Chief Technical Adviser (Ridge to Reef)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Tuvalu
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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Background

The objective of project, “Implementing ‘Ridge to Reef’ approach to protect biodiversity and ecosystem functions in Tuvalu (Tuvalu R2R Project)” is “to preserve ecosystem services, sustain livelihoods and improve resilience in Tuvalu using a ‘ridge-to-reef’ approach”. To achieve this objective, the project focuses on: enhancing and strengthening conservation and protected areas (Component 1); rehabilitating degraded coastal and inland forests and landscapes and supporting the delivery of integrated water resource management (IWRM) and integrated coastal management (ICM) at a national scale whilst piloting hands-on approaches at the island scale (on three selected pilot islands) (Component 2); enhancing governance and institutional capacities at the national, island, and community levels for enhanced inland and coastal natural resource management (Component 3); and improving data and information systems that would enable improve evidence-based planning, decision-making, and management of natural resources in Tuvalu (Component 4).

The project is part of the Pacific R2R program on “Pacific Islands Ridge-to-Reef National Priorities - Integrated Water, Land, Forest & Coastal Management to Preserve Ecosystem Services, Store Carbon, Improve Climate Resilience and Sustain Livelihoods”.  It is consistent with three of the GEF-5 focal areas including Biodiversity, International Waters, and Land Degradation, and is designed to advance Tuvalu’s work towards achieving national and international priorities in these key focal areas through a comprehensive Ridge to Reef approach.  As such, the project will deliver directly on: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)’s Programme of Work of Protected Areas (PoWPA) of the Aichi Targets and the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP 2012 – 2016); the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD)’s National Action Programme (NAP); the Sustainable and Integrated Water and Sanitation Policy (2012 – 2021); and the Climate Change Policy and Action Plan.

The R2R Tuvalu Project is a 5-year project, implemented by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour (MFATTEL) in partnership with the Department of Environment of MFATTEL, Ministry of Home Affairs and Rural Development (MHARD), Ministry of Natural Resources and UNDP.

Duties and Responsibilities

A Mid Term Evaluation was recently conducted, of which the final report consisted of several recommendations. At this stage, it is critical that a CTA is recruited to provide technical support and guidance which will assist the project focussing on priority activities between now and completion on the project in 2020. The primary responsibility of the Consultant is to assist the Department of Environment and the R2R project   in developing a roadmap /plan which will ensure that

Scope of Work Key responsibilities include:

Technical Advice

  • Facilitate lead role in assisting the PIU review progress to date as well a prioritizing activities between now and project closure
  • Facilitate a planning workshop for the Project which will include PIU, Island officers and relevant stakeholders. Will include development of a workshop agenda
  • Support the PIU in developing a Multi Year Work Plan for the Project between present and project closure
  • Lead development of an exit strategy for the Project as recommended in the Mid-term evaluation.
  • Review reports produced by the project including PIR and support PIU in developing publications
  • Provide technical support which will assist the PIU address recommendations of the Mid Term Review
  • Provide assistance to PIU in preparation/review of technical documents e.g.PIR, Board meeting, donor round table
  • Update the tracking tools for Mid Term Review and
  • Support Department of Fisheries, Department of Environment and PIU in writing up of technical report for monitoring of seaweed, sea cucumber stock assessment & spawning site assessment

It is critically important for the consultant to carry out these tasks while keeping key stakeholders (officers of the Departments of Environment, Fisheries and Rural Development and Ministry of Finance, PMU staff and community members) fully involved but at the same time taking a technical (and sometimes managerial) lead.

It is critically important for the CTA to carry out these tasks while keeping key stakeholders (officers of the Departments of Environment, Fisheries and Rural Development and Ministry of Finance, PIU staff and community members) fully involved but at the same time taking a technical (and sometimes managerial) lead.

Detailed Terms of Reference and Template for confirmation of interest and Submission of Financial Proposal is available under the procurement section of UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji

website (http://www.pacific.undp.org/content/pacific/en/home/procurement.html

Competencies

  • At least 5 years of experience in community-based Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), Locally Management Marine Protected Areas, Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Land management and has a good idea on challenges and opportunities for technical and behavioral evidences of water, biodiversity, and land management-related development impacts,
  • Previous consultancy experience is necessary At least 5 years of working experience Tuvalu or small island developing  nations
  • Experience in developing and / or implementing GEF,UNDP project and/or other development agency  supported projects
  • Supporting development and/or review of technical reports
  • Proven track record of project management and project team experience working with government, NGOs, and other key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates integrity and commitment to UN principles and values and ethical standards
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well as part of a multi-cultural team and displays gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability for team working;
  • Self-management, emotional intelligence and conflict management;
  • Analytical and strategic thinking/results orientation
  • Experience in participating and following the project cycle, creative capacity solving problems
  • Computer literacy (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point) is a prerequisite.
  • Ability to engage various partners and stakeholders and builds strong relationships with clients and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrates strong commitment and patience to deal with competing deadlines, demands, and interests

Required Skills and Experience

  • Minimum master’s degree in development economics, environmental science, natural resource management and/or related field
  • Offerors must apply through UNDP Job shop and upload the following mandatory documents.
    • Signed CV including names /email contacts of at least 3 professional referees.
    • Cover letter setting out: A statement of how the applicant meets the qualifications and experience requirements.
    • Completed template for confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal

Applicants must send a financial proposal based on a Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the Individual Consultant´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the Individual Consultant in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs.

In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the Individual Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the event of unforeseeable travel that is not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective UNDP business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Detailed Terms of Reference and Template for confirmation of interest and Submission of Financial Proposal is available under the procurement section of UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji

website (http://www.pacific.undp.org/content/pacific/en/home/procurement.html)

Proposals must be sent through UNDP job shop web page. Candidates need to upload their CV and financial proposal -using UNDP template

Women candidates are encouraged to apply 

Interested Candidates must accept UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Consultants 

Successful candidate will be required to complete the BSAFE course prior to undertaking any travel related to this consultancy ( online security awareness training).