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Consultant as Legal Expert
|Location :||Home-based and Sabah, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||30-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|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 :||60-man days (over a period of 5 months)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||15 July till 15 December 2019|
Sabah has experienced rapid economic growth and has relied heavily on its forest resources to finance its socio-economic development programmes. There has been an acceleration of forest conversion, particularly outside the forest reserves, as well as forest degradation within the forest reserves associated with over harvesting of resources and destructive harvesting methods. In order to mainstream biodiversity, ecosystem functions and resilience, while enabling sustainable uses, the Government of Malaysia and UNDP-GEF initiated a project entitled “Biodiversity Conservation in Multiple-use Forest Landscapes in Sabah, Malaysia”.
Sabah Cabinet recently approved the ecosystem conservation fee as part of Sabah Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) policy strategy in April 2019. This policy direction sets out the need for a new state legislation to impose ecosystem conservation fee in Sabah.
Hence, UNDP Malaysia is currently seeking a qualified Legal Expert to draft a "Ecosystem Conservation Fee Enactment" for the State of Sabah, Malaysia in accordance with State policy endorsement on this matter previously. The new "Ecosystem Conservation Fee Enactment" draft Bill is to be presented to the Sabah State Government/Cabinet for their further action.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities and Deliverables:
The Legal Expert will:
The methodology employs a number of investigative, analytical and consultative methods and tools to complete the tasks. In consultation with SFD, and relevant stakeholders, the methodology must strictly adhere to the timeline of agreed work plan.
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:
The Legal Expert 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.
The Legal Expert is expected to liaise/interact/collaborate/meet with the UNDP Country Office in Malaysia and collaborate with the Sabah State Attorney General’s Chambers, Sabah Chief Minister’s Department, including the Natural Resources Office and the Sabah Forestry Department, and other relevant agencies. He/She is also expected to submit and share progress report from time to time when requested.
The Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) will provide the Legal Expert with the necessary information and materials available for fulfilment of tasks and will facilitate the necessary meetings or workshops with relevant state government agencies.
Duration of the work:
The assignment will require up to 60-man days starting from 15 July to 15 November 2019.
Schedule of payment:
Payment to be made based on completed deliverables against the TOR, which will be assessed and verified by the UNDP Malaysia.
Required Skills and Experience
Skills and Experience Required:
Documents to be included when submitting proposals:
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
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:
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.