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Individual Consultant-Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services
|Location :||New Delhi, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||17-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|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 :||9 Month (70 working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 February 2020 till 31 October 2020|
The Project “Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services” has been established to advance the knowledge agenda on environmental-economic accounting, in particular ecosystem accounting, by initiating pilot testing of the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in five strategic partner countries to the European Union (EU), namely Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa. The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity are the implementing agencies of the project “Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services. This project is funded by the European Union.
The objective of the project is threefold: (a) improving the measurement of ecosystems and their services (both in physical and monetary terms) at the (sub)national level; and (b) mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystems in (sub)national level policy-planning and implementation; (c) contributing to the development of internationally agreed methodology and its use in partner countries. The project was launched in India in 2017 with MOSPI as nodal agency. A number of ecosystem accounts have already been compiled at the national level which have been published in 2018 and 2019, with additional accounts being compiled. In parallel, a pilot is being conducted in Karnataka State.
UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities of the consultant will entail conducting a policy assessment and drafting a national plan for implementing Natural Capital Accounts in India, based on the progress made so far in the NCAVES and related projects, and taking stock of national circumstances and priorities.
a. Work with the TEEB communications officer, UN Environment and the United Nations Statistics Division communications focal point to develop and disseminate outreach materials (e.g. brochures; one-pagers) tailored to a policy audience.
b. Determine options for dissemination of results of the project, including identification of key meetings, events, persons and institutions which ought to receive information about the findings.
c. Identify and interact with experts for project activities and deliverables
d. Assist with the organization of a national forum to disseminate the results of the NCAVES project that is expected to take place in July-August 2020. The roadmap will be presented and discussed during the National Forum.
Required Skills and Experience
Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably with a specialization in environmental management, law, social anthropology, environment and development, sustainable development, agricultural economics, or related fields is required. A first level degree in combination with 5 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required.
Expected Outputs, delivery dates and payment terms
Total cost of the assignment is $14000 which will be paid as follows:
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Submission of Proposal:
CV with three reference
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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.