H. E. Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.

President of Liberia

H. E. Zegben J. K. Koung

Vice President of Liberia

Request for Expression of Interest: Draft thematic assessments of the challenges and opportunities to meet obligations under three Rio Conventions

Brief project description:

This project is in line with the GEF-6 CCCD Strategy objective 1, 3, and 5 which call for countries to: a) integrate global environmental needs into management information systems and monitoring, b) integrate MEA provisions into national policy, legislative, and regulatory frameworks, and c) update NCSAs, respectively. The goal of this project is for Liberia to make better decisions to meet and sustain global environmental obligations. This requires the country to have the capacity to coordinate efforts, as well as best practices for integrating global environmental priorities into planning, decision-making, and reporting processes. To that end, the objective of this project is to strengthen a targeted set of national capacities to deliver and sustain global environmental outcomes within the framework of sustainable development priorities.

The CCCD Project is implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the UNDP with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Liberia as a Party to the Rio Conventions, namely the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Combating Desertification, and the Framework Convention on Climate Change, is revising its National Capacity Self-Assessment Report to identify the capacit y gaps on the implementation of the Conventions since its last assessment in 2006. The Consultant (s) shall support the CCCD Project to review the implementation status for each of the three Rio Conventions at the national level. The Consultant shall further analyze the capacity constraints on their implementation and propose potential opportunities to build the three levels of capacity development at the country level. Liberia has gone through numerous past capacity building projects in which similar issues were raised and plans developed. Therefore, for this NCSA assessment, all the previous information will be used as the baseline and consultations and workshops used to verify and update the information. Additionally, the assessment will report on the actions already taken and untaken to implement the Rio Conventions

Aim of Assignment

The consultancy aims is to assess the challenges and opportunities to meet obligations under three Rio Conventions. Due to the importance of the environment in Liberia, and its connotations to socioeconomic development in general, and rural livelihoods in particular, the assessment will identified challenges and opportunities that will inform the development of a strategic and action plan.

Scope of Assignment

The consultant will draft thematic (Stakeholder Engagement, Organizational Capacities, Environmental Governance, Information Management and Knowledge, and Monitoring and Evaluation) assessments of the challenges and opportunities to meet obligations under three Rio Conventions:

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