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Individual Contract – Permaculture International Consultant
|Location :||Maseru, LESOTHO|
|Application Deadline :||27-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||17 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||17 months|
Climate change – including rising temperatures and a greater frequency of droughts and extreme rain events – is negatively affecting local communities living in rural parts of Lesotho. The fragile mountain ecosystems of Lesotho provide a range of benefits that increase the resilience of such communities to climate change. These include regulating services such as storing and retaining water as well as mitigating floods. However, these ecosystems are characterised by widespread degradation as a result of unsustainable land management and exploitation of natural resources. The symptoms of this ecosystem degradation in Lesotho include loss of vegetative cover and extreme soil erosion. Such symptoms reduce the capacity of these ecosystems to protect vulnerable communities from the increasingly negative impacts of climate change that are threatening their livelihoods.
The Government of Lesotho does not at present have appropriate policies and sector specific strategies in place to adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. For example, ongoing initiatives related to addressing ecosystem degradation currently do not take into account climate change-related risks and the need for both adaptation and mitigation. Furthermore, the capacity of Lesotho’s line ministries and various socio-economic sectors to plan and implement appropriate climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions is hindered by the limited availability of technical skills, up-to-date climate information and best-practice examples to inform the design of locally appropriate adaptation and mitigation measures.
The preferred solution to the climate change problem facing Lesotho is to strengthen the resilience of climate-vulnerable communities by: i) enhancing the capacity of government institutions and local communities to mainstream climate change risks into policies, plans and programmes; ii) implementing climate-smart ecosystem rehabilitation and management measures using a community/household based approach; and iii) establishing a system for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of various approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation to inform a process of adaptive management.
In response to above-mentioned challenge and solutions, the Government of Lesotho and the UNDP Country Office Lesotho are currently implementing a five year (2015-2020) GEF-financed project “Reducing vulnerability from climate change in the Foothills, lower Lowlands and the lower Senqu River Basin” in Lithipeng, Khoelenya and Thaba Mokhele Community Councils areas of Mohale’s Hoek District. The Objective of the project is to mainstream climate risk considerations into the Land Rehabilitation Programme of Lesotho for improved ecosystem resilience and reduced vulnerability of livelihoods to climate shocks. The project is supporting the integration of climate change adaptation and mitigation into national and sub-national land use planning and decision-making.
Project Goal, Objective and Outcomes
The project Goal is to ensure that by 2020 Lesotho adopts environmental management practices that promote a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy and society, sustainably manages natural resources and reduces vulnerability to disasters.
The project Objective is to mainstream climate risk considerations into the Land Rehabilitation Programme of Lesotho for improved ecosystem resilience and reduced vulnerability of livelihoods to climate shocks.
There are five project Outcomes, which are intended to achieve the project Objective, as follows:
Progress towards building permaculture capacity and integrating this into community-based food production in the project community council areas.
In terms of addressing food security the project is providing support to communities in the form of quantities of a variety of seeds for planting, shade cloth, plastic and related structural material for the construction of green/shade houses, the provision of solar-driers for dehydrating fruit and the establishment of 14 Farmer Field Schools for capacity building. Community engagement with the project is on a voluntary basis and the provision of the items listed here are as incentives for participation in Land Rehabilitation Programmes.
Although the growing of food is happening at many of the sites within the project area, this is happening in the absence of any permaculture principles and practice. It is also the case that permaculture principles and practice have not been addressed with any of the training that has been provided to either technical staff of the relevant Ministries and/or the participating community members.
The RVCC project seeks to appoint an experienced National and/or International Consultant/s to train approximately 30 technical staff / NGO staff and 50 - 75 lead farmers / and teachers representing the 27 schools in the project area in the growing of food according to permaculture principles and practice to catalyse achievement of Project Outcomes i.e.:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work
Under the overall supervision of the RVCC Project Coordinator and in collaboration with project Chief Technical Advisor and Field Facilitators, the national/international consultant will organize, lead and facilitate the training of 30 technical staff / NGO staff and 50 - 75 lead farmers / and teachers representing the 27 schools in the principles and practice of permaculture for small scale growers and food security at the household and community levels. This training will take the form of formal lectures and workshops, as well as practical application in the development of demonstration gardens in each of the 15 Electoral Divisions in the three Community Council areas in the District of Mohale’s Hoek. This work must link and integrate with the Farmer Field Schools that have been established. In particular the consultant will undertake the following
Core values to subscribe to:
Required Skills and Experience
How to apply:
Detailed Terms of Reference(TORs) and Submission documents are available on UNDP ATLAS e-Tendering system” (https://etendering.partneragencies.org) UNDP/LSO10/Event ID: 0000004644.
In order to access instructions on how to submit your offter through the UNDP eTendenring system, please access the following on UNDP Procurement Notice site: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=60151
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.