Terms of Reference

Chief Technical Advisor

Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Area Planning Specialist

for the Hainan, Hubei and Anhui projects

under the CBPF-MSL programme


CBPF - Main Stream of Life (MSL) - Wetland Protected Area (PA) System Strengthening for Biodiversity Conservation programme (hereafter “the Programme”) is a GEF(Global Environment Facility) -supported wetland conservation programme under the umbrella of the China Biodiversity Partnership and Framework for Action (CBPF). The Programme aims to catalyze the sustainability of the sub-system of wetland protected area systems in China.

In order to achieve the goal, the Programme adopts a three-tiered approach (national, provincial and site level). At the national level, the Programme aims to create a strong national system for managing the wetland PA sub-system, strengthening key PA management capacities and tailoring the regulatory framework to better address the specificities of wetland PAs, and establishing mechanisms to systematically reduce threats to wetland PAs posed by different sector activities. At the provincial level, interventions will be developed affecting seven provinces, which harbour important wetland biodiversity, addressing the management needs of different wetland types and varied threats and the socio-economic context of respective areas. Within these, through the site level interventions, the Programme will demonstrate unique models of increased PA management effectiveness in wetland PAs with different types of wetland, and inform the rest of wetland PAs country wide through knowledge management and sharing mechanisms.

Given the enormous size of the country and the associated magnitude of issues, GEF resources need to be pulled together to a certain critical mass to make tangible and larger impacts from the investment. Thus this programme applies a programmatic approach as its implementation strategy, in favour of a series of independent stand alone projects because of the heightened synergy and concerted impacts that can be delivered, as well as cost-effectiveness of the approach. The Programme comprises seven projects; one national level project and six provincial level projects. These seven projects are designed under the Programme’s framework but are independent to each other with their own internal monitoring and evaluation process including regular reporting. The national project, acting as an umbrella project of the Programme, will ensure coordination between the seven projects and address a number of systemic barriers (regulations, coordination mechanisms) that must be dealt with at the central level. The six provincial projects will be executed by provincial forestry departments, the Daxing’anling and the national projects will be executed by the State Forestry Administration.

UNDP is the programme coordinating agency for the Programme and also is the GEF implementing agency for the national project and five provincial projects including Daxing’anling, Xinjiang, Hubei, Hainan and Anhui. FAO is another GEF implementing agency for the project in Jiangxi.

In order to ensure the timely and effective delivery of this programme during implementation period, UNDP China is seeking a part-time Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) with expertise in wetland conservation and protected area management for three projects under the programme. The three projects are:

  • CBPF-MSL: Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Wetland Protected Area System in Hainan for Conservation of Globally Significant Biodiversity (hereafter “Hainan project”)
  • CBPF-MSL: Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Wetland Protected Area System in Hubei Province (hereafter “Hubei project”)
  • CBPF-MSL: Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Wetland Protected Area System in Anhui Province (hereafter “Anhui project”)

For detailed information of projects’ objectives, outcomes and indicators, please check the project documents posted on the GEF website, www.thegef.org. The signed version will be shared after on board.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) will be responsible for ensuring strategic and technical quality and consistency of the Hainan, Hubei and Anhui Projects, by providing overall technical supervision, advice/guidance and support for strategic implementation to achieve the projects’ objectives. The CTA is also expected to facilitate adaptive management for innovation during the project implementation.

H/She will render technical advice and inputs to the National Project Directors (NPDs), Project Managers (PMs), State Forestry Administration (SFA) and other government departments (such as local Forestry Management Agencies), and will provide technical oversight to Local Technical Advisors (LTAs), international and national consultants to ensure a consistent approach at national, provincial and site levels. H/She will timely communicate with UNDP Programme Manager for important issues during the programme implementation. H/She will take the lead for technical clearance for reporting, Monitoring & Evaluation (Tracking Tools and Score Cards), Mid-Term Review (MTR) and Terminal Evaluation (TE) documentation.

The CTA will closely work with PMs and report to the NPDs. H/she will perform technical tasks as follows:

1.        Advise the SFA and provincial and local forestry departments and other agencies on key strategic and policy issues related to wetland biodiversity conservation strategy and protected area planning in support of CBPF, NBSAP (National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan) and the 5-year national and local development plans;

2.        Be responsible for quality assurance of biodiversity conservation analysis and related conservation and sustainable development studies, and draft synthetic reports and documents to support the decision making process;

3.        Provide technical inputs for preparing ToRs and developing methodology in the execution of various technical studies to be carried out through the three projects, as well as assuring quality of technical reports compiled by consultants;

4.        Ensure the technical quality of the project inception report, annual progress reports, Project Implementation Review (PIR), mid-term review self-assessment reports, and terminal evaluation self-assessment reports;

5.        Provide technical support for coordination of the projects under the CBPF-MSL Programme, as well as measurement and documentation of programmatic progress and impact;

6.        Provide technical inputs to mid-term review and terminal evaluation exercises, especially clearance for Tracking Tools and Score Cards;

7.        Support SFA and provincial agencies in implementation of their strategic plans;

8.        Produce policy briefing papers and project technical and periodic reports for advocacy and knowledge management as appropriate;

9.        Ensure that sound conservation principles are adhered to during project intervention and be responsible for monitoring that intended biodiversity conservation outcomes of the project are attained;

10.    Assist the SFA and provincial agencies through related policy and strategy development processes, as well as any internal streamlining processes to ensure that adequate human and financial resources are properly budgeted for and included for effective biodiversity conservation outcomes and effective wetland PA management;

11.    Ensure that the SFA and provincial and local agencies institute effective and sustainable biodiversity monitoring and evaluation mechanisms at both local and national levels, including support for PA management planning, PA performance monitoring, scientific database consolidation and knowledge management;

12.    Facilitate and provide training courses to strengthen capacity in the biodiversity conservation assurance mandate of the SFA and provincial and local agencies;

13.    Act as a champion in important domestic and international events for promoting the programme impacts and policy advocacy, including interaction with media when delegated by NPD;

14.    Contribute to the project’s quarterly newsletter, website and other information materials;

15.    Assist in promoting inter-institutional cooperation within the conservation and related sectors around areas of mutual interest and concern;

16.    Perform other duties relevant to the project and his/her expertise.

Key Indicative Indicators for the Consultant’s Performance

1.        Quality technical products (assessment reports, policy documents, issue papers, regular progress reports, speeches, advocacy materials) developed and produced through the project;

2.        Sustainable biodiversity monitoring and evaluation mechanisms (Ecosystem Health Index and other mechanisms) instituted;

3.        Knowledge management system instituted with viable biodiversity and PA database and monitoring mechanisms;

4.        High rating of quality of annual progress reporting and evaluation reports;

5.        Attainment of the projects’ targets in particular METT (Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool) score increase, PA system expansion, institutional capacity improvement, Ecosystem Health Index improvement, emplacement of sector septic regulations, standards and operation system to reduce threats to wetland PAs etc.


  • Strategic technical and intellectual skills in the substantive area with global dynamic perspectives;
  • Leadership, innovation, facilitation, advocacy and coordination skills;
  • Ability to manage technical teams and engage in long term strategic partnership;
  • Entrepreneurial abilities and ability to work in an independent manner;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team, with good relationship management skills ;
  • Strong managerial and coordination skills, including ability to coordinate the development of large, complex projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a highly complex organizational context;
  • Ability to maintain high standards despite pressing deadlines;
  • Excellent communication (both oral and written) and partnership building skills with multi-dimension partners and people, skill for conflict resolution and negotiation;
  • Excellent writing skills, especially in the preparation of official documents and reports;
  • Good knowledge of China’s environmental and socio-economic context.

Required Skills and Experience


  • An advanced degree in conservation, natural resources management, environmental science or related fields, preferably in wetland conservation and management.


  • At least 15 years of professional experience in the field of ecosystems and biodiversity management, in particular experience working on wetland management, conservation and protected area management issues;
  • Extensive experience with project development, implementation and management (experience in multilateral and government-funded conservation projects is preferable);
  • Working experience with international organizations or having worked as a CTA or consultant is an advantage, preferably with knowledge of GEF, UNDP policies, procedures and practices;
  • Experience in working in the relevant fields in China and its government, experiences working in international organizations in China or abroad is a strong asset;


l  Fluency in written and spoken English is required; good knowledge of Chinese is an asset.


Home based with up to 3 trips per year with 5-8 weeks each time.

Application Deadline:


Type of Contract:


Post Level:

International Consultant

Languages Required:


Starting Date:

(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)

July 2014

Duration of Initial Contract:

One year (30 weeks per year)  Renewable up to 5 years based on performance.

Please send the applications to: zijie926@gmail.com   

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Contact UNDP in China

Phone: +8610 85320800
Email: registry.cn@undp.org
Fax: +8610 85320900

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