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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 :||English|
|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:
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 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.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Management and Leadership:
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in the field of environmental science/ environmental economics/economics/Biology/ Natural Sciences / Forestry or related field;
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
The consultant would be selected based on the following criteria:
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:
Proficiency in English with excellent writing skills in English.
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.
The following documents can be accessed by clicking the link:
General Conditions for Individual Contract-
Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) Assignment, including Financial Proposal
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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.