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Biodiversity Finance Analyst
|Location :||Country Office, Putrajaya, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||28-Feb-19 (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 :||50 days over 6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||50 days over 6 months|
Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is a global partnership addressing the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner. The Initiative provides an innovative methodology enabling countries to measure their current biodiversity expenditures, assess their financial needs in the medium term and identify the most suitable finance solutions to bridge their national biodiversity finance gaps. BIOFIN provides support for countries to initiate a national policy dialogue and transformational process through a stepwise customizable approach to identify and mobilise the resources and policies required to bridge the gap between the current approach to financing biodiversity and that needed to successfully implement national biodiversity plans and achieve national biodiversity targets.
There are currently 31 countries globally participating in BIOFIN. The project, which began in 2012 and continues through 2022, is coordinated by the UNDP through a global team supporting country implementation and the continuous improvement of the BIOFIN methodology. The global team works with interdisciplinary national teams, customising the methodology to the national context in each country.
At the national level, BIOFIN works under the leadership of ministries of finance (treasury), economy, planning and environment to bring together a core group of national stakeholders, including the private sector, to rethink the most suitable finance modalities for biodiversity. Activities are implemented through in-depth consultation with a strong focus on capacity development.
In Malaysia the project works closely with National Focal Point, Ministry of Economic Affairs. The immediate focus will be on the formulation of a National Biodiversity Finance Plan and initiation of biodiversity finance solutions/options to implement the National Policy on Biological Diversity (NPBD) 2016 – 2025 and focus areas stipulated in the 11th Malaysia Plan’s Mid-term Review Pillar 4 Ensuring Environmental Sustainability for Green Growth.
Duties and Responsibilities
The BIOFIN Phase 1 in Malaysia was conducted from November 2013 until December 2018. A series of consultations, trainings and workshop sessions were conducted by engaging key federal agencies and other relevant stakeholders: NGOs, private sectors and international organizations. As the result of the process, three draft reports were produced:
The Core Group headed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA), which is tasked with overseeing the BIOFIN in Malaysia, after reviewing the draft reports, stressed upon the needs to restructure and rewrite the reports and produce the findings of BIOFIN initiative in a coherent and constructive manner, particularly for the benefits of policy and decision making.
In this regard, the purpose of this assignment is to engage a Biodiversity Finance Analyst to provide analytical and technical expertise for the preparation and finalization of the key outputs as below:
The Biodiversity Finance Analyst will work with UNDP and serve as a member of UNDP policy and technical advisory and solution team on biodiversity finance in Malaysia.
He/she will undertake the following tasks:
Provision of expertise and knowledge in the preparation and finalization of an integrated report on Biodiversity Expenditure Review and Finance Needs Assessment
Review the BER and FNA data and findings, propose an appropriate integrated report structure, prepare and finalize the integrated report. The Integrated Report shall consist of three parts: BER and FNA with financial gap analysis.
Part 1: Biodiversity Expenditure Review (BER)
Review and analyse BER data set and produce the report with the following indicative content outline:
Part 2: Finance Needs Assessment (FNA)
Review and analyse FNA data set and produce the report with the following indicative contents outline:
Part 3: Financial Gaps Analysis
Provision of expertise and knowledge in the preparation and finalization of a policy brief on biodiversity finance in Malaysia
ii. BIOFIN Methodology
iii. BIOFIN Study in Malaysia
iv. Biodiversity Finance Solution
v. Conclusion and Key Reforms
Particularly, the message to be conveyed through the Policy Brief are:
The Analyst will use the reports and data collected for BER and FNA exercises and employ a number of investigative, analytical and consultative methods and tools to complete his/her tasks; and based on the needs:
Handling of Data, Information and Documents:
All data, information and documents obtained under this assignment is the property of the Government of Malaysia and be treated as strictly confidential.
No such information shall be used by the expert for any other purpose other than the preparation of BIOFIN project deliverables.
All soft and hard copies of the data, information and documents must be returned to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and UNDP upon completion of this assignment.
The assignment will require 50 days starting from 1 March to 31 August 2019.
Deliverables and Timeline:
Please indicate working days and alternative timeline needed to complete each key deliverable (a total of key deliverables).
Terms of Payment:
The contract and payments will be performance-based and regularly assessed by the UNDP Malaysia Country Office.
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be included when submitting proposals:
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Criteria for selection of the best offer:
The award of the contract will be made to the Individual Consultant who has obtained the highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions. Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. The offers will be evaluated using the “Combined Scoring method” where:
1. The technical proposal including educational background and experience on similar assignments will be weighted a max. of 70%;
2. The financial proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring.
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.