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Consultant to undertake Analysis of Ecosystem Services Values and a Costs and Benefits Analysis of Production Systems within the Dry Dipterocarp Forest Landscape (Lao Nationality only)
|Location :||Home-Based & 5 districts in Savannakhet, LAO PDR|
|Application Deadline :||25-Oct-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 :||October 2019 - December 2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||50 working days|
The SAFE Ecosystems Project
The UNDP-GEF Sustainable Forest and Land Management in the Dry Dipterocarp Forest Ecosystems of Southern Lao PDR Project (SAFE Ecosystems Project) aims to support the government of Lao PDR to facilitate a transformative shift towards sustainable land and forest management in the forested landscape of Savannakhet Province. This sustainable management will help to secure critical wildlife habitats, conserve biodiversity and maintain a continuous flow of multiple services such as the provision of quality water and flood prevention. The project will be implemented over a period of six-years from May 2016 to May 2022 by the Department of Forestry (DOF) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
The Dry Dipterocarp Forest (DDF) ecosystems located in Savannakhet Province are recognized for being globally important as habitat for a number of globally significant and threatened species, and nationally important for their provision of numerous ecosystem services that benefit the people of Lao PDR. In recent decades, DDF ecosystems and the species within them have come under increasing threat from large-scale conversion of forest, degradation of forest ecosystem services, and species loss.
Recognizing their global and national importance, the Government of Lao PDR (GoL) has prioritized the conservation and sustainable management of the Dry Dipterocarp Forests landscape of Savannakhet province. As a measure of the GoL’s commitment to the DDF landscape, it has selected this area to be the site of the newest National Protected Area in the country, and as a demonstration site for testing the implementation of new national policies and processes related to Strategic Environmental Assessment, Integrated Spatial Planning, and High Conservation Value Forests. The GoL has also identified this landscape as suitable for the development and implementation of innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable forest management and protected area management, as well as community participation in protected areas management, ecotourism programs, and livelihoods programs linked to conservation outcomes through formal Conservation Agreement mechanisms.
This SAFE Ecosystems Project will seek to strengthen land and resource use planning capacities and procedures, and the policies and regulations that govern them, while simultaneously expanding and strengthening the management of resources on the ground by government agencies, local communities and private sector actors. Furthermore, the project is developing innovative financing mechanisms and programs (including ecotourism and livelihoods programs) that can ensure the sustainability of improved land use and resource management approaches.
Increased and More Strategic Funding for Sustainable Forest Management
The project will undertake a suite of activities to increase the funding amounts and sources for sustainable forest management in Savannakhet Province, and to ensure that the allocation / use of such funds is targeted towards the highest priority and cost-effective actions. Project activities on SFM financing will encompass strategies for all forest areas in the province, including Protection and Conservation forests as well as Production Forests and village forests in unclassified lands.
A key project activity will be to undertake an analysis of ecosystem services values in the Dry Dipterocarp Forest landscape and a related costs and benefits analysis of different production systems and SFM practices as they relate to economic productivity, ecosystem functioning and livelihoods. Financing for a range of management activities and interventions in the landscape mainly depend on central government allocations and donor funding for the foreseeable future; valuation and cost/benefit analyses can build the case for such funding allocations by showing how given levels of investment may generate substantial economic benefits that otherwise are not sustained by market dynamics. The following ecosystem services in the DDF landscape have been identified as likely candidates for valuation during the project:
Critical inputs for analysis and valuation of ecosystem services will need to include the extent of various land cover types (linked to ecosystem stocks, particularly of various provisioning services) and spatial relationships between them (linked to ecosystem service flows, as in the case of watershed services or core protected zones serving as reservoirs for animals hunted elsewhere). Therefore, the project will utilize mapping and modelling tools to complete this activity.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under supervision of the UNDP Technical Specialist and the SAFE Ecosystems Project National Project Director supported by the Project Manager and Assistant Project Manager, the National Independent Consultant/Expert will be required to undertake the following duties:
Expected Results and Deliverables
Output 1: An Inception Report including a methodology and workplan to be developed within one week after signing of the contract.
Output 2: Submission of a First Report based on Activities 1-5 of the Scope of Work detailing the following:
Output 3: Submission of a Second Report based on Activities 6-8 of the Scope of Work detailing the following:
Output 4: Facilitation of a Final Workshop and submission of the Final Report based on Activity 9 of the Scope of Work, as well as detailing all findings and make recommendations on ecosystem services valuation and analysis:
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum of 5 years (Master Degree), or 7 years (Bachelor Degree) working experience in areas related to Economics, Environmental Economics, Ecosystem Services, GIS, or other relevant studies.
Requirements for submission of proposals:
All interested and qualified International Independent Consultants should apply on-line using the following links:
In order to make submission please read the attached relevant documents which are also available on our web-site here http://www.la.undp.org/content/lao_pdr/en/home/operations/jobs/:
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
(i) Explaining why you are the most suitable for the work;
(ii) Providing a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work including the work schedule for the delivery of outputs/deliverable;
(iii) CV of education and work experience, including past experience in similar projects and contact references of at least 3 references for whom you have rendered preferably the similar services;
2. Financial proposal:
Note: 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 monthly outputs, 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 (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. UNDP accept travel costs not exceeding of an economy class air ticket.
Instructions for on-line submissions:
Incomplete proposals or proposals received after the deadline will be rejected.
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.