Biodiversity and Ecosystem Expert

Location : Homebased and Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :30-May-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
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 :30 working days from June 2018 to March 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 working days from June 2018 to March 2019

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.


Cambodia is endowed with rich biodiversity that are essential to support the livelihood of local communities and contribute to economic growth. The country is covered by important ecosystems that are homes to exceptional biological diversity. Some landscapes also have high commercial productive values, for example, the Angkor Protected Landscape and the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve.

Cambodia is one of the fastest growing countries in the region with approximately 7% growth rate per annum. Over the last few decades, however, economic activities have put pressure on biological resources. The main threats to biodiversity include habitat loss and fragmentation, overexploitation of biological resources, and unsustainable land management. The effects of climate change have also exacerbated vulnerability on the critical ecosystems, for instance, changes in hydrological conditions of the Tone Sap Great Lake and decline in forest regeneration rate of the northern plain.

Since 2013, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has embarked on environmental governance reform. One of the critical milestone resulting from the reform so far is the jurisdictional reform, which increasing the total land areas under protected areas from 3 million ha to 7 million ha in 2017. Different management mechanisms and tools such as landscape planning and payment for environmental service are being scaled up to promote effective natural resources management.

UNDP is one of the main partners providing support to the RGC in environmental and natural resources management. UNDP is developing a full-size project document seeking financial support from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to promote integrated landscape management for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity natural resources and ecosystem services in the northern region of Cambodia.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Expert assist the team leader in collating inputs of different team specialists and take the lead in all the stakeholder consultation and focus group discussion at the local level to design project interventions. S/he will also support the team in drafting the project document, CEO endorsement, SES screening and coordinating with the government counterparts and other stakeholders.

S/he will be responsible to carry out the following activities:

  1. Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews (Component A):
  2. Formulation of the ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory and Project Specific Annexes (Component B):
  3. Validation Workshop (Component C):
  4. Final Deliverable:
    • An inception report detailing the methodology and work plan for the consulting assignment
    • A detailed report that: (a) describes the watershed, biodiversity and socio-economic conditions of the target landscapes and watersheds based on latest available data and information; (b) establishes baseline data on key threats to the target protected areas & watersheds; (c) assesses the management status of the target PAs and recommends measures to strengthen their management; and (c) proposes an integrated strategy to address the threats and opportunities in the targeted landscape.
    • Complete all the tracking tools listed above including capacity development and financial sustainability scorecard.

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at  for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • High level planning, organizational and time management skills, including flexibility, attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure to meet challenging deadlines.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills of a high order, including the ability to formulate recommendations and advice senior management on tackling difficult scenarios.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to establish strong cooperative relationships with senior government officials, civil society and donors.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to change, and to remain calm under pressure.
  • Proven cross-cultural communication and the ability to function effectively in an international, multicultural environment.

Required Skills and Experience


 Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as environmental studies, conservation science, natural resource management or related fields


  • Minimum 7 years of demonstrable experience in the technical area of biodiversity conservation, protected area management, sustainable land management, biodiversity mainstreaming in development planning, sector and landscapes, protected area financing.
  • Knowledge of natural resource management in Cambodia. Knowledge and experience working in natural resource management in the northern plain of Cambodia is an asset.
  • Knowledge in institutional and legal framework in biodiversity and natural resources management in Cambodia.
  • Experience designing and/or working with GEF projects

Language Requirement:Fluency in written and spoken English

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

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