Philippines: ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS CONSULTANT – SEAWEEDS VALUE CHAIN

Organization: CARE
Country: Philippines
Closing date: 03 Feb 2017

A. Background

CARE Philippines – with funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) – currently implements the Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance (THRA) Project to support the economic reconstruction of people affected by typhoon Haiyan in three provinces: Antique and Iloilo in region 6 and Leyte in Region 8, through addressing the root causes that hamper access to knowledge, skills, products and services while complementing the initiatives of the national and local government. The programme aims to strengthen the diversification of livelihoods at the household level, helping to build on known experiences and strengthening the capacity of community members and entrepreneurs (both formally registered and informal enterprises), in particular women. Focus has been given on selected value chains – cassava/other root crops, seaweeds, abaca, herb, and vegetables. Cross-cutting themes of governance, advocacy, gender, DRR-CCA, and environment are mainstreamed across all the value chains and its related interventions.

Environment Component of the programme

Global Affairs Canada, in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that seeks to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and effectively address environmental degradation and climate change, stipulates the need for an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) in development programs. Under the environment component of the THRA project, an EMP has been formulated specifically for the program which outlines the mitigation, monitoring, and institutional measures to be undertaken during programme implementation and operation to minimize projected environmental impacts. The EMP includes a section on (a) environmental features of focus value chains; (b) environmental policy and legislative framework; (c) potential environmental effects of the project and mitigation and/or enhancement measures; and (d) implementation plan for EMP. In this way, risk-informed enterprises and communities that are resilient and responsive to the different risks are developed. Risk-informed is defined as the process of identifying risks – economic, disaster, climate change and environmental risks – and making choices based on different risks that would affect communities in project areas. The EMP is intended to be a companion document to the Programme Implementation Plan (PIP).

B. Scope of the consultancy

Within framework of the EMP, the consultant is required to:

  1. Conduct assessments for the seaweeds value chain to evaluate the possible environmental impacts – particularly on biodiversity – of the production, processing and marketing of the commodities

  2. Conduct hazard and risk assessment for the seaweeds value chain to identify disaster, climate change and environmental risks and their potential impacts

  3. Conduct technical evaluation on the viability of production areas of seaweeds

  4. Analyse findings on the assessments

  5. Conceptualize relevant interventions to address issues identified and arising from the assessments that are anchored on the EMP framework.

In addition to the identified potential impacts and the suggested interventions already specified in the EMP, the consultant should be able to give added value and information to the existing EMP.

Methodology

A mix of qualitative and quantitative methods will be required of the consultant to produce relevant and accurate data that will serve as a basis for analysis and recommended interventions. Desk review of related literature is encouraged – data gathered from this could serve as the baseline in analysing data collected from the assessments conducted.

Duration

The contract would be for up to 30 days or an equivalent of 240 man hours spread in the period of 2 months. The consultant is expected to start as soon as possible.

Travel involved

The consultancy requires extensive travel to the project areas located in the municipalities in the province of Iloilo.

C. Expected Outputs

The consultant is expected to produce a final report that includes the following:

  1. Assessment report on the environmental impacts of the seaweeds value chain

  2. Assessment report on disaster, climate change and environmental risks that could affect the seaweeds value chain

  3. Technical report on the viability of production areas for the seaweeds value chain

  4. Recommendations on addressing issues that are drawn out from the assessments as well as recommendations on advocacy agenda related to national environmental policy and legislative framework drawn from the assessments

  5. Workplan containing relevant interventions to address issues identify during the assessments and to upgrade the seaweeds value chain

D. Skills, qualifications and experience desired

The consultant should have an advanced degree (Master’s degree or PhD) in agriculture, environmental science, environmental management or any related fields; or at least currently enrolled in a Master’s program. It is necessary for the consultant to have the following relevant experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience specifically related to agriculture, environmental science, environmental management, and ecosystems restoration and management.
  • Should demonstrate sector-specific knowledge in conducting technical assessments related to environmental impacts, and agriculture.
  • Knowledge of value chain framework is a must; familiarity of seaweeds value chain is preferred
  • Proven ability to research and prepare reports of a similar nature.
  • Excellent research skills both for qualitative and quantitative research purposes.
  • Proven ability to write and present complex technical issues for a non-technical audience.

The consultant should demonstrate the following skills:

· Highly-analytical/critical thinking

· Problem-solving

· Attention to detail

· Adaptability

· Can work independently

· Qualitative and quantitative research

· Excellent English writing skills

E. Work Plan

The consultant shall submit a work plan to indicate the process by which s/he will undertake the achievement of expected outputs. The work plan should be in matrix form specifying indicative activities required to accomplish the deliverables as well as the schedule and timeframe for each. The final report is expected to be completed and submitted within 45 days after contract has been signed.

F. Consultancy Budget

The financial competitiveness of the fee will be considered in the selection process. Actual costs involved in the assessment – such as materials, travel and other operational costs – will be covered by CARE Philippines.

G. Requirements

  1. Resume or Curriculum vitae with at least 4 references

  2. Expression of Interest

  3. Sample works (at least 2)

  4. Financial Proposal/Quoted Fee

How to apply:

Submissions should be addressed to: msilva@care.org, msilvacarephl@gmail.com or carephilippinesinfo@care.org

Please indicate in the subject as: APPLICATION – CONSULTANT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS SEAWEEDS VC (Name of Candidate)

ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE NOTIFIED.

This Consultancy engagement is for local/national post. Screening and interview will be conducted until final selection.

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