The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acting as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is providing assistance to the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Guinea-Bissau in the preparation of the GEF Medium Size Project (MSP) “Strengthening natural resource valuation capacities for improved planning and decision-making to conserve the global environment.”
In accordance with UNDP/GEF procedures, UNDP is hiring a team of consultants to develop the MSP proposal for ‘Strengthening natural resource valuation capacities for improved planning and decision-making to conserve the global environment’ for submission to the GEF Secretariat fully compliant with the enforced GEF rules and standards as part of the GEF Project Preparation Grant (PPG). The consultants will report to the Head of the Sustainable Development Cluster at UNDP Guinea-Bissau and work closely with UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub Regional Technical Advisor.
The purpose of the PPG is to fully design the activities, outputs, and outcomes of the ‘Strengthening natural resource valuation capacities for improved planning and decision-making to conserve the global environment’ medium size project and to fully develop a full set of project documentation for submission to the GEF Secretariat and approval. Normal rules for development of medium-sized GEF projects apply. Copies of the GEF templates and guidelines can be found at: http://www.thegef.org/gef/guidelines_templates
Among Guinea Bissau’s human/intangible, produced capital and natural capital, the proportion of natural capital is exceptionally high (close to 50% by World Bank estimate). The country has also preserved a large portion of its nature while its economic activities give the ranking as one the poorest in the world, making the conventional accounting particularly unfit for national planning.
While the country has elaborated various plans and reports to safeguard the environment and promote sustainable development, including the National Adaptation Programme of Action (2006) and Second National Communication on Climate Change (2011), much difficulty remains in mainstreaming the subject of the environment and in taking stock of the country’s wealth. No systematic efforts have been made to evaluate the natural capital or the ecosystemic functions that the country enjoys or provides to the outside world. An environmental accounting system – that incorporates environmental dimensions to traditional national accounting – would require cooperation among various agencies and actors across fields, but there is little coordination and cooperation as of date. In fact, the evaluation conducted in 2011 on the national capacity for environmental management cites as major drawbacks the following: (i) the lack of integrated information system on the environment on a national scale; (ii) the insufficiency of indicators on sustainable environmental management; and (iii) the lack of recognition of the link between degradation of the environment (including national resources) and the national economy. Finally, participatory approach is not well understood among the government technicians and political decision makers as a sine qua non in project formulation and implementation. Incidentally Guinea-Bissau has recently launched REDD+ readiness programme, which require the capacities to make monetary evaluations of natural resources.
In sum, the country will greatly benefit from acquiring sound capacities for natural resources valuation which allow presentation of the state of the environment in terms understandable to political decision makers, both national and international, and regular updating of such valuation. The project will aid the country in strengthening the capacity to plan its future for sustainable development by first assisting in acquisition of capacities to value natural resources.
The project will consist of following four components: (1) Strengthening targeted policy and legislative instruments for effective monitoring and decision-making on the global environment; (2) Strengthening effective monitoring and decision-making mechanisms for the global environment; (3) Development of natural resource valuation tools for improved decision-making on the global environment; and (4) Improving awareness of global environmental values through the use of natural resource valuation.
It will be implemented in line with the established Government of Guinea-Bissau and UNDP procedures in Guinea-Bissau. The Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development will take overall responsibility for implementation of the project, and for the project success. It will establish the necessary planning and management mechanisms to oversee project inputs, activities and outputs. The UNDP CO will support the Ministry as requested and as necessary. The PPG process will be used to further define the management, coordination and consultation mechanisms.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within the framework of this ToR, National Consultant – Environmental Specialist is expected to perform the following tasks and duties based on a participatory approach, involving both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders:
The consultant will conduct the above tasks as a means to support the International Consultant in preparing the Project Document for submission to GEF Secretariat.
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Qualified candidates are requested to apply no later than 8 March 2017 by one of the following methods: (i) online “Environment Specialist – GEF Project” in the subject field.
All costs related to this assignment, including among others, subcontracting of experts, translation of documents, office supplies, and others envisaged costs shall be covered by the contractor. Thus the proposed budget should include all the necessary expenses to achieve the assignment goals.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
When using this method, the award of a contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as both:
Technical Criteria weight; 70
Financial Criteria weight; 30
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 point would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.