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National Information and Technology Consultant, For Thai Nationals Only
|Location :||Bangkok, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||11-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Maximum upto 10 working days from 15 Feb. 2020 to 15 Dec. 2020|
Thailand is one of the most biodiverse countries in Southeast Asia and derives large benefits from the ecosystems, landscapes and habitats that support its unique biodiversity. There is the important environmental role performed by watersheds, river basins and coastal areas, as well as their significance in supporting livelihoods linked to fisheries, recreation and tourism. Similarly, Thailand’s historically vast forest coverage has had substantial effects on the sustenance of agriculture and in fulfilling water and power needs. However, Thailand’s development progress over the past several decades has been undertaken at the expense of its natural resources and biodiversity. Forest, coastlines and wetlands have become degraded and various types of infrastructure development have replaced natural environment
For decades, the export of agricultural products (especially rice and rubber), forest products (timber and spices) and seafood products had been the main sources of revenue for Thailand. However, this trend has increasingly shifted over the past decade towards industrial and service sectors, in particular, tourism sector, thanks to the beauty of the country’s natural resources and systematic promotion by the government.
In 2017, over 35 million tourists visited Thailand, an increase by 14 million from 2015. Tourist revenue had risen to more than 1.8 trillion baht (US$56 billion) in 2017 or approximately 20% of the country’s GDP. This growth has added pressure on the country’s rich biodiversity resources. The influx of visitors in popular tourist destinations and the development of tourist infrastructure have increased waste and pollution to the tourist spots and nearby locations, destroyed the habitats of plant and animal species which could lead to their extinctions, if not managed effectively. The problem is even more pronounced in ecologically sensitive areas where unintended promotion of tourism brings in far too many visitors to the areas than the nature can handle and recuperate. A more sustainable and inclusive tourism model is crucial for sustainable growth in Thailand. In addition, the benefit from tourism does not necessarily trigger down to community. Approximately 80 percent of tourism-generated profits flow to foreign or large companies rather than being distributed to locals.
UNDP Thailand, in partnership with the Biodiversity Based Economy Development Organization (BEDO), a public organization under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, are developing a Project Document for the “Mainstreaming Biodiversity-based Tourism in Thailand to Support Sustainable Tourism Development Project” for submission to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Cycle 7 under the Biodiversity Focal Area. UNDP/Thailand recently secured the Project Preparation Grant (PPG) from the GEF to develop a full-sized project document (ProDoc).
The objective of the project is to develop biodiversity-based tourism in Thailand at the community level to enhance the protection of biodiversity wilderness, generate sustainable financing and local livelihoods, and reduce threats from unsustainable tourism development. This project proposes to support the development of biodiversity-based tourism model at the community level focusing on the enabling conditions, capacity building, financial incentives, replicating early successes of sustainable tourism models in Thailand and sharing of knowledge across the country and the region.
Financed through a Project Preparation Grant, the project preparation team is expected to undertake a series of tasks, including but not limited to, stakeholder consultations, baseline assessments, and development of a project log frame with defined baseline and indicators, a detailed work plan, and the definition of the management arrangements, in order to come up with the final project document (ProDoc) with required supporting documents. Consultations and these other activities will be supported by desk review of support documentation, as appropriate. The final output of the initiation plan will be a UNDP-GEF project document and GEF CEO Endorsement Request ready for submission to UNDP and GEF. The documents will be compliant with specific requirements of the GEF and conform to UNDP Operational Policies and Guidelines.
UNDP is seeking a national consultant with proven experience in providing information and technology support services (e.g. mobile applications, website, social media tools) and familiarity with start-up businesses, social enterprises. Experience in supporting sustainable tourism development or businesses in Thailand or abroad will be an advantage. She/he will work as a team with the PPG Team to prepare relevant information in support of the completion of the project document package.
 Comprising the (1) GEF Project Development Consultant (Team Leader), (2) Tourism Planning & Policy Consultant, (3) Biodiversity and Community-Based Tourism Consultant, (4) Biodiversity Financing Consultant, (5) Gender and Safeguards Consultant, and (6) Information and Technology Consultant.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives Of The Assignment
The National Information and Technology Consultant will provide specialist inputs on mobile applications and e-platforms for tourism development and marketing in Thailand supporting the development of the UNDP Project Document (ProDoc). The consultant will be a specialist in designing and developing digital platforms including mobile applications and knowledge management platforms, with understanding of existing applications and platforms related to tourism.
Scope of Work
The National Information and Technology Consultant will work under the supervision of the International GEF Project Development Specialist/PPG Team Leader and closely working with other consultants of the PPG Team. Under the overall guidance from UNDP Thailand, UNDP-GEF Regional technical Advisor at the Bangkok Regional Hub, and BEDO, and in coordination with the PPG Team, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews (Component A): Prepare inputs and support the required analyses/studies, as agreed with the GEF PPG Team Leader, including:
Contributions to the Formulation of the ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory and Project Specific Annexes (Component B):
Validation Workshop (Component C):
Deliverables And Due Dates
Required Skills and Experience
Language Rquirement :
Consultant Presence on Duty Station/UNDP Premises
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on 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 be 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:
The payment shall be paid by upon submission of the deliverables:
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 travels outside of his/her home station, 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.
Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent. The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rates. Repatriation travel cost from home to duty station in Bangkok and return shall not be covered by UNDP.
Documents to Be included when submitting the Proposals
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:
Criteria For Selection Of The Best Offer
The Individual Consultant will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology.
The award of the contract shall 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 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.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
INCOMPLETE PROPOSALS MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Annex 1- ToR;
Annex II- General conditions of the Contract
Annex III- Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal
Annex IV- IC procurement Notice
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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.