|Overview : |
Under the direct supervision of the Project Management Unit and Project Manager, Forest Regeneration Project, and guidance of the Regional Technical Advisor, the expert will conduct an ESIA and prepare an ESMP for the Forest Regeneration Project as per the UNDP SES, considering the full scope of the project’s activities. The consultant will closely follow UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards (SES) and must ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) processes are pursued and secured in line with the SES (including the UNDP SES Guidance Note on Standard 6).
Under this contract, the consultant would be responsible for the delivery of the following products and services:
1. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA): In accordance with UNDP’s SES, an ESIA will be developed and carried out by an independent expert in a participatory manner with stakeholders, following the principles of FPIC. The ESIA will further identify and assess social and environmental impacts of the project and its area of influence; evaluate alternatives; and consider appropriate avoidance, mitigation, management, and monitoring measures. It will address all relevant issues related to the SES Principles and Standards, with particular focus on Standard 6 on Indigenous Peoples. A key output of the ESIA is an ESMP, as described next.
2. ESIA report and Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP): An ESIA report and ESMP will provide a set of avoidance, mitigation, monitoring and institutional measures – as well as actions needed to implement these measures – to achieve the desired social and environmental sustainability outcomes. The measures will be adopted and integrated into the project activities, monitoring and reporting framework and budget. At a minimum, the ESMP will include an Indigenous Peoples Plan and a comprehensive Stakeholder Engagement Plan. Other management plans should be included as determined necessary in the course of the ESIA.
3. Revised Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) - The management measures of the ESMP will be captured in a revised SESP.
4. Training on FPIC and other safeguards topics: The consultant will train relevant stakeholders and members of the project team on FPIC and other safeguards topics as determined necessary in the course of the ESIA, and as described in the “Capacity Development and Training” section of the ESMP.