United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

National Biodiversity Consultant

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Job Description

Result of Service

- Timely and successful submission of PPG for the GEF-7 Work Program in June 2022.

Work Location

Home-based in Papua New Guinea.

Expected duration

The contract will involve a maximum of 25 weeks within a period of 15 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment". Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and Capacity Development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the Environmental Management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Overall purpose: As part of the Project Design Team, in close cooperation with the National Consultant on Land Use and under the supervision of the Team Leader, the National Consultant on Biodiversity will aim to achieve the smooth and successful implementation of the project design phase, particularly by collecting and analysing baseline data, facilitating planning, providing in-country support, liaising and consulting with stakeholders and project partners, and providing inputs to project design.

Abbreviations: CEPA Conservation and Environment Protection Authority GEF Global Environment Facility LDN Land Degradation Neutrality PIF Project Information Form PNG Papua New Guinea PPG Project Preparation Grant / Project Design SLM Sustainable Land Management SFM Sustainable Forest Management SRIF Safeguard Risk Identification Form UNCCD United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNEP United Nations Environment Programme The incumbent will work closely with the PPG Team Leader, the National Consultant on Land Use, other members of the Project Design Team, and staff from CEPA, other government agencies and UNCCD Global Mechanism on the following tasks: 1. Document review: Read in detail the PIF and associated documents, e.g. GEF Secretariat and GEF Council review comments, UNEP/GEF Project Document template requirements, GEF 7 Programming Directions, UNEP/GEF gender mainstreaming, and SRIF safeguard requirements; as well as the PPG Implementation Plan.

2. Team Planning: Discuss (through Skype, email, etc) with PPG Team Leader and UNEP Task Manager and reach agreement on workplan, deliverables, reporting and communications.

3. PPG Workshops: Facilitate the planning and running of the PPG inception, technical design and validation workshops, as appropriate, in consultation with the Team Leader and CEPA to, among other things, determine the project sites, overall project strategy, and the roles and responsibilities of each project partner.

4. Conduct desktop Analysis, field consultations and provide critical substantive input for the activities detailed in the PPG Plan, in particular: PPG Activity 1 – Analysis of policy and institutional capacity to support the flow of ecosystem goods and services and achieve land degradation neutrality: (a) Gap analysis of existing laws and regulations relevant to biodiversity conservation and use planning and management; (b) Initial assessment of capacity in CEPA and other relevant government agencies (see PPG activity 1.3), identifying the targeted number of stakeholders from various institutions to receive Capacity Building; (c) Analysis of needs and gaps in compliance monitoring and enforcement; (d) Project plans, identifying activities as well as opportunities and challenges, for: (i) conducting a review of national/sector policies, legislation and procedures to integrate natural capital values and sustainable land management principles into land use planning to reduce land and forest degradation and improve the flow of ecosystem goods and services, (ii) integrating natural capital valuation into Multi-agency strategic environmental assessment (SEA), environmental impact assessment (EIA) and natural capital assessment (NCA) processes, (iii) building capacity of various institutions, (iv) carrying out natural capital valuations of mountain landscapes that show the value of biodiversity and its ecosystem, (v) developing comprehensive land-use plans for mountain landscapes that integrate the results of natural capital valuation with scenario analyses for different land-use options, as well as SLM and SFM principles; (vi) developing a stronger system for compliance monitoring and enforcement.

PPG Activity 3 – Strategy for knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, awareness raising and training: (a) Strategies for the full project to: (i) monitor and evaluate results in a participatory manner, with input from communities, landowners and other stakeholders, and to showcase the project’s outputs and outcomes, (ii) raise awareness and develop and disseminate technical materials in local languages, based on best-practices identified through Component 2, to promote adoption of SLM and SFM practices and train landowners and communities, (iii) conduct training, using gender sensitive approaches, for small and medium-sized enterprises on how to integrate natural capital valuation and SLM principles into feasibility plans and business models; (b) Project activity plan for sharing natural capital valuations and best practices in SLM/SFM through a national database.

PPG Activity 5 – Overall Guidance and Final Documentation: (a) Orientation for stakeholders on best practices for project planning and monitoring; (b) Reports of relevant participatory processes (e.g. stakeholder consultation workshops and surveys).

5. Analyse and prepare draft report on the threats, barriers, and baseline: In line with GEF criteria and drawing from the consultations and desktop analysis, assess threats, identify barriers and conduct baseline assessments. The baseline should include information on the policy, regulatory and institutional framework for land use and biodiversity conservation; capacity and training needs assessments for organizations identified under relevant activities; Conduct assessment of livelihoods, document ongoing national programs/project initiatives related to the project and the site.

6. Conduct stakeholder analysis and prepare engagement plan: Organize and carry out consultations to engage civil society, small business owners, farmers and landowners in the design of the full project and identification of new financial support mechanisms and incentives; Keep full documentation of all consultations (e.g. stakeholder consultation workshops and surveys), including participants lists (gender disaggregated), and prepare detailed reports and lessons learnt; Develop a stakeholder analysis and engagement plan for activities to be carried out during the full project following GEF guidance / Document templates.

7. Indicators data: Once the Team Leader has drafted the Results Framework/Logframe, assist collecting baseline data (start of project / Year 0) for the project outcome indicators, define and agree indicator targets with government Implementing Partner and other partners.

8. Co-financing: Work together with CEPA to identify sources of co-financing and secure letters of co-financing commitment 9. Support Team Leader in developing and reviewing of the first draft of the Project Document (by 15 August 2021) and help review the final draft Project Document and CEO Endorsement Request (due 2 October 2021).

COLLABORATION, GUIDANCE AND SUPERVISION: • The National Consultant on Biodiversity will be contracted by UNEP and will be under the direct supervision of the GEF Task Manager and is fully accountable to UNEP on the quality and timely delivery of his/her work under the contract; • Additionally, on routine work to carry out PPG activities and on technical and substantive matters, the National Consultant will also be accountable and report directly to the Team Leader; • The National Consultant on Biodiversity will follow the guidance of the Team Leader towards information needs, drafting of the UNEP Project Document and its appendices, GEF indicators, monitoring and evaluation tools, etc; • The National Consultant on Biodiversity will work together with the National Consultant on Land Use and will consult with staff from CEPA, other government agencies in PNG, UNCCD Global Mechanism, as well as with project partner(s) and stakeholders to gather and consolidate information.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

• University degree in environmental sciences or natural resources related subject(s); Experience:

• At least 5 years professional and related experience, including at least 2 years in Papua New Guinea; • Experience with community and stakeholder consultations, using up-to-date methods, and gender inclusive approaches; • Experience with biodiversity conservation, environmental assessment and gender issues; • Experience in project design; • Excellent writing skills in English; • Expertise in natural capital assessment and ecosystem service assessment considered as an asset.

Language: • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy post, fluency in written and oral English is required.

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