Conservation International (CI) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization that works to spotlight and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity. Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership, and field demonstration, Cl empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity. We imagine a healthy, prosperous world in which societies are forever committed to caring for and valuing nature, for the long-term benefit of people and all life on Earth.
Cl’s Cambodia program began in 2001 in recognition of the nation’s rich natural capital and the need for nature-based development. Our efforts helped to create the nation’s first protected area, the Central Cardamoms Mountains National Park (CCMNP), and have expanded to help create several more protected areas, totaling 9,450 square kilometers. We have improved livelihoods, driven sustainable practices helped communities adapt to climate change and gender equality directly benefiting thousands of Cambodians. We have provided technical assistance to government enforcement and supported management planning at all our project sites. To ensure longevity, we have secured a range of sustainable financing solutions, including conservation trust funds, and are currently establishing a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) project. Our vision is to amplify sustainable financing for nature through a centralized governance structure that improves access to funding and provides a transparent distribution of funding for forest management.
The Consultants primary purpose is to provide technical support and support the process to successfully validate and verify the CCMNP REDD project under the VCS and CCB Standards. This includes: writing the PD and MIR following the rules and requirements established in VCS and CCBS documents, including but not limited to VCS Standard version 4.0, VCS Program Guide version 4.0, Program Definitions version 4.0, VMO015 version 1, CCB Standards version 3.1, CCB Program Definitions version 3.0, CCB Program version 3.1, and the most updated version of the associated tools. The PDD and MIR should be delivered in English.; supporting the landscape team in the design of and collection of necessary data and information; providing technical direction and collaborate to Cl in-house technical units; and leading the validation verification process.
The Consultant will collaborate with a range on internal and external stakeholders, including: Cl landscape-based field teams and managers; technical support teams (e.g. GIS/Remote Sensing team); CI Cambodia Management Team; Cl’s Conservation Finance team; and Validation and Verification Bodies (WVBs) and the Verra Secretariat.
Key deliverables are listed below. It is recognized that interim deliverables will also be required:
- Detailed project plan identifying tasks, interdependencies, stakeholder responsibilities and milestones/deliverables to achieve submission for validation and verification by December 2021
- Project Document and Monitoring and Implementation Report, using the joint VCS and CCB template
- All supporting documentation to demonstrate compliance with the Standards’ requirement, including but not limited to: emission reductions calculation/methodology workbooks, biodiversity and community monitoring plans, AFOLU Non-Permanence Risk Tool (VCS), Health and Safety Plan, Equal opportunity policy, Grievance resolution mechanism etc.
- Accompany Cl and the VVB for the audit visit; provide support in responding to findings and questions from the WVB, Standards or Registry
Qualifications & Competencies
This consultancy is open to both individuals and firms that meet the following requirements:
- Master’s degree in forestry, environmental science, geography, conservation or a related field.
- Prior experience and familiarity with the design and implementation of large, landscape-level forest conservation and rural development projects.
- 6+ years’ experience in the assessment, development and implementation of forestry and land-use projects, preferably for the carbon markets under the VCS and CCB Standards.
- Proven track record of successfully developing, validating and verifying REDD+ projects under the VCS and CCBA.
- Strong analytical and writing skills; extreme attention to detail.
- Professional experience in leading project management and project reporting.
- Demonstrated professional-level fluency in both oral and written English is required.
- Ability to travel to project sites, as required, for extended periods.
Applications Interested consultant(s) must submit the following documents and information to demonstrate their qualifications, experience and skills:
- CV of each member of the team (if more than one);
- Cover letter demonstrating the individual and/or organization’s competencies and experience with similar projects, and any experience in Cambodia;
- A narrative proposal for delivering the services as per this ToR including (1) a draft workplan/timeline for completion of the scope of work; (2) a detailed budget and accompanying budget narrative. The budget should include an overall summary by cost category as well as an activity-based budget for each of the deliverables stated in the section above
Applications must be prepared in English and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10th February, 2021.
Successful applicants will receive written notice informing that Cl intends to engage in further negotiations with respect to a potential contract, during which details of the contract will be discussed including development of detailed work plans.