Land Degradation Specialist (For Filipino Nationals Only)

Location : Manila, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :15-Apr-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :


In October 2017,  the project concept entitled “ Integrated Approach in the Management of Major Biodiversity Corridors in the Philippines” with a budget proposal of USD12M was cleared by GEF CEO.  The project aims to establish and operationalize a comprehensive planning and management framework to manage biological corridors in an integrated manner which will generate multiple benefits including effective conservation of globally significant biodiversity, reduced deforestation and degradation and enhanced livelihoods. Specifically,  the project is envisioned to address the following barriers:

Barrier 1:  Policies, regulations, and approaches that breed disjointed goverance, planning, management, and financing of activities within the landscape/corridor. Currently relevant agencies in PA management and those that have remit over lands identified as biodiversity corridors are guided by their respective mandates and deliver on stated outcomes.  The interplay of various policies and programs in the same landscape oftentimes result in unintended results due to the absence of a commonly agreed planning and management framework for all sectors to follow;

Barrier 2: Fragmented implementation of key programs that fails to effectively address threats to BD corridor connectivity and natural resources decline: The absence of an integrated planning framework within the landscape that considers connectivity within the corridor is manifested by programs being implemented with no focus on addressing threats to habitat loss, maintaining ecosystem flows, fragmentation, conversion of high conservation value forests to agriculture. Thus, existing corridors remain a mosaic of disjointed land management units with incompatible objectives;

Barrier 3: Weak community level mechanisms to incentivize conservation of biodiversity, promote sustainable natural resource utilization, and monitor compliance: The BD corridors consist of areas that are managed under various tenure regimes including communally and privately-owned lands. A system of incentives is essential to encourage private or land tenure holders in critical spaces within the landscape to contribute to providing stepping stones, or expand the pathways of target species while ensuring improvement in ecosystem services and resilience.

To detail out the project concept into a full blown project proposal,  the GEF has also granted an amount of USD273,000 as project preparation grant. This PPG aims to prepare and develop the following documents for final submission and approval by the GEF:

  • UNDP-GEF Project Document (ProDoc), using the 2017 standard template.
  • Mandatory annexes to the ProDoc, including gender analysis and action plan, and stakeholder engagement plan, among others, and project specific annexes (e.g. landscape profile, institutional and legal analysis, feasibility studies etc).
  • GEF CEO Endorsement Request.
  • Validation Workshop report (as appropriate for projects with a moderate and high SESP risk rating).

The project preparation grant (PPG) has an allocation for the hiring of project development team including a National Consultant on Land Degradation who will assist and support the team in the development and completion of the required above-cited documents/PPG deliverables.


For the duration of the contract, the consultant will report to and coordinate with UNDP and key focal agencies such as DENR-BMB, DENR-FMB and DA-BSWM.  All activities supported by this engagement should be approved by UNDP.

All outputs should be cleared by the PPG Team Leader and endorsed by the key focal agencies before UNDP issues the certificate of acceptance for the processing of payments.


The contract will cover a period of 8 weeks spread over 15 March to 30 November 2018.


  • Report on detailed analysis of baseline (legal, policy, institutional, investments etc.) and recommended project interventions to promote sustainable land management, land degradation neutrality, including mechanisms to measure and monitor sustainable land management outcomes, proposal for

  • Accomplished Land Degradation Tracking Tool

  • Appropriate inputs to the relevant sections of the UNDP-GEF Project Document (ProDoc), using the 2017 standard template as maybe assigned/requested by the PPG Team Leader

  • Appropriate inputs to the relevant sections of the GEF-CEO Endorsement as maybe assigned/requested by the PPG Team Leader.


The financial proposals from possible candidates should be expressed in lump sum amount inclusive of all financial costs related to this engagement (i.e. professional fees, transportation/travel to and from residence-Manila, reproduction, communications including internet).  Domestic airfare, food and accommodation of the team outside Manila will be shouldered by UNDP separately and only 20% of the DSA following the NIM rates will be provided.

  • First Tranche       10% - Upon submission and acceptance of the inputs to Inception Work Plan;
  • Second Tranche  30% - Upon submission and acceptance of the Report on detailed analysis of baseline (legal, policy, institutional, investments etc) and recommended project interventions to promotoe sustainable land management, land degradation neutrality, including mechanisms to measure and monitor sustainable land management outcomes, proposal for rehabilitation of degraded agricultural lands, grasslands and marshlands, including suitable menu of options, proposals for key value chain products development/improvement and proposal for collective community engagement through appropriate local institutional arrangements and measures for capacity strengthening;
  • Third Tranche    20% - Upon submission and acceptance of the accomplished Land Degradation Tracking Tool;
  • Fourth Tranche  40% - Upon submission and acceptance of appropriate inputs to the 1st draft and 2nd draft of the UNDP-GEF Project Document with the mandatory annexes and 1st draft of the CEO Endorsement Document (in report format).

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Prepare inputs and support the required analyses/studies, as agreed with the PPG Team Leader, including:

  • Prepare a project strategy and plan for implementing an integrated approach to biodiversity corridors in the country. This will be based on a needs assessment that includes: (a) reviews of relevant documents such as National Action Plan on SLM; Land Degradation Reports.; (b) assessment existing and emerging land degradation issues within PAs, biodiversity corridors; (c)

    Identify key drivers of land degradation within agriculture, grasslands, wooded grasslands, barren lands, marshlands, etc. (d)  assessment of sustainable land management options with an analysis of relationship between various sectors in the landscape, existing mechanisms and interactions; (d) conduct assessment of knowledge gaps on the status of sustainable land management in the production areas within biodiversity corridors and or PAs; (e) develop the project strategy and detailed plan on SLM and Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) for supporting implementation of integrated approach to biodiversity corridor management.

  • Develop proposals for rehabilitation of degraded agricultural lands, grasslands and marshlands through improved incentives and SLM technological practices, including identification of menu of sustainable crop management, water and soil management, soil fertility improvements, IPM, climate adaptation, organic farming, value addition and marketing

  • Develop proposals for key value chain products and make assessment of viability and feasibility and develop proposals for enhancing value additions for a limited number of promising products

  • Develop proposals for collective community engagement through appropriate local institutional structures and identify capacity gaps and measures to improve capacity

  • Support the identification and finalisation of pilot sites for intervention

  • Support the action points, including risk assessments, from the UNDP Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) at the PIF stage (“pre-screening”) are fully implemented during the PPG, and support the iterations of that screening in an iterative fashion throughout the PPG, as appropriate;

  • Support the preparation of the LD Tracking Tool

  • Support the identification of the project sites, with documentation of selection criteria;

  • Support the completion of any additional studies that are determined to be needed for the preparation of the ProDoc and all other final outputs.


  1. Support the completion of any additional studies that are determined to be needed for the preparation of the ProDoc and all other final outputs.

  2. Prepare inputs and support the development of final PPG deliverables such as accomplishment of required tracking tools and other mandatory annexes, among others, as agreed with the PPG Team Leader.

  3. Support, contribute and participate in the Validation Workshop

  4. Support all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop, as appropriate.



  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision, values and ethical standards
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences
  • Treat all stakeholders fairly and without prejudice
  • Maintains objectivity and impartiality in handling evaluation processes


  • Experience in project development, implementation and evaluation--particularly in directly managing results-based monitoring and evaluation methodologies
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting evaluation of multi-year and multi-component programmes and projects
  • Familiarity with the norms and issues in early recovery and rehabilitation work in disaster-affected areas
  • Ability to process large amounts and diverse set of data and documents related to infrastructure development, livelihood, resettlement, disaster risk reduction and management, and governance

  • Demonstrated strong coordination and facilitation skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to initiate discussions with national/local governmental officials, peoples organizations and communities

  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with complex multi-stakeholder environment

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and present comprehensive reports

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Soil Science, etc.;


  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrable experience in the technical area of planning, implementing and monitoring projects and programmes related to sustainable land management, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture

  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience in project development


  • Fluency in written and spoken English and excellent technical writing skills


Criteria for selection process:

The offer will evaluated based on the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the financial offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.

Application requirements:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

Application requirements should be emailed to and on or before  15 March 2018.

Attachments such as Terms of Reference, Financial Proposal Template, P11 Personal History Template and Terms and Conditions for Consultants can be downloaded through this link:

In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.

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.

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