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Conservation Finance Expert
|Location :||Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||15-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 to 100 days over 12 months (1 January – 31 December 2018)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||80 to 100 days over 12 months (1 January – 31 December 2018)|
The project entitled “Enhancing Effectiveness and Financial Sustainability of Protected Areas in Malaysia” (PA Financing) has been implemented by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant financing since 5 June 2012. There are three project outcomes as follows:
Outcome 1: Systemic and Institutional Capacities to manage and financially support a national PA system
Outcome 2: Technical and institutional capacities to manage sub-national PA networks including capacities for effective financial management
Outcome 3: Effective site-level PA management
Under Project Component 1, the project supports the undertaking of necessary process to establish and operationalise a Conservation Trust Fund to achieve Output 1.4 “Budgetary framework created to increase financial support for PAs allocated on the basis of performance”. In 2013, during the presentation of the 2014 budget speech in Parliament, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of the National Conservation Trust Fund (NCTF) with an allocation of RM 10 million as seed money for the Fund. The management of the Fund was put under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE). The NCTF was established based on Section 10 of the Financial Procedure Act 1957 with the trust deed effective from 7 January 2015. The PA Financing Project supported the development of the “Operating Guidelines” for the operationalization of NCTF, which was adopted by the NCTF Committee in April 2015, and eventually the NCTF came into full operation towards the end of 2015. The NCTF is positioned to complement the Government of Malaysia’s public funds for the conservation and management of biodiversity and to support the implementation of the National Policy on Biological Diversity 2016 – 2025.
The impending issue in relation to the NCTF is to ensure the efficient management and long-term sustainability of the Fund. In this regard, the PA Financing Project, in collaboration with NRE, will undertake the development of Strategic Plan and Resource Mobilization Strategy for NCTF by engaging a conservation finance expert to provide relevant technical expertise.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Expert will report to Project Manager, Biodiversity and Protected Area Finance in close liaison with UNDP and NRE to provide specific technical advice on the best practices for enhancing the existing NCTF into an efficiently and independently managed conservation trust fund in Malaysia. He/She will also work closely with UNDP Malaysia Programme Manager and Environmental Legal Specialist on matters related to policy, legal and governance framework that may apply to NCTF.
He/she will undertake the following tasks:
1. Develop NCTF Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan provides a framework that sets directions and guides all NCTF plans and activities, where its resources are effectively and efficiently used in consistent with NCTF’s vision and mission.
2. Develop NCTF’s Financial Sustainability Strategy
The purpose of the Financial Sustainability Strategy is to develop strategies or actions to diversify and multiply financial sources to reduce reliance on single source or single funding mechanism with the aim of strengthening NCTF’s financial sustainability. The strategy should be based on financial planning that calculates the amount of annual and long-term funding of which NCTF will need in order to carry-out its actions (as elaborated in the Strategic Plan) under basic needs scenario and optimal scenario.
The strategy should elaborate:
3. Prepare an action plan for the implementation of NCTF Strategic Plan and Financial Sustainability Plan.
The action plan will include actions, timeline and lead agencies to facilitate the implementation of NCTF Strategic Plan and Financial Sustainability Plan.
4. Provide technical inputs and prepare write-up on the NCTF Strategic Plan and Financial Sustainability Strategy for inclusion in the BIOFIN Malaysia process.
The write up will include lessons learned, success factor and best practices in the development of the NCTF Strategic Plan and Financial Sustainability Strategy. The write up will be in both written and PowerPoint format.
The expert will employ several investigative, analytical 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 UNDP and should be treated as strictly confidential.
No information shall be used by the expert for any other purpose other than the preparation of PA Financing Project deliverables.
All soft and hard copies of the data, information and documents must be returned to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP); Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE); and UNDP upon completion of this assignment.
The assignment will require 80 days – 100 days starting from 1 January to 31 December 2018. The expert is required to specify the number of days required in his/her technical and financial proposal.
Deliverables and Timeline:
Please indicate number of days and alternative timeline needed to complete each key deliverable:
Terms of Payment:
The payments will be performance-based and regularly assessed by PA Financing Project Team in consultation with UNDP Malaysia Country Office.
Liquidated damages will be applied for late submission of deliverables.
Skills and Experience Required:
This assignment is open to Malaysian nationals, residents and non-Malaysian nationals.
Required Skills and Experience
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:
1. The technical proposal including educational background and experience on similar assignments will be weighted a max. of 70%. The evaluation criteria are:
2. The financial proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring.
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
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.