Development of Training Materials for Junior Bird Monitory Training Program

Background

Egypt is one of the main crossroads for soaring birds migrating from breeding grounds in Europe and Asia to wintering areas in Africa, of particular concern, the Gulf of Suez (GoS) lays on the heart of the migration flyway for soaring birds, where majority of flyway populations cross the area during spring and autumn migrations. High wind energy potentials in the Gulf of Suez stimulated rapid development of wind energy facilities, which poses additional risk to migratory soaring birds using the area as main migration route.

In this regards, RCREEE launched the first of its kind strategic and operational program evaluating environmental impacts and monitoring soaring birds’ migration in Egypt entitled “Active Turbine Management Program”.

In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15, which focuses on protection, restoration and promotion of sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss, RCREEE is launching the first of its kind “Junior Bird-Monitoring Program”.

Scope of Work

The Junior Bird-Monitoring Program consists of specific tasks to help mainstream conservation management objectives and actions for Migratory Soaring Birds (MSBs) into the wind energy sector. Also, to ensure maintaining globally threatened and significant populations of soaring birds that migrate along the Egyptian routes within the Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway, and to minimize energy loss as much as possible in order to achieve the double conservation goal; saving birds and increasing electricity production.

Activity 1: Development of Migrating Soaring Birds Identification and Monitoring

The Activity 1 aims to:

  • description of the MSBs identification key
  • identification of the techniques for MSBs
  • explaining pre-construction monitoring techniques
  • giving examples of Bird Monitoring Program applied in practice
  • presenting case studies
The Activity 1 includes specific tasks should as follow:
  • Develop martials for MSBs identification key and present MSBs status according to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
  • Develop martials for pre-construction monitoring techniques for MSBs
  • Develop of test materials and assessment forms
  • Training for 5 days 
  • Test and assess trainees

The Deliverables of Activity 1 are:

  • MSBs identification training materials
  • MSBs monitoring techniques training materials
  • Test and assessment materials
  • Testing and assessing trainees
Work Schedule

The Consultant should complete and submit the deliverables specified in the above section by first week of february . The training materials preparation for bird monitoring and identification (modules and presentations) will take up to two weeks. The duration of the Assignment should not exceed 1st March 2020.

Qualification Requirements

Trainer, with overall responsibility for managing and implementing the Assignment.

Qualifications and Skills

University degree (Master degree or higher) in Environmental Science (e.g.  Biology, Environment, zoology) or in a related field. Good command of spoken and written English and Arabic.

Professional Skills

  • At least 10 years’ work experience in biodiversity or vertebrate ecology especially bird ecology and conservation
  • At least 10 years’ experience of working with interaction between birds and renewables, in particular studies of migratory birds (especially so-called  soaring migrants)
  • At least 5 years’ experience of working in bird monitoring programs with local and international experts within GoS area
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in the GoS area of fieldwork per season (at least 2 months for 5 autumns and 5 springs); and familiar with local environment, nature of RE projects' areas
  • Excellent Experience with resident, breeding and migratory birds within RE Projects' areas in Egypt
  • Experience in preparation and developing scientific documents (briefs, reports, educational materials in Arabic and English) for RE projects
  • Experience in preparation of off-site and on-site training for biodiversity and bird monitoring
  • Excellent bird identification skills
  • Experience in preparation and communication of presentations and educational materials in Arabic and English
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in Arabic and English
  • Excellent presentation skill 

Deadline: January 19, 2020.

How to apply

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

A. Technical Proposal:

-  Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work.

- Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references

B. Financial proposal

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms shall be against the deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire agreement ).

Payments are based upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.

C. Evaluation

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the agreement should be made to the individual consultant whose proposal has been evaluated and determined as:

* Technical Criteria weight; 70%  & Financial Criteria weight; 30%

Criteria

Points  

Technical

100

  • General experience

20

  • Specific experience

30

  • Methodology

50

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

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