Request for proposal (RFP) for developing the Landscape/Seascape Four Year Strategic Plan for the GEF SGP Phase-6 project in Nusa Penida (Bali), Semau (East Nusa Tenggara), Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi), Nantu (Gorontalo)

  1. I. General background information on the context of the engagement:

The GEF Small Grant Programme (SGP) was established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit. The programme provides financial and technical support to CSOs with focus on poor and vulnerable communities for conserving and restoring the environment and at the same time enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods. Indonesia has involved in this programme since 1992. During the last 23 years, the GEF SGP Indonesia Country Program has provided support to grassroots movements in conserving biodiversity, mitigating the impacts of climate change, halting land degradation and reducing pollution of international waters. Over the years, GEF SGP Indonesia has successfully supported a total of 502 projects, for a total disbursement of close to USD 9.0 million that have built its constituents’ capacities and generated significant impacts in sustainable environment management, livelihoods, and poverty reduction.

The Country Program has grown in line with the dynamics of community-based natural resource governance and environmental protection efforts. Since the early stages of program implementation, GEF SGP Indonesia placed a high priority on establishing direct partnerships with community-based organizations and their supporting non-governmental organizations. In its initial stages, grants were provided for a wide variety of community and NGO projects. In recent years, the Indonesia SGP Country Program has also participated in a number of strategic pilot initiatives, providing opportunities for community groups to work collaboratively on regional and landscape-wide initiatives.

As we already aware, Indonesia is an archipelago country consisting of 17,504 islands (Indonesian Statistic Bureau – BPS, 2013), with a total of 13,466 small islands[1] – spreading across 34 provinces. Small islands in Indonesia have a potential for development, due to their strategic location, their exceptional tropical ecosystems spanning ridge to reef (i.e. coral reef, seagrass, mangrove, forest, farmland) as well as their distinctive nonrenewable resources of value for key sectors such as mining, energy, tourism, etc. At the same time, the Indonesia’s small islands are highly vulnerable to degradation of its ecosystem functions and services. Management of these small islands to enhance their resilience is quite complex. Mostly they are isolated, lack government attention, have limited basic facilities and infrastructure, vulnerable to external threats, including climate related threats, and suffer from increasing human pressure. Furthermore, there is a relative lack of information on these small islands, which causes development planning of these areas to be difficult.

UNDP as GEF Implementing Agency is partnering with the GEF SGP Indonesia Secretariat has already prepared the implementation of full-size programme called “Sixth Operational Phase (OP) of the GEF Small Grants Programme in Indonesia” with main focus to address above-mentioned drivers of natural resources degradation in three small islands (Nusa Penida, Wakatobi, and Semau) and one forest landscape, Wildlife Sanctuary Nantu, in Gorontalo province.

The Four Year Strategic program is needed to give direction in implementing activities in those four-targeted areas. The four-year strategic program will consists of GEF tracking tools and output of implementation of phase-6 program.

The Four year strategic plan development will utilize method and approach in compiling COMDEKS program strategy which is identifying and piloting indicators for resilience in socio-ecologicsl production seascapes/landscapes (SEPLS). This indicator is initiated by Satoyama Initiative.

The main objective for implementing SGP Indonesia program for phase-6 is to develop sound biodiversity management and sustainable livelihood activities with local communities in socio-ecological production landscapes/seascapes to maintain, rebuild, and revitalize seascapes, in accordance with the following five perspectives of the Satoyama Initiative.

  • Resource use within the carrying capacity and resilience of the environment
  • Cyclic use of natural resources
  • Recognition of the value and importance of local traditions and cultures
  • Natural resource management by various participating and cooperating entities
  • Contributions to local socio-economies
  1. II. Scope of the assignment:

The objective of the assignment is to assist SGP National Coordinator and National Steering Committees:

  1. to conduct a seascape-wide baseline based on a developed set of indicators for resilience in socio-ecological production seascapes/landscapes;
  2. to develop the four year GEF SGP Indonesia Phase6 Country Programme Landscape/Seascape Strategy for each targeted area;
  3. to give input for the GEF tracking tools for GEF SGP Indonesia Phase-6;
  4. to give recommendation for implementation GEF SGP Indonesia work plan;
  5. to assist SGP secretariat for implementing Strategic Plan for each targeted area;
  6. to conduct two stakeholder workshops;
  7. to conduct ex-post projects studies for each targeted area.
  1. III. Deliverables
    1. The Four-year strategic plan including a results and resources framework for each targeted area of SGP Indonesia Phase-6 through developing of indicators for resilience in socio-ecological production seascapes/landscapes (duration: 3 months)
    2. The recommendation for GEF tracking tools that should be achieved during implementation of SGP Indonesia Phase-6 (duration: 3 months)
    3. The recommendation for implementation of Workplan and log frame of G GEF SGP Indonesia Phase-6 (duration: 3 months)
    4. Monitoring and evaluation Plan (timeline: from 2018-2020)
    5. At least two reports on the process including stakeholder consultations and workshops (timeline: from 2018-2020)
    6. At least four case studies of ex-post project studies for implementing GEF SGP Phase-6 for each targeted areas (timeline: from 2018-2020)
    7. IV. Who may submit proposals: All of activities may be organized by an appropriate, experienced consortium of national or subnational NGOs or academic institutions as an on-the-ground capacity building project and financed by a grant. The proposal will clearly present the experience of the applicant and its partner’s organizations in the issues to be addressed.
  1. V. Competencies:
  • Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking, and expertise in seascape management.
  • Proven experiences in working with community-led initiatives.
  • Proven capacity to produce high quality qualitative research and ability to absorb, analyze and synthesize large amounts of complex information within tight deadlines.
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Exceptional writing skills of policy and communication materials for a variety of audiences, including the civil society and policymakers.
  • Excellent command of English with exceptional writing, presentation, communication and facilitation skills.
  1. VI. Budget: The maximum amount per grant award for such baseline assessment project will be limited to $150.000, with applicants required to provide a detailed budgetary estimate.

  1. VII. Period of services (if applicable): 25 September 2017- 31 Agustus 2020.

For proposal submission and more information, contact:

Catharina Dwihastarini,  National Coordinator, GEF Small Grants Programme,

Completed proposals should be received by the SGP National Coordinator no later than September 15, 2017

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