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Project Assistant (CATSPA/BIOFIN)
|Location :||Bangkok, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||06-Jul-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-3|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year (Renewable subject to good performance and availability of funds)|
Project Background: Catalyzing Sustainability of Thailand’s Protected Area System (CATSPA was developed by the Department of National Parks, Plants and Wildlife Conservation (DNP)
In line with the UN Partnership Assistance Framework with the Royal Thai Government (2012-2016), the project document of ‘Catalyzing Sustainability of Thailand’s Protected Area System (CATSPA” was developed by the Department of National Parks, Plants and Wildlife Conservation (DNP), under the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MONRE) in close collaboration with UNDP, for the funding support from the Global Environment Facilities (GEF).
The four-year, 3.36 M project aims to overcome barriers to sustainability of Thailand’s protected area (PA) system, by looking into effective management and sustainable financing of protected areas.
The project will also build the confidence and capacities of the PA management authorities and provide them with resources to test innovative PA management and financing schemes. In addition, it will support development of appropriate incentives, establishment of an effective monitoring system, and community participation in conservation efforts.
Systemic barriers will be addressed at the national level, while demonstrations of strengthened PA management on the ground through sustainable financing will be done at demonstration sites. These demonstrations will include, for example, developing novel models of PA management, increased participation by local communities and other stakeholders, and mobilization of diversified revenue sources, supported by improved knowledge-based planning and accounting systems.
Financial management capacity weaknesses and systemic barriers to effective management and budgeting will be addressed at the national level, while demonstrations of strengthened PA management, design of new financing mechanisms, and the increased use of improved models of PA management and co-management will be pursued at the four pilot cases: (1) Doi Inthanon National Park, (2) Kao Chamao National Park, (3)Tarutao Marine National Park, and (4) Klong Lan National Park + Huay Kha Kaeng Wildlife Sanctuary as part of the Western Forest Complex.
The project administration and coordination between central and field divisions / offices within DNP and relevant organizations will be carried out by a PMU under the overall guidance of the Project Board. The PMU will be composed of an overall Project Director, from within DNP, who will be the focal point to provide overall guidance to the Project Management Unit members who are hired on the project budget.
The PMU members include (1) a project manager, (2) a project assistant/ financial Officer; (3) project field coordinators and facilitators; (4) a project technical team.
Project Background (The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN)
Available evidence and the decisions adopted by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) indicate that a significant gap remains in finance for biodiversity management, for countries to drastically scale up their efforts and achieve the 20 Aichi Targets defined in the CBD’s Strategic Plan for 2011-2020. A preliminary assessment recently conducted under the auspices of the High-level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the CBD Strategic Plan estimated that the global investment required ranges between 130 and 440 billion US$ annually. While useful, this and similar other global estimates are based on extrapolations sensitive to the underlying assumptions. To define biodiversity finance needs and gaps with greater precision and determine related challenges and opportunities for resource mobilisation, detailed national-level (bottom-up) assessments are therefore required.
In this context, UNDP in October 2012 launched the Biodiversity Finance Initiative – BIOFIN, as a new global partnership seeking to address the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner – building a sound business case for increased investment in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity, with a particular focus on the needs and transformational opportunities at the national level.
BIOFIN is managed by the UNDP Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme, in partnership with the European Union and the Governments of Germany and Switzerland, who support the initiative with a total of USD 15 million (as of January 2014 – further support is being sought). The Global Environment Facility is a further partner financing parallel in-country projects in support of the revision of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).
Guided by a steering committee representing the partners, BIOFIN works along two main axes:
1. Globally-led development of a new methodological framework
An entirely new methodological framework is being developed for undertaking national-level “bottom-up” analyses of the finance-relevant enabling context; for determining the current / baseline investment in biodiversity; for quantifying the full cost of meeting national biodiversity conservation targets and the resulting finance gap; and for assessing the suitability of financial mechanisms and developing national resource mobilisation strategies. The methodologies applied in the project will be refined through regional and global learning, and made available more widely.
2. Adaptation and implementation of this new methodological framework at national level
To help countries increase the importance attributed to biodiversity and in consequence bridge the financing gap, the work at national level will be led by Ministries of Finance, Planning or Economics and the Ministry of Environment, and is articulated through the following components:
Participating countries will analyse the current policy and institutional frameworks affecting biodiversity and ecosystem services both positively and negatively, and quantify related investments through comprehensive reviews of past and current (baseline) public and private expenditures. Analyses of impact, effectiveness and coherence will provide key opportunities for mainstreaming, aimed at reducing the cost of biodiversity management, such as through the removal of perverse incentives.
Participating countries will project anticipated future investment in biodiversity, and determine the financing needed to meet agreed national priorities reflecting the CBD Aichi Targets, building on and interacting with the NBSAP process, and taking into account cost-effectiveness and the effects of an improved enabling environment. The difference between the projected future investment and the required investment will enable the quantification of the finance gap.
Following an assessment of the full range of potential financing mechanisms (traditional and innovative, national and international), each participating country will develop a strategy to address the finance gap, combining suitable and nationally-adapted mechanisms. The strategy will analyse opportunities, risks and barriers related to the implementation of these mechanisms and provide solutions and recommendations, including on the enabling environment and safeguards.
Countries will begin implementing recommendations pertaining to a priority subset of the identified financing mechanisms – regarding aspects such as institutional requirements, laws and regulations, taxes and fees, identification of legal thresholds, removal of perverse incentives, further feasibility studies and implementation plans, certification processes, public-private-partnerships, voluntary agreements, etc.
As of January 2014, the countries participating in BIOFIN are Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Seychelles, South Africa and Uganda; seven additional countries are in the process of being selected, and further countries can be supported as additional resources are leveraged.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Assistant willsupport the project management unittoprovide logistic support and administrative functions to ensure smooth implementation of the CATSPA and BIOFIN projects. He/she will be responsible especially for payments, financial reporting on a quarterly and annual basis, and in case of needs, according to the government and UNDP requirements, for both CATSPA and BIOFIN projects.
1) Support for Planning Process through the following tasks and duties:
2) Supports to Implementing and Managing Projects through the following tasks and duties:
3) Support to Monitoring and Evaluation of the projects through the following tasks and duties:
4) Reporting and Audit:
Level 1.1: Support the preparation of information for advocacy
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Level 1.1: Contributing to results through provision of information
Building Strategic Partnerships
Level 1.1: Maintaining information and databases
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Level 1.1: Implementing processes and uses products
Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)
Level 1.1: Providing information for resource mobilization strategies
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Level 1.1: Basic research and analysis
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Level 1.1: Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Level 1.1: Research and analysis
Level 1.1: Maintains effective client relationships
Required Skills and Experience
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.