Manejo integral de los recursos naturales / Sostenibilidad y Desarrollo Sostenible

Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) projects Consultancy

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Global Green Growth Institute

Crecimiento económico sostenible e incluyente
Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) projects Consultancy

The consultant will accompany the GGGI Colombia Team to support the MADS and DNP through the structuring of subnational PES programs for the prioritized jurisdictions, mainly Antioquia, Meta, and RAP-Pacifico. The purpose of the assignment is to therefore provide sound advisory support to territorial and environmental entities that shall result in the design of PES projects allocated to vital areas of ecological interest. Doing so will result in the conservation of valuable environmental services provided by strategic ecosystems.

Scope of Work 

(1)    PROFILING, PRE-FEASIBILITY AND FEASIBILITY STUDIES: The design of a PES project requires a pre-investment stage which is comprised of three phases: profiling, pre-feasibility phase and feasibility phase. The success of the prefeasibility and feasibility phases depends on the existence of previous studies. Under the time of the consultancy, support shall be given to the profiling phase of specific projects and to the orientation of the needs of the pre-feasibility studies required if prior information is not available. The consultant will work with staff from the jurisdictions, MADS and other in order to guide them to generate the required information.


(2)    STATE OF THE ART REVIEW: When advising territorial and environmental entities on the design of PES subnational programs, it is necessary to identify the economic incentives projects already implemented in their jurisdictions, as well as review how these incentives have been applied and analyze the results obtained from these programs.


(3)    PES PROGRAM DESIGN: This would require first to select and prioritize the potential areas in which to implement the PES programs in the respective jurisdictions. Correctly identifying these areas requires the use of environmental studies that capture the ecological value of these areas. Second, potential beneficiaries of the program would be determined. Third, the creation of a financial model that considers the requirements of operational resources towards preservation and restoration activities as well as the payment method of these conservation incentives. Lastly, funding sources and budget requirements will be considered as part of the financial sustainability and future investments into subnational PES programs.


With consideration to the above, the consultant shall support the GGGI Colombia team in, but not limited to, the following activities:

A proposal of a methodological roadmap to support the profiling of PES projects in defined geographic units (e.g. basins) and/or the identification of needs using prior studies to assess their pre-feasibility, all in coordination with MADS.

A state-of-the-art review of current conservation incentive projects in the prioritized jurisdictions.

The identification, selection and prioritization of potential areas suitable to implement PES programs in the respective jurisdictions, as well as potential beneficiaries in these areas.

The preparation of financial models that detail operation the financial instrument and the actions with which it is associated in the respective jurisdiction.

The identification of funding sources and budget requirements for future investments in the subnational PES program, particularly with those related to the access to the royalties’ system.

Formulation of PES projects´ support documents in coordination with staff from each jurisdiction and MADS.

The advisory and/or coordination of PES projects in the prioritized jurisdictions, following the MGA methodology

Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables

The expected outputs are the following:

(1)    Workplan

A complete workplan based and a detailed methodological approach must be prepared by the consultant. A section presenting the risk-management strategy to deliver the products of this consultancy due to COVID-19 must be included as part of the Workplan.

(2)    A gap assessment of prior studies needed for the profiling and pre-feasibility phase of PES projects, based on the methodological roadmap for PES project structuring according the MGA methodology

(3)    A state-of-the-art review of current conservation incentive projects in the prioritized jurisdictions: RAP Pacífico, Antioquia and Meta.

(4)    One PES Program/Project designed for each of the following jurisdictions: RAP Pacífico (including technical document and MGA with the support of staff from each jurisdiction).

(5)    One PES Program/Project designed for each of the following jurisdictions Antioquia, Meta (including technical document and MGA with the support of staff from each jurisdiction).


Reporting Requirements

The consultant work progress will be monitored primarily through periodic review meetings for planning and prioritizing of activities, all of them previous consensus with the programmatic team of GGGI Colombia. In these review meetings will be tackle subjects such as: the overview of the contractual objectives, the development of activities, detailed information milestones, actual achievements made against the timeline initially set, and any other relevant progress details. Supervision shall be provided by the Policy Coordinator, who has the final review and approval of activities and deliverables under the contract.

All reports or outputs must be written in Spanish/English subject to request, in accordance with GGGI’s formatting requirements, and submitted with proof of editable file back-up (e.g. .docx, .pptx) in an external hard-disk and GGGI SharePoint system. Where relevant, the consultant shall also provide sets of raw data, research materials, and meeting notes related to the contractual objective.


Suggested Methodology and Competence Requirements
Together with the Policy Coordinator of GGGI Colombia, the consultant will define the best methodological approach to support the effective and timely delivery of different commitments and products where he/she is involved, all of which will be reflected in the proposed workplan.

The Consultant should demonstrate the credentials described below:


(MANDATORY) Must be a Colombian citizen, or a foreigner holding a valid Work Visa.
(MANDATORY) An advanced degree in Environmental Economics / Environmental Management / Sustainable Development of other relevant fields.
(MANDATORY) A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience in the field of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and financial instruments for conservation incentives.
(MANDATORY) Excellent oral and written Spanish is essential. Good knowledge and command of English is desired.
Previous work experience with the GoC, international organizations, development partners and high-level authorities is desired.
Proven experience developing projects under MGA.
Exceptional analytical and quantitative skills; capacity for synthesis, presentation and communication; diplomatic and strategic thinking skills.
Excellent written and report preparation skills.


Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Date to close is Korean Standard Time (KST) – not Colombia time.

GGGI evaluates applications based on eligibility requirements, relevance of academic study, work experience and the level of interest and motivation to contribute to GGGI’s goals. If your application is successful, you will be asked to participate in a competency based interview.

Only CVs and applications in English will be reviewed.