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Coastal Management Specialist – International Consultant
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||30-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|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 :||62 working days, 1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||62 working days, 1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020|
The “Building Shoreline Resilience of Timor-Leste to Protect Local Communities and their Livelihoods” (also referred to as the Coastal Resilience Building) Project is being implemented in close collaboration with the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as well as working with other line ministries, local and international partners, NGOs and private enterprise as the issues of coastal areas are complex and cross-sectoral. It employs an integrated approach, while tailoring activities to address the specific needs, challenges and priorities of the Government of Timor-Leste.
The objective of the UNDP GEF-funded project – Building shoreline resilience of Timor-Leste to protect local communities and their livelihoods is to strengthen resilience of coastal communities by the introduction of nature-based approaches to coastal protection.
Mangroves and coastal wetlands are highly vulnerable to the projected impacts of climate change, particularly sea-level rise (SLR). An estimated 80% of mangroves have been lost in Timor-Leste, since 1940 (Boggs et al. 2009, Alongi 2014), due to a combination of both, climate related risks (i.e. sea level rise, increased storm events) and also, non-climate related anthropogenic impacts (i.e. demand for fuel wood, building materials, salt production, rice production, uncontrolled grazing).
This Coastal Resilience Building project will systematically strengthen the synergistic relationship between coastal communities and mangroves ecosystems and ensure that coastal communities in Timor-Leste have economic incentives to maintain and safeguard these protective natural systems, without compromising their livelihood options.
The project has been implementing activities since August 2016, with mangrove conservation and restoration and support to livelihood diversification in seven municipalities (Dili, Liquic¸a, Covalima, Bobonaro, Manuhafi, Manatuto and Viqueque) across coastal communities in Timor-Leste.
Timor-Leste is an island country, covering 14,954 km2 of area, including the enclave Oe´-cusse, Atauro Island and Jaco Island. It has a coastline of 783 kilometers occurring in 11 municipalities. Over 50 % of the population residing on the coastland and mainly dependent on natural resources along the coast for livelihood activities. Timor-Leste is a mountainous island, characterized by rugged steep terrain and small narrow valleys. About 44% of the country has a steep to very steep slope (> 40%). The capital, Dili, itself is located on a flat narrow strip of land on the northern coastline. Much of the country’s social and economic activities are concentrated along the coastland and hence the majority of the country’s social and economic infrastructural assets are also located in this area. Although there are multiple sectors and agencies with responsibilities for the management of coastal resources, assets and space, there are also often competing demands and overlapping of roles and responsibilities making it a challenging and complex process to establish an integrated and well-coordinated approach to management of coastal resources that is compatible with conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems.
While there are many challenges and complexities hindering an integrated approach to management of the coastal zone and its resources and development, it is critical for Timor-Leste to elaborate an integrated approach to planning and management of activities and development along this critical zone taking into considerations the inputs from multiple stakeholders at all levels – local, national and regional and also involving civil society, private sector and academia.
Accordingly, the Government of Timor-Leste, through the Ministry of Agriculture with support from UNDP Building Shoreline Resilience Project envisage the development of the Integrated Coastal Adaptation and Management Plan for TL. UNDP invites an experienced international consultant (Coastal Management Specialist) to formulate the Coastal Adaptation and Management Plan for Timor-Leste and prepare a costed 5-year Road Map for implementation from 2020 - 2025. It also entails the formation of the inter-ministerial committee for championing the implementation of the roadmap. This will be complemented with consultations and validation workshops with key stakeholders at both national and municipality levels.
Duties and Responsibilities
The international consultant will work closely with national counterparts and local administrations, project teams and stakeholders to facilitate the consultations, FGD, interviews and field work to formulate the Integrated Coastal Adaptation and Management Plan and 5-year (2020 – 2025) road map for implementation.
Part of the exercise will involve assessing the capacities of key sectoral agencies and ministries who will play key roles in the implementation of the plan such as the Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Ministry of State Administration Other key ministries to be consulted include the Ministry of Finance, Environment, Tourism, Health, Education among other relevant ministries.
The consultant will report to the Chief Technical Adviser for the Coastal Resilience Project in UNDP Timor-Leste. Further oversight and guidance will be provided by UNDP’s Regional Technical Adviser in RBAP (Bangkok). The PMU will facilitate administrative arrangements and logistical support throughout the duration of the mission including coordinating the in-country mission and field visits. Field visits, consultation and travel will be required to the municipalities with approximately 5 overnight stay expected. The consultant will be expected to facilitate the respective consultations and deliver the validation workshop to national stakeholders.
The assignment will be for a period of 62 working days between October 01, 2019 to April 30, 2020 in Timor-Leste.
The duty station of the work is Dili, Timor-Leste. The IC will be expected to travel approximately 5 days for visits and consultations outside of Dili in the project sites/municipalities. The remainder of the time for the in-country mission will be based in Dili and home-base.
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced degree (Masters/PhD) in Engineering, Coastal Management, Natural Resources Management, or in a closely related field with focus on climate change adaptation and coastal management.
Minimum of (15) years of progressively demonstrable experience in the field of coastal zone management with focus on policy and strategy development, climate change adaptation, coastal management in different regional settings, in particular, experience working on coastal management strategy, natural resources management and ecosystems conservation plans.
International experience and knowledge of various methodologies of integrated coastal zone management, conducting assessment and drafting policies, strategies and action plans for integrated coastal adaptation and management – provide evidence of at least three similar assignment undertaken in (small islands developing states (SIDS) within the past 5 years.
Previous demonstrable experience providing consultancy/advisory services to government agency or development partner with specific experience in developing payment mechanisms and providing ecosystem valuation services.
Working experience with international organizations, government and knowledge of GEF and UNDP policies.
English Language – excellent written and oral communication skills. In addition to excellent command of English, ability to communicate in Portuguese and/or Tetum will be considered beneficial to the assignment.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Management and Leadership
Lump Sum Amount
The financial proposal must be expressed in the form of a lump sum all-inclusive cost linked to deliverables specified in TOR Section C, supported by a breakdown of costs as per the template provided.
If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
Kindly note that any Incomplete proposal (missing CV/P11 and/or Financial Proposal) will not be considered for further evaluation.
The candidates will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points of the technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation.
This TOR is approved by:
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.