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Biodiversity Intactness Index Specialist
|Location :||Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Dec-17 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||80 person-day over 12 months (2 January 2018 – 1 April 2019)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||80 person-day over 12 months (2 January 2018 – 1 April 2019)|
Central Forest Spine is an important natural landscape of Malaysia providing at least 90% of the population’s water supply, harbouring the remaining populations of Malayan tigers and elephants in its forests, and where majority of the Orang Asli (indigenous) communities reside. Improving Connectivity in the Central Forest Spine Landscape (IC-CFS) Project supported by UNDP with GEF grant financing supports the implementation of Government of Malaysia’s National Central Forest Spine (CFS) Master Plan and National Tiger Conservation Action Plan to restore connectivity between forest complexes in the Peninsular Malaysia.
The project aims to increase federal and state level capacity to implement sustainable forest landscape management plans in three priority sites, financed sustainably through the diversification and increased allocation of funds for conservation. The three priority areas are Belum Temengor Forest Complex in the State of Perak, Taman Negara Forest Complex in the State of Pahang and Endau Rompin Forest Complex in the States of Pahang and Johor.
The project comprises of three components, each addresses different barriers and has discrete outcomes, as follows:
Component 1. Planning, compliance monitoring and enforcement framework for integrated forest landscape management;
Component 2. Sustainable forest landscape management of three priority forest landscapes within the CFS; and
Component 3. Diversification of financing sources for conservation.
Under component 1, the project supports the establishment of a biodiversity indicator task force which will collate species data from Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS) and other sources in order to accurately calculate the Biodiversity Intactness Index (BII) for the Central Forest Spine. The BII measurement will provide critical inputs to the planning and management of the Central Forest Spine landscape at the sub-national and local level.
Duties and Responsibilities
The purpose of this assignment is to engage a Biodiversity Intactness Index Specialist to provide specific technical expertise to the development and/or customisation of Biodiversity Intactness Index (BII) as a biodiversity measurement/indicator for the Central Forest Spine landscape, in addition to the preparation of BII training modules and outreach activities to national experts and stakeholders.
The BII Specialist will report to UNDP Programme Officer in close liaise with the Chair of IC-CFS Project’s Technical Working Group on Biodiversity Intactness Index (TWG BII) led by Forest Research Institute Malaysia and IC-CFS project team.
He/she will undertake the following tasks:
Provision of expertise and knowledge in the use of Biodiversity Intactness Index for Central Forest Spine Landscape in Peninsular Malaysia:
Development of Biodiversity Intactness Index training modules and provision of expertise and knowledge in the conduct of training:
Generation of Biodiversity Intactness Index values for IC-CFS Malaysia:
The consultant will employ a number of analytical, statistical and consultative methods and tools to complete his/her tasks:
Handling of Data, Information and Documents:
All data, information and documents obtained under this assignment is the property of the Government of Malaysia and be treated as strictly confidential.
No such information shall be used by the expert for any other purpose other than the preparation of Biodiversity Intactness Index.
All soft and hard copies of the data, information and documents must be returned to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and UNDP upon completion of this assignment.
The assignment will require 80 person-day starting from 2 January 2018 to 1 April 2019.
Deliverables and Timeline:
Please indicate working days and alternative timeline needed to complete each key deliverable (a total of 5 main deliverables).
Terms of Payment:
The contract and payments will be performance-based and regularly assessed by the UNDP Malaysia Country Office and IC-CFS Project Management Unit (PMU).
Liquidated damages will be applied for late submission of deliverables.
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be included when submitting proposals:
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Criteria for Selection of the best offer:
The award of the contract will be made to the Individual Consultant who has obtained the highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions. Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. The offers will be evaluated using the “Combined Scoring method” where:
The technical proposal including educational background and experience on similar assignments will be weighted a max. of 70%;
The financial proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring.
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.