Natural Resources Management Expert Consultant

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
Spanish and English


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Based in Seoul, The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote an economic growth model known as "green growth," which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and the private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon-intensive, and more resilient to climate change. 

GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence-based green growth planning and implementation aligned to "countries" development priorities. The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities, which build a solid theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers, as well as creating the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.                                                                                                     

GGGI has been working with the Government of Colombia to advance green growth policies and green investments through strategic partnerships such as with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Treasury and Public Credit, and the National Planning Department (DNP), among others. Since 2014, GGGI has supported the DNP in its objective of advancing a green growth vision and transition plan for Colombia that can support climate goals and SDGs achievement. GGGI supported the development of the Green Growth Taskforce led by DNP (2016-2018), which produced solid and relevant information for the design and concertation of the Green Growth Policy- GGP (adopted by means of CONPES 3934 of 2018). 

One strategic axis of the GGP aims to create guidelines for build the human capital for green growth. This includes all the governmental enlistment necessary to promote and generate green jobs together with low carbon projects within the private and public sectors. In that context, GGGI will support the National Learning Service (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje- SENA) of Colombia to develop new curricula that will supply technical education programs for allowing more Colombians to enter the labor force and build the skills and competencies for careers in energy efficiency, bioeconomy development, and reforestation (Natural Resources Management).  

GGGI, therefore, requires supporting SENA with a Natural Resources Management Expert that will develop a low carbon curriculum in Natural Resources Management together with SENA experts, expanding the offer of low carbon training and strengthening the existing SENA's sectorial knowledge networks of Energy, Environmental Management, and Biotechnology.  

Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment 

The Consultant will be responsible to design and develop the low carbon curriculum in Natural Resources Management together with SENA & GGGI experts, as well as carrying activities for strengthening the SENA Environmental Management Sectoral Knowledge Network. The main objective of this workstream is to generate greener human capacities, which will allow the regions and productive sector to progress in the transition process towards a low carbon economy.

Scope of Work  

Under the supervision of the GGGI Project Manager, the Consultant will contribute to designing and developing a new curriculum in Natural Resources Management at a technological level, as well as working closely with members of the SENA sectorial knowledge network such as instructors, advisors, experts, and private sector representatives. 

SENA's, GGGI's experts and Natural Resources Management Expert will define the detailed compass of the natural resources management program within the development of the first three deliverables. This consultancy will be carried out in three components:

1. Curriculum Design

  1. Familiarize herself/himself with the Natural Resources Management Status Quo in Colombia, regulatory framework, long-term sectoral plans, identification of gaps and necessities, as well as current similar programs in Colombia.
  2. Elaboration of a proposal for the technological Natural Resources Management program structure.
  3. Revision with team colleagues and experts, feedback, and adjusts of the program structure.
  4. Preparation of the candidate (entry students) and graduate profiles, considering the competencies, abilities, and academic training. Likewise, the instructor profile needs to be framed on this point.
  5. Validation of the students' exit profile with key stakeholders from the private sector.
  6. Design the technological Natural Resources Management curriculum based on the program structure identified above. The curriculum must be developed under SENA's methodology, procedures and standards.
  7. Validate the curriculum  methodology and design with SENA's and GGGI's experts, and with other stakeholders as deemed necessary by the project manager
  8. Update the curriculum's methodology and design based on the feedback and comments received
  9. Upload the information regarding the curricular design to the official SENA-Sofia system.

2. Curriculum Development

  1. Elaborate extended correlation matrix for technological programs accordingly with SENA's templates and procedures.
  2. Planning and designing of technical learning activities.
  3. Develop each subject's technical content, accordingly with the insides previously established in the curriculum design stage, as well as SENA's standards and procedures.
  4. Create clear technical information for the elaboration of audiovisual materials that would be used in the virtual modules.
  5. Support the SENA audiovisual division in elaborating the audiovisual materials for the technological Natural Resources Management program.
  6. Establish technical learning activities within SENA's platform.
  7. Develop regular meetings to validate and enhancing the curriculum developed, materials, audiovisuals, and other kinds of resources.
  8. Support the development of at least one complimentary short course in topics related to forest economy, conservation, or payment for ecosystem services.  

3. Sectorial knowledge networks strengthening

  1. Validate the gaps and specific needs of the SENA Environmental Management sectorial knowledge network.
  2. Develop regular meetings with the SENA Environmental Management sectorial knowledge network to foster capacity building, knowledge sharing, exchange of best practices and lessons learned.
  3. Support the organization and delivery of one workshop with SENA Environmental Management sectorial knowledge network to foster capacity building, knowledge sharing, exchange of best practices, and lessons learned.
  4. Create one specific document that includes guidelines, policy frameworks, and private sector new skills demands.
Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables

    (1)     Workplan

A complete workplan based and detailed methodological approach must be prepared by the Consultant.

    (2)      Gathering information and assessment report

The report must include information from different sources such as the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development – MADS, Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute, National Natural Parks of Colombia – PNN, Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies – IDEAM, Institute of Marine and Coastal Research – INVEMAR, NGOs, among others, and assess the principal characteristics (Status Quo) of Natural resources management across the country.

    (3)     Modular design report, including candidate and graduate profiles report 

The report must include the design of the complete methodology and structure of the technological Natural Resources Management program effectively validated with key SENA experts and other stakeholders. The report must also include the candidate, graduate, and instructor profiles adequately validated with key SENA and private sector representatives.

    (4)     Curriculum Design report 

The report must present the materials and documentation regarding the technological Natural Resources Management program's curriculum design, including subjects content lists and description, technically and methodologically validated with SENA's experts and GGGI supervisor, and under SENA's methodology, procedures and standards.

    (5)     Ongoing Environmental Management sectorial network strengthening report 

This report must include the description and evidence of the activities such as meetings, trainings, workshop arrangements, and any other activities carried to strengthen the SENA Environmental Management sectorial network.

    (6)     Curriculum Development draft report.

This report must include a draft version of the curriculum development containing the extended correlation matrix for the technological Natural Resources Management program, technical learning activities, methodology, and advances of the curriculum technical development. The report must also include the evidence and materials of the support given to SENA's experts to develop at least one complementary course in forest economy, conservation, or payment for ecosystem services.

    (7)     Curriculum Development report 

The report must include the curriculum's final design for the technological Natural Resources Management program, containing each module's contents, learning activities, materials, and others, respectively validated with SENA's experts and GGGI supervisor.   

The report must also include the technical inputs such as databases, graphs, scripts, draft documents, and others to elaborate the audiovisual training material such as infographics, videos, interactive elements, and others. 

(8)   Environmental Management sectorial network strengthening final report 

This report consists of a compilation document that includes the strengthening given to the Environmental Management sectorial networkin terms of:

  • Activities and actions related to the increased knowledge and capacities of SENA's tutors and professors.
  • Evidence of one workshop developed with knowledge sectorial networks members, key public & private sector representatives (attendance lists, minutes, presentations, pictures, among others).  
  • One reference document that includes sectorial guidelines, policy frameworks, and private sector new skills demands of the Natural Resources Management sector.
  • Evidence of meetings carried with members of the SENA knowledge network (attendance lists, minutes, presentations, pictures, among others).  
  • Activities regarding the support of SENA's audiovisual professionals for developing infographics, videos, and other kinds of material of the technological Natural Resources Management program.
  • Other activities carried to support the SENA knowledge network.

All outputs must include the activities and actions regarding the monthly and quarterly reports that are necessary for GGGI and Donor. Product 1 must be produced in English and Spanish, while the rest will be developed in Spanish.

Reporting Arrangements

The consultant work progress will be monitored primarily through periodic review meetings for planning and biweekly 

short face-to-face (or virtual) meetings for prioritizing activities, all of that previous consensus with the Contract Supervisors (GGGI and SENA). In this review, meetings will be tackle subjects such as the overview of the contractual objectives, the development of activities, detailed information milestones, actual achievements made against the timeline initially set, and any other relevant progress details.  

Supervision shall be provided by the GGGI Project Manager to ensure the timely and quality delivery of products outlined in the contractual objective in collaboration with the Lead of Energy Efficiency knowledge network.  

Deliverable 1 and 6 must be produced in English and Spanish, and the rest must be written in Spanish, in accordance with GGGI's formatting requirements, and submitted with proof of editable file back-up (e.g., .docx, .pptx) in the GGGI SharePoint system. Final products must be developed accordingly with standard templates that SENA and GGGI will provide to the Consultant. Where relevant, the Consultant shall also provide sets of raw data, research materials, and meeting notes related to the contractual objective. 

The Global Green Growth Institute (“GGGI”) is committed to transparency, accountability and openness in the organisation. In case of any doubt, please refer to our WhistleBlower policy in the link:   

Suggested Methodology 

The Consultant should follow the specific methods provided by the Contract Supervisor. The Consultant will make the best use of both primary and secondary sources of information for the development of activities defined under the contract objective. 

  • (MANDATORY) Degree in Biology, Ecology, Microbiology, Environmental Engineering, Forest Engineering, Environmental Management, or related fields.
  • A postgraduate course in Ecology, Environmental Management, Pedagogy, Sustainability, or related fields is an asset.
  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience in biodiversity conservation or management, natural resources management, environmental management, among other related topics.
  • At least 1 year of teaching and capacity-building experience.
  • Previous work experience at SENA is desirable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Exceptional analytical and quantitative skills; capacity for synthesis, presentation, and communication; and strategic thinking skills
  • Organized with excellent time management.
  • Proven ability to work with teams and collaborate.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and have a flexible approach to tasks given.
Additional Information 
  • Date to close is Korean Standard Time (KST) – not Colombia time. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.  
  • GGGI evaluates applications based on eligibility requirements, relevance of academic study, work experience and the level of interest and motivation to contribute to GGGI's goals. If your application is successful, you will be asked to participate in a competency-based interview. 
  • Contract value will be up to USD 12,000 (dependent on credentials) 
  • Contract duration will be from April 2021 till January 2022 (full-time/deliverable based contract)