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International Consultant on REDD+ Policies and Measures
|Location :||Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA|
|Application Deadline :||10-Jun-16 (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)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 days over the period of 4 months|
The Government of Mongolia has committed to a green development pathway, notably through the preparation and approval of the Green Development Policy, Forest Law and commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals in Mongolia. REDD+ has the potential to contribute to green development by protecting and sustainably managing Mongolia’s forests and associated ecosystem services, while reversing land degradation, promoting the improvement of rural livelihoods and aiding adaptation to climate change.
To support this effort, the UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme was established to provide technical capacity development assistance to the Government of Mongolia. It will focus on designing and implementing the National REDD+ Strategy and in meeting the international requirements under the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ in-order to receive results-based finance.
One of the key components of the REDD+ readiness process is to identify public policy approaches and interventions. These include incentive mechanisms to effectively address key drivers and causes of deforestation and forest degradation (D&D). Such policy approaches and interventions are called REDD+ policies and measures (hereafter referred to as PAMs). Clear understanding of the current legal, policy and institutional framework, existing and planned activities of the public and private sectors in relation to the key drivers and causes of D&D is required in order to identify PAMs, and an initial analysis has been undertaken. PAMs are set of specific adjustments to be made in the existing framework and actions to be taken on the ground. To ensure long lasting results, these need to be fully aligned with Mongolia’s key national development strategies.
In this study, PAMs are to be identified and prioritised, as a set of principles of action adopted by the Government, and specific plans of action in order to implement them. As such, the identification and prioritisation of PAMs is a cornerstone of the national REDD+ strategy. The UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme (NP) seeks an international consultant on REDD+ policies and measures to provide conceptual leadership to guide the work of national experts and Project Management Unit (PMU) to deliver below described expected results based on international best practices. The work will also be supported by UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme PMU and one National Consultant. The National Consultant will lead the organisation and facilitation of workshops to be conducted and assume leadership for discussions with key stakeholders. The National Consultant will contribute to the final report and collate / analyse documents and policies from Mongolian Government that are of relevance. It is expected that the International Consultant will work directly with the National Consultant to ensure that the deliverables are completed.
Duties and Responsibilities
The International consultant will generate information partly through this study and drawn from other work. For instance, tentative information on policy implications of PAM’s and identification of drivers of deforestation and degradation is available in an ongoing study on drivers of forest change. The ongoing institutional and stakeholder assessment will provide information on feasibility of implementing the policies and measures. The International consultant will lead the process of identification and prioritisation a set candidate PAMs. He/she will lead a multi-stakeholder consultation process using a strategic process using criteria for prioritisation at the national and sub-national levels. The International consultant will provide key conceptual guidance on the process. The International consultant will lead the preparation of written deliverables, including final report, and assume ultimate responsibility of the overall study.
The International consultant will be expected to do the following:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The contracted team of international and national consultants will deliver the following items; all items will be validated through a consultation and review process, and with final approval from PMU technical staff, in particular the Chief Technical Advisor.
Duty Station and Travel
The international consultant will be home-based and carry out two missions to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It is expected that the two trips will be conducted (in August and October) and will not count for more than 20 days in total.
Application and Recommended Presentation of Offer
Qualified and interested candidates are requested to apply on-line using this site www.jobs.undp.org
Due to limitation in uploading several documents, applicants are advised to compile all documents into a single attachment and upload the attachment while applying on line.
Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (downloadable from UNDP Mongolia website). The term “all inclusive” implies all cost (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances etc.). If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
While preparing your proposal, kindly note that the standard for all travel authorized by UNDP for individual subscribers is economy class and the UN’s Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rates USD197 for Ulaanbaatar and USD72 for the country side in the project target sites, which should provide indication of the cost of living in a duty station/destination. Individuals on this contract are not UN staff and are therefore not entitled to DSAs. All living allowances required to perform the demands of the ToR must be incorporated in the financial proposal.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Criteria for selection of the best offer will be based on Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a maximum of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30%.
The UNDP standard method of payment is the output-based lump-sum scheme and the payment will be made in the installments upon successful submission of the deliverables shown in the table under Outputs and Deliverables.
Annexes to the TOR (downloadable from UNDP Mongolia Website)
Annex one includes brief information about PAMs and methodologies samples.
Annex two includes Technical criteria for International Consultant on REDD+ Policies and Measures.
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.