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International expert to assist functionality of Radhima Visitor Centre
|Localidad :||Home based with one mission (7 days) on target site, Albania|
|Fecha límite de postulación :||27-Feb-18 (Medianoche Nueva York, Estados Unidos)|
|Tipo de contrato :||Individual Contract|
|Nivel de puesto :||International Consultant|
|Idiomas requeridos :||Inglés|
|Duración esperada del puesto :||20 working days from February to May 2018|
UNDP has supported the Albanian Government to improve the coverage and management effectiveness of Albania’s network of marine and coastal protected areas as an essential complement to its network of terrestrial protected areas and contribute to Albania’s obligations under different UN Conventions and the EU accession process. Significant achievements were made in the Vlora region by catalyzing the involvement of stakeholders and by supporting the establishment of a clear institutional and legal framework for MCPA designation and management. However, multiple stages of development are needed before an Albanian ecologically representative MCPA network is fully realized and can provide coastal communities with sustained benefits from the marine and coastal environment.
The current project is focused on developing a scientifically designed, stakeholder supported network of MCPAs to effectively protect 30% of representative marine and coastal habitats of Albania.
Among others, the project focus is given to intensifying and strengthening management activities for Karaburuni-Sazani MPA, strengthening the governance-based institutional support to the MCPAs network and ensuring that relevant authorities, administrations and stakeholder groups have the necessary capacities and tools to sustain the management and monitoring of the MPCAs network.
The Karaburuni Peninsula-Sazani Island littorals (total surface of 12.570 ha), is the first MPA in Albania proclaimed through a decision of council of ministers on 28 April 2010 as the National Marine Park (IUCN category II). It is located if the south-eastern coast line of Albania. This area hosts more than 150 mollusk species and about 50 species of decapod crustaceans, of which many species belong to the national red list. This Marine Park represents a very rich and attractive site in terms of natural and cultural heritage attractions, both in the coastal and hinterland. The most important and sensitive species short-beaked common dolphin, Loggerhead turtle, Red coral, Date mussel, Dusky grouper, Starfish, Posidonia meadows, etc. It reveals a rich traditional living culture, folklore, music, handicrafts, gastronomy, etc. Meanwhile, the main economic sectors relying on this ecosystem are traditional agriculture, livestock and fishery, tourism remains one of the most important uses of the Park creating economic opportunities and enabling a range of nature based tourism activities such as wildlife watching. While the coast is the main natural attraction for sun and sea tourism, special interest tourism represents marine activities, spear gun fishing, day tours, designed trails, hiking and walking around to coastal destinations linking coastal and hinterland. Lately a management plan is developed and approved for this MPA, whereas respective authorities are committed to progress with its implementation.
One of the project objectives is to support the functionality of the Visitor Centre of Karaburuni-Sazani MPA to raise the awareness and educate local communities and MPA user groups on the values and benefits of MCPAs and increase their engagement in the MPA management.
The Strategic Plan will define the mission and management structure of the Centre, its financial/ business plan and will include an environmental education and awareness raising plan. The Strategic Plan will be conceived to address the needs and expectations of local communities (Vlora, Orikumi) and other user groups (e.g. tourists, natures-based tourism service providers).
Deberes y responsabilidades
The consultant will produce a comprehensive Strategic Plan with the main goal its operation and functionality.
Detailed tasks are:
1. Assisted by the local expert, he /she will review the stakeholder profiles and validate/adjust info on the various grassroots groups who either influence or are affected by the ecosystem health.
2. Propose ways to develop and strengthen mechanisms for effective interaction among the project, the MPA management authorities and stakeholders at regional and national level. This will include the role of partners within environmental information processes and propose ways for building and forming partnerships.
3. Devote attention to schools and public education institutions and prescribe educational approaches to increase public awareness amongst the school children and youth in the Vlora and Orikumi area through various activities. This will have to capture also general and institutional audiences and specifically propose creative and innovative approaches to highlight and emphasize issues of concern to the project and the marine ecosystem such as:
4. Present and discuss the Strategic Plan in a workshop with the stakeholders attendance
The Strategic Plan should be developed in participatory and consultative process; stakeholders and target groups at all levels should be engaged in the development process through various approaches such as meetings, round tables, questionnaires, etc.
In the course of development of the plan, the process must:
In the preparation of this plan, the consultant should take into consideration project coordination mechanisms, existing stakeholder’s analysis, engagement plans and capacity building and awareness raising activities – under the project document.
The consultancy is expected to utilize resources and faculties provided through the project Visitors’ Center in Rradhima.
The consultant will draw up a plan outline that will include 4 main components:
When considering the capacities to implement this strategic plan, it should propose ways to strengthen the team or propose more efficient ways for implementing the plan, with due consideration on the management plan. Therefore it will draw on existing or planned resources of the Visitor Center in Rradhima and will validate possible roles in the implementation of the strategy.
Duration and deliverables:
The assignment is 20 days within 4 months period, February to May 2018.
20% Upon delivery of the outline of the Strategic Plan(beggining of March)
60% Upon preparation of the first draft of the Strategic Plan for of Visitor Center in Radhima, mission in the site and workshop included (mid-April 2018)
20% Upon delivery of the Strategic Plan of the Visitor Center in Radhima, financial plan included (31 May 2018)
 Degradation of Posidonia meadows, coralligenous communities, degradation of geological formations, decreased fish stocks and harvesting of marine invertebrates); such habitats are impacted by anchoring, invasive species, pollution, fishing above meadows, mechanical damage from trawling and boats, changes in the structure of the fishing fleet and illegal fishing and sometimes harvesting by divers,
 Including also benthic enrichment i.e. increased organic content of the sediment beneath the fish cages (alerting intensive aquaculture)
Habilidades y experiencia requeridas
Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on Combined Scoring method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
Applicants obtaining 49% or more of the total technical points will be considered for financial evaluation.
Combined weighted scoring: Technical (70%); Financial (30%).
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max points: 30.
The application should contain:
* Kindly note that Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal are two separate documents and should both be part of your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
How to Submit the Application:
To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:
Due to a large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
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.
El PNUD está comprometido con lograr la diversidad de su personal en términos de género, nacionalidad y cultura. Se alienta por igual a las personas que pertenecen a grupos minoritarios, a pueblos indígenas o que tienen alguna discapacidad a presentar su candidatura. Todas las solicitudes se tratarán con la mayor confidencialidad.
UNDP no tolera la explotación y el abuso sexual, ningún tipo de acoso, incluido el acoso sexual, ni la discriminación. Por lo tanto, todos los candidatos seleccionados serán sometidos a una rigurosa verificación de referencias y antecedentes.