensuring that the sub-project do not cause negative environmental and social impacts.

Introduction:

On behalf of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF)/World Bank, ANSAB has been working as the regional intermediary for the Capacity Building of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Local Communities (LCs) in the East Asia-Pacific (EAP) Region on REDD+ Project. The objective of the project is to strengthen: (i) the knowledge of targeted southern CSOs and LCs on REDD+ Readiness at the national level and (ii) knowledge exchange at the regional level. The project paper can be found at http://ansab.org/redd/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Project-Paper-P153588.pdf

The project has been supporting capacity building and awareness raising activities for CSOs and LCs in the EAP region. At the national level, the following three sub-projects are being implemented in Fiji and Vietnam:

  1. Building capacity for Fiji’s CSOs and LCs to actively participate in the Fiji aational REDD+ readiness programme implemented by Grace Trifam Ministry (GTM), Fiji;
  2. Empowering CSOs and LCs to effectively participate in the implementation of Vietnam’s Emission Reduction Programme (ER-P) implemented by Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD), Vietnam; and
  3. Promoting adaptive collaborative management approach (ACMA) through strengthening capacity and participation of Vietnamese CSOs and local communities in REDD+ process in Vietnam implemented by PanNature (Centre for People and Nature Reconciliation), Vietnam.

As a part of the project, ANSAB is seeking service from a researcher (consultant) to document lessons learnt from the implementation of the capacity building and awareness raising activities in the EAP region.

Scope of Work:

The researcher will document lessons learnt and best practices from the implementation of the projects in the EAP region. Scope of the consultancy assignment includes:

  1. General review of ongoing national REDD+ initiatives and activities in the East Asia and Pacific region;
  2. Review of the ongoing in-country activities, with special reference to the participation of CSOs and LCs, and their outcomes in close collaboration with three sub-project teams in Vietnam and Fiji;
  3. Analyze the in-country activities, outcomes, and key results based on results framework and key lessons of the sub-projects, including examples of best practices and success stories;
  4. Analyze key results of the in-country activites and document gender impacts and results as a consequence of implementation of the project;
  5. Compile a report including the lessons learnt and recommendations in the form of a report and submit to the project secretariat; and
  6. Present the work in the project’s regional workshop.

Level of Effort:

  1. A total of 20 days is expected to carry out the consultancy assignment including travel time;
  2. A budget of about US $13,500 (incl. fee and travel costs) is allocated for this assignment;
    • As part of the service, the consultant will consult with the project team, Task Team Leader of the World Bank, sub-project recepients, FCPF CSO observer for the Asia-Pacific region;
    • The consultant will visit to Vietnam and organize face-to-face meeting with the 2 sub-grantees;
    • The task needs to be completed before a regional workshop that will be organized in September 2019.

Qualifications and Competencies:

Education: Masters, preferably Doctoral degree in natural resource management, resource economics, environmental policy, climate-change policies and/or other relevant field.

Experience and competencies:

  1. General understanding of the REDD+, FCPF, and FCPF Capacity Building Program;
  2. Experience in the policy development processes associated with REDD+ and climate change, more specifically in the EAP region;
  3. Participation of civil society organizations/ local communities is desirable;
  4. Thorough understanding of the forest and biodiversity conservation issues\environment policies and governance systems in the countries of EAP region would be an asset;
  5. Demonstrated experience in policy analysis, case study, project evaluation, and production of high quality written outputs including journal articles and other publication;
  6. Demonstrated facilitation and coordination skills.

Language: Excellent communication, writing and reporting skills in English.

Application Procedure:

Qualified candidates meeting the above qualifications and competencies may apply by sending a brief proposal with an outline of methodology, workplan and budget along with an updated CV highlighting the relevant experience by May 19, 2019 through e-mail to redd@ansab.org.np

Ammendment in this call for expression of interest: The contact email address has been changed to redd@ansab.org.np in place of redd@ansab.org. We request to use the email address redd@ansab.org.np for the application or any other correspondence.

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ANSAB, as the recipient of the FCPF-Capacity Building on REDD+ for Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities in the East Asia and Pacific Project convened a regional level workshop on May 1 and 2, 2018 in Kathmandu. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together representatives of the sub-project recipients to inform them on the sub-projects and their administrative, safeguards, M&E and reporting requirements, so that the proposed activities are executed effectively and timely with the desired project objectives. Altogether 17 participants representing three civil society organizations from Fiji and Vietnam, three regional advisory committee (RAC) members, Project’s Task Team Leader and ANSAB staffs attended the workshop. Ms. Ayala Peled Ben Ari, Operations Specialist, from FCPF-World Bank provided support to the project team remotely during the workshop.

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This is to notify all the concerned Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that the deadline for submission of “Invitation of Expression of Interest from CSOs from Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Vanuatu and Vietnam for Capacity Building at National and Local levels” has been extended till 2 October 2017.

All proposals must be received by ANSAB via email to redd@ansab.org not later than 5 pm Nepali time (+5.45 GMT), 2 October 2017 in electronic form (word and PDF format).

Applicants who have already submitted do not need to resubmit the EoI.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For any questions, please write to redd@ansab.org or call us at +977-1-4497547, 4478412.

For detailed information, go to Invitation of Expression of Interest.

ANSAB has currently been implementing FCPF Capacity Building on REDD+ for Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities ‎in East Asia region, for which the organization is seeking a well qualified and experienced candidate to work as an IT Consultant (Part time).

Responsibilities
The IT Consultant will be responsible for the development and maintenance of website and providing overall IT related services for the project. In particular, he/she shall:
• Develop a website of the project and work closely with the project team for the design of the webpage
• Maintain the website with relevant information in close collaboration with the project team
• Provide other IT support as needed

Required Qualifications and Competencies
• Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Application or related field
• Excellent IT, communication, leadership and management skills
• Proven track record of maintaining IT structural integrity

Qualified candidates meeting the above requirements may apply by sending an application including a recent CV by August 31, 2017 by e-mail to jobs@ansab.org

ANSAB, as the recipient of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Capacity Building on REDD+ for CSOs and Local Communities ‎in EAP ‎Project‎, invites civil society organizations (CSOs) from Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Vanuatu, and Vietnam to submit a proposal for possible funding through contracts. The objective of the proposal should be to strengthen the knowledge of targeted CSOs and local communities on REDD+ Readiness. Specifically, proposed capacity building activities on REDD+ should be undertaken by CSOs that will strengthen communities and effectively engage governments at local and national levels through trainings, workshops, awareness campaigns, national, provincial and local meetings etc.

Proposed activities are to be implemented in the above mentioned four countries for the benefit of local communities; and activities are to be designed by CSOs, networks or organizations of local people or are explicitly endorsed by the proposing networks/organizations. Women and youth organization are also encourgaed to apply.

The amount you can apply for should not exceed US$ 75,000 for duration of not more than 12 months inclusive of progress reports preparation and submission.

This is a competitive process and the best proposal will be selected for the funding according to the agreed criteria presented in the expression of interest. You can find the link to the invitation of expression of interest and the consultancy application form at the end of this post.

All proposals should be submitted in the prescribed application form to ANSAB at redd@ansab.org. Your proposal must be received by ANSAB not later than 5 pm Nepali time (+5.45 GMT), 2 October 2017 in electronic form (word and PDF format).

For any questions, please write to redd@ansab.org or call at +977-1-4497547, 4478412.

Download Invitation of Expression of Interest

Download Consultancy Application Form

 

The World Bank conducted a launch mission of the project in Kathmandu on August 2-5, 2017. The mission was led remotely by Haddy Jatou Sey (Senior Social Development Specialist and TTL) and comprised Yogesh Bom Malla (Financial Management Specialist), Chandra Kishor Mishra (Procurement Specialist), and Ayala Peled Ben Ari (Operations Consultant).

The mission focused on work sessions with ANSAB’s operational and fiduciary staff. On August 2, 2017, staff from ANSAB participated in a procurement, financial management and disbursement training at the World Bank Kathmandu office. ANSAB’s fiduciary staff were provided with an overview of relevant procurement procedures, procurement arrangements, Bank’s review and implementation support requirements, record management and procurement best practices. The Bank provided financial management and disbursement training to ANSAB’s administrative staff, including on financial reporting, external auditing, record keeping and procedures for use of Client Connection to submit withdrawal applications electronically.

 On August 3, the Operations Consultant met with the ANSAB management and introduced the mission program. On August 3 and 4, the Operations Consultant worked closely with ANSAB staffs at ANSAB office and finalized the project work plan and ‎budget with the development of supporting documents for capacity building consultancies, preparation of a 6-months ‎action plan and procurement plan, and the provision of any other needed operational support and guidance, ‎including on M&E implementation, grievance redress and safeguards as directed in the respective ‎project paper and grant agreement.

A regional preparatory workshop on FCPF – Capacity Building on REDD+ for Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities in East Asia Pacific and South Asia Region was organized by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and ANSAB on May 30-31, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop involved participation of 25 practitioners and experts from six FCPF countries eligible to received funding – Bhutan, Fiji, Pakistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and PNG; and the current and former Civil Society Organization (CSO) observers. During the workshop, the country representatives presented on the country-level ongoing activities on capacity building and awareness raising with the identification and prioritization of country level needs, and discussed regional workplan for capacity building activities in Asia Pacific region. The workshop finalized the selection modality, eligibility criteria of CSOs and activities for capacity building, and the terms of reference and composition of the regional advisory committee for the implementation of the FCPF capacity building activities.