International consultant: Feasibility study on environmental accounting

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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Guinea-Bissau houses a wealth of natural resources that is of local, national, regional and global significance.  However, despite its enormous potential, the country embodies some of the world’s toughest development challenges, combining acute and rising poverty with persistent fragility

Being a coastal country, Guinea-Bissau’s challenges are magnified as a Least Development Country and Small Independent Developing State, due to its environmental and socio-economic vulnerabilities, geographical situation and climate conditions. 

The Government of Guinea-Bissau has elaborated various plans and reports to safeguard the environment and promote sustainable development, including the National Adaptation Plan of Action (2006) and Second National Communication on Climate Change (2011).  The Strengthening natural resource valuation capacities project, a Rio Convention capacity development project, proposes a s that sets out to address challenges identified in Guinea-Bissau’s 2011,National Capacity of Self-Valorization (NCSA) and is fully aligned with these plans.  Thus, this project and its strategy are consistent with the findings of the NCSA, as well as with Guinea-Bissau’s national plans, priorities and policies.  It also takes into account Guinea-Bissau’s PAN/LCD and National Strategy and Action Plan on Biological Diversity and the National Action strategies. 

Indeed, the project will contribute with the establishment of a reliable environmental accounting tools  and monitoring system which allows presentation of the state of the environment in understandable terms to policy decision-makers, both national and international, and regularly update the status of Guinea-Bissau capacity to plan its future for sustainable development.

So far, the country has not implemented specific activities regarding environmental accountability, with the exception of the Guide for the economic evaluation of impact assessment, elaborated under the Environmental Assessment framework.

The consultancy for the preparation of the Feasibility Study on Environmental Accounting (FSEA) in Guinea-Bissau, will support the pursuit of some of the objectives of the Project, namely, to integrate environmental accounting and natural resource valuation tools into key policies and regulations in the scope of:

  • Output 1.1       Assessment and recommendations on the feasibility of environmental accounting in Guinea-Bissau
  • Output 1.2       Targeted revision and development of policy and legal instruments to catalyze the use of natural resource valuation in decision-making

The consultant, under the supervision of the UNDP GEF and UNDP Country Office in Guinea Bissau, will work closely with the government specialists,  and take into account the Project Document, the international best practices and standards for environmental accounting and valuation of ecosystem services (with specific references to the following sectors: agriculture, energy, fisheries, land and ecosystems, and water resources), and all the needed references, will elaborate the feasibility study on environmental accounting in Guinea-Bissau, including:

  • Environmental accounting baseline for the Country and for a pilot-site and
  • Recommendations to integrate environmental accounting and natural resource valuation tools into key policies and regulations.

 Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Present a specific methodology for the preparation of environmental accounting baseline, based on natural capital accounting and ecosystem services valuation, including all planned activities and the appropriate timeline. The methodology will consider, inter alia, a general baseline (for the whole country) and a specific one for the local scale Cacheu Mangrove Park to be applied to one pilot-site (for instance: a protected area);
  • Visit one pilot-site, to find the relevant players and carry out any research, analysis and field activities that will allow for the collection of data and relevant information, which will be detailed in the proposed methodology; Pilot-site will be proposed in the methodology and agreed with the PMU and stakeholders;
  • Visit Bissau, to consult the relevant players, attend meetings of the finance and economic expert working group, as needed, and discuss the main findings with PMU and UNDP;
  • Perform all the activities needed to FSEA, including: in-depth analysis of environmental accounting, on the basis of ecosystem services economic valuation and, eventually, natural capital valuation; SWOT and gap analysis; environmental accounting baselines (general, at national scale, and pilot, at local scale); recommendations to integrate environmental accounting and natural resource valuation tools into key policies and regulations; a list of indicators for the ecosystem services monitoring, to be incorporated into the outputs of component 2 of the project;
  • Elaborate drafts of the FSEA;
  • Review and finalize FSEA according to feedback received UNDP GEF and UNDP Country Office in Guinea Bissau and government counterparts.
  • Elaborate and present the drafts of the FSEA to a specific validation workshop and incorporate all the comments received.

Approved methodology and workplan for assignment / 20 days from the contract signature  /   5 working days and approved by UNDP and Secretaria de Estado do Ambiente  /   20% of contract amount

Approved first draft of the Feasibility Study on Environmental Accounting (FSEA) in Guinea-Bissau / Within 3 months from the completion of the first field mission /  50 working days and approved by UNDP and Secretaria de Estado do Ambiente  /  30% of contract amount

Approved second draft of the Feasibility Study on Environmental Accounting (FSEA) in Guinea-Bissau (for the validation workshop)  /   Within 15 days from the submission of the comments  to the first draft  /   10 working days and approved byUNDP and Secretaria de Estado do Ambiente   /   30% of contract amount

Approved final version of the Feasibility Study on Environmental Accounting (FSEA) in Guinea-Bissau (after validation workshop)   /   Within 10 days from the validation workshop   /  5 working days and approved by UNDP and Secretaria de Estado do Ambiente  /   20% of contract amount

Institutional Arrangement

The consultant will work under the supervision of the UNDP GEF and UNDP Country Office in Guinea Bissau. The Head of the Sustainable Development Cluster in Guinea-Bissau is in charge of approving/accepting outputs and deliverables from the consultancy; decisions will also be based on the positive evaluation of the consultant’s performance by the National Project Coordinator.

The Consultant will interview the required institutions, including, at least: General Directorate of Environment, Directorate General for Sustainable Development, Competent Environmental Assessment Authority, Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Areas, National Institute of Statistics, Directorate General for Taxes and Contributions, Directorate General for Budget and Tax Affairs, Directorate General for Water Resources , Directorate General of Forestry, National Institute of Studies and Research, General Directorate of the Center for Applied Fisheries Research, General Directorate of Artisanal Fisheries, General Directorate of Natural Resources, National Institute of Agricultural Research, etc.

Duration of the Work and Duty Station

The consultancy is expected to start in 10/24/2019, and to be completed in 04/24/2020. It requires 70 working days to be carried out within a six-month contract period. The duty station will be Bissau and home-based. The consultant is also expected to visit one pilot-site, spending at least 3 working days there.

Proposed period              Location                    N° of working days

  • 2019                    Home-based                        5
  • 2019                    Bissau and pilot-site            10
  • 2019                     Home-based                       47
  • 2019                    Bissau                                3
  • 2019                    Home-based                        5
  • 2019                    TOTAL                                70


The consultant will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator. The Head of the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Portfolio is in charge of approving/accepting outputs and deliverables from the consultancy; decisions will also be based on the positive evaluation of the consultant’s performance by the National Project Coordinator.

The Consultant will consult the required institutions, including, at least: Direção Geral do Ambiente, Direção Geral do Desenvolvimento Durável, Autoridade de Avaliação Ambiental Competente, Instituto da Biodiversidade e das Áreas Protegidas, Instituto Nacional de Estatística, Direção Geral de Contribuições e Imposto, Direção Geral de Orçamento e Assuntos Fiscais, Direção Geral de Recursos Hídricos, Direção Geral das Florestas, Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisa, Direção Geral do Centro de Investigação Pesqueira Aplicada, Direção Geral de Pesca Artesanal, Direção Geral de Recursos Naturais, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa Agraria, etc.

Required Competencies and Expertise

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies

  • Knowledge Management and Learning;
  • Ability to provide top quality policy advice services on environmental issues;
  • In-depth practical knowledge of interdisciplinary development issues.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in order to communicate complex, technical information to technical and general audiences;
  • Good negotiation skills for difficult situations;
  • Ability to achieve results by persuading, influencing and working with others;
  • Meeting facilitation and conflict resolution skills.

Management and Leadership

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback;
  • Encourages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.


  • Holds a Master with expertise in the area of environmental economics, environmental or forestry engineering, environmental or natural science or related fields assessed as suitable to carry out the appointment.


  • At least 15 years of proven experience in natural resources management and ecosystems and biodiversity management;
  • At least 10 years of proven experience in financial-economic jobs related to natural resources management, protected areas and biodiversity conservation;
  • Previous professional experience in environmental accounting, ecosystem services accounting, natural capital accounting;
  • Knowledge of the context and previous working experience in natural resources management of Guinea-Bissau is an asset.


  • Language requirement: Portuguese; English and French.


Applicants will be screened against qualifications and competencies specified below through a desk review or an interview process. Applicants will be evaluated based on: Cumulative analysis based on a combination of the Technical and Financial Scores.

Technical Evaluation Criteria: 70%

Financial Evaluation Criteria: 30%

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method, where the technical criteria will be weighted a max. of 70% (70 points, out of total 100 points), and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max. of 30% (30 points out of total 100 points).

Applicants obtaining 49 points (70% of available points) or more of the total technical evaluation points will be considered for financial evaluation.

The financial evaluation score (max. 30 points) shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal of those technically qualified.

Applicants receiving the Highest Combined Score who have accepted the UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.

Application Process

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by the UNDP;
  • Personal CV and P11 form, duly signed and contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Brief description of why the candidate considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • Technical Proposal, proposing a methodology to carry out the assignment in accordance with  this ToR;
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price. The term “all-inclusive” means that it has to include international travels, fees, insurance, living allowance, in-town transportation, and other related costs. The Financial Proposal has to be supported by a breakdown of costs, as per the template provided. Preferred Currency of Offer: United States Dollars (US$). If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under the Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate such point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

Incomplete applications will be excluded from further consideration.

Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to . A response in writing or by standard electronic mail will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

Technical evaluation                  70%             100 points

Education Background                                 10 points

Experience as Defined in the ToR                  20 points

Competences as Defined in the ToR              10 points

Understanding of the ToR                             15 points

Methodology and Overall Approach               25 points

Overall Quality of the Tor                               20 points

Financial Proposal                   30%             30 points