Knowledge, Results and Learning Consultant


Location : Home-based with possible missions
Application Deadline :03-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :Estimated August 2018 – April 2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 450 working days over 36 months

Background

Poaching and illicit trafficking of wildlife is among the five most lucrative illegal trades globally, estimated to be worth around US$10-20 billion annually. UNDP has recognized the growing problem of illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife trafficking and is responding accordingly, both in policy engagement and in UNDP-GEF programming. 

In June 2015, the GEF launched the flagship “Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development” program, bringing together funding from the GEF and a wide range of partners, including the Governments of participating countries, GEF Agencies, bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations, the private sector and civil society. Participating countries include: Afghanistan, Botswana, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. UNDP is supporting thirteen of the GWP national projects.

In addition to national-level projects being implemented in the above-mentioned countries, one global project has been developed to provide coordination support to each of the national projects. It is being jointly led by the World Bank and UNDP, with the World Bank playing the main role. One of the sub-components of this project focuses on combating maritime trafficking of wildlife between Africa and Asia. The GEF has awarded a grant of $2 million for this sub-component which is to be led by UNDP. The objective of the project is to reduce maritime trafficking of wildlife between Africa and Asia through strengthened wildlife law enforcement capacity at ports and improved South-South and institutional cooperation. As this project forms part of the Global Coordination Project of the Global Wildlife Program, preference will be given to ports located in countries that have a national GWP project, and where possible, opportunities will be identified to deliver activities that build on national GWP projects with parallel investment from these projects. Work to strengthen anti-trafficking capacity will preliminarily target the four ports of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Mombasa (Kenya), Surabaya (Indonesia) and Laem Chabang (Thailand). The project will also work on a global level to strengthen the performance of ports and the wider shipping industry in tackling wildlife trafficking in the long term. 

The project is divided into three components:

Component 1 -Best practice in combating maritime wildlife trafficking

  • This component aims to increase awareness, incentives, and capacity for port-based law enforcement staff, port operational staff and the shipping industry, to support the achievement of best practice in combating maritime wildlife trafficking at sea ports. In doing so it directly responds to commitment #10 of the Buckingham Palace Declaration. UfW Transport Task Force members will be engaged in the implementation of this component and it has been designed to build on the efforts of signatories to the Buckingham Palace Declaration.  
  • This component will: i) build awareness among port-based stakeholders and shipping industry to provide a foundation for efforts to achieve best practice in combating wildlife trafficking across the maritime sector; ii) develop a methodology for assessing best practice in combating maritime wildlife trafficking at ports and pilot its use at up to four ports along with targeted capacity-building efforts, and develop a self-assessment monitoring tool for ports to monitor enhanced performance; iii) pilot incentives to engage and reward ports that excel in combating wildlife trafficking, including through exploring the feasibility of a best practice certification scheme.

Component 2 - Cooperation in combating marine wildlife trafficking 

  • Component 2 will focus on bringing together different ports, countries and players to work cooperatively on combating wildlife trafficking across key illicit trade chains. This component works in parallel with the largely national focus and capacity-building in Component 1 to strengthen capacity and willingness to cooperate at an international level. It will also strengthen collaboration between UN entities with a mandate related to combating wildlife crime to leverage the strengths and expertise of different agencies into coordinated, efficient and targeted support to national governments.  
  • Component 2 will build off existing baseline efforts such as the Port Control Units (PCUs) established under the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme. These provide a strong basis for inter-agency and inter-port communication and the project will focus on strengthening communication between PCUs directly and through joint training establishing personal contacts which is likely to make them more prone to contact and trust each other with news of wildlife trafficking incidents and collaborate on law enforcement. Opportunistic and strategic activities to enhance collaboration on combating trafficking between GWP countries will also be supported.
  • This component will: i) establish and strengthen South-south communication systems, collaboration networks and capacity for international cooperation including the use of specialized investigation techniques in combating wildlife trafficking; and ii) deliver a range of jointly-delivered UN initiatives among member entities of the UN Inter-agency Task Force on Illicit Trade in Wildife and Forest Products. 

Component - 3 - Knowledge management and monitoring and evaluation

  • Component 3 will focus on knowledge management since it is viewed as critical to the achievement of the project objective. Ongoing learning and adaptive management of the project as well as intra-UN coordination, learning from and sharing  of information with other initiatives working at ports will contribute significantly to ensuring a successful project. This will include internal knowledge management, i.e. monitoring of project progress, as well as bringing in best practice from and disseminating knowledge across the GWP, across other relevant GEF projects, and across projects and initiatives implemented by other players (e.g. the ROUTES partnership). 
  • This component will: i) identify, document and disseminate best practices and lessons learned on combating wildlife trafficking; and ii) ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of project results, along with coordination of monitoring and evaluation across the GWP to support a consistent approach to measuring the effectiveness of counter-wildlife trafficking efforts.


Duties and Responsibilities

A Knowledge, Results & Learning Consultant is sought to support the knowledge management, Monitoring & Evaluation, gender mainstreaming and communications aspects of the Project, along with providing technical support to other project activities. The Consultant will contribute to the implementation of capacity development, awareness raising and knowledge sharing, as well as learning, process improvements, reporting, and information and communication management. 

 The Knowledge, Results & Learning Consultant will support the Project Technical Advisor by contributing to knowledge management, monitoring, evaluation, communications-related work, along with technical support for project implementation including capacity-building and awareness-raising activities and events. 
The Knowledge, Results & Learning Consultant is expected to spend about 20 percent of his/her time on support to Component 1, 30 percent on support to Component 2, and 50 percent on support to Component 3 of this project.

Specific services envisaged include:

  • Provide inputs for monitoring and analysis of the Project results, support the gathering of data from the Project and related national UNDP-implemented GWP projects (including gender-related data), and contribute to the analysis of the data to evaluate project success towards targets and outcomes;
  • Provide inputs for progress reporting for the Combating Maritime Wildlife Trafficking project and related national UNDP-implemented GWP projects, including for annual GWP implementation reports, and the UNDP-GEF Annual Project Implementation Report (PIR) process;
  • solicit and provide technical expertise on identifying lessons learned and best practices from the undertaken initiatives within the global project and related national UNDP-implemented GWP projects, and coordinate the translation of these lessons learned into visually-appealing communications materials across a range of fora including publications and social media;
  • Support the mainstreaming of gender within the Project and across related UNDP-implemented GWP projects, and ensure the capture and documentation of lessons learned includes those related to gender mainstreaming;
  • Support awareness-raising and capacity-building activities of the Project, including support for international events and activities conducted in partnership with the GWP, other UN partners, and members of the United for Wildlife Transport Task Force;
  • Solicit lessons learned based on technical expertise and consult for the Project, and related national UNDP-implemented GWP projects, in light of the conclusions from monitoring and the identification of lessons learned and best practices;
  • Support the inclusion of lessons learned into the implementation of relevant ongoing UNDP ecosystems and biodiversity projects, and in the design of relevant future UNDP efforts;
  • Support UNDP’s contributions to monthly GWP virtual knowledge exchanges, in-person events and publications;
  • Consult when needed on operational aspects of the project to contribute to quarterly and annual progress reports and preparation of annual reviews.

Key performance indicators

  • Timely and high-quality contribution to implementation of capacity development, awareness raising and knowledge sharing, as well as learning, process improvements, reporting, and information and communication management, with particular focus on:
  • Awareness raising for port stakeholders,
  • Capacity enhancement of frontline officers, 
  • Collaboration and information sharing/knowledge management with all relevant stakeholders, in particular within UNDP, the Global Wildlife Program, other UN entities, and the World Bank.
  • Mainstreaming of gender within the Project and across related UNDP-implemented GWP projects supported, ensuring the capture and documentation of lessons learned including those related to gender mainstreaming;
  • Successful and timely achievement of project indicators as detailed in the Monitoring and Evaluation plan, and 
  • Timely submission of inputs for all project reports (with support from the Project Associate).

Deliverables

  • Tasks and deliverables will be specified by Regional Technical Advisor at the beginning of each month.
  • Consultant shall prepare a monthly time sheet (annex I), progress report that will detail all services provided as per list of services and key performance indicators specified above.

Information on working arrangements 

  • The Knowledge, Results & Learning Consultant will be home based with limited mission travels; 
  • Estimated level of effort is 150 days per year, including up to 20 days of travel per year to countries in Africa and Asia participating in the Project, potentially including Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya and Tanzania;
  • The consultant will report to, and be directly supervised by UNDP-GEF EBD Regional Technical Advisor;
  • The Knowledge, Results & Learning Consultant will engage regularly with the home-based Project Technical Advisor as well as the UNDP Regional Technical Advisor based in Bangkok, with a periodicity to be agreed upon.
  • In addition, the Knowledge, Results & Learning Consultant will engage, as appropriate, with other UNDP colleagues based in Istanbul, New York, relevant regional hubs, and country offices, particularly those in Kenya, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Thailand;
  • Given the global consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the consultant is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones;
  • The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own working station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to a reliable internet connection;
  • The Knowledge, Results & Learning Consultant will write down and submit the specific deliverables she/he has produced every month to the Project Technical Advisor and the Regional Technical Advisor.
  • Payments will be made monthly upon submission of a progress report and a detailed time sheet (including deliverables and their timely execution) and certification of payment form, acceptance and confirmation by the Regional Technical Advisor on days worked (with “a day” calculated as 8 hours of work) and satisfactory delivery of outputs.

Mission Travel:

  • Travel will be required, and missions may include international travel, at up to 20 days travel a year depending on business needs. Expected mission travel shall be discussed with UNDP’s Regional Technical Advisor /Project technical advisor upon commencement of the assignment, and thereafter updated quarterly. Travel will be for to observe demonstration ports and countries for project capacity building events and to support M&E and documentation of lessons learned, or as determined necessary by the Regional Technical Advisor/Project Technical Advisor. Likely destinations may include Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania.
  • Any necessary mission travel must be approved in advance and in writing by the Supervisor;
  • The  Advanced and Basic Security in the Field II courses  must be successfully completed prior to commencement of travel to join the duty station or first mission travel, which ever takes place first;
  • Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director;
  • Consultants are responsible for obtaining any visas needed in connection with travel with the necessary support from UNDP;
  • The Consultant is required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under https://dss.un.org/dssweb/;
  • Travel for missions will be arranged by UNDP and related expenses will be supported by the project travel fund and will be reimbursed as per UNDP rules and regulations for consultants. 


Competencies

Corporate:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Technical / Functional:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work quickly and accurately while under pressure and within short deadlines,
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting: knowledge of project cycle, excellent work/project planning skills, 
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.

Communication:

  • Demonstrated strong research and excellent writing skills in English,
  • Strong oral communications skills in English,
  • Ability to communicate effectively, including the ability to communicate complex, technical information to both technical and general audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to communicate and work with diverse people in a UN office environment and in the field, 
  • Client Orientation: maintains strong relationships with partners and clients, and 
  • Creating and promoting an enabling environment for open communication.

Professionalism:

  • Ability to work and build partnerships with multiple stakeholders and partners across a wide range of disciplines;
  • Demonstrated ability in strategic thinking; 
  • Strong organizational, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Able to work independently and remotely with minimal supervision;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored, even under pressure; 
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude; 
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.

Teamwork:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team and process.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Minimum Master’s degree in a field relevant to the assignment such as international development, natural resources management, biodiversity conservation, wildlife management, or a related discipline.

Experience:

  • At least two years’ relevant professional experience in biodiversity conservation, wildlife management, illegal wildlife trade, or international development.
  • At least two years’ experience in conducting desk-based research, summarizing material, and preparing draft inputs to written communications pieces. 
  • Previous involvement in the development and delivery of capacity-building activities and workshops is an advantage.
  • Previous experience with UN and/or intergovernmental organizations is an advantage.
  • Previous experience with developing countries, particularly in Africa and/or Asia, is an advantage. 

Language skills:

  • Excellent mastery of spoken and written English 

Evaluation of Applicants

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant 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 (P11 desk reviews and interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. 

Applicants will be evaluated according to a combined scoring method – where the technical criteria will be weighted at 70% and the financial offer will be weighted at 30%;
The technical criteria (education, experience, languages [max. 70 points] and interview [max. 30 points]) will be based on a maximum 100 points;
Only the top 4 candidates obtaining 49 points or more of the review of education, experience, languages will be considered for the interview;
Candidates obtaining 21 points or higher in the interview will be deemed technically qualified and considered for financial evaluation; 

Technical Evaluation 
Desk review - max. 70 points:

  • Criteria A - Education: Minimum Master’s degree in a field relevant to the assignment such as international development, natural resources management, biodiversity conservation, wildlife management, or a related discipline. (max. 10 pts)
  • Criteria B – At least two years’ relevant professional experience in biodiversity conservation, wildlife management, illegal wildlife trade, and/or international development. (max. 20 pts)
  • Criteria C – At least two years’ experience in conducting desk-based research, summarizing material, and preparing draft inputs to written communications pieces. (max. 15 pts)
  • Criteria D - Previous involvement in the development and delivery of capacity-building activities and workshops is an advantage. (max 10 pts).
  • Criteria E – Previous experience with UN and/or intergovernmental organizations is an advantage. (max. 5 pts)
  • Criteria F – Previous experience with developing countries, particularly in Africa and/or Asia, is an advantage. (max. 5 pts)
  • Criteria G – Excellent mastery of spoken and written English. (max. 5 pts)

Technical Interviews

  • Criteria H - Knowledge  management skills, communication skills. (max 30 points)

Financial Evaluation - 30% of total evaluation – (max 43 points) shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal of those technically qualified.

Application procedures

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application. 
  • Filled and signed P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc; please upload the P11 instead of your CV. 
  • Financial Proposal* - specifying all-inclusive daily fee in USD.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials

*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, personal security needs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). 

Travel for missions will be arranged by UNDP and related expenses will be supported by the project travel fund and will be reimbursed as per UNDP rules and regulations for consultants. 

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner. 

Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs.

Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

Annex I - Timesheet - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EbZ-hTMC7vC47G-HR0u970mU_CuGcoul/view?usp=sharing


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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