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National Independent Assessor
|Location :||Home-based and with travel to Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Pahang, and Johor, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||24-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||22 August 2022 until 7 November 2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 30 working days over 3 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.
The Project “Improving Connectivity in the Central Forest Spine Landscape” (PIMS#4594) is a US$ 10.86 million GEF-funded project initiated in 2014 that is designed to address the fragmentation of Peninsular Malaysia’s Central Forest Spine (CFS) – valued for its megadiversity of species, including the only remaining population of Malayan tigers, and supplies of water for 90% of the state’s population. Recognising that Malaysia’s rapidly growing economy and illegal trade in forest and wildlife resources are eroding the country’s natural capital and in response to forest fragmentation being identified in the 2005 National Physical Plan as a major threat to the conservation and maintenance of biodiversity, the Government of Malaysia formulated the CFS Master Plan (MP) in 2008 to restore ecological connectivity between forest fragments.
This project contributes to implementing the Master Plan by focusing specifically on conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services in three key forest landscapes, identified to be both critical for tiger conservation in the National Tiger Conservation Action Plan as well as priority linkages in the CFS Master Plan: Belum-Temenggor Forest Complex, Taman Negara Forest Complex and Endau-Rompin Forest Complex. In addition to restoring connectivity between these forest complexes, the project will strengthen the national and local institutional frameworks for CFS management and law enforcement, support sustainable forest landscape management and secure sustainability of funding for conservation through the diversification of funding sources and mainstreaming of ecosystem service values into land use planning.
The project objective is to increase federal and state level capacity to execute the CFS Master Plan through the implementation of sustainable forest landscape management plans in three pilot sites, financed sustainably through the diversification and increased allocation of funds for conservation. It is designed to remove the barriers to the establishment of a landscape approach to biodiversity management. The project comprises of three components:
Component 1. Planning, compliance monitoring and enforcement framework for integrated forest landscape management;
Component 2. Sustainable forest landscape management of three priority forest landscapes within the CFS; and
Component 3. Diversification of financing sources for conservation.
See the signed project document at
Table 1 shows the project basic information for the “Improving Connectivity in the Central Forest Spine Landscape” Project.
The project started on 18 March 2014 and is currently in its seventh year of implementation. Due to a mix of implementation challenges including capacity issues, federal-state relations on forest protection, as well as various phases of COVID-19 movement restrictions imposed since early 2020. Under the conditional approval received from UNDP-GEF on 13 May 2020, the project may be extended until 31 December 2022 if the project achieves six milestones by end of 2021, and a final twelve-month extension until 31 December 2023, subjected to the project meeting the key milestones by July 2022.
The project completed its Midterm Review (MTR) in December 2021. The MTR concluded that the project only achieved one and a half out of the six milestones required under the conditional approval for project extension. In summary, the project failed to achieve the six milestones to qualify for another 12-month extension in 2022. In spite of not meeting all the necessary project milestones for an extension, the MTR team believes there is strategic value to continuing the project and recommends allowing it to accelerate efforts on activities which will spill over to 2022 and consolidate results on the core work into 2022. However, there should be no expectation on any subsequent extension and the project must deliver hard results. If tangible results towards the objectives are not realized by July 2022, the project should take steps to be operationally closed. The MTR report can be referred at https://erc.undp.org/evaluation/evaluations/detail/12735, where new milestones targets in July and December 2022 respectively were recommended. This new set of project milestones were reviewed, agreed and endorsed by the Project Steering Committee on 22 December 2021.
UNDP Country Office in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam is looking for a National Independent Assessor to assess the progress of the project milestones in an independent and impartial capacity, and report the status of its achievement including gaps, lessons learned and best practices to UNDP. This status report will inform the decision-making process to determine the project future, in terms of extension in 2023 or closure in 2022. The National Independent Assessor will work closely with the International Independent Lead Assessor.
Duties and Responsibilities
The scope of work is as follows:
Table 2. New project milestones to be achieved by end of July 2022
The key deliverables are:
National Independent Assessor will report to the Head, Sustainable and Resilient Development in UNDP in Malaysia, and the Regional Technical Adviser for Ecosystems and Biodiversity in UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.
DURATION of the work
The assignment will require up to 30 working days starting from 22 August 2022 until 7 November 2022.
SCHEDULE of payment
Payment to be made based on completed deliverables against the TOR, which will be assessed and verified by UNDP Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree or higher in project management, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, conservation finance, environmental/natural resource economics, environmental planning/management, wildlife management and other related fields (5 points).
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and fluency in Malay.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
EVALUATION METHOD AND AWARD OF CONTRACT