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International Consultant on Snow Leopard Research and Monitoring Programme
|Location :||Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||07-May-18 (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 :||3 years|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||120 working days|
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assists the host Government to implement a Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Full-Sized Project: “Sustainable natural resource use and forest management in key mountainous areas important for globally significant biodiversity”.
Uzbekistan is globally and regionally important in terms of its biodiversity due to its location between the European, Middle Eastern, and Asian biogeographical regions. Its varying landscapes of high mountain ranges, wide steppes, deserts, riparian wetlands, and the Aral Sea has results in a wide diversity of habitats. UNDP, for many years, have supported the Government of Uzbekistan in tackling environmental challenges, including in the area of biodiversity.
UNDP/GEF and Republic of Uzbekistan project on “Sustainable natural resource use and forest management in key mountainous areas important for globally significant biodiversity” will further support the country in addressing biodiversity conservation challenges, specifically with focusing on mountain ecosystems such as the western-most outliers of the western Tian Shan (Chatkal, Pskem, Ugam and Kuramin ranges) and Pamir-Alai (Gissar, Turkestan and Zaravshan ranges), which are home to the endangered snow leopard, and provide important habitat for its key prey species.
The project objective is ‘To enhance the conservation, and sustainable use, of natural resources in the biodiverse high-altitude mountain ecosystems of Uzbekistan’, and the project is structured into four components, with each component comprising a complementary suite of two to three outputs:
Component 4: Promoting cooperation and collaboration
Duties and Responsibilities
2. SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
The ICSLR&MP will bear responsibility for the following project outputs and will undertake the following functions:
Outputs and deliverables presumed under this assignment will be performed in close collaboration and coordination with the Project Manager, Field Coordinator on knowledge management, national consultant on Snow Leopard Research and Monitoring Programme as well as local/national government agencies.
- snow leopard and prey species (e.g. wild ungulates, marmots) transect surveys;
- camera trapping;
- GPS collaring
- DNA analyses of snow leopard faecal specimens;
- assessment of threats for snow leopard and its prey species;
- data storage and analysis;
- data mapping
- stakeholder roles and responsibilities
1. A draft national snow leopard research and monitoring programme developed. This document is expected to include, but not be limited to:
2. A briefing paper evaluating the relevance and cost-effectiveness of DNA analysis for purposes related to snow leopard research, management and conservation prepared.
3. A plan developed to address key capacity and technology gaps for testing/implementation of national snow leopard monitoring programme.
4. Recommendations on appropriate models of camera traps, software and hardware, and other equipment for implementation of the snow leopard monitoring programme provided.
5. Various monitoring tools and techniques as part of the snow leopard monitoring programme developed, and training modules developed and implemented.
6. National snow leopard monitoring system tested which includes, but not limited to, planning, stakeholder engagement, methodological recommendations, field work, collection and analysis of survey data.
7. Review of technical and scientific research publications produced based on data from snow leopard monitoring program, and review of publications of monitoring results.
8. Final draft of the snow leopard monitoring programme developed as well as the survey design for 2019-2020.
9. Documentation for SL monitoring programme officially approved by the country government prepared
10. Reports on country missions and/or participation in snow leopard monitoring activities, trainings and other meetings prepared and submitted.
11. At least one mission to Uzbekistan per year for a total of 10 to 20 working days each is envisaged.
Required Skills and Experience
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.
Interested applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
For more detailed information about UNDP Uzbekistan please visit our website at http://www.uz.undp.org/. UNDP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified female candidates, people with disabilities, and minorities are highly encouraged to apply. UNDP Balance in Manage Policy promotes achievement of gender balance among its staff at all levels.
Only Shortlisted candidates will be requested to provide financial offer.
Fixed price contracts
This is a lump sum contract that should include costs of consultancy and international travel costs (in-country air ticket costs will be covered by the project).
Payment will be released in 4 (four) installments below upon timely submission of respective deliverables and their acceptance by the Supervisor and UNDP CO.
1st (40% of the total contract amount) to be made upon achievement of Deliverable 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
2nd (20% of the total contract amount) to be made upon achievement of Deliverable 5 and 6
3rd (15% of the total contract amount) to be made upon achievement of Deliverable 5 and 7
4th (25% of the total contract amount) to be made upon achievement of Deliverable 8 and 9
All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
The award of the contract shall be made to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
* Financial Criteria weight; [30%]
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
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.