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Customising OECMs Methodology to Eswatini Context
|Location :||Mbabane, SWAZILAND|
|Application Deadline :||28-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||30 working days (spread over two months)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 working days (spread over two months)|
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.
ESwatini’s formal Protected Areas (PAs) cover approximately 4% of the country’s total land area and are relatively rich in biodiversity with their share of endemism as represented in various ecosystems. Furthermore, the country has set targets for the conservation of its ecosystems and species in line with the National Development Strategy (Vision 2022) and other international targets such as the Aichi Targets under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity. While some of the critical ecosystems and species are found in existing PAs, some are found in areas where they are prone to unstainable utilization and overexploitation of resources, thereby threatening livelihoods and impeding sustainable development. The SNPAS Project has been organised around three components: (i) knowledge-based platform operationalised at the national, regional and community levels to address current and emerging threats to PAs and biodiversity conservation; (ii) Expansion of PA network, and (iii) strengthening PA functioning through improved conservation management and operational support for existing and new PAs, including both formal and informal.
The Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2010-2020 calls for Parties to the CBD that by 2020 they achieve at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services. These should be conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures and be integrated into the wider landscape. An opportunity now exists to further strengthen landscape protection areas through designing and recognising the interconnected sustainable networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs). Therefore, the Government Authority “ENTC” requires to be capacitated on how it can customise the step-by-step methodology for identifying, reporting, recognising, and supporting OECMs. Accordingly, the services of a national consultant (NC) is being sought to compliment an international consultant and facilitate the process for Customising OECMs Methodology to Eswatini Context and for mainstreaming OECM in other land uses where conservation is secondary.
To customise the generated guidelines of OECMs for use by ENTC in reporting areas that qualify as OECMs to UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre to be uploaded to the World Database on OECMs.
To increase national protected area through valuation of informal conservation areas where conservation is secondary in order to make an important contribution towards achieving Aichi Target 11.
Duties and Responsibilities
Working under the guidance of the Eswatini National Trust Commission (ENTC), PMU, Project Technical Committee (PTC); the National Consultant will work with the international consultant and perform the following tasks:
Impact of Results:
Submission of comprehensive methods and processes to be used for the UNCBD OECMs guidelines. This should highlight the following;
Financial proposal, and Credentials for consultant.
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of Applications:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
1. Technical Proposal:
(i) Explaining why candidate is the most suitable for the work (experience, knowledge)
(ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work
2. Financial proposal:
(i) All costs including fees and expected travel days to the project sites
3. Personal P11 form/CV including experience in similar projects and at least 3 references.
P11 Form Link found here: https://un.org.sz/p11/P11.docx
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
* Technical Criteria weight- 70%
* Financial Criteria weight- 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.