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28 May 2019

Vacancy for Protected Area Management Plan Consultant, Department of Environment, Antigua and Barbuda: Terms of Reference

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Closing Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2019
       
   
     
 

 ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Department of Environment

 

Terms of Reference

Protected Area Management Plan Consultant

Job Title

Protected Area Management Plan Consultant

Contracting Authority

Department of Environment, Ministry of Health and the Environment, Antigua and Barbuda

Date of Issue

Friday May 24th 2019

Deadline

Friday June 14th  2019 Late Bids will not be opened and will be returned to Bidder.

Duration

110 days

To Apply

Interested persons are invited to apply for this opportunity. Please email the Procurement Officer at DOE@ab.gov.ag and copied to antiguaenvironmentdivision@gmail.com the following:

Request for Protected Area Management Consultancy Services

  1. Cover letter
  2. Technical Proposal
  3. Financial Proposal
  4. Contact information for three (3) references

Please use email subject line: “Application for Protected Area Management Plan Consultant”

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO)

 

The Department of Environment (DoE) provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The DoE also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. 

LATE BIDS

Late Bids will not be opened and will be returned to Bidder.

 

Document complete with images attached at end of this advertisement

 

Terms of Reference

Protected Area Management Plan Consultant

  1. About the Department of Environment

 

The Department of Environment is a Government agency within the Ministry of Health and the Environment in the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

The overall mission of the Department of Environment (DOE) is to provide technical advice on the environment and to design and implement projects on behalf of the Government and the people of Antigua and Barbuda. These interventions are designed to protect and enhance the country's environment, as well as seek common solutions to national, regional and global environmental challenges.

The Department of Environment accomplishes its mission inter alia through:

  • An integrated environmental planning and management system established on the basis of public participation and interagency collaboration,
  • Efficient implementation of appropriate programmes, projects and technical services,
  • Providing accurate council on environmental management as well as effective and consistent enforcement of environmental laws and regulations, and
  • Provide the public with easily accessible information and technical assistance on environmental issues.

The Department of Environment manages projects within four main Programmes, which are aligned with national legislation and international environmental agreements. These are:

  1. Climate Change Programme (Adaptation, Mitigation, and Capacity Building)
  2. Biodiversity Programme
  3. Pollution Programme
  4. Monitoring, Evaluation and Data Management Programme

The DOE has an active portfolio of 13 projects, with project sizes ranging from USD 50K to USD 15 million, with an additional 15 projects under development. Partners of the DOE include UN Environment, UNDP, IUCN, Caribbean Development Bank, Government of Italy, Global Environment Facility, Green Climate Fund, the Adaptation Fund, among others. The DOE was accredited as a direct access entity to the Adaptation Fund in 2015 and to the Green Climate Fund in 2017. The DOE is focused on designing high-impact, transformational projects that maximize funding directly available to the public, private and civil society actors in order to meet an ambitious environmental agenda.

 

  1. Purpose and Objective of Consultancy

 

Project Background.

The Shekerley Mountain region in southwestern Antigua extends from Boggy Peak to Midway Peak and Christian Valley (extensive forest cover on the southwest part of Antigua in Figure 1). This area harbours Antigua and Barbuda’s last remaining tropical forest and is the part of the island that receives the most rainfall. The Shekerley Mountain area is also an important landscape that supports subsistence livelihoods of communities living on the southwest coast of Antigua.

The proposed Shekerley Mountain Management Area (SMMA) will protect an estimated 33% of the country’s total forest cover (estimated at 9,000 ha), and nearly 100% of the area zoned for Forest Conservation. The southwest area of Antigua (including the Shekerley Mountains) contains the majority of the areas on the island designated for use as Forest and designated for use as Environmental Protection (see Land Use Designation Map below).  The Shekerley Mountain Management Area will be designated as a multi-use zone, as provided for in the National Spatial Development Plan.

 

Figure 1: Existing land use in Antigua and Barbuda (SIRMZP, 2012). The project site is the Shekerley Mountain Management Area (SMMA) on Antigua’s southwest zone, which is the last remaining contiguous forest zone and a unique ecosystem in the country

 

 

The proposed SMMA encompasses two of Antigua and Barbuda’s twelve Key Biodiversity Areas, as identified by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF); The Walling’s Forest KBA/IBA and the Christian Valley KBA/IBA. Together, these two KBAs/IBAs support populations of nine (of the 11) Lesser Antilles EBA restricted-range birds. The Wallings Forest KBA/IBA also supports the largest and best remaining tract of moist evergreen forest on the island, and harbours seven species of bat. The Christian Valley KBA/IBA on the other hand has a diverse flora and insect fauna.

The proposed SMMA also encompasses the proposed Boggy Peak National Park which is being established with assistance from the GEF-funded SPPARE project. The Boggy Peak NP includes biodiversity from wet and dry forest, plant and bird species to watersheds, outstanding scenery and genetic material a wide variety of local crop species.

Within the SMMA, the proposed Dunnings Forest Ecosystem is an area of 22 hectares located in one of the most stunning natural areas of Antigua, with a wide and open valley, bordered by peaks with some of the most spectacular views in the region, and an important freshwater catchment area hosting the Dunnings Reservoir.Within this site, seasonal forests persist on the northern and eastern slopes of McNish Mountain, and the northwestern slope has seasonal-evergreen forest.

 

 

Figure 2: Map of approximate extent of the proposed Shekerley Mountain Management Area, proximity to local communities, and the boundaries of Boggy Peak National Park, the Dunnings Forest ecosystem, the Wallings Forest Key Biodiversity Area (AG008), and the Christian Valley Key Biodiversity Area (AG0009)

The Dunnings Forest Ecosystem will be established to pilot mechanisms for payments for ecosystem services. The per capita value of ecosystem services is higher in Antigua and Barbuda than anywhere else in the Americas, according to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. While ecosystem services are a major contributor to GDP, there is a deficit of financial mechanisms that can capture these economic benefits in order to reinvest them into the protection and sustainable management of the ecosystems. Furthermore, the Dunnings ecosystem is under threat of quarrying, which reflects a broader pressure to develop in ecologically sensitive areas. One quarry is already operational in the nearby vicinity on the northeast border of the Dunnings Forest ecosystem sub-watershed boundary. At the same time, Antigua and Barbuda is a country with severe water supply deficits, and the Dunnings Forest area is a vitally important watershed.  The current multi-year drought in the country has depleted surface water and groundwater supplies to such a degree that the country now gets almost 90% of its freshwater supply from reverse osmosis plants that convert seawater to fresh water. 

 

Project Goal: The goal of this project is to use protected areas to conserve biodiversity and support sustainable livelihoods without increasing public debt or on-budget public investment.

 

Project Objective: To actualize protection and sustainable use of biodiversity and protected areas, under the umbrella of the newly passed Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA) of 2015. The project will have co-benefits for water resource management, climate change mitigation and economic diversification.

 

  1. Scope of Work

 

The objective of the consultancy is to prepare a Protected Area Management Plan for the Shekerley Mountain Management Area of Antigua & Barbuda. The scope of work is understood to cover all the activities necessary to accomplish the stated objective of the project including but not limited to the following:

  1. Development of a national biodiversity gap analysis to identify species for the update of Schedule VIII – List of Protected Wildlife

 

  1. Development national standards and key performance indicators for PA management

 

  1.  Identification of sustainable livelihood, biodiversity and genetic resource investment and business development opportunities

 

  1. Development of a participatory Management Plans for two Protected Areas

Development of a detailed PA Management for the Shekerley Mountain Area, based on PA Systems Plan guidelines

 

  1. Develop a suite of sustainable livelihood interventions that are eligible for financing and define prioritization/selection criteria

 

  1. Deliverables

 

The Specialist will provide the following outputs:

  1. Inception Report
  2. Work Plan
  3. Monthly Report
  4. Final Report

 

  1. Reporting Requirements

 

Under the general supervision of the Project Coordinator, the Specialist will be contracted to undertake and complete the specified activities, outlined in Section 3 – Scope of Work.

Seven (7) working days after the contract or agreement has been signed by the Specialist and the Department of Environment (DoE), the Specialist will submit a detailed Work Plan, inclusive of timelines for the submission of monthly and final reports.

Within fifteen (15) working days of completing the specified scope of work, the Specialist will prepare and submit to the DoE, a Final Report.

The Final Report should be submitted electronically to the Project Coordinator in Microsoft Word. The Final Report should also be accompanied by a signed invoice in the amount claimed by the Specialist in Eastern Caribbean Dollars.  The invoice should include full banking instructions in order to facilitate wire transfer of funds by DoE.

 

  1. Duration

 

The assignment should not exceed a total of 110 days for the Specialist.

 

 

  1. Required Qualifications and Experience

 

Essential qualifications

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Environmental Science or any related field.
  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Project Management
  • At least five (5) years working experience preparing Protected Area Management Plans
  • Must have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and be able to work well with others in a team setting.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion when handling confidential situations or materials
  • Ability to identify strategic issues, opportunities and risks and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction;
  • Ability to work effectively under the pressure of specific timelines and deadlines.
  • Advanced MS Office skills

 

Nonessential but preferred qualifications

  • Excellent English Language skills.
  • Advanced MS Office skills

 

 

  1. Evaluation Criteria

 

The evaluation criteria and weightings that will be applied to this TOR are as follows:

Category

Description

Weighting

1

Qualifications of Specialist and availability of named individuals including national experts

25

2

Adherence to TOR specifications and related requirements: Clear understanding of required deliverables

35

3

Experience with similar work

25

4

Demonstrated track record of success, supported by references

15

 

Total

100