Consultant to undertake a proposed Biodiversity Expenditure tagging system for other National Government Agencies and State Universities and Colleges


Location : Manila, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :07-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Expected Duration of Assignment :160 days spread over 10 months

Background

Since 2014, the United Nations Development Program through its Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) Project, has been supporting the Philippine Government in articulating the financial resources it needs to maintain a healthy biodiversity portfolio in-country. In particular, BIOFIN in collaboration with Department of Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau has conducted the following assessments:  1) Policy and Institutional Review (PIR); 2) Public and Private Biodiversity Expenditure Review (PPBER); and 3) Finance needs assessment (cost and gap analysis of implementing Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP)); and has prepared a finance plan.

 

Based on insights gained from the results of the three BIOFIN assessments, the finance plan acknowledges the importance of tapping additional financing to support the biodiversity agenda of the Philippines, mainly through its Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP). This Plan is cognizant of the parallel challenges that could not be addressed by generating financing alone: thus, the Plan transcends the focus on generating additional resources and also identifies a range of “finance solutions” that leverage finance, fiscal and economic tools and strategies to improve the outcome of biodiversity objectives in the country. Financing solutions include a range of transformative actions: generating more financing to fund the PBSAP or associated planning documents; appropriate attribution of biodiversity expenditures in the budget; attaining cost effective budget execution by eradicating overlaps in biodiversity functions; eradicating expenditures that continue to or aggravate dissipation of biodiversity resources; and paving the groundwork for a responsive policy environment through greater awareness on biodiversity and biodiversity financing and enhancing institutional support towards monitoring of PBSAP.

 

One of the finance solutions that will be implemented is a proposed biodiversity expenditure tagging system for other national government agencies and state universities and colleges.  This finance solution shall result to increased expenditures on biodiversity by aligning work programs of the national agencies and state colleges and universities to the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP).

 

INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

The Project Manager shall directly supervise the Consultant and approve his/her output.

The Consultant is expected to liaise/interact/collaborate/meet with the national BIOFIN project team, DENR BMB and UNDP.  As needed, the project staff shall provide administrative assistance to her/him in order for her/him to accomplish all requirements.

 

The project staff including other project consultants, as well as, relevant technical staff shall provide comment on the outputs of the consultant.

 

DURATION OF WORK

The expected duration of work is estimated at 160 days spread over 10 months.  The target date for the start of work is March 2019 and the completion date is January 2020.

 

DUTY STATION

The Facilitator is not expected to report on a daily basis to the Project Management Office based in BMB in Quezon City.   S/he shall be notified within a reasonable period of time of pertinent project meetings where his/her presence is necessary.  Likewise, s/he will be informed of the dates and venues of the consultations.  All consultation venues will be chosen according to accessibility, availability of appropriate facilities and peace and order.

 

SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

The financial proposals from possible candidates should be expressed in lump sum amount inclusive of all financial costs related to this engagement (i.e. transportation/travel to and from residence-Manila and/or within Metro Manila, transportation/travel to outside of Metro Manila, supplies & materials, reproduction, communications including internet).  Travel expenses to project-related meetings and workshops outside of Metro Manila shall be paid for by the Project based on the UNDP DIM Rates.

- First Tranche 20% - Upon submission and approval  of the Inception Report;

- Second Tranche 30% - Upon submission and approval  of the draft DENR Biodiversity Tagging Report;

- Third Tranche 30% - Upon submission and approval  of the DENR Biodiversity Tagging Report;

- Fourth Tranche 20% - Upon submission and approval  of the Draft policy integrating biodiversity conservation in at least 2 national government agencies


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant under the supervision of the Project Manager and Senior Technical Advisor will:

 

a.       Based on the initial biodiversity expenditure review, undertake biodiversity expenditure tagging exercises in at least 52 government agencies.  The methodology will be based on the procedure previously undertaken and will involve actual tagging workshops in selected government agencies and desk reviews using data from 2014 - 2018. 

b.       Draft policy instruments indicating the alignment of programs in at least 2 national government agencies with the PBSAP;

c.       Contribute to the IEC component of the project and continue partnership work with key government agencies;

d.       Attend relevant project meetings and workshops/exercises; and

e.       Submit report/s as may be required by UNDP and BMB.


Competencies

CORPORATE COMPETENCIES

  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision, values and ethical standards
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences
  • Treat all stakeholders fairly and without prejudice
  • Maintains objectivity and impartiality in handling evaluation processes

FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Experience in project development, implementation and evaluation--particularly in directly managing results-based monitoring and evaluation methodologies
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting evaluation of multi-year and multi-component programmes and projects
  • Familiarity with the norms and issues in early recovery and rehabilitation work in disaster-affected areas
  • Ability to process large amounts and diverse set of data and documents related to infrastructure development, livelihood, resettlement, disaster risk reduction and management, and governance

  • Demonstrated strong coordination and facilitation skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to initiate discussions with national/local governmental officials, peoples organizations and communities

  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with complex multi-stakeholder environment

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and present comprehensive reports


Required Skills and Experience

Education - 30%

  • Master’s Degree in International Studies, Environmental Science, Development Management, Political Studies, or other relevant fields

Experience - 70%

  • At least 2 years’ experience in project management;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in development work.
  • Experience working with the government is an advantage
  • Familiarity with biodiversity conservation projects

     

Criteria for selection process:

The offer will evaluated based on the Combined Scoring method:

  • 70% Qualifications
  • 30% Financial Proposal

Application requirements to be submitted at the same time:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability (Financial Proposal Template) using the template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal Curriculum Vitae, indicating all past experiences from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;

Application requirements should be emailed to procurement.ph@undp.org or registry.ph@undp.org on or before  07 March 2019.

 

Attachments that can be downloaded at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=53511  are the following:

Financial Proposal Template;

- P11 Form;

- General Terms and Conditions for Consultants

 

In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.


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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