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Policy Specialist

manila

Background

Since 2014, The United Nations Development Program through its Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) Project, has been supporting the Philippine Government in articulating the financial resources it needs to maintain a healthy biodiversity portfolio in-country. In particular, BIOFIN in collaboration with Department of Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau has conducted 1) Policy and Institutional Review (PIR); 2) Public and Private Biodiversity Expenditure Review (PPBER); 3) Assessment of financial needs (cost and gap analysis of implementing Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP)); and 4) Develop feasible financing solution to bridge the funding gap in implementing the PBSAP.

Based on insights gained from the results of the three BIOFIN assessments, this plan acknowledges the importance of tapping additional financing to support the biodiversity agenda of the Philippines, mainly through its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP), referred to henceforth in this Plan as the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP). This Plan is cognizant of the parallel challenges that could not be addressed by generating financing alone: thus, the Plan transcends the focus on generating additional resources and also identifies a range of “finance solutions” that leverage finance, fiscal and economic tools and strategies to improve the outcome of biodiversity objectives in the country. Financing solutions include a range of transformative actions: generating more financing to fund the PBSAP or associated planning documents; appropriate attribution of biodiversity expenditures in the budget; attaining cost effective budget execution by eradicating overlaps in biodiversity functions; eradicating expenditures that continue to or aggravate dissipation of biodiversity resources; and paving the groundwork for a responsive policy environment through greater awareness on biodiversity and biodiversity financing and enhancing institutional support towards monitoring of PBSAP.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Policy Specialist will provide guidance and expert advice on the following:

  1. Relevant national and local policies; and

  2. Preparation of relevant MOAs and similar instruments.

Under the supervision of Program Manager and the Senior Technical Advisor, the Policy Specialist will carry out the following tasks:

  1. Prepare and review national policies in relation to potential finance mechanisms;

  2. Prepare and review local policies in relation to the PBSAP localization component of BIOFIN:

  3. Prepare MOAs and similar instruments as applicable and necessary;

  4. Provide support to the following activities:

  • Malampaya Bill;

  • PGRABS EO and Bill;

  • ER 1-94;

  • Private Public Partnership;

  • Biodiversity expenditure tagging and realignment;

  • Mainstreaming of biodiversity into other agencies;

  • Integration biodiversity in mining activities;

  • Local financing;

  • Policies toward establishing trust fund as repository for crowdfunding; and

  • Other policies (including MOUs/MOAs) related to establishing biodiversity planning and financing team in BMB including capacity building as applicable.

  • Participate in relevant project meetings and workshops; and

  • Submit report/s as may be required by UNDP and BMB.

Competencies

Corporate competencies

Preferably with sufficient knowledge of UNDP and BMB and some level of familiarity with its operations

Functional and technical competencies

  • Leading and supervising

  • Formulating strategies and concepts

  • Relating and networking

  • Persuading and influencing

  • Applying technical expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Bachelor Degree in law or public administration or related fields.

Work Experience:

  • At least 7 years experience as a senior policy and institutional researcher/ analyst in the field of environment, preferably;

  • Atleast 3 years of experience in drafting policies for the DENR;

  • Familiar and up-to-date with national and local programs, projects and initiatives on biodiversity conservation and related areas

  • Experience in dealing with international and national experts and institutions

Language:

  • Fluency in English laguage and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Application Requirements:

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;

  2. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references; and

  3. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  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 Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. 

Complete and detailed TOR along with the application requirements can be accessed thru this link: http://procurement-notices-admin.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=48568

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.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: manila
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-07

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