Consultancy: Review of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Ramsar Convention

Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Home-Based / Remote
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International Organization
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1. Introduction

The 13th Conference of the Parties in adopting Resolution XIII.3:

  • Acknowledged the importance of providing an adequate institutional set-up for Ramsar, a global convention with 170 Parties.
  • Established the Effectiveness Working Group (EWG) to review the governance structure of the Convention with the assistance of an independent consultant, as that structure exists at the close of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties, for the purpose of:
    • recommending revisions (as necessary) that further enhance the effectiveness, including cost effectiveness, and efficiency of the Convention in order to reduce administrative burden and speed up the processes to achieve the mission of the Ramsar Convention; and
    • proposing a process to implement its recommendations.

Consistent with this resolution, the EWG is now seeking a suitably qualified Consultancy to review the structure and governance of the Ramsar Convention. The EWG will guide the work of the Consultancy. The successful Consultancy will report to the EWG Chair and copy the Ramsar Secretariat point of contact.

2. Scope

This Consultancy will review the governance structure and working methods of the Convention to support the Parties in identifying measures (as necessary) that further enhance the effectiveness, and efficiency of the Convention to support its mission: the conservation and wise use of wetlands, and how such measures might usefully be implemented.

The review should also consider the work under taken by the Facilitation Working Group in the 2016-2018 triennium, the draft resolutions 18.1 and 18.2 on governance submitted to Ramsar COP13, and internationally corporate governance standards and their applicability.

3. Consultant Recruitment

The Ramsar Secretariat will oversee the Consultancy recruitment process to be appointed by June/July 2019 at the latest, The Secretariat will aim at launching the recruitment by March 2019 at the latest. The Secretariat will invite applications from any suitably qualified candidates in response to these Terms of Reference. Interested potential candidates should submit a brief proposal (maximum 10 pages) including a detailed budget in line with the key selection criteria as detailed in paragraph 4 and application require ments as detailed in paragraph 5.

The Secretariat will receive and evaluate all applications and will provide a short-list to the EWG Chair along with justification for the short-listed candidates. The EWG will review the Secretariat’s recommendations within one week from receipt to recommend candidates for interviews. The EWG Chair will co-ordinate responses from EWG members. If required, an EWG meeting will be convened to discuss candidates for interviews.

Secretariat representatives together with the EWG Chair and Co-chair/Vice Chair (possibly via skype) will form a panel to assess candidates’ interviews. Following the interviews, the panel will share their joint recommendation with the EWG in order to take a final decision

Please see "To Apply" link for more information.