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Expert for Preparation Biodiversity Finance Plan
|Location :||Home-based, with two business trips for up to 5 days each to Georgia, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||16-Aug-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 40 working days during 6 months|
The global Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is managed by UNDP, in partnership with the European Commission and the Governments of Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Flanders. Guided by a global steering committee representing its partners, BIOFIN aims to develop a methodology for quantifying the biodiversity finance gap at national level, for improving cost-effectiveness through mainstreaming of biodiversity into national development and sectoral planning, and for developing comprehensive national finance plans. BIOFIN will thus provide a framework for undertaking “bottom-up” analyses and resource mobilisation strategies, embedded in a transformative process led by national stakeholders, aimed at allowing countries to implement their NBSAPs and achieve national biodiversity targets. BIOFIN will feed into the development of NBSAPs, while the NBSAP projects in turn will provide a platform for integration into decision-making processes.
In Georgia BIOFIN project was launched in 2016 and currently the National Teams consists of Project National Coordinator, Project Lead/Senior Finance Expert, Finance Expert and Project Admin/Finance Assistant.
BIOFIN process consists of several components, which have started in Autumn 2016.
Component 1: Integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services in sectoral and development policy, planning and budgeting: This first range of work enables participating countries to analyse current policies, institutions and expenditures affecting biodiversity and ecosystem services both positively and negatively, in order to evaluate their impact and effectiveness, and to understand key opportunities for mainstreaming, for example, through the removal of perverse incentives. It helps countries to establish a firm baseline of current biodiversity expenditure levels and projections, while reviewing the underlying institutional and policy framework that directs expenditures from public, private, national and international source. This component consists of 2 separate but interrelated activities:
Component 2: Assessing the financing needs for the management and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services (ongoing): Component 2 involves an estimation of the financial needs for biodiversity management across all sectors of government, NGOs and the private sector. It primarily consists of a bottom-up financing needs assessment, developing projections of the costs required to reach a country’s national biodiversity goals and successfully implement all activities of the National Biodiversity Strategy’s Action Plan. This component starts out by reviewing which actions in the NBSAP and other major policies require to be costed. For each of these costable actions specific cost elements and units are calculated. The cumulative figure represents the national finance needs for biodiversity, and is compared with existing expenditure levels to measure the national biodiversity finance gap. Stakeholder engagement is ensured through a consultation workshop in the early stages and a validation workshop at the end to discuss the complete findings and final recommendations.
Component 3: Developing a Biodiversity Finance Plan (planned to be implemented until the end 2017) - Under this component, a national roadmap/plan is developed for future financing of biodiversity, addressing all possible dimensions of finance, including additional resource mobilisation, improving effectiveness of expenditures, avoiding future expenditures and re-aligning expenditures towards biodiversity goals. The national experts will work closely with the global team to review a wide range of possible finance solutions, and establish an agreed upon approach to prioritise based on a variety of characteristics of each solution, including the financing potential, the legal context and socio-economic/gender impacts, while mapping barriers that currently prevent further financing. For a selected number of the most promising financing mechanisms a more detailed feasibility study will be carried out. A large national workshop involving a wide variety of stakeholders should be organised as a key element of the consultation process followed by a smaller workshop planned at the end to validate the strategy and its recommendations.
Component 4: Initiate implementation of the Biodiversity Finance Plan at national level – Under this final component, support is provided to implement one or more priority areas likely to show significant and relatively rapid results. Based on the process to develop the finance plan, the national BIOFIN team will prepare one or more proposals and submit these for review by the global team. The selected activities can include a wide range of finance-related areas, including the provision of technical or advocacy support for developing laws and regulations, revising taxes and fees, the identification of legal thresholds, removal or reduction of biodiversity harmful incentives, certification processes, public-private-partnerships, voluntary agreements, awareness raising campaigns, behaviour change through education and training measures etc.
Duties and Responsibilities
Expert will be responsible for preparation of Biodiversity Finance Plan (BFP) following the guidance provided by the current version of the BIOFIN Workbook in close collaboration with the BIOFIN National Team. Under this assignment, the expert is expected to work under direct supervision of BIOFIN National Coordinator.
The tasks under the current assignment are divided into following stages:
Home-based (5 days):
Trip to Georgia (up to 5 days):
Home-based after the first trip (25 days):
Trip to Georgia (up to 5 days):
Required Skills and Experience
Selection of offerors will be based on the Cumulative Analysis methodology: Technical (70 points) and Financial (30 points) criteria, technical consisting of desk review and interview (50 and 20 points respectively). Offerors that do not meet Minimum Qualification Criteria will be automatically rejected, while the rest will form up the long list. The offerors who obtain minimum 35 points as a result of the desk review will be invited for an interview. Offerors who surpass min 70% threshold for the maximum obtainable scores (i.e. 49 points) under technical evaluation will be requested to submit the financial proposal.
Offerors that do not meet Minimum Qualification Criteria will be automatically rejected.
Offerors who surpass the 70% threshold for the obtainable scores under technical evaluation will be included into the short list.
Shortlisted offerors will be addressed to submit price quotation – lump sum for the above-mentioned assignment. This lump sum shall include a breakdown of the amount requested. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion): Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer.
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.