Project Development Specialist Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Location : Home-Based, IRAQ
Application Deadline :31-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :30 working days over 4 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 working days over 4 months

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.



Iraq has a geographically diverse environment of high mountains, plains, valleys, desert lands, plateaus, water fountain, rivers, marshes and lakes. It possesses a unique nature as an economic resource of the country. In contrast, it faces great burdens, challenges and enormous future environmental problems. The war and its aftermath and the terrorist operations that Iraq has faced during the past period are a heavy legacy and challenges that have caused environmental problems, as well as the unsustainable use of natural resources, decline of green areas and the expansion of decertified land, insufficient capacity for waste management, water and air pollution and global warming impacts.

The biodiversity and ecosystems in Iraq have suffered, and still, from many problems caused by natural and human factors and wrong policies. Number of the most serious biodiversity losses occurrences have been evaluated for various regions or habitats; like: reduction in freshwater resources, plant cover reduction, wildlife stocks reduction, loss of traditional agriculture and local races, loss of native endemic species and loss of cultural and heritage values. In order to halt the causes behind the biodiversity loss, an urgent need for the preparation of the NBSAP in Iraq has been raised.

On the other hand, natural disasters (e.g. floods, droughts, climate change, etc.) and man-made disasters have significant impacts on society, economy including infrastructure, public facilities and industries, and natural environments including biodiversity. Society and infrastructure usually receive the most immediate attention following a disaster, while impact on biodiversity and natural environment are usually given the lowest priority. National agenda for evaluating and documenting the impact of disasters on biodiversity, and the loss of important ecosystem features is critical, as ecosystems are crucial for food production, water supply and the regulation of climate, water, and nutrient.

Iraq is exposed to a range of disasters that affect the lives and livelihoods of at-risk people. The most important among them are floods and drought that cause severe losses to society and biodiversity. Urgent planning is needed for flood and drought preparedness, which shall address all aspects of society, economy and environment including natural habitats, national parks, and fences.

Under the project Mosul Dam Emergency Preparedness in Iraq, UNDP is helping the Government of Iraq on flood preparedness due to potential failure of the Mosul Dam.  Such a disaster can create tsunami like wave that could threaten lives of 4-6 million people including in Mosul city and downstream up to the capital Baghdad. In addition, it is expected to threaten seriously the flora and fauna along the Tigris flood path contributing to the severe loss of ecological habitats by large scale inundation of the downstream areas in Ninawa, Salah Elden, Baghdad, Diyala governorates.


Application Procedure:


The application should contain:

-        Technical proposal (showing the candidate’s understanding of the assignment requirements, proposed approach, proposed analytical framework or analysis tools);

-        Financial proposal; and,

-        Updated CV to include qualifications/competencies and relevant past experience in similar projects and contact details of 2 professional referees who can certify the candidate’s competencies, professionalism, quality of presentation and overall suitability for this assignment.  


Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application system only allows to upload maximum one document.

**Failure to submit the above-mentioned documents or Incomplete proposals shall result in disqualification

The short listed candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.



Annex I - ToR

Annex II - General Terms and Conditions:

Annex III - Letter of Interest and Financial Proposal:

Annex IV - P11 Form


All documents can also be be downloaded from UNDP Procurement Notice:

Duties and Responsibilities


For details please see the Terms of Reference attached as Annex I




For details please see the Terms of Reference attached as Annex I



Required Skills and Experience

For details please see the Terms of Reference attached as Annex I



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