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National Consultant for the Dafting of Country Specific Guidelines to Access Knowledge, Innovation and Practices Related to Genetic Resources in Seychelles
|Location :||UNDP, SEYCHELLES|
|Application Deadline :||23-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||56 person-days spread over 10 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||56 person-days spread over 10 months|
Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol
Context and Objectives of Project
The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), an agreement under the Convention on Biological Diversity, was adopted on 29 October 2010 in Nagoya (Japan) and entered into force on 12 October 2014, it provides a transparent legal framework for the effective implementation of the 3rd objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Protocol applies to genetic resources that are covered by the CBD and to the benefits arising from their utilization, it also covers traditional knowledge (TK) associated with genetic resources held by indigenous and local communities. Contracting parties to the Nagoya Protocol need to fulfil core obligations to take measures in relation to access to genetic resources, benefit-sharing and compliance.
Article 8(j) of the CBD states “Each contracting Party shall, as far as possible and as appropriate: Subject to national legislation, respect, preserve and maintain knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and promote their wider application with the approval and involvement of the holders of such knowledge, innovations and practices and encourage the equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of such knowledge innovations and practices”.
The UNDP-GEF Project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks, and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol” (Global ABS Project) is a 3-year project that specifically aims at assisting 24 countries in the development and strengthening of their national ABS frameworks, human resources, and administrative capabilities to implement the Nagoya Protocol. Component 1, Output 1.1.2 of the project seeks to support the institutional framework for sui generis systems for protecting TK, innovations and practices and customary uses of biological and genetic resources.
The Republic of Seychelles is a Party to the Nagoya Protocol since its entry into force (ratification) on October 12, 2014. Seychelles does not have a comprehensive legislative/regulatory ABS framework in place.
Seychelles developed a draft bill in 2005 on access and benefit-sharing entitled “Genetic resources bill.” The objective of the bill was to set the perimeters for the development of all aspects of a full-fledged legislation and supporting legislation on ABS in the Seychelles. The process for the development of the draft bill is documented in a publication title ‘Commentary on the development of the Republic of Seychelles Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing. However, the bill was never adopted. The Republic of Seychelles received a GEF-enabling activity grant to develop its NBSAP in 1997, establishing among its major goals ensuring access to and the judicious control of genetic resources. A new NBSAP or NBSAP 2.0 was published in 2014, which considers a comprehensive review of biodiversity-related legislation including the promulgation of ABS regulations (Project 25). Similarly, the ABS is considered a priority under the Sustainable Development Strategy of Seychelles.
The Seychelles Bureau of Standards (SBS), through its parent the Ministry of Industries and International Business, has a facilitator role as a hub where all the stakeholders and research partners can bring their documents and or seek additional information. Other line ministries such as the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC), the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture and now the National Institute of Science Technology and Innovation (NISTI) have more of the decision-making roles.
The Department of the Environment of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change is the designated institution where the Nagoya Protocol on ABS focal point is hosted.
The consultant will adhere to National procedures for development and adoption of National guidelines, regulations, policies and legislative mechanisms.
The consultant will be responsible for the provision of the following services:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work
Seychelles, will proceed with the recruitment of a national consultant to draft country specific processes and guidelines, in line with national and local circumstances of local communities in of the Seychelles covered by this consultancy, to access their Traditional Knowledge (TK), innovation and practices related to genetic resources and to ensure a fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
The national TK consultant, alongside guidance from the IC will interact with the respective national task forces in charge of undertaking TK related inventories will wherever applicable, consult with key national stakeholders to develop appropriate and effective measures for the protection and valorization of TK related to the utilization of Genetic resources and generate inventory procedures of the same TK.
Deliverables: Upon Submission of work plan;
Tentative date: Friday 30 March 2018;
% Fees: 15;
Review ad Approvals required: UNDP Country Office.
Deliverables: Deliverable 1 - With assistance from the NPC and IC, coordinate a half day workshop to present the IC’s methodology to stakeholders;
Tentative date: Monday 23rd April (In country mission from the IC);
% Fees: 15;
Review ad Approvals required: UNDP Country Office ABS National Focal Point (ABS NFP).
Deliverables: Deliverable 2 –Create a database and repository for the following;
TK practices, and Customary uses of biological and genetic resources, including women practices, to be done in consultation with key stakeholders through meetings and workshops;
Tentative date: Friday 25th January 2019;
% Fees: 30;
Review ad Approvals required: UNDP Country Office, MEECC, ABS National Focal Point (ABS NFP).
Deliverables: Deliverable 3 - With assistance from the IC, UNDP, NPC and FP, take the lead in deciding future institutionalization, regarding data, documentation, storage, and a definition on who can access and under which conditions it can be made public;
Tentative date: Thursday 31st January 2019;
% Fees: 10;
Review ad Approvals required:
Deliverables: Deliverable 4 - completed website and approval received from NPC, UNDP, NFP and Global ABS;
Tentative date: Friday 22nd February 2019;
% Fees: 15;
Review ad Approvals required:
Deliverables: D5 assist the NPC in having a short workshop/training to raise awareness to members of the public and stakeholders;
Tentative date: Thursday 28th February 2019;
% Fees: 15;
Review ad Approvals required:
The Consultant shall work under the supervision of the UNDP Country Office, National Project Coordinator and the ABS Focal Point and shall report to them for the fulfillment of his/her duties. The consultant is expected to be a part/host any relevant workshops/ presentations that may occur during the contract time. The Consultant is expected to liaise, interact and meet with government, UNDP, relevant ministries and all stakeholders involved with the project. The identified ministries and stakeholders for are as follows:
Required Skills and Experience
Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The financial offer should be quoted as a lump sum amount, all-inclusive (professional fee, insurance). Fees will not include duty related travel outside of Mauritius which will be borne by the project or from the Global Budget.
The contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components. Payments will be effected based on deliverables as per section D above.
Recommended Presentation of Offer
The following documents are requested:
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Candidates scoring 50 or above will be short-listed.
The financial offers will be evaluated giving the lowest price proposal 30 marks and marking the other more expensive proposals reverse proportionally to the cheapest offer.
The final scoring of short-listed candidates will take into account the technical Evaluation and the financial score:
Criteria: Technical score
Max. Point: 70.
Criteria: Financial score
Max. Point: 30.
The candidate ranking highest shall be selected.
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.