|Overview : |
The project “Strengthening the Marine Protected Areas to Conserve Marine Key Biodiversity Areas in the Philippines” or SMARTSeas PH, being supported by UNDP and GEF, is currently implemented through the Biodiversity Management Bureau of Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The Project covers five (5) demonstration sites: Southern Palawan [SP]; Tanon Strait Protected Seascape [TSPS]; Verde Island Passage [VIP]; Lanuza Bay [LB] and Davao Gulf [DG]. Project interventions are implemented in collaboration with Local Responsible Partners [LRPs] on site, namely: National Fisheries Research and Development Institute [NFRDI] for SP; Rare Philippines for TSPS; Conservation International Philippines Foundation, Inc. for VIP; Haribon Foundation for LB and Kabang Kalikasan sa Pilipinas Foundation, Inc for DG. PMU is also collaborating with Provincial Agriculture Office for Oriental Mindoro [PAgO] for ecotourism potentials in their better managed MPAs.
The project seeks to accelerate the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs) and marine protected area networks (MPANs) to include more key marine biodiversity areas and improve MPA/MPAN management effectiveness to reduce the rapid degradation of marine and coastal habitats and alarming biodiversity loss.
Outcome 2 of the project (Improved Financial Sustainability of MPAs and MPANs), interventions at the national, MPAN, and individual MPA level aims to promote cost efficiencies and cost effectiveness in MPA management, improve and diversify funding sources, enhance capacities for financial and business planning including sound decision making pertaining to resource allocation, and transparent processes for fund management. A functioning system for tracking expenditures and monitoring fund inflows should be in place, firmly supported by an enabling legal and policy framework. The project has formulated four major outputs to achieve this outcome, namely:
Output 2.1: Benchmark management costs established for MPAs of varying size and potential cost savings or cost efficiencies on average per site identified through consolidation of management functions in MPANs.
Output 2.2: At least two MPANS (Verde Island Passage and Davao Gulf) implementing financing and business plan targeting increases in revenue generation from the tourism and fisheries sectors.
Output 2.3 At least five (5) of locally managed MPA in each of five (5) sites have revenue generation schemes in operation, including market-based visitor and service fees for tourism operators, pilot ecological service payments from the fisheries sector and local taxes for conservation and management of key tourism draws.
Output 2.4 MPA financing plans developed and piloted in at least 30% of MPAs in each of five sites, incorporating governance mechanisms to ensure participatory management of revenues and resources involving local communities, local government and national government agencies as appropriate.
This contract will cover project interventions to address the capacity gaps in the South Palawan, with business incubation activities aligned with the results of the rapid BDFE assessment conducted in Phase 1.
Scope of Work
Under the direct supervision of the SMARTSeas PH Project Manager and Outcome 2 Officer, the hired contracting firm shall deliver the following:
Community preparation to include the following activities: validation of BDFE viability assessment results; action planning; BDFE sensitizations at PO level; BDFE planning workshops; PO validation of BDFE plans; technical viability assessment of BDFE plans; engagement of key stakeholders.
Business incubation to include the following activities: technical BDFE specific training; product supply organizing; capital-build up and provision of incentives to complement PO/BDFE resources; market linkage/facilitating negotiations with buyers; product supply organizing training and initial trading; simple record keeping and reporting; facilitating links with financial institutions for low interest loans and savings program; financial literacy at PO level.
Sustaining Activities to include the following activities: exploring technical and economic viability of seaweed nurseries and crab hatcheries; facilitating access to finance institutions for low interest loans and savings program; exploring potentials for scaling up and building resiliency.
The SMARTSeas Project Manager with PMU focal for Outcome 2 shall directly supervise the Consultant, in coordination with the local responsible partner (LRP).
At different points during the contract, the Consultant is expected to liaise/interact/collaborate/meet with the SMARTSeas PH project team, DENR BMB and LRPs. As needed, the SMARTSeas PH project staff shall provide logistical assistance to the Consultant in order for her/him to accomplish enumerated outputs.
Duration of the Work
The expected duration of work is estimated to be 150 working days spread over seven (7) months. The target date for the start of work is on January to July 2019.
The Consultant is not expected to report on a daily basis to the Project Management Office based in BMB, Quezon City but shall be available on an on-call basis.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The financial proposals from possible candidates should be expressed in lump sum amount inclusive of all financial costs related to this engagement (i.e. professional fees, transportation/travel to and from residence-Manila, reproduction, communications including internet). In case travel will be required, airfare, food and accommodation of the team outside Manila will be shouldered by UNDP separately and only 20% of the DSA following the NIM rates will be provided.
First Tranche 20% - Upon submission and acceptance of workplan;
Second Tranche 30% - Upon submission and acceptance of BDFE leadership and governance structure and BDFE business plan;
Third Tranche 30% - Upon submission and acceptance of Implementation Plan and report (1st cycle);
Fourth Tranche 20% - Upon submission and acceptance of completion report with Business sustainability plan
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
- Ability to work in a diverse and multi-cultural environment;
- Self-motivated and ability to work under pressure and to meet strict and competing deadlines;
- Displays analytical judgment and demonstrated ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
- Demonstrates self-management, including conflict management/negotiating skills on interpersonal issues;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Filipino;
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively in teams, delivering through and with others;
- Computer literate; good knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications
With minimum 5-year experience in enterprise development, community organizing, provision of business development service and experience working with fisherfolk communities and grassroots level organizations.
With experience in development of community project management for fisherfolk association;
Familiarity with biodiversity friendly approach to enterprise development;
With extensive experience in value chain approach relevant to fishery development;
With previous experience in facilitating market linkages
With previous contract with development organizations
With previous working experience in BDFE or MSMEs establishment
Experience in providing consultancy services specifically to community-based organizations (CBOs), and in implementing community-based and participatory approaches
Criteria for selection process:
The offer will evaluated based on the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the financial offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.
- Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability (Financial Proposal Template) using the template provided by UNDP;
Personal Curriculum Vitae, indicating all past experiences from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
Application requirements should be emailed to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 22 January 2019.
Attachments that can be downloaded from this link are the ff:
- Financial Proposal Template and Terms & Conditions for Consultants.
In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.