Biological / Environmental Science Technician (Greek Speaking)


Location : Nicosia, CYPRUS
Application Deadline :12-Apr-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months

Background

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) works to support the ongoing peace and confidence building process by promoting initiatives that encourage dialogue and cooperation between the communities of Cyprus.

The European Commission, as part of its support to confidence building measures, initiated a new "Support to the Bi-Communal Technical Committees Facility". This support facility will seek to enable cooperation and to build confidence with a view to contributing to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue.

The Bi-Communal Technical Committees were established by the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities under the auspices of the United Nations, to address issues that affect the day-to-day life of people, through encouraging and facilitating greater interaction and understanding between the two communities.

Technical Committee on Health is now implementing a bi-communal project for identification and distribution of vectors of medical importance in Cyprus. As part of the project, a surveillance network will be established with the aim to:

  • Identify mosquito vectors both native and invasive species at an island level focusing in regions at higher risk for disease transmission
  • Map mosquito distribution to prioritize regions for which enhanced measures should be taken to control the mosquito population to promote public health
  • Enhance capacity building of local communities to identify mosquitoes of medical significance and to perform surveillance programs
  • To increase public awareness on protection measures against mosquito bites

Within this context, UNDP is seeking two Biological / Environmental Science Technicians (1 Greek Speaking and 1 Turkish Speaking) to work jointly on a part time basis to support the Technical Committee with the establishment of the surveillance network in Cyprus.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Programme & Communications Analyst and in collaboration with the Scientists and Co- Chairs of the Technical Committee on Health, the Technician will carry out the followings:

  • Placement and collection of traps;
  • Preparation of samples for identification;
  • Preliminary morphological identification;
  • Preparation of samples for molecular identification;
  • Data entry and sustaining of database;
  • Ensuring basic laboratory and field equipment required for the purpose of this assignment is available and can be accessed with the technician’s own means.

Consultant and the supervisor will mutually agree on the timeframe for each deliverable / output at the initial phase of the project.

Deliverables / Outputs

  • Deliverable/output 1: Setting up and collection of traps
  • Deliverable /output 2: Preparation of samples for analysis
  • Deliverable /output 3: Data entry and sustaining of database


Competencies

Professionalism

  • Shows pride in work and in achievements.
  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
  • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
  • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Communication

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
  • Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & Organizing

  • Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work.
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning.
  • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.
  • Uses time efficiently.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences or equivalent

Experience:

  • At least 1 year of work experience and/or research experience in entomological surveillance, including but not limited to:
    • experience in performing field work for identifying mosquito breeding sites or sites suitable for placing traps,
    • placing and collecting traps for eggs and adults, including performing human landing catch,
    • evaluating larval breeding sites,
    • archiving and storing samples,
    • morphologically identifying specimens to the genus/species level,
    • basic knowledge of main steps for genetic identification of specimens,
    • basic knowledge of geographic information systems and use of applications for maping breeding sites.

The followings will be considered as assets:

  • Work experience in Cyprus
  • Knowledge of the Cyprus context
  • Experience in working in bi-communal projects
  • Having published relevant publication(s)

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English
  • Working knowledge of Greek language

Other requirements: 

  • Access to required laboratory equipment
  • Valid driving license
  • Ability and willingness to travel island wide

 

Application:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

Applicants are requested to submit financial proposal in euro for the group of outputs listed below which should be detailed as follows:

  • Output 1 per this ToR.
  • Outputs 2 and 3 as per this ToR.

The financial proposal shall cover all expenditures including fees, health insurance, vaccination, international (all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel) or local travel (place of residence to office and office to place of residence), cost of living and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services. Leave benefits (annual, sick, paternity, maternity) are not applicable to Individual Contractors and absent days including weekends and office holidays are not payable.

 

Output/Deliverable

Financial offer (in Euro)

  • Deliverable 1: Setting up and collection of traps

 

  • Deliverable 2: Preparation of samples for analysis
  • Deliverable 3: Data entry and sustaining of database

 

 

Total financial proposal in Euro

 

 

Logistics of the Assignment:

The Consultant shall arrange her/his own local travel. Cost of transportation to and from the field (location of traps) should be excluded from the financial proposal. Please note that consultants will need to provide their own laptop and other relevant equipment for working purposes.

Evaluation / Selection Process

All applicants will be screened against qualifications set above. Candidates fully meeting the requirements will be further evaluated based on the criteria below.

Technical Criteria (CV review and interviews/desk review) – 70% of total evaluation– max. 70 points

CV review: 20 points:

  • Educational qualification as defined in the ToR                (10 points)
  • Experience as defined in the ToR                                     (10 points)

Only candidates who obtained at least 70% of points from the CV review (who will score at least 14 points) will be eligible to be invited for an interview/desk review.

Interview/Desk review: 50 points

  • Relevant work experience and/or research experience (15 points)        
  • Work experience in Cyprus                                            (15 points)                        
  • Knowledge of the Cyprus context                                  (12 points)      
  • Experience in bi-communal projects                              (4 points)        
  • Having published relevant publication(s)                       (4 points)

Only those individual consultants who obtained at least 70% of points from the CV review and Interview/desk review (49 out of 70) will be considered for financial proposal evaluation.

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points.

Financial scores will be calculated using the formula [lowest offer / financial offer of the candidate x 30].

UNDP applies the “Best value for money approach” – the final selection will be based on the combination of the applicants’ qualification and financial proposal.

Payment Term:

Payments shall be made in two installments upon the submission of the certification of payment form and the completion and approval of the two sets of outputs (output 1 and output 2 and 3) by UNDP.


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.


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