Nataij is currently supporting the UNDP Environmental Finance team in Samoa, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Bhutan to compile, curate, organize and synthesize ‘evidence’ that will be turned into various communications and learning pieces (such as country fact sheets, blogs, photo stories, etc.) demonstrating our long-term investment in these countries and the impacts generated in the areas of climate, migration, inequality; and the SDGs.
E-Learning Course for the Adaptation Fund
Nataij was contracted to develop the content for an e-learning course designed to increase understanding of the Adaptation Fund’s (AF) accreditation process and accreditation gaps, for national implementing entity (NIE) applicants. The e-learning course introduces participants to different concepts and facets of AF accreditation. The course includes exercises, peer reviews and case studies.
GCF Project Development - Philippines
Nataij is supporting LandBank in the Philippines to develop a GCF project proposal on sustainable transport in the Philippines.
GCF Project Proposal - Federated States of Micronesia
Nataij is currently supporting the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) in the development of a full project proposal (including Annexes) for Enhancing Food and Water Security in the Federated States of Micronesia that responds to all the requirements of the Simplified Approval Process (SAP) for submission to the GCF.
Support to Nominated GCF Direct Access Entities - Nepal
Nataij was contracted to provide additional accreditation support to candidate entities in Nepal working with them to: (i) address remaining gaps against the GCF accreditation standards and (ii) create a multi-year Entity Work Plan to foster a strategic approach to pipeline development of projects. Nataij also conducted individual training sessions to provide each entity tailored guidance on producing sound theories of change, enhancing gender and E&S outcomes, determining the most appropriate source of funding, and drafting high quality project proposals.
Results Framework for LDCF and SCCF
Nataij was commissioned to redesign the results frameworks and theories of change for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF).
GCF Support for National Adaptation Plans
Nataij has been supporting the GCF in reviewing and providing recommendations for National Adaptation Plans from countries developing projects for GCF funding.
Capacity Building in the Philippines
Nataij was contracted to assist the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE or “Foundation”) review its institutional structure and align its policies, procedures, and systems with international best practices.
UNDP-GEF Terminal Evaluation - Turkey
Nataij conducted a mid-term evaluation (MTE) of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) project, Integrated Approach to Management of Forests in Turkey, with Demonstration in High Conservation Value Forests in the Mediterranean Region,.
GCF Accreditation Capacity Building in Nepal
Nataij supported the Ministry of Finance (MoF) of Nepal to evaluate potential direct access entities. Nataij established criteria for assessing entities’ gaps against GCF accreditation standards and conducted in-depth interviews to better understand entities’ administrative policies, operational processes, and capacity to undertake climate activities with effective safeguards. MoF selected four entities which Natai then collaborated closely with to offer guidance on designing policies in accordance with GCF fiduciary, environmental and social, and gender criteria; completing the accreditation application; and formulating project proposals.
UNIDO Urban Sustainability Baseline Study - EAC
Nataij was contracted in Winter 2018 to develop a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) baseline study on sustainable urban development focusing on energy/fuel use, transportation, and industrialization in the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda) in advance of the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) Sustainable Energy Forum in Rwanda (2018).
Project Management Manual – Gender, Environmental and Social Safeguards Palau
Nataij helped the Republic of Palau’s Ministry of Finance—the entity nominated for accreditation to the GCF and AF—update its Project Management Manual to meet GCF requirements on gender and E&S safeguards. Specifically, our team supported the integration of gender and E&S considerations into each phase the project cycle and developed a Gender Module and E&S Module to outline procedures for performing analyses, defining action plans, and conducting result-oriented monitoring and evaluation.
Nataij was conducted to develop a UNIDO baseline study on urban sustainability issues like water, sanitation, electricity access, solid waste, and transportation, for coastal cities in eight Mediterranean countries (Albania, Egypt, Lebanon, Mauritania, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey).
Project Concept Development in Kenya
Nataij assisted the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) of Kenya to develop a project concept and associated project preparation facility (PPF) grant. The project sought to build community resilience to climate shocks by enabling direct access to climate finance at the sub-national level (county). The overall objective of the project concept is to build a devolved governance structure to strengthen vulnerable communities’ ownership and access to climate finance for adaptation investments, thereby increasing their resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change.
Adaptation Planning Readiness in Gabon
Nataij was commissioned by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support the National Climate Council of Gabon to develop an adaptation readiness proposal to the GCF.
Post-Accreditation Support in Federated States of Micronesia
Nataij assisted the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) satisfy a number of outstanding requirements after the entity was granted conditional accreditation to the GCF at the July 2017 Board meeting. The primary deliverable was the preparation of an updated and consolidated Policy and Operations Manual that met the GCF requirements with respect to anti-money laundering , grant reporting, grievance mechanisms, and E&S and gender safeguards for projects.
Accreditation Support in Samoa
In 2016, Nataij was contracted to develop capacity building trainings and policies for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to strengthen SPREP’s fiduciary standards, project cycle, environmental and social safeguards, and gender mainstreaming policies to meet GEF/GCF accreditation.
Knowledge Management for the GEF
In 2015, Nataij was contracted to conduct a systematic review of multi-focal area projects completed by the GEF to synthesize lessons learned, innovative practices, and performance in key metrics like gender mainstreaming, community engagement, and long-term sustainability of GEF projects.