Job Opportunities : Chief Technical Advisor for the UNDP/ GEF Regional Project

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Commission des Forêts
d’Afrique Centrale
Une dimension régionale pour la conservation
et la gestion durable des écosystèmes
Projet Régional - CBSP – Partenariat pour la conservation de la biodiversité :
Financement durable des Aires Protégées dans le Bassin du Congo– PIMS 3447

Terms of Reference for Appointment of Chief Technical Advisor for the UNDP/ GEF ‘Regional Project
"CBSP-Partnership for Biodiversity Conservation-Sustainable Financing for Protected Areas in the Congo
Basin-PIMS 3447’
TITLE: International Consultant – Chief Technical Advisor
SECTOR: Biodiversity
LOCATION: Republic of Cameroon
DUTY STATION: Regional Project offices in Yaoundé
DURATION: 200 working days (6 field missions and home-based) until December 2019 with
the following breakdown: (120 field mission days and 80 days home based) Countries concerned: Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, DRC, CAR
STARTING DATE: February 2018
SUPERVISOR: Regional Project Coordinator and Executive Secretary of COMIFAC
(Implementing Partner)

1. Project Title: CBSP – Partnerships for Biodiversity Conservation: Sustainable Financing of Protected
Area Systems in the Congo Basin
2. Project Description (Context)
The Congo Basin countries have received support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to
implement an approach and methodology to address the challenge of Protected Areas (PA) funding at
the local, national and regional levels, through the regional project "CBSP – Partnership for Biodiversity
Conservation - Sustainable Financing Mechanisms for Protected Areas in the Congolese Basin". The
objective of this project is to build capacity, strengthen institutional frameworks and pilot mechanisms
for the long-term financial sustainability of PA systems and associated ecosystems in six Congo Basin
countries (Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea Equatorial Republic, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo &
Democratic Republic of Congo). Achievement of this goal will be achieved through three inter-related and
complementary outcomes: (i) Outcome 1: Establish and/or enhance legal, policy and institutional
frameworks to support the funding of sustainable PA conservation, at regional and national levels; (ii)
Outcome 2: Support the improvement of existing mechanisms and the creation of innovative mechanisms
for the management and disbursement of PA revenues; (iii) Outcome 3: Strengthen business planning
and put in place cost-effective management tools for PAs and associated landscapes.
The achievement of the results of this project will also contribute to the implementation of COMIFAC's
Convergence Plan, in particular Component 3 dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of
1/3biological diversity. This Convergence Plan is recognized by all regional and international partners as the
federating framework to guide actions and funding in the forest-environment sector in the sub-region.
The six Congo Basin countries are home to nearly 25% of the world's remaining tropical forests and
constitute an estimated carbon sink of 24-39 Gt. In addition, the Congo Basin is world-renowned for its
flora and fauna, much of which exists nowhere else in the world. The flora in lowland forests is composed
of more than 10,000 species of higher plants, of which 3,000 are endemic. However, funding for protected
area systems put in place for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity in the Congo
Basin does not meet expectations. Thus, they are highly dependent on government grants whose
amounts are lower than the estimate of actual financing needs, and are generally short-term. In addition,
the legal, political and institutional framework of the countries concerned is not always conducive to the
development of new strategies for innovative financing at national or regional level. Combined with the
lack of basic infrastructure, and limited technical knowledge in the Congo Basin countries, the ability to
retain qualified staff and conduct basic management operations is compromised, which hinders long-
term financial planning, selection and implementation of emerging sustainable financing mechanisms to
support the effective management of PAs and biodiversity in the Congo Basin.
For a period of 5 years, this regional project will be implemented by a Project Management Unit under
the coordination of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC), in collaboration with the United
Nations Development Program (UNDP).
COMIFAC is an intergovernmental organization created by the Heads of State of Central Africa. It is the
sole forum for guidance, decision-making, monitoring, coordination and harmonization of sub-regional
policies and initiatives for the conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central
UNDP's experience in supporting sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity is based on a
comprehensive strategic approach to maintaining and improving biodiversity and ecosystem services for
sustainable livelihoods, food, water and health, enhanced resilience, conservation of threatened species
and their habitats, and increased carbon storage and sequestration capacity by forests.
In order to carry out the activities referred to in this project, a Cooperation Agreement has been signed
between UNDP and COMIFAC, and specifies the responsibilities of both parties in the implementation of
this regional project.
It is within this framework that COMIFAC is seeking, in accordance with the framework for
implementation of the regional CBSP project, an international consultant (for a fixed term) who will work
for the regional project as Chief Technical Advisor. He/she will have expertise in environmental finance,
law, economics and planning with experience working in the protected areas of the Congo Basin / Central
Africa. He/she will be tasked with supporting the technical team and the regional coordination of the
project (Management Unit) based in Yaoundé. The CTA will be recruited under the overall supervision of
the Regional Coordinator and Executive Partner COMIFAC and will work closely with the regional technical
team and national project teams in the 6 participating countries. He/she will be based in Yaoundé,
3. Scope of Work
The Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) will be responsible for the technical quality control of projects and
support through advisory and capacity building services that lead to overall regional project process.
He/she will support the Project Management Unit (PMU) and technical teams based in the 6 countries
(Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Democratic
Republic of Congo) in developing Annual Work Plans and an overall strategy for dynamic implementation
of the project by providing an international perspective on sustainable financing of PA systems. He/she
will support the provision and consolidation of the technical inputs required to achieve the results of the
2/3regional project, through its 3 components. He/she will provide technical inputs, trainings,
prepare/review of Terms of Reference and review the outputs and deliverables of consultants and other
sub-contractors, build capacities and provide technical support to stakeholders to pilot integrated PAs
sustainable financing mechanisms at the national and regional levels. In addition, he/she will support the
work undertaken by other members of the project team in relation to knowledge management,
communications and outreach, monitoring and evaluation, and training.
Duties and Responsibilities:
a) Provide technical support and strategic assistance to the Regional Project Coordinator (Project
Manager), national project teams and other government counterparts in the six (06) participants
countries in the areas of regional project management and planning, management of site
activities, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and impact assessment.
b) Support the Project Manager (Regional Coordinator) in reviewing/assessing the work and
deliverables of all consultants and sub-contractors, ensuring the technical quality assurance of
the deliverables as well as the timely delivery of expected outputs.
c) Support and / or strengthen the capacities of the regional project team (in Yaoundé) and (06)
national technical teams on issues relating to:
- Sustainable Financial Strategies and Sustainable Revenue Mechanisms for Protected
- Disbursement mechanisms, accounting and financial analysis, business planning,
sustainable allocation and financial management systems for protected areas;
- Laws, policies and regulations for sustainable financing of Protected Areas;
- Institutional roles and responsibilities for Sustainable PA Management;
- Planning of viable activities in different categories of Protected Areas;
- Piloting appropriate sustainable and sustainable financial management systems; and
- Capacity building in support of sustainable financing for PAs.
d) Provide high-quality technical expertise and advice in guiding the project's actions in order to
achieve the expected results through its 3 components, in particular:
- Improved Legal, Policy and Institutional Frameworks to support funding for sustainable
PA conservation at the regional and national levels (Outcome 1);
- Improvement of existing financing mechanisms and/or creation of innovative
mechanisms for PA revenue management and disbursement (Outcome 2)
- Strengthened business planning in PAs and putting in place cost-effective management
tools (revenue generation) for PAs and associated landscapes (Outcome3).
e) Support the Regional Project Coordinator in strategic coordination, planning and programming
of project activities, both at the regional level and in participating countries.
f) Support the Regional Project Coordinator in preparing Terms of Reference/Request for Proposals
for consultants and sub-contractors, and assist in the selection and recruitment process;
g) Support the Regional Project Coordinator in coordinating the work of all consultants and sub-
contractors and ensuring an effective synergy among the various sub-contracted activities;
h) Support the effective engagement of BIOFIN as a Responsible Party to the project.
i) Assist the Regional Project Coordinator in liaison work and advocacy with regional project
partners, donor organizations, NGOs (civil societies) and other groups to ensure effective
coordination of project activities in the (06) participating countries.
j) Work jointly with the Regional Project Coordinator to strengthen the technical capacities of the
implementing partner (COMIFAC) and other partners including members of the Steering
Committee, both at regional and national levels, to achieve the strategic outcomes of the project.
3/3k) Support the Regional Project Coordinator in documenting lessons from regional project
implementation and make recommendations to the Regional and National Steering Committees
for more effective implementation and coordination of regional project activities.
l) Assist the Regional Project Coordinator in mobilizing staff and consultants in the conduct of a
mid-term project evaluation, and in undertaking revisions in the regional project implementation
and strategy based on the evaluation’s results.
m) Support the Regional Project Coordinator in preparing and revising regional project action plans,
work plans and financial plans.
n) Assist the Regional Project Coordinator in the preparation of the Combined Project
Implementation Review/Annual Project Report (PIR/APR), inception report, technical reports,
quarterly financial reports for submission to UNDP, the GEF, other donors and countries’
Government Departments, as required:
- Make available to the Regional Project Coordinator, the Project Management Unit and
the Implementing Partner (COMIFAC) relevant technical elements (periodic technical
reports) for the preparation of reports (Combined Review Report). Project
Implementation / Annual Report (PIR / APR), start-up report, technical reports, Quarterly
Operational Reports), for use by GEF and UNDP, and national partners.
o) Advise personnel responsible for marketing and communication, for documentaries, TV spots,
guidebooks and awareness campaign, and review all communications and awareness raising
material produced for technical soundness, clarity and conciseness, etc.
p) Provide technical support to develop and operationalize a Knowledge Management framework,
including an online platform, and oversee the sharing of experiences and lessons learned with all
stakeholders around PA financing activities both nationally and internationally.
q) Compile lessons learned from the regional project implementation to share with members of the
Steering Committee (both regional and national) and to make useful recommendations to
enhance the quality of day to day monitoring of planned activities.
r) Contribute to the efforts of the Regional Project Coordinator at the strategic level in advocacy,
research and resource mobilization (including co-financing) and technical and financial partners
s) Act as workshop/working group facilitator upon request; and
t) Perform other tasks as may be requested by the Regional Project Coordinator.
4. Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The Chief Technical Advisor shall be remunerated in accordance
deliverables approved:
Produce an approved assignment work plan
Feb - 18
with the following time schedule and
Update the existing multi-year work plan for
Feb- 18
the remainder of the regional project
Provide TORs for the first set of missions in
the first countries (starting by Cameroon) to
review the current country situation analysis
Mar - Apr
about PA financing, and work with national
technical teams to identify new PA financing
and approaches and mechanisms that can be
implemented through the project (at
Means of verification
Approved assignment work
Approved multi-year work plan
review current situation.
First report identifying new PA
financing approaches and
mechanisms that can be5
Highlight lessons learned, risk logs, risk
management measures and compliance
with logical framework.
communication and awareness, and
Specialists to identify an integrated
Communications and KM Strategy and
Action Plan for the regional project.
Provide timely technical inputs for the
preparation of the Project Implementation
Work closely with Regional Project
Coordinator to provide technical inputs to
inform planning for the proposed PAF
Technical Workshop that will take place in
June, and develop the Workshop Agenda
and Follow Up Strategy. Support
organisation and engagement of the 06
participating countries in the lead up to the
workshop to ensure effective participation.
Provide technical leadership and inputs
during the technical workshop (June 2018)
recommendations. Facilitate sessions and
ensure strong technical engagement of
national teams.
Lead the technical workshop with BIOFIN
Team (Output 1.1.): Preparation of the
Technical Workshop for June (with clear
inputs from national teams)
Coordinate technical inputs from BIOFIN
relating to PA financing to support delivery
of Component 1and 2
Lead closely with the regional project
technical team the action plan to address
issues related to output 1.1. in the 6
Lead the technical team to address issue
related to Output 1.2.: New / updated laws,
policies and regulations required for
sustainable financing of protected areas (to
prepare & to propose the appropriate
technical tools to address this output).
Lead the technical team to address issue
related to Output 1.3: Increased awareness
and direct support for PA funding and PA
financing mechanisms among public and
corporate sector financial and economic
decision-makers (to prepare & to propose
May -18 4
May - 18 4
May -18
Approved KM, Communication
and Awareness strategy
Project Implementation Report
Technical assistance to support
planning and implementation
of planned PAF Technical
Workshop for participating
countries. Agenda,
Engagement Strategy and
Follow Up Action Plan
Technical workshop Report
May -18
Technical report
May - 18
June-18 4
Aug.-18 4
Technical report on PA
Financing requirements of 06
participating countries
Action Plan submitted
Technical report submitted
Sept - 18
Technical report submitted
Dec. - 18
the appropriate technical tools to address
this output)
Mission to 06 participating countries to
review progress towards on outputs 1.1, 1.2
& 1.3: Country analysis of PA financing
landscape (institutional, policy, financial,
legislative, partners)
Submit the third mission report (2018)
included issues related to the leading for the
implementation of of activities across
Components 1, 2 and 3 following the
workshop, etc.
Lead the technical team to address issue
related to output 1.4: Institutional
responsibilities and commitments for PA
procedures agreed and operationalized at
national level and in selected demonstration
Lead in close collaboration with national
teams the preparation of appropriate tools
(included for training & capacity building) for
each country to address the issues related to
output 1.4.
Lead a special technical workshop (at
regional office) for training national team on
appropriate tools & materials to address
issues related to output 1.4 in each of the 6
Lead in collaboration with BIOFIN technical
backstopping to facilitate exchange of
lessons learnt and experiences with other
regional initiatives within BIOFIN (Technical
support on remote basis, participation in
regional workshop and organise webinars
for exchange of experience) on output 1.5:
Sub-regional-level 5-year conservation
financing strategy focused on PAs, corridors
and buffer zones approved at national
(ministerial) and regional levels.
Mission to 06 participating countries to
review progress towards on outputs 1.4
(Institutional responsibilities and
commitments for PA revenue retention and
distribution procedures agreed and
operationalized at national level and in
selected demonstration sites) & 1.5 (Sub-
regional-level 5-year conservation financing
strategy focused on PAs, corridors and
buffer zones approved at national
(ministerial) and regional levels)
Prepare & submit the fourth mission (2019)
Technical Report from each
Feb - 19
Mission Report submitted
Technical Report submitted
Apr - 19
May - 19
Appropriate technical materials
& tools for each country to
address output 1.4.
Technical (workshop report)
Technical report submitted
Dec. - 19
Mission report submitted19
Work closely with BIOFIN (Technical support
on remote basis, participation in regional
workshop and organise webinars for
exchange of experience) and national teams
to develop 7 PA financial mechanisms at
national and transnational (issue related to
output 2.1.) & 3 disbursement/allocation
mechanisms (issue related to output 2.1.)
Work in close collaboration with technical
team to deliver output 2.3: PA managers and
other stakeholders equipped to identify,
plan for and implement new revenue
generation and disbursement mechanisms
and organise technical support to national
team (on remote basis, and organise
webinars/ Skype call for exchange) to
address at national level issues related to
output 2.3.
Work in close collaboration with the
technical team to prepare tools & materials
for training national teams (during
workshop) on needs necessary to address
outputs 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 & 3.5
Lead the regional workshop to train
technical team on tools & materials to
address issues related to outputs 3.1, 3.2,
3.3, 3.4 & 3.5.
Prepare & submit terminal mission report.
7 PAF mechanisms & 3
national and trans-boundary
Technical Report submitted
March. -
Technical report submitted
March- 20
Apr.- 20
May- 20
Workshop technical report on
tools & materials available for
each of the 6 participative
5. Institutional Arrangement
The Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) will provide service to the Project Management Unit (PMU), and report
to the Regional Project Coordinator (RPC). S/He will prepare an activity report every quarter, to be sent
to the RPC and UNDP Programme Officer. All deliverables shall be approved by the RPC and UNDP, in
close coordination with the implementing partner (COMIFAC).
6. Duration of the Work
The Chief Technical Adviser shall be for 200 working person days (06 field missions and home-based) until
December 2019 with the following breakdown: 120 field mission days and 80 days home based.
7. Duty Station
During the field-based part of the assignment, the Chief Technical Advisor will be based at the PMU Office,
Congo Basin -Regional Project Offices, Bastos, rue N° 1828 – Bâtiment 693 – P.O. Box 836 Yaoundé,
Cameroon. The Chief Technical Advisor will also travel to the other participating countries as required.
8. Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor
Postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD) in Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, Social
- Economic /Finance with specific expertise in Protected Areas’ Integrated financing mechanism with a
good understanding of conservation, sustainable use and management of Protected areas and terrestrial
biodiversity; PhD is desirable but not a requirement.
• At least 10 years of professional experience in conservation, sustainable use and management of
terrestrial Protected Areas (PAs) & biodiversity associated;
• Minimum 5 years specific experience at international level in Integrated mechanisms for PA’s
sustainable financing & Management planning;
• Experience in PAs Management and Restoration will be an advantage;
• Experience in terrestrial Protected Areas management and planning will be an advantage;
• Experience in Sustainable Development will be an advantage.
• Demonstrable experience in implementing equivalent GEF or other multilateral donor-funded
• Working experience with private sector and project national stakeholder institutions and
agencies is desired;
• Experience with GEF Tracking Tools (financial scorecard and METT) is an asset;
• Experience in carrying out Training Needs Assessment is an asset;
• Knowledge of SIDS Biodiversity challenges would be an asset.
• Languages: (i) excellent knowledge of English (written and oral) / (ii) good knowledge of French
(written and oral)/ (iii) basic knowledge of Spanish will be an asset.

Strong working knowledge of international best practice in relation to Protected Areas Financing
and Management Effectiveness.
• Knowledge of policies and requirements for business planning and tools for cost-effective
management and revenue generation through protected areas.
• Knowledge of legal, regulatory and institutional issues for protected areas management in
developing countries (if possible in Central Africa; and knowledge of COMIFAC);
• Knowledge of Project Adaptive Management in the context of UNDP GEF;
• Good expertise in environmental management, finance, law, economy and planning in the
Congo Basin (Cameroon - Congo - Gabon - Equatorial Guinea - RCA – DRC)
• Ability to effectively coordinate a complex multi-stakeholder (regional) project;
• Ability to train and work effectively with counterpart staff at all levels and with all groups
involved in the regional project;
• Strong drafting/writing, presentation and reporting skills, excellent written communication
• Strong leadership skills and capacity to innovate;
• Effective negotiator with excellent oral and presentation skills;
• Adaptive capacity and ability to work in multicultural environments, with respect for diversity and
human rights.
• Fluency in both written and spoken English & French is required; knowledge of Spanish is an asset;
• Strong computer skills.
9. Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
a) The financial proposal, which is reserved for the actual costs due at the end of the Applicant's
service, must indicate the overall cost of the requested service, for a maximum of 200 working
days per year. This will include 120 working days at the regional project headquarters (based in
Yaoundé but also travelling to the six countries covered by the project (Cameroon, Congo, Gabon,
Equatorial Guinea, CAR and DRC) and 80 days home based (provider's home).
b) The financial proposal must be made monthly corresponding to 120 days / work based in Yaoundé
and 80 days / work based at home (home based) of the provider (at the appropriate rate for an
8/3expertise / delivery of the required level) or a total of 200 days a year for a contract of 2 years at
c) The financial proposal must not include the travel expenses of the service provider, (i) from his
home base in Yaoundé, nor (ii) from Yaoundé (Regional Office) to the six (06) countries covered
by the project (including Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, RCA and DRC).
d) Each financial proposal must only correspond to the daily cost of consultant services payable
upon receipt and approval of deliverables.
e) Undertake not to charge any additional costs related to the logistics (office and medium of the
regional project) during the mission period or the Provider is based at the headquarters of the
regional project (in Yaoundé, Cameroon) as well as at the Home based of the Provider.
f) The rate of payment will be based on completion of deliverables as per section 4 above.
10. Recommended Presentation of Offer
The following documents are requested:
a) Duly completed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability
b) Personal CV or P11, indicating all experience from similar projects, as well as the contact
details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional
c) Technical offer: Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most
suitable for the assignment (including his/her experience using GEF Financing’s Protected
Areas Scorecards and Tracking Tools), and a methodology on how he/she will approach and
complete the assignment;
Financial Proposal must indicate the overall cost of the service (supply of service). To help
compare bids, each financial proposal will include a detailed breakdown of the amount,
including (supported by a breakdown of costs at section 4):
- A daily fee.
- Travel and mission expenses both in Cameroon and in the other 5 countries participating
in the regional project should not be included in the financial offer and will be fully
supported (when the time comes) by the appropriate budget of the Regional Project.
11. Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Cumulative analysis
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual
consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial
criteria specific to the solicitation.
Short-listing criteria:
Max. Point
Education (university degree at the Master II level (minimum), in Environmental Science,
Natural Resources Management, Social - Economic /Finance with specific expertise in
Protected Areas’ Integrated financing mechanism.
Relevant international experience in PA Financing and Management (with professional
experience in Environmental/PA Finance)
Relevant technical experience in Protected Areas planning and management across all
categories (with a good knowledge of international best practices in this area)
Relevant experience in PAs Management and Financing in the Congo Basin / Central
Africa area
Experience in working with multi stakeholders GEF projects
9/3Relevant experience in project management, budget administration
Experience using GEF Protected Area Tracking Tools
Experience in undertaking Training Needs Assessments
Experience in working with a variety of stakeholders, including Governments and Private
Language (English is mandatory/French is highly desirable/Spanish is useful)
Suitability of technical approach
TOTAL max.
Candidates scoring 45 or above will be short-listed and called for a competency-based interview.
The financial offers will be evaluated giving the lowest price proposal 30 marks and marking the other
more expensive proposals reverse proportionally to the cheapest offer.
The final scoring of short-listed candidates will take into account the interview score and the financial
• Interview score
• Financial score
Max. Point
The candidate ranking highest shall be selected.
Deadline and place of submission of applications:
Applications must be online and / or sealed with the words "International Consultant - Specialist in
Sustainable Financing Mechanisms for Protected Areas & Associated Biodiversity - Congo Basin" and must
be received no later than 30, November 2017 at 5 pm. (Online:,
Or at the following address:
Madam Resident Representative
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
N ° 1232 Mellopolis Building, 1794 Street, Ekoudou, Bastos
B.P. 836, Yaoundé Republic of Cameroon
Tel : (237) 222 20 08 00/222 20 08 01
L. Approval
This TOR is approved by: Penny Stock, RTAs UNDP/GEF: le 19/12/17 (see email)
Prepared by: Aline Malibangar, Regional Coordinator – PIMS 3447 - Congo Basin PAs sustainable
Date of Signing: 15/12/2017

At the following address: Madam Resident Representative United Nations Development Program (UNDP) N ° 1232 Mellopolis Building, 1794 Street, Ekoudou, Bastos B.P. 836, Yaoundé Republic of Cameroon Tel : (237) 222 20 08 00/222 20 08 01

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