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Grant Preparation Consultant: Sustainable Landscape Management
|Location :||Harare, ZIMBABWE|
|Application Deadline :||17-Mar-17 (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 :||45 Working days spread out within 2017|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||45 Working days spread out within 2017|
In mid-2015, the Council for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved, as part of its "Programmatic Approach" titled Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development, a Child Project Concept for Zimbabwe with UNDP as the selected GEF agency. The project has the following titles and reference:
UNDP-GEF Project Title: Strengthening Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management and Climate-Smart Landscapes in the Mid to Lower Zambezi Region of Zimbabwe.
Reference short title: PIMS 5693 Zim Strengthening Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management and Climate.
See more information about the GEF’s Programme here: www.thegef.org/gef/project_detail?projID=9071
The project’s target GEF funding is $10M and it has been duly endorsed by the Government of Zimbabwe.
The full project to be developed on the basis of the Child Project Concept will be implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate (MEWC), with support from UNDP Zimbabwe and key management agencies at the focal PAs and landscapes (to be determined during the PPG phase).
The project’s objective is to build Zimbabwe’s capacity for taking an integrated landscape approach to managing wildlife resources, carbon and ecosystem services in the face of climate change, with a focus on the protected areas and community lands of the Mid to Lower Zambezi Regions. This will be achieved through the delivery of three integrated components, including:
Project preparation process
The project responds to national priorities and its PRODOC needs to be prepared with consideration for the new strategy for combating poaching and illegal wildlife trade, to be developed during the project, and in alignment with other relevant national frameworks as well as international commitments, and in close collaboration with key government partners in several institutions, financing partners, research entities, the private sector and in particular with the CSOs responsible for the management of targeted landscapes.
In order to prepare the required documentation for the final approval of the project, a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) provided by the GEF is being implemented with clear and realistic targets and deliverables.
The GEF submission documentation to be prepared consists of a complete UNDP Project Document (PRODOC) and a CEO Endorsement Request form, to be duly filled in on the basis of the PRODOC, which takes precedence. These two key documents are to be accompanied along with co-financing letters, indicator tracking tools for the applicable GEF focal areas and social-environmental risk screening, using UNDP's methodological procedure.
All PPG consultants share the responsibility of mobilizing co-financing and forging partnerships useful for the project. They are expected to work as a team to implement the following activities:
The PPG phase will be implemented between January and December 2017. Consultants are expected to start work in April 2017 and follow a detailed timeline.
The final deadline for delivering the complete and finalized UNDP-GEF documentation for the internal review by government, partners and UNDP is 31 September 2017. This deadline is non-negotiable.
Duties and Responsibilities
Function as the expert advisor in all matters relating to sustainable landscape management, working in close collaboration with other PPG consultants, with the main goals of ensuring that the design of capacity building strategies for biodiversity and ecosystems conservation in Zimbabwe, and the design of interventions and conservancies in the focal landscapes, is based on sound knowledge of sustainable landscape and natural resources management.
Co-lead, together with other PPG consultants, the implementation of the following PPG Activities:
Support other PPG consultants/contractors with the implementation of the following PPG Activities:
Specific Deliverables for which the incumbent will have lead responsibility include the following:
Deliverable 1: To be delivered by 15th May 2017
Joint (with Conservation Management Capacity Consultant) assessment report of Zimbabwe’s national capacity for integrated biodiversity, carbon and land-use management, including details on policy and regulatory frameworks, current scientific knowledge (i.e. biological data) available to inform decisions, current capacity of national PA authorities for conservation, national action plans for biodiversity, financial resources available for biodiversity, national awareness of biodiversity and ecosystem conservation; and recommendations for strengthening capacity.
Deliverable 2: To be delivered by 30th July 2017
Comprehensive strategy documents for establishing three conservancies and corridors in priority PA landscapes. To include baseline maps and biodiversity data and maps depicting conservancy plans (e.g. conservation areas, sustainable management areas) and corridor locations; to include roles of different stakeholders, interventions required (including human-wildlife conflict mitigation, income-generating activities, community informant networks, awareness raising plan), feasibility studies of potential livelihoods, and capacity assessment and recommendations for community co-management of resources. Include development of resettlement or livelihood action plans if there is physical and/or economic displacement identified as part of the project. Include costings and timeline, risks, sustainability, indicators (with baselines and targets).
Deliverable 3: To be delivered by 15th June 2017
Review of Zimbabwe’s CAMPFIRE model and examples of implementation, to identify gaps and weaknesses and recommend improvements.
Deliverable 4: To be delivered by 22nd June 2017
Support for, and contribution to report on, assessment of management effectiveness of existing priority PAs, review of available mechanisms to address threats (such as climate scenario predictions), and plans for building capacity for PA management and anti-poaching, and management of corridors between PAs and conservancies. With costings and timeline, risks, sustainability, indicators (with baselines and targets).
Deliverable 5: To be delivered by 30th July 2017
Strategy designed for development of CAMPFIRE-based sustainable livelihoods in selected areas aimed at reducing poaching and involvement in IWT, based on review of CAMPFIRE model, including feasibility studies of different livelihood options, e.g. non-timber forest products, eco-tourism; with capacity assessment of local leadership (by other PPG consultant). With costings and timeline, risks, sustainability, indicators (with baselines and targets).
Deliverable 6: To be delivered by 30th June 2017
Assessment of current levels of degradation of habitat in selected landscapes, and of current practices of land management, including forests, wetlands and agricultural land, with recommendations for more sustainable practices and means of rehabilitating habitats; also to include assessment of high fire-risk areas and determine best means of preventing wildfires. Review social and environmental risks associated with proposed conservation measures and develop appropriate risk management measures where needed. With costings and timeline, risks, sustainability, indicators (with baselines and targets).
Deliverable 7: To be delivered by 30th July
UNDP Social and Environmental Safeguards (SESP) screening, with gender assessment.
Deliverable 8: To be delivered by 7th August
Contribution to relevant sections of PRODOC
Proposed schedule of fee payments
 A key question for the SESP as it is carried out: what is the risk of physical displacement and imposition of involuntary access restrictions on non-poaching local communities in the new areas? With the focus on community-based management of the areas and support for alternative livelihoods as a core element of the approach, the risks appear potentially low. However, if these risks were to be significant, then a displacement expert should be engaged (and the UNDP Displacement standard applied), with appropriate baseline and social surveys and development of resettlement plans. For communities whose non-poaching livelihoods could be adversely impacted through involuntary access restrictions, then a livelihoods action plan would be needed. If any new/expanded sites are potentially on lands/territories claimed by indigenous peoples (broad definition provided in SES Standard 6), the project will need to ensure consent of the relevant groups. A process of free prior informed consent will need to be initiated early on, and the project would need develop an Indigenous Peoples Plan. Standard 6 and the supporting guidance note in the SES Toolkit provides further guidance.
Required Skills and Experience
Profile required (70 points in total):
Technical Proposal (30 points in total):
Submission must be online following the instruction given on the website
Application Evaluation Process:
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% of the obtainable 100 points in technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
General Conditions of Contract for the ICs:
UNDP Personal History form (P11) required of all applicants:
Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability
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.