General Background: The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is a global platform managed by UNDP seeking to improve the management of biodiversity through an enhanced understanding and use of finance solutions. Since 2014, BIOFIN has been supporting the Government of Thailand in articulating the financial resources it needs to maintain a healthy biodiversity portfolio in-country. BIOFIN has conducted 1) Policy and Institutional Review (PIR); 2) Biodiversity Expenditure Review (BER); 3) Financial Needs Assessment (FNA); and 4) Biodiversity Finance Plan. Based on insights gained from the results of the first three BIOFIN assessments, the Biodiversity Finance Plan has been designed to be an effective strategic planning tool, identifying a mix of ‘finance solutions’ that would help to expand and improve Thailand’s investment in biodiversity preservation in order to help bridge the country’s funding gap. The Plan contributes to Thailand’s development not only for achieving its international targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity, but also for mobilizing resources to implement the National Biodiversity Strategic and Action Plans. Finance solutions aim to capture the breadth of options available, including the four results of biodiversity finance as outlined by BIOFIN: 1. Avoid future expenditures; 2. Deliver better; 3. Generate revenues, and 4. Realign expenditures. These outcomes are ways of thinking about solving biodiversity finance challenges with the full array of options – leading to the choice of options that are the most effective and efficient. The Plan for Thailand is to implement innovative finance solutions at the national level. Four priority areas of intervention in Thailand have been chosen including: sustainable tourism, financing for protected areas and wildlife, improved guidelines for local government budgets and increased private sector engagement. The Initiative aims to bring together a national coalition of partners anchored in strengthened cooperation across national line ministries (Finance, Planning and Environment). Increased engagement by impact investors, enterprises and accelerators through an investment facilitation and capacity development process is also a priority issue. The following pilot projects have been approved for implementation within BIOFIN Phase II: user charges for Koh Tao Island, conservation license plates, conservation trust funds in support of both mechanisms, and public-private partnerships for sustainable mangrove management. Finance solutions in feasibility stages in Thailand include (i) Biodiversity Enterprise Platform - BIOFIN-20/2020 listing under impact investment and (ii) improving local budgeting practices for biodiversity. Objective of The Assignment: The objective of this assignment of the International Consultant is to support BIOFIN Thailand in implemention of prioritised finance solutions. In close consultation with (i) the National Steering Committee of BIOFIN Thailand, (ii) BIOFIN Project Management Unit of UNDP Thailand and (iii) Global BIOFIN Core Team, the International Consultant will coordinate with BIOFIN Thailand to initiate activities related to the country implementation strategy/ pilot projects.Apply Now
Duties and ResponsibilitiesScope of work: The International Consultant will provide technical and implementation support to the BIOFIN Team in Thailand, monitoring and evaluation, as well as advocacy, communication and knowledge management work. Under the supervision of the National BIOFIN Project Manager, the scope of work is as follows: Expected Outputs and Deliverables: The International consultant will be responsible for major tasks with expected deliverables/products and due dates as follows: 1st deliverable: Developing key documents, briefs and presentations related to BIOFIN Thailand’s participation in the international conference ‘BIOFIN’s Global Conference for Biodiversity Finance’ on 15th , 22nd and 29th April 2020 (Virtual Conference); ; by 10 April 2020 2nd deliverable: Co-developing process of support in designing the partnership instruments—consortium or working group among line agencies to implement the finance solution ‘local government units’ budgeting for biodiversity’ in 5 regional hubs nationwide and providing support on the celebration of International Biodiversity Day on 22 May in Thailand; by 15 May 2020 3rd deliverable: Leading the development of the biodiversity listing for the Biodiversity Enterprise Platform – ‘BIOFIN-20/2020’ under impact investment finance solution; by 30 June 2020 4th deliverable: Working with ChangeFusion and other related stakeholders and providing technical support to the design and implementation of the Biodiversity Enterprise Platform; by 31 July 2020 5th deliverable: Submission of progress report on the finance solution highlighting the capacity development for the Biodiversity Enterprise Platform; by 31 August 2020 6th deliverable: Submission of a one-pager/factsheet on BIOFIN Thailand in 2020 with design concept for infographic data for participation at COP15 of Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, China; By 30 September 2020 7th deliverable: Providing technical support to technical team members of BIOFIN Thailand on the design and implementation of mini-Biodiversity Finance Plan under the impact investment of Public-Private Partnerships in sustainable mangrove management in Phetchaburi province; by 31 October 2020 8th deliverable: Submission of report with key private sector investment listing and matching potential with the Biodiversity Enterprises to drive the biodiversity finance solution on impact investments forward; by 30 November 2020 9th deliverable: Support in reviewing the annual workplan and budget with the national BIOFIN team and provide any technical inputs for strategic plan in 2021; by 15 December 2020 10th deliverable: Successfully support initiation of a dedicated biodiversity finance unit; by 31 January 2021 11th deliverable: Develop at least 5 policy briefs documenting learning from implementation of finance solutions (e.g., lessons learnt from pilots) to inform policies or institutional changes; by 28 February 2021 12th deliverable: Draft talking points, key messages, PowerPoint presentations, among others, in preparation for events where BIOFIN is invited to speak, to make visible the Biodiversity Finance Solutions for a variety of audiences and platforms; by 31 March 2021 Institutional Arrangement: Under the overall guidance of the IGSD Programme Analyst and Programme Specialist, the International Consultant for Biodiversity Finance Initiative Phase 2 in Thailand will report to the National BIOFIN Project Manager in UNDP Thailand and work with other national consultants of BIOFIN Thailand’s Technical Advisory Team. S/he will also share monthly progress reports with the National BIOFIN Project Manager. Duration of the Work: 8 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 with maximum of 180 working days. Duty Station: Home-based in Thailand with travel required. *Expected places of Travel: Pilot project sites in Thailand, attending related BIOFIN workshops organized by UNDP and participating as resources persons of BIOFIN Thailand in any related conference.
- 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.
- Analytic capacity and demonstrated ability to process, analyse and synthesise complex, technical information;
- Proven ability to support the development of high-quality knowledge and training materials, and to train technical teams;
- Proven experience in the developing country context and working in different cultural settings;
- Ability to work with multi-country teams.
- Communicate effectively in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner.
- Capable of working in a high-pressure environment with sharp and frequent deadlines, managing many tasks simultaneously;
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
- Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Required Skills and ExperienceQualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor:
- In-depth knowledge of the Biodiversity Finance Initiative and its methodology;
- Master levels with degree in Economics, Finance, Environment, Social sciences, Political sciences, and/or other related fields;
- More than 5 years of relevant professional experience in developing and implementing biodiversity finance-related projects, including private sector and business engagement;
- More than 5 years experience of, and ability in, applying effective communication skills (verbal and written) in conveying complex and or technical messages/ concepts to multiple audiences;
- Familiar and up-to-date with global and national issues on biodiversity finance for conservation, Sustainable Development Goals and related areas;
- Excellent English writing and speaking;
- Obtain or have residence in Bangkok, Thailand is desirable.
- Criteria 1: Relevance of education – Max 10 points
- Criteria 2: Profound knowledge on BIOFIN methodology and/or biodiversity finance for conservation – Max 20 points
- Criteria 3: Relevance of experience on technical proposal and report writing which related to biodiversity finance plan– Max 20 points
- Criteria 4: Relevance of experience on research analysis and feasibility study on biodiversity-related finance project - Max 15 Points
- Criteria 5: Special skills, Language, etc.- Max 5 Points
- Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
- Personal CV, 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; and
- Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. If an Offeror 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 Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.