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International Individual Consultant - Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services Network (BES-Net) Trialogues Facilitator
|Location :||Home Based with mission travels|
|Application Deadline :||28-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||150 days over 20 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||150 days spread over 20 months|
The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) is a capacity sharing “network of networks” that promotes dialogue between science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to long-term human well-being and sustainable development. BES-Net complements and contributes to the capacity building work of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) by aligning its activities with the IPBES global assessment themes and applying the related IPBES guidance documents.
The Trialogue is a face-to-face triangular communication and capacity building methodology promoted by BES-Net. BES-Net Trialogues bring together academic scientists, policymakers and practitioners with indigenous and local knowledge, who all have common BES interests, into a welcoming and constructive space for dialogue on specific policy questions at the national and regional levels. Three-way interactions help the participants to foster mutual learning, improve inter-cultural understanding and jointly explore the areas of inter-institutional coordination.
At the regional level, Trialogues aim at strengthening the interface between science/traditional knowledge, policy and practice, and enhance national capacity to integrate findings and recommendations of the IPBES thematic assessments into policy, planning and on-the-ground programmes and projects. Regional Trialogues were held with a geographic focus on Eastern Europe in 2017 and the Caribbean in 2018 thus far and contribute to promoting the uptake of the key messages of the IPBES thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production within the participating countries.
At the national level, the Trialogue approach is used to create a three-way dialogue between scientists, policymakers and practitioners (e.g. local and indigenous communities, farmers, businesses, civil society and NGOs, etc.) in support of the ongoing national ecosystem assessments (NEAs) process in Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Trialogues help strengthen the participation of key stakeholders into the assessment process, build their awareness and capacity, and increase policy uptake of the assessment report recommendations.
The application should contain:
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this assignment is to facilitate the implementation of a series of Regional and National Trialogues by undertaking the following steps and continually reviewing/refining the Trialogue methodology:
Pre-Trialogue Period (Home-based and on-site with preparatory scoping missions to the Trialogue host country);
Trialogue Period (On-site);
Post-Trialogue Period (Home-based with possible missions);
A total of six Trialogues are scheduled to be held during the course of 2019-2020. They include three Regional Trialogues, tentatively targeting Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa and Central Asia respectively; and three National Trialogues targeting Colombia, Ethiopia and Vietnam.
The first Regional Trialogue for the Anglophone Africa region is scheduled to be held in the second quarter of 2019 in Kenya on a pilot basis and the contractor will embark on the assignment building on the Pre-Trialogue activities which are advanced by the onset of the contract. The contractor is expected to lead the whole pre-Trialogue/Trialogue/Post-Trialogue period tasks fully for the rest of the Trialogue events. The timing of the Regional and National Trialogues will be determined as the contract progresses.
Implementation Modalities of the Assignment;
The Contractor will work under the supervision of the BES-Net Project Manager in regular communication and consultation with the BES-Net Project Coordinator, Project Officer and other team members.
This assignment is home-based with expected missions to Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Vietnam and two additional countries in Central Asia and Francophone Africa (to be announced, once the location is selected). Travel and daily allowance costs to the above destinations and any additional travels requested by UNDP will be covered separately as per UNDP rules and guidelines.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicant's qualifications and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as;
Only those candidates who obtained at least 70% of points, or a minimum of 49 points, in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation (70% of total evaluation; maximum 70 points);
Financial Evaluation (30% of total evaluation; maximum 30 points);
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered qualified and will be offered the contract with UNDP.Firms are not eligible for this consultancy assignment (open only for international individual consultants).
Required Skills and Experience
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.