Sustainable Financing/Management Plan Specialist ( National Consultancy )


Location : MARSHALL ISLANDS
Application Deadline :13-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
26-Oct-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :261 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

The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) consists of 870 reef systems reaching up from 2.1 million km2 of the vast deep Central Pacific. Upon these reef systems are 29 coral atolls and 5 low-lying islands, respectively 22 and 4 of which are inhabited. These 1,225 sand cays and vegetated islets altogether comprise 182 km2 of land which remain visible above water level during high tide, and although these small islands represent the only potentially habitable land with a mean elevation of less than 2 meters. It also has a vast maritime jurisdiction with more 6,500 km2 of lagoon and more than 2 million km2 of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). RMI has some of the healthiest and robust coral reefs globally with high species diversity with more than 1,000 fishes, 360 corals, 2,500 invertebrates, 5 sea turtles and 27 marine mammals. On land in 4 atolls are home to globally important nesting seabird populations. Most atolls are dominated by agroforest, beach forest, and savanna. Rare natural semi-arid forests can be found in some of the northern atolls.

 

As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), it has a strong dependence on natural resources and biodiversity not only for food and income. The Marshallese relationship with the islands forms the basis of its culture and way of life which has developed in harmony over thousands of years. In the face of global threats, RMI still has pristine waters and coral reefs that contribute to ecosystem services and livelihoods. In recognition of the importance of its natural assets, RMI together with other SIDS responded to global conservation targets through the Micronesia Challenge and specifically for its part, it prepared Reimaanlok to serve as a clear roadmap of the way forward.

 

As such, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) committed US$3.9million under the Ridge to Reef Project to support Government of Marshall Islands operationalize the Reimaanlok – the National Conservation Area Plan, adopted in 2008 to effectively conserve at least 30% of the nearshore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020. The project objective is to sustain atoll biodiversity and livelihoods by building community and ecosystem resilience to threats and degrading influences through integrated management of terrestrial and coastal resources.

Detailed Terms of Reference can be obtained from UNDP Pacific Website

https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=70719


Duties and Responsibilities

The specialist will lead the implementation of activities related to the development/updating the integrated management plans for the five project sites and will work closely with the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Chief Technical Advisor and line stakeholders in the implementation process.

The specialist will play a leading role in the implementation of activities specified below. With the technical support of the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA), the specialist would ensure that all these activities are delivered efficiently and with high quality.

In principal, the specialist will lead implementation of activities under Outcome 1: Conservation areas delineated, declared, and efforts sustained in five priority outer islands to meet Reimaanlok targets and contributing to the Micronesia Challenge and Aichi targets. Specific activities include:

  1. Work with existing partners of the project, such as Marshall Islands Conservation Society (MICS), IOM, Historic Preservation Office who are currently conducting surveys in the five project sites, and Marshall Islands Marine Authority (MIMRA) to consolidate findings of the surveys. Where survey data already exists (secondary data), the specialist is expected to work with agencies responsible to gather and consolidate these data.

  2. Lead community consultation prepare documents for declaring protected areas (PAs) for designation and facilitating the legislative procedures for designating the PAs.

  3. Prepare/formulate new integrated natural resource management plans for Likiep, Aur and Ebon. For Wotho and Mejit the specialist will update existing management plans.

  4. Work with the CTA to train Site Coordinators.

  5. The specialist will work with the CTA, Local Resource Committees, Mayor, MIMRA and PIU to implement the enforcement arrangement developed under the Land use Study on all the five demonstration sites. In principle, the specialist will use the recommendations and structure in the Land-use Study report as guide in the implementation but importantly should be tailored to sync with the community/traditional governance structure for each atoll.

  6. With the support of the CTA, the specialist will develop a training program for the monitoring of protected areas. Subsequently, the specialist and the CTA will conduct training for Women and Youth recruited from the five sites responsible for monitoring the protected areas.

  7. Under Output 1.4 the specialist will support the CTA to assess emerging opportunities for sustainable financing in the RMI that will support national conservation efforts. They will conduct a feasibility study, which assess viable financing mechanisms, taking into account international and regional best practice and also the particular challenges facing the management of PAN in RMI. The feasibility study will address link with conservation finance, climate finance consistent with integrated approach promoted through the Reimaanlok.

  8. Detailed Terms of Reference can be obtained from UNDP Pacific Website

    https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=70719


Competencies

  • Minimum 5-10 years of relevant experience in similar fields;

  • Knowledge of environment conservation and administered of locally marine protected areas is essential;

  • Experience in formulation/development of management plans, conducting community consultation is beneficial;

  • Understanding of setting up of funding mechanisms to sustain protected areas and environment conservation.

  • Knowledge of the Reimaanlok (RMI National Conservation Plan) and other regional and global targets on environment conservation;

  • Ability to lead, conduct, facilitate and document discussions with stakeholders;

  • Experience working in institutional development, project development and management, budgeting;

  • Project management experience in environment conservation projects would be an advantage;

  • Experience in utilizing ecosystem-based adaptation approaches is desirable

  • Ability to work in a team environment.


Required Skills and Experience

Undergraduate degree in environmental, marine or natural science or related field is essential

Offerors must send the following documents:
 

  • CV including names/contacts of at least 3 referees;

  • A cover letter indicating why the candidate considers himself/herself suitable for the required consultancy.

  • Completed template for confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal.

 

Note: Successful individual will be required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage before commencement of contract for the duration of the assignment.

 

Incomplete and joint proposals may not be considered. Consultants with whom there is further interest will be contacted.


Individuals applying for this consultancy will be reviewed based on their own individual capacity. The successful individual may sign an Individual Contract with UNDP or request his/her employer to sign a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA) on their behalf by indicating this in the Offerors letter to Confirming Interest and Availability.

 

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on a 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(Daily fees to include IC’s medical insurance costs), 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.

 

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.

Consultancy Proposal (CV & Financial proposal Template ) should be uploaded on UNDP Jobshop website (https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm) no later than, 13th October 2020 (Fiji Time) clearly stating the title of consultancy applied for. Any proposals received after this date/time will not be accepted. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to procurement.fj@undp.org. UNDP will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants. Incomplete, late and joint proposals will not be considered and only offers for which there is further interest will be contacted. Failure to submit your application as stated as per the application submission guide (Procurement Notice) on the above link will be considered incomplete and therefore application will not be considered.



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