Biodiversity Enhancement Program Specialist

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Indonesia is a diverse archipelago with more than 300 ethnic groups and abundant natural resources. It is the world's 10th largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity and a member of the G-20. However, Indonesia still faces considerable development challenges, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic which has created an unprecedented shock to Indonesia's development goals. The pandemic that hit most sectors of the economy has also limited Indonesia's achievement in reducing poverty, from a record low of 9.2 percent in September 2019 to 10.4 percent in March 2021. The difficult economic recovery from the pandemic also faces other bigger challenges, namely, climate change is likely to impact water availability, health and nutrition, biodiversity loss, disaster risk management, and urban development – particularly in coastal areas, with implications for widening poverty inequality and inequality and potential long-term impacts and losses.

Indonesia is one of the countries with the largest Muslim population in the world, the potential for Islamic social funds is very large and plays an important role, especially from zakat, infaq, and sadaqah which reaches around US$22 billion ($1=Rp14,500); while the realization has only reached 21.7% (BAZNAS, 2020). Islamic social funds are an important instrument for equitable distribution of income distributed to the poor and needy groups according to Islamic sharia. Moreover, overcoming hunger, poverty, and injustice as well as maintaining peace, among others, protecting nature and preventing damage to the earth, are the main principles of Islamic teachings that are in line with the sustainable development goals.

BIOFIN has initiated and facilitated BAZNAS in identifying economic programs (ZCD BAZNAS) that have positive impacts on biodiversity as well as economic impacts so that they can be replicated further. In addition, a programmatic approach document has been developed to match Islamic funding opportunities with biodiversity activities. To support the understanding of the impact assessment on SDGs, an analysis of the impact of the ZCD program on TPB was carried out. The results of the assessment show the coherence of ZCD activities with SDGs but there are still program gaps related to the environment, namely in the climate and biodiversity sector (SDG 13, 14, 15). This is due to the focus of BAZNAS still on emergency and disaster mitigation which has a direct impact on poverty and hunger.

Therefore, the work will focus on three strategies, namely, first, identifying positive biodiversity programs that can take advantage of the potential use of Islamic social funds (zakat, infaq, and sadaqah). Second, BIOFIN will carry out biodiversity interventions in pilot locations along with poverty reduction and social development to demonstrate the feasibility of this portfolio for the BAZNAS program. This includes preparing and facilitating program development to increase capacity in developing biodiversity projects. This will support BAZNAS’s investment in strengthening resilience while reducing the vulnerability of beneficiaries (mustahik) and the environment. Third, increasing the capacity of BAZNAS in reporting on biodiversity interventions in addressing the SDGs targets as well as other national climate and biodiversity targets through training. This will be linked to the government’s development priorities to strengthen economic development through a green economy and low carbon development.

Tuva Village is one of seven villages located in Gumbasa District, Sigi Regency, Central Sulawesi Province. Tuva Village is 52 KM south of Palu city and consists of 10 neighborhood units and 3 hamlets with a population of 1852 people or 528 households. Tuva Village is one of the villages affected by the PASIGALA earthquake (Palu, Sigi, Donggala) in 2018 at 7.4 SR which resulted in all aspects of people’s lives being temporarily paralyzed, especially in the economic sector. Tuva is selected for the pilot site due to (1) its boundaries with Lore Lindu National Park to the east and (2) the ZCD BAZNAS has initiated a post-disaster Recovery Livelihood program covering economic, da'wah, health, and humanitarian aspects in Tuva Village and established 1 SME group and 4 cocoa cultivation groups until 2021.

Based on its profile, the initiative aims to enhance programs that support biodiversity positively in the pilot site while improving the livelihood of the poor. This includes capacity building in project preparation and development consisting of livelihood programs, skills upgrading, green entrepreneurship, and others designed to target the poor and address biodiversity issues. To support the initiative, for efficient implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of project activities at the pilot site, BIOFIN intends to recruit a dedicated volunteer to perform her/his services at the pilot site who will be responsible for performing analysis, implementation support, and monitoring and evaluation activities for effective coordination.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of National Project Coordinator BIOFIN Indonesia Phase 2 or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the National UN Volunteer Biodiversity Enhancement Program Specialist will:

• Data and documents collection related to biodiversity of the pilot site profile • Identify problem analysis of Faith-based Biodiversity Financial approach at Pilot Location, including summarizing unique challenges and risks posed by the program, and identifying measures needed to strengthen and address related issues to mitigate risks • Identify and analyze biodiversity interventions program in pilot locations
• Mapping and synchronizing intervention program with local/national government’s policies/other intervention • Design and define work plan and analyze local condition and resources in the pilot site • Identify and analyze stakeholders surrounding the pilot location and mapping the role and engage them to collaborate for the distill recommended strategy to engage and collaborate • Provide project implementation support • Facilitate meeting/training/workshop including preparing meetings and background information, drafting minutes, and follow-up documentation. • Assist in the establishment of close working relations with Local Government Officials, Baznas, BKSDA/Ministry of Environment and Forestry, communities in the pilot site, and/or other external parties • Provide support for multi-stakeholder engagement in enhancing biodiversity positively programs and multi-stakeholder dialogue mechanism • Monitoring and Evaluation of biodiversity intervention program in the pilot site • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Results/expected outputs:

As an active UNDP Indonesia team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNDP Indonesia and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: o List of Data Variable and Document needed to enhance biodiversity positive program at the Pilot Site o Problem analysis report of Faith-based Biodiversity Financial approach at Pilot Location o Report on stakeholders’ analysis and strategy for stakeholder engagement o Report on synchronizing intervention program with local/national government’s policies/other intervention o Design and define work plan and analyze local condition and resources in the pilot site o Draft TOR to facilitate capacity building/biodiversity intervention program o Technical Report on capacity building/biodiversity intervention program o Technical Report on multistakeholder collaboration in enhancing biodiversity positively programs and multi-stakeholder dialogue mechanism o Monitoring and evaluation report on biodiversity intervention program in the pilot sit o Report on main challenges faced and lessons learned in the pilot site o Recommendation on how pilot projects can be catalyzed in the future (including guidance and tools which would have been successful)

☒ Accountability ☒ Client Orientation ☒ Commitment and Motivation ☒ Communication ☒ Leadership ☒ Planning and Organizing ☒ Self-Management

working with communities, community development projects, natural resource management, or other relevant program at the national and/or international level • Experience in partnerships and stakeholder engagement • Experience in project implementation, monitoring, and evaluation • Familiarity and understanding of the context of Islamic social fund distribution and utilization is an advantage • Experience in project development and design is preferable • Familiarity and understanding of the socio-culture context of Sulawesi’s community is preferrable as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization • Experience in environmental studies, natural resource management, public policy, social science, natural science, development, or another related field is desirable • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines • Sound security awareness • Have affinity with or interest in biodiversity and environment, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

The candidate will be based in Sigi Regency of Central Sulawesi, where the pilot project is implemented. Travels to nearly other pilot locations may be needed.

-National UN Volunteer Specialist receives approximately IDR 8,237,403.08 as Monthly Living Allowance. -Provided with assignment travel cost and entry lumpsum if applicable. -Enrolled in health, life, disability insurance. -Applicable dependents (primary family unit, up to 3) are eligible for health insurance. -Entitled to annual leave, 2.5 days per month. -Provided with exit lumpsum to support transition at the end of assignment.

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