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Individual Consultant on Financial Solution and Mechanism for the World Heritage Management
|Location :||DNP Wildlife Conservation Division in Bangkok and the project field office in Huai Kha Kaeng Wildlife Sanctuary., THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||14-Sep-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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||27 September 2018 till 31 March 2020 with maximum of 220 working days.|
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.
a) Project background and objectives
As of one of Thailand’s most important biodiversity areas, the Huai Kha Khaeng-Thung Yai Naresuan (HKK-TY) World Heritage Site (WHS) consists of three contiguous protected areas - the Huai Kha Khang (HKK) Wildlife Sanctuary (HKK); the Thung Yai Naresuan East (TYE) Wildlife Sanctuary; and the Thung Yai Naresuan West (TYW) Wildlife Sanctuary. This Protected Area is considered by the Government of Thailand (GoT) as a critical tiger conservation landscape in Thailand.
The most significant threats to tigers survival in and around the Huay Kha Kaeng – Tung Yai Naresuan World Heritage Site (HKK-TYN WHS) includes: i) habitat degradation and fragmentation; ii) poaching of the prey that tigers depend on; and iii) poaching of the tigers themselves. These threats are further exacerbated by limited capacity and insufficient resources to effectively plan and administer the wildlife sanctuaries, and limited working relationship with enclave and buffer communities.
The long-term solution sought by the Government of Thailand for the HKK-TYN WHS is characterised by: (i) legally secure and effectively demarcated Wildlife Sanctuaries that are configured to ensure that forest habitats and forest species can persist in the wild; (ii) a mandated and fully accountable management institution that is responsible for the efficient and cost-effective management of these Wildlife Sanctuaries; (iii) individual Wildlife Sanctuaries that are sufficiently staffed, adequately resourced and sustainably funded to achieve their defined management objectives; and (iv) villages located in and around the Wildlife Sanctuaries in which communities are able to live in harmony with, and can sustainably utilise, the unique natural resources of the area.
The Strengthening Capacity and Incentives for Wildlife Conservation in the Western Forest Complex Project is financially supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project objective is to improve management effectiveness and sustainable financing for Huai Kha Khaeng-Thung Yai Naresuan (HKK-TYN) World Heritage Site. It will also develop and implement mechanisms to incentivise surrounding communities living in an around the HKK-TY to better protect the biodiversity of the World Heritage Site and to adopt more sustainable land use and creative management practises in the adjacent buffer areas.
The core project site is the Huai Kha Khaeng-Thung Yai Naresuan World Heritage Site (HKK-TYN WHS). The WHS is comprised of the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary (HKK) and two adjoining Wildlife Sanctuaries - Thung Yai Naresuan East (TYE) and Thung Yai Naresuan West (TYW). There are 14 formally recognised enclave villages located within the TYW (7 villages) and TYE (7 villages). These enclave villages, and the 29 villages in a 5km buffer zone to the east of HKK, will be the focus of complementary project interventions.
Project activities in the core area will be directed towards strengthening and scaling up existing best-practice management activities, and developing and testing innovative approaches to enforcement and compliance, in the HKK-TYN WHS. It will strive to reduce the direct threats to tigers and prey, improve effectiveness of wildlife sanctuary management, and enhance the use of data and information to support key management decision-making.
The project has been organized into three components and will be implemented over a period of five years (2015-2020).
The first Component of the project is directed towards strengthening and scaling up existing best-practice management activities, and developing and testing innovative approaches to enforcement and compliance, in the HKK-TYN WHS. It will strive to reduce the direct threats to tigers and prey, improve effectiveness of wildlife sanctuary management, and enhance the use of data and information to support key management decision-making.
The second Component of the project is focused on linking sustainable livelihood development in the enclave and buffer zone villages with specific conservation outcomes and improving economic links between the buffer zone and enclave villages and the Wildlife Sanctuary. It will seek to achieve these linkages by promoting incentives (including technical support and grant funding for sustainable livelihoods initiatives, ecotourism development and piloting a Wildlife Premium financing) for community-based sustainable forest management, environmentally-friendly agricultural practices, nature-based tourism and education and improved wildlife and habitat protection.
The Third Component of the project is directed towards raising the awareness in communities living in and around the WHS of the need to conserve, and the importance of protecting, the forest landscapes and associated wildlife. With the iterative recognition in these communities of the intrinsic value of the forest habitats and wildlife, work under this component will assist in strengthening the representation of the buffer and enclave communities in each of the Wildlife Sanctuary’s Protected Area Committees (PACs). With improved community-based representation on the protected area governance, the project will assist in building the capacity (information, knowledge, skill) of each of the community representatives to assure a constructive and meaningful contribution to the co-management of the wildlife sanctuaries.
The total GEF-supported funding for this project is US$7,339,450, with the co-financing of US$24, 234,427 from the Thai counterparts. The project implementation is led by the Department of National Parks Wildlife and Plants (DNP) and other key agencies including NGOs, in collaboration with UNDP
b) Context of the required services
A number of project’s innovations have been developed for each project component. These innovations are not business as usual i.e. without the project, they would not be initiated. As approaching to the mid-term period, the project has to prepare for sustainability of such innovations beyond the project’s life time. These innovations are:
1) Network Centric Operation System to provide real-time information and communication from core areas of protection to the decision makers
2) Establishment of the Regional Training Center on Wildlife Conservation and capacity building for rangers
3) Wildlife Research and Monitoring, with proven record of rare species inhabited in the World Heritage Site
4) Wildlife-based Ecotourism at the Buffer Zone of Huai Kha Kaeng Wildlfie Sanctuary
5) Betterment of Community livelihoods that reduce threats to wildlife and the World Heritage natural resources
These innovations have justified the actions in priorities that will improve effectiveness of the World Heritage Site. The project provides the start-up financing for the above-mentioned initiatives and is seeking for a long-term financing mechanism to ensure the financial sustainability.
Looking into UNDP Programmatic portfolio, it comprises a number of projects within strategic framework of Inclusive Green Growth and Sustainable Development. One of the relevant projects in the portfolio is Biodiversity Finance (BIOFIN). At a broader level, BIOFIN’s collaboration adds an economic and finance dimension to the conservation efforts of TIGER, thus contributing to maintaining the level of activities of this project beyond its Project timeframe. Primarily, financing mechanism will contribute to innovations introduced by the two of the Project’s outcomes, namely (i) Strengthened on-ground conservation actions and wildlife protection and (ii) to create incentives and sustainable financing for wildlife Conservation & forest Protection.
Providing that BIOFIN is a tool box of financial solutions to be applied for TIGER innovations, the required services is to select the applicable tools to pilot the concept of voluntary contribution to conservation activities via the following (but not limited to) methodology:
1) To estimate the non-use value of selected icon species in WEFCOM by using Contingent Valuation Method
2) To estimate the direct use value of selected landscapes in WEFCOM (appropriate valuation method to be selected once the target landscape has been agreed upon)
3) To justify fund flows and management of public donation to the priority of actions which contribute to save the icon species and landscapes of the World Heritage Site
4) identify investment scenarios for conservation activities that generate the highest social net welfare gain by using Cost Benefit Analysis
5) To analyze the economic dimensions of human-wildlife conflict and recommend appropriate financing mechanism that balances conservation needs with economic needs of local communities in the selected buffer zone areas.
To assure the viability of the selected financial solution to come into implementation, institutional buy-in is crucial. The required services will also include stakeholder analysis, regulatory requirement, and advocacy work with the right decision makers.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
The scope of work or expected deliverables of the IC will comprise:
1) Feasibility of Wildlife Conservation License Plate as the financing solution to mobilize funds that will be channeled to protection and conservation efforts of the World Heritage Site’s main predator icon species, i.e., the tiger project’s flagship. The purchase of these conservation license plates would be voluntary and offers a channel for vehicle owners to contribute. Rationale of the voluntary financial support will be justified by valuation of the flagship species and willingness to pay for the conservation effort. The financial solution includes financial flows management, structural design for the establishment of the Trust Fund, and advocacy for policy support with legal settlement.
2) Financial solution for habitat restoration of rare species in the land encroached by mono-crop farming. Economic incentives (as the offset of cost – benefits) offered in the compensation package of relocation will ensure community’s willingness to move out. Valuation of wildlife premium to the importance of the World Heritage Site will determine extent of financial support from which fund flows are derived. The solution includes a business case of win-win measures for wildlife habitat restoration and human resettlement. Financing mechanism for those measures then, will be driven by visionary investment of the private sector/corporates with an end result in no net loss to biodiversity of the World Heritage Site.
3) Business case for investment in wildlife friendly activities initiated by the Tiger project. These comprise Wildlife-based ecotourism of which benefit sharing contribute to resolve human-wildlife conflict. Since the World Heritage Site stands to benefit from wildlife-based initiatives as to generate sustainable revenue for the buffer zone management, the business case will provide the basis for public budget allocation and private investment for the sustainable financing of the World Heritage Management. The business case has to justify rationale for conservation (valuation and investment gaps), a roadmap and milestones of all feasible solutions, and net gain of investment, ready as the working paper to advocate potential supporters.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The consultant is expected to deliver the followings:
The IC will work under the guidance and supervision of the UNDP Programme Specialist, Inclusive Green Growth and Sustainable Development Unit, UNDP Thailand. On regular basis, the Project Manager will work closely with the consultant to ensure the progress of activities.
Substantive information and guidance to the consultant will be provided by the core team of implementing partner i.e. DNP, in particular, on sites of the Wildlife Sanctuary and Research Station. Also, from community outreach team who will provide basic data and accessing to selective group of community champions.
The following coordination activities between the consultant and Project Management Unit is required to ensure expected deliverables to be in line with the project’s objectives and overall work plan.
Duration of the Assignment:
Contract duration is 19 months, from 27 September 2018 till 31 March 2020 with maximum 220 days of work It should be noted that the last few weeks of the contract should be planned for closing-out period.
DNP Wildlife Conservation Division in Bangkok and the project field office in Huai Kha Kaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.
Expected places of Travel:
The consultant is expects to travel to pilot sites as indicated below.
1. Huai Kha Kaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Uthaithani province
Travel and accommodation cost is included in the contract and will be paid by the consultant.
Required Skills and Experience
The IC should have the following expertise and qualifications.
I. Academic Qualifications:
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payment :
The technical specialist must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, chemical substances costs and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent. The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP DSA rates. Repatriation travel cost from home to duty station in Bangkok and return shall not be covered by UNDP.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall 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 set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the total technical points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Candidates wishing to be considered for this assignment are required to submit the following documents to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document/ or one ZIP File as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The short-listed candidates may be contacted, and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I - TOR_ IC on Financial Solution and Mechanism for the World Heritage Management
Annex II- General Condition of Contract
Annex III - Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal
All documents can be downloaded at :http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=49401
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