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International Consultant- International Project Development (PPG Team Leader)
|Location :||Home based with at least one in country mission in Bangladesh, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||24-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||0d 10h 24m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
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.
In the north-east of the country, the area known as the haor basin is considered a unique ecosystem, with each of the haor basin wetlands representing key elements of a complex hydrological, biological and ecological system, supporting a significant assemblage of rare and vulnerable species of plants and animals, including endemic species. The whole area supports large numbers of migratory water-birds arriving from northern Palearctic regions upon the onset of the winter season. Within this region lies the Tanguar Haor - a unique freshwater wetland ecosystem covering 9,727 hectares. This complex ecosystem, known for its many species of fish and as a staging and over-wintering area for at least half a million migratory birds, supports the lives of about 60,000 inhabitants in 88 villages around its periphery. It also supports the last vestiges of freshwater, evergreen swamp forests. The Government of Bangladesh declared the wetland an Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) in 1999, considering its critical condition as a result of the overexploitation of its natural resources. The haor was declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention (Ramsar site) in 2000 on account of its rich biodiversity, supporting many nationally and globally threatened species. The principal wetland habitats in Tanguar Haor include open water vegetation (with submerged and floating aquatic plants), seasonally inundated mixed herbaceous vegetation, freshwater evergreen swamp forests, reed beds, and rice fields. At least two plant species, Duchesnea indica and Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides, are considered very rare and about 25 species are considered rare. There are about 54 small, medium and large beels within Tanguar Haor that are connected to rivers or inter-connected among each other, which contribute to its unique character and the range of ecosystems and habitats represented. Some of the beels are perennial while others are seasonal.
People living around Tanguar Haor are generally poor, of which around 95% are dependent on the wetland for their livelihoods, mostly through fishing, fish trading, boating and agriculture. The provision of ecosystem services makes the wetland a major livelihood source for the people. Most economic activity includes commercial fishing, fuelwood sales, hunting of waterfowl, harvesting, and sale of grass and reed, and farming. Additionally, the wetland provides water storage, drinking and irrigation water, flood control, groundwater recharge, recreation, and transport services. An estimate of the total annual benefits from Tanguar Haor based on different ecosystem values is USD 20.46 million, of which provisioning services account for an estimated 78% of the total. Annually harvested wetland products are estimated at USD 1.6–4 million, with fish contributing around 64% of the net value.
Despite the high level of biodiversity and variety of ecosystems and the economic value of the Tanguar Hoar to the local population, ecological degradation is taking place.
The threats to Tanguar Haor are as follows:
· Habitat degradation and fragmentation is caused by expanding human settlement and agriculture, shifting cultivation in the hills, and other changes in patterns of land use that result in the conversion of natural wetlands to other land use.
· Changes in hydrological regime, also caused by changes in land-use patterns and the associated construction of flood management infrastructure.
· Pollution of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems from the discharge of effluents, dumping of waste, agro-chemicals, erosion of soil due to agricultural and construction activities, and vehicle emissions.
· Over-exploitation and other unsustainable uses of natural resources.
· Unplanned tourism, particularly badly conceived and implemented nature-based tourism that relies on responsible, sustainable approaches to developing and managing tourism destinations.
· Invasive alien species, particularly the introduction of exotic species of fish since the 1950s, resulting in rivers and wetlands becoming colonized by highly invasive species that predate on, or outcompete indigenous species.
· Climate change impacts, including rising temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, and increasing frequency of extreme weather events (e.g. flooding, cyclones, flash floods, etc.).
There are also barriers that need to be addressed to restore and maintain favorable ecological conditions in the Tan guar Hoar.
Considerable experience and information have accumulated over the last few years from a number of wetland projects, supported the establishment and management of Tanguar Haor to address pressures on natural resources. In 2002, a historic milestone was achieved in the management and conservation of Tanguar Haor and its rich biodiversity after the traditional leasing of Tanguar Haor was stopped and its management was brought under the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC). As a result, the nodal MoEFCC took the initiative to establish a community-based management system in Tanguar Haor during a three-phased project (December 2006-August 2016). However, this effort requires substantial strengthening and commitment to strengthening the role of the community in the planning and management of the wetland.
Building on the past initiatives, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and UNDP Bangladesh has developed a full-sized project (FSP) project concept for GEF funding i.e. “Community-based Management of Tanguar Haor Wetland in Bangladesh” with the objective to promote sustainable use of wetland resources by local communities to conserve globally significant biodiversity, improve ecosystem services and secure local livelihoods in Tanguar Haor. Thus, the project will thus, the proposed project will contribute directly to the delivery of Aichi Biodiversity Targets 11, 12, 14, 15, and 18. The long-term solution that the project seeks to address is to further strengthen an integrated ecosystem co-management approach for Tanguar Haor, through appropriate institutional and financial resource arrangements.
The project components are:
The email objective of this assignment is to develop a comprehensive project document and guide other national consultants to finalize the project document with all mandatory and project-specific annexes and supporting documentation. The project concept (Project Identification Form/PIF) for the FSP has been endorsed by the GEF Secretariat and a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) approved. The PIF can be accessed via https://www.thegef.org/project/community-based-management-tanguar-haor-wetland-bangladesh
Duties and Responsibilities
C. SCOPE OF WORK
The International Consultant for Project Development will be the GEF PPG Team Leader and responsible for quality assurance and timely preparation of all reports and documentation, including the finalized UNDP Project Document (ProDoc) and CEO Endorsement Request, with all mandatory and project specific Annexes and supporting documentation. S/he will be responsible for guiding and overseeing the work of all consultants in the GEF PPG Team, working closely with the other national consultants, UNDP CO project team, and govt counterpart.
Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, it is likely that the bulk of the work might have to be conducted remotely, but the consultant is expected to travel to Bangladesh if travel restrictions are eased.
1. Management of the GEF PPG Team
2. Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews (Component A): With inputs from national consultants, as detailed in their respective TORs:
3. Formulation of ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request, Mandatory and Project Specific Annexes (Component B): With inputs from national consultants, as detailed in their respective TORs and based on international best practice:
4.Validation Workshop (Component C):
Required Skills and Experience
E. ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:
G. SUPERVISION AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
The consultant will report directly to the Programme Specialist (Nature, Climate, and Energy). S/he will also closely coordinate tasks with the Country Office through other team members in the cluster and in the regional office in Bangkok. S/he will liaise on a day-to-day business with UNDP GEF Regional Technical Adviser based at Bangkok Regional Hub. S/he will also work closely with the other PPG team (national and international consultants) recruited by UNDP and the relevant stakeholders of the Government. S/he will keep UNDP informed of any issues that emerge during the PPG process which will likely affect the scope of the project design.
The Consultant will use his/her own personal computer or laptop. UNDP will provide a working station while visit in Bangladesh.
I. TRAVEL AND DSA:
No DSA will be paid at the duty station. If unforeseen travel outside the duty station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UNDP, and upon prior agreement/approval, such travel shall be UNDP’s expenses and the individual contractor shall receive a per-diem not to exceed the United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other.(if applicable).
J. DUTY STATION:
The International Consultant- Team Leader consultancy will be home-based combined with at least one in-country mission and project site trip (in the Tanguar Haor area) in Bangladesh. The consultant is expected to spend at least 10 days out of the total 50 working days in Bangladesh for stakeholder consultation and field trips.
An individual consultant who is expected to travel to the Country Office (CO) to undertake the assignment in the country (Bangladesh) is required to undertake the Basic Security in the Field (BSIF) training and clearance for COVID-19. (https://dss.un.org/dssweb/WelcometoUNDSS/tabid/105/Default.aspx?returnurl=%2fdssweb%2f) prior to traveling.
K. TIMEFRAME AND DEADLINES
The assignment is for a total of 50 days over a period of 8 months on an intermittent basis from 1 March 2021 to 31st October 2021(Tentative).
Timelines and milestones will be reflected in the inception note which will be prepared by the PPG team and reviewed jointly by UNDP and MoEF. The final document shall be submitted to GEF SEC by 30 October 2021(Tentative).
L. FINANCIAL PROPOSAL
1. Lump-sum contracts
The financial proposal shall specify the daily rate of service and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e., whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of daily rate (including international travel, domestic travel, per diems, and a number of anticipated working days, etc.).
Payments shall be made in four installments based on actual days worked and submitted deliverables documenting this, upon approval by the contract administrator (Programme Specialist) of the deliverable and indicating the days worked in the period and activities performed
Deliverables are linked to the payment schedule:
Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
1. Cumulative analysis
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:
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.
Only candidates who obtain a minimum of 49 out of 70 points in technical criteria would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
N. Financial Evaluation: (Total obtainable score – 30)
All technically qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals receive points according to the following formula:
p = y (µ/z)
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
O. Recommended Presentation of Offer
Interested individuals must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
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