Consultant: Short Term National Consultant Ecosystems Specialist

This grant money will be utilized to conduct preparatory assessments and consultations for the formulation of a full-size, UNDP/GEF compliant project document.The main project components to be designed include: (i) strengthening planning, budgeting and budget implementation to reduce climate and disaster related risks; (ii) providing small scale rural infrastructure investments to address and minimize climate risks; (iii) and ensuring that infrastructure investment is linked to and underpinned by natural systems by securing critical ecosystem services and assets.

In this connection, the project is seeking a qualified short-term Lao national expert to fill the position of an Ecosystems Specialist, working alongside an international project development specialist and national infrastructure specialist.

For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1- Terms of Reference (TOR)

TOR and General Terms and Conditions for Individual Consultants can be also downloaded at

Duties and Responsibilities

Component 1 – Technical Definition and Capacity Needs Assessment

    * Data collection on existing natural resources and protected area policies and plans with a specific focus on Southern Provinces and classified wetland sites.
    * Summarize the current state of relevant climate risk and vulnerability analysis available in the country, with a focus on ecosystem functions and management.
    * Identify and review existing vulnerability studies and assessments of climate change on landscapes and ecosystem services.
    * Identify existing land management approaches being used to address emerging climate risks, such as drought and flood management measures.
    * Identify menu of suitable sub-catchment level land management measures in support of climate resilient infrastructure investments with a focus on water resources, such as measures to increase water retention capacity and/or aquifer recharge within natural systems.
    * Assess existing capacities at sector, province and district levels to apply climate science information in planning and implementing sustainable land management and ecosystem based measures linked to local development planning – both in terms of functional and technical capacities for organizations and individuals.
    * Assess existing awareness of target communities of climate hazards, risk, and adaptation strategies and methods.
    * Identify possible sites for the introduction of suitable land management measures on the ground, which support the long term resilience of small scale rural infrastructure investment in a complementary manner.

 Component 2 – Institutional Arrangements, Monitoring and Evaluation

    * Assist in the design of a Strategic Results Framework and the delineation of indicative project activities, with a specific focus on Component 3 – ecosystem based approaches;
    * Define key project roles, responsibilities and project management arrangements for the project, specifically with respect to Component 3;
    * Develop a replication and sustainability strategy for the project;

 Component 3 – Stakeholder Consultations and Involvement

    * Analyze the existing stakeholder baseline of the project by inventorizing relevant stakeholders and developing a stakeholder involvement plan for the project;
    * Coordinate negotiations and consultations with relevant government agencies, project stakeholders and potential project partners to collect input and define a basic project strategy,
    * Ensure that project design is aligned specifically with respect to the WB/ADB/Govt of Lao river basin management programme and structures in the South of Lao PDR;
    * Carry out selected community based consultations to assess existing vulnerabilities to help support project design including selection of sample districts and proposed ecosystem and land based adaptation interventions on the ground.
    * Undertake baseline survey as basis for elaboration of the GEF specific Adaptation Monitoring framework and indicators (AMAT).

Component 4 – Financial Planning and Co-financing Definition

    * Support the International Project Development Specialist in financial management planning and identifying and finalizing project co-financing requirements, with respect to ecosystem services and assets.
    * Preparation of project document

    * Liaise with the International Project Development Specialist and provide him/her with local assessment information needed to formulate a complete, UNDP/GEF compliant full-size project document.


      Experience in the use of computers and office software packages, and 
      Excellent analytical skills;

Required Skills and Experience
I. Academic Qualifications:

    * Postgraduate degree or equivalent education in ecosystems and biodiversity, natural resources and/or environment related discipline;
    * Experience and skills in facilitation or multi-stakeholder workshops and broad-based consultative processes;
    * Previous experience of working with International Organisations and ideally on the development of GEF
    * Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;

II. Years of experience:

    * At least 7 years experience in project design in developing countries

Requirements for submission of applications:
 All interested and qualified candidates should apply on-line through the UNDP website at  or UNDP Lao PDR will only accept applications submitted on-line.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
1)    Proposal:
 (i)   Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;
 (ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (if applicable);
 2)    CV including past experience in similar project and at least 3 references;
 3)    Detailed financial proposal: Lump sum offer with clear cost breakdown (international travel, consultancy fee and per diem).
Note: The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. UNDP accept travel costs not exceeding of an economy class ticket.
 Instructions for on-line submissions:
 Step 1: Please prepare all required documents electronically;
Step 2: Combine all documents in ONE SINGLE FILE (preferably in PDF however Word formats can be also accepted) and upload to the UNDP Jobs using the link above;
Step 3: After that you will receive an auto reply from the UNDP jobs if it was received successfully.
Evaluation of Proposals.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
A.     Cumulative analysis
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight; [ 0.7]
* Financial Criteria weight; [ 0.3]
Technical Criteria – 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 point will be considered for the Financial Evaluation. Financial Criteria – 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points

Note: Any request for clarification must be sent in writing to the following e-mail UNDP Lao PDR will respond in writing by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

The copies of the response will be also placed on our web-site at  and linked to the current Procurement Notice.

All interested candidates are encouraged to visit the above web-site for updates.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be notified. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. For more detailed information about UNDP Lao PDR please visit our website at