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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: undp barbados and the oecs
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
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  • Closing Date: 2019-02-15

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BBRSO56454 - Preparation of 6NR for Dominica

undp barbados and the oecs

Background

As Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), including the Commonwealth of Dominica, are required under Article 6 to develop national strategies, plans or programmes to fulfil the objectives and measures of the Convention. In response to the guidance of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, enabling activities of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in biodiversity have focused on assisting countries to prepare their national biodiversity strategies and action plans and/or their first national reports to the CBD.

The National Report to the CBD represents a country’s assessment of the progress of implementation of the Convention and the effectiveness of these measures. In accordance with Article 26 of the CBD and decision X/10 of the COP, Parties are asked to submit national reports. National reports are tools which allow the Convention to monitor its implementation in the various country Parties. Dominica has submitted its 5th National Report.

In decision XIII/27, the COP decided that the sixth National Reports (6NR) should focus on providing a final review of progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including relevant national targets, based on information concerning the implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans and other actions to implement the Convention. Parties should provide updates since the last national report was submitted. This includes recent changes to the status trends of biodiversity and to the pressures on it.

In the 6NR, Parties are requested to report on national implementation of the Convention in a structured concise narrative form. It is structured in seven sections (two of which are optional) which will be updated on any progress made from the last report submission. The mandatory sections to be included in the report are as follows:

  • Information on the targets being pursued at the national level;
  • Implementation measures taken, assessment of their effectiveness, associated obstacles and scientific technical needs to achieve national targets;
  • Assessment of progress towards each national target;
  • Description of the national contribution to the achievement of each global Aichi Biodiversity Target; and
  • Updated biodiversity country profiles.

There are also resource modules on the CBD website that should be referred to in the development of each section. Various technical resources are available here: https://www.cbd.int/nr6/

Duties and Responsibilities

SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK        

The consultant will produce the Sixth National Report for Saint Lucia as well as associated documents as follows:

Task 1: Inception Report and Initial Work Plan

To commence, the consultant will have detailed inception meetings with the national CBD focal point (and other parties as the country deems necessary e.g. departments with responsibility for forestry, protected area, environment) to understand country-specific context, scope and expectations. Within two weeks of the effective date of the contract and initiation of the consultancy, the consultant shall submit for the consideration and approval, an inception report, identifying the detailed work plan including the schedule of activities to be undertaken for the duration of the project, including the allocation of time and human resources to various tasks. The work plan will specify the methodologies to be employed in pursuit of satisfying the various objectives, and the expected output from each activity.

Task 2: Technical Reports

The following technical reports addressing major issues/topics will be submitted:

  • Background assessment on invasive species
  • Background assessment on endemic species
  • Impacts of climate change on biodiversity (with emphasis on coastal ecosystems including mangrove forests, wetlands, sea grass beds, coral reefs)
  • Impacts of habitat conversion on biological diversity

The technical reports will include examination of the impacts of major economic activities e.g. agriculture, tourism, and policy decisions (e.g. laws) on biodiversity, especially invasive and endemic species. The reports shall inform the 6NR, but may be presented following the completion of the 6NR, if so advised by the country.

Task 3: Draft Sixth National Report

The draft 6NR will be comprised of the following sections:

Section I: Information on the targets being pursued at a national level

  • Section to include information on the national targets that have been adopted in line with the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets

Section II: Implementation measures taken, assessment of their effectiveness, associated obstacles (including climate change and its impacts) and scientific and technical needs to achieve national targets

  • Section to include:
    • Information on the main measures taken to implement the NBSAP and achieve the national targets.
    • Information on the effectiveness of the measures taken, identify obstacles or scientific and technical needs that should be addressed and identify any needs for implementation support.
    • Report on major measures taken to implement the NBSAP. An assessment of the effectiveness of these measures should be provided.

Section III: Assessment of progress towards each national target

  • Section to include information on progress made towards the attainment of the national targets and how they are aligned with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets with a focus on assessing the level of progress made towards the national targets or similar commitments.

Section IV: Description of the national contribution to the achievement of each global Aichi Biodiversity Target

  • Section to include information on progress towards the global Aichi Biodiversity Target with a focus on linking the progress made at the national level to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets including all elements associated with the global targets.

Section V: Updated biodiversity country profile

  • Section to include information on Parties to the CBD updating their Biodiversity Country Profile with a focus on the following:
  • Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services and functions.
  • Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect).
  • Measures to enhance implementation of the NBSAP.
  • Overall actions taken to contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

In addition, the draft 6NR will be submitted in conjunction with the following supporting documents:

  • Implementation plan for the 6NR
  • Communication strategy for the 6NR
  • Summary of the participatory process, including stakeholders consulted in annex

Task 4: Final Sixth National Report

The final 6NR will be prepared, incorporating comments and feedback on the drafts received from the respective government and UNDP and submitted with the supporting documents above.

Expected deliverables and deadlines are the following:

No.

Deliverable

Due Date (after contract signature)

% Payment

1

Inception Report and Initial Work Plan

15 days

10%

2

Draft Technical Reports

90 days

15%

3

Draft 6NR with supporting documents

120 days

40%

4

Final Technical Reports

140 days

15%

5

Final 6NR with supporting documents

  • Word and PDF copyedited versions
  • 10 flash drives containing the full suite of documents (including Implementation Plan and Communications Strategy), edited, suitable for printing and ready for national distribution

160 days

20%

Competencies

I. Years of experience:

  • 10 years of experience in research, analysis or implementation of biodiversity conservation programmes

  • 5 years of experience working on biodiversity issues in SIDS the Caribbean; specific experience in-country highly desirable

  • Previous experience in preparing national reports on implementation of the biodiversity-related MEAs

  • Familiarity with the CBD and relevant guidance for preparing NBSAPs and National Reports

  • Prior experience with UNDP and/or GEF projects would be an asset

     II. Competencies:

  • Strong technical report writing, data acquisition and analysis skills;

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;

  • Timely delivery of high quality analytical work;

  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; and

  • Fluency in spoken and written English

Required Skills and Experience

III. Academic Qualifications:

  • Post-graduate degree in environmental science, environmental management, ecology, natural sciences or related field

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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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