International Consultant for the Creation of an Enabling Environment for the Production and Use of Biopesticides

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 23 April 2020
Background

The UNDP Sustainable Land Management in the Qaraoun Catchment (SLMQ) Project aims at embedding sustainability considerations in land use planning and development activities in the Qaraoun Catchment.  The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Environment in Lebanon.  The project is intended to reshape land and natural resource management to (i) alleviate land degradation, (ii) maintain existing ecosystem services and (iii) improve livelihoods in the Qaraoun Catchment.

The project objectives will be achieved by developing institutional tools upstream at national level which will provide the Ministry of the Environment (MoE) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) as well as related agencies such as the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR), the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, the Bekaa Governorate, and District Administrations and Municipalities in the districts of Zahle, Rachaya, and West Bekaa with the know-how, means and mechanisms for promoting sustainable land use as in the best interest of the land owners, farmers and communities as well as the nation.

The implementation of the proposed project will have an immediate environmental benefit, through the increased management efficiency of arable land and rangelands and the expansion of the area under forests through land use plans, buffer zones, and riparian strips. It will also contribute to the restoration of natural productivity and conservation of the habitats of various plant and animal species and valuable ecosystems and will secure migratory bird pathways. 

In efforts to improve agricultural practices and reduce pressures on existing resources, the SLMQ project is aiming at improving the enabling environment for the use of biopesticides (local formulation or import of registered products).  Indeed, over the past decades, crop protection has relied heavily on synthetic chemical pesticides, but their availability is now declining as a result of new legislation and the evolution of resistance in pest populations. Therefore, alternative pest management tactics are needed. However, these products are regulated by systems designed originally for chemical pesticides that have created market entry barriers by imposing burdensome costs on the biopesticide industry.

Duties and Responsibilities

It is in this context, the SLMQ project is seeking the services of an international consultant to create and adapt the technical and regulatory set up for the use of biopesticides, locally formulated and imported, respectively.

This consultancy is divided into the following tasks:

  • Task 1 – Review the existing legal and technical conditions governing the sector
  • Task 2 – Assess the potential for local formulation
  • Task 3 – Develop the technical conditions for the formulation of biopesticides
  • Task 4 – Propose accreditation and registration protocols.

 

For additional information, please refer to ANNEX I – Terms of Reference

Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Proficiency in English; 
  • Demonstrable analytical skills and report writing skills;

Corporate Competencies:

  • Strong motivation and ability to work and deliver under short deadlines
  • Demonstrated experience, specifically with agricultural policy related to pest control

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in organic chemistry, biotechnology, or a closely related field with applications in agriculture.

Years of experience:

  • At least 10 years of work experience, preferably in research and development of synthetic and botanical pesticides, development of bioactive natural products with pest control properties.
  • Relevant work experience, specifically with agricultural policy related to pest control;
  • Knowledge of the Lebanese agricultural production system is an asset;
  • Experience in the elaboration of regulatory texts;
  • Experience in collaborating with UN and other international agencies.

 

How to apply:
The consultancy is open for all international consultants who meet the selection criteria and propose a competitive fee. Interested consultants are requested to apply only through this UNDP jobs portal.
Submissions through any other media will not be considered.
The application must include all of the following documents:


1. P11,
2. Technical Proposal,
3. Annex 3 (Offerors Letter) and
4. Financial proposal

Kindly note that you may find all the required documents on the below link:https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=64544; whereas the application must be submitted through this Jobs portal.


All files shall be submitted in one single document and uploaded as word or PDF file to the UNDP job site.
It has been observed that bidders don’t submit all requested documents and thus reducing their chance to be selected for a contract with UNDP. before you submit your offer please revise that the application is complete and comprises all four (4) documents.
Incomplete applications will not be considered


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