NATIONAL INTEGRATED NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (INRM) AND ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION SPECIALIST


Location : SEYCHELLES, SEYCHELLES
Application Deadline :07-Sep-12
Additional CategoryEnvironment and Energy
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
17-Sep-2012
Duration of Initial Contract :March 2013
Expected Duration of Assignment :9 weeks

Background

The GEF has approved a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) for Seychelles in order to produce a UNDP Project Document (PRODOC) and a GEF CEO Approval Request (both using the appropriate templates) for the above-mentioned project.

The project to be prepared is a Full-Size Project (FSP).

The approved Project Information Form (PIF) summarizes the project concept and was produced in close collaboration with key government officials, NGOs, donors and the private sector, under the guidance of UNDP-GEF.

The PIF was approved by the GEF CEO in December 2011 and it was included in the GEF Work Programme of February 2012.

The PIF received comments from the GEF Secretariat and from its Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP). These comments will help shape the design of the PRODOC and they will need to be addressed during project preparation through a formal response.

As per the GEF5 project cycle, once a PIF is approved, the GEF Agency, in this case UNDP, has up to 18 months for developing the project and presenting it for CEO Endorsement with the confirmation of co-financing. In this light, the Project Preparation Grant will be implemented over 10 months period. The Request for GEF CEO endorsement and the UNDP Project Document therefore will be finalized and cleared for submission to the GEF no later than Mid-March 2013 or it will risk forfeiture of its funding.

The project, which is budgeted for $1,785,500 in GEF funding ($1,068,493 from the Biodiversity Focal Area and $562,100 from the Land Degradation Focal Area). In addition, the PIF foresees that a minimum of $5.8 million in co-financing will be mobilized

The project’s objective is promote the conservation and sustainable use of coastal and marine biodiversity in the Seychelles’ Outer Islands by integrating a National Subsystem of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas (CMPAs) into the broader land- and seascape while reducing the pressures on natural resources from competing land uses. This will be achieved through the following three components:
  • Management effectiveness is enhanced within a sample of coastal and marine protected areas (IUCN Category I, II and VI) operating under innovative public-private-civil society partnership agreements.
  • Sustainable Development and CMPA management integrated into broader land/seascape in the Outer Islands


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

The assignment encompasses 4 weeks of work throughout the duration of the project preparation phase from July 2012 until March 2013.

The National Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) and Ecosystem Restoration Specialist will play a pivotal role in the project preparation phase and more specifically its LD component (#2). The Specialist will work in collaboration with the project partners, the UNDP/GEF Regional Technical Advisor, the Programme Coordinator of the UNDP-GEF Programme Coordination Unit in the Seychelles, and the National Environmental Economist & Finance Specialist and the International Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Management Specialist

TASKS

The consultant will be responsible for applying the LD PMAT (Project Monitoring and Assessment Tool), under PPG Sub-Activity 2.4 (Application of the sections of the LD PMAT to target landscapes).

Refer to thorough activity and sub-activity descriptions in the PPG.

The consultant will also be responsible for all aspects of the PPG that refer to IMNR (i.e. with a view to safeguarding soil and water resources on the islands, increasing carbon stocks, reducing GHG emissions, and protecting biodiversity).

These include the following with respect to the following sub-activities:

  • 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4. INRM investments and barriers to it
  • 2.5. Definition of suitable indicators for ecosystems services
  • 2.6 Land-use plans and maps for applicable islands
  • 3.1 and 3.2 Policy, legal and institutional financial frameworks

Furthermore, the consultant will carry out the following product-oriented tasks in connection with PPG Activity 4 (Designing interventions, conduct feasibility and risk analyses, strategy development and budget) in close collaboration with the international consultant:

Develop TOR (or activity description) for the Spatially-based decision support systems for INRM (FSP output 2.1); for the Ecosystem-wide Zoning & Master Plan for the Outer Islands (FSP output 2.2) and for the legally binding Sustainable Land Management Plans (SMPs) (DSP output 2.3) -- in connection with it, decribe the relationship among these key FSP outputs based on existing descriptions in the PIF but with due validation from relevant stakeholders.

Assess the feasibility of developing and implementing a transparent and independent finance mechanism is operational by project end for ensuring the mobilisation and ring-fencing of financial resources for eradication and control of IAS in the Outer Islands’ Subsystem of CMPAs and for restoring degraded land ecosystems (FSP output 2.5)


Competencies

  • Ability to communicate effectively in order to communicate complex, technical information to technical and general audiences
  • Skills in negotiating effectively in sensitive situations
  • Skills in achieving results through persuading, influencing and working with others
  • Skills in facilitating meetings effectively and efficiently and to resolve conflicts as they arise


Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Advanced degree in economics with a good understanding of and insight into issues of finance for the environment sector in general and protected areas in particular.
Experience:
  • At least 5 years of proven experience in the mentioned field.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues, policies and programs in the Seychelles.
  • Experience with project development.
Language:
  • Mastery of oral and written English.


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