National Vineyards Establishment Expert


Location : Beirut, LEBANON
Application Deadline :26-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :30 working days spread over a period of 10 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 working days spread over a period of 10 months

Background

The UNDP Sustainable Land Management in the Qaraoun Catchment (SLMQ) Project aims at embedding sustainability considerations in land use planning and development activities in the Qaraoun Catchment.  The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Environment in Lebanon.  The project is intended to reshape land and natural resource management to (i) alleviate land degradation, (ii) maintain existing ecosystem services and (iii) improve livelihoods in the Qaraoun Catchment.

The project objectives will be achieved by developing institutional tools upstream at national level which will provide the Ministry of the Environment (MoE) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) as well as related agencies such as the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR), the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, the Bekaa Governorate, and District Administrations and Municipalities in the districts of Zahle, Rachaya, and West Bekaa with the know-how, means and mechanisms for promoting sustainable land use as in the best interest of the land owners, farmers and communities as well as the nation.

The implementation of the proposed project will have an immediate environmental benefit, through the increased management efficiency of arable land and rangelands and the expansion of the area under forests through land use plans, buffer zones, and riparian strips. It will also contribute to the restoration of natural productivity and conservation of the habitats of various plant and animal species and valuable ecosystems and will secure migratory bird pathways. 

It is in this context that the SLMQ project is seeking the services of an expert to support the project in the establishment of rainfed vineyards on degraded and/or abandoned terraces through the revival of old, local and multipurpose grape cultivars (Vitis vinifera L.) using modern cultivation techniques in combination with medicinal, aromatic and culinary plants in the districts of Zahle, Rashaya and West Bekaa.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

This assignment is expected to allow the project team to implement the rehabilitation of degraded terraces in various areas of the Bekaa to restore their agriculture potential following sustainable land management practices and taking into account economic opportunities identified for these areas. The consultant is also expected to promote best practices recommended for the establishment of such cultivations aiming at replicating the impact of the project.

This consultancy is divided into the following tasks:

-Task 1 – Assessment of pre-selected areas for rehabilitation

-Task 2 – Development of BoQs for the establishment of vineyards of selected sites

-Task 3 – Dissemination of best practices and technology transfer through targeted hands-on trainings

-Task 4 – Provide technical support during implementation

For additional information, please refer to ANNEX I – Terms of Reference


Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Proficiency in English and Arabic languages. French is an asset;

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrable analytical skills and report writing skills;
  • Excellent proven management and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.


Required Skills and Experience

I. Academic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering or closely related;

II. Years of experience:

  • At least 10 years of work experience on the preferred field of viticulture management and vineyard establishment in general

III. Technical experience:

  • Experience of working cooperatively with grapes producers;
  • Experience in working with government agencies (centrally and locally) is an asset;
  • Proven knowledge of the Bekaa vineyards ecosystems;
  • Experience with UN or international donor project(s) is an asset

 

How to apply:
The consultancy is open for all national consultants who meet the selection criteria and propose a competitive fee. Interested consultants are requested to apply only through this UNDP jobs portal.
Submissions through any other media will not be considered.
The application must include all of the following documents:


1. P11,
2. Technical Proposal,
3. Annex 3 (Offerors Letter) and
4. Financial proposal

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