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International Consultant for UNDP-GEF Midterm Review
|Location :||Beijing, CHINA|
|Application Deadline :||28-Feb-15 (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 :||30 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||From April 15, 2015 to July 10, 2015|
Strengthening the effectiveness of the protected area system in Qinghai Province, China to conserve globally important biodiversityimplemented through the Department of Forestry, Qinghai Province Government, China, which is to be undertaken in 2015. The project started on the Sep. 14, 2012 and is in its third year of implementation. In line with the UNDP-GEF Guidance on MTRs, this MTR process was initiated before the submission of the second Project Implementation Report (PIR). The MTR process must follow the guidance outlined in the document Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects (see Annex).
The project was designed to:
As the fourth largest province in China, with a total area of 720,000 km2, Qinghai serves as a significant store of the national biodiversity, exhibits some unique high altitude grassland, mountain, wetland, desert and forest ecosystems, and serves as a significant controller of the Asian monsoon system that affects the climate of 3 billion people. The province includes the headwaters of three of Asia’s major rivers – the Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong rivers.
Although Qinghai lists 11 nature reserves totaling an impressive 31% of the territory, the existing protected area (PA) system lacks adequate balance – it shows significant gaps in ecosystem coverage and contains extensive overlap with other interests such as road construction, water diversion plans and herder community tenure rights. It also includes areas exhibiting serious land degradation resulting from a combination inter alia of overgrazing, engineering damage and climate change. Other problems facing the PA system include illegal gold mining and poaching, livestock fences interrupting wildlife migratory pathways, and aggressive pest control programmes aimed at small burrowing mammals but that also harm many collateral species.
The project will directly target barriers through a series of steps that aim to enhance PA system effectiveness. The global and national biodiversity significance of Qinghai’s PA system, its vital role as the catchment area for three major rivers, the nature and severity of on-going threats to the PA system and the persistence of important barriers limiting its effectiveness have led the Government to prioritise and present this project for GEF support.
The project goal is to strengthen the effectiveness of the PA system in Qinghai Province, China to conserve globally important biodiversity. The project objective is to catalyse management effectiveness of Qinghai’s PA system to fulfill its purpose of conserving globally important biodiversity, by removing the barriers with three inter-related outcomes. The focus of the project is to strengthen the PA system in Qinghai to better protect a representative sample of its unique biodiversity and more effectively manage this PA network as a whole.
Note: Some of the project sites are based on the high altitude areas between 1000 to 4000 meters plateau, the consultants should be aware of this, the healthy condition must suitable for altitude above 4500m on anoxic high plateau, please fully consider healthy issues before apply for the posts.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work and Key Tasks:
The MTR team will consist of two independent consultants that will conduct the MTR – one international consultant as the team leader and one national consultant as team expert.
The MTR team will first conduct a document review of project documents (i.e. PIF, UNDP Initiation Plan, Project Document, ESSP, Project Inception Report, PIRs, Finalized GEF focal area Tracking Tools, Project Appraisal Committee meeting minutes, Financial and Administration guidelines used by Project Team, project operational guidelines, manuals and systems, etc.) provided by the Project Team and Commissioning Unit. Then they will participate in a MTR inception workshop to clarify their understanding of the objectives and methods of the MTR, producing the MTR inception report thereafter. The MTR mission will then consist of interviews and site visits to Qinghai Province of China.
The MTR team will assess the following four categories of project progress and produce a draft and final MTR report. See the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects (http://web.undp.org/gef/) for requirements on ratings. No overall rating is required.
Progress Towards Results:
Project Implementation and Adaptive Management:
Using the Guidance For Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects; assess the following categories of project progress:
Assess overall risks to sustainability factors of the project in terms of the following four categories:
The MTR consultant/team will include a section in the MTR report setting out the MTR’s evidence-based conclusions,in light of the findings.
Additionally, the MTR consultant/team is expected to make recommendations to the Project Team. Recommendations should be succinct suggestions for critical intervention that are specific, measurable, achievable, and relevant. A recommendation table should be put in the report’s executive summary. The MTR consultant/team should make no more than 15 recommendations total.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The MTR consultant/team shall prepare and submit:
*The final MTR report must be in English. If applicable, the Commissioning Unit may choose to arrange for a translation of the report into a language more widely shared by national stakeholders.
The principal responsibility for managing this MTR resides with the Commissioning Unit. The Commissioning Unit for this project’s MTR is UNDP China Office.
The Commissioning Unit will contract the consultants and ensure the timely provision of per diems and travel arrangements within the country for the MTR team. The Project Team will be responsible for liaising with the MTR team to provide all relevant documents, set up stakeholder interviews, and arrange field visits.
Duration of the Work:
The total duration of the MTR will be approximately (4 of weeks) starting from Mid-April and shall not exceed five months from when the consultant(s) are hired. The tentative MTR timeframe is as follows:
The date start of contract is (April 30).
Identify the consultant’s duty station/location for the contract duration, mentioning all possible locations of field works/duty travel in pursuit of other relevant activities, specially where traveling to locations at security Phase I or above will be required.
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be included when submitting application:
Financial proposals must be “all inclusive” and expressed in a lump-sum for the total duration of the contract. The term “all inclusive” implies all cost (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances etc.):
Schedule of Payments:
Incomplete applications will be excluded from further consideration. Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Full Copy of TOR:
Offeror's Letter and Proposal:
P11 Personal Histroy Form:
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.