The Halda is a unique river in Chittagong region of Bangladesh which is originates in the Hill Tracts and provides important mother fisheries and breeding grounds for pure Indian carp. This is the only pure Indian carp breeding field and acts as the natural gene-bank of Bangladesh, perhaps in all of South Asia. Even though located in the saline coastal zone, this tidal river is the source of fresh drinkable water. This makes it a major source of drinking water supply for the Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority for 5 million city dwellers. This river has significant livelihood and economic importance for collection of eggs and farming of Ruhi fish, annually valued at over US$100 million.
The Halda River is also habitat for the endangered Gangetic Dolphin and several rare species of birds. There are people whose livelihoods solely depend on collecting eggs from the river. This is a hereditary profession, but many have switched away from it already to small trading activities. Many egg collectors observe that primary egg production, as well as number and sizes of fish have declined significantly in recent years. For example, the Chital fish has gone completely missing from the river for over 14 years now.
Conservation of Halda river is a national priority due to its unique ecological and commercial importance. The Prime Minister’s Office has recently formed a high levelhigh-level committee with the Principal Secretary as a Chair for conservation of the river. The Committee sought UNDP’s support because the river’s conservation and sustainable management is conditioned on effective public, private and community partnership with engaging key stakeholders. The benefit of the conservation is vital for (i) continuous supply of clean drinking water to the peoples of Chittagong City; (ii) protecting livelihoods of the millions of poor people and resource users, and (iii) protecting breeding ground and sustained production of Indian carp fish.
The problem and stakeholder’s analysis revealed following issues:
Therefore, a holistic conservation and management approach and public-private community partnership is required for sustainable management and conservation of the Halda river.
The objective of this assignment is to benefit and conservation to :
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
A concept note, scoping study and feasibility studies have been conducted for preparation of the full-size project proposal on Halda river. The purpose of this assignment is to develop a bankable project proposal that addresses the problems of the Halda River ecosystem and its sustainable management. This proposal needs to be designed based on the concept note and available feasibility studies and other published literature. The proposal is for submission of the Sustainable Water Fund of the Netherlands government. The assignment will include the following activities:
The assignment might require travel to the Halda river site in Chittagong, for extensive consultation with major stakeholders including the private sector and NGOs
The consultant shall submit the following pieces of work within this time frame. The activities done by the incumbent will be regularly monitored by the Program Specialist, UNDP. The incumbent will be paid on the following deliverables basis.
Supervision and Performance Evaluation:
The consultant will directly report to Programme Specialist (Environmental Sustainability & Energy), UNDP Bangladesh and will consultant to him during preparation and finalization of the project proposal.
Timeframe and Deadline:
The assignment is for maximum 35 working days over a period from April to October 2017.
Tentative payment schedule:
Home based and Dhaka (with field visit in Chittagong, Bangladesh).
The Consultants will prepare and submit the documents mentioned above at the end of the assignment. Further work, or revision of the documents, may be required if is considered that the report does not meet the UNDP standards, TOR, there are errors of fact or the document is incomplete or not of an acceptable standard
During the mission, UNDP will provide office space for the consultant as required and arrange meetings, consultations, and interviews and ensure access to key officials as mentioned in proposed methodology.
Other desired qualities
Required Skills and Experience
Fluency of English language is required.
Lump sum contracts:
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).
All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should 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 case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Evaluation of the Candidates:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant up on Cumulative Analysis/evaluation and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% mark in technical evaluation will be considered eligible for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation Criteria (Total 70 marks):
Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks)
All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below.
The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula:
p = y (µ/z)
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Proposers who shall not submit below mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation.
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