|Overview : |
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acting as Global Environment Facility (GEF) implementing agency, is providing support to the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology, Solomon Islands Government, rolling out the Safeguarding Solomon Islands endemic and globally threatened biodiversity and ecosystem services from key threats, particularly invasive alien species , and unsustainable land management practices(SAFE Project) ,Project Planning Grant Initiation. The objective of the GEF PPG is to develop the project concept into a full project: Safeguarding Solomon Islands endemic and globally threatened biodiversity and ecosystem services from key threats, particularly invasive alien species and unsustainable land use practices (SAFE project), and is aiming to safeguard Solomon Islands indigenous species and ecosystems from invasive alien species, land degradation, unsustainable resource use and climate-induced risks through effective government enabling and capacity, community participation and resilient blue/green livelihoods. A service of national consultant is required to lead the team and coordinate in- country work during the project document development/PPG process.
The National PPG Team Leader and Biodiversity/IAS Specialist will lead and coordinate the work of the team of national consultants to produce the PPG deliverables listed in the project Initiation Plan while supporting the International PPG Team Leader to integrate relevant findings and conclusions into key sections of the project document ensuring adherence of project development to UNDP’s SESP and specific requirements, as appropriate. The consultant will lead the technical information gathering and reporting on Biodiversity (endemic species conservation) and IAS management and complete relevant project Annexes for completion of the Project Document. He/she will also lead the work to finalise the demonstration land/seascapes selection and prepare the related profile report. The consultant will be a Biodiversity (endemic species conservation) and IAS expert with experience conducting baseline analyses, biodiversity mainstreaming and preparing species action and management plans. He/she will work closely with the PPG team leader and the International IAS Specialist (and all other members of the PPG team).
Under the overall coordination of the International PPG team Leader, the consultant will participate in and support the entire PPG process, information gathering, field visits, project development and the preparation of the ProDoc/GEF CEO Endorsement Request package. The consultant will facilitate key stakeholder meetings, working closely with UNDP.