Individual Consultant - Technical

Location : Chennai, INDIA
Application Deadline :04-Jul-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 :Six months (max. of 22 days in a month)


Human survival and well-being depend upon biodiversity and healthy ecosystems and the goods and services they provide. India is one of the megadiverse countries in the world with over 47000 species of plants and over 1,00,000 species of animals. India’s economy and livelihoods of millions of people depend on preventing biodiversity loss and environmental degradation. The rich biological diversity is facing new challenges such as multiple-use landscapes, climate change, lack in technical and financial capacities to deal with emerging challenges of biodiversity conservation, its sustainable use, access and benefit sharing and biodiversity governance at local levels.

The GoI-UNDP SNRM project aims to help the Government of India meet its national and international obligations to address new and emerging challenges in the area of biodiversity conservation, governance and natural resource management.  The project also focusses on mainstreaming biodiversity into relevant sectoral plans and programmes of GoI and works towards developing new programmes in this area.

To address the global biodiversity loss, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recognizes the importance and need for new and additional financial resources. At the Eleventh meeting of Conference of Parties (CoP11) of CBD held in Hyderabad during India’s Presidency of the CoP, the High Level Panel set up by the CBD on Global Assessment of Resources, found that the global investment required to implement CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 would cost between US$ 150 to US $ 440 billion annually.

Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), a UNDP’s global programme, seeks to address the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner. BIOFIN was launched in India in May 2015. BIOFIN  provides an innovative methodology for countries to measure their current biodiversity expenditures, assess their financial needs for biodiversity conservation in the medium term and identify most suitable finance solutions to reduce their national biodiversity finance gaps.

BIOFIN in India is being led by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), hosted by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and managed by UNDP under the pillar of Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management.

BIOFIN provides a systematic and flexible approach to identify and mobilize the financial resources needed for implementing the National Biodiversity Action Plan and making progress towards achieving the NBTs. BIOFIN, is expected to further enhance awareness and sensitize about significance of biodiversity in development sectors, thereby, inter alia leveraging existing resources to contribute more towards biodiversity, and reducing the financial gap in achieving the National Biodiversity Targets  (NBTs). BIOFIN in India is being implemented at the National level and is being piloted in three states-Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Based on the assessments made in Phase I of BIOFIN in India the funding gap for implementing the National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP)have been assessed and a Biodiversity Finance Plan have been developed including a mix of potential finance solutions for reducing the funding gap for implementing the NBAP. The Biodiversity Finance Plan (BFP) presents a coherent and comprehensive national approach to biodiversity finance that encompasses a full suite of finance solutions, well beyond the mobilization of new and additional resources, engaging the public sector, private sector, and civil society.  The BFP proposes steps to implement a mix of finance solutions in order to expand and improve the country’s biodiversity finance and achieve national biodiversity targets.

Currently India has entered in Phase II of BIOFIN and will be implementing some of the prioritized financial solutions for addressing the funding gap in key action areas of NBAP. The National Biodiversity Authority continues to be the National Host Institution for BIOFIN Phase II in India.

The three financial solutions identified to be demonstrated in Phase II of BIOFIN includes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture and Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS).

Under the SNRM project another key component is the implementation of UNDP-GEF project entitled “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol”. This is a Global project which aims at assisting 24 countries in development and strengthening of their national Access and Benefit Sharing frameworks, human resources and administrative capabilities to implement the Nagoya Protocol. Key components of the project includes a) Strengthening the legal, policy and institutional capacity to develop national ABS frameworks; b) Building trust between users and providers of genetic resources to facilitate the identification of bio-discovery efforts; c) Strengthening the capacity of indigenous and local communities to contribute to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol; d) Creation of a global community of practice on ABS based on a dynamic South – South cooperation.

In India, the project is anchored in the National Biodiversity Authority. The Global ABS project in India focusses on enhancing capacities of academic and research institutions in the public and private sector accessing genetic resources to pursue research and transfer of technology to better understand the legal provisions and guidelines related to access and benefit sharing.

Based on this background, under the GoI-UNDP SNRM project UNDP seeks to engage a Consultant to support the National Biodiversity Authority in successful implementation of two key components of GoI-UNDP SNRM project, including BIOFIN and Global ABS project.

Duties and Responsibilities

In this role, the Consultant will be responsible for execution of the following activities:

The consultant will support the Secretary NBA and Chairman, NBA, Chennai; and the Head, Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity, UNDP India, in the following:

  • Planning, implementing and monitoring  of the BIOFIN project and its various components in close collaboration with the National Biodiversity Authority, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and UNDP India ;
  • Ensuring coordination with various institutions/individual consultants and experts engaged under the project on data and information sharing, timely implementation of activities and submission of deliverables with quality assurance;
  • Development of knowledge projects, relevant policy papers and communication outreach material to facilitate knowledge sharing on BIOFIN and Global ABS project as well as preparation of relevant training manuals for  its integration in curriculum of relevant institutions, for ex: Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration/ National Institute of Rural Development/Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS);
  • Establishing linkages with other related and relevant programmes and projects of NBA and liaise with other relevant ministry/ministries on behalf of the Ministry and NBA, to support in effective implementation of project and to achieve desired results;
  • Assisting in various programme related activities which may include (but not limited to) planning for meetings, local and national consultations, trips and other project related activities, as assigned by the authorities;
  • Regular coordination with Secretary NBA and Chairman NBA for facilitating project implementation, file management, organisation for meetings and interactions with relevant stakeholders for implementation of BIOFIN Phase II in India;
  • Support the Senior Technical Consultant (BIOFIN) to ensure timely completion of project activities and achievement of desired results;
  • In consultation with the select State Biodiversity Boards, National Biodiversity Authority, MoEFCC, UNDP and relevant technical experts etc. support the Senior Technical Consultant BIOFIN-India, in implementation of the financial solution on Access and Benefit Sharing;
  • In consultation with NBA and UNDP, facilitate in establishment of a NBAP implementation committee in NBA;
  • Facilitate data flow emerging from BIOFIN project into national reporting requirements on biodiversity conservation including National Reports and reports on ‘Resource Mobilisation for biodiversity conservation’ to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Secretariat;
  • Drafting communications, letters, concept notes, Terms of Reference etc. to support the authorities;
  • Supervising the work of team members or consultants, as may be recruited under the BIOFIN;
  • For the GoI-UNDP global ABS project, coordinate with the National Law School of India University on behalf of NBA & UNDP to ensure timely completion of all tasks assigned including handbook on ABS, guidebook on ethical code of conduct and monitoring guidelines. Do regular monitoring of institutions and consultants and ensure effective implementation of the project;
  • Set up and moderate the national electronic network on Access and Benefit Sharing and also contribute to the global CoP on ABS (electronic network);
  • Identify, engage and manage interns to support in research, documentation, organisation of events etc.;
  • Apart from the above, the consultant will also be required to execute duties assigned under the GoI-UNDP Strengthening Natural Resource Management Project, other donor funded projects and any other tasks assigned by the Chairman and Secretary, NBA, and the Head, Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity, UNDP India.

Deliverables: Payments will be done after satisfactory completion of tasks and against submission of deliverables as per the following schedule of payments and after necessary approval from the Head NRM & Biodiversity UNDP (India) and competent authority in the National Biodiversity Authority.



Duration from signing of contract

% payment of the contract amount


Inception Report and work Plan

10 days

20 %


Submission of 3 final CSR proposals after its submission by the National Biodiversity Authority to identified corporates to demonstrate CSR as a financial solution to fill the finance gap for NBAP implementation.

1.5 months



Submission of handbook on ABS under GoI-UNDP global ABS project

Submission of guidebook on ethical code of conduct and monitoring guidelines under GoI-UNDP global ABS project

2 months



Submission of a robust and approved methodology for assessing the ABS potential for the country flowing from the study of notices issued by select State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) and the responses received on ABS in two SBBs (Kerala and Uttarakhand)

4 months



Submission of training manual related to biodiversity finance after its integration in curriculum of at least one of the institution namely LBSNAA, CIPS/ASCI, NAARM.

Setting up of the national electronic network on Access and Benefit Sharing


6 months


Duration of the Assignment

Six months (maximum of 22 days in a month during the contract period).


The assignment will be based in National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai. It will include travel to project sites and may also require travel to UNDP Country Office in New Delhi.

Kindly note: Only outstation travel with prior approval, boarding & lodging expense will be reimbursed as per actuals in line with UNDP rules.


Functional Competencies:    

Technical Knowledge:

  • Sound understanding of the technical aspects of the functioning of the National Biodiversity Authority especially in the area of Conservation, sustainable use of biological resource and fair equitable sharing of benefits of use;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of various technical and expert committees formed under NBA to support the implementation of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002;

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Promotes knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in the area of professional discipline and job knowledge, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
  • Demonstrates competent analytical and presentation skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to facilitate strategic planning and reporting;
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office-Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Intra-Internet, e-mail applications etc. Knowledge of other applications such as Front Page, Publisher and some multimedia tools would be useful.

Management and Leadership:

  • Focuses on expected impact and results and responds positively to feedback;
  • Promotes teamwork and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with stakeholders and external actors;
  • High interpersonal skills, and ability to remain calm, in control and good humoured under pressure;
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and requirements, and multitask as needed;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates skills to liaise with varied government stakeholders and report to senior government officials.

Communication Skills

  • Excellent oral and writing and communication skills;
  • Sound analytical and presentation skills;
  • Good interpersonal and presentation skills, with an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment. 

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualification: 

Master’s degree in the field of environmental science/ environmental economics/economics/Biology/ Natural Sciences / Forestry or related field;  


  • At least 10 years of work experience in relevant field;
  • Minimum five years of experience of working with an institution preferably in Central Government would be an advantage.  Experience of working with National Biodiversity Authority would be desirable;
  • Experience of providing inputs to the preparation of reports preferably  of  relevant Central &/ or State Government  committees would be an advantage;
  • Experience of engaging with a range of stakeholders such as government agencies, donors, industry and scientist;
  • Experience of working in the area of biodiversity finance and/or national reporting on resource mobilisation for biodiversity would be an advantage;
  • Proven experience of good research writing will be desirable;
  • Experience in organizing training and capacity building programmes and knowledge products in relevant thematic area will be desirable.

Evaluation Method and Criteria:

The consultant would be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Technical: 70 points
  • Financial: 30 points

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Criteria for Technical Evaluation would be as under:

  • Educational Qualification - 20 Marks;
  • Relevant Experience - 35 Marks;
  • Suitability for the assignment - 15 Marks.

Language Requirements:  

Proficiency in English with excellent writing skills in English.

Reporting requirements:    

The Consultant will report to the Head, Natural Resource Management & Biodiversity, UNDP.

Documents to be submitted:

Offeror letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor Assignment;

Updated Curriculum Vitae including experience in similar projects, name / contact details of 3 referees;

A financial proposal indicating all-inclusive per day consultancy rate, excluding travel expenses.  All outstationtravel will be arranged and borne by UNDP  following UNDP’s rules and regulations or will be reimbursed on submission of F10 on the most direct and economical route.

All the above documents should be clubbed in one pdf file before uploading as the system will accept only one attachment.


  • Any kind of miscellaneous charges i.e. internet, phone etc. would not be reimbursed;
  • Individuals working with institutions may also apply, contract would be issued in the name of institution for the specific services of individual;
  • Please note proposals without financial proposal will not be considered;
  • All the documents should be clubbed in one file (pdf) for uploading;
  • Consultants must bring his/her own computing equipment.

The following documents can be accessed by clicking the link:

General Conditions for Individual Contract- /docs/procurement/UNDP%20General%20Conditions%20for%20Individual%20Contracts.pdf

Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) Assignment, including Financial Proposal

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