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The 2018 YSEALI Civic Engagement Fellows Program

Biodiversity Project Development Expert

Application Deadline : 16-May-14

The overall objective of the consultant is to prepare the full Project Document and GEF CEO Endorsement Request Form for project "Developing and Implementing the National Framework on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge” in China for approval by the Global Environment Facility. 

The Biodiversity Project Development Expert will serve as team leader in collating inputs of different team specialists and take the lead in collaboration with key stakeholders, implementing and executing agencies in designing the project document.


The Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of the Ministry of Environmental Protection has requested GEF assistance through UNDP for the preparation a project proposal for a full sized project: “Developing and Implementing the National Framework on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge”. The project aims to develop and implement China’s national framework on access to and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in accordance with provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol (NP). The project will remove the aforementioned barriers and enable the country to ratify and implement the NP by promoting the establishment of the National Regulatory and Institutional Framework on ABS, Strengthening ABS Capacity Building and Awareness Raising, and support up to 6 such pilots focusing on genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in Guizhou, Hunan, Yunnan, Guangxi Provinces and/or Inner Mongolia.

The Project Preparation Grant (PPG) has been requested to formulate the full-sized project through appropriate situation analysis and stakeholder consultations. The preparatory phase will include the collection of information and gathering of data for the project design and improve baseline context for the project; identifying implementing partners and implementation arrangements; develop results framework that has optimal resource allocation from GEF and other stakeholders to meet the project objective; identifying and selecting pilots from potential pilots; developing more investigation on risks lists in PIF. The activities of the PPG include:  baseline and capacity needs assessment of ABS for China; conduct logical framework analysis (LFA) and define project goal, objectives, outcomes, outputs and key activities. The outcome of the PPG will be Project Document and Request for CEO Endorsement.

Please download Project Identification form (PIF) for you to better know about the project from this link: http://yun.baidu.com/share/link?shareid=2065158734&uk=2217764688.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Key duties and responsibilities are:
  • Define operational strategies and resource needs for effective project design;
  • Provide an overall orientation to the PPG team in relation to GEF requirements for project planning and monitoring;
  • Provide methodological guidance for data collection related to project planning and monitoring with particular attention given to the description and quantification of the baseline information;
  • Conduct feasibility analysis of different options for the implementation of project activities and project governance;
  • Ensure action points from the UNDP environmental and social screening process (ESSP) for the PIF stage are fully implemented during the PPG;
  • Conduct the full UNDP ESSP and compile a summary report indicating results of the PPG investigation and future actions;
  • Define and validate the project outcomes, outputs, and activities based on a logical framework analysis and the results of the PPG studies undertaken by the team of experts;
  • Assess existing monitoring and evaluation systems of the government institution for biodiversity and provide guidance and orientation to define indicators and quantify targets to track project progress and effectiveness;
  • Develop the results framework of the project with SMART indicators, baseline and targets, including biodiversity indicators;
  • Compile the final baseline/situational analysis for the project based on the inputs from local experts and in close cooperation with the key national stakeholders. This will include a precise definition of baseline projects, activities, budgets, goals, and co-financing links to GEF outcomes; definition of GEF incremental value per outcome and output including full description of pilots; and development of incremental cost matrices, describing and evaluating (costing) any alternative means of achieving the goals of the project;
  • Define overall Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Project;
  • Drafting ToRs for the key consultants/contracts to be employed by the project;
  • Define recommended project monitoring and evaluation indicators;
  • Perform final reviews of the required project documentation;
  • Compile response to GEF Secretariat’s review comments and make necessary revisions to the documents.
The key deliverable of the Biodiversity Project Development Expert will be a final comprehensive project document in UNDP format and the GEF CEO Approval Request Document, which need to be technically cleared by the Government and UNDP Principal Technical Adviser for Biodiversity and Ecosystem.

Preparation of this key deliverable will include quality control and final formulation of the following indicative sections of a UNDP/GEF compliant project document:  
  • Situation Analysis (including proposal sections on context, threats/root causes/barriers analysis, institutional/sectoral/policy context, stakeholder analysis, business-as-usual-analysis, gender issue analysis, indigenous groups, business-with-GEF-analysis);
  • Project Strategy (including proposal sections on project rationale and policy conformity, project goal, objective, outcomes, outputs and activities including full descriptions of pilots, project indicators, risks and assumptions, country ownership, sustainability and replicability);
  • Institutional and Management Arrangements;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and Budget;
  • Incremental Cost Analysis (including systems boundary, Summary of costs, additional cost matrix);
  • Strategic Results Framework (formerly Logical Framework Analysis);
  • Total Budget and First Annual Work plan;
  • Project Organogram;
  • Project timetable;
  • Terms of Reference for Project staff and main consultants and sub-contracts;
  • Stakeholder involvement Plan with a focus on local community/indigenous groups within the pilot sites/protected areas;
  • Letters of Endorsement and co-financing;
  • Annexes and additional information annexes including UNDP Environmental and Social Screening.
These sections are indicative as templates may be subject to change. The Biodiversity Project Development Expert will be required to obtain guidance from the UNDP/GEF Regional Technical Advisor and UNDP CO on applicable formats and templates and ensure that his/her work is compliant with UNDP/GEF and UNDP CO requirements.
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