Biodiversity expert (national consultant)

Application Deadline :27-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :May - December 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :Approximately 70 working days


Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) became a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on December 6, 2000, and the Kyoto Protocol was ratified on April 22, 2008. The Initial National Communication (INC) of BiH to the UNFCCC was submitted in 2010.

The TNC was completed in 2017.  The TNC has advanced the state of climate modeling, impacts assessment, and policy analysis in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it has also established a measurement baseline for public awareness and outlined key capacity needs. Furthermore, work on the TNC has enhanced the individual capacity of climate researchers in Bosnia and Herzegovina in government, academia, and NGOs, and it has strengthened the organizational capacity of the UNFCCC focal institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

This Project will not only support the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina in meeting its above specified obligations as a UNFCCC signatory but will also serve as a significant strategic document for sustainable development. The cross-cutting nature of the FNC process will foster relationships across entities and economic sectors, by establishing linkages between environment and other sectors.

The overall project’s objective is to enable Bosnia and Herzegovina to prepare its FNC and TBUR to the Conference of Parties. Preparation of the FNC and TBUR will attain higher level change by contributing to the achievement of the national environmental objectives in several ways: (1) It will enhance the ability of Bosnia and Herzegovina to participate actively in addressing the global environmental threat of climate change; (2) It will further develop capacity in climate change-related research and analysis that can support effective environmental policies and provide important data related to environmental challenges to sustainable development in Bosnia and Herzegovina that go beyond climate change; and (3) It will provide improved information and analysis for policies in key areas, such as water resources, agriculture, etc. Specifically, the capacity development efforts under this project and its emphasis on disseminating the FNC and its findings to policy-makers will contribute to enhanced country’s legal and strategic frameworks for sustainable management of natural, cultural and energy resources (as stated under the Outcome 5 of UNDAF 2015-2019 for Bosnia and Herzegovina). Furthermore, this project will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Preparations of NCs represent an obligation of signatory countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and it represent a valuable insight into the efforts that countries are taking to integrate climate change measures to policies, strategies and planning.

The overall objective of this assignment is to provide an updated assessment of climate changes impact on biodiversity of mountain lakes as one of the most neglected and yet eco-system rich areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina.   

Duties and Responsibilities

The expert should work in consultation with and under the guidance and supervision of the Project Manager (PM). Specifically, his\her responsibilities are but not limited to the following:

  • Review existing climate models developed for B&H, existing vulnerability studies, national communications etc.;
  • Review existing analysis related to most vulnerable eco-systems with focus on mountain lakes;
  • Identify the most vulnerable lakes and species;
  • Provide detail analysis of climate change impact on selected mountain lakes;
  • Analyze water quality parameters of mountain lakes in the context of climate changes;
  • Assess climate change vulnerability of karst areas endemic species;
  • Assess climate change vulnerability of fish endemic species in karst areas;
  • Assess climate change impact on mountain lake ecosystems based on climate scenarios RCP8.5 i A2;
  • Pay regular field visits to selected areas;
  • Archive and document all activities;
  • Ensure the timely and effective management of the activities as scheduled;
  • Provide progress reports to the PM.

Deliverables/ outputs:

The consultant is responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Detailed analysis of climate change impact on selected mountain lakes completed and adopted by UNDP - by 30 Aug 2019, 50%;
  • Report on climate change impact on mountain lake ecosystems based on climate scenarios RCP8.5 i A2 completed - by 15 Dec 2019, 50%;


Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment;

Functional competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Extensive knowledge of computer applications;
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a fairly big team;
  • Ability to operate under strict time limits;

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • Advanced degree in biology;


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in biodiversity sector, relevant to climate change;
  • Previous experience in the preparation of the previous National Communication is an asset.

Other requirements:

  • Knowledge of the environmental issues in BiH;
  • Good understanding of climate change and sustainable development issues;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UNFCCC and its relevance in BIH context;
  • Good knowledge of sensitivity and adaptation to climate change.

Language requirements:

  • BHS languages

Technical criteria:

  • Methodology (document which contains brief explanation on approach to conduct the work) - Weight: 50%, Maximum points: 50
  • Knowledge of B&H institutional set-up; Knowledge and understanding of the most vulnerable sectors in B&H - Weight: 50%, MAximum points: 50;

Financial criteria: Weight: 30%, Maximum points:  30


Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should 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 a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

  • * Technical Criteria weight-70%
  • * Financial Criteria weight- 30%

Applicants are required to submit an application including:

1. Proposal:

  • Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;
  • Provide a methodology/paper on the similar subject created ;

2. Completed and signed the Offeror’s template Confirming Interest and Availability (please follow the link:;

3. Latest personal CV, including past experience from similar projects, and email, telephone and any other contact details for references;

4. Financial proposal which will separately specify professional fee, indicating number of anticipated working days, travel costs (air-ticket or use of private vehicle), living allowance, and all other applicable costs.

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.


  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.

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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