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Consultancy services for National Expert in Alien Invasive Species Control and Monitoring for the UNDP/GEF ‘Mainstreaming Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Prevention, Control and Management’ project,
One of the key outputs of the project is to assist stakeholders in terms of logistics and technical support for control of invasive alien species (IAS).
Invasive rodents are known to alter ecosystems worldwide and can be devastating in island ecosystems where species have evolved without the threats posed by rodents (Fukami et al. 2006; Simberloff 2008).
The National Parks and Conservation Service and the Forestry Service operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security are planning to use Good Nature Traps (GNT) for control of invasive alien species (fauna) in the National Parks, Nature Reservesand outer islets. They are also potentially useful for the conservation work in Rodrigues and its associated islets. There is great optimism and proven scientific knowledge and records that GNT have a high success rate regarding controlling of these noxious species. There are numerous advantages using GNT:
• Reduced long-term costs for rat control as a result of less labor and fewer helicopter flights/boat trips to remote sites (Surrounding islets)
• Increased ability to conduct rodent control in remote sites due to less maintenance required
• Increased rat control efficacy because they are multi-kill devices
• Decreased damage to vegetation because sites are visited less frequently
• Reduced risk for staff resulting from less handling of rat carcasses
• Humanely dispatched rats (Jansen 2011)
Under this project an expert in the field of invasive alien species (IAS) control will be needed to assist the relevant stakeholders in terms of logistics and technical support for the control of IAS through:
• deployment of GNTs,
• setting up and delivery of training for staff in the Republic of Mauritius, mainly in Mauritius and Rodrigues, for both public and private institutions.
• monitoring of grid set up and data analysis
This transfer of competencies and skills will enable stakeholders to sustain the long term use and monitoring of these GNT...
Objective of the Assignment
The National Alien Invasive Control and Monitoring Expert will operate under the guidance of the Project Manager, Chief Technical Advisor and the National Project Director in all aspects of the project implementation, mainly on – but not limited to – the following elements:
• Production of a detailed work plan based on the objectives and approaches outlined above including a detailed assignment methodology
• Collecting/compilating data on use of GNT from relevant agencies including, but not limited to the National Parks and Conservation Service (NPCS), Forestry Service (FS), Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) other NGOs and private sector.
• Analyse the gaps in terms of training needs assessment, human resources and other logistics
• Preparation of a detailed implementation plan inclusive of identification of sites.
• Conduct training of staff involved in deployment, management of GNT and processing of data generated including preliminary survey of earmarked sites, georeferenced points, hands on training, etc
• Development of a monitoring and data collection protocol including logistics.
• Conducting preliminary data analysis
• Development of a user friendly manual
• Production of a completion report describing the process for the implementation of the GNP project
The National Expert shall be remunerated in accordance with the time schedule and deliverables approved by UNDP. UNDP will be represented as appropriate by the Project Manager, Head of Environment Unit, National Project Director, the Regional Technical Adviser, or the Independent Evaluation Office. The Project Technical Committee set up will review and comment on the deliverables as appropriate. The list of deliverables is shown in the table below.
This assignment is for duration of 90 working days over 12 months from August 2022 until July 2023.
Submission of Application
Applications should be sent through email : email@example.com on or before Sunday 10 July 2022 - 16:00 hours Mauritius time (GMT+4)
Annex A - Letter of confirmation of interest and availability and Submission of financial proposal
Annex B - Model Contact IC
Annex C - UNDP GCC IC
Annex D - P11
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