National Protected Areas Valorization Expert

Application Deadline :23-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :January 2021 - June 2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 25 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.


NOTE: Signed Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability - - Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability.docx - to be sent to e-mail with Subject: Job ID 95669.

The PPG Initiation Plan describes the project preparation grant from the GEF programmed to develop a full project document for the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) – Project „Improved Financial Sustainability and Strengthened Resilience of Protected Areas (PAs) Through Development of Sustainable Recreation and Partnership with Private Sector“, with supporting documentation for submission to the GEF for CEO endorsement.

The proposed full sized project is called to reduce the gap between the current capacities od protected areas (PAs) with their increasing vulnerability to emerging threats, on the one hand, and the growing needs to preserve and sustainability maintain the biological and ecosystem diversity that is among the top five in Europe, on the other. The project will aim to reduce newly emerging threats to the key biodiversity values and provide for sustainable management options and increased funding for PAs.

The proposed project will make an incremental effort in assisting the protected area management with tools and instruments aimed at diversifying and improving the sustainable tourism offering and targeted PAs, thus providing for sustainable incremental income and a development option that will valorize the unique nature values without further threatening them. The project will also link the PAs to the funding opportunities provided by the governmental grant programmes for tourism development.

The Protected Areas (PA) Valorization Consultant will prepare a series of relevant assessments and provide his/her technical input into the project document preparation under project Output 2.5: “Promotion of natural values, products and services in the targeted PAs”.

The Consultant will closely work with Lead International and National Expert for PPG and UNDP Team.

Duties and Responsibilities

The list below outlines key responsibilities and deliverables of this contract. The PPG Initiation Plan for this project provides further and more detailed guidance regarding the responsibilities of the prospective PPG team and must be consulted accordingly.

The consultant is expected to:

  • In consultation with the PA managers and other relevant stakeholders, suggest a range of project activities aimed at enhanced PA visibility for pilot protected areas and promotion of PA content and values in sustainable tourism development initiatives in the country
  • Describe how the project will work with partners to achieve results under Output 2.5
  • Ensure collaboration, plan for synergies, and avoid duplication of activities with the parallel initiatives
  • Contributes to re-assessment of risk that prevent the project results from being achieved, and the SESP social and environmental risks in the field of relevance
  • Assist in preparation of risk management plans and Grievance Redress Mechanism if required
  • Contribute to the development of a comprehensive Stakeholder Engagement Plan and the communication Strategy for the FSP



Deliverables / Outputs

# of Days per Task

Due Date



A detailed strategy for project Output 2.5


January 31, 2021



Appropriate inputs provided to the Project Document and Annexes, including the comprehensive Stakeholder Engagement Plan and the Communication Strategy, as agreed with the PPG Team Leader


February 28, 2021



Address relevant comments received from stakeholders


June 30, 2021



Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as nature resource management, BD conservation, public relations;


  • Minimum 5 years of demonstrable experience in environmental education/awareness/PA management;

Languages Requirements:

  • Fluency in languages of people of BiH;
  • Proficiency in English would be a strong asset.

Longlisting/Shortlisting Criteria

Qualifications as stated in the ToR



Relevant Education

max 20 points
18 points allocated for MSc/MA
+ up to 2 points for PhD 

Relevant professional experience

max 50 points 

Prior work experience with UNDP/UN Agencies

max 20 points 

Knowledge of English

max 10 points - will be assessed as:
10 points for fluency and the points decrease as per the level mentioned in the CV:
good - 8 points;
fair/upper intermediate – 6 points;
intermediate - 4 points;
beginner - 2 point. 

Technical Evaluation Criteria



Rating based on Qualifications


Proven experience in environmental education, awareness raising and/or management in BD protected areas


Submitted methodology



Individual  will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the candidate whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

  • * Technical Criteria weight-70%
  • * Financial Criteria weight- 30%

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


  • Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work: 
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work.

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.


  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.

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