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Training Specialist for the Biodiversity Finance Initiative
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Country Office - PHILIPPINES
Deadline :06-Aug-19
Posted on :24-Jul-19
Reference Number :57849
Link to Atlas Project :
00106358 - Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) Phase II
Documents :
Offerors Template/Financial Proposal
P11 Template
General Terms & Conditions for IC
Overview :

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.


To effectively implement the Plan and to sustain gains achieved in Phase I, capacities of key stakeholders (national government agencies, local government units, and NGOs) need to be improved.  Training evaluation results from Phases 1 and 2 will be reviewed and can be the basis for the development of appropriate training activities. 


Institutional Arrangement

The Project Manager shall directly supervise and approve and accept the output/s of consultant.

Based on the table above, outputs will be submitted to the Project Manager in the dates indicated.  At different points during project implementation, he/she is expected  to liaise/ interact/ collaborate/ meet with the BIOFIN team and with other relevant stakeholders. 


Duration of the Work

The expected duration of work is 176 days spread over 1 year from August 2019 - 2020.

Within 2 weeks of the consultant’s submission of his/her outputs to the Project Manager and Sr. Technical Adviser shall provide their comments.  Should there be further comments, the revised output shall be submitted within a week.  Should there be no comments, the Project Manager shall endorse the consultant’s output/s for approval.


Duty Station


The Project Manager shall directly supervise the Training Specialist and approve his/her output.

The Training Specialist is expected to liaise/interact/collaborate/meet with the national and global (as necessary) BIOFIN project team, DENR and its units, DILG and UNDP.  As needed, the project staff shall provide administrative assistance to her/him in order for her/him to accomplish all requirements.

Based on the table above, outputs will be submitted to UNDP and BMB through the Project Manager in the dates indicated. 

The project staff including other project consultants, as well as, relevant technical staff shall provide comment on the outputs of the consultant.


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. transportation/travel to and from residence-Manila and/or within Metro Manila,  supplies & materials, reproduction, communications including internet).  Travel expenses to project-related meetings and workshops outside of Metro Manila will be shouldered by the Project.

The Payment terms are as follows:

  • First Tranche - 10% Upon submission and acceptance of Inception Report;
  • Second Tranche - 20% Upon submission and acceptance of Training needs assessment results;
  • Third Tranche - 20% Upon submission and acceptance of BIOFIN manual;
  • Fourth Tranche - 10% Upon submission and acceptance of proceedings of 1st  training activity;
  • Fifth Tranche - 10% Upon submission and acceptance of proceedings of 2nd training activity;
  • Sixth Tranche - 10% Upon submission and acceptance of proceedings of 3rd training activity;
  • Seventh Tranche - 20% Upon submission and acceptance of report on the roll-out of modules with DILG



Duties and Responsibilities

The Training Specialist under the supervision of the Project Manager and Senior Technical Advisor will:


  1. Develop a training needs assessment tool/s, as needed;
  2. Based on initial training modules on the BIOFIN methodology developed in Phase 1, review, revise/amend and pre-test the modules to stakeholders from national government agencies, local government units and NGOs;
  3. Finalize and manualize the BIOFIN methodology modules;
  4. Organize and conduct at least 3 training activities using the said modules (a documenter will be procured separately for the proceedings of training activities);
  5. Organize meeting/s with the Human Resources and Development Office of the DENR to introduce the manual and to enjoin its integration into the HRD curriculum;
  6. Roll out the modules through and with the Department of the Interior and Local Government
  7. Contribute to the IEC component of the project and continue partnership work with key government agencies;
  8. Attend relevant project meetings and workshops/exercises; and
  9. Submit report/s as may be required by UNDP and BMB.




Corporate competencies

  • 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 favoritism.

Functional and technical competencies

  • 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;
  • Computer literate.



Required Skills and Experience

Offers will be evaluated based on combined scoring method – where the Technical Proposal will be evaluated based on qualifications in the CV and brief description of previous work. The Technical evaluation is weighted a max. of 50%, Interview will be maximum of 20%  and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30% shall be adopted.

For the evaluation of the Technical Proposal, the selection of the successful consultant must be based in the following qualifications (with the appropriate obtainable points):


Criteria for Evaluation

Maximum Obtainable Points


  • Advanced Degree in forestry, economics, urban/regional planning or a closely related field or equivalent relevant experience.


(15 points if relevant Master’s Degree, 30 points if relevant Doctoral Degree)


20 points


  • At least 10 years’ experience in urban/regional planning;


(15 points for 10 years experience, additional points for additional years of experience)


20 points



  • At least 10 years’ experience in environmental management;


(15 points for 10 years experience, additional points for additional years of experience)

20 points



  • At least 10 years’ experience in local governance issues;
  • Familiar and up-to-date with national and local programs, projects and initiatives on biodiversity conservation and related areas
  • Experience in dealing with international and national experts and institutions


(10 points for 10 years experience, additional points for additional years of experience)

20 points


Approach to the Methodology

  • Technical Knowledge on the subject matter

20 points





Applicants who will only receive 70 points  from the assessment of the CV and Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment will be qualified for the assessment of the Financial Proposal.


Recommended Presentation of Offer


Applicants must upload in one (1) file the documents listed below at

All applications should be deposited at the given link.


Editable forms listed below are attached on this advertisement:

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  2. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  3. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignmentand
  4. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. 

In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.