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UNDP Niger Delta Conservation Project PPG: Vacancy for National Mapping Expert



UNDP Niger Delta Conservation Project PPG: Vacancy for National Mapping Expert

Location : Preferably based in Abuja or Port Harcourt (alternatively based in Asaba, Yenagoa, Uyo or Calabar), NIGERIA

Background

The GEF has approved a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) for Nigeria in order to produce a UNDP Project Document and a GEF CEO Endorsement Request (both using the appropriate templates) under the guidance of UNDP-GEF and working in close collaboration with key government officials, donors, NGOs, CBOs and the private sector.
The project, budgeted for $3.6 million in GEF funding and $6.2 million 5,265,000 million in co-financing to be mobilized, will conserve globally important biodiversity in Nigeria by mainstreaming biodiversity management priorities into the Niger Delta oil and gas (O&G) sector development policies and operations. This process will contribute to averting threats and risks to biodiversity linked to O&G operations in priority Niger Delta ecosystems within a spatial area of 4,600,000 hectares. This will be achieved through the following three components:
  1. Governance framework for the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation into the O&G sector in the Niger Delta
  2. O&G industry and community engagement in biodiversity management in the Niger Delta
  3. Financial mechanisms for O&G sector support to biodiversity conservation
The PPG process is to be implemented between May and November 2010 and will focus on the activities necessary for approving and finalizing the proposed project. The focal points for the project in government and the PPG team of consultants will work in collaboration with existing related initiatives to carry out the following activities:
1. Baseline data collection and information gap analysis
  • Analyze the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan’s Biodiversity Sector Report.
  • Collect and collate available ecological data on the biological and ecological diversity of the Delta (threats, impacts and barrier analysis)
  • Prepare a preliminary biodiversity valuation exercise for biodiversity in the Niger Delta.
  • Prepare comprehensive activity/output component and Terms of Reference for the development of an application of the IBAT for the Niger Delta that is useful to the O&G industry and useful for guiding conservation planning.
  • Analyse existing legal and policy frameworks governing the O&G sector and their ability to support the incorporation of biodiversity conservation imperatives into them (concessions, EIAs, O&G siting agreements, biodiversity offsets)
  • Baseline Capacity Assessment. (1) At the federal level: FMoE, NDCC, MNDA, NOSDRA and NESREA). (2) At the state level: Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers.
  • Baseline Capacity Assessment at local level.
  • Map and estimate the spatial mainstreaming targets will be better
2. Industry Assessment and Initial Industry Engagement Plan
  • Identify and map the O&G industry players in the Niger Delta,
  • Assess whether these companies have (or plan to have) CSR plans or policies, oil spill contingency plans, and their positions on biodiversity conservation; assess the adequacy of these.
  • Assess companies willingness to join together in a compact to contribute to a Biodiversity Trust Fund and to establish biodiversity-maintreamed siting agreements
  • Identify potential incentive mechanisms for engaging the industry in the project
  • Outline a capitalization plan for the Trust Fund proposed under the project’s component 3
  • Compile the Initial Industry Engagement Plan: Propose a plan with clear recommendations for the engagement of the O&G industry in the project and in its objectives
3. Delta Biodiversity Conservation Financing Assessment
  • Assess relevant laws, policies, and institutional baseline for the Delta Biodiversity Trust Fund in Nigeria.
  • Apply the GEF’s checklist of eligibility requirements for GEF funding of Trust Funds
  • Consider how the Trust Fund could be designed (i.e. financial and administrative aspects) with measures to ensure the security of assets, from invasion, currency devaluation and attachment, and to manage investment risks.
  • Confirm whether co-financing targets can be satisfied, and development of a preliminary fund raising strategy
4. Stakeholder consultation and engagement
  • Identification of related projects, programmes and initiatives
  • Site selection and a strategic assessment of what is required to enable local communities chosen for pilot work to become more involved in biodiversity conservation planning, monitoring and activities in the Delta area.
  • Identification of groups that will be targeted to participate in training seminars
  • Planning of these seminars within the framework of the project’s work plan and propose the most appropriate and cost-effective way of delivering them
  • As a final result of this activity, production of a report containing a ‘Stakeholder Matrix’, a ‘Stakeholder Involvement and Capacity Building Plan’, and ‘Recommendations for the full-size project on stakeholder involvement’.
  • Identification and confirmation of potential sources of co-financing, through the activities of stakeholder and industry engagement as a whole.
5. Project Scoping, Costing, Risk Assessment and M&E Planning
  • Summary of the local, national and global biodiversity benefits of the project;
  • A thorough analysis of the barriers to achieving the proposed project outcomes
  • Appropriate scoping of the project, based on the conceptual elements outlined in the PIF and the results of the PPG studies, where comments from GEF Council, GEF Secretariat and STAP will be specifically taken into account;
  • Identification of lead implementing partners and implementation arrangements, and a complementary strategy for partnerships and co-funding;
  • A learning (adaptive management) plan, including potential lessons and knowledge products;
  • A replication plan to ensure that project interventions are geared towards ensuring replication, following the removal of barriers;
  • An analysis of project risks and risk mitigation measures, including (if applicable) climate change associated risks;
  • Costing of expected project outcomes through detailed inputs-budgeting, including where applicable in-cash co-financing sources and co-financing commitments in compliance with the GEF incrementality principle;
  • A cost effectiveness analysis to identify the most effective project alternatives;
  • Analysis of the social, institutional, economic and financial sustainability of proposed project activities; and
  • An overall project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, with recommendations on how to track the project’s progress and effectiveness, and the baseline and target values on indicators.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance from the national expert on ‘Stakeholder engagement / PPG Activity Coordination’, the Mapping specialist will produce the key maps that will be part of the PRODOC submission.
The consultant will become well acquainted with the full set of PPG Activities and tasks foreseen for the remainder of the PPG team members. The goal is for the Mapping Expert to understand and gauge their needs in terms of mapping and graphic representation of information for the final PRODOC.
All products will be delivered both in suitable GIS format (with all background data embedded), as well as in flattened graphic format (e.g. JPEG in low and high resolution).

Competencies

Ability to follow instructions and interpret the relative importance of different types of geo-based information.

Required Skills and Experience

The general qualifications required are

  • Degree in the relevant field of Expertise for this position, in this case: Cartography / training in GIS.
  • Demonstrated quality results in terms of mapping and collecting, compiling, interpreting and representing geo-based information.

Click here to apply

Deadline: 31 May 2010



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