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Consultant for Developing Invasive Alien Species Online Clearing house for Fiji
|Location :||Suva, FIJI|
|Application Deadline :||11-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 days (starting no later than October 20 and completion by December 20)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 days (starting no later than October 20 and completion by December 20)|
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 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acting as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has been requested by the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) to procure the services of the consultant. The objective of the IAS project is to improve the chances of the long-term survival of terrestrial endemic and threatened species on Taveuni Island, surrounding islets and throughout Fiji by building national and local capacity to manage Invasive Alien Species. Commonly referred to as the Fiji IAS Project, this is an initiative funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) over a 5-year period from 2018 – 2023 with a budget of USD 3,502,968.
Invasive alien species (IAS) are the greatest threat to biodiversity in the Pacific Islands. Numerous IAS have been introduced to Fiji, with significant impacts on natural landscapes and biodiversity. The recent introduction of Giant Invasive Iguana – GII (Iguana iguana) – to Fiji represents the first established population of this species in the Pacific and is a potential bridgehead to some of the world’s most isolated island ecosystems. GII have already caused harm throughout the Caribbean where they are spreading fast and have significant detrimental effects, including on native biodiversity, agriculture, and tourism. Although there are several national and local-level initiatives to address IAS in Fiji, these efforts, lack adequate capacity and an overall comprehensive strategy to ensure a systematic and effective protection of biodiversity-rich and important areas. An effective, systematic, and comprehensive eradication effort against GII, before populations grow beyond the point where they can be controlled is currently lacking and urgently needed.
The preferred solution requires a suite of preventative measures to reduce IAS incursion and establishment, that will be introduced by this project, including:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
Outcome 4 of the project aims to Increase awareness of risks posed by IAS and the need for biosecurity of local communities, travelling public, tour operators and shipping to invasive alien species and biosecurity. Achievement of this outcome is supported through Improved collation and use of IAS information nationally through establishment of national IAS database and national online clearing-house on IAS.
The service of the technical consultant is being required to:
The Fiji IAS clearing-house will incorporate all available and updated data on IAS. The clearing-house would also be accessible to the public as it can be used as an extensive informational source to improve IAS awareness both within Fiji and beyond. The clearing-house would be linked to other key websites such as those for BAF and the Ministry of the Environment. The clearing-house, once populated, would also be announced regionally via existing IAS networks. Establishing, populating, and updating a Fiji IAS clearing-house will facilitate management of existing IAS both in Fiji and regionally.
The national online database will support IAS prevention and management across multiple sectors to allow both managers and policy makers to better understand IAS and improve development.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The consultant is expected to deliver on the following product within and by the end of the consultancy period:
Duration of the Work
The consultancy is for 30 working days within the period of October 20th – December 20th
The consultant will be home based but is expected to travel to field as well as consultant with national stakeholders. The Consultant is expected to supply their own computer/including camera.
Supervision / Reporting
Required Skills and Experience
Following is the required qualifications and experience:
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will have fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants / Company will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant/company whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Shortlisted candidates shall be called for an interview which will be used to confirm and/or adjust the technical scores awarded based on documentation submitted.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Note: Successful individual will be required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage before commencement of contract for the duration of the assignment.
Incomplete and joint proposals may not be considered. Consultants with whom there is further interest will be contacted. The successful consultant shall opt to sign an Individual Contract or a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA) through its company/employer with UNDP.
For any clarification regarding this assignment please write to Mr. Dale Kacivi - email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org
All applications must be clearly marked with the title of consultancy and submitted on or before, 11th October 2022, 5pm (Fiji Time) online via UN Jobs website https://jobs.undp.org/ or email@example.com