Stars Orbit Consultants and Management Development

National Consultants on Land Degradations and Agriculture

Job Overview

Location Baghdad
Type of contract Individual contract
Start Date 1 June 2021
End Date 26 July 2021
Post type National consultant
Duration of Initial Contract 2 Months with a possibility of extension


TOR for the National Consultants on Land Degradations and Agriculture


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  1. Key Tasks and Responsibilities


Key products will include:

  • List of project stakeholders, including NGOs, senior government officials from relevant Ministries, UN officials, embassy officials of key donor countries, relevant multilateral officials, relevant private sector, incl. a detailed confidential analysis of their roles and responsibilities in project implementation, of their agenda and interests, the scope for positive and negative risks of each, and their level of influence;
  • Literature review and analysis report based on findings in gaps and barriers in legislation, policy, and capacity in their respective fields (land conservation management and agriculture).
  • National baselines and data relevant to the priorities agreed on the basis of the literature review and interviews with government officials and stakeholders, describing the relevant legislation and policies as well as institutional arrangements in their respective fields (land conservation management and agriculture).
  • Co-financing scoping document: report on national projects incl. funding sources which could be included as sources of co-financing and with whom it will be necessary to interact.
  • Support the stakeholder analysis and consultations and ensure that they are complete and comprehensive
  • Organize and implement early engagement consultations with key stakeholders
  • Development of National Context, including institutional, sectorial and policy context in their respective fields (land conservation management and agriculture)
  • Integration with relevant Iraq development plans, policies, budgets and complementary projects
  • Identify land degradation processes and drivers (land conservation management and agriculture)
  • Identify and establish land cover map (land conservation management and agriculture)
  • Mapping of erosion and vulnerability assessment (land conservation management and agriculture)
  • Identification of key land degradation drivers and existing water conservation strategies/plans (land conservation management and agriculture)
  • Explore ecosystem services assessment and responses to climate and land use changes in the pilot sites for nature-based solutions and hydrological purposes (land conservation management and agriculture)
  • Analysis of the existing planning, policy and regulatory frameworks related to land degradation in Iraq (baseline studies)
  • Minutes of all in-country meetings, including inception workshop with Ministry, and other stakeholders.


  1. Reporting and coordination:


  • The national consultant will report directly to UNEP
  • S/he will coordinate technical specialists, government counterparts during the consultation and formulation process.
  • She/he will need to work closely with the UNEP and UNDP Country Office and teams for all the technical requirements of the program formulation process; and,
  • The UNDP Country Office will provide support for organizing meetings and workshops, and provision of other supporting functions and certify the quality of deliverables for payment


  1. Administration and reporting


UNDP will provide administrative support to the national consultant throughout the implementation of this service. However, he/she should be proactive in making appointments, organizing discussions and consultation meetings with key stakeholders, as needed/appropriate.


  1. Duration


The contract is effective from the date of signature by UNDP Iraq and the Individual Consultant.


  1. Selection criteria


The successful candidate will have a multi-disciplinary and professional background including in Development, Environmental science, land degradation management and agriculture and natural ecosystem or related fields with relation to disaster, strong technical skills in project design, development and management.

The following attributes are essential:

  • MSc agriculture or agronomy or related (20 points) (land degradation management and agriculture)
  • Relevant technical experience in thematic areas on Land Degradations with publishing related academic publications (20 points)
  • Practical experience in working with Environmental institutions and academia in Iraq and UN agencies;(15points)
  • Strong coordination skills on national and international levels. (10 points)
  • Practical experience on land degradation national gap analysis. (15 points)
  • Good skills in reporting and translation Arabic-English. (10 points)


  1. Language and other skills:


  • Fluency in Arabic & English, both writing and speaking (10points)
  1. Payment


The consultant must send a financial proposal for a total number of 30 working weeks. The proposed fee shall quote an all-inclusive budget for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the National Expert in successfully completing the assignment/consultancy.


  1. Presence required on duty station/UNDP Country Office




  1. Application


The application should contain:

  • Updated CV to include qualifications/competencies and relevant past experience in similar projects and contact details of 2 professional referees who can certify the candidate’s competencies, professionalism, quality of presentation and overall suitability for this assignment.

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