Consultant (Rural Development and Natural Disaster)

Belize 🇧🇿

Description

Rural Development and Natural Disaster – Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator for the Sustainable Development Plan for the Chiquibul-Mountain Pine Ride-Caracol Complex – Consultant

Background

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is currently financing Technical Cooperation BL-T1088 “Design and preparation of the Sustainable Development Plan for the Caracol Complex Region” in close coordination with the Government. The Sustainable Development Plan (SDP) is expected to maintain the long-term contribution of the region to the national economy and balance land and natural resource use with environmental protection and local livelihoods. 

The Chiquibul-Mountain Pine Ridge-Caracol Complex (CMCC) consists of four contiguous protected areas which can only be accessed by the Caracol Road connecting this region to the main George Price Highway. The Caracol Archaeological Reserve, the largest known Mayan archaeological complex, along with the Mountain Pine Ridge and the Chiquibul Forest Reserves and the Chiquibul National Park, are part of a tri-national bioregion forming the largest remaining contiguous block of tropical broadleaf forest north of the Amazon. The Maya Mountain Massif, where the CMCC is located, has been described as an storehouse for biodiversity with over 700 species of fauna and 662 species of flora (ERI, 2015). There are several stakeholder communities including El Progresso, San Antonio, Cristo Rey, Georgeville, Cool Shade, Upper Barton Creek, Augustine, Santa Elena and San Ignacio, some of which are comprised of Mayan descendants who continue to preserve their natural and cultural heritage.

Agriculture in adjacent areas and forestry in the reserves are major economic activities, however, the CMCC’s main potential value lies in cultural heritage conservation and in ecosystem service provision, making tourism, energy production and water production key development factors. All productive activities depend on the ecosystem services provided by the protected areas. 

The National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan (MTCA, 2013) prioritizes the CMCC as an emerging tourism destination for future development and the Bank-financed Sustainable Tourism Program II (STP II/BL-L1020) includes several infrastructure investments aimed at increasing tourism expenditures in the area. 

The recent announcement of the pavement of the Caracol Road, as well as other future development in the area could potentially contribute to rapid land use change within and in the vicinity of the CMCC that could lead to significant losses in biodiversity and ecosystem services. Depending on the development path chosen, there could be significant trade-offs in natural capital that could threaten the biodiversity and ecosystem services upon which future sustainable growth depends. Given the highly pristine and undeveloped character of the CMCC, there is a need to analyze alternative development scenarios, assess natural capital trade-offs and prepare an ecosystem-based sustainable development plan that maintains the long-term contribution of the region to the national economy and balances land and natural resource use with environmental protection and local livelihoods.

More research in the potential vulnerabilities of the CMCC to these new developments is urgently needed as is the implementation of appropriate land and watershed use and management policies. An understanding of the value of the potential losses in ecosystem services associated with specific threats is required for policy and planning. 

The TC operation will finance the following five components:

  1. Governance Framework Development for the implementation of the SPD. While the region is a contiguous landscape, there presently exists three different management agencies responsible for the day to day management and oversight of the area, in addition, there are multiple stakeholders of the area including private interest concessionaires, local communities, tourism stakeholders, military groups and researchers, to name a few. This has presented a barrier for sustainable management of the region, as synergies are lacking within respective legislations, development plans and strategies, and within the day-to-day management. This component will define a governance framework to support the implementation of the SDP. Specific activities will include: (i) analyzing the existing governance framework for the CMCC; (ii) identifying management and institutional gaps required for a more coordinated approach of the CMCC; and (iii) developing a comprehensive governance model for the phased implementation of the SDP with recommendations on the composition and mandate of the coordinating entity, potential legislative amendments, new regulations or opportunities to allow for more holistic oversight and management of the region.
  2. Data collection on priority ecosystem services aimed at assembling the best available information to quantify stocks and flows of the CMCC key environmental goods and ecosystem services. This information will serve as the basis for the development scenarios and environmental and ecosystem service trade-off analysis which will inform the design of the SDP. Specific activities include: (i) multi-stakeholder scoping of policy and development issues under consideration; (ii) development of a georeferenced data base of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem services, including satellite-derived data; (iii) survey of socio-economic conditions as the economic baseline for the plan; and (iv) participatory selection of ecosystem services for which modelling tools are readily available and which are most relevant to the CMCC (i.e., timber production, cultural services, water provision). The output will be an ecosystem services and socio-economic baseline for scenario construction and eventual monitoring of the plan’s results.
  3. Design and Analysis of alternative future development scenarios: This component will support the assessment of development alternatives and their environmental and ecosystem service supply trade-offs to foster consensus through a highly participatory process involving nearby villages, the Mountain Pine Ridge/ Chiquibul/Caracol Working Group created under STP II and other key stakeholders. Specific activities  include: (i) compilation of relevant national sector policies (forests, fisheries, water, mineral resources and, energy and emissions) and major local development proposals; (ii) participatory mapping of current land and resource use; (iii) formulation of future development scenarios considering alternative livelihoods (agroforestry, ecotourism, Non-Timber Forest Products), potential economic sectors (energy, mining) and basic services including connectivity; (iv) natural capital trade-off analysis for at least two development scenarios using readily available spatial modelling tools (Invest); and (v) results reporting, ranking and selection of the preferred development scenario through a stakeholder-driven process, the main output of this component.
  4. Regional Stakeholder Engagement Strategy:  This will entail the development and implementation of a series of outreach and communications activities to engage government and potentially affected parties in the identification and analysis of strategic priorities, issues, actions, and development alternatives. The strategy will be adapted to the socio-cultural context of the CMCC and will accompany all the activities under the Technical Cooperation (TC). Activities include: (i) strategy development in support of all other components; (ii) community meetings and workshops: (iii) production of engagement materials.
  5. Sustainable Development Plan and investment designs – This component will entail the preparation of an ecosystem-based Sustainable Development Plan and an accompanying investment package for sustainable productive livelihoods resulting from the analysis of natural capital trade-offs of alternative future scenarios (Components 2 and 3) and as such balances the needs and expectations of a representative cross-section of stakeholders engaged in a transparent consultation process. As a minimum, the Plan will include: (i) policy changes; (ii) guidelines for ecosystem-based development that support economic diversification, ensure the continued preservation and support effective management of protected areas and function of ecosystem services; (iii) site specific management actions; (iv) investment designs including financing estimates as well as potential sources of financing that minimize the fiscal burden of the country; and (v) appropriate maps, charts, and supporting text to support the recommendations made.
The IDB will execute the studies to be financed by this operation.  In an effort to ensure successful deployment and to secure general support, close involvement will be required of multiple institutional stakeholders including: the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA), the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce (MEDPITC), the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFSDI); the Department of Public-Private Dialogue (DPPD) in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Finance and Natural Resources, key NGO’s and the private sector, with the DPPD being responsible for stakeholder engagement coordination.

The IDB is looking for a Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator to provide technical guidance and coordination to (i) the oversight and implementation of project activities as defined under each component, (ii) facilitate effective communication to multiple institutional stakeholders and the private-sector, and (iii) support the outreach and stakeholder engagement activities of the operation. The Coordinator will serve as an official liaison between the IDB, government stakeholders, NGOs and the private-sector and will be the government representative for the operation under the supervision of the DPPD.

The team

The Department of Public Private Dialogue is situated in the Office of the Prime Minister and serves as the secretariat for and provides technical support to the Economic Development Council, a public private advisory body responsible for strengthening the collaboration between public and private sectors. The DPPD consists of an Executive Director, a Policy Analyst and a Project Coordinator. 

Deliverables

The consultant will be responsible for submitting the following to the IDB:

  • Monthly reports of activities including, when relevant, the results of the consultations (describing attendance, issues of concern, and agreements) for Components 1 – 5.
  • The IDB will review all project outputs and deliverables in collaboration with DPPD, MEDPTIC and other relevant Ministries where required. Final acceptance of deliverables will rest with the IDB.
Payment timeline

Monthly payments upon approval of monthly report. Reimbursement for travel expenses will be based on the Government Office of travel allowance; communication expenses will be covered on a monthly basis for an amount to be agreed. 

What you’ll do
  • Provide oversight and technical guidance to facilitate the attainment of project objectives and delivery of project outputs, reporting regularly to DPPD and MEDPTIC focal points on progress, challenges and to advise on any corrective actions required to reach planned target levels. 
  • Support the development and implementation of an iterative communications strategy for the project and the Department of Public/Private Dialogue including support for the facilitation of public consultations and other methods of stakeholder engagement.
  • Interact with the firm contracted to prepare the Sustainable Development Plan for identifying relevant stakeholders and participating in meetings for consultations and validation (community meetings and workshops) as defined in the communication strategy to support the preparation and validation of the Sustainable Development Plan. 
  • Participate in outreach activities for the elaboration of the Sustainable Development Plan. The consultant will provide advisory support to the other consultancies under this project in reviewing lessons learned and results of public consultations held in previous phases of the project, including sharing data on local networks and contacts, stakeholder concerns and expectations as well as advice on using local communication channels to prepare the public consultations.
  • Participate and coordinate meetings and follow-up calls, as necessary, with relevant partner agencies and Ministries to facilitate project coordination and implementation.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with all consultants and firms hired under this operation to ensure that key stakeholders are included in the consultation process.
  • Review all deliverables and reports to be submitted by the consultancies and liaise with the DPPD, MEDPTIC and IDB to assess whether the quality of the deliverables aligns with project objectives and hold the expected standard of quality, and support project monitoring activities. 
  • Assist with facilitation of consultations with both the private-sector and the government to support the development of a governance framework for the phased implementation of the SDP (Component 1).
  • Assist with facilitation of public consultations to select a sub-set of ecosystem services most relevant to the policy issue under consideration (Component 2).
  • Assist with facilitation of iterative public consultations to build broad stakeholder consensus on a preferred ecosystem-based development scenario for the CMCC, including selection of assessment criteria and presentation of modelling results and scenario rankings (Component 3).
  • Assist with the development of an iterative communications strategy that is closely linked to the activities carried out by the consultancies under this operation (Component 4).
  • Assist with facilitation of public consultation meetings to support the preparation and validation of the Sustainable Development Plan (Component 5).
  • Support the design of a dissemination strategy for results produced through this TC.
  • Participate in advocacy and policy dialogues with national counterparts on issues related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Plan. 
  • Support the implementation of the DDPD’s communication strategy.
  • Any other tasks deemed necessary to achieve the project objectives according to the request of the DPPD or MEDPTIC. 

Qualifications

Skills you’ll need
  • Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Management, Policy Management, Project Management, or related field.
  • Experience: Minimum of 3 years work experience in project management, natural resource management and multi-stakeholder engagement. Previous experience with the public and private sector in Belize and international financial institutions would be an asset.
  • Languages: Fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish. All reports will be submitted in English.
Core and Technical Competencies
  • Project and natural resource management. 
  • Communications and multi-stakeholder engagement strategies. 
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong reporting and organizational skills.
  • Capacity to build strong relationships and promote partnerships.
  • Solution and results oriented.
Opportunity Summary
  • Type of contract and modality: Consultant, Monthly
  • Length of contract: 16 months.
  • Responsible person: Natural Resources Lead Specialist stationed in Washington, D.C. Consultant will be directly supervised by the Executive Director of the Department of Public/Private Dialogue in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group. 

Our culture: Working with us you will be surrounded by a diverse group of people who have years of experience in all types of development fields, including transportation, health, gender and diversity, communications and much more.

About us: At the Inter-American Development Bank, we’re devoted to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives. 

Payment and Conditions: Compensation will be determined in accordance with Bank’s policies and procedures. The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may contribute toward travel and moving expenses. In addition, candidates must be citizens of an IDB member country.

Visa and Work Permit: The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may submit a visa request to the applicable immigration authorities; however, the granting of the visa is at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the necessary visa or work permits required by the authorities of the country(ies) in which the services will be rendered to the Bank. If a candidate cannot obtain a visa or work permit to render services to the Bank the contractual offer will be rescinded

Consanguinity: Pursuant to applicable Bank policy, candidates with relatives (including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity, including spouse) working for the IDB, IDB Invest, or MIF as staff members or Complementary Workforce contractuals, will not be eligible to provide services for the Bank.

Diversity: The Bank is committed to diversity and inclusion and to providing equal opportunities to all candidates. We embrace diversity on the basis of gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply.


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