National Specialist, Natural Resource Management

Location : Home-based, Putrajaya, Malaysia and mission travel to Sabah, MALAYSIA
Application Deadline :06-Dec-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :9d 8h 36m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :15 November 2021 until 31 December 2022
Expected Duration of Assignment :60 days (over a period of 15 months)

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The GEF-7 delivery model incorporates three impact programmes which collectively address major drivers of environmental degradation and/or deliver multiple benefits across the many thematic dimensions the GEF is mandated to deliver. These Impact Programmes also contribute in significant ways to each one of GEF’s Focal Area Strategies while at the same time delivering multiple benefits across several Multilateral Environmental Agreements.


One of these impact programmes is the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Programme (FOLUR IP), which recognizes that the environmental and sustainability challenges associated with food and commodity production systems require an integrated and multi-level approach working across local, national and global scale. Achieving this transition will require a holistic, system-wide approach integrating both horizontal (land and natural resources) and vertical (food value and supply chain) dimensions. Land degradation, declining agricultural productivity, malnutrition and rural poverty are interrelated problems that require a systems-level approach to planning, management, monitoring and decision making.


The “Integrated Landscape Management of Heart of Borneo landscapes in Sabah” is one of the child projects of the GEF-7 FOLUR IP. This project aims to transform land use planning and management in Sabah to contain the footprint of palm oil production and maintain high-value forest for environment and development benefits. This will be achieved through four interrelated components of work, to be undertaken in parallel:

  • Component 1: Development of integrated landscape management systems in Sabah
  • Component 2: Promotion of responsible value chains for palm oil and smallholder support
  • Component 3: Conservation and restoration of natural habitats through public-private-community partnerships
  • Component 4: Knowledge management and impact monitoring


UNDP Malaysia is currently seeking a qualified National Specialist on Sabah’s natural resource management to support a team of consultants contributing to the delivery of interim Project Preparation Grant (PPG) tasks (see below) and to develop individual funding proposals and project documents (ProDoc) and the corresponding individual CEO endorsement requests (CEO ER) to be submitted for endorsement to the GEF.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work


The National Consultant will support the PPG team leader aspects of the project design relating to national and sub-national policy, legal and institutional environment and engagement, biodiversity conservation, degraded land restoration, and integrated landscape management and governance issues. 


Responsibilities and Deliverables:

The list below outlines key responsibilities and deliverables of this contract. The PPG Initiation Plan for this project provides further and more detailed guidance regarding the responsibilities of the prospective PPG team and must be consulted accordingly.

(A) Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews: Prepare inputs and support the required analyses/studies, as agreed with the PPG Team Leader, including:

  • Review of national, and local policy and legislative frameworks related to land use planning (including the possibility of conservation/restoration set aside under concession area), commodity production, and sustainable forest management; identification of trends and opportunities for change;
  • Review of relevant past and ongoing initiatives for lessons learnt and synergies through project;
  • Profiling of the delineated project landscape, including working with the state governments e.g. Land & Survey, Forestry sectors on mapping current land use and natural resource management;
  • Undertake the capacity development needs assessment and prepare a capacity development plan (template to be provided);
  • Coordination of overall site selection process for all on-the-ground interventions (with other PPG team members and in consultation with stakeholders)


(B) Formulation of the ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory and Project Specific Annexes: Prepare inputs and support the development of final PPG deliverables, as agreed with the PPG Team Leader.


(C) Inception and Validation Workshops (Component C):

  • Contribute to the inception and validation workshops; and
  • Support all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop, as appropriate.


(D) Final Deliverables:

  • Landscape profile
  • Identification of the targeted intervention sites and help formulate indicative project activities
  • Review and update of the draft annex on the policy, legal and institutional framework around land use planning, commodity production and sustainable forest management
  • Review of relevant past and ongoing projects for lessons learnt and application to project design
  • Prepare a capacity development plan
  • Review costed action plans for implementation
  • Support the development of updated ToRs of technical consultancies related to the subject matter



The methodology employs a number of investigative, analytical and consultative methods and tools to complete the tasks; and based on the needs:


  • Collect data from public domains and official documents including policies, legislation, strategies and plans etc.
  • Supplement the data analysis with literature review.
  • Active stakeholder consultations and engagements.


Handling of Data, Information and Documents

All data, information and documents obtained under this assignment is the property of the United Nations Development Programme and be treated as strictly confidential. No such information shall be used by the expert for any other purpose other than the preparation of deliverables.


All soft and hard copies of the data, information and documents must be returned to UNDP upon completion of this assignment.   



Deliverables/ Outputs

Indicative Days

Target Due Dates

Fee (%)

Review and Approvals Required

1. PPG inception workshop report: support PPG Team Leader with the preparation of the inception report

5 days

1 December 2021


UNDP CO Malaysia and UNDP-Global Environment Finance Regional Technical Advisor

2. Stakeholder consultation and validation workshop: Support PPG team leader with the preparation of validation workshop and report for GEF

10 days

  15 December 2021


UNDP CO Malaysia and UNDP-Global Environment Finance Regional Technical Advisor

3.Final draft of the UNDP-GEF Project Document with the mandatory annexes and the CEO Endorsement Request including:

  • Landscape profile
  • Updated annex on policy, legal and institutional framework around land use planning commodity production and sustainable forest management


30 days

 28 February 2022


UNDP CO Malaysia and UNDP-Global Environment Finance Regional Technical Advisor

4.Submission of the documents to UNDP-GEF Directorate for technical clearance and submission to GEF SEC for CEO endorsement

10 days

  20 April 2022


UNDP CO Malaysia and UNDP-Global Environment Finance Regional Technical Advisor

5. Address comments from GEF and completion of assignment upon approval of GEF Secretariat

5 days

  30 September 2022


UNDP CO Malaysia and UNDP-Global Environment Finance Regional Technical Advisor


60 days





Institutional Arrangement

The National Consultant will report to and seek approval and/or acceptance of deliverables from the Environmental Focal Point of UNDP Country Office in Malaysia.

The National Consultant is expected to liaise/interact/collaborate/meet with the UNDP Country Office in Malaysia, PPG Team Leader, UNDP-Global Environmental Finance Unit in Bangkok and HQ, and collaborate with the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources as the lead implementing government agency and other agencies including Sabah Forestry Department etc.


Duration of the work

The assignment will require up to 60 days starting from 15 November 2021 until 31 December 2022.


Duty Station

  • Home-based with occasional trips to Putrajaya. This assignment also requires one return trip of domestic travel to Sabah, estimated 10 days, the COVID-19 travel restrictions permitting;
  • Consultant has to complete the new mandatory security awareness training prior to commencement of travel: BSAFE;
  • Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director.
  • Consultants are required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under
  • Consultants will be responsible for providing her/his own work station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection;
  • Given the global consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the consultant is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones;


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates high moral integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.


Functional competencies:

  • Strong analytical, writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent financial and budgetary skills.
  • Ability to prepare concept note and proposal.
  • Strong motivation and ability to work and deliver under short deadlines.
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback.
  • Able to work independently with little or no supervision.
  • Familiarity with UNDP and government strongly desired.
  • Due to the current COVID-19 travel restrictions, potential candidates currently based in Sabah may be given priority consideration should he/she has a minimal score difference with the top candidate who is not based in Sabah.

Required Skills and Experience

This assignment is open to Malaysian nationals and/or with permanent resident status.



Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as natural sciences, environmental studies or other related fields (15 points).



  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrable experience in land use policy and landscape planning, natural resource management in Sabah and/or Malaysia (20 points).
  • At least 5 years of experience in preparation and review of policies, legal and regulatory frameworks for natural resource management (20 points).
  • At least 3 years of experience in food systems, land use and restoration, or biodiversity related project design/development in Sabah or other parts of Malaysia (10 points).
  • Experience with UNDP and/or GEF is an advantage (5 points).


Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Bahasa Malaysia.



Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Document 1 : Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability at
  2. Document 2: Technical Proposal: on how your qualifications, experience and list of track records can lead to successful deliverables of this assignment within the required timeframe, and provide a methodology and approach on how you will approach and conduct the assignments;
  3. Document 3: Financial Proposal at that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  If an applicant is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the applicant must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.  
  4. Document 4: Personal CV or P11 indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references
  5. Please submit this information in one file as Document 1, 2, 3,  and 4.The system will only accept ONE (1) attachment , please merge all documents and submit as one file.
  6. Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application.
  7. Candidates who fail to submit all the information requested above will be disqualified.

How to Apply:

  • Kindly download the Letter of Confirmation of interest and availability, Financial Proposal Template and General Terms & Conditions mentioned below;
  • Read and agree to the General Terms & Conditions (refer to below link);
  • Click the ‘apply’ icon and complete what is required;
  • Scan all documents into 1 (One) pdf folder and then upload;
  • For clarification question, please email to The clarification question deadline is three (3) days before the closing. When emailing for clarification questions, please put "MyIC/2021/037"as the subject matter.


General terms & conditions to be downloaded:

Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments

Incomplete proposals may not be considered. Only short-listed candidates may be contacted, and successful candidates will be notified.



  • Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated;
  • Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the technical criteria will be weighted at 70% and the financial offer will be weighted at 30%;
  • The technical criteria (education, experience, languages will be based on a maximum 70 points. Only the top candidates scoring 50 points or higher from the review of the education, experience, languages will be considered for financial evaluation;
  • Financial score (max 30 points) shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal of those technically qualified;
  • The financial proposal shall specify a lump sum fee, including breakdown per deliverable as outlined above.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal must additionally include a breakdown of this daily fee (including number of anticipated working days and all foreseeable expenses to carry out the assignment);
  • Applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.

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