International Project Development Specialist on Natural Resources Management with a focus on Sustainable Land Management & Biodiversity Conservation
The International Project Development Specialist will be the GEF PPG Team Leader and will be responsible for quality assurance and timely preparation of all reports and documentation, including the finalized UNDP Project Document (ProDoc) and CEO Endorsement Request, with all mandatory and project specific Annexes and supporting documentation. S/he will be responsible for managing all consultants on the GEF PPG Team, and coordinating the Team’s work. The consultant will provide an overall orientation to the PPG team in relation to GEF requirements for project planning and monitoring; provide methodological guidance for data collection related to project planning and monitoring with particular attention given to the description and quantification of the baseline investments; based on the inputs from national and international experts and in close cooperation with the key national stakeholders compiles final baseline/situational analysis for the full-size project (FSP).
- Management of the GEF PPG Team
- Define and submit a detailed methodology and work plan in consultation with the other consultants with clear delegation of responsibilities for the International Consultants (ICs) and National Consultants (NCs);
- Ensure that project development is participatory, gender-responsive and based on extensive stakeholder engagements; and
- Verify and ensure that all project components are technically sound and cost effective.
- Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews (Component A): With inputs from the other national and international consultants, as detailed in their respective TORs:
- Compile baseline/situational analysis for the full-size project (FSP). This will include a precise definition of baseline projects, activities, budgets, goals and co-financial links to GEF outcomes; definition of GEF incremental value per outcome and output; and presentation of results of the incremental cost-analysis in matrices as appropriate;
- Oversee the stakeholder analysis and consultations and ensure that they are complete and comprehensive;
- Ensure the preparation of the gender analysis and ensure its findings are meaningfully integrated into the project’s strategy, theory of change and results framework;
- Ensure action points, including risk assessments, from the UNDP Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) at the PIF stage (“pre-screening”) are fully implemented during the PPG, and update that screening in an iterative fashion throughout the PPG, as appropriate;
- Conduct/oversee the identification of the project sites, with documentation of selection criteria;
- Oversee the consultations with partners regarding financial planning; and
- Ensure completion of any additional studies that are determined to be needed for the preparation of the ProDoc and all other final outputs.
- Formulation of the ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory and Project Specific Annexes (Component B): With inputs from the other national and international consultants, as detailed in their respective TORs, and based on international best practice:
- Develop, present and articulate the project’s theory of change;
- Develop the Results Framework in line with UNDP-GEF policy;
- Work closely with the UNDP Namibia Office to identify the relevant UNDP strategic outcomes that the project will be linked to (i.e. link the project to the appropriate indicator in the UNDP Integrated Results and Resources Framework as defined in the UNDP Strategic Plan);
- Develop a detailed Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and Budget;
- Oversee and ensure the preparation of a Stakeholder Engagement Plan;
- Oversee and ensure the preparation of a Gender Action Plan and Budget;
- Update the SESP based on assessments undertaken during Component A, and ensure the development of environmental and/or social management plan(s) for all risks identified as Moderate or High in the SESP;
- Prepare the required GEF tracking tool(s);
- Secure and present agreements on project management arrangements;
- Prepare an indicative Procurement Plan;
- Prepare indicative TORs for key project personnel (e.g. C/TAs, Project Manager, M&E officer);
- Ensure the completion of the required official endorsement letters; and
- Synthesize all analyses, studies, etc. that are prepared under Components A and B to produce the draft UNDP-GEF ProDoc, GEF CEO Endorsement, and all mandatory and project specific Annexes, using the required templates.
- Validation Workshop (Component C):
- Lead the validation workshop to present, discuss and validate the final draft ProDoc and mandatory and project specific annexes, with a special focus on the SESP and any management plans; and
- Oversee all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop.
- Ensure completion of Validation Workshop Report.
- Final Deliverables:
- Consolidation of all technical and consultation inputs including from national stakeholders, UNDP, GEF Secretariat, STAP and GEF Council, into a well written and concise UNDP ProDoc with all required sections and Annexes, in line with the standard UNDP-GEF ProDoc template and annotated guidance;
- Completion of the GEF CEO Endorsement Request;
- All documentation from GEF PPG (including technical reports, etc.); and
- Validation Workshop Report.
- Level 5 core leadership;
- Level 5 people management
- Planning and acting transparently;
- Actively working to remove barriers;
- Modeling high professional standards and
- Motivating excellence in others as well as to catalyze new ideas, methods and applications in order to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.
- Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as natural sciences, social sciences or political or environmental sciences.
- The assignment is to be carried out by an international individual contractor. The consultant shall have prior experience in similar projects
- Minimum 10 years of demonstrable experience in the technical area of sustainable land management, sustainable forest; management and integrated natural resources management and in preparing high-quality GEF and other donor-funded projects;
- Work experience in southern Africa and/or African countries most preferred;
- Strong technical writing skills;
- Excellent coordination and leadership skills;
- Evidence of UNDP GEF Prodoc development work.
Fluency in written and spoken English.
Criteria for selection:
- A Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a maximum of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30%.
- Recommended Presentation of Offer and Application process
Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications:
- A letter indicating why the candidate considers himself/herself suitable for the required consultancy;
- Submission of an updated detailed personal CV or Signed and Updated P11 form;
- Methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
- Lump sum financial quotation,with a breakdown of daily consultancy fee, daily subsistence allowance (living allowances is applicable for international consultants only) and ticket fees as applicable – clearly indicate the breakdown of daily fee and number of days of work;
- At least two references from recent previous jobs or three references contact details
- ANNEX 1- INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS is provided