N.B.: This vacancy announcement is extended and in such, the deadline dates noted below will be discussed after the selection.
Enhancing Effectiveness and Financial Sustainability of Protected Areas in Malaysia
This is the Terms of Reference for the UNDP-GEF Midterm Review (MTR) of the full-sized project titled Enhancing Effectiveness and Financial Sustainability of Protected Areas in Malaysia (PIMS#3967) (also knowns as PA Financing project) implemented by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Malaysia, which is to be undertaken in June 2016. The project started on the 5 June 2012 and is in its fifth year of implementation. The project is scheduled to end on 30 June 2019. In line with the UNDP-GEF Guidance on MTRs, this MTR process was initiated before the submission of the fourth Project Implementation Report (PIR). The MTR process must follow the guidance outlined in the document Guidance for Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects (see http://web.undp.org/evaluation/documents/guidance/GEF/mid-term/Guidance_Midterm%20Review%20_EN_2014.pdf).
The PA Financing project was designed to address the sub-optimal management and inadequate resources invested in the protected area system in Malaysia with primary focus on the three protected area networks covering a total area of 2.98 million hectares, managed by the Federal Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Johor National Parks Corporation and Perak State Parks Corporation.
The objective of the project is to establish a performance-based financing structure to support effective protected area system management in Malaysia. Interventions to achieve this objective are structured into three outcome components, designed to address barriers at the national, sub-national network and site PA levels respectively:
Outcome 1: Systemic and institutional capacities to manage and financially support a national PA system by addressing barriers at the national systems level to improve management effectiveness and financial sustainability of protected areas.
Outcome 2: Technical and institutional capacities to manage sub-national PA networks, including capacities for effective financial management by strengthening the sub-PA network capacity to be able to meet the management standards set under Outcome 1 so as to decrease funding gap of the PA network.
Outcome 3: Effective site-level PA management by improving basic PA management capacities where required, and will also enhance the management and business planning skills of PA managers, to enable the PA system to maximize revenue generation and to streamline costs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work and Key Tasks
The MTR will assess progress towards the achievement of the project objectives and outcomes as specified in the Project Document and programme outcomes as stipulated in the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) 2016 – 2020 between UNDP and the Government of Malaysia, and assess early signs of project success or failure with the purpose of identifying the necessary changes to be made in order to set the project on-track to achieve its intended results. The MTR will also review the project’s strategy and its risks to sustainability. The MTR must provide evidence based information that is credible, reliable and useful.
The MTR National Protected Area Specialist reports to the MTR Lead Consultant. He/She will perform the key tasks as follows:
Progress Towards Results
Project Implementation and Adaptive Management
Using the Guidance for Conducting Midterm Reviews of UNDP-Supported, GEF-Financed Projects; assess the following categories of project progress:
Assess overall risks to sustainability factors of the project in terms of the following four categories:
The MTR National Protected Area Specialist will include a section in the MTR report setting out the MTR’s evidence-based conclusions, in light of the findings.
Additionally, the MTR National Protected Area Specialist is expected to make recommendations related to protected area management to the Implementing Partners and Project Team. Recommendations should be succinct suggestions for critical intervention that are specific, measurable, achievable, and relevant. A recommendation table should be put in the report’s executive summary. The MTR team should make no more than 15 recommendations in total.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The MTR National Protected Area Specialist shall prepare and submit:
MTR Inception Report: MTR team clarifies objectives and methods of the Midterm Review no later than 2 weeks before the MTR mission. To be sent to UNDP Malaysia Country Office and project management. Approximate due date: 8 June 2016
*The final MTR report must be in English. If applicable, UNDP Malaysia may choose to arrange for a translation of the report into Malay language – the official language more widely shared by national stakeholders.
The Commissioning Unit for this project’s MTR is UNDP Malaysia Country Office. UNDP Malaysia will contract the MTR National Protected Area Specialist and ensure the timely provision of per diems and travel arrangements within the country for the MTR team. The Project Team will be responsible for liaising with the MTR team to provide all relevant documents, set up stakeholder interviews, and arrange field visits.
Duration of the Work:
The total duration of the MTR will be 50 working days starting 30 May 2016, and shall not exceed six months from when the National Protected Area Specialist is hired. The tentative MTR timeframe is as follows:
The start date of contract is 30 May 2016.
All travels within Malaysia will be arranged by UNDP Malaysia and Project Team except domestic travel from home base to Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya. All related travel expenses will be covered and will be reimbursed as per UNDP rules and regulations upon submission of an F-10 claim form and supporting documents.
Required Skills and Experience
The selection of National Protected Area Specialist will be aimed at maximising the overall “team” qualities in the following areas:
The consultants cannot have participated in the project preparation, formulation, and/or implementation (including the writing of the Project Document) and should not have a conflict of interest with project’s related activities.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Schedule of Payments:
Or, as otherwise agreed between UNDP Malaysia and MTR National Protected Area Specialist.
How to Apply:
Incomplete applications will be excluded from further consideration.
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
The award of the contract will be made to the Individual Consultant who has obtained the highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions. Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. The offers will be evaluated using the “Combined Scoring method” where: