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Construction Supervision Consultant for Eco-Tourism Infrastructure Development
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Mbabane, SWAZILAND|
|Application Deadline :||06-Oct-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||40 Working days over 6 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 Working days over 6 Months|
Swaziland’s formal Protected Areas (PAs) cover approximately 4% of the country’s total land area, and are relatively rich in biodiversity with their share of endemism as represented in various ecosystems. Furthermore, the country has set targets for the conservation of its ecosystems and species in line with the National Development Strategy (Vision 2022) and other international targets such as the Aichi Targets under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity. While some of the critical ecosystems and species are found in existing PAs, some are found in areas where there is prone to unstainable utilization and overexploitation of resources, thereby threatening livelihoods and impeding sustainable development.
The Strengthening National Protected Areas Systems (SNPAS) in Swaziland is a six year (2014-2020) Project funded by GEF aims at developing, expanding and effectively managing the capacities of Swaziland’s PAs network in order to adequately protect the biodiversity. This will be undertaken through the “landscapes” approach towards sustainable development and will involve integrated land and natural resource management that transforms the current PA patchwork into network and enhance vulnerable communities’ livelihoods, in particular those adjacent to the PAs.
The SNPAS Project has been organised around three components: (i) knowledge-based platform operationalised at the national, regional and community levels to address current and emerging threats to PAs and biodiversity conservation; (ii Expansion of PA network, and (iii) strengthening PA functioning through improved conservation management and operational support for existing and new PAs, including both formal and informal. PAs will be established and managed in critical biodiversity areas as clusters, integrating different sites that are managed by the Government of Swaziland (GoS), the private sector and local communities and enable a matrix of complemental land-use activities across board.
The Landscape approach seeks to provide tools and concepts for allocating and managing land to achieve social, economic, and environmental objectives in areas where agriculture, and other productive land uses compete with environmental and biodiversity goals taking into consideration the effects of climate change and the need for strengthened capacity to enhance productivity, effectiveness and sustainability.
Community tourism has been identified as a key component of the landscape approach aimed at addressing socio-economic issues within the various communities in the country. The SNPAS has adopted nature-based tourism, emphasizing more responsible tourism, the incorporation of social reality into the sustainability mix, and the concept that providing communities with adequate incentives.
In this regard, the technical services of a Consultant to review, monitor and appraise the eco-tourism infrastructure rehabilitation projects which are undertaken through the Swaziland Tourism Authority (STA) with the assistance of Microprojects are sought.
To ensure that the four (4) eco-tourism infrastructure projects (Khelekhele,Khopho, Ntfungula and Mahamba) are satisfactorily constructed in accordance with specifications required in the contract and delivered according to the agreed time schedules.
The project is comprised of the following components:
Duties and Responsibilities
Working under the guidance of the Swaziland National Trust Commission (SNTC), Swaziland Tourism Authority (STA), Project Steering Committee (PSC) with day-to-day support from the SNPAS National Project Manager, the Consultants will specifically have the following tasks:
Required Skills and Experience
Qualified female candidates and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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.