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National Consultant to support development of a nomination file to include Aqaba Marine Reserve in IUCN Green List
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Country office - JORDAN
Deadline :23-Aug-22
Posted on :03-Aug-22
Development Area :CONSULTANTS  CONSULTANTS
Reference Number :94141
Link to Atlas Project :
00135632 - Marine conservation
Documents :
procurement notice
financial template offeror letter
personal history form
Terms and conditions of IC
term of reference
Overview :

To apply, kindly read the procurement notice, attach the following documents and submit through the following email:  ic.jo@undp.org

  1.  CV with at least three references;
  2. Technical proposal (proposed methodology describing the actions to be taken for successfully completing the assignment)
  3. Financial proposal in the prescribed format.

no later than 23 August  2022 with subject" "National Consultant to Support development of a nomination file to include Aqaba Marine Reserve in IUCN Green List".

Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, to rana.saleh@undp.org or by standard electronic communication to the address or e-mail indicated above. The procuring UNDP entity will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

The Gulf of Aqaba is the only maritime area in Jordan, with a limited shoreline that extends for almost 27 Km and provides access to the sea for activities such as ship transport, fishing, and industrial development that requires large amounts of cooling water. The coral reef ecosystems of the Gulf of Aqaba are the most significant feature of the marine environment in Jordan. These coral reefs are unique in that they are the northern-most tropical reef systems worldwide, have a high diversity of marine taxa, and provide habitat for endemic and rare marine species.

Following directions of His Majesty King Abdulla II to officially establish AqabaMarine Reserve (AMR) to contribute in achieving sustainable conservation of Aqaba’s globally and nationally significant marine and coastal habitats as well as socioeconomic values, ASEZA Board of Commissioners started the process immediately and collaborated with UNDP for preparing and submitting the nomination file in accordance with the national regulations and global practices for inclusion of AMR in the Jordan National Protected Areas Network.The site was officially declared by the cabinet of Jordan as a Marine Reserve in December 2020. Establishing AMR replaced the former arrangement of Aqaba Marine Park as conservation instrument officially initiated in 1997, and provided further momentum to different efforts aiming at conserving and sustaining the marine and coastal resources of Aqaba.

The area of the marine reserve is around 2.45 square kilometers, with a beach extending for about 7 km out of 27 km the total stretch of Jordan's coastal line. The coral reefs being the most significant feature of Jordan’s marine environment, cover a small area, estimated at 4 km2 in total (including vertical and horizontal faces) and occur along about half of the country’s short coastline but have remarkably high diversity. These coral reefs have proven resilience against climate change and coral bleaching as according to research they suffered very little to no damage from coral bleaching and ocean acidification.

IUCN Green List is a global campaign for successful nature conservation that offers locally relevant expert guidance to help achieve fair and effective nature conservation results in protected and conserved areas. It can help guarantee that wildlife and ecosystems can survive, thrive and bring value to communities everywhere. Objective of the global IUCN Green List Standard is to provide a global benchmark for protected and conserved areas to assess whether they are achieving successful conservation outcomes through effective and equitable governance and management. The IUCN Green List Standard includes globally consistent Components and Criteria, which are supported by indicators, to measure site performance.

UNDP Jordan Environment, Climate Change, and DRR pillar has been supporting the Government of Jordan to fulfill its commitments towards International Environmental Conventions including the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) and has launched several interventions in the Gulf of Aqaba to conserve Jordan`s unique biodiversity in landscapes and marine ecosystems. Support is primarily focused on enhancing the effectiveness and sustainability of the newly established Aqaba Marine Reserve and addressing direct drivers to protect habitats and species. Among these initiatives, UNDP with the support from ASEZA initiated a programme to Enhance the conservation of the Aqaba Marine Reserve by improving capacity for effective management with the aim to improve the management and operation of the Aqaba marine reserve through applying the best practices for the management of marine protected areas and contribute to conserve unique and globally significant marine biodiversity in Aqaba.

UNDP Jordan is seeking recruitment of an Individual Consultant to support development of a nomination file/dossier for including Aqaba Marine Reserve in IUCN Green List.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All individuals including persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with strictest confidence and equally.

Technical and financial proposals along with CV & 3 references should be submitted, and without such will not be considered). 

(Only Short Listed Candidates will be contacted)

UNDP is an employer committed to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both males and females.