International Consultant – Environmental Information Management System Scoping Expert

Location: Niue, SAMOA

Application Deadline: 18-Mar-20 (Midnight New York, USA)

Time left: 13d 13h 10m

Additional Category: Climate & Disaster Resilience

Type of Contract: Individual Contract

Post Level: International Consultant

Languages Required: English

Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Apr-2020

Duration of Initial Contract: 4 months

Expected Duration of Assignment: 4 months

 

Background

Project Title: Application of Ridge to Reef Concept for biodiversity conservation, and for the enhancement of ecosystem services and cultural heritage in Niue (R2R Niue)

Project Description or Context and Background:

The  “Application of the Ridge-to-Reef Concept in Niue” project (Niue R2R) aims to make the consideration of biodiversity a fundamental part of everyday resource planning and development in the country.  It will achieve sustainable biodiversity protection and management in Niue by safeguarding Niue’s global environmental values and by strengthening conservation and sustainable use of land, water and marine areas and their biodiversity.  It builds on cultural heritage values through integrated national and community actions, using the “ridge to reef” approach covering the entire island including terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems.  It reduces or eliminates damaging activities, promotes rehabilitation and sustains activities by resource users which protect their natural resources upon which their livelihoods depend.

The application of the ridge to reef concept is a holistic and integrated approach that is a considerable departure from the standard sectorial approaches.  It enhances Niue’s capacity to effectively create and manage protected areas, focusing on the expansion of its PA estate on land and marine areas through a combination of community conservation areas and government-led PAs. In Community Conservation Areas, strict protection and sustainable use zones are identified and planned carefully, recognizing that tenure over most land areas is vested in local communities.  The project will engineer a paradigm shift in the management of marine and terrestrial PA sites from a site centric approach to a holistic “ridge to reef” management approach, whereby activities in the immediate production landscapes adjacent to marine and terrestrial protected areas will be managed to reduce threats to biodiversity stemming from key production activities (tourism and agriculture).

The Niue R2R project will have an immediate global environmental benefit, albeit on a small scale, through the increased management efficiency of land, forests and reefs and the expansion of the forest areas under protection through land use plans and innovative protection mechanisms agreed with landowners. This will lead to the sustainability of natural productivity and conservation of the habitats of a number of plant and animal species and valuable ecosystems. As a result, globally significant biodiversity will be conserved and valuable ecosystem services will be safeguarded.

The project will enhance the long term institutional capacity of Niue at both central government and village and community levels, together with the mainstreaming of a sustainability ethic into land, water and reef use.

The Niue R2R project will be implemented over 5 years for a cash cost of approximately $4.2 million from the Global Environment Facility and a further estimated $10 million in co-financing.

The Project Objective is:

To strengthen conservation and sustainable use of land, water and marine areas and their biodiversity by building on their cultural heritage values through integrated national and community actions

This Objective will be achieved through two inter-related Outcomes, viz. –

Outcome 1: New community conservation and national protected areas established at different levels, thus reducing threats and improving biodiversity status of conservation areas through effective community management.

Outcome 2: Strengthened community and cross-sectorial involvement of relevant national government departments to promote effective Ridge to Reef management by mainstreaming biodiversity and environmental concerns into plans and actions.

On behalf of the Government of Niue, UNDP is recruiting an Information Management System Expert for Niue to support the implementation of project activities relating to the development of conservation areas under the Niue R2R Project.

 

Competencies

  • Demonstrates commitment to the Government of Niue mission, vision and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Good inter-personal and teamwork skills, networking aptitude, ability to work in multicultural environment

 

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications of the Successful Contractor/Contracting Team:

  • At least a Bachelor degree in Environmental Management, Ecology, Conservation Biology or a related discipline (20%)
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in the field of informational database design and development, ideally related to the environment. (55%)
  • Experience working with developing countries, ideally in the South Pacific. (10%)
  • Ability to conduct research, and analysis, with strong synthesis skills (10%)
  • Proficient in both written and oral English. (5%) 

Evaluation criteria: 70% Technical, 30% financial combined weight

Technical Evaluation will be based on the information provided in the CV and the relevant documents submitted as evidence to support possession of required competencies and qualifications.

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