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2601 National/International Consultant on Sustainable Forest Management and Certification
|Location :||Home based, SERBIA|
|Application Deadline :||11-Jun-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||June – September 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.
To conduct analysis of private forest management and management of forests that are part of National Parks in the Republic of Serbia, and of relevant international forest management practices, and provide recommendations for future directions of work on improving private forest management system and management of forests that are part of National Parks in Serbia, with special focus on sustainability and the potential for establishing a system for forest certification of these forests in Serbia.
To support relevant Government institutions in improving the regulatory framework in the field of sustainable forestry management and nature/biodiversity protection.
UNDP Serbia supports the Government of Serbia to comply with international conventions and European Union regulations on climate change, adaptation and mitigation, emission-reduction, and promotion of the transition to low-emission and climate-resilient development.
The European Green Deal and the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans offer a blueprint for joint action to tackle the challenges of the green transition. The Green Agenda was shaped into regional action through the Sofia Declaration and the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans 2021 – 2030.
The green transition requires a cross-sectoral approach and broad societal participation to trigger transformative change. In line with this ambition, the “Green Agenda for Serbia” project funded by the EU, was designed to build broader engagement and participation. The project objective is to contribute to the efficient, inclusive, and sustainable implementation of the Green Agenda by improving the strategic and legislative framework, co-financing the implementation of innovative pilot projects, and mobilizing additional financing for scale-up investments. In this way, the project will contribute to the green transformation of the economy and society in Serbia. The project will also contribute to the decarbonization of the economy and achievement of the Paris Agreement goals, reducing environmental pollution (air, soil, and water) and support the alignment of Serbia’s regulatory framework with the EU acquis in following five pillars of the Green Agenda:
Under Pillar 4, the project will assist the Government in restoring forest ecosystems, afforestation and establishing the green infrastructure, thus contributing to achieving the afforestation targets and targets with respect to the Land Degradation Neutrality. There is a space for improvement of forest management and forest certification system in Serbia, in particular when it comes to private forests and forests on the territory of national parks.
UNDP is seeking a short-term consultancy to assist UNDP Environment and Climate Portfolio in assessing the potential for improving the management of private forests and of forests on the territory of national parks (including forest certification), under the Pillar 4: Protecting and investing in biodiversity and ecosystems.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UNDP Portfolio Manager, and in close cooperation with Directorate of Forests, of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFWM) and Ministry of Environmental protection (MEP) and other relevant institutions, the Consultant shall conduct analysis of private forest management and management of forests on the territory of national parks in the Republic of Serbia, and of related international practices, and provide recommendations for future directions of work on improving forest management system in Serbia. Special focus shall be devoted to the potential for establishing a system for certification for above mentioned forests. The Consultant shall perform the following tasks:
1. Assess the current state of the private forest management and management of forests that are part of National Parks in the Republic of Serbia, identify gaps and provide recommendations for its improvement.
a. Review and analyze the legal framework of Serbia related to the management of private forests and forests that are part of National Parks, from the perspective of sustainable forest management;
b. Review and analyze public policy framework of Serbia related to the private forest management and management of forests that are part of National Parks, and assess their alignment with relevant national regulatory/policy frameworks well as with good practices of sustainable management of forests;
c. Review and analyze existing reports, studies and papers on private forest management in Serbia, including the report prepared under this project (to be provided by UNDP), and on management of forests that are part of National Parks. Conduct consultations with relevant institutions, including but not limited to: Directorate of Forests (MAFWM), MEP and relevant institutions in the field of forest management and nature protection;
d. Analyze the practice of state bodies and organizations, associations of private forest owners, managers of National Parks and other relevant organizations in the field of forest management, through desk research, consultations and field visits of respective locations and consultations with representatives of the aforementioned entities, identify gaps and good practices;
e. Evaluate the current state of the private forest management system and forest management of forests that are part of National Parks in Serbia and indicate possible directions for its improvement.
2. Analyze international practices of private forest management and management of forests that are part of National Parks, and provide recommendations for incorporation of good practices into forest management in Serbia
a. Review and analyze international conventions that regulate private forest management system and management of forests that are part of National Parks;
b. Evaluate whether and to what extent Serbia, with its legal acts/policies and practice, adheres to the international conventions that relate to/regulate relevant forest management system, as well as to what extent practices in Serbia are in line with best international practices;
c. Research the legal and planning framework in the field of private forest management systems and management of forests that are part of National Parks of the countries in the region with main emphasis on the countries of the Western Balkans, and with special focus on forest certification;
d. Review laws and planning documents in the field of private forest management and management of forests that are part of National Parks, of the European Union and its member states, with special focus on forest certification (such as, but not limited to EU Forest Strategy 2030, The Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF), member states’ forest programmes, etc.);
e. Analyze the practices of the EU member state countries and countries in the region, including the certification of private forests and forests that are part of National Parks, and identify examples of good practice that would be applicable in Serbia;
f. Compare the practices analyzed above with the practice in Serbia and give suggestions on how good practices in those countries can be incorporated into the forest management system in Serbia, including the certification of private forests and forests that are part of National Parks. Define the regulatory, policy, institutional and other changes needed in order to introduce the improved management of forests in Serbia.
3. Provide summary of recommendations for future directions of work on improving private forest management system and management of forests that are part of National Parks in Serbia, and their certification
a. Elaborate recommendations for:
i. improving the management system of private forests and forests that are part of National Parks in Serbia, based on previously conducted analysis, under tasks 1 and 2, and
ii. introducing certification of above-mentioned forests.
Provide recommendations regarding (but not limited to): policy and regulatory framework, institutional setup, financing models.
b. Prepare Action plan for certification process of private forests and forests that are part of National Parks in Serbia.
c. Present the results of the analysis and Action plan to the UNDP team, Directorate of Forests (MAFWM), MEP, and other relevant national institutions dealing with forest management.
The Consultant shall work closely with UNDP team, Directorate of Forests (MAFWM), MEP and relevant institutions in the field of forest management and nature protection throughout the entire engagement.
Deliverables and timelines
The Contractor will be responsible for the following deliverables:
All deliverables shall be submitted in English.
Important notice: All deliverables have to be quality reviewed and accepted by the UNDP Portfolio Manager. None of the materials, reports, designs, brochures and articles produced under this Contract will be used, released, and/or disseminated without prior approval by UNDP.
The specialist mobilized under this contract must demonstrate:
Required Skills and Experience
All information and production of materials pertaining to the assignments as well as outputs produced under this contract shall remain the property of the UNDP who shall have exclusive rights over their use. The products shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever format without written permission of UNDP in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.
Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their applications via UNDP Web site: UNDP in Serbia under section “Jobs” no later than 11th June 2023
Application should include:
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Shortlisted applicants will be requested to submit copies of Diploma(s) and relevant certificates as proof of the consultant’s qualification and experience.
Lump sum contracts
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount in USD currency, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon approval of each deliverable. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement with a breakdown of costs (including Annex 2, Table A: Breakdown of costs & Table B: Breakdown of costs by deliverables).
This is home-based engagement therefore no travel envisaged under this Terms of Reference.
In the case of engagement of Civil servants under IC contract modality a no-objection letter should be provided by the Government entity. The ‘no-objection’ letter must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status (if applicable), and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any. If the previous is not applicable ‘leave-without-pay’ confirmation should be submitted.
Engagement of Government Officials and Employees
(i) A “No-objection” letter in respect of the individual is received from the Government employing him/her, and;
(ii) The individual must provide an official documentation from his/her employer formally certifying his or her status as being on “official leave without pay” for the duration of the IC.