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To develop an e-learning course on Climate-Smart Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, based on the ESCAP-UNCTAD-UNEP Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2021

Bangkok - 08 Oct 2021


As part implementation of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Subprogramme 2, the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division of ESCAP Secretariat, in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has prepared the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2021 on Accelerating Climate-Smart Trade and Investment in Asia and the Pacific (APTIR 2021).

As part enhancing the promotion and dissemination of the flagship report, a consultant with expertise on trade and climate change issues will develop and deliver an e-learning course based on APTIR. While the course should be based on APTIR 2021 – and be consistent with its key messages, other reading/substantive material could be included, including publication/reports by the selected consultants as well as other authors and international organizations. Target of the course would be policy makers as well as students of international trade and development (the course material should be designed in such a way that it may become part of relevant academic courses/ programmes as an assignment or for extra credits).

Work assignment and requirements for the consultancy

The outputs of this assignment consist of:

(a) preparation of a draft annotated course outline

(b) on the basis of a revised and agreed course outline, develop 7 draft ppt-based video modules of 10-15 mn each ppts with full script, reading list, and draft testing material (bank of quiz questions; tentatively 2 quizzes of 22 questions each);

(c) Incorporate feedback received from ESCAP, UNCTAD, UNEP and other course stakeholders in the modules/scripts/ quizzes;

(d) Facilitate 2 online live sessions of 90 mn each to elaborate on video recorded ppts and answer questions from participants to a first/pilot course organized by the Secretariat and enable interactions with invited guest speakers during these live sessions.

(e) Finalize ppt-based modules and quiz material based on feedback from first course.

The consultant is expected to carry out the assignment during the period of December 2021 - May 2022.

A minimum 3-year work experience in the area of international trade and climate change/the environment, or closely related field, is required (7-year or more is preferred). A graduate degree in a related field is required (PhD preferred). Having existing publications and teaching experience in this area is preferred. While the course if expected to be of global scope, experience and knowledge of the Asia and the Pacific region is preferred.

Consultancy fee expected to range from 8-16,000 USD, depending on experience of the consultant and final agreed scope of work. Authorship of the course will be acknowledged and recognized - including of the institution the selected consultant may be affiliated with, as appropriate.

EOI Submission (As soon as possible; deadline: Monday 19 October 2021)

Individuals with relevant expertise are invited to submit EOIs to Mr. Yann Duval, Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, United Nations ESCAP ([email protected] ) with a copy to Mr. Alexey Kravchenko ([email protected]).

The EOIs should include:

(1) A short email expressing interest, highlighting previous work experience, other related assignments, training or any useful experience relevant to the assignment;

(2) Curriculum Vitae (CV), and any other evidence of relevant work.

Please note that only selected candidate(s) would be contacted.

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