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Re-advertisement - International Expert on Sustainable Tourism - Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN)
|Location :||Homebased and One Mission to Colombo, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||05-Aug-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 :||25 Days within Five Months with One in-Country Mission|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 Days within Five Months with One in-Country Mission|
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.
Sri Lanka has demonstrated a clear commitment to fulfil its mandates for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, in ways compatible with national development goals, and to identify a diverse range of financing solutions for biodiversity management. But still a gap of resources required to meet the Aichi Targets defined in the CBD’s Strategic Plan 2011-2020 in a manner that promotes sustainable development and the eradication of poverty and the available exists. Therefore UNDP believes a transformation is needed in the way biodiversity finance is planned and managed to unlock the.
The global Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is managed by UNDP, in partnership with the European Commission and the Governments of Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Flanders. Guided by a global steering committee representing its partners, BIOFIN aims to develop a methodology for quantifying the biodiversity finance gap at national level, for improving cost-effectiveness through mainstreaming of biodiversity into national development and sectoral planning, and for developing comprehensive national finance plans. As a country adopts BIOFIN process, Sri Lanka has prioritised establishing sustainability certification and accredition system for tourism sector in Sri Lanka along with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) is leading the effort on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka.
The Consultant is expected to provide inputs to a funding proposal that will test the applicability of the sustainability standards in relation to the sustainable management of biodiversity in selected locations. This proposal should support the future modifications if necessary to the sustainability certification system.
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
UNDP intends to commission an assignment to identify and prioritise international best practices suitable for community-based tourism planning in key destinations; best practices for low impact tourism and eco-tourism in environmentally sensitive areas and developing local tourism products and value chains. Further the consultant is expected to bring in expertise and experience on tools/methods to mainstreaming biodiversity in to national strategies, plans for tourism; developing eco-tourism capacities in countries and financing models for nature-based tourism. In addition the consultant is expected to design viable community-based business models for biodiversity friendly tourism in Sri Lanka. The findings of the assignment will be used to develop programmes and projects (e.g.- proposals to be submitted to
Global Environment Facility and other relevant donors) by UNDP in partnership with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). The Consultant will work with relevant stakeholders to achieve the tasks detailed under the Responsibilities section of the Terms of Reference.
Objective of this assignment is to support the Government of Sri Lanka to develop sustainable and biosdiveristy friendly tourism products for selected destinations, provide advice on rolling out the sustainable certification system for the industry and help develop sustainable financing models for biodiversity conservation in tourism areas.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant will, building on international best practices, be able to deliver;
The envisaged time frame of the Consultancy is 25 days within five months.
The prospective Consultant should have following competencies and qualifications;
Required Skills and Experience
HOW TO APPLY
All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee: LKR
All Inclusive Daily Fee: LKR
Amount in words: Rs.
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel (economy class flights is required to and from the Duty Station) honorarium, board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily perdiums and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.
For an Individual Contractor who is 62 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. Such medical examination costs must be factored in to the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA Contracts.
PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
Payment Milestones will be as follows: