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 :18-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :1d 0h 12m
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


Background

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:

  • Desk review of the legislation, general situation, current practice and competences of different state institutions in land management process;  
  • Facilitate the inception workshop with participation of key stakeholders (the relevant governmental institutions, independent experts, non-governmental organizations, academia, associations). Provide additional independent consultations with stakeholders, if applicable;
  • Analyse findings and recommendations gathered during the desk review and consultations and present them to MEPA and the Agency;
  • Study the international good practices on modern approaches and methodologies of land management methods, land-use monitoring, land inventory and land information systems; The selection criteria and number of countries will be agreed on inception phase/workshop;
  • Prepare land management and land use monitoring concept paper for the Agency, which should cover:
    • Review and analyses of land governance in Georgia, involved stakeholders, distribution of competences, main gaps, obstacles and risk factors; 
    • Analyses of land management systems, government structures and their competencies internationally in selected countries;
    • Based on above listed studies, prepare recommendations for the Government of Georgia on the best applicable land management and land monitoring model or a combination of different models tailored to suit the Georgian context (the recommendations should be followed by the implementation time-frames, work plan and raw financial estimates);
    • Develop the action plan/time-frame for the implementation of the recommendations;
  • Elaborate institutional setting for the newly established Agency, which will include a tentative structure of the Agency, internal distribution of functions, assessment of required staff, their competencies and task assignments;
  • Consult the Agency on establishment of remote sensing system, which will include evidence-based recommendations on using satellite imagery for land inventory and land-use monitoring;
  • Present the first draft of concept paper, institutional setting and recommendations on establishment of remote sensing system to MEPA and the Agency for comments and suggestions;
  • Present the Elaborated Documents to MEPA and the Agency;
  • Facilitate the workshop with key stakeholders to present the elaborated documents (concept paper, institutional setting, recommendations on establishment of remote sensing system overview of international practice);
  • Finalize the documents based on solicit feedback provided by MEPA, the Agency and stakeholders;
  • Prepare the final consultancy report covering all the activities undertaken, the completed accomplishment and recommendations for future implementation

Deliverables and payment modality:

The payment schedule is given below and will be made upon competition, submission and approval of deliverables by the supervisor:

  • Desk review report of the existing land governance practices (including workshop and consultation with stakeholders); Review of international good practice of land management methods, land-use monitoring, land inventory and land information systems: due by end of November 2019, 35% of the consultancy fee
  • First draft of land management and land use monitoring concept paper; First draft of institutional setting for the newly established Agency, including staffing composition; Elaborated recommendations on establishment of remote sensing system: due by end of January 2020, 35% of the consultancy fee
  • Presentation of the elaborated package of documents (concept paper, institutional setting and recommendations on establishment of remote sensing system) to MEPA; Workshop with key stakeholders to present the elaborated documents; Final draft of concept paper, institutional setting and recommendations on establishment of remote sensing system; Final consultancy report covering the activities undertaken, the completed accomplishment and recommendations for future implementation: due by end of February 2020, 30% of consultancy fee

Management Arrangements:

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.


Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Understanding of the mandate and the role of UNDP would be an asset;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional competencies:

  • Strong communication and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated skills in drafting reports;
  • Ability to work under pressure with several tasks and various deadlines;
  • Actively generates creative, practical approaches and solutions to overcome challenging situations;
  • Excellent writing, presentation/public speaking skills;
  • A pro-active approach to problem-solving;
  • Computer literacy.

 Leadership and Self-Management skills:

  • Builds strong relationships with the working group and with the project partners; focuses on impact and results for the project partners and responds positively to feedback;
  • Cooperates with the working group effectively and demonstrates strong conflict resolution skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy, positivity and a constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong influencing and facilitation skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change, new ideas and ability to manage ambiguity;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates the ability to transfer knowledge and competencies;
  • Is able to work independently and hurdle competing priorities.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Land Governance (Land Management and Land Administration) or Social Sciences (focusing on Law or Public Policy) or Environmental study (minimum requirement: Bachelor's - 9 points, Master's - additional 1 point).

Experience:

  • At least five years of hands-on experience supporting the governmental organizations in institutional arrangement related to land governance (minimum requirement: 5 years - 13 points, more than 5 years - additional 2 points);
  • At least five year of hands-on experience in elaboration the policy and strategic documents, policy analysis and consultancy of government reforms related to land management (minimum requirement: 5 years - 13 points, more than 5 years - additional 2 points);
  • Hands-on experience with government agencies and/or international organizations implementing or supporting the preparation of land management related information systems (5 points);
  • Knowledge of using the remote sensing method in land management and monitoring will be an asset;
  • Experience of working in Georgia and/or proven knowledge of the region’s context is an asset (5 points).

Language requirements:

  • Excellent English language skills (both written and oral).

Evaluation:

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.

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.


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