Independent Rapid Reviewer

Location : Home-Based and Putrajaya, MALAYSIA
Application Deadline :10-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
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 :1 July 2019 till 31 August 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 man-days


Malaysia has some 157 river systems, as well a variety of tropical wetlands, forests and marine ecosystems, representing several Global 200 Ecoregoins, and it is recognized as one of 17 mega-diverse countries in the world. its river systems as well as riparian and catchment forests support an immense diversity of aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, including more than 600 freshwater fish species. These river systems provide ecosystem services benefiting both rural communities and urban societies, including water supply, artisanal fisheries, the aquarium fish industry, transport routes, tourism and recreation. However, Malaysia's rivers face threats from a wide range of pressures that threaten their biodiversity and ecological stability, with ongoing loss of genetic resources, ecosystem services and national and local socio-economic benefits. 

As called for in Malaysia’s Common Vision on Biodiversity, this project on “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation into River Management” was developed to mainstream biodiversity conservation into riverine landscapes through improved river planning and management practices. This will be achieved through two interrelated components of work, to be undertaken in parallel:

  • Component 1: addresses the need for an operational national institutional framework and capacity for a more integrated and holistic approach to river management that takes riverine biodiversity into account;
  • Component 2: will demonstrate best management practices for riverine habitats in three different situations (a forested water supply reservoir catchment area, an urban river, and a rural river impacted by plantation development and smallholder land uses).

The global environmental benefits that will be secured by the overall project will result from strengthened sustainable management of Malaysia’s river systems and associated riverine buffer zones and catchment areas that specifically takes into account biodiversity conservation.

UNDP Malaysia is currently seeking an independent rapid reviewer to review and recommend to the strategic result framework (SRF) of the project document. The reviewer will work closely with the National Project Director and the project team in consultation with the UNDP Programme Manager. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Independent Reviewer will critically assess the project outputs, Strategic Results Framework (SRF) and project activities as specified in the signed Project Document. The reviewer is also required to identify necessary changes in order to set the project back on-track to achieve its intended results. The Independent Rapid Reviewer will also review the project’s strategy and its risks to sustainability.


Responsibilities and Deliverables:

The scope of work for the consultancy will include, but not limited to, the following activities:

  • Review SRF and recommend revision to the proposed activities and resources to ensure all outputs are relevant with the current scenario for effective delivery of outcomes.
  • Re-evaluate the current pilot demonstration project sites and provide recommendation to improve the implementation of pilot demonstration project.
  • Provide inputs for the preparation of Terms of Reference (ToR) for pilot demonstration sites with refined scope, targets, and activities.
  • Undertake, organize and prepare materials to facilitate stakeholder consultations with relevant agencies to ensure quality outputs. When necessary, conduct structured interviews with relevant project partners.



The methodology of investigative, analytical and consultative methods and tools need to be employed to complete the tasks, such as:

  • Review, analyse and update information and data in the SRF;
  • Recommendations changes to the SRF, strategic plan, outputs and activities
  • Facilitate stakeholder consultations and engagements
  • Site visits to select project sites, if necessary


Handling of Data, Information and Documents:

All data, information and documents obtained under this assignment is the property of the United Nations Development Programme and be treated as strictly confidential. No such information shall be used by the expert for any other purpose other than the preparation of deliverables.

All soft and hard copies of the data, information and documents must be returned to UNDP upon completion of this assignment.   


Expected outputs and deliverables:

Deliverables/ Outputs

Proposed Duration to Complete

Tentative due Dates

Review and Approvals Required

1. Upon signing of contract and submission of Workplan or concept note outlining the methodologies for the assignment including workplans for each deliverable and travel plans

5 days

1 July 2019

UNDP Malaysia

2. Upon completion and acceptance of first draft report for framework review and proposed changes

20 days

 25 July 2019

UNDP Malaysia

3. Upon completion and acceptance of final report for framework review and proposed changes

5 days

5 August 2019

UNDP Malaysia


30 days




Institutional Arrangement:

The Consultant will report to and seek approval and/or acceptance of deliverables from the Head of Sustainable and Resilient Development of UNDP Country Office in Malaysia or from his/her representative.

The Consultant is expected to liaise/interact/collaborate/meet with the UNDP Country Office in Malaysia, UNDP Global Environmental Finance Regional Technical Advisor and collaborate with the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS), select state governments and local authorities, NGOs and other relevant agencies. The River Project team will be responsible for coordinating and liaising with the review team to organise stakeholder interviews and workshops.


Duration of the work:

The assignment will require up to 30-man day starting from 1 July 2019 to 1 August 2019.


Duty Station:

  • Home-based with a minimum of 10 working days in Putrajaya. This assignment also requires a return trip of domestic ground travel to Perak with estimated 3 days at the site; 
  • The Consultant is expected to attend relevant meetings and conduct a stakeholder consultation workshop with relevant agencies;
  • The Consultant has to complete the new mandatory security awareness training (BSAFE) prior to commencement of travel including domestic travels within Sabah;
  • The Consultant is required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under
  • The Consultant is responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations/insurance when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director;
  • The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own work station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection;
  • The Consultant will have to manage all personal local transportation and other communications.


Schedule of payment:

Payment to be made based on completed deliverables against the TOR, which will be assessed and verified by the UNDP Malaysia.

Payment Schedule

Expected Due Date



Upon completion and acceptance of concept note and signing of contract.

1 July 2019


Upon completion and acceptance of first draft report for framework review and proposed changes (deliverable 2)

 25 July 2019


Upon completion and acceptance of finalized report for framework review and proposed changes (deliverable 3)

5 August 2019








Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates high moral integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • 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 analytical, writing and communication skills;
  • Sound project management and review skills;
  • Excellent financial and budgetary skills;
  • Strong motivation and ability to work and deliver under short deadlines;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback;
  • Able to work independently with little or no supervision;
  • Familiarity with UNDP is strongly desired.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Masters or higher degree in relevant field such as biodiversity conservation management, environmental policy, sustainable development, or any other similar field.



  • Minimum of 10 years of mixed experience in the areas of project management, biodiversity conservation, climate change and/or sustainable development;
  • Familiar with Malaysian authorities and well acquainted with roles and functions of different stakeholders at the national, state/regional, local governments and private sector is an added advantage;
  • Experience in conducting logical framework review, project design or related activities;
  • Experience in UNDP/GEF projects in the past is an added advantage.


Language Requirement:

Fluency in both written and spoken English.


Documents to be included when submitting proposals:

Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Completed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability (Annex 1) provided by UNDP;
  2. Technical Proposal on how your qualifications, experience and list of track records can lead to successful deliverables of this assignment within the required timeframe, and provide a methodology and approach on how you will approach and conduct the assignments;
  3. Financial Proposal (Annex 2) should specify unit price (daily professional fee in USD), travel and relevant costs using the financial proposal template in Annex 2.
  4. Personal CV including areas of expertise and past experiences in similar projects and at least three (3) references.


How to Apply:

  • Kindly download the Letter of Confirmation of interest and availability, Financial Proposal Template and General Terms & Conditions mentioned below;
  • Read and agree to the General Terms & Conditions;
  • Click the ‘apply’ icon and complete what is required;
  • Scan all documents into 1 pdf folder and then upload;
  • For clarification question, please email to The clarification question deadline is three (3) days before the closing. When emailing for clarification questions, please put "MyIC/2019/042" as the subject matter.


Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:

  • The UN Personal History Form (P11) is available at:
  • The Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Financial Proposal Template at:
  • The General Terms & Conditions for Individual contract is available at:
  • The General Terms & Conditions for Reimbursement Loan Agreement is available at: 


Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:

The award of the contract will be made to the Individual Expert 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.

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