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Environmental Economist for Biodiversity Finance Plan in Thailand (National Consultant)
|Location :||Bangkok based, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||04-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||15 July 2019 – 30 December 2019 (with a maximum of 60 working days).|
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in October 2012, launched the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) as a new global partnership seeking to address the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner – building a sound business case for increased investment in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity, with a particular focus on the needs and transformational opportunities at the national level.
During BIOFIN Phase II (2018 – 2022), BIOFIN is supporting the Royal Thai Government and other key stakeholders from the private sector and civil society in implementing Thailand’s Finance Plan for Biodiversity.
Biodiversity finance solutions will provide impacts designed to reach national biodiversity targets (i.e., NBSAP, 20-year National Strategy, etc.) through four main results:
BIOFIN Thailand, together with a diversity of actors and experts, has developed the prioritized set of finance solutions for biodiversity which are now undergoing implementation (2018 – 2022). Finance solutions that are seen as the most promising and realistic were chosen and judged as being significant in terms of ‘impact on biodiversity’ and ‘impact on finance’ as well as ‘likelihood of success’. ?
Thailand’s prioritized Biodiversity Finance Solutions are the following:
The objective of Phase II is to support Thailand with the implementation of the Biodiversity Finance Plan and related finance solutions (see Annex I).
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
The objective of this assignment of the Environmental Economist is to support BIOFIN Thailand in implemention of prioritised finance solutions, including developing and implementing innovative finance solutions. S/he will conduct technical analysis and gather evidence to support BIOFIN Thailand in order to persuade the government, prospective investors and stakeholders on the opportunity of implementing the Plan and investing in biodiversity.
In close consultation with (i) BIOFIN Thailand National Steering Committee, (ii) BIOFIN Project Management Unit of UNDP Thailand and (iii) Global BIOFIN Core Team, the Biodiversity Finance Advisor will coordinate with BIOFIN Thailand to initiate activities related to the country implementation strategy/ pilot projects.
The Environmental Economist will play a key technical role in order to implement the prioritised finance solutions in Thailand termed ‘Biodiversity Impact Investment’. The scopes of work are as follows:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The Environmental Economist for Biodiversity Finance Plan will report to the Project Manager of BIOFIN Thailand, the Global BIOFIN Core Team and UNDP’s Inclusive Green Growth and Sustainable Development Unit in UNDP Thailand. He/she will work in close collaboration the Project Management Unit and other Biodiversity Finance Advisors of BIOFIN Thailand.
The Environmental Economist is expected to liaise/interact/ collaborate/meet with in the course of performing the work e.g. National BIOFIN Steering Committee, project co-implementers, donors, communities, private sectors and local government units, etc.
Duration of the Assignment:
Duration of Assignment: 6 months, Starting from 15 July 2019 to 30 December 2019, max. 60 man-days.
The consultant will be home-based with travel required.
Expected places of Travel: official mission to Chiang Mai for the Regional BIOFIN Workshop on 24 - 26 September 2019.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payment :
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount.
The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment.
The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent. The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP Living Allowance rates.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology
Cumulative analysis: The award of the contract shall 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 set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Criteria for technical selection:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the total technical points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I- General Condition of Contract
Annex II - TOR_ Environmental Economist for Biodiversity Finance Plan in Thailand
Annex III - Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal
All documents can be downloaded at :http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=56798
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.