GEF Tracking Tools and Financial Scorecard Update Consultant


Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :09-Sep-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)
21-Sep-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :21 September until 10 November 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 15 working days

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.


Background

As of one of Thailand’s most important biodiversity areas, the Huai Kha Khaeng-Thung Yai Naresuan (HKK-TY) World Heritage Site (WHS) consists of three contiguous protected areas -  the Huai Kha Khang (HKK) Wildlife Sanctuary (HKK); the Thung Yai Naresuan East (TYE) Wildlife Sanctaury; and the Thung Yai Naresuan West (TYW) Wildlife Sanctuary. This Protected Area is considered by the Government of Thailand (GoT) as a critical tiger conservation landscape in Thailand.

The most significant threats to tigers survival in and around the Huay Kha Kaeng – Tung Yai Naresuan World Heritage Site (HKK-TYN WHS) includes: i) habitat degradation and fragmentation; ii) poaching of the prey that tigers depend on; and iii) poaching of the tigers themselves. These threats are further exacerbated by limited capacity and insufficient resources to effectively plan and administer the wildlife sanctuaries, and limited working relationship with enclave and buffer communities.

The long-term solution sought by the Government of Thailand for the HKK-TYN WHS is characterised by: (i) legally secure and effectively demarcated Wildlife Sanctuaries that are configured to ensure that forest habitats and forest species can persist in the wild; (ii) a mandated and fully accountable management institution that is responsible for the efficient and cost-effective management of these Wildlife Sanctuaries; (iii) individual Wildlife Sanctuaries that are sufficiently staffed, adequately resourced and sustainably funded to achieve their defined management objectives; and (iv) villages located in and around the Wildlife Sanctuaries in which communities are able to live in harmony with, and can sustainably utilise, the unique natural resources of the area.

 

The Strengthening Capacity and Incentives for Wildlife Conservation in the Western Forest Complex Project is financially supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project objective is to improve management effectiveness and sustainable financing for Huai Kha Khaeng-Thung Yai Naresuan (HKK-TYN) World Heritage Site. It will also develop and implement mechanisms to incentivise surrounding communities living in an around the HKK-TY to better protect the biodiversity of the World Heritage Site and to adopt more sustainable land use and creative management practises in the adjacent buffer areas.

 

The core project site is the Huai Kha Khaeng-Thung Yai Naresuan World Heritage Site (HKK-TYN WHS). The WHS is comprised of the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary (HKK) and two adjoining Wildlife Sanctuaries - Thung Yai Naresuan East (TYE) and Thung Yai Naresuan West (TYW). There are 14 formally recognised enclave villages located within the TYW (7 villages) and TYE (7 villages). These enclave villages, and the 29 villages in a 5km buffer zone to the east of HKK, will be the focus of complementary project interventions.

 

Project activities in the core area will be directed towards strengthening and scaling up existing best-practice management activities, and developing and testing innovative approaches to enforcement and compliance, in the HKK-TYN WHS. It will strive to reduce the direct threats to tigers and prey, improve effectiveness of wildlife sanctuary management, and enhance the use of data and information to support key management decision-making.

 

The project has been organized into three components, and will be implemented over a period of five years (2015-2019).

 

The first Component of the project is directed towards strengthening and scaling up existing best-practice management activities, and developing and testing innovative approaches to enforcement and compliance, in the HKK-TYN WHS. It will strive to reduce the direct threats to tigers and prey, improve effectiveness of wildlife sanctuary management, and enhance the use of data and information to support key management decision-making.

 

The second Component of the project is focused on linking sustainable livelihood development in the enclave and buffer zone villages with specific conservation outcomes, and improving economic links between the buffer zone and enclave villages and the Wildlife Sanctuary. It will seek to achieve these linkages by promoting incentives (including technical support and grant funding for sustainable livelihoods initiatives, ecotourism development and piloting a Wildlife Premium financing) for community-based sustainable forest management, environmentally-friendly agricultural practices, nature-based tourism and education and improved wildlife and habitat protection.

The Third Component of the project is directed towards raising the awareness in communities living in and around the WHS of the need to conserve, and the importance of protecting, the forest landscapes and associated wildlife. With the iterative recognition in these communities of the intrinsic value of the forest habitats and wildlife, work under this component will assist in strengthening the representation of the buffer and enclave communities in each of the Wildlife Sanctuary’s Protected Area Committees (PACs). With improved community-based representation on the protected area governance, the project will assist in building the capacity (information, knowledge, skill) of each of the community representatives to assure a constructive and meaningful contribution to the co-management of the wildlife sanctuaries.

The total GEF-supported funding for this project is US$7,339,450, with the co-financing of US$24, 234,427 from the Thai counterparts.

The project implementation is led by the Department of National Parks Wildlife and Plants (DNP) and other key agencies including NGOs, in collaboration with UNDP.


Duties and Responsibilities

Objective

To update the GEF’s tracking tools (Climate Change, Biodiversity (BD SO1), and Sustainable Forest Management), Financial Scorecard, and UNDP Capacity Development Scorecard as well as finalizing the results frameworks changes.

 

Scope of Work

The Consultant will work in close coordination with the Project Manager, DNP, UNDP Programme Specialist of the Inclusive Green Growth and Sustainable Development Unit and UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisor of the project at UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, focusing on the followings:

  • Get briefing on GEF Tracking Tools, Financial Scorecard, and UNDP Capacity Development Scorecard from Project Manager and Programme Team of UNDP Thailand, as well as the Regional Technical Advisor of the Project at UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub;
  • In consultation with DNP and the Project Manager, update GEF’s tracking tools (Climate Change, Biodiversity – BD SO 1, and Sustainable Forest Management) of 3 project target sites namely: i) the Huai Kha Khang (HKK) Wildlife Sanctuary (HKK), (ii) the Thung Yai Naresuan East (TYE) Wildlife Sanctuary, and (iii) the Thung Yai Naresuan West (TYW) Wildlife Sanctuary;
  • In consultation with DNP and the Project Manager, facilitate and update the Financial Scorecard at the Departmental level, against the baseline and the Mid-Term provided from the “Catalysing Sustainability of Thailand’s Protected Areas System (CATSPA)” at end of project in 2019. The Financial Scorecard is part of the Biodiversity Tracking Tool for Protected Areas (BD-SO1);
  • In consultation with DNP and the Project Manager, facilitate the self-assessment exercise of the UNDP Capacity Development Scorecard to assess/validate the progress at midterm point;
  • Collect data against indicators and finalize the results framework changes.

Please refer to Annexes to this TOR for the reference documents (Tracking Tools, Financial Scorecard, and UNDP Capacity Assessment Scorecard).

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

The Final Products include:

  1. Updated Tracking Tools (Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Forest Management)
  2. Updated Financial Scorecard
  3. Updated Capacity Assessment Scorecard
  4. Finalization of the project’s results framework changes

 

The deliverable shall be as shown below:

Number

Deliverables

Report Submission Timeframe

Percentage of Payments

1

Work Plan as agreed with the Project Manager, DNP, and UNDP Thailand

30 September 2020

  

   

20%

2

Draft updated Tracking Tools, Financial Scorecard, UNDP Capacity Development Scorecard, and finalization of results framework changes

23 October 2020

50%

3

Final version of Tracking Tools, Financial Scorecard, UNDP Capacity Development Scorecard, and finalization of results framework changes as approved by UNDP Thailand, and UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub/ HQ

5 November 2020

30%

Institutional Arrangement

The Consultant will report to the Programme Specialist of the Inclusive Green Growth and Sustainable Development Unit, UNDP Thailand and Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. S/he will work closely with the Project Manager and DNP.

Duration of the Work

21 September until 10 November 2020 (Up to 15 working days).

 

Duty Station

Home-based with no trav


Competencies

  • Consistently approaches to work with energy and a positive and constructive attitude.
  • Good communication skill both in writing and oral;
  • gender and culture sensitive;
  • Proven ability to persuade and influence others to cooperate.
  • Ability to work under pressure and time constraint;


Required Skills and Experience

Eucational Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in environment science, economics, forestry, development studies, and/or related fields

Experience:

  • Advanced university degree in environment science, economics, forestry, development studies, and/or related fields;
  • At least 5 years of research, analysis and development experiences in the field of biodiversity management, environmental economics;
  • Good working record in monitoring and evaluation of development projects/ programmes;
  • Experiences working with projects with multi-stakeholders, including government agencies, private sector, CSOs, local communities and international organizations;
  • Experiences in working on GEF Tracking Tools, Financial Scorecard, and/or UNDP Capacity Assessment’s Scorecard is an asset.
  • Experience in developing and managing UNDP/GEF projects is an asset;
  • Background in Tiger Project(s) is an advantage;

Language:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Fluency in English and Thai. 

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The contract will be based on Lump Sum.

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:

 

•             Deliverable 1 -Work Plan as agreed with the Project Manager, DNP and UNDP Thailand: 20% of total contract amount

•             Deliverable 2 – Draft updated Tracking Tools, Financial Scorecard, NDP Capacity Development Scorecard, and finalization of results framework changes: 50% of total contract amount

•             Deliverable 3 - Final version of Tracking Tools, Financial Scorecard, UNDP Capacity Development Scorecard, and finalization of results framework changes as approved by UNDP Thailand, and UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub/ HQ: 30% of total contract amount

In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources

In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent. 

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology;

Cumulative analysis

The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%) *and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced qualified proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.

  • Only those applications which are responsive, compliant and accept in general Terms& Conditions will be evaluated;

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)

  • Criteria 1: Relevance education/ degree- Max 10 points;
  • Criteria 2: Years of relevant experience in research and development in the field of biodiversity management, environmental research and development - Max 20 points;
  • Criteria 3: Proven experience in monitoring and evaluation of development projects/ programmes - Max 20 points;
  • Criteria 4: Proven experience in working with projects with multi-stakeholders, including government agencies, private sector, CSOs, local communities and international organizations - Max 10 points;
  • Criteria 5: Experiences in working on GEF Tracking Tools, Financial Scorecard, and/or UNDP Capacity Assessment’s Scorecard – Max 5 points;
  • Criteria 6: Fluent in English and Thai- Max 5 points

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of technical evaluation) would be considered for Financial Evaluation.

 

Documentation required

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II in Procurement Notice website.
  • Personal CV or Personal History Form (P11) indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II in Procurement Notice website. Note: National consultant must quote price in U.S. Dollar that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.

 

To download form and related documents, please follow the link below:

https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=69240

 



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