Overview

                                               

PROJECT TITLE: MBULUZI RIVER BASIN LANDSCAPE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION

  1. BACKGROUND

The Government of Eswatini has acquired funds from the GEF through UNEP for a project titled: “Mbuluzi River Basin landscape ecosystem Restoration”.  This proposed project has received a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) to prepare a Full-Sized Project (FSP) document, based on the approved project proposal concept (PIF). Therefore, the PPG phase is considered as a preparatory phase and will need to support various data collection efforts and undertake validation of the indicative outcomes and outputs contained in the PIF; the development of a full M&E plan including appropriate indicators and baseline; and the development of a participatory plan to involve communities and Government stakeholders as well as agreed on implementation arrangements and co-financing.

  1. RIVER BASIN ECOSYSTEM EXPERT

Duration: 60 Working Days spread over 4 months

Type of Contract: Individual or Team of Consultants

Scope of Work

The consultant will report to the Chief Executive Officer of the Eswatini National Trust Commission (ENTC) for the government of Eswatini. All deliverables submitted by the consultant should be approved by the CEO of ENTC and the UNEP GEF Task Manager before any payment is made.

Outputs/ Deliverables

  1. A detailed methodology and work plan of the assignment
  2. Development of a stakeholder analysis report and participation. This will also involve stakeholder mapping and identification of roles in the project implementation.
  • Development of an institutional framework and implementation arrangements of the project. This will include roles and responsibilities for project implementation including reporting arrangements.
  • A record of all consultation events/meetings including minutes, meeting/workshop reports and list of participants/attendees,
  • Production of project’s sustainability strategy and the exit strategy according to GEF guidelines.
  • Development of the GEF project budget
  • Production of the co-financing plan and developing a co-finance budget;
  1. Development of co-financing mechanism and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  • Secure Co-financing letters
  • Production of the costed M & E work plan, as well as an appropriate M&E budget.
  • Production of the project result framework with the appropriate and correct baseline, midterm and end of project targets.
  • Produce the METTs for the selected protected areas the project will work in.
  • FAO EXACT GHG emission calculations
  • Core indicator worksheet
  1. Produce a fully-fledged UNEP/GEF project document with all the required annexes and the GEF CEO Endorsement request document with all the required annexes/attachments and submit them to the UNEP Project review committee (PRC) for their review
  2. Ensure that all comments raised on the project documentation by the Chief GEF BD LD unit, PRC, STAP, GEF Council and the GEF Secretariat are addressed, until when the project is approved, and all co-finance letters are secured
  1. QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE

Required Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience in environmental issues in Eswatini, with particular emphasis on SLM and protected area management:

Education:

  • A Post-graduate degree in a relevant field such as Biology, Natural Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Management, Social Sciences, Biodiversity, Land use Management and Ecosystem services (either with ecological or socio-economic background), Environmental law.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of overall professional experience, with incremental responsibilities, preferably with some experience in the GEF projects design and consultancies;
  • Of which at least 5 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of biodiversity and agricultural in Eswatini and the region
  • Specific experience in the biodiversity sector would be an advantage;
  • Demonstrated track record in the preparation of documents, project proposals, evaluation reports, etc.
  1. APPLICATION

Please submit your application (a covering letter and detailed CV with three references) to the ENTC Human Resources Manager in pdf format to email address; entcrecruitments@gmail.com and copy methulani@gmail.com.

Closing date: Wednesday, 26th January 2021

Note: Detailed Terms of Reference are available upon request from the above mentioned email addresses;  


Consultancy Details

Terms of Reference for a national consultant for Mbuluzi River Basin landscape ecosystem Restoration, in Eswatini

 Request for National Consultant

Organizational Unit: Eswatini National Trust Commission (ENTC).

  1. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

The Government of Eswatini has acquired funds from the GEF through UNEP for a project titled: “Mbuluzi River Basin landscape ecosystem Restoration”.

This proposed project has received a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) to prepare a Full-Sized Project (FSP) document, based on the approved project proposal concept (PIF). Therefore, the PPG phase is considered as a preparatory phase and will need to support various data collection efforts and undertake validation of the indicative outcomes and outputs contained in the PIF; the development of a full M&E plan including appropriate indicators and baseline; and the development of a participatory plan to involve communities and Government stakeholders as well as agreed on implementation arrangements and co-financing. The final output of the PPG phase will be a UNEP /GEF project document and GEF CEO Endorsement Request submitted to and approved by UNEP and GEF, with all required supporting annexes, biodiversity tracking tool, Environmental, Social safeguards and Risk Identification form (SRIF) and background information. The PPG phase will include four interrelated steps:

 Step 1: Technical review

  • Baseline studies: this will include a desktop review of all relevant documents, actual and previous studies on the wildlife trade in Eswatini. This will also include an analysis of the existing regulatory frameworks on the wildlife trade, forensics, judiciary and prosecution;
  • Studies to address any opportunities/risks identified during the UNEP Environmental, Social safeguards and Risk Identification form (SRIF) should be applied to minimize any associated risks for this project; consultant work closely with UNEP’s Safeguard Advisor in order to ensure the economic, social and environmental risks of project is fully addressed.
  • Integration with development plans, policies, budgets and complementary projects:
  • Multi-stakeholder meetings with Government and partners (technical and financial) are planned to investigate the implementation of this project development to identify on-going projects and other initiatives to be incorporated in the project document. Activities of similar types could be implemented jointly and or in parallel as long as project calendars will permit it;
  • Completion of the required GEF core indicator worksheet
  • Stakeholder consultations during technical review: Mobilize and engage stakeholders during project design. Negotiate partnerships with on-going projects to align their activities and the project to build synergies.
  • Document these consultations.

Step 2: Institutional arrangements, monitoring and evaluation

The outputs of step 1 will be used as technical input to step 2 for the formulation of the UN Environment -GEF project document. Requirements of step 2 include:

  • Finalization of project results framework: Further define the results framework with appropriate objective-level and outcome-level quantitative and qualitative Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-oriented and Time-bound (SMART) indicators, and end-of-project targets. Special attention will be made to include socio-economic and sex disaggregated indicators;
  • Definition of monitoring and evaluation (M&E): A detailed M&E work plan will be developed, including clear identification of responsibilities and accountabilities, as well as an appropriate M&E budget. The plan will be based on the standard template provided in the UN Environment -GEF project document template that reflects the mandatory requirements of the GEF M&E Policy;
  • Sustainability plan: The sustainability plan will outline the principles and guidelines for ensuring the long-term sustainability of project achievements. It will also outline an exit strategy, seeking the continuation of key activities/achievements without the need of long-term international financing;
  • Definition of management arrangements: The organizational structure governing the project will be decided. This will include identification of the project board;
  • Production of the core indicator worksheet
  • Production of the METT scores and the GEF biodiversity tracking tool for the respective protected areas

Stakeholder consultations during step 2: Involve key agencies in the development of the project strategy to ensure strong national ownership. In close collaboration with key government representatives and other stakeholders, ensure full participation in the development of the project results framework and ensure agreement on the project objectives and outcomes. Undertake consultations to secure agreement(s) on project implementation arrangements; including roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities of lead and partner agencies. Document these consultations.

Step 3: Financial planning and co-financing investments:

  • Prepare a detailed multi-year budget following the standard template provided in the UN Environment GEF project document template that reflects the mandatory requirements of the GEF M&E Policy;
  • Explore multilateral and bilateral co-financing opportunities: undertake a series of consultations with partners to ensure a coherent and sustainable financing package for the project including post-GEF grant phase;
  • Ensure completion and acquisition of the required Co-financing letters: Co-financing letters will be collected from participating government institutions, bilateral development partners, multilateral development partners and NGOs that wish to provide grant, loan or in-kind contributions to the project;
  • Stakeholder consultations during step 2: During the implementation of the PPG project, consultation will be carried out with key stakeholders (including civil society organizations, indigenous people, gender groups, and others as relevant) and describe how they will be engaged in project preparation. All financial and technical partners and the government will be involved at an early stage for their commitment to ensure the cost-benefit ratio and agree on financial allocation and arrangement(s). The consultant will provide evidence of stakeholder consultations through meeting minutes, reports etc.

Step 4: PPG Inception meeting and the validation workshop

  • The consultant will participate and facilitate a PPG inception meeting
  • He/she will also facilitate and participate in a validation workshop that will gather representatives from all relevant stakeholders to present, discuss and validate the final draft project document.

The government of Eswatini through the ENTC is therefore seeking the services of a national consultant to provide baseline information and overall national level PPG work for production of the GEF project document.

  1. PURPOSE OF THE CONSULTANCY

The overall purpose of the consultancy is to provide baseline information that will define baseline and detailed description of the project strategy in relation to the project components, outcomes, outputs and activities. It will also assist in populating a suite of project outcome indicators for the project components which will be used to finalize development of the project result framework.

Ultimate results of the consultancy
  • Detailed description of Baseline information
  • An integrated suite of indicators that characterize the outcomes of the components of the project and in terms of baseline conditions, mid-term and end of project targets. A detailed M&E work plan
  • project results framework
  • Sustainability plan
  • Definition of management arrangements: The organizational structure governing the project
  • evidence of stakeholder consultations through meeting minutes, reports etc
  • A detailed multi-year GEF budget and a co-finance budget
  • Co-financing letters
Tittle of the project: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY Project Preparation Grant (PPG) of the project titled “Mbuluzi River Basin landscape ecosystem Restoration”.
  1. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CONSULTANT

Under the direction and supervision of the head of Eswatini National Trust Commission (ENTC), the consultant will be required to undertake the following specific tasks in close collaboration with the international consultant, UNEP/GEF Task Manager, and members of the technical working group:

Duties/tasks and Activities

Section A tasks

  1. Provide a summary of background information and the national context of ecosystem Restoration in Eswatini (fully referenced and cited).
  2. Describe management and institutional frameworks and arrangements for ecosystem Restoration in the Mbuluzi River Basin landscape.
  • Describe the global environmental problems, root causes and barriers that need to be addressed (systems description) with regard to ecosystem Restoration in the Mbuluzi River Basin landscape.
  1. Identify and describe the SLM sites that should be targeted under this project
  2. Identify and describe the protected areas (PAs)that should be targeted under this project.
  3. Identify gaps and constraints in policy, institutional and legislative framework for SLM and ecosystem restoration with special reference to the Mbuluzi River Basin landscape ecosystem Restoration efforts.
  • Define actions to be undertaken in Mbuluzi River Basin landscape ecosystem Restoration.
  • Review the effectiveness and efficiencies of national institutions with responsibilities in Mbuluzi River Basin landscape management in terms of coordination mechanisms; legal and regulatory mandates; protocols, tools and mechanisms for ecosystem Restoration
  • Review of existing institutional arrangements at the national and landscape and local levels including Chiefdom for SLM and ecosystem restoration
  • Identify actions for SLM and ecosystem restoration among the private sector, disadvantaged local communities and environmental community groups.
  • Provide a rapid assessment of the Capacity of agriculture extension workers in SLM and all staff in relevant ministries and departments and propose ways of how they can be strengthened
  • Provide a detailed description of outcomes, outputs and activities to be done under and their associated costs according to the project budget in the PIF.
  • Describe the benefits the proposed activities will bring. These should be global, national, local and they should also be environmental and socio-economic benefits.
  • Describe the innovativeness, sustainability and the potential for scaling up of the proposed activities.
  • Describe the baseline scenario and any associated baseline projects. Provide a detailed presentation of baseline projects and initiatives on the ecosystem Restoration and PAs in the Mbuluzi River Basin landscape and provide their budgets.
  • Describe the incremental/additional cost reasoning and expected contributions from the baseline, the GEF Funds, and co-financing. Describe what will happen if GEF does not provide the funding to the proposed activities and what will happen if it does.

Section B tasks

  • Conduct a stakeholder analysis for the Management of ecosystem Restoration in the Mbuluzi River Basin landscape and PA management, including undertaking meetings and/or workshops with affected local communities, PA organizations and their members, and national authorities. Prepare a report on the results of the engagement activities. Provide the Stakeholder Engagement Plan for project implementation. In addition, provide a summary on how stakeholders will be consulted in project execution, the means and timing of engagement, how information will be disseminated, and an explanation of any resource requirements throughout the project cycle to ensure proper and meaningful stakeholder engagement.
  • Identify civil society organizations and private sector entities that can participate in the project and describe what roles they will play in the project.
  • With regard to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, provide inputs and advice to the Gender and Social Safeguards consultant. Ensure gender considerations are an integral element of components and activities during the PPG phase, and in the project’s design for implementation.

Section C tasks

  • With regard to Institutional Arrangement and Coordination: Work with the project consulting team to describe the institutional arrangement for project implementation. Describe who will do what during project implementation/ execution – explain the roles to be played by each institution/stakeholder.
  • Elaborate on the planned coordination with other relevant GEF-financed projects and other (non-GEF) initiatives in the region.
  • With regard to Consistency with National Priorities: Describe the consistency of the project with regional and national strategies and plans or reports and assessments under relevant conventions, National Development Plans, sector strategies, and others.
  • Risks: Identify and describe risks, including climate change, potential social and environmental risks including COVID19 and climate risks that might prevent the project objectives/activities from being achieved, and, propose mitigation measures to address these risks (a table format is acceptable).
  • Identify potential co-financing partners at national and regional level and the activities they can contribute. Describe how they can be contacted.
  • Contribute to the production of the co-financing plan/budget.

Section D tasks

  • Define the results framework with appropriate objective-level and outcome-level quantitative and qualitative SMART indicators.
  • Produce the METT for the selected protected areas the project will work in.
  • Production of the FAO EXACT GHG emission calculations for the project target
  • Production of the core indicator worksheet
  • Provide a record of all consultation events/meetings including minutes, meeting/workshop reports and list of participants/attendees. Review and comment on draft PPG materials at the various stages to enable a comprehensive and accurate project proposal.
  • Determine the overall number of direct and indirect beneficiaries of the project.
  • Participate in technical meetings and workshops to reach agreements regarding project outcomes and activities.
  • Contribute to development of appropriate sections of the project document such as the situation analysis, theory of change, logical framework, results framework, sustainability plan, budgets and all the required annexes, as needed.

Section D tasks

  • Organize and facilitate the inception meeting and produce a meeting report. Ensure that key stakeholders attend this inception meeting.
  • Organize and facilitate the validation workshop and produce a workshop report
  • Provide a record of all consultation events/meetings including minutes, meeting/workshop reports and list of participants/attendees
  • Provide input to the international consultant for production of project’s sustainability strategy and the exit strategy according to GEF guidelines.
  • Provide input to the international consultant for Development of the GEF project budget
  • Provide input to the international consultant for production of the co-financing plan and developing a co-finance budget;

Section E tasks

  1. Secure Co-financing letters
  • Provide input to the international consultant for production of the costed M & E work plan, as well as an appropriate M&E budget.
  • Provide input to the international consultant for production of the project result framework with the appropriate and correct baseline, midterm and end of project targets.
  • Provide the list and contact address of PA management staff to work with to Produce the METTs for the selected protected areas the project will work in. Organize meetings with these PAs staff and Produce the METTs for each PA.
  • Together with the international consultant as a project development expert, compile and produce a fully-fledged UNEP/GEF project document with all the required annexes and the GEF CEO Endorsement request document with all the required annexes/attachments and submit them to the UNEP Project review committee (PRC) for their review

Section F tasks

  • Together with the international consultant Address all comments raised on the project documentation by the Chief GEF BD LD unit, UN Environment Project Review Committee (PRC); and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, the GEF Council and the GEF Secretariat until when the project is approved Contact and secure co-finance letters
  1. OUTPUTS/EXPECTED DELIVERABLES
Deliverable no. Type of delivered expected deliverable date Conditions for approval
Deliverable 1: Section A tasks A detailed methodology and work plan of the assignment One week upon signing the contract approved by the UNEP GEF Task Manager, ENTC and the International consultant
Deliverable 2: Achieve all activities under section A above
Deliverable 3: Section B tasks Achieve all activities under section B above including Stakeholder analysis report and participation. This will also involve stakeholder mapping and identification of roles in the project implementation. By April 2022 As above
Deliverable 4: Section C tasks Achieve all activities under section C above including Institutional framework and implementation arrangements of the project. This will include roles and responsibilities for project implementation including reporting arrangements. By 30 April 2022 As above
Deliverable 5:

Section D tasks

Achieve all activities under section D above. including

  • a record of all consultation events/meetings including minutes, meeting/workshop reports and list of participants/attendees,
  • production of project’s sustainability strategy and the exit strategy according to GEF guidelines.
  • Development of the GEF project budget
  • production of the co-financing plan and developing a co-finance budget;
By 30 May 2022 As above
Deliverable 6: Section E tasks Achieve all activities under section E above including

  • Secure Co-financing letters
  • production of the costed M & E work plan, as well as an appropriate M&E budget.
  • production of the project result framework with the appropriate and correct baseline, midterm and end of project targets.
  • Produce the METTs for the selected protected areas the project will work in.
  • FAO EXACT GHG emission calculations
  • Core indicator worksheet
By 30 June 2022 As above
Deliverable 7: produce a fully-fledged UNEP/GEF project document with all the required annexes and the GEF CEO Endorsement request document with all the required annexes/attachments and submit them to the UNEP Project review committee (PRC) for their review
Deliverable 8: Section F tasks all comments raised on the project documentation by the Chief GEF BD LD unit, PRC, STAP, GEF Council and the GEF Secretariat are addressed, until when the project is approved, and all co-finance letters are secured By 30 June 2022 As above
  1. REPORTING ARRANGEMENTS

The Eswatini office will contract the consultant to undertake the assignment as described in this ToR. The consultant will report to the head of ENTC of the government of Eswatini. All deliverables submitted by the consultant should be approved by the head of ENTC and the UNEP GEF Task Manager before any payment is made.

  1. DUTY STATION

The assignment is home-based.

  1. DURATION OF THE CONTRACT

In approximately 6 months of total work throughout the duration of the PPG process (various tasks are expected to be done concurrently), the consultant is expected to have completed the work preferably by 30 September 2022.

H: PAYMENT MODALITIES

The consultant shall be paid the consultancy fees as structured below.

  1. 20% upon signature of the contract and submission of acceptance of Deliverables 1
  2. 30% after completion, submission of acceptance of Deliverables 2, 3 and 4
  • 30% after completion, submission of acceptance of Deliverable 5, 6 and 7
  1. 20% after submission of acceptance of Deliverable 8 on inclusion of all comments from UNEP, GEF SEC and after the prodoc and CEO endorsement have been approved by GEF.

I: TRAVEL

The assignment will require the consultant to travel. The actual travel costs and arrangements will be made by the ENTC Office in Eswatini.

J: competences, Required Skills and Experience

Competencies

  • Ability to conduct research and analysis and strong synthesis skills;
  • Strong team building skills, focuses on impact and result for the assignment and responds positively to critical feedback; consensus-oriented;
  • Highly developed inter-personal, negotiation and teamwork skills, networking aptitude;
  • Regional and national knowledge is highly desirable;
  • Excellent English drafting and communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience in environmental issues in Eswatini, with particular emphasis on SLM and protected area management:

Education:

  • A Post-graduate degree in a relevant field such as Biology, Natural Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Management, Social Sciences, Biodiversity, Land use Management and Ecosystem services (either with ecological or socio-economic background), Environmental law.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of overall professional experience, with incremental responsibilities, preferably with some experience in the GEF projects design and consultancies;
  • Of which at least 5 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of biodiversity and agricultural in Eswatini and the region
  • Specific experience in the biodiversity sector would be an advantage;
  • Demonstrated track record in the preparation of documents, project proposals, evaluation reports, etc.

Language

  • Fluent in English