Project Development Specialist - international expert to support development of a Project Document for “Promoting conservation, sustainable utilization and fair and equitable benefit-sharing from Lesotho's Medicinal Plants for improved livelihoods” projec

Location : Maseru, LESOTHO
Application Deadline :15-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :9 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :9months

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UNDP Country Office and Government of Lesotho are in process of developing a project “Promoting conservation, sustainable utilization and fair and equitable benefit-sharing from Lesotho's Medicinal Plants for improved livelihoods”. A project concept (PIF) was developed and approved for funding by Global Environment Facility (GEF). Now the next step is to develop a fully-fledged project document (Prodoc) for submission to GEF.

The process of Prodoc development/GEF PPG will be undertaken in full consultation and close engagement with government, CSO, academic community and other relevant stakeholders in particular those who will benefit from and be directly involved in the implementation of the project (i.e. direct project beneficiaries). 

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The assignment to be carried out by above-mentioned team will cover three main components namely:

  • Component A - Preparatory Technical Studies & Reviews to inform the three (3) proposed project components:
  • Project Component 1 – Enabling institutional capacity and regulatory framework strengthened to support implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)
  • Project Component 2 – Sustainable utilization and conservation of selected commercially-important Medicinal Plants for the development of ABS Products for the pharmaceutical sector
  • Project Component 3 - Gender mainstreaming, Knowledge Management and M&E
  • Component B - Formulation of the UNDP-GEF Project Document, CEO Endorsement Request, and Mandatory and Project Specific Annexes
  • Component C - Validation Workshop and Report


  • Strong technical writing skills; and
  • Excellent coordination and leadership skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualification:

  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as natural sciences, social sciences or political or environmental sciences.


  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrable experience in the technical area of sustainable land management, sustainable forest management and integrated natural resources management and in preparing high-quality GEF and other donor-funded projects;
  • Work experience in southern Africa and/or African countries preferred.


  • Fluent in English.

Submit the following:

  • Confirmation of Interest and Availability  -  Template available in the below link;
  • P11 - Template available in the below link;
  • Methodology - approach to work.

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