|Location :||Dhaka, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||22-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||10d 10h 22m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 days over a period of 09 months|
Bangladesh is endowed with huge natural resources and high species diversity. People’s life, livelihoods and culture is very much influenced by this diversity in nature compared to elsewhere in the world. But unplanned infrastructure development, unsustainable harvesting of natural resources, unplanned urbanization and industrialization, greed of vested interested people has caused a serious degradation of these resources in recent years. Some initiatives have been taken to restore these resources which resulted in some success at local levels. On the other hand, evidences of adverse impact of climate change are becoming more and more prominent, coupled with the increasing population pressure has exacerbated the degradation even more. Gradually the need was felt to engage community and other stakeholders in the management of Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) which is now established through the ECA Rules that was formulated in 2016.
More impetus to conserve the natural environment, improve environmental standards and, control and mitigate environmental pollution was introduced with the enactment of the Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act in 1995. Thereby, enabling the Department of Environment (DoE) to declare Ecologically Critical Areas (ECAs) where ecological sites are under significant threat of degradation from over-exploitation, pollution and other anthropogenic factors. Since the introduction of this Act and its subsequent amendment in 2010, 13 ECAs (totalling 379,022 ha) have been gazetted. All of these are wetlands, some with a coastal-marine component, which has doubled the protected areas system to 4.4% of the country’s total area. Tanguar Haor and Sundarbans are both Ramsar sites (Wetlands of International Importance) and the latter is also a World Heritage site of globally outstanding natural value. While the boundaries of the Tanguar ECA and Ramsar site are complementary, those of Sundarbans ECA form a 10 km wide peripheral zone (292,926 ha) designed to buffer the biodiversity and ecosystem values of the core World Heritage and Ramsar site. This network of ECAs is vital for the survival of flagship species, such as Irrawady and Gangetic dolphins, Bengal tiger, numerous migratory bird species and various fresh and brackish water fish species, as well as the local communities who are dependent on its ecosystem services.
After declaration of the ECAs, few projects were implemented to restore the ecosystems of some of the ECAs – these are: the Coastal and Wetland Biodiversity Management Project (2003-2011); Community Based Adaptation in the Ecologically Critical Areas through Biodiversity Conservation and Social Protection Project (CBA-ECA) (2010-2015); SEMP; Management of Aquatic Ecosystem through Community Husbandry (MACH); Nishorgo; integrated protected area co-management (IPAC); Climate resilient ecosystem & livelihood (CREL), etc. These projects tested several practices and approaches for natural resource management and community engagement; and developed various tools and mechanisms.
Building on the past initiatives, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and UNDP Bangladesh has developed a full-sized project (FSP) project concept for GEF funding i.e. “Implementing ecosystem-based management in Ecologically Critically Areas in Bangladesh” with the objective: To apply an ecosystem-based framework for managing Ecologically Critical Areas in Bangladesh to enhance the conservation of globally significant biodiversity and support local livelihoods. Thus, the project will mainstream an ecosystem-based approach to ECA management across government agencies and local communities, while also engaging the private sector in a pilot for the first time. The project components are:
The project concept (Project Identification Form/PIF) for the FSP has been endorsed by the GEF Secretariat, and a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) approved. The PIF can be accessed via https://www.thegef.org/project/implementing-ecosystem-based-management-ecologically-critical-areas-bangladesh.
The main purpose of this assignment is to develop a comprehensive project proposal to introduce ecosystem based management (EbM) of ECA to ensure sustainable management of ECAs in the country. In this regard, UNDP is recruiting a Project Design and Biodiversity Conservation Specialist (GEF PPG Team Leader) to lead the full project document development process.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
The Environmental Policy and Institutional Development Specialist will support the project development process by providing specialist technical inputs on policy, legislation and institutional development, including capacity building, that will strengthen the legal and institutional foundations for the nation’s ECA network and enhance their management through an ecosystem-based framework to which compliance is effectively enforced.
S/he will work closely with the Team Leader and Project Technical Coordinator, as well as other PPG consultants, especially the Corporate Partnerships and Ecosystems & Water Resources Management specialists, to frame the legal, policy and institutional development necessary to realize the changes piloted by the project; and at the same to build the capacity to mainstream such changes across the ECA network.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Supervision and Performance Evaluation:
The consultant will report directly to Programme Specialist (Environment Sustainability and Energy) and Team Leader. S/he will also closely coordinate tasks with Country Office through other team members in the cluster. S/he will also work closely with the other PPG team (national and international consultants) recruited by UNDP and the relevant stakeholders of the Government. S/he will keep UNDP informed of any issues that emerge during the PPG process which will likely affect the scope of the project design.
Timeframe and Deadline:
Tentative payment schedule:
The consultant will be based in Dhaka with field mission in project site (in selected ECAs) in Bangladesh. The consultant is expected to spend at least 10 days out of the total 30 working days in selected ECAs for stakeholder consultation and field trips.
The Consultant will use his/her own personal equipment. UNDP will provide office space and an UNDP e-mail address.
Required Skills and Experience
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).
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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