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International Consultant: Nagoya Protocol and ABS Expert
|Application Deadline :||31-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||80 person-days between July 01, 2022 to June 30, 2023|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||80 person-days between July 01, 2022 to June 30, 2023|
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.
Terms of Reference
International Consultant: Nagoya Protocol and ABS Expert
“Implementing the National Framework on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge in the Philippines”
In August 2021, the full-blown project entitled “Implementing the National Framework on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge in the Philippines” with a Project budget of USD4,384,000.00 has been approved by Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO. The project aims for the Nagoya Protocol to be implemented effectively in the Philippines by strengthening the national Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) framework, building national and local capacities and developing critical experience in ABS agreements. Specifically, the project is envisioned to address the following barriers:
Barrier 1: Inadequate and weak enforcement of policies, institutional and regulatory frameworks on ABS implementation. The granting of access is delegated to three government agencies: DENR, DA, and PCSD which implement differently the existing procedures and approval process and there is a weak coordinating mechanism among these agencies including possible streamlining and harmonization of their processes and procedures;
Barrier 2: Lack of awareness and weak capacity of key stakeholders on ABS implementation at the national and local level: The academic community, local government units, and industry have limited awareness on the basic rules and rationale of existing ABS policies resulting in poor compliance and indifference. As a result, very few have applied for access to genetic resources, negotiated bioprospecting agreements, and developed ABS products. Similarly, there is low awareness on patent information by researchers and scientists which contributed to the low patent applications from local researchers in the country.;
Barrier 3: Absence of good practices on ABS implementation from the initial stage of bioprospecting to research and development, product innovation and commercialization : Since the passage of relevant ABS laws and issuance of policies to facilitate bioprospecting as early as 1995, there has not been a single case to cite as best practice in the whole continuum of ABS process from securing FPIC to conducting of R&D up until the commercialization of research products and to the sharing of benefits down to local communities.
The project components will contribute to the achieving the overall project objective and address the key barriers as follows:
Component 1: Strengthening the national framework for implementing ABS in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol: This component aims to update the current national ABS framework in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol and harmonize current policies on bioprospecting and scientific research on genetic resources, and traditional knowledge (TK) and indigenous knowledge systems and practices (IKSP) associated with genetic resources (GRs). The project will enhance multi-sectoral and inter-agency collaboration with regard to on-going research up until its potential for commercialization. The institutional mechanism should be able to cross-check or inform other agencies of any research undertakings and link these with the private sector for possible uptake.
Component 2: Awareness raising and capacity building for implementation of the national ABS framework: A nation-wide communication, education and public awareness campaign on ABS and its related policies and procedures will be undertaken under this component. The capacity building will include: strengthening the research sector by developing an integrated and comprehensive ABS road map on genetic R&D; strengthening national systems on intellectual property rights by the researchers and indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC); improving the capacities of national government and IPLC to engage with private sector with regard to ABS; strengthening capacities in the assessment of research proposals including the monitoring and tracking of bioprospecting and related activities involving utilization of Philippine genetic resources and TKs; strengthening capacities of IPLCs in the use of mechanisms and provisions of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, Cultural Heritage Act, etc. to ensure their participation and recognition of their GRs associated TK; strengthening capacities of IPLC to manage their GRs associated TK as well the benefits that come with it; establishment of a model research and development facility.
Component 3: Demonstrating benefit-sharing agreements: Under this component, a key outcome is to facilitate the negotiation of at least one ABS agreement. The project will support the design and review of ABS agreements so that they are in line with the national ABS framework and the provisions of the Nagoya Protocol. This component will also support community protocols of securing PIC/FPIC and MAT and ensuring the fair and equitable sharing of both monetary and non-monetary benefits for the use of the genetic material, products, and knowledge. Further under this component, conservation strategies of specific resources covered by the ABS agreement will be planned. To this end the project will develop at least 2 bio-products from local genetic resources of Pili tree (Canarium ovatum and Canarium luzonicum) and Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa).
This Project is implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) – Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB).
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Climate Action Programme Team (CAPT) Team Leader, through the CAPT Programme Analyst, and the National Project Director, the consultant will be mainly supporting outputs of Component 1 which will serve as inputs to the other components. The Consultant will work closely with the Policy Specialist.
Specific duties and responsibilities of the Nagoya Protocol and ABS Expert include:
Duty station is home-based with possible missions to the proposed project sites in Region 3 and Region 5 - Philippines as required. If travel to Project sites is required, air travel to the Philippines and all related local travel expenses will be reimbursed to the consultant as per UNDP rules and regulations upon submission of an F-10 claim form and supporting documents. Arrangements will be agreed on by UNDP and the consultant prior to travel.
The expected duration of the assignment is 80 person-days between July 01, 2022 to June 30, 2023 unless revised in a mutually agreed upon timetable between the Consultant and UNDP. The engagement has a possibility of extension up to 140 person-days until year 2025.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines, all work and travel of the Individual consultant shall be done within the guidelines and protocols set by the local and national government. Field work, training, meetings, and coordination shall be done in compliance with community quarantine policies.
Required Skills and Experience
The Offers received will be evaluated using a combined scoring method - where technical proposal will be weighted 70 points and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30 points.
The CV will be reviewed using the criteria in the table below. Only offerors who will obtain a minimum of 70% or 49 out of 70 obtainable points will be shortlisted and considered for evaluation of financial proposal.
Payments will be done upon satisfactory completion of the delivery by the target due dates. Outputs will be certified by the CAPT Team Leader/Programme Manager prior to the release of payments.
Offerors must upload in one (1) file the documents mentioned above.
Templates for a) P11 Personal History Form and b) Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal (Annex 2) are available through the link below. UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contractors are also available:
Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.
Please see the deadline of submissions above.
Because of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.