Policy Specialist for Biodiversity Finance Initiative Project

Location : Quezon City, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :24-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Eight (8) months or 100 person days
Expected Duration of Assignment :May to December 2018


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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The Policy Specialist will provide guidance and expert advice on the following:

  1. Relevant national and local policies; and
  2. Preparation of relevant MOAs and similar instruments.

Under the supervision of Program Manager and the Senior Technical Advisor, the Policy Specialist will

carry out the following tasks:

  1. Prepare and review national policies in relation to potential finance mechanisms;
  2. Prepare and review local policies in relation to the BIOFIN localization;
  3. Prepare MOAs and similar instruments as applicable and necessary;
  4. Participate in relevant project meetings and workshops; and
  5. Submit report/s as may be required by UNDP and BMB


Expected Outputs and Deliverables


Deliverables/ Outputs


Estimated Duration to Complete


Target Due Dates

Attendance to Senate/ Congress Committee Hearings as needed

As needed

As needed

Drafting of Memorandum of Agreements (MOUs), Bills, and other policies as needed

As needed

As needed

Legal Opinion/s

As needed

As needed


Institutional Arrangement

The Project Manager shall directly supervise and approve and accept the output/s of consultant.

Based on the table above, outputs will be submitted to the Project Manager in the dates indicated.

At different points during project implementation, he/she is expected to liaise/ interact/ collaborate/ meet with the BIOFIN team and with other relevant stakeholders.


Duration of the Work

The expected duration of work is estimated at 100-person days. The target date for the start of work is May 2019 and the completion date is December 31, 2019.

Within 1 week of the consultant's submission of their outputs, the Project Manager shall provide their comments. Should there be no comments, the Project Manager shall endorse the consultant's output/s for payment.


Duty Station

The consultant 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.


Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The financial proposals from possible candidates should be expressed on a daily on-call 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).


The Core Values of the United Nations are:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for diversity.

Planning & Organizing:

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Uses time efficiently.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation:

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications and Criteria for Evaluation of Offers

Offers will be evaluated based on combined scoring method – where the Technical Proposal will be evaluated based on qualifications in the CV and brief description of previous work. The Technical evaluation is weighted a max. of 70%.

The Financial Proposal that will be evaluated through submission of the Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability for the IC including Financial Proposal Template and combined with the price offer will be weighted a max of 30%;

For the evaluation of the Technical Proposal, the selection of the successful consultant must be based in the following qualifications (with the appropriate obtainable points):


Points Obtainable points)



  • Bachelor's degree in law or public administration or

related fields




  • At least 7 years' experience as a senior policy and

institutional researcher/ analyst in the field of




  • At least 5 years' experience in policy formulation

relevant to biodiversity conservation and sustainable




  • Familiar and up-to-date with national and local

programs, projects and initiatives on biodiversity


conservation and related areas

  • Experience in dealing with international and national

experts and institutions




Applicants who will only receive 70 points from the assessment of the CV and Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment will be qualified for the assessment of the Financial Proposal.


Recommended Presentation of Offer

Offerors must upload?in one (1) file the documents below:

  1. Duly accomplished Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability for the IC that indicates the all-inclusive lumpsum contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided; If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP;
  2. Financial Proposal (Annex 2 of Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability)
  3. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  4. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment and how they will approach and complete the assignment

You may download the editable version of the?Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability for the IC by clicking on this link:http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU


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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