International: Call For Applications For Short-Term Consultancy - Indigenous Peoples Task Force


Call for Applications for Short-term Consultancy


The Indigenous Peoples Task Force for a GEF Policy on Indigenous Peoples (IPTF) is currently seeking expressions of interest for a short-term consultant to work on the development of an issues paper. The terms of reference are below.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their CVs and cover letters, quoting a proposed fee, to the Indigenous Peoples Task Force at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5 October 2011.


Terms of Reference

Position Title: Consultant to IPTF

Contract type: Fixed - term Contract

Languages required: English, preferably bilingual with Spanish or French

Duration of the contract: 40 days working days from October to November 2011


1. Background:


The Global Environmental Facility is an intergovernmental financial organization that is the largest funder of projects to improve the global environment. It provides grants to developing countries and countries with economies in transition for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.


At the 2010 Convention on Biodiversity COP 10 in Nagoya, Monique Barbut, GEF CEO, announced that GEF would work towards a specific policy on indigenous peoples. Within this context, indigenous focal points within the GEF NGO network initiated the formation of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force and, in collaboration with the GEF Secretariat, proposed a plan of activities that would contribute towards a policy. The publication of an issues paper is among the outcomes of the IPTF.


The consultant will work under the direction of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force (IPTF) to facilitate the production of an issues paper meant to inform a draft policy.


2. Responsibilities, under the supervision of IPTF


a. Supporting meetings of the task force, whether online or over the phone and face to face to discuss the different versions of the drafts and ensure smooth communications within the IPTF; b. Undertake a review of GEF agencies policies in relation to Indigenous Peoples; c. In collaboration with the IPTF, to analyze the texts and advise on any gaps in terms of existing frameworks of relevance to indigenous peoples; d. To collate and analyze the latest policy developments of relevance to indigenous peoples and incorporate relevant items in the issues paper; e. To review and ensure translated drafts are of acceptable quality and to ensure the dissemination of these drafts to IPTF members in a timely manner; f. To collate comments and inputs coming from the regional consultations, and assist in the analysis and review; g. In collaboration with the IPTF, ensure the reviews are incorporated as appropriate, in the issues paper; To perform technical editing of the drafts and ensure that the final document is laid out in a manner acceptable to the IPTF; h. Perform other tasks as requested by the IPTF in order to ensure the timely submission of the final document to the GEF Secretariat by October 20 2011; i. Assist the IPTF to facilitate feedback and inputs to the draft issues paper at the Nov 2011 GEF NGO Consultation meeting. Finalize the paper with the IPTF by Incorporating feedback and comments.


3. Minimum requirements


Proven experience working on indigenous peoples? policies at the international level.


Familiar with the GEF and GEF agencies.


Able to communicate fluently in English and preferably in Spanish or French. Ability to edit drafts in English.

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