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Senior Environmental Legal Specialist

Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Environment
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-01


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the State Government of Sarawak have initiated a partnership in Sarawak’s development planning under the current and new Country Programme between Government of Malaysia and UNDP. One of the projects in partnership with the Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources (MUDeNR), Sarawak is to formulate the Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan. The project titled “Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan – Support to Policy Formulation, Institutional Framework and Institutional Capacity Building” (SBMP) will contribute to mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem considerations into Sarawak’s development planning to advance effective conservation and safeguard natural resources. The formulation of Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan and its implementation is aligned with Sarawak’s development objectives as well as the international call for stronger sub-national commitment on addressing threats to biodiversity and ecosystems, and full integration of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into development planning to ensure sustainable economic growth and social wellbeing in Sarawak.


There are three outcomes to this project namely:


  1. Development and sectoral policies are harmonized and strengthened through formulation of SARAWAK BIODIVERSITY MASTER PLAN to enable effective conservation, management & sustainable use of biodiversity 
  2. INSTITUTIONAL MANDATES for biodiversity & ecosystems are clarified to strengthen intra-governmental coordination and multiple stakeholder participation in biodiversity planning & decision-making process
  3. CAPACITY to implement the Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan enhanced among the government ministries and agencies

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work

The Senior Environmental Legal Specialist will be part of the policy and technical expert team led by UNDP Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam to provide technical expertise and inputs to the formulation of the Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan.


The purpose of this assignment is to conduct a comprehensive review of the policy, institutional and legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems in the State of Sarawak, and prepare, formulae and/or drafting of the Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan – a Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (SNBSAP) for Sarawak.


  • Be responsible for organization, coordination of all outputs with all relevant stakeholders, compilation and timely submission of deliverables;
  • Prepare relevant materials and facilitate socialization and/or consensus building workshops on the content of the Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan; 
  • Develop key strategies and corresponding actions for mainstreaming of biodiversity to be incorporated in the Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan;  
  • Prepare and draft the Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan with a team of experts ranging from biodiversity, biodiversity finance, capacity development; Sarawak stakeholders, etc. 



The methodology employs a number of investigative, analytical and consultative methods and tools to complete the tasks; and based on the needs:

  • Collect data from public domains and official documents including policies, legislation, strategies and plans from Sarawak.
  • Supplement the data analysis with literature research.
  • Regular meetings for the purpose of verification and finalization of data with UNDP and Sarawak Government;
  • Dialogues or interviews with key stakeholders in Sarawak Government such as Sarawak Economic Planning Unit, Ministries in Sarawak, Forest Department Sarawak, Districts, etc.; and NGOs in Sarawak;
  • Stakeholder consultations.


Handling of Data, Information and Documents

All data, information and documents obtained under this assignment is the property of Sarawak and the United Nations Development Programme; and be treated as strictly confidential.

No such information shall be used by the expert for any other purpose other than the preparation of Sarawak project deliverables.

All soft and hard copies of the data, information and documents must be returned to UNDP and the Government of Sarawak upon completion of this assignment.   




The Senior Specialist will report to and seek approval and/or acceptance of outputs/deliverables from the Head of Sustainable and Resilient Development of UNDP Country Office in Malaysia. The Senior Specialist is also expected to liaise/collaborate/meet with the project team for project management and other relevant matters.


  • Estimated level of effort: up to 120 days;
  • The Senior Specialist will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;
  • The Specialist will be responsible for providing her/his own working station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, photo camera, etc.) and must have access to a reliable internet connection;
  • For specific tasks in this assignment relating to the country-level projects the Expert will report to the UNDP Country Office;
  • The Specialist is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability during the assignment;
  • Payments will be made upon submission of a detailed time sheet and Certification of Payment (COP) form, and acceptance and confirmation by the Supervisor on days worked and outputs delivered.




The assignment will require up to 120 working days including 40 travel days starting from 1 September 2022 until 30 June 2023.




Home-based and Kuching, Sarawak





Payment Schedule

Percentage of Payment (USD)

  1. Upon submission and acceptance of the detailed work plan by UNDP

By 7 September 2022



Upon submission and acceptance of first draft Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan

By 30 September 2022


Upon submission and acceptance of validation workshop report

By 31 October 2022



Upon submission and acceptance of second draft Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan

By 30 November 2022



Upon submission and acceptance of final draft Sarawak Biodiversity Master Plan

By 31 December 2022




Functional competencies:

  • Proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people;
  • Capable of working in a high- pressure environment with sharp and frequent deadlines, managing many tasks simultaneously;
  • Exercises the highest level of responsibility and be able to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner;
  • Welcomes constructive feedback;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills; and
  • Excellent planning, organizational, multi-task and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with UNDP and government strongly desired.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters or higher degree in environmental law or related discipline with minimum 15 years of experience (5 points).
  • A registered member of the Malaysian Bar.  


  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrable experience in professional legal consultation and legal representation related to environmental matters, including public finance legislation at the national and sub-national level in Malaysia (10 points).
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in environmental policy and institutional review and/or formulation (20 points). 
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in drafting of environmental law and regulations in Malaysia (20 points).
  • Experience in working with government and UNDP (10 points).
  • Working knowledge and understanding of climate change, biodiversity and/or energy-based projects will be considered as an asset (5 points).


  • Excellent command of English and fluency in Bahasa Malaysia.



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

  1. Document 1: Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability 
  2. Document 2: Technical Proposal on how your qualifications, experience and list of track records can lead to successful deliverables of this assignment within the required timeframe, and provide a methodology and approach on how you will approach and conduct the assignments;
  3. Document 3: Please provide a maximum of three (3) samples of written work recently undertaken  
  4. Document 4: Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  If an applicant 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 applicant must indicate at this point and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.  
  5. Document 5: 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  
  6. Please submit this information in one file as Documents 1, 2, 3, and 4. The system will only accept ONE (1) attachment, please merge all documents and submit them as one file.
  7. Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application.
  8. Candidates who fail to submit all the information requested above will be disqualified.

How to Apply:

  • Kindly download the Letter of Confirmation of interest and availability, Financial Proposal Template, and General Terms & Conditions mentioned below;
  • Read and agree to the General Terms & Conditions (refer to below link);
  • Click the ‘apply’ icon and complete what is required;
  • Scan all documents into 1 (One) pdf folder and then upload;
  • For clarification questions, please email [email protected] The clarification question deadline is three (3) days before the closing. When emailing for clarification questions, please put "MyIC/2022/015" as the subject matter.


General terms & conditions to be downloaded:

Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments

Incomplete proposals may not be considered. Only short-listed candidates may be contacted, and successful candidates will be notified.


  • Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be shortlisted for technical evaluation;
  • Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the technical criteria will be weighted at 70% and the financial offer will be weighted at 30%;
  • The technical criteria including education and experience will be based on a maximum 70 points and technical proposal review at 30 points maximum. Only the top 3 candidates scoring 50 points or higher from the technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation;
  • Financial score (max 30 points) shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal of those technically qualified;
  • The financial proposal shall specify an all-inclusive fee and including breakdown per deliverable and all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, in-country travel costs, living allowance and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the Specialist in completing the assignment.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal must additionally include a breakdown of this daily fee (including number of anticipated working days and all foreseeable expenses to carry out the assignment);
  • Applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.
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