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Forestry/ AgroForestry Expert for the Preparation of the Project Document a Ridge-to-Reef Approach for the Integrated Management of Marine, Coastal & Terrestrial Ecosytems in the Seychelles
|Location :||Mahe, SEYCHELLES|
|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 :||30 working days (over 2.5 months), 1 trip to Seychelles (20 working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 working days (over 2.5 months), 1 trip to Seychelles (20 working days)|
Context and background
A project proposal concept has recently been prepared for GEF for an allocation of USD $3.9 million for the implementation of a project to support the Government of Seychelles in a ridge-to-reef style project focusing on managing land-based threats to coastal and marine ecosystems. Final clearance of the proposal concept is expected in December 2017.
The project will undertake a comprehensive Ridge to Reef (R2R) approach that addresses the ‘whole island’ priorities of improved management and conservation of upland forest and agricultural ecosystems as well as coastal and marine ecosystems in the Seychelles to produce global benefits in terms of conservation of globally significant biodiversity and the effective management of the large marine ecosystems (including coastal and near-shore marine ecosystems), and to arrest and reverse ecosystem degradation. This approach acknowledges and actively incorporates the issues of scale, proximity and interconnectedness of environmental systems on SIDS, and utilises the multi-focal area approach to provide ‘joined up’ solutions for sustainable development. By addressing a range of terrestrial threats to the marine environment, including flows of pollutants, nutrients and sediment, disrupted hydrological services, degradation of critical habitat, etc. that have significant negative impacts on important coastal/marine ecosystems including wetlands, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs, the project will simultaneously improve the management of the terrestrial landscape, improve the effectiveness of integrated coastal management practices and secure the integrity of existing and new marine protected areas in the Seychelles, which are vital components of, and effective management tools to conserve, the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems. At the policy and strategic level, the project will unite the three most important spatial and resource planning processes in the country (which provide the baseline to this project), namely the Marine Spatial Plan (for the seascape), the Seychelles Strategic Plan (for the landscape, most notably the ‘Green Spine’ on Mahé and other upland forest areas in the Inner Islands), and the Land Use Plans (which embrace integrated coastal management principles and act as the most suitable vehicle to engage District Authorities and local communities in the implementation of these strategic plans). The project will build on these baseline activities by providing strategic incremental funding to implement priority actions in each of the plans.
The main stakeholders for the project are the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC), Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA), Seychelles Agricultural Agency (SAA), Public Utilities Corporation (PUC), University of Seychelles (UNISEY), environmental NGOs and community groups, such as farmers’ groups and watershed management committees.
A forestry/agroforestry expert is required to assist in the preparation of the full project document, focusing on the development and detailing of protected forest, sustainable use forest and agroforestry interventions to be included within the Project Document.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The development of the forestry sector has been defined as a priority for the GEF6 funding cycle in Seychelles. The PPG phase will support various data collection efforts, analysis and strategic planning to clarify the current capacity of institutions with responsibilities in forest and agroforestry management, to identify target areas for project interventions, to identify and design appropriate interventions, and to undertake stakeholder consultations to determine the best means of stakeholder engagement in the activities of the proposed full-size project, particularly community level engagement.
Duties and Responsibilities
The international Forestry/Agroforestry expert will support the International Lead Expert and the National Coordinator, and liaise with other national consultants (notable the Agronomist), in the following specific activities:
Timeline and Deliverables and Payment Schedule
The Total Duration of the assignment is 30 working days spread over 2.5 months. The expected date of Contract is 1st March 2018.
Deliverables: Submission of inception report;
Deliverables: Field mission: analysis of institutional capacity, donor environment, strategic issues, interventions that may be applied, etc.;
Deliverables: Prepare a first draft report with suggested forest management, forest rehabilitation and agroforestry activities in a format that can be easily integrated into the project document;
Deliverables: Final report submission to UNDP/GEF;
Required Skills and Experience
Required skills and experience
The minimum key skills and expertise of the consultant shall cover the following:
Scope of Price Proposal
A financial proposal has to be submitted by offerors which specifies:
Individual consultants are invited to submit applications on UNDP jobsite system as per requirements below. Applications that do not include all of these elements will not be considered.
All Applicants will be requested to submit a price offer indicating their proposed daily fee rate for the assignment. Following UNDP procurement rules, both technical competence (70%) and the consultant daily fee rate (30%) will be taken into account in the selection process. The Technical Evaluation will be based on the following Evaluation Criteria.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 marks out of 100 would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. Qualified women and members of social minorities 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.