UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The GCF NAP Readiness and Preparatory Support project titled ‘Increasing resilience to climate change impacts in marine and coastal areas along the Gulf of Thailand’ will be an important contribution to the implementation of Thailand’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP), prepared by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), which provides an overarching planning framework for addressing climate change adaptation.
This project focuses on advancing climate change adaptation planning in relation to marine and coastal areas in the Gulf of Thailand (“the Gulf”). Anticipated extreme events, sea-level rise, climate induced erosion, drought, and flooding are expected to affect local tourism, agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, and natural resources as well as create additional stress on land and water resource management.
The project is complementary to other initiatives supporting the NAP implementation in Thailand. Thailand’s NAP identified six key sectors/ thematic areas, namely: (i) water management; (ii) agriculture and food security; (iii) tourism; (iv) public health; (v) natural resource management; and (vi) human settlement and security. This project will focus on addressing gaps of current support programs. The project will work towards improving climate-responsive ‘natural resource management’ (thematic NAP area v) through the integrative approach of enhancing adaptation planning and budgeting in key marine and coastal economic sectors, e.g. targeting agriculture and fisheries (thematic NAP area ii) and tourism (thematic NAP area iii). It will be implemented in close collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE). The overall timeline of Thailand’s NAP implementation allows this project to utilize best-practices and information from the other interventions, and to meaningfully expand the knowledge-base and regulatory framework, particularly for the sub-national level. Also, in perspective to revise and update Thailand’s NAP.
In this context, the project objective is to “Integrate climate change adaptation into marine and coastal area related planning and budgeting”. GCF resources will be used to address barriers that hinder information, knowledge, and coordination for adaptation planning; technical capacities for integration of risk informed approaches in planning and budgeting; and a lack of options to attract financing for climate change adaptation, particularly from the private sector.
The project has aimed to contribute Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). SDG 5 gender equality has been integrated into the project. The project will prepare inclusive, gender-sensitive knowledge management and communication workplan and develop gender-responsive stakeholder engagement plan for the National Adaptation Plan of Thailand in marine and coastal areas. To achieve this, many forum and consultations will be organized to provide opportunity to all gender who are key stakeholders to engage in mainstreamed adaptation in planning and budgeting in marine coastal areas. Therefore, this gender will encourage to conduct participatory review, prioritization, and appraisal of adaptation options for climate-induced hazards affecting marine and coastal areas. In connection to this, the project will develop gender action plan (GAP) to be an entry point to improve gender equality and women’s empowerment. This action plan would be linkage and aligning with National Determined Contribution (NDC) project by reviewing a handbook on gender-responsive and inclusive climate change analysis and applying key message/applicable means into the gender action plan of a national adaptation plan. In this regard, a gender expert is required as a significant specialist and facilitator to technically support building enable environment to encourage gender to engage in implementing and mainstreaming national adaptation plan.
The Gender expert will assist in preparation of inclusive, gender-sensitive knowledge management and communication workplan (contributes to activity 1.1.4) and development of an inclusive, gender-responsive stakeholder engagement plan for the NAP in marine and coastal areas (provides basis for stakeholder engagement forums and identification of inclusive, gender-responsive adaptation options, under activity 2.1.1). To this end, deliverables of this exercise will be a building block to develop an integrated plan to safeguard, protect, and enhance coastal resources and areas for synchronizing subnational and national strategies and the country’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP).
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the Assignment:
The objectives of the assignment are seeking technical support to ensure that gender outputs, activities and considerations are fully implemented as part of, mainstreamed and integrated into a national adaptation plan of the project. The consultant will also develop a participatory in-depth gender analysis to refine and inform the execution of gender activities for designing national adaptation plan to make sure the activities and outputs are inclusive gender-sensitive knowledge and gender-responsiveness; identify, redress existing, potential inequalities by ensuring women, as well as men, are engaged in all levels of climate change response. The consultant should contribute to advancing climate-gender equality and women’s empowerment living along the coastal communities of the Gulf of Thailand. In addition, The consultant will propose solutions for further action and work collaboratively with other consultants to identify adaptation options.
Scope of Work:
The Key duties and responsibilities include:
Prepare an inception report and brief summary of intended approach for the assignment as follow:
Prepare and conduct gender analysis to reveal vulnerability and adaptive capacity in terms of resource availability, entitlements, empowerment, and the ability of gender to use the resources during climate impacts in coastal provinces along the Gulf of Thailand and highlight on four selected pilot provinces, which includes:
Prepare inclusive, gender-responsive stakeholder engagement plan for the NAP in marine and coastal areas which based on comprehensive, participatory, gender-sensitive analysis and align with conventions and laws on gender equality and gender-sensitive knowledge and communication workplan as follow:
Support organizing and conducting stakeholder engagement forums with national stakeholders to identify and assess ongoing and past adaptation activities and based on this, identify gaps, opportunities and make recommendations on the successful implementation of the NAP at subnational levels, which includes:
Organize and conduct consultation and validation workshops to present draft and final inclusive, gender-responsive engagement action plan, which includes:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Based on the mentioned criterion of the tasks associated with this Terms of Reference, the consultant is responsible for:
Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls
The consultant will report to GCF NAP project manager. S/he will work closely with the project management unit (PMU), project consultants’ team, staffs from ONEP and relevant counterparts as appropriate. The success of the project depends on the timely delivery of each component. The consultant should ensure timely identification of potential risks and signal any delays in deliverables. The contract will be effective immediately upon signature by UNDP.
The project management unit (PMU) will have the following responsibilities: (i) Provide relevant documents; (ii) Discuss and agree on the methodologies of the assignment; and (iii) Monitor and evaluate the progress of the assignment. The contract and payments will be performance-based and regularly assessed by GCF NAP project manager, UNDP Thailand.
The present ToR may be subjected to modification, without changing the overall objective and the scope of work, based on mutual consultations and acceptances from both parties. UNDP will hold the copyright of the assignment deliverables.
Duration of Assignment, Duty Station, and Expected Places of Travel
Duration: 5th January 2022 – 30th June 2022 (Up to 70 days)
Duty station: Home-based with travels in Bangkok and to the four selected areas to conduct consultations with institutions and staffs. The 4 project sites where the consultant will be traveling to are: 1) Rayong; 2) Phetchaburi; 3) Surat Thani; and 4) Songkhla province (approximately1 trip/province and 5 days/trip). The travel cost is separate from the lump sum payment and will be borne by UNDP. In case of Covid-19 resurgence or any incidence that make physical site visit impossible, the consultant should conduct an online survey or organize a virtual interview with targeted communities/stakeholder in order to complete his/her assignment. The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own working station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, specific software, etc.) and must have access to a reliable internet connection. Payments will be made upon submission of a certification of payment form and acceptance and confirmation by the project manager of GCF NAP project, UNDP Thailand based on outputs delivered.
For any unforeseen official mission apart from this TOR mentioned, the consultant will be requested to submit the concept note of mission for approval by UNDP prior to undertaking any mission. Travels will be authorized by UNDP as and when required. Travel and reimbursement will be administered in compliance with UNDP Duty Travel Policy and reimbursed in actual amount but not exceeding quotation from UNDP approved travel agent/ UNDP daily allowance rate.
Required Skills and Experience
Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor
The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualifications:
Experience and required skills:
Excellent command of English, written and oral.
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Review Time Required
The review and approval of payments will be made by the assigned supervisor(s) within 14 days.
Criteria for Selection of The Best Offer
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Cumulative Analysis: The candidates will be evaluated through Cumulative Analysis method. When using the weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70%)
**Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% or above in the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Personal interview may be required.
Financial Evaluation (30%)
Financial proposals from all technically qualified candidates will be scored out of 30 marks based on the formula provided below. The maximum marks (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal.
All other proposals will receive points according to the following formula:
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals
Interested candidates must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document:
[Financial proposal: Consultant shall quote an all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided for the entire assignment. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the proposed fee submitted in the proposal]
If an Offeror is employed by an organization/ company/ institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
**Failure to submit the above-mentioned documents or Incomplete proposals shall result in disqualification
**Please group all your document into one (1) single PDF document as the application system only allows to upload maximum one document.
The short-listed candidates may be contacted, and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I - TOR_ National Consultant to support and develop an inclusive gender-responsive stakeholder engagement plan for NAP in marine and coastal areas project (Gender Expert)
Annex II - General_Terms_and_Conditions_for_Contracts_Individual_Consultants
Annex III - Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and financial proposal
All documents can be downloaded at: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=86141