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Date of publication – DeadlineDate of publication – Deadline

24/6/2021 – 30/6/2021

Introduction and ContextIntroduction and Context

Right to Protection (R2P) is a Ukrainian not-for profit organization. R2P is dedicated to protecting refugees who find themselves in Ukraine due to dire circumstances. R2P ensures the protection and human rights of other vulnerable migrants – the conflict affected, the internally displaced (IDPs), the stateless, the undocumented and those at risk of statelessness. R2P’s key programmatic strengths are legal assistance, monitoring, advocacy as well as government and civil society capacity building. R2P has approximately 150 staff members working across Ukraine.

R2P takes part in a project on “Increasing resilience to disaster risk in eastern Ukraine” implemented by a Consortium led by ACTED with participation of IMPACT Initiatives and the Red Cross Movement (through the Danish Red Cross) and funded by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland acting through the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (“FCDO”).

This project will seek to improve understanding, preparedness, and resilience to disaster risk in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine. While humanitarian interventions have sought to alleviate humanitarian hardship, and development programs seek to achieve structural change, the international community and authorities have not focused on the growing threat of natural and industrial hazards that are exacerbated by the ongoing conflict in Eastern Conflict Area (ECA), Ukraine. To address this gap, in 2019, with the support of EU/ECHO and USAID/BHA, ACTED established the 3P Consortium along with its partners IMPACT Initiatives, Danish and Ukrainian Red Cross Societies, and Right to Protection. In line with the Sendai framework, taking a governance approach, the Consortium seeks to reduce disaster risk and vulnerability through actions at national (coordination, policy/legislation change…), regional/district (risk assessment, preparedness and mitigation planning and investments), and local/community level (support to first responders and household level preparedness). Two years into a five year plan, the work undertaken by the 3P Consortium with international actors, national and local authorities has led to greater awareness of and improved preparedness to these hazards, however, much remains to be addressed. Under this project, the 3P Consortium proposes to implement a project that extends the geographical reach of the 3P Consortium into the Azov Sea Area (ASA) and addresses longer-term stabilization issues, in line with CSSF’s broader goals.

Analytical Assistant will be directly supervised by the Project Manager with a close interaction with other project staff as well as local R2P teams in regions.

Description of the ResearchDescription of the Research

PurposePurpose

To explore and analyse the scenarios for just transition and closedown of mines in eastern Ukraine.

ObjectivesObjectives

  • to conduct thorough analysis and assessment of negative consequences of coal mines’ restructuring for the public health, environment and social infrastructure in targeted communities in Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts, as well as regarding opportunities/limitations (social/economic/technical/organizational etc.) for its improvement;
  • to support project team in elaboration of legal/regulatory tools aiming at improvement of relevant legal/regulatory framework.

ScopeScope

Analytical Assistant will be working closely with Technical Consultant on decarbonisation and will be responsible for assistance in conduction of both desk and field research components.

a) Desk Researcha) Desk Research

Technical Consultant(s) will be responsible for:

  • to give detailed description of key scenarios for just transition and closedown of mines in eastern Ukraine, as well as to make assessments and forecasts regarding each scenario;
  • to identify and give detailed description of the main risks for each scenario (environmental/industrial/social) related to closedown of coal mines in Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts;
  • to develop possible solutions regarding risk mitigation during mines’ closedown, as well as to elaborate and present recommendations for public authorities at all levels. These solutions should take into account an impact decarbonization will have on existing industrial framework and critical infrastructure, e.g. coal mines, large industrial facilities (e.g. factories and plants), WASH Facilities (filtration stations, pumping points, pipelines) etc.;
  • to elaborate (jointly with analytical project staff) relevant changes/amendments to strategic/legal documents aiming at improvement of environmental situation and mitigation of risks related to mine closure in the east (as well as throughout the country, where relevant);
  • to provide technical advice to the project staff on various issues related to:
  1. identification and assessment of existing gaps in legal/regulatory/strategic framework pertaining to just transition and decarbonisation;
  2. legal analysis/development of solutions for improvement of legal/regulatory/strategic framework pertaining to just transition and decarbonisation;
  3. drafting of legal/regulatory/strategic documents pertaining to just transition and decarbonisation.

b) Field research componentb) Field research component

Complementary to the desk research, technical consultants will undertake a minimum of 5 field consultations with coal mine management, leadership of hromadas, and public authorities at the national level (e.g. Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment) in order to engage stakeholders in the study and results as much as possible. The purpose of these meetings will be to collect data, discuss available information, relevant problems and possible solutions, which would feed in the final report. These meetings should be organised by consultants; participation of relevant R2P staff in these meetings should also be ensured. Consultants should be ready to travel in the field (travel expenses will be covered by program costs).

DeliverablesDeliverables

  1. Analytical Report (approx. 50-60 pages, but without strict limitations) related to the scenarios for just transition and closedown of mines in Eastern Ukraine, along with relevant recommendations and solutions (as an Annex to the Report) for improvement of relevant legal/regulatory/strategic framework related to decarbonization. This Deliverable should be submitted to R2P no later than 180 days after the contract with Consultant is signed, or not later than the 1st of February 2022, whichever comes earlier;
  2. Minutes of Meeting from field meetings (at least 5) at all levels conducted within the context of field research. This Deliverable should be submitted to R2P no later than 180 days after the contract with Consultant is signed, or not later than the 1st of February 2022, whichever comes earlier;
  3. PPT Presentation indicating Key Findings and Results. This Deliverable should be submitted to R2P no later than 195 days after the contract with Consultant is signed, or not later than the 1st of February 2022, whichever comes earlier;
  4. Results of the desk and field research will have to be presented by the consultants at least on the one event (Conference) to be organized by R2P/3P Consortium. This Deliverable (presentation at the event) must be delivered dependently on the date of the event (to be further identified), but in any case within the final stage of the project.

Key Duties & ResponsibilitiesKey Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide support in planning and implementation of R2P’s activities related to decarbonization research (both desk and field components) in conjunction with R2P’s staff, and consortium leadership and partners;
  • Provide technical consultant on decarbonisation research with analytical assistance (collection and verification of data, support in development of research methodology, tracking progress and sharing updates on achievements and challenges, ensuring proper linkages with other project components; etc.);
  • Establishing and maintaining contacts with the relevant stakeholders (Ukrainian government, regional, raion and local authorities, NGOs etc.) and other parties as may be required for increasing effectiveness of the research, as well as with Consortium partners;
  • Organisation of and participation in meetings with relevant stakeholders at all levels;
  • Preparation and coordination of various reports related to the research (including narrative, statistical, analytical and financial information related to the research activities), as well as relevant supporting documentation (Research Work Plan, Timelines etc.);
  • Assure the timely, accurate, and full submission of reporting to the donor in coordination with Project Manager.

Required qualificationsRequired qualifications

  • Master degree (PhD (“kandidat nauk”) would be an asset) in ecology/environmental studies preferably with a focus on decarbonisation;
  • Proven experience in performing of desk/field researches on similar topics, as well as capacity to produce quality knowledge products, including monitoring and analytical papers (previously published scientific articles/analytical papers submitted for assessment will be considered as strong asset if available), to review different types of documents etc.
  • Minimum 2 years of work/research experience in the field of ecology/decarbonisation;
  • Proven knowledge of different research methodologies and tools in a related field;
  • Excellent analytical, drafting and presentation skills, as well as attention to detail;
  • Participation in related conferences on environmental issues as a strong asset;
  • Additional education and certificates are strongly recommended to be mentioned;
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively in English, Russian, and Ukrainian, both verbally and in writing.

No trips to NGCA are envisaged to complete this assignment.

We offerWe offer

  • R2P will offer the successful applicant a contract in line with Ukrainian legislation, renewable dependent on funding and performance;
  • Opportunity to work with one of the strongest Ukrainian human rights and humanitarian NGOs;
  • Mentorship;
  • Room for professional growth;
  • Fun and energetic team;
  • Respect for work/life balance.

Application processApplication process

Send a cover letter and resume to resumes@r2p.org.ua with the title ‘Decarbonization Analytical Assistant’. Responses will be sent only to those individuals who were selected for the interview. No phone calls, please.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE DATEAPPLICATIONS CLOSE DATE

30 June 2021. If an appropriate candidate is identified, R2P reserves the right to recruit ahead of this deadline.