International Consultant to Develop National ABS Roadmap, Model on Bioprospecting and Guidelines for Community Protocols for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol

Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :22-Feb-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :45 working days from February to April 2022
Expected Duration of Assignment :45 working days from February to April 2022

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.


Cambodia’s specific geographical location and long history and complicated topographical, ecological and social features has resulted in it becoming a prosperous, rich and diverse plant genetic resource country. While diverse climatic conditions diversified the country’s flora with both tropical and temperate plants, thousands of years of agricultural practice by ethnic groups enriched its crop genetic resources with large numbers of local cultivars and land races. In terms of medicinal plants, the high level of genetic diversity makes Cambodia an attractive country for bio-prospecting, especially given that there are approximately 800 known medicinal plants, many of which have associated traditional knowledge. ? However, Cambodia faces a wide range of issues that threaten its biological diversity and ecological security. These threats emanate from the transition from a subsistence-based agrarian economy to a consumption-based cash economy, competing land use from urbanization and infrastructure development, poaching of wild plants and animals, localized overharvesting of timber, fuel wood and non-wood forest products, human-wildlife conflicts, and climate change. Because of the threat to biological resources, the traditional knowledge of local communities that is associated with genetic resources is disappearing rapidly, due to the change of traditional lifestyles. A large volume of traditional knowledge, such as medicinal use of biological resources, is being replaced by modern technology. The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) of Cambodia was adopted in 2002. The NBSAP identified equity as the most important thing biological resources sustainably in the long run and calls for consideration of poor and economically disadvantage group to secure their access to common resources.

To counter the various threats to biodiversity, the country has planned various strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biological resources for socio-economic development. However, making use of its biodiversity and traditional knowledge for the promotion of bio-prospecting and of access and benefit- sharing (ABS) national regime that is constrained by several factors. Cambodia has no existing policy or legislation on ABS, the government recognizes the importance of establishing innovative schemes to derive equitable benefits through economic activities that are linked to sustainable utilization of natural resources and the institutional and personal capacity to carry out bio-prospecting beyond basic level and develop and manage ABS schemes that are compliant with Nagoya Protocol.

The project aims at strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources to facilitate the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. The above objective would be achieved through two components, namely

Component 1:

Creating an enabling national policy, legal and institutional framework for ABS consistent with the CBD and its Nagoya Protocol

Component 2:

Developing capacity and administrative measures for the implementation of the national ABS legal framework.


The specific problem that this project will seek to address is the lack of a functioning national legal, policy, and institutional framework that will enable the equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources and traditional knowledge (TK) between the state (national and state governments), commercial interests, and the owners and custodians of these resources and TK (such as Indigenous and Local Communities [ILCs]). This issue is compounded by the lack of trust between users and providers of genetic resources that prevents unleashing the potential of genetic resources as a source of innovation, biodiversity conservation, market development, and poverty alleviation.

Following an inception workshop organized in June 2019 and project work plan, and in order to take the project implementation forward, Cambodia is looking for an experienced international consultant to develop the National ABS Roadmap for implementing national ABS policy, legislation and program. This task shall include the development of (i) models on bio-prospecting and research procedure; and (ii) guidelines for community protocols which important for sustainable use of genetic resources and equitable sharing between user and provider which compliance to the Nagoya Protocol.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the National Project Director, the selected International Consultant (IC) will work closely with Project Coordinator, MoE and relevant institutions/stakeholders to complete the assignments.

Tasks and responsibilities of the international consultant include but are not limited to:

A. Develop National ABS Roadmap:

  1. Review existing roadmap from developed and developing countries related to ABS, particularly from the providing countries and identify gaps and opportunities to apply in Cambodia’s context;

  2. Review best practices and identify best option for the implementation of ABS policy in Cambodia, including legislation and program;

  3. Review the existing National ABS Framework, and provide update if any; and

  4. Develop

B. Develop institutional framework including procedure and measure for access genetic resources defined and established for implementation of the Nagoya Protocol:

a). Develop models on bio-prospecting and research procedures available to national and provincial research institutions:

  1.  Review stock-taking on the institutional framework conducted by national consultant, analysis and identify appropriate system in the country;
  2. Review the existing bio-prospecting models and its applications;
  3. Develop model on bio-prospecting and research procedures; and
  4. Identify and prioritize the research to demonstrate opportunities for improving the economic value of biodiversity and ecosystems.

b). Develop guideline for users and providers in ABS and Bio-prospecting process:

  1. Review the existing guideline to define the requirements involving in the utilization of genetic resources, particularly the process of bio-prospecting between users and providers; and
  2. Develop users and providers guideline which include rules and procedures.

C. Develop guidelines for community protocols:

a.) Review and analysis the existing guideline for community protocols conducted by national consultant; and

b.) Based on the review above, develop guidelines for community protocols, including an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) analysis regarding the project of the utilization of GR-TK (ABS projects); and

c) Develop guideline for the process of negotiation and content of potential agreements between different users and providers.

D. Participate and present in the consultation meetings and workshops, including ABS Sub-TWG meeting;

­­­­­­­­­­­­­E. Consolidate the comments, recommendations and feedback from stakeholders’ consultation meeting, workshop(s) and ABS Sub-TWG meeting;

F. Compile reports about the finding and documentation;

G. Submit the final documents and all related references to project management unit (PMU) for reviewing and project director (PD) for approval;


Functional competencies:

  • Strong analytical skills and ability in development of Policy and Frameworks;
  • Excellent analytical capacity and ability to synthesize project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of quality project reports;
  • Ability to understand ABS terminology and its concepts and to analysis/synthesize information from different sources into a coherent project log-frame and framework;
  • Skill in achieving results through persuading, influencing and working with others;
  • Ability to understand Cambodia’s context and communication;
  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior members of international, regional and national institutions;
  • Displays sensitivity and adaptability to different cultures, genders, religions, races, nationalities and age groups;
  • Good team player, self-starter, has ability to work under minimum supervision and maintain good relationships.

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards. 

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • At least Master or PhD (is preferable) degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Policy and Management and Resources Development, and as well as the relevant fields such as ABS legislation development, genetic and resources science and ecosystem services.


  • 5 years experience in developing policy, legislation and legal framework related to access and benefit-sharing and environmental/biodiversity management and conservation.
  • Proven experience and knowledge in ABS procedure and framework development in both user and provider countries which compliance to the Nagoya Protocol;
  • Specific international or country experience working on programs, projects research through any international or bilateral organization on ABS, natural resources or negotiation related to fair and equitable sharing of benefit arising from the use of natural/genetic resources of the CBD will be an asset; and
  • Experience working with a wide variety of development actors in Cambodia including with the Royal Government of Cambodia, international development organizations, private sector entities, and/or civil society organizations including community groups.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in written and Spoken of English language required.

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

1. Proposal:Letter of intertest explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal (Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP)

3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references

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