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International Consultant - Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Specialist
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||30-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||38 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||10 June 2019 – 27 September 2019|
The “Building Shoreline Resilience of Timor-Leste to Protect Local Communities and their Livelihoods” (also referred to as the Coastal Resilience Building) Project is being implemented in close collaboration with the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as well as working with other line ministries, local and international partners, NGOs and private enterprise as the issues of coastal areas are complex and cross-sectoral. It employs an integrated approach, while tailoring activities to address the specific needs, challenges and priorities of the Government of Timor-Leste.
The objective of the UNDP GEF-funded project – Building shoreline resilience of Timor-Leste to protect local communities and their livelihoods is to strengthen resilience of coastal communities by the introduction of nature-based approaches to coastal protection; as well as support inter- and intra-ministerial coordination for collaborative development planning ensuring protection of coastal areas, as well as identify and research potential revenue streams for long term sustainability.
As mangroves are vital natural defense to the impacts of climate change, extensive mangrove protection and restoration will be supported while addressing community pressures (i.e. felling for fuelwood) and introduce alternative mangrove-supportive livelihoods, as well as improve public awareness about the important role of coastal ecosystems in shoreline protection and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Mangroves and coastal wetlands are highly vulnerable to the projected impacts of climate change, particularly sea-level rise (SLR). An estimated 80% of mangroves have been lost in Timor-Leste, since 1940 (Boggs et al. 2009, Alongi 2014), due to a combination of both, climate related risks (i.e. sea level rise, increased storm events) and also, non-climate related anthropogenic impacts (i.e. demand for fuel wood, building materials, salt production, rice production, uncontrolled grazing).
This Coastal Resilience Building project will systematically strengthen the synergistic relationship between coastal communities and mangroves ecosystems and ensure that coastal communities in Timor-Leste have economic incentives to maintain and safeguard these protective natural systems, without compromising their livelihood options.
The project has been implementing activities since August 2016, with mangrove conservation and restoration and support to livelihood diversification in seven municipalities (Dili, Liquic¸a, Covalima, Bobonaro, Manuhafi, Manatuto and Viqueque) across coastal communities in Timor-Leste.
Payment for Ecosystem Services is an important conservation tool that can be implemented for the mangrove conservation in Timor-Leste. The project intends to conduct a comprehensive economic valuation of the mangrove ecosystems in Timor-Leste to determine the total economic value (TEV) of the mangroves by Municipalities in Timor-Leste and determine feasible and realistic PES mechanisms that can be adopted and applied including carbon credits, tourism and fishery levy.
In line with this, UNDP would like to invite an experienced international consultant (PES Specialist) to conduct the assessment of the legal, legislative and institutional frameworks and formulation of a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme, implementation modalities, relevant instruments and roadmap applicable to Timor-Leste. This will be complemented with consultations and validation workshops with key stakeholders at both national and municipality levels.
Duties and Responsibilities
The International PES Consultant is expected to work under the overall guidance of the Regional Technical Adviser (RTA), UNDP RBAP (Bangkok) and direct supervision of the Chief Technical Adviser/Project Manager, Sustainable Development Unit in UNDP Timor-Leste. S/he will collaborate closely with national stakeholders and counterparts, communities, civil society, academia and the project team in order to produce the required deliverables foreseen in the contract and will perform the following tasks:
Prepare an inception report summarizing the objectives, scope and outputs of the assignment, organization and methodology for achievement of the outputs, including the schedule. It shall also provide details outlining the methodology for determining the total economic value (TEV) of the mangroves and for formulating viable PES mechanism applicable to Timor-Leste.
The consultant will report to the Chief Technical Adviser for the Coastal Resilience Project in UNDP Timor-Leste. Further oversight and guidance will be provided by UNDP’s Regional Technical Adviser in RBAP (Bangkok). National Project Coordinator and Finance and Operation Officer will facilitate administrative arrangements and logistical support throughout the duration of the mission including coordinating the in-country mission and field visits. Field visit, consultation and travel will be required to the municipalities. The consultant will be expected to facilitate the respective consultations and deliver the validation workshop to national stakeholders.
The assignment will be for a period of 45 working days between June 01, 2019 to September 30, 2019 in Timor-Leste.
The consultant (particularly during the in-country missions) must be available for meetings with the UNDP Country Office team and programme unit and with line ministries and partners for consultation and discussion purposes. Arrangement for such consultations/visits will be communicated to the consultant so that s/he can prepare and schedule time accordingly.
The duty station of the work is Dili, Timor-Leste. The IC will be expected to travel approximately 5 days for visits and consultations outside of Dili in the project sites/municipalities. The remainder of the time for the in-country mission will be based in Dili and home-base.
Required Skills and Experience
A.QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SUCCESSFUL INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR
Advanced degree (Masters/PhD) in Environmental Economics, Natural Resources Management, or in a closely related field with focus on ecosystem services for protected areas and sustainable land management.
Minimum of (15) years of progressively demonstrable knowledge and responsible experience in the field of environmental economics, payment for ecosystem service valuation, in particular, experience working in relation to wetland protected area management and conservation.
International experience and knowledge of various methodologies of ecosystem valuation, conducting PES analysis and economic valuation of protected areas, as well as formulation of PES mechanism, legal instruments, economic valuation tools – provide evidence of at least two developed within the past 5 years.
Previous demonstrable experience providing consultancy/advisory services to government agency or development partner with specific experience in developing payment mechanisms and providing ecosystem valuation services.
Working experience with international organizations, government and knowledge of GEF and UNDP policies.
Experience working in least developed and developing countries context such as Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and/or countries in the Asia and the Pacific Region.
English Language – excellent written and oral communication skills. In addition to excellent command of English, ability to communicate in Portuguese and/or Tetum will be considered beneficial to the assignment.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Management and Leadership
Lump Sum Amount
The financial proposal must be expressed in the form of a lump sum all-inclusive cost linked to deliverables specified in TOR Section C, supported by a breakdown of costs as per the 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.
Schedule of payments
C.RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER
Individual consultants interested in the assignment must submit the following documents to demonstrate their qualification:
D.CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER
The candidates will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points of the technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation.
This TOR is approved by:
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.