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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Manila
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2018-03-26

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M&E and Gender Specialist (For Filipino Nationals Only)

Manila (Philippines)

Background

In October 2017,  the project concept entitled “ Integrated Approach in the Management of Major Biodiversity Corridors in the Philippines” with a budget proposal of USD12M was cleared by GEF CEO.  The project aims to establish and operationalize a comprehensive planning and management framework  to manage biological corridors in an integrated manner which will generate multiple benefits including effective conservation of globally significant biodiversity, reduced deforestation and degradation and enhanced livelihoods. Specifically,  the project is envisioned to address the following barriers:

Barrier 1:  Policies, regulations, and approaches that breed disjointed goverance, planning, management, and financing of activities within the landscape/corridor. Currently relevant agencies in PA management and those that have remit over lands identified as biodiversity corridors are guided by their respective mandates and deliver on stated outcomes.  The interplay of various policies and programs in the same landscape oftentimes result in unintended results due to the absence of a commonly agreed planning and management framework for all sectors to follow;

Barrier 2: Fragmented implementation of key programs that fails to effectively address threats to BD corridor connectivity and natural resources decline: The absence of an integrated planning framework within the landscape that considers connectivity within the corridor is manifested by programs being implemented with no focus on addressing threats to habitat loss, maintaining ecosystem flows, fragmentation, conversion of high conservation value forests to agriculture. Thus, existing corridors remain a mosaic of disjointed land management units with incompatible objectives;

Barrier 3: Weak community level mechanisms to incentivize conservation of biodiversity, promote sustainable natural resource utilization, and monitor compliance: The BD corridors consist of areas that are managed under various tenure regimes including communally and privately-owned lands. A system of incentives is essential to encourage private or land tenure holders in critical spaces within the landscape to contribute to providing stepping stones, or expand the pathways of target species while ensuring improvement in ecosystem services and resilience.

To detail out the project concept into a full blown project proposal,  the GEF has also granted an amount of USD273,000 as project preparation grant. This PPG aims to prepare and develop the following documents for final submission and approval by the GEF:

  • UNDP-GEF Project Document (ProDoc), using the 2017 standard template.
  • Mandatory annexes to the ProDoc, including gender analysis and action plan, and stakeholder engagement plan, among others, and project specific annexes (e.g. landscape profile, institutional and legal analysis, feasibility studies etc).
  • GEF CEO Endorsement Request.
  • Validation Workshop report (as appropriate for projects with a moderate and high SESP risk rating).

The project preparation grant (PPG) has an allocation for the hiring of project development team including a M&E and Gender Specialist who will assist and support the team in the development and completion of the required above-cited documents/PPG deliverables.

Institutional Arrangement

For the duration of the contract, the consultant will report to and coordinate with UNDP and key focal agencies such as DENR-BMB, DENR-FMB and DA-BSWM.  All activities supported by this engagement should be approved by UNDP.

All outputs should be cleared by the PPG Team Leader and endorsed by the key focal agencies before UNDP issues the certificate of acceptance for the processing of payments.

Expected outputs:

  • Detailed Report on Gender Analysis
  • Detailed Gender Mainstreaming Plan for the project, including plans for improving gender equality and women’s empowerment, which will be also fed into SESP
  • Comprehensive impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation plan for the project
  • Draft SESP including appropriate inputs to integration
  • Appropriate inputs to the relevant sections of the UNDP-GEF Project Document (ProDoc), using the 2017 standard template as maybe assigned/requested by the PPG Team Leader
  • Appropriate inputs to the relevant sections of the GEF-CEO Endorsement as maybe assigned/requested by the PPG Team Leader

Scope of Bid Price and Schedule of Payments

The financial proposals from possible candidates should be expressed in lump sum amount inclusive of all financial costs related to this engagement (i.e. professional fees, transportation/travel to and from residence-Manila, reproduction, communications including internet).  Domestic airfare, food and accommodation of the team outside Manila will be shouldered by UNDP separately and only 20% of the DSA following the NIM rates will be provided.

  • First Tranche        10% - upon submission and acceptance of the inputs to Inception Work Plan;
  • Second Tranche   20% - Upon submission and acceptance of report on Gender Analysis and Gender Mainstreaming Plan;
  • Third Tranche       20% - Upon submission and acceptance of the M&E Plan and Budget;
  • Fourth Tranche    20% Upon submission and acceptance of the Draft SESP including appropriate inputs to integration;
  • Fifth Tranche       30% - Upon submission and acceptance of appropriate inputs to the 1st draft and 2nd draft of the UNDP-GEF Project Document with the mandatory annexes and 1st draft of the CEO Endorsement Document (in report format)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The M&E and Gender Specialist will work closely with the PPG team leader and other local consultants and will perform tasks below.
  • Prepare the gender analysis and work closely with the PPG team to ensure its findings are meaningfully integrated into the project’s strategy, theory of change and results framework;

  • Support the development of the project’s theory of change

  • Support the preparation of the project’s results framework ensuring that the outcomes & outputs are logical and coherent and the indicators are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound;

  • Prepare a detailed M&E Plan and Budget

  • Support action points, including risk assessments, from the UNDP Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP);

  • Support the stakeholder analysis and consultations and ensure that they are complete and comprehensive;

  • Support completion of any additional studies that are determined to be needed for the preparation of the ProDoc and all other final outputs.

  • Support the identification of the project sites, with documentation of selection criteria;

  • Participate and contribute in the validation Workshop (Component C):

  • Support all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop, as appropriate.

Duration of the Work

The contract will cover a period of 10 weeks spread over April to November 2018.

Competencies

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 favouritism.

FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to work in a diverse and multi-cultural environment;
  • Self-motivated and ability to work under pressure and to meet strict and competing deadlines;
  • Displays analytical judgment and demonstrated ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates self-management, including conflict management/negotiating skills on interpersonal issues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Filipino;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively in teams, delivering through and with others;
  • Computer literate; good knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as natural resource management, economics;

Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrable experience in the technical area of project and programme management/design/evaluation;

  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrable experience in the technical area of gender analysis and mainstreaming;

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in results-based monitoring & evaluation.

Language:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English  and Filipino with excellent technical writing skills

Criteria for selection process:

The offer will evaluated based on the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the financial offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.

Application requirements:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability (Financial Proposal Template) using the template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal Curriculum Vitae, indicating all past experiences from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;

Application requirements should be emailed to procurement.ph@undp.org and registry.ph@undp.org on or before  26 March 2018.

Attachments such as Financial Proposal Template, P11 Personal History Template and Terms and Conditions for Consultants can be downloaded through this link:

http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=44935

In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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