International Expert for Compiling and Editing of the Third Biennial Update Report (TBUR)

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Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism (MESPU), together with UNDP Montenegro, is working on preparation of Montenegro’s Third Biennial Update Report (TBUR). The immediate objective of the project is to assist the country in the preparation and submission of its Third Biennial Update Report (TBUR) on Climate Change to the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC for the fulfilment of its obligations to the Convention. The COP 17 adopted the guidelines for the preparation of BURs from non-Annex I Parties contained in annex III of decision 2/CP.17.

Under its commitments as a non-Annex 1 party of the UNFCCC, Montenegro has prepared three National Communications (NCs), an Initial National Communication in 2011, the Second National Communication (SNC) in 2015, and the Third National Communication (TNC) in 2020. Montenegro follows non-Annex I guidance for the preparation of the NC and GHG inventories. Moreover, Montenegro submitted its First Biennial Update Report (FBUR) in 2016, and the Second BUR in 2019.

The National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS) until 2030 and appropriate Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment were adopted in September 2015, together with the INDC.

Montenegro revised its NDC during 2020/2021 and submitted enhanced NDC to the UNFCCC Secretariat in June 2021.

The Third BUR will build on the findings and recommendations of previous NCs and BURs work, as well as the outcomes of the ongoing complementary projects in the country, like Climate Promise and NDC revision.

Objective of the assignment

In order to finalize the TBUR, a consultant is needed to compile and edit various chapters of TBUR (national circumstances, GHG inventory, mitigation, MRV, constraints and gaps) and prepare the document for the adoption by the Government.

Duties and Responsibilities

In order to reach the project objectives, development of TBUR was structured as a set of outputs and activities organized in four (4) components:

  • National circumstances, institutional arrangements, financial, technical and capacity constraints, gaps and needs
  • Information on national circumstances and institutional arrangements relevant to the preparation of the Third Biennial Update Report (TBUR) were revised and updated, level of support received to enable the preparation of the TBUR was described;
  • The technology, financial and capacity needs for mitigation were provided and recommendations with government priorities updated.

National GHG Inventory

  • GHG inventory was updated up to 2019 year and improvement of GHG inventory system and National Inventory Report (NIR) developed;
  • Mitigation actions and domestic MRV system
  • Assessment of sectors and interventions contributing to GHG emission reduction at the national level conducted;
  • The process of establishment of domestic Measurement, Reporting and Verification system supported;
  • Production of the TBUR report, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Compilation, editing, translation and publication of the TBUR, including Executive Summary;
  • Monitoring and evaluation.

Therefore, the following reports were developed during the preparation process:

  • Report on national circumstances, with the updated relevant information from the period of submission of TNC;
  • National Inventory Report, with GHG emission data for two additional years, 2018-2019, and recalculation of previous time series, where needed;
  • Mitigation report, with the proposed measures with high mitigation potential;
  • Updated concept for national MRV system with recommendations for its operationalization, after the political changes in the country during 2020/2021;
  • Report on technological, capacity building and financial needs and constraints, and the support received.

In close cooperation with the UNDP Programme Manager, as well as the Directorate for International Cooperation, EU Integration and Climate Change, i.e. Department for Climate Change, an expert will review all the reports prepared, as inputs for the TBUR. All input reports will be reviewed and adapted, so that they become integral parts of the final TBUR, as per the UNFCCC methodology and requirements. In addition, an expert will write the Executive Summary of TBUR.

Thus, the expert will be in charge of the following:

  • Reviewing all input reports mentioned above;
  • Adapting/editing input reports in order to be able to compile the TBUR as per relevant UNFCCC methodology;
  • Compiling all relevant chapters of TBUR into the first draft document;
  • Preparing Executive Summary, as integral part of TBUR;
  • Including comments received during the public consultations;
  • Developing final TBUR.

Main project deliverables will include the following:

  • First draft of TBUR – 15th October 2021;
  • Final TBUR with incorporated comments – 30th November 2021.

Time duration and travel:

The assignment will be carried out within 30 working days from 1st September 2021 until 30th November 2021. Due to the nature of the assignment, the consultant would have to closely collaborate with the Directorate for International Cooperation, EU Integration and Climate Change, i.e. Department for Climate Change and UNFCCC focal point.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree – environmental science, natural science, electric engineer, mechanical engineer. Advanced degree desirable.


  • Minimum 7 years of experience in development of similar analysis and programmes in climate change, GHG emissions, mitigation;
  • Participation in at least 5 similar projects related to development of NCs and/or BURs;
  • Demonstrable experience and knowledge of the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Paris Agreement;
  • Demonstrable experience in climate change topic, preferably in Montenegro, including knowledge on roles and responsibilities of relevant national stakeholders and institutions;
  • Experience in policy/regulatory/financial frameworks related to climate change.


  • Fluency in English with good writing, presentation and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of Montenegrin language will be an asset.

Criteria for selection:

Combined Scoring method will be used. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the inidividual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: (i) responsive, compliant, acceptable, and (ii) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Technical criteria weight - 70% (Background and education 10%; Relevant previous experience 20%; Substantial knowledge/Required competencies 30%; Required language 10%);

Financial criteria weight - 30%.

Only offerors obtaining a minimum 490 points for technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation. For more information on procurement methodology for Individual Contractors, please refer to Procurement Notice.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications by August 16, 2021 by using the Apply now button. The application should contain a duly completed CV or Personal History Form (P11) that can be downloaded from

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Only the short-listed applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Description of Responsibilities".

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