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Environmental Security Advisor
|Application Deadline :||26-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||(20) working day(s) over a period of (2) calendar month(s)|
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.
Alongside the daily toll of conflict and displacement across the Middle East and North Africa, communities face a more insidious but perhaps no less important foe – the region’s environmental crisis. The region is home to a series of protracted conflicts and the world’s largest population of refugees and displaced people. Simultaneously, it is also the planet’s most water scarce and food import-dependent region, with temperatures rising faster than the world average. Prolonged heat waves, desertification, and droughts are projected to make parts of the region uninhabitable, potentially leading to large-scale displacement of populations and increasing the likelihood of violent competition over diminishing resources, thereby threatening to accelerate fragility.
The expansion of conflict and ecosystem decline both have serious consequences and their convergence has now arisen as a major concern in the region, creating new forms of social vulnerability and reshaping the prospects for peace and development on the road to 2030.
Policy makers in the region are increasingly cognizant of the role of climate change, water scarcity and ecosystem disruption as root causes of growing inequalities, displacement and conflict in the region. The Arab region was the birthplace of agricultural civilization and for millennia has been able to cope with risks from ecological change. But the converging trends of climate change, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity and land degradation are now happening at a pace unlike anything before, stretching the ability of societies to cope. Unless urgent actions are taken, impacts will be felt in loss of agricultural livelihoods, high unemployment, mass displacement, and resource conflicts. Moreover, the degradation of natural resources due to their mismanagement can exacerbate the effect of climate change, accelerating it and reducing the capacities of communities to adapt to a changing climate and mitigate the impacts.
Duties and Responsibilities
In line with the efforts undertaken by UNDP in the region to prevent conflict and build sustainable peace, this consultancy is the result of a collaboration between UNDP Nature, Climate and Energy Team, and UNDP Governance and Peacebuilding Team at the Regional Hub for Arab States, and is aimed at strengthening UN analysis and informing decision-making processes.
In particular, the objective of the consultancy is to develop a Policy Brief to review, using a gender lens, the nexus of environmental change and security in the region. This analysis will help to better understand ways in which the destruction of nature is catalyzing new levels of conflict and displacement and ways in which conflict prevention and recovery measures can become more resilient to future shocks through integrated solutions and help communities affected by crisis to build back better.
Under the guidance and supervision of UNDP Team Leader on Nature, Climate and Energy Team, and UNDP Team Leader on Governance and Peacebuilding, Regional Hub for Arab States, Amman, and in collaboration with other Teams, the Climate Security Mechanism, and relevant UN agencies, the consultant will contribute to deepen the analysis on Environmental Security impacts Middle East and North Africa, help identify entry points for policy change, as well as themes for possible future investigation.
The duties and responsibilities of the Consultant are the following:
Background on the ecosystem fragility in the region
Relation between ecosystem fragility and root cause of humanitarian crises, depicting the interlinkages between environmental and ecosystems degradation, resource insecurity, climate change, politics and geopolitics, social, economic, human mobility and demographic factors;
Describes the facets of environment with some sub-regional contextualization (Horn, Levant, Maghreb, Arab peninsula…), zooming into relevant transboundary contexts, and; captures regional and sub-regional trends and impacts on conflict, displacement, migration streams and the overall SDGs;
Actions or responses, including integrated and green solutions for conflict prevention, recovery and peacebuilding
Considering Sustaining Peace and Building Back Better approaches, the analysis should look into initiatives put in place by UNDP and other actors across the regional, transboundary, national, and community levels, drawing lessons learned and good practices on environmental security;
Partnerships to manage risk and build resilience aimed at expanding support for integrated solutions that help countries achieve results under, especially, SDGs 12-15 on environment and SDG 16 on peace and security.
In doing so, it should elaborate on case studies of local UN/UNDP projects in the Arab region which are helping to build the resilience of communities and ecosystems in some of the world’s most challenging humanitarian contexts.
Develop recommendations for UN/UNDP and other actors
Recommendations should: 1) address gaps and consider opportunities to mainstream the nexus of environmental change and security for prevention strategies and programmatic activities, as well as identify advocacy priorities, 2) identify entry points and avenues of collaboration with international, regional and national actors to encourage work around the nexus, and 3) help enhance the adaptive capacity of governments in the region, including through strengthening national institutions and regional organizations.
The deliverables (to be submitted in English) will have to be produced with a gender-sensitive approach, which is integrated both in format (e.g. gender-balanced consultations, etc.) and content (e.g. impact of conflict on women, opportunities for women to be included in the conflict prevention process through integrated solutions, etc).
To carry out the above, the consultant will:
The consultant will ensure that the deliverables are prepared based on a guidance from UNDP colleagues while advising them on the basis of experience and in coherence with similar work developed elsewhere. The consultant should not, in any manner spread the information acquired for the preparation and during the roll out of the activity, including materials and reports. At all times, the consultant should ensure that the deliverables are of high quality and meet these four standards:
A technical committee composed of relevant teams at UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States, UNDP Headquarters and other UN agencies will ensure that the deliverables are produced at high quality standards, and that gender sensitivity is considered. The deliverables will need to be validated by the Nature, Climate and Energy Team and Governance and Peacebuilding Team.
The individual will work with the UNDP Nature, Climate and Energy Team, and UNDP Governance and Peacebuilding Team under an agreed timeline and workplan based on the following deliverables:
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
DURATION OF THE WORK
Home Based Assignment.
TRAVEL PLAN (OPTIONAL)
If any unforeseen travel outside the consultant home-based city is requested by UNDP and not required by the Terms of References (ToR), such travel shall be covered by UNDP in line with applicable rules and regulations and upon prior written agreement. In such cases, the consultant shall receive living allowances not exceeding the United Nations (UN) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for such other location(s).
SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
Interested candidates should provide lump sum fees for requested services with detailed breakdown. This amount must be “all-inclusive”. Please note that the terms “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal. Also, please note that the contract price will be Deliverables/Outputs based - not fixed - subject to change in the cost components.
The contractor will be paid an all-inclusive Deliverables/Outputs based lump sum amounts over the assignment period, subject to the submission of Certification of Payment (CoP) duly certified or an invoice and confirmation of satisfactory performance of achieved work (deliverables/outputs) in line with the schedule of payments table hereunder:
RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Candidates that fail to submit the required information will not be considered.
All necessary information including: Complete Procurement Notice, the Selection Criteria, and Annexes are found on the following link under Procurement http://procurement-notices.undp.org/
Interested individual consultants must submit the abovementioned to demonstrate their qualifications to Job advertisement website (https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm) not later than 26 November 2020. Candidates that fail to submit the required information on or before the set deadline will not be considered.
Please do not submit financial proposal in this stage. Financial proposals shall be requested from Candidates who are considered technically responsive
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFERS
This selection criteria will follow the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%; using the following evaluation criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Step I: Screening and desk review:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum requirements will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for virtual consultation, then assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria:
Step II : Technical Review
Shortlisted candidates will undergo a technical evaluation, and a submission of a proposal to tackle the assignment.
Technical evaluation Criteria max 100 points (Weighted 70):
Shortlisted candidates will be assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria:
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation
For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (PI / Pn) * 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
Step III: Final evaluation
The final evaluation will combine the scores of the desk review and the financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight: [70%] Financial Criteria weight: [30%]
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.