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Consultant: Development of Legislative and Institutional Framework for Establishment of Kura-Aras Environment Programme (KAEP)

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Deadline 26/07/2009
Company Name United Nations Development Program
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The Kura-Aras river system is the principal source of water for industry, agriculture, residential uses and energy in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, Iran and Turkey. Both rivers are very seriously degraded. Water quality is seriously impaired by the dumping of untreated municipal, industrial, medical and agricultural wastes and by huge sedimentation loads resulting from upstream deforestation. Water quantity is seriously affected by uncoordinated damming, over use of water for agricultural and hydropower purposes, and watershed degradation.

Kura and Aras rivers are important to regional cooperation as they cross and form many of the borders. However, the lack of policy coordination between countries exacerbates the current circumstances, and as economic recovery begins to take hold it is critical that these issues are addressed in a collaborative manner to make the best use of the existing water resources of the Kura Aras Basin.

The Kura-Aras basin countries recognize the importance of transboundary cooperation and are trying to address priority transboundary issues with their neighbors. Some of the countries are bound by several bi-lateral treaties on use of transboundary water resources. However, there are no basin-wide agreements between the littoral countries regarding the trans-boundary water management. Moreover, mechanisms for facilitating, coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the bilateral treaties, data exchange and information sharing either do not exist or has been deteriorated seriously following the break-up of the former Soviet Union.  It is imperative that inter-sectoral and cross-border actions are taken to address the water management issues in this region through multiple channels and amongst multiple groups within the societies of these countries.

The UNDP/GEF Kura-Aras project is taking an agreed lead to develop an initial legal and institutional framework for increased regional cooperation and coordination that would facilitate joint basin management and implementation of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for Reducing Degradation in the Kura-Aras River Basin.

This project funded under the Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative is designed, in coordination with the UNDP/GEF Kura-Aras River basin project, to initiate a dialogue between the basin countries for exploring possible options for development and establishment of legal and institutional frameworks for increased cooperation and joint management of natural resources of the Kura-Aras River basin as set out in the preliminary Kura-Aras SAP. The project is expected to provide the basis for future negotiations, supported by the GEF and other donors, for a lasting agreement and institution structure.


Key Stages

The project has drafted a paper on options for legal and institutional frameworks for cooperation in the basin and received comments from countries during the first regional meeting held in Tbilisi in March 2008. It is planned that the project will undertake further consultations with countries to further develop the option of establishing a Kura-Aras Environmental Programme (KAEP) culminating in regional discussion and possibly in agreement in principle at the second meeting of countries of the Kura-Aras basin.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of this TOR and Consultant’s Responsibilities

This TOR deals specifically with the finalization of institutional and legal bases for the establishment of the Kura-Aras Environment Programme; facilitation of the regional meeting to discuss these bases, facilitating negotiations to finalize documents for submission to countries for signing.


The consultant will be responsible for the following:
  • To review and further develop documents required for the establishment of the Kura-Aras Environmental Programme (KAEP);
  • To undertake extensive discussions with the relevant governmental representatives in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and possibly in Turkey and Iran to define their comments and feedback to the proposed Programme and principle of its functioning;
  • To revise the documents for KAEP based on comments received;
  •  With logistical support from the Chief Technical Adviser of UNDP-GEF project, to plan and facilitate regional meetings with the aim to reach some common understanding about KAEP;
  • To prepare final set of documents, preliminary agreed by countries at the regional meeting, for KAEP and submit them for submission to the countries for signature, through the UNDP/GEF project.
The Consultant should be available to travel to Tbilisi, Yerevan, and Baku, as appropriate, for meetings with high-level government officials including Ministers and/or Deputy Ministers of Environment, Water Resources and Foreign Affairs to explore respective countries’ willingness to cooperate according to different cooperation models proposed.


Expected Outputs and Deliverables

The consultant will deliver the following outputs:
  • Revised documents for institutional and legal frameworks for the establishment of KAEP after initial review;
  • Extensive consultations carried out with relevant stakeholders in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Possibly consultations will include representatives from Iran and Turkey.
  • Revised version after extensive consultations with countries;
  • Second regional meeting to discuss the frameworks for establishment of KAEP;
  • Final documents for submission to countries for signature;
  • Final report with financial statement.

Duration, reporting and related logistics

The assignment is estimated to require total of 25 working days (9 days desk-work and 16 days of travel) in the period August 2009 – March 2010. It is expected that the consultant will travel to Georgia to participate at UNDP/GEF project inception workshop and hold meeting with stakeholders in September 2009. The consultant will also be required to travel to Armenia and Azerbaijan for in-country consultations in the fall of 2009. Lastly the consultant will travel to participate at the regional meeting to present draft KAEP documents (the place and date of the meeting are to be determined).

Please note that the shortlisted candidates will be requested to provide price offers. Price offers will need to include both consultancy fees and travel costs (visas, tickets, DSA and terminals). The consultant will be responsible for his own travel arrangements, DSA and terminals.

Payment will be made in 2 installments based on the acceptance of the required deliverables by the ENVSEC Project Manager and the UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisor as specified below:

  • 40% payment as a first installment upon the submission of a) detailed calendar plan for activities to be carried out within the framework of the consultancy; and b) revised documents for institutional and legal frameworks for the establishment of KAEP after initial review
  • 60% remaining payment upon submission of a) revised version of KAEP documents after extensive consultations with countries; b) final documents for submission to countries for signature; and b) final report with financial statement and all other related output documents – no later than by 31 March 2010.
In the case that the conditions of the TOR are not met, the contract may be terminated and the consultancy fee reduced.

The consultant shall work under the direct guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor of UNDP/GEF project, and report to the ENVSEC Project Manager.

The expert will be supported by the team of UNDP-ENVSEC and UNDP-GEF projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, as required.

 

Competencies

  • Proven analytical and research skills;
  • Excellent demonstrated skills of communication and negotiation at international level;

 

Required Skills and Experience

  • Post-graduate degree (or similar knowledge obtained in another manner) in environmental and/or water resources management, environmental law or related field;
  • Minimum five years’ work experience in development and negotiation of multi-lateral and/or bilateral environmental  agreements;
  • Knowledge and experience on the environment and development of transitional countries, specifically the region of Southern Caucasus, will be a strong asset;
  • Excellent command of English, knowledge of Russian;
  • Computer literacy (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point etc.).
  • UN experience is an advantage;
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