Birds Directives Study Consultant

Application deadline: 
Friday, 18. May 2018 - 12:00

1 INTRODUCTION
 
BirdLife International is a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership, in 120 countries and territories. BirdLife works together as a Partnership to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife is the global authority on the status of bird species, has unparalleled technical expertise in bird and biodiversity assessment, and provides a global outreach through its national Partners and decentralised Secretariat.  
BirdLife Europe and Central Asia is the regional division of BirdLife International, and is one of the six BirdLife regional offices around the world. It is composed of an international team of permanent staff working on conservation, capacity building, policy, management, finance, fundraising, advocacy, science, communication, marketing and administration. BirdLife Europe supports the European and Central Asia Partnership of BirdLife International, which consists of 45 independent, grassroots Civil Society Organisations, governed by a democratic programme.
BirdLife Europe is looking for a consultant that could carry out a desk study on the use (and misuse) of derogations to the EU Wild Birds Directive by national authorities.
 
2 OVERALL PURPOSE OF JOB
 
The Consultant will carry out an analysis of national use of derogations to the species protection provisions of the EU Birds Directive, through a combination of official data and structured interviews with experts and will deliver a report highlighting the main findings and drawing conclusions as to the quality of implementation and ways to improve it.
 
3 TASKS
 
Compile available information on the use by national authorities of derogations to the Birds Directive over past 3-6 years (purely indicative period).
The available information needs to be collected for all EU Member States and other relevant European countries.
Map how the system currently works, and identify countries where more in depth analysis is required
Analyse current standards of reporting on derogations
Compare derogations reported (or unreported) under Birds Directive article 9 with derogations reported under AEWA and BERN Convention mechanisms.
Highlight cases that are not compliant with Article 9 of the Birds Directive
Produce report and recommendations on:
o Improving reporting obligations
o Standardisation of database of derogation data
o Improving controls over legitimacy of derogations and adequate consideration of potential conservation impact of derogations 
o Improved practice so that derogations are used as last resort and in line with legal provisions
Attend regular meetings (minimum of 1/month), either online or face-to-face, with BirdLife staff to review progress.
 
4 QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
 
Have a relevant academic degree (additional work experience may be accepted in lieu of this);
Have relevant experience with implementation of the EU Birds Directive;
Have in-depth understanding of article 9 derogation mechanism and equivalent MEAs procedures;
Be capable of understanding and presenting, in written and oral form the key findings;
Have a sound grasp of the operation of EU institutions and EU environmental law;
Have very good understanding of bird conservation issues, be familiar with conservation status of European birds and have a sound understanding of the basic issues surrounding bird strike risk, agriculture damage conflict, hunting and illegal killing of birds and other reasons for the issuing of derogations;
Have excellent communications skills;
Speak and write English fluently, with fluency in other EU languages being considered an asset.
 
5 BIRDLIFE OFFERS
 
The budget for the project: EUR 23 140 (excluding VAT).
To be paid in two instalments, the first 50% after signature of the contract and the second after completion of the work and final reporting.
Any offers received that do not respect the upper limit will be automatically excluded from the evaluation procedure.
The price for the tender must be quoted in euro. Tenderers from countries outside the euro zone have to quote their prices in euro. The price quoted may not be revised in line with exchange rate movements. It is for the tenderer to assume the risks or the benefits deriving from any variation. In additions there will be a limited travel budget to cover 1 or 2 missions (eg public presentation of study results).
 
6 TENDERING
 
Prospective consultants are invited to submit proposals before Friday 18th May 2018, 12:00 CET. The proposals in English should be sent to willem.vandenbossche@birdlife.org (by email only) specifying the following:
Number of person days they would be ready to provide over 18 months 
Daily rate and total proposed budget, VAT excluded 
Competence/experience of the person who would actually be providing the service; CV and cover letter describing how the service is going to be rendered to be attached
Commitment to pursue the above mentioned objectives for the duration of the project;
Readiness to make 1-2 short trips to Brussels and/or other EU Capital to present the findings. 
Date when consultant would be able to start.