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Ecotourism Specialist
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP-PHL - PHILIPPINES
Deadline :24-Mar-23 @ 05:00 AM (New York time)
Published on :10-Mar-23 @ 12:00 AM (New York time)
Development Area :OTHER  OTHER
Reference Number :UNDP-PHL-00062
Contact :Procurement Unit - procurement.ph@undp.org

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Introduction :

 PROJECT TITLE: BIODIVERSITY FINANCE INTIATIVE – PHILIPPINES


A.     Project Description

Since 2014, the United Nations Development Program through its Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) Project, has been supporting the Philippine Government in articulating the financial resources it needs to maintain a healthy biodiversity portfolio in-country. In particular, BIOFIN in collaboration with Department of Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau has conducted the following assessments:  1) Policy and Institutional Review (PIR); 2) Public and Private Biodiversity Expenditure Review (PPBER); 3) Assessment of financial needs (cost and gap analysis of implementing Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP)).  These assessments significantly contributed to the development of a Biodiversity Finance Plan.

Based on insights gained from the results of the three BIOFIN assessments, this Plan acknowledges the importance of tapping additional financing to support the biodiversity agenda of the Philippines, mainly through its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP), referred to henceforth in this Plan as the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP). This Plan is cognizant of the parallel challenges that could not be addressed by generating financing alone: thus, the Plan transcends the focus on generating additional resources and also identifies a range of “finance solutions” that leverage finance, fiscal and economic tools and strategies to improve the outcome of biodiversity objectives in the country. Financing solutions include a range of transformative actions: generating more financing to fund the PBSAP or associated planning documents; appropriate attribution of biodiversity expenditures in the budget; attaining cost effective budget execution by eradicating overlaps in biodiversity functions; eradicating expenditures that continue to or aggravate dissipation of biodiversity resources; and paving the groundwork for a responsive policy environment through greater awareness on biodiversity and biodiversity financing and enhancing institutional support towards monitoring of PBSAP.

One of the finance solutions that will be implemented is increasing site-based revenues generated for selected PAs through ecotourism.  Last May, an ecotourism seminar-workshop was conducted for the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of Sibalom Natural Park and its partner community organizations from 5 barangays adjacent to the PA.  At the end of the workshop, several short-, medium- and long-term follow-up activities were identified.  BIOFIN commits to further assisting the PA in short-term activities mostly on capacity building, marketing and product development. A consultant will be onboarded to aid the PA and its partner communities in said activities  

 

B.     Scope of Work

 

1.       The Ecotourism Specialist under the supervision of the Project Manager will implement, together with the PAMO of Sibalom NP, activities related to product development, capacity building and marketing.  Specifically, the Ecotourism Specialist will: 

 

2.     On Product Development:

·       Finalize 2 tour packages of Barangay Imparayan including costing and proposed fees;

·       Finalize thematic scripts for the 2 tour packages of Barangay Imparayan;

·       Conduct a dry run of 2 tour packages; and

·       Develop a checklist (for both PAMO and tourists) and/or standard operating procedures for the implementation of tour packages for guidance of PAMO and community;

 

3.     On Capacity Building:

·     In working towards becoming a community-based ecotourism association, assist the Bantay Gubat volunteers including other community members in developing their Constitution and by-laws, election process and ecotourism visioning and planning;

·       Assist in organizing the PO in complying requirements as an accredited PO by DOLE or LGU;

·       Lead development of training programs on:

o   organizational management including basic financial management (bookkeeping) and organizational and tour operations.

o   food and beverage preparation and service, customer service.

·        Propose appropriate resource person to conduct actual training on:

o   organizational management including basic financial management (bookeeping) and organizational and tour operations.

o   food and beverage preparation and service, customer service.

 

4.     On Marketing:

·       Develop branding for SNP products and services.

·       Starting with the 2 tour products, establish a centralized booking and payment system;

·       Establish linkages with local suppliers (transportation, tour operators, food, accommodation, etc.) essential to the Barangay Imparayan tour packages;

·       Develop a marketing plan for 2 tour packages;

·       Organize and conduct a familiarization tour for media and tour guides for 2 Tour packages.

 

5.     The Ecotourism Specialist may be required to attend relevant project meetings.

6.     BIOFIN PMU shall provide administrative assistance to the Ecotourism Specialist in organizing related activities. S/he shall submit reports as required by the BMB and UNDP.

 

C.     Expected Outputs and Deliverables

 

 

Deliverables/ Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Due Date

(Tentative Dates)

 

Review and Approvals Required

Inception Report

5 days

March 15, 2023

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