Chief Technical Advisor RMI, Fiji

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Fiji

City: Suva, Fiji

Office: UNDP Suva, Fiji

Closing date: Friday, 9 October 2020

Chief Technical Advisor RMI

Procurement Process : IC - Individual contractor

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Office : UNDP Pacific - FIJI

Deadline : 09-Oct-20 @ 12:00 AM (New York time)

Posted on : 22-Sep-20 @ 11:12 PM (New York time)

Development Area : CONSULTANTS

Reference Number : 70508

Link to Atlas Project : 00112069 - Pacific Resilience and Governance Programme

Documents : Terms of Reference Annex 2 Confirmation of Interest General Conditions of Contract for Individual Contracts UNDP eTendering User Guide for Bidders

Overview :

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Ref: PN/FJ/095/20

Consultancy Title Chief Technical Advisor (CTA)

Project Name: 00101900 Reimaanlok - Looking to the Future: Strengthening natural resource management in atoll communities in the Republic of Marshall Islands employing integrated approaches (RMI Ridge to Reef Project)

Duty Station: Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands

1.0 Duration of the Contract:

Period of Assignment: 12 months (261 working days) starting October 2020- October 2021

Consultancy Proposal (CV & Financial proposal Template) should be uploaded on UNDP e-tendering Portal ( https://etendering.partneragencies.org) ID Ref: 0000007233 no later than, 8th October 2020 (New York Time). Any proposals received after the due date/time will not be accepted. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to procurement.fj@undp.org. UNDP will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants. Incomplete, late and joint proposals will not be considered and only offers for which there is further interest will be contacted. Failure to submit your application as stated as per the application submission guide (Procurement Notice) on the above link will be considered incomplete and therefore application will not be considered.

NOTE:

Proposals must be sent/uploaded through UNDP e-tendering Portal. Candidates need to upload their CV and financial proposal -using UNDP template

Daily rate to be inclusive of Medical insurance cost for the duration of the contract

Selected Candidate will be required to submit a proof of medical insurance prior to issuance of contract

If the selected/successful Candidate is over 65 years of age and required to travel outside his home country; He/She will be required provide a full medical report at their expense prior to issuance to contract. Contract will only be issued when Proposed candidate is deemed medically fit to undertake the assignment.

The CTA will be based in RMI during the period of assignment. Due to the current travel restriction and border closure he/she will provide support remotely from home base, until such time when travel ban is lifted. The CTA is also expected to make all necessary logistical arrangements, including travel to duty station and accommodation in RMI

2.0 Objectives:

The Chief Technical Advisor will provide advisory and technical oversight role to the implementation of the STAR R2R project and support/guidance to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU). He/ She will bring in international best practices and technical expertise to ensure quality and high-level results are achieved.

The CTA will report to the UNDP Pacific Office’s Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) and work closely with the Team Lead - Resilience & Sustainable Development (RSD) Team, Project Implementation Unit (PIU), RMI GEF Operational Focal Point & Climate Directorate, RSD Program Analyst and project consultants during the project implementation.

3.0 Background Information:

The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) consists of 870 reef systems reaching up from

1 million km2 of the vast deep Central Pacific. Upon these reef systems are 29 coral atolls and 5 low-lying islands, respectively 22 and 4 of which are inhabited. These 1,225 sand cays and vegetated islets altogether comprise 182 km2 of land which remain visible above water level during high tide, and although these small islands represent the only potentially habitable land with a mean elevation of less than 2 meters. It also has a vast maritime jurisdiction with more 6,500 km2 of lagoon and more than 2 million km2 of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). RMI has some of the healthiest and robust coral reefs globally with high species diversity with more than 1,000 fishes, 360 corals, 2,500 invertebrates, 5 sea turtles and 27 marine mammals. On land in 4 atolls are home to globally important nesting seabird populations. Most atolls are dominated by agroforest, beach forest, and savanna. Rare natural semi-arid forests can be found in some of the northern atolls.

As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), it has a strong dependence on natural resources and biodiversity not only for food and income. The Marshallese relationship with the islands forms the basis of its culture and way of life which has developed in harmony over thousands of years. In the face of global threats, RMI still has pristine waters and coral reefs that contribute to ecosystem services and livelihoods. In recognition of the importance of its natural assets, RMI together with other SIDS responded to global conservation targets through the Micronesia Challenge and specifically for its part, it prepared Reimaanlok to serve as a clear roadmap of the way forward.

As such, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) committed US$3.9million under the Ridge to Reef Project to support Government of Marshall Islands operationalize the Reimaanlok - the National Conservation Area Plan, adopted in 2008 to effectively conserve at least 30% of the nearshore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020. The project objective is to sustain atoll biodiversity and livelihoods by building community and ecosystem resilience to threats and degrading influences through integrated management of terrestrial and coastal resources.

With GEF financing, the project is expected to

Expand and sustain RMI protected area network, focusing on the implementation of protected area network (PAN) and thus contributing to the Micronesia Challenge and Aichi targets. As natural resource management is very much interlinked with the outer island residents, improved ecosystem management also contributes towards strengthening climate resilience and community-based adaptation.

Improve governance for Integrated atoll management, by, strengthening the enabling conditions, which, amongst other things support development of secondary legislation to support implementation the PAN Act.

Support Knowledge Management, in terms of strengthening management information system, Conservation GIS and improving access as a knowledge sharing platform.

This GEF project is being executed by UNDP, in close partnership with the Government of Marshall Islands. The project implementation is led by a team based in RMI and Suva, Fiji, expected to run over a five-year period (2017-2022).

4.0 Scope of Work/Expected Outputs:

The Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) will provide strategic advice and technical oversight for the project to ensure that all outputs are of high quality and consistent with the delivery of results according to the Project Document and Project Result Framework.

The following tasks may be revised accordingly (and mutually agreed) during the contract inception period to suit the dynamic nature of the project. In principal, the CTA will perform the following tasks:

Provide overall project advisory services and technical oversight to the National Project Manager and PIU in coordinating the implementation of planned activities set out in the Project Document;
Provide technical advice to PIU in implementing and monitoring the project implementation and performance, by providing best practices and hands-on recommendations that will add value to the project;
Review and validate baseline information and indicators in the Project Document;
Provide substantive support to the PIU in the implementation of recommendations/outcome of the mid-term review;
Conduct technical training to the site coordinators;
Support Local Consultant in the development and conduct of training to woman and youth that will be monitoring the protected areas;
Provide support and advice for the preparation or revision of key planning, monitoring and evaluation documents such as the Annual Work Plans (AWPs), the Results and Resources Framework (RRF), Project Implementation Reviews (PIR), progress reports, monitoring and evaluation reports;
Support the PIU to monitor project risks and implement all risk mitigation measures during all project phases;
Review and provide comments on the Project Implementation Review, Annual Project Report and internal progress reports;
Provide input into the preparation of Terms of Reference for international and local consultants;
Provide technical support and advise to the local consultant in the consolidation of the survey data from the five demonstration sites. The CTA support to the local consultant is critical during the community consultation to ensure the communities are well informed of the survey outcomes and are empowered to participate in the formulation of management plans and demarcation of marine and terrestrial protected areas.

He/ She will support the local consultant in writing/updating the Integrated Management Plan, ordinance and the demarcation of the marine and terrestrial protected areas for each of the five sites;
Evaluate the readiness of the local authorities representing the 5 participating project sites, to implement the enforcement arrangements for conservation and natural resource management recommended under the land use study. He/ She will work with the PIU team, Local Consultant and stakeholders to implement the enforcement arrangement in the five project sites;
Provide technical input on development of how the GIS Management Information System and the National Spatial Analytic Facility (NSAF) under Output

1 can be streamlined to effectively used as a national repository for the Reimaanlok, as outlined in the project document.

Work with the Local Consultant (Sustainable Financing/Management Plan Specialist) Under Output

4 to assess emerging opportunities for sustainable financing in the RMI that will support national conservation efforts. They will conduct a feasibility study, which assess viable financing mechanisms, taking into account international and regional best practice and also the particular challenges facing the management of PAN in RMI. The feasibility study will target conservation finance and climate financing option consistent with integrated approach promoted through the Reimaanlok.

Participate in the Coastal Management Advisory Committee (CMAC), Technical Advisory Group for the R2R project and will report to the PIU on any technical issues or risks which may impact on the results of the project, and will work closely with the National Project Manager on a day-to-day basis to support the project’s technical decision making.‘