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Consultant to support MEPA in institutional development of the newly established LEPL National Sustainable Land Management and Land Use Monitoring Agency
|Location :||Home-based, with up to two missions (15 days) to Tbilisi, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||31-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 60 working days during a four-month period|
Until 2004, land registration was carried out annually in Georgia, compartmentalizing the land according to designation/categories, property types and characteristics of the quantitative and qualitative status of land resources. The national land balance (document reflecting the quantitative-qualitative status of land resources) was approved by the Government of Georgia (GoG) and recommendations for rational land use were issued. Land Inventory was carried out by the local and central government through strictly defined and distributed competences/functions based on legislations. But the whole process was organizationally supported by the state department of land management.
AnchorIn 2004, as a result of the institutional reform carried out by the GoG, the state department of land management was abolished - a key institution in the coordination process of land inventory and land balance production. Out of all the department’s functions, only those related to the rights of land registration and land rights cadaster functions were transferred to the LEPL National Agency of Public Registry (NAPR). No other government agencies were responsible on conducting activities targeted on the accounting of land actual use and based on the results, land balance production. Accordingly, in 2004 agricultural land registration and balance production were ceased in Georgia.
Presently, reliable information related to the land management is unavailable in the country. The largest part of the land fund is not registered by NAPR and it is unknown what part of land belongs to the state and or the private owner. Accordingly, the government cannot set boundaries of state-owned land plots or already privatized one. Moreover, MEPA does not have the actual data of agricultural and arable land fund, pastures, etc. Providing comprehensive and up-to-date information on the state of land resources in the country is a prerequisite for land market development, rational land use and defining land policy.
Taking the current challenges into consideration, in 2019 the Parliament of Georgia has adopted a revised land legislation (https://matsne.gov.ge/ka/document/view/4596113?publication=0) Law of Georgia on “target land designation and sustainable management of agricultural land”, initiating the resumption of the land inventory process ceased in 2004. According to the new law, the LEPL National Agency for Sustainable Land Management and Land Use Monitoring will be established under MEPA and will start operation from 1st January, 2020. The agency will be responsible for the registration of agricultural land resources, production of land balance, creation of an integrated database, etc.
Due to the many years of interruption in this field, the country is facing the lack of experienced or qualified human resources in land management field. Moreover, the Ministry and the newly established Agency should consider the new methodologies and technological approaches for land registration and land balance production.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia has approached UNDP Governance Reform Fund (GRF) to seek its support in providing an international consultant to assist in institutional development of the newly established LEPL National Sustainable Land Management and Land Use Monitoring Agency. A fundamental aspect of this consultancy is to define the Agency’s structure and functional model that considers both good international practices in sustainable land management and, at the same time, the country’s current situation of land use.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the consultancy is to provide support to MEPA to develop the capacity and elaborate institutional structure of the LEPL National Sustainable Land Management and Land Use Monitoring Agency. The aim of the initiative is to assist the Agency in effectively implementing the requirements prescribed by the new legislation. In doing so, the consultant is requested to use modern technologies, methodologies and best international practices. The scope of work for the consultant will include, but may not be limited to:
Deliverables and payment modality:
The payment schedule is given below and will be made upon competition, submission and approval of deliverables by the supervisor:
The International Consultant will work under the overall supervision of GRF Project Manager and the direct supervision of the GRF Environmental Coordinator. The expert will have close working relations with representatives of MEPA during the process of developing the documents with the aim of ensuring the overall vision and priorities of the Government of Georgia (GoG) are taken into consideration. The service provider will be directly responsible to, reporting to, seeking approval from, and obtaining certificate of acceptance of outputs from the above-mentioned institutions. In addition, the respective GRF team will be responsible for sharing relevant documents, contact details and other necessary information with the service provider.
Leadership and Self-Management skills:
Required Skills and Experience
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis method: Offerors will be evaluated against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria equals to 70 and for financial criteria – to 30. Offerors that do not meet Minimum Qualification Criteria will be automatically rejected, while the rest will form up the long list. The offerors who obtain minimum 35 points as a result of the desk review will be invited for the interview. Offerors who pass 70% threshold, i.e. obtain minimum 14 points, as a result of the interview will be requested the financial proposal.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the ToR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount. Maximum 30 points will be assigned to the lowest price offer. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion): Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal as well.
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.