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National Consultant_REDD+ Safeguards Specialist (Open to PNG Nationals Only)
|Location :||Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA|
|Application Deadline :||24-Aug-15 (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 :||12 months|
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provides an opportunity to support Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) efforts to reduce deforestation and help to maintain and protect its natural forest. At the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) to the UNFCCC in Cancun, 2010, a set of seven safeguards were adopted, which are to be promoted and supported when undertaking REDD+ actions. These safeguards aim to ensure that REDD+ actions do not cause negative social or environmental impacts.
Safeguards can be broadly understood as actions that aim to address both direct and indirect impacts on communities and ecosystems, by identifying, analyzing, and ultimately working to manage risks and opportunities. If designed and implemented appropriately, safeguards can help REDD+ provide a suite of multiple benefits such as biodiversity conservation.
Countries aiming to implement REDD+ activities under the UNFCCC must 1) ensure their REDD+ actions, regardless of the source and type of funding, are implemented in a manner consistent with the Cancun safeguards; 2) develop a system for providing information on how the Cancun safeguards are being addressed and respected, known as a safeguard information system (SIS); and 3) provide a summary of information to the UNFCCC on how all the Cancun safeguards are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of REDD+ activities.
Through the UN-REDD National Programme (2011-2015), PNG developed a series of indicators for each of the Cancun safeguards. This assignment, funded through PNG’s FCPF project, will build on that body of work by supporting the identification of information needs and relevant information systems and sources, including the Web Portal of the national forest monitoring system, to address each of the identified safeguards indicators, assisting with a monitoring and assessment plan, and proposing methods for safeguards information dissemination. In this way, this work will support the initial work to design PNG’s safeguards information system (SIS).
Duties and Responsibilities
The first objective of the assignment is to support a stock-taking exercise of PNG’s work on REDD+ safeguards.
The second is to support the definition of information to be collected to assess the identified indicators, where this information is found, how the information will be gathered, analyzed and disseminated as part of PNG’s SIS, and who will be responsible for work conducted.
The third objective is to support the development of a monitoring, assessment and information dissemination plan for each indicator.
The National Expert will work closely with an international consultant who will take conceptual leadership of the tasks under this assignment. The National Expert will work in close coordination and consultation with government counterparts and the team of national and international UN-REDD and FCPF staff, who will liaise with UNDP REDD+ regional and global advisors. This will include support to work plan preparation, which will be prepared under the supervision of the international consultant. The expert will focus on the collection of relevant data based on the information needs for each indicator. The National Expert will support day-to-day safeguards-related activities of the FCPF project, including data collection, liaising with stakeholders, information dissemination and preparation of reports, concept notes and training materials.
The assignment consists of three broad components of work. The work and associated outputs will build on the initial REDD+ safeguards work supported by the UN-REDD Programme.
These three components will provide a clear understanding of the safeguards information needs and the management of the data collection and analysis process. This knowledge will provide the necessary foundation for the development of PNG’s SIS.
The National Expert will work closely with an International Safeguards Expert, preparing the necessary studies, concept notes, agendas and other materials in PNG and following-up on activities.
The expert is expected to undertake the following activities in order to achieve the stated objectives above:
Required Skills and Experience
How To Apply
Qualified candidates are requested to apply by 9 August 2015 by sending their application packages to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “FCPF - REDD+ Safeguards Specialist”.
The application should contain:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials. Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, office costs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services.). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.
Lump sum contracts
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and their acceptance and certification by UNDP. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).
All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should 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 case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Cumulative analysis: the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: (a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and (b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based upon the offer which gives the best value for money based on the Lump Sum proposal submitted, selected by the UNDP PNG Country Office in consultation with the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre Technical Advisor.
The Technical and the Financial Proposal submitted to by the International Expert will be evaluated on the basis of the weight of the technical criteria  and of the financial proposal .
The evaluation will be performed in two stages
Stage One (Technical Evaluation of Proposals). All Individual Consultants proposals comprising the information/documentation provided will be evaluated to ascertain the suitability of the individual consultants to carry out the assignment. Candidates who obtain the minimum of 49 points of the full mark (70 points) will be considered technically compliant and their financial evaluations will be evaluated thereafter.
Stage Two (Financial Evaluation). The financial proposals of all the individual consultants who pass stage one will be evaluated. The maximum 30 points will be allotted to the lowest financial bid, and all other bids shall receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest fee e.g. [30 Points] x [USD lowest] / [USD other] = points for other proposer’s fees.
The award of contract shall be based on the individual consultant who receives the highest cumulative score.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate the individual consultants’ technical proposals
Academic Qualifications (10 points):
Years of experience (10 points):
Competencies (40 points):
Language requirements (10 points):
Fluency in written and spoken English (Criteria H).
Criteria Weight Max. Point
Financial: 30 30
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.