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National Consultant _Eco-Tourism Expert

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Sustainable Tourism
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-18

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  1. Background:


UNDP Bangladesh’s climate strategy 2021-2025 provides programme themes to facilitate Bangladesh’s LDC graduation and a move towards a world past Official development assistance (ODA) but where climate finance will continue to flow. The strategy is situated in the Vision 2041, the Perspective Plan and the new Eight Five Year Plan of 2021-2025. The strategy responds to Bangladesh’s new opportunities and recovery challenges post-COVID-19, rapid urbanisation, remaining rural and urban poverty, growing private sector development, outstanding environmental pollution, unsustainable natural resource management and a move towards a net zero economy. This strategy shapes the UNDP’s project portfolio, providing continuity where appropriate and identifying gaps where noted. UNDP Bangladesh have a host of climate change projects, but there are new and exciting opportunities for engagement in a more coherent and innovative way with renewed policy support, capacity building and resource mobilisation.

The three main themes of the climate strategy reflect people, the economy and the environment and are:

  • No One Left Behind in climate-resilient adaptation and a net-zero economy (ie people).   This includes people living in remote rural areas and low-income urban areas, marginalised women and children and disabled and indigenous people. It covers primarily climate adaptation resilience and making sure climate action and finances reach those who need them most. It also covers mitigation and the need to ensure that a transition to a net zero carbon future is combined with increased energy access and energy security through a just transition.  
  • Green recovery post-COVID-19 for public and private investment (ie the economy). This includes integrating climate into the post- COVID-19 fiscal stimulus package. More broadly it relates to continuing the Ministry of Finance’s climate budgeting and attracting private finance, such as through climate bonds and insurance and green banking. It also covers how to provide incentives for a net zero economy and how Bangladesh can become a beacon of green manufacturing in South Asia.
  • Nature-based solutions and natural resource management that are inclusive and sustainable (ie the environment). This relates to an unfinished agenda in Bangladesh around sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forests which is made more pressing by the impacts of climate change.   It includes realising the economic benefits from effective natural resource management in the Sundarbans and Chittagong Hill Tracts as the middle class expands and domestic tourism grows.   Nature-based solutions are becoming more globally prominent with the focus on biodiversity but this area needs greater attention in Bangladesh.

Local Government Initiative on Climate Change (LoGIC) is a multi-donor collaborative initiative of GoB, UNDP, UNCDF, EU, and SIDA, aims to enhance the capacity of 45,000 climate vulnerable households and 72 Local Government Institutions (LGIs) in Khulna, Bagerhat, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Sunamganj and Kurigram districts for planning and financing climate change adaptation solutions in selected 225 wards located in the climate-vulnerable areas. The Local Government Division (LGD) is implementing the project in partnership with UNDP and UNCDF (for technical and management support).


By achieving objectives and results, the project will contribute to reducing climate vulnerability in Bangladesh. The project expects to bring the following results:

  • Strengthened capacity of vulnerable people and local stakeholders for accountable planning and financing on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)/ Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) actions for building resilience.
  • Enhanced access of Local Government Initiatives (LGIs) and vulnerable households to climate funds have for climate resilient infrastructures and adaptive livelihoods.
  • Established evidence-based advocacy for a mechanism for "financing local resilience".


LoGIC is designed to support approximately 200,000 most vulnerable households based in hard-to-reach areas in 72 unions in seven districts of Bangladesh. The extension of the project will further enhance the capacity of vulnerable communities (400,000 vulnerable people), local government institutions (72 UPs) and civil society organisations for planning and financing climate change adaptation solutions in selected climate vulnerable areas. By achieving the objectives and results, the project will contribute to the reduction of poverty and climate vulnerability in Bangladesh. This is expected to produce the following results:

  • Strengthened capacity of vulnerable people and local stakeholders for accountable planning and financing on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)/ Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) actions for building resilience.
  • Enhanced access of Local Government Initiatives (LGIs) and vulnerable households to climate funds have for climate resilient infrastructures and adaptive livelihoods.
  • Established evidence-based advocacy for a mechanism for "financing local resilience".


Since 2017, LoGIC has been successfully transferring climate resilient grants to 72 UPs and 17,000 vulnerable households, through the Performance Based Climate Resilience Grants (PBCRG) and Community Resilience Fund (CRF). The grants helped to implement CCA actions at community and HH levels. Ensuring “whole of society approach” and engagement of UPs with diverse stakeholders in the process of Community Risk Assessment (CRA) and developing risk reduction plans at community level has been a critical success factor towards achieving the principle of “leaving no one behind”. This diverse stakeholder community includes ethnic minority groups, fisherfolks, persons with disability, marginal occupational groups, adolescent mothers etc. Over the next 2 years LoGIC also aims to focus on youth between the age of 16 to 24, particularly targeting towards the rural youth population living in climate vulnerable areas, living within and outside of the LoGIC project beneficiaries. The project would facilitate youth inclusion into LoGIC supported local adaptation planning - into the various stages of the project cycle, and enhance their readiness to transform the economy and society for a climate resilient economy and society.


Bangladesh government has laid huge emphasis on developing tourism as an economic sector of the country.  The government introduced National Tourism Policy-2010 and established Bangladesh Tourism

Board to implement the policy. The National Tourism Council (NTC) the apex body for tourism

headed by the Honorable Prime Minister of the Government of the People’s Republic of

Bangladesh gave a clear instruction to prepare a short-term, mid-term and long-term tourism

development plan. Following this instruction, Bangladesh Tourism Board has been given the responsibility to prepare a Tourism Master Plan in the 7th and 8th Five Year Plan of Bangladesh. In this conducive scenario, LoGIC thinks ahead for the climate vulnerable communities to include in the wider tourism industry by promoting community based Eco-Tourism and thus sustaining the environment and heritage.  


Working Area of LoGIC

The table below shows the targeted Unions in the project working area: 







Char Rajibpur

Char Rajibpur, Kodailkati, Mohanganj


Roumari, Bandabeer, Dantbhanga, Saulmari


Ashtamir Char, Raniganj, Thanahat




Dakshin Sreepur, Dakshin Baradal, Uttar Sreepur, Balijhuri


Bhati Para, Charnar Char, Derai Sarmangal, Rafinagar


Atgaon, Bahara, Habibpur, Sulla




Dakshin Bedkashi, Koyra, Maheshwaripur, Uttar Bedkashi, Maharajpur


Banisanta, Pankhali, Kamarkhola, Sutarkhali, Tildanga



Chandpi, Sundarban, Suniltala, Mithakhali


Dhansagar, Khontakata, Royenda, SouthKhali


Baraikhali, Jiudhara, Morrelganj, Nishan Baria




Kakchira, Kathaltoli, Nachna Para, Raihanpur


Badarkhali, Burirchar, Dholua, Naltona


Barabagi, Nishanbaria, Sonakata, Pancha Karalia



Rangabali, Bara Baisdia, Chhota Baisdia, Char Montaz & Moudubi


Char Borhan, Ranagopaldi



Dhania, Kachia, Rajapur, Dakkhin Dighaldi


Uttar Joynagar, Char Khalifa, Saidpur, Dakkhin Joynagar


Bara Manika

4 Divisions

7 districts

19 Upazilas

72 Unions

Objective of the assignment:

The national consultant will assess the potential opportunity for Eco-Tourism in LoGIC working district with community-based approach, especially by engaging youth and marginalized ethnic communities for their adaptive livelihood in the face of climate change and disaster risk.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The scope of work for the Consultant-Eco-Tourism Expert will include but will not be limited to:

  • Prepare inception report including the list of potential products for community-based eco-tourism within the seven LoGIC working district.
  • Identify and priorities at least three viable projects in three different LoGIC districts, preferably in Khulna, Barguna/Sunamganj, and Kurigram in connection with LoGIC beneficiaries.
  • Produce the Business plan for the identified three products development.  
  • Explore the alignment of potential tourism product by LoGIC beneficiaries within GoB’s Master plan and connect them to GoB’s district level plan.   
  • Guide research assistant.
  • Undertake field visit as required.
  • Organize local level meeting and workshop with GoB and other stakeholders as appropriate.   


Expected Outputs and Deliverables:


Deliverables/ Outputs

Target Due Dates *indicative


% of



Delivery 1: Inception report with detail work plan

30 Sep’2021



Delivery 2: Product development business plan (draft) 1

28 Nov’2021



Delivery 3: Product development business plan (draft) 2

24 Dec’2021



Delivery 4: Product development business plan (draft) 3

10 Feb’2022



Delivery 5: Final business plan 1,2, and 3

25 Mar’2022





30 days



Institutional Arrangement

  • The Consultant Eco-Tourism will work under supervision of the Project Coordinator.
  • All costs related to this assignment including logistics, office arrangements, accommodation, etc. shall be borne by the Consultant Eco-Tourism
  • Achieving the progress and quality of the deliverables of the Consultant Eco-Tourism; Any delay shall be communicated to the LoGIC Project Coordinator along with a plan to remedy the delay.
  • The Consultant Eco-Tourism can undertake travel to project area if necessary.
  • The Consultant Eco-Tourism will not be entitled for any DSA visit but s/he will get the actual amount of travel expenditures after the field visits.
  • The Consultant Eco-Tourism is expected to work from his own office and arrangement.  LoGIC project will not provide laptop/computer and necessary logistics to work for the assignment.

Duration of the Work

The duration of the assignment will be for 30 days over a period of 6 months.

Duty Station: Dhaka


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong analytical, reporting, and writing abilities skills;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to ensure supportive supervision to the technical team.
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work;
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Comprehensiveness knowledge of climate change;
  • Proficiency in the use of office IT applications and the internet in conducting research;
  • Outstanding communication skills;
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work;

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualification:

Master’s degree in any discipline of Social science or business administration. Academic qualification in tourism will be considered as added value


  • At least 10 years experience in Tourism business development.
  • Minimum 5 years of Experience in Collaboration and Coordination with GOs & related tourism authorities in Bangladesh.
  • Minimum 3 years of Experience in Tourism product development.
  • Minimum 3 years of Experience in providing training/workshop conduction.



Fluency in Bengali and English (written, oral and spoken)

Schedule of Payments

The Consultant Echo-Tourism shall be paid on monthly basis and their monthly payment will be an “all-inclusive” monthly fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, office space etc.) that could be incurred by the Consultant Eco-Tourism in completing the assignment are already factored into the monthly fee. If applicable, travel cost will be reimbursed separately on actual basis. Payments shall be done upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the Project Coordinator of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period.  


In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the Consultant Eco-Tourism wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Technical Supervisor, prior to travel and will be reimbursed on actual.

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)



Max. Point




Minimum 10 years of experience in the Development of the tourism business in Bangladesh.



Experience in Tourism product development and related publications



Experience in Collaboration and Coordination with GOs & other related authorities and players in the tourism sector.  








100 points

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks):

All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula:

p = y (µ/z)


p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Documentation Required

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload of a maximum of one document: Maximum size per email is 7 MB.

 Incomplete proposals may not be considered.

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