United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Individual Consultant (Gef Concept Design Specialist)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description


Drawing on over forty years of experience in sustainable development, UNDP assists countries to implement their obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and to integrate environmental concerns into national and sectoral plans and strategies; secure resources; and implement programmes that advance inclusive, sustainable development and strengthen livelihoods.

UNDP supports engagement with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in countries where it is present and works with the Governments at national and federal level for conservation and sustainable development. UNDP is developing a Project Information Form (PIF) for conservation of marine ecosystems in the Bay of Bengal region in alignment with the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project for consideration under the GEF 7 programming cycle (International Waters). The PIF will be developed as a multi country initiative in collaboration with India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Government Departments and agencies at the centre and state level, community -based institutions, Civil Society Organizations, academic and research institutions, private sector and local communities- of these countries will be main stakeholders of this development initiative.

UNDP seeks to engage an International Consultant to support in preparation of the PIF along with other annexures for submission to the GEF Secretariat. The Consultant would work under the direct supervision of Head, NRM and Biodiversity, UNDP India, and closely with the UNDP Country offices in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP GEF International Waters, and other relevant stakeholders for the development of the PIF.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific functions to be performed by the consultant include:

  • Define and submit a detailed methodology and work plan for the development of PIF;

  • Review GEF7 guidelines and the portfolio of similar projects funded by GEF related to International Waters

  • Map national and local priorities with respect to the conservation of marine ecosystems in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka ongoing related projects that could provide baseline information

  • Develop the PIF following GEF and UNDP requirements in consultation with the UNDP India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Country Offices, national counterparts and the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub

  • Integrate gender and social inclusive considerations into activities proposed for the PIF, and specifically the pilot projects, in accordance with GEF guidelines and identify a specific gender output(s), as appropriate.

  • Provide high resolution photos, maps describing potential pilot sites, as maybe applicable.

  • In Coordination with UNDP and identified national counterparts, prepare a budget summary to be included in the PIF, including budget calculations per component and breakdown of co-financing.

  • Assess political and other security risks that may arise during implementation of the project;

  • Assess diplomatic views of the three participating countries and take clearance/no-objection from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/External Affairs for implementation of the project

  • Conduct stakeholder’s consultation from the stakeholders of three participating countries on socio-economic, environmental and geo-politicals view of the stakeholders;

  • Conduct validation workshops in three countries to reach a consensus on the proposed outcome and outputs and implementation arrangement of the project

  • Address and incorporate comments from identified national counterparts, UNDP India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka COs, UNDP-GEF Regional Hub and UNDP-GEF Headquarters

  • Finalise the PIF incorporating all comments and inputs received along with annexures for submission to the GEFSEC.

Deliverables and Payment Schedule :

1. Inception Report with detailed workplan and methodology

Within 5 days


2. Draft PIF along with other annexures based on the inputs received from key stakeholders including Government of India, Government of Bangladesh, Government of Sri Lanka, UNDP RTA and UNDP Cos

Within 15 days


3. Finalize and submit the PIF along with annexures for submission to GEF Secretariat

Within 20 days


4. Upon successful submission of the final PIF to GEF Secretariat (technical clearance of the GEF Secretariat)

Within 25 days



Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent drafting, documentation and communication skills in English;

  • In-depth knowledge of biodiversity conservation and Ecosystem Services in -bay of Bengal marine eco systems;

  • Knowledge on the interests of India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on sustainable management of eco system services in bay of Bengal

  • Proven record on similar documentation work at the international level.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Promote the highest standards of ethics and integrity;

  • Support creativity and innovation;

  • Help create an enabling environment for open communication;

  • Share knowledge and support a culture of learning;

  • Demonstrate fairness and transparency.

Required Skills and Experience



  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience working with developing countries on ecosystems and biodiversity issues, fisheries, marine ecosystem conservation, International Waters, and sustainable management

  • Proven experience with GEF project development, implementation and management;

  • Proven experience in the policy development processes associated with environment and sustainable development issues;Proven experience in successful preparation of GEF multi-focal area

  • PIF and projects

  • Experience working with UNDP or any other UN agency considered an asset

  • Previous experience working with India and South Asian countries considered an asset;

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; commitment to team - work and to working across disciplines;

  • Good understanding of the GEF rationale and procedures;

  • Excellent drafting ability and presentation and communication skills, both oral and written in English; ability to explain complex issues to UNDP staff and external partners;


  • Excellent command of English is required.


  • 25 days spread over 6 months

Technical Evaluation:

  • Education qualifications (20 marks)

  • Experience (40 marks)

  • Sample proposal/work done (10 marks)

Documents to be submitted:

  • Offeror letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor Assignment;

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae including experience in similar projects, name / contact details of 3 referees;

  • A financial proposal indicating all-inclusive per day consultancy rate, excluding travel expenses. All Travel will be arranged and borne by UNDP following UNDP’s rules and regulations or will be reimbursed on submission of F10 on the most direct and economical route.

All the above documents should be clubbed in one pdf file before uploading as the system will accept only one attachment.


  • Any kind of miscellaneous charges i.e. internet, phone etc. would not be reimbursed;

  • Individuals working with institutions may also apply, contract would be issued in the name of institution for the specific services of individual;

  • Please note proposals without financial proposal will not be considered;

  • All the documents should be clubbed in one file (pdf) for uploading;

  • Consultants must bring his/her own computing equipment.

The following documents can be accessed by clicking the link:

General Conditions for Individual Contract-
http://www.in.undp.org/content/dam/india /docs/procurement/UNDP%20General%20Conditions%20for%20Individual%20Contracts.pdf

Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) Assignment, including Financial Proposaltemplate-


UNDP strives to have a workforce which reflects diversity and gender balance, and applies an equal opportunities
approach. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All selections are on merit.

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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