Job Opening

Posting Title: International Lead Expert - Project Development and Design - Niue
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 03 January 2022 - 10 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-171430-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

- The Project Documents – both UNEP Project Document and GEF CEO ER, should incorporate key findings from the PPG phase and be written in a simply and concise style accessible to policy makers, making full use of figures, diagrams, images, tables and boxes to illustrate key points, where applicable;
- Concise Consultancy completion report (15 April 2022, or after final payment made).

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

This consultancy will run for 5 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.

UNEP, acting as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is providing assistance to the Government of Niue, through its Department of Environment (DOE), Ministry of Natural Resources, Niue, in the preparation of the GEF Full-Sized Project " Robust sustainable tourism and agriculture sectors in Niue supported by biodiversity mainstreaming and sustainable land management ". As part of the GEF Project Preparation Grant (PPG), UNEP is hiring a team of consultants to develop, in full compliance with the enforced GEF rules and standards, the project documents in the required formats and GEF CEO Endorsement Request for submission to the GEF Secretariat. In accordance with GEF procedures, the full set of project documentation must be submitted to the GEF Secretariat no later than 15 April 2022. Through the present announcement, UNEP is seeking to engage an experienced consultant, who has a strong background in GEF requirements for project design, implementation and monitoring as well as experience in sustainable land management, land use planning and creation of new protected areas. The objective of the assignment is to develop the UNEP Project Document, GEF CEO Endorsement Request, including all applicable annexes, for the project " Robust sustainable tourism and agriculture sectors in Niue supported by biodiversity mainstreaming and sustainable land management ". The consultancy will be home-based. The Lead Consultant will report to the Task Manager, GEF Biodiversity and Land Degradation Unit, based in RO Korea, and work closely with the Department of Environment (DOE), Ministry of Natural Resources, Niue. The Lead Consultant will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the National Consultants.

Objectives, expected outputs and performance indicators
Objectives:

To support the implementation of the PPG and write the full project document, in consultation with the Department of Environment (DOE), Ministry of Natural Resources, Niue and local and international partner organizations. The consultant will be responsible; in close consultation with the UNEP Task Manager and in close collaboration with the local Consultant and the Department of Environment (DOE), Ministry of Natural Resources, Niue as well as the range of other national and international programs, projects and partners listed in the Project Identification Form (PIF) concept. Specifically, the consultant will be required to complete the following tasks: - Team Planning Meeting: organize a Skype call with the UNEP Task Manager and National Consultants to review plans for the PPG, and arrangements for first mission and inception workshop (10 February 2022); - Prepare a detailed work plan at the outset of the Project Preparatory Grant (PPG) formulation process, in collaboration with the Department of Commerce, Industry and Environment, UNEP and the National PPG Consultant, and provide an overall orientation to the PPG team in relation to GEF and UNEP requirements, including the set Project Document and GEF CEO ER templates (20 February 2022); - To reach agreement with the National Consultants on detailed workplans and deliverables, contents of reporting and communications (e.g. through Skype, email, etc) and monitor and supervise the deliverables of the National Consultants; - Ensure that sufficient and relevant information is acquired, and all requisite consultations and studies are completed for timely preparation of PPG reports and delivery of the Project Document and GEF CEO Endorsement Request Form; - Compile and study similar PIF concepts and GEF Project Documents in the field of land restoration, particularly of mined land, sustainable land management, land use planning, creation of new terrestrial protected area and mainstreaming of biodiversity in sector and government policies, programs and budget, to incorporate the latest practices in the project design (UNEP will make some of these resources available for use);
- Participate in remote meeting with the Department of Environment (DOE), Ministry of Natural Resources, Niue and the National Consultants to (i) conduct baseline assessment, selection of investment sites, stakeholder consultations (preliminary scheduled for 15 February 2022), and (ii) reach agreement on local project implementation modalities and milestones, and the role of each project partner during the implementation (preliminary scheduled for 28 February 2022); - Conduct the situation analyses, as well as the identification and documentation of relevant baseline conditions based on the data collection and analysis by the National Consultants;
- Develop and/or finetune a feasible and measurable Project Results Frameworks having an integrated set of SMART indicators and targets that monitor outcomes, including the costing of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan;
- With support of the National Consultants, facilitate the development of national and international partnerships for the implementation of the project, including consultations and calculations in securing in-kind and cash co-funding contributions;
- Ensure, including through coordinating the related work by the National Consultants, that all relevant national and international stakeholders are widely consulted throughout the PPG process and that work under development is shared on a regular basis to ensure that the project is responsive to stakeholders needs, feasible to implement, has broad ownership and that stakeholders agree on the implementation and execution arrangements;
- Review all former and ongoing GEF and other donor/NGO financed projects related to the project objectives and describe in detail how the current project will build on these initiatives, using their knowledge, experience and lessons learnt to build a solid foundation;
- Ensure that the design of the project complements national development plans, sectoral plans and policies.
- Apply the UNEP Social and Economic Review (ESERN checklist), based on information provided by the National Consultants;
- Ensure that any review points from the GEF Secretariat or GEF Council, including those made during the project identification stage, as well as the formal review by the UNEP Project Review Committee are met and responded to in the Project Document and CEO Endorsement Request;
- Prepare a detailed multi-year budget using the standard template provided in the UNEP Project Document template and ensure that the budget reflects the mandatory requirements of the GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Policy;
- Pay particular attention to gender mainstreaming and social inclusiveness, including socioeconomic and gender disaggregated indicators in the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, including through the related assessments, analyses and reporting by the National Consultants.
- Develop and finalize the project's Monitoring and Evaluation work plan, with responsibilities and accountabilities clearly defined, as well as an appropriate budget – based on the relevant UNEP template;
- Write the full project document (both the UNEP template as well as the GEF CEO Endorsement request, including annexes); present drafts to national stakeholders for review and incorporate the ensuing comments;
- Perform final reviews of the project documentation, as required;
- Compile response to review comments by UNEP, Department of Commerce, Industry and Environment of Niue, GEF Secretariat and GEF CEO and make necessary revisions to the documents.

The consultancy will be home-based.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: - Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental planning and management, and/or natural resource research, development and conservation is required.
Experience: - Minimum 15 years professional experience in the field of environmental planning, sustainable land management, management and protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services is required.
- Additional significant knowledge of GEF policies and programming, as well as senior experience in GEF project formulation and writing of GEF Project Document and CEO Endorsement is highly desirable.
- Work experience in land restoration, particularly of mined lands, working with a broad range of stakeholders and international donor agencies, and preferably with experience working with various GEF Implementing Agencies on GEF project design and/or implementation, midterm and terminal evaluation reviews is desired.
Language: - English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the
consultancy post advertised, fluency in oral and written communication skills in English is required.

No Fee

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