Junior Support Consultant for Ecosystems & Biodiversity

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Background

As the largest single operational and financial UN player in the field of environmental sustainability, UNDP is widely recognized as a global leader in supporting governments to sharpen policy, access finance and develop capacity for the management of biodiversity and ecosystems for sustainable development and poverty eradication.

The value of all UNDP-managed biodiversity and ecosystems projects currently in planning or under implementation is US$ 1.5 billion, with UNDP supporting 132 countries to access Global Environment Facility grant finance for Biodiversity and Land Degradation, and to combine this with domestic and bilateral sources of finance.  An additional US$ 3.5 billion in co-financing has been leveraged for these projects from a range of partners, bringing the current total portfolio size to US$ 5 billion.

Through this project portfolio UNDP provides support to countries’ work in three programming areas:

  1. Integrating biodiversity and ecosystem management into development planning and production sector activities;
  2. Unlocking the potential of protected areas, including indigenous and community conserved areas to contribute towards sustainable development;
  3. Managing and rehabilitating ecosystems for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

UNDP’s Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework, 2012-2020, lays out a roadmap for UNDP’s contributions to achievement of the CBD Strategic Plan and, more specifically, the Aichi Targets. The overall strategic objective outlined in the Framework—to maintain and enhance the goods and services provided by biodiversity and ecosystems in order to secure livelihoods, food, water and health, enhance resilience, conserve threatened species and their habitats, and increase carbon storage and sequestration—has been reinforced by the integration of biodiversity considerations in the UNDP Strategic Plan for 2014-2017. In this Plan, UNDP recognizes the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem management for the achievement of its core mission and vision, which is “to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion”.

Support to countries in project cycle management is coordinated through the UNDP-GEF Directorate at UNDP Headquarters in New York, with Regional Coordination Units (RCU) – in Istanbul (for Arab States and Europe & CIS), Addis Ababa (for Africa), Panama (for Latin America and the Caribbean) and Bangkok (for Asia Pacific) – that work with the Regional Bureaux to provide support to countries. A team of Regional Technical Advisors (RTA) in each RCU provides technical advice and support, and assistance with project development and implementation, in a number of interrelated GEF focal areas including Ecosystems and Biodiversity.

 
 
Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will provide support to the Senior Technical Advisor and Regional Technical Advisors for Ecosystems and Biodiversity in portfolio management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as advocacy and communications work.

More specifically, the consultant will:

  • Support the procurement process for the establishment of the EBD vetted consultant roster under the guidance by the UNDP-GEF EBD Team (30 days);
  • Support the Annual Project Implementation Report (PIR) process through: (i) Review and finalisation of each APR/PIR Excel spreadsheet for quality and completeness of information collected through the 2016 PIR process, including the following: project progress; project risk (number, type, description and response); financing and co-financing; outcomes (general for all projects, specific outcomes for each OP); and, lessons learned. The PIRs should be finalized with due consideration to the PIR quality evaluation criteria, which will be provided; (ii) Liaising with the relevant Country Office, project team and/or RTA as directed, to support correction and completeness of each PIR; (iii) drafting of an assessment of the accomplishments, lessons learned and specific recommendations to improve portfolio monitoring and project performance; and (iv) development of project communication pieces and contributions to the overall UNDP-GEF Performance Report.  (30 days);
  • Support development of a framework for voluntary monitoring and increased learning on the implementation of national biodiversity targets, strategies and actions, and on their linkages with national SDG planning processes.  This will include finalisation of the publication Nature Count – Investing in Ecosystems and Biodiversity, conducting the final editing, liaison with designers and printers, manage the publishing process, and dissemination.   (30 days);
  • Support the Senior Technical Adviser in the EBD global portfolio development, monitoring and management, as well as, new strategic partnership development, global portfolio level communication and advocacy through organisation of campaigns and development of products related to international days such as the Global Tiger Day.  (40 days)

 Information on Working Arrangements:

  • Estimated level of effort, including travel, is 130 working days;
  • The consultant will work from home with one possible mission travel to New York;
  • The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;
  • The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own working station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to a reliable internet connection;
  • The consultant will engage regularly by email and Skype on a weekly and/or as needed daily basis;
  • The specific deliverables associated with the above mentioned tasks will be written down bi-weekly and agreed upon by the consultant and the STA or the relevant Regional Technical Advisor (RTA) during regularly scheduled meetings;
  • Payments will be made monthly upon submission of a detailed time sheet (including deliverables and their timely execution) and certification of payment form, and acceptance and confirmation by the Senior Technical Advisor on days worked (with “a day” calculated as 8 hours of work) and satisfactory delivery of outputs.

 Travel

  • Possible 3-day mission to New York might be required;
  • Any necessary missions must be approved in advance and in writing by the Supervisor;
  • The Advanced and Basic Security in the Field II courses must be successfully completed prior to commencement of travel;
  • Consultants are responsible for obtaining any visas needed in connection with travel with the necessary support from UNDP;
  • Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director;
  • The Consultant is required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under https://dss.un.org/dssweb/;
  • The Consultant will be responsible for making his/her own mission travel arrangements in line with the UNDP travel policies;
  • All related travel expenses will be reimbursed as per UNDP rules and regulations upon submission of an F-10 claim form and supporting documents.  Costs for mission travel should not be included in financial proposal.  
 
Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Technical Competencies:

  • Good computer skills, including use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Professionalism:

  • Works toward creative solutions by analysing problems carefully and logically;
  • Has a dynamic, positive and adaptive attitude towards work-related challenges;
  • Facilitates discussions and meetings effectively and efficiently;
  • Resolves conflicts as they arise;
  • Sets priorities, produces quality outputs, meets deadlines and manages time efficiently;
  • Highly organized, detailed oriented.

Communication:

  • Writes and presents clearly and convincingly.

Client Orientation:

  • Maintains strong relationships with partners and clients.
 
Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental management, biology, economics, social/political sciences, international relations, development studies, economics, administration & management or other related expertise areas is essential (max 10 points);
  • Master´s degree in environmental management, biology, economics, social/political sciences, international relations, development studies, economics, administration & management or other related expertise areas would be a plus (max 5 points).

Experience:

  • At least 1 year of experience (employment, internships, apprenticeships) in project portfolio management, communications, knowledge management, maintaining partner relationships, content development, data tracking, and/or monitoring and evaluation (max 10 points);
  • Experience in conducting research, summarizing material, and preparing draft inputs to written/oral communications pieces is an advantage (max 10 points);
  • Experience in data collection and data analyses is an advantage (max 10 points);
  • Previous experience with UNDP or a related organization is an advantage (max 5 points);
  • Computer literacy, including MS Office, Internet (max 5 points).

Language:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English language (max 5 points).

Evaluation method:

  • Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated;
  • Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the technical score will be weighted at 60% and the financial offer will be weighted at 40%;
  • The technical criteria (education, experience, language [max 60 points], written test [max. 30 points]) will be based on a maximum 90 points. Only the top 3 candidates scoring 36 points or higher from the review of the education, experience, language criteria will be considered for the written test;
  • Applicants obtaining 70% of the combined total technical points (education, experience, languages and written test) will be considered for financial evaluation;
  • Financial score (max 100 points) shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal of those technically qualified;
  • The financial proposal shall specify an all-inclusive daily fee.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal must additionally include a breakdown of this daily fee (including number of anticipated working days and all foreseeable expenses to carry out the assignment);
  • The applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score and who has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.

Documentation to be submitted:

  • Applicants must submit a duly completed and signed UNDP Personal History form (P11).
  • Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application.

Kindly note you can upload only one document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

UNDP Personal History form (P11) required of all applicants:

http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/corporate/Careers/P11_Personal_history_form.doc.

General Conditions of Contract for the ICs:

http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf.  


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