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Survey and assessment to determine local community perceptions of damage and associated impacts of the Giant Invasive Iguana GII on food crops and livelihoods
|Location :||Suva, FIJI|
|Application Deadline :||11-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 Days (starting no later than October 15 and completion by December 15)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 Days (starting no later than October 15 and completion by December 15)|
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 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acting as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has been requested by the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) to procure the services of the consultant. The objective of the IAS project is to improve the chances of the long-term survival of terrestrial endemic and threatened species on Taveuni Island, surrounding islets and throughout Fiji by building national and local capacity to manage Invasive Alien Species. Commonly referred to as the Fiji IAS Project, this is an initiative funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) over a 5-year period from 2018 – 2023 with a budget of USD 3,502,968.
Invasive alien species (IAS) are the greatest threat to biodiversity in the Pacific Islands. Numerous IAS have been introduced to Fiji, with significant impacts on natural landscapes and biodiversity. The recent introduction of Giant Invasive Iguana – GII (Iguana iguana) – to Fiji represents the first established population of this species in the Pacific and is a potential bridgehead to some of the world’s most isolated island ecosystems. GII have already caused harm throughout the Caribbean where they are spreading fast and have significant detrimental effects, including on native biodiversity, agriculture and tourism. Although there are several national and local-level initiatives to address IAS in Fiji, these efforts, lack adequate capacity and an overall comprehensive strategy to ensure a systematic and effective protection of biodiversity-rich and important areas. An effective, systematic and comprehensive eradication effort against GII, before populations grow beyond the point where they can be controlled is currently lacking and urgently needed.
The preferred solution requires a suite of preventative measures to reduce IAS incursion and establishment, that will be introduced by this project, including:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The project seeks a consultant to contribute to the achievement of Outcome 3 which is aimed to improve the chances of the long-term survival of terrestrial endemic and threatened species on Taveuni Island, surrounding islets and throughout Fiji by building national and local capacity to manage Invasive Alien Species.
The Giant Invasive Iguana (GII) has been in existence in Fiji for several years now. It is known to be present on the islands of Qamea, Laucala and Matagi and have not yet established on Taveuni. Despite the presence of GII, little evidence of impacts on livelihoods and food crops have been observed to date. Experience from elsewhere suggests that impacts do not become apparent until GII populations reach very high densities. To understand how GII impact on and interact with local livelihoods, a survey of local community perceptions will be conducted to determine the current status of any impacts on food crops and livelihoods associated with the presence of GII on islands where GII is established. Survey and assessment work should be conducted on Qamea, Matagi and Laucala to support better understanding of any current impacts, if any, as well as to determine what future potential impacts could arise if GII populations in Fiji were not effectively controlled.
A consultant will therefore be recruited to assess the socio- economic changes caused by GII’s impact on the 3 islands – Qamea, Laucala and Matagi over time. If the study indicates negative perceptions of damage by GII, then the consultancy will be expected to conduct a socio-economic analysis of these damages over the years and identify recommendation for recovery. The socio-economic analysis should be able to help identify costs of current damages towards garden crops and infrastructure impacted by GII. The consultant will also be expected to conduct economic assessments of alternative measures towards protecting food crops – garden and market crops.
Through this work, the consultant also will be expected to:
NT: The data must be gender inclusive
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The consultant is expected to deliver on the following product within and by the end of the consultancy:
Duration of Work the
The consultancy is for 30 working days. The consultant shall be engaged to undertake the consultancy working concurrently according to a planned schedule starting October 15 and to be completed by the latest December 15,2022.
The consultant will be home based but is expected to travel to field as well as consultant with national stakeholders.
Supervision / Reporting
Required Skills and Experience
Following is the required qualifications and experience:
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on a Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration.
Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants / Company will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant/company whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Shortlisted candidates shall be called for an interview which will be used to confirm and/or adjust the technical scores awarded based on documentation submitted.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Note: Successful individual will be required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage before commencement of contract for the duration of the assignment.
Incomplete and joint proposals may not be considered. Consultants with whom there is further interest will be contacted. The successful consultant shall opt to sign an Individual Contract or a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA) through its company/employer with UNDP.
For any clarification regarding this assignment please write to Mr. Dale Kacivi - email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org
All applications must be clearly marked with the title of consultancy and submitted on or before, 11th October 2022, 5pm (Fiji Time) online via UN Jobs website https://jobs.undp.org/ or email@example.com