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Individual Consultant - Field
|Location :||Home based with Travel, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||06-Jul-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India along with UNDP is implementing a new GEF funded project: SECURE Himalaya (Securing livelihoods, conservation, sustainable use and restoration of high range Himalayan ecosystems) in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.
The project aims to support the Government of India to effectively promote sustainable land and forest management in alpine pastures and forests in high range Indian Himalayan ecosystems that secure sustainable livelihoods and community resilience and ensures conservation of globally significant biodiversity and threatened species. It will engineer a paradigm shift from the current approach of conservation to demonstrate a new approach of landscape based conservation. This is an integrated approach, which focuses on working with various sectors and partners in areas within and outside protected areas, to effectively reduce threats to biodiversity of local, national and global significance.
The project builds up on the existing socio-economic development efforts in the region, for evolving innovative and participatory models for sustainable use of natural resources. It aims to achieve the objective of conservation by engaging local communities and collaborating with government and non-government agencies for conservation and promotion of sustainable resource use and livelihood.
The project would be implemented over a period of six years in the high altitude trans-Himalayan region and has the following major outcomes: (1) Improved management of high range Himalayan landscapes for conservation of Snow Leopard and other endangered species and their habitats and sustaining ecosystem services; (2) Improved and diversified livelihood strategies and improved capacities of community and government institutions for sustainable natural resource management and conservation; (3) Enhanced enforcement, monitoring and cooperation to reduce wildlife crime and related threats; (4) Effective knowledge management and information systems established for promotion of sustainable management practices in the High range Himalayan ecosystems.
The project falls under GEF-6, Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development, comprising one global coordination project and a series of national projects. The project will be led by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and UNDP with the state governments of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.
In order to reduce the impact and burden of resource use in the selected snow leopard landscapes, under outcome 2, the project would support strategies to enhance existing livelihoods, promote alternate and new options of livelihood and support skill-based employment opportunities to achieve sustainable natural resource management.
For the achievement of the abovementioned goal, UNDP seeks to engage a consultant to develop two proposals on the behalf of SMPB and BMCs for submission to the NMPB. This will have co-finance to the Secure Himalaya project. The consultant will conduct a primary survey at the project landscapes in Himachal Pradesh, for assessing livelihood opportunities and value chains of NTFPs and Medicinal Plants. The proposed area is Lahaul, Pangi, Kinnaur and surrounding districts. The consultant will conduct the surveys and build baselines for the preparation of project proposals to be submitted to the National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB) and conduct a situation analysis in terms of benefit sharing of GI products. The proposals will be contribute to enhancing livelihood opportunities and value chains for local communities with respect to the sustainable use of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) and other Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs). The field consultant will work closely with the consultant (Policy and Programme) in developing the deliverables.
Duties and Responsibilities
In this role, the consultant will be responsible for execution of field research for the abovementioned proposals by conducting the following activities:
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Fluency in Hindi is essential.
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Science and Master’s degree in Management.
Duration of the Assignment
The duration of the assignment is from 10th July 2018 to 31st December 2018.
Deliverables and Schedule of Payment:
The assignment will be home as well as field based. It will include travel to districts in Himachal Pradesh and the assignment will be home and field based. It may also require travel to UNDP Country Office in New Delhi to meet with project team members. 100 days field visit is expected for this assignment.
Kindly note: Only outstation travel with prior approval, boarding & lodging expense will be reimbursed as per actuals in line with UNDP rules.
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
The consultant would be selected based on the following criteria:
Technical: 70 points
Financial: 30 points
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Criteria for Technical Evaluation would be as under:
* Educational Qualification - 20 Marks;
* Relevant Experience - 35 Marks;
* Suitability for the assignment - 15 Marks.
The Consultant will report to the Programme Manager, Natural Resource Management Unit, UNDP.
Documents to be submitted
Detailed CV with contact details of three references;
For any clarifications, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Please ensure that all the documents to be uploaded should be combined in a single PDF file
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.