International Expert in Multi-hazard modelling and mapping


Location : Home Based (With up to 5 missions of 25 days in Tbilisi, Georgia)
Application Deadline :16-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 75 days during the period of 1 September 2021 – 10 November 2023

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

UNDP designed and is implementing a program aimed at reducing exposure of Georgia’s communities, livelihoods and infrastructure to climate-induced natural hazards through the implementation of a well-functioning nation-wide multi-hazard early warning system and risk-informed local action. The program encompasses three interrelated projects funded by SDC, under which the current position is being announced, Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Swedish Government (SIDA). The GCF funded interventions are targeting expansion of the hydro-meteorological network & modelling capacities and improving community resilience through implementation of EWS & risk reduction measures. SIDA project will contribute to the public awareness raising and structural measure components.

The project funded by SDC is aimed at reducing exposure and vulnerability of communities in Georgia, through development of multi-hazard risk information and relevant capacities;  Geographical coverage of the project interventions is nation-wide, covering the 11 major river basins in Georgia: Enguri, Rioni, Chorokhi-Adjaristskali, Supsa, Natanebi, Khobi, Kintrishi, Khrami-Ktsia, Alazani, Iori, Mtkvari (same as Kura) focusing on the following hazards: floods, landslides, mudflows, avalanches, hailstorms, windstorms and droughts.

The project aims to develop standardized and harmonized national multi-hazard modelling, mapping and risk assessment methodologies and multi-hazard maps and risk profiles for 11 river basins in Georgia. The multi-hazard and risk assessment modelling methodologies will be developed by project international experts, while, and will be applied by the National Environmental Agency under the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, who are responsible for developing the maps.

The legal entity of public law – National Environmental Agency (NEA) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia is the institution which is responsible for monitoring of environmental quality conditions (atmospheric air, surface and groundwaters, sea, soil) and meteorological, hydrological, and geological processes taking place on the territory of Georgia. NEA’s departments of Hydrometeorology and Geology are responsible for the monitoring, assessment,  mapping and forecasting of hydrometeorological and geological hazards in the country.

The National Environmental Agency possesses main information and historical data on hydro-meteorological and geological hazards and have respective databases. The staff is experienced in monitoring, assessment and mapping of natural hazards, obtaining, collecting and processing of respective data and information.

However, there is no definitive hazard, risk or vulnerability mapping for Georgia for any of the hydro-meteorological and geological hazards that it faces and the technical and financial capacity to undertake such mapping is lacking.

Mandates for risk assessment based on multi-hazard mapping and vulnerability are not clearly defined in the country. Emergency Management Service under the Ministry of Internal Affairs is the main body responsible for emergency risk management including the emergency risk assessment, which only focuses on identification of potential emergency cases and is not based on the hazard and vulnerability assessment. Though vulnerability assessments are conducted in the country, they are limited to specific donor-funded project scopes and conducted usually by NGOs, without unified approach applied.

While the SDC project will develop the unified methodologies for the modelling and mapping of the seven individual hazards and multi-hazards, the project funded by GCF will develop the methodology for multi-hazard risk and vulnerability assessment.  In addition, many of the applications of hazard modelling within the wider program such as development of flood forecasting and early warning systems, identification, prioritisation and design of risk mitigation measures, development of river basin multi-hazard risk management plans, municipal emergency response plans, sector resilience plans and community DRM and CBEWS are highly dependent on the development of the methodologies and mapping  approaches for hazard assessment to be developed by the SDC funded project. Preparation of vulnerability assessments of 11 river basins is one of the components of the project as well.

Thus, the program is expected to provide both NEA and EMS with required international expertise to support the development of a unified multi-hazard mapping and risk assessment methodologies as well as provide technical support and guidance in developing the multi-hazard maps and risk profiles.


Duties and Responsibilities

The overall responsibility of the International Expert in Multi-hazard modelling and mapping will be to develop a unified methodology for multi-hazard modelling and mapping with detailed SoPs and guidelines,  prepare overall on-job training plan for multi-hazard modelling and mapping for NEA staff,. It should be noted that the modelling and mapping methodologies, SoPs and guidelines for each of the seven individual hazards have already been developed and finalised by a team of international hazard modelling experts. The assignment will be implemented under general technical oversight from project Chief Technical Advisor and UNDP project manager. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent will be responsible to:

  1. Development of the unified methodology for multi-hazard modelling and mapping with detailed SoPs and guidelines.  This will involve the identification of the methodology, models and software for developing the "composite," "synthesized," or "overlay" multi-hazard maps for each of the 11 basins. 
  2. Develop the overall technical capacity development plan for multi-hazard modelling, mapping and assessment for NEA. 
  3. Develop overall on-job training plan with consideration of multi-hazard mapping training needs and  inputs from  the rest of the experts working on specific hazards and provide urgent on-job trainings in application of the multi-hazard modelling and mapping methodology
  4. Provide technical oversight to NEA in multi-hazard mapping for 11 river basins

All documents shall be developed in English.

Deliverables:

1st consultancy year. 1 September 2021 – 31 December 2021 (total number of 35 days)

20 % - upon successful submission of deliverable 1. (31 August 2021)

30% - upon successful submission of deliverables: 2. (30 September 2021)

20% - upon successful submission of deliverable 3 (31 October 2021)

30% - upon successful submission of deliverable 4 and deliverable 5 and deliverable 6 (15 December 2021)

2nd Consultancy year 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022 (total number of days 20)

Payments will be made on quarterly basis upon successful submission of Quarter progress reports. 4 reports in total, 25% of the second-year consultancy fee per quarter

3rd Consultancy year 1 January 2023 – 10 November 2023 (total number of days 20)

Payments will be made on quarterly basis upon successful submission of Quarter progress reports. 4 reports in total, 25% of the second-year consultancy fee per quarter

Management Arrangements

The work of service provider will be directly supervised by the Project Manager under the and guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor. The service provider will be directly responsible to, reporting to, seeking approval from, and obtaining certificate of acceptance of outputs from the above-mentioned persons.


Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Understanding of the mandate and the role of UNDP would be an asset;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism

Functional competencies:

  • Strong communication and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated skills in drafting reports;
  • Ability to work under pressure with several tasks and various deadlines;
  • Actively generates creative, practical approaches and solutions to overcome challenging situations;
  • Excellent writing, presentation/public speaking skills;
  • A pro-active approach to problem-solving;
  • Computer literacy;

Leadership and Self-Management skills:

  • Builds strong relationships with the working group and with the project partners; focuses on impact and results for the project partners and responds positively to feedback;
  • Cooperates with working group effectively and demonstrates strong conflict resolution skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy, positivity and a constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong influencing and facilitation skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change, new ideas and ability to manage ambiguity;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to transfer knowledge and competencies;
  • Is able to work independently and hurdle competing priorities.


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • At least Master’s degree in hydrology, water resources management, river basin management, Environmental Science, Climatology, or Hydrometeorology -  Master’s degree (minimum requirement) – points - 15, PhD – additional points 2.

Experience

  • At least 10 years of international experience in river basin flood and/or drought and/or avalanche and/or landslide and/or mudflow hazard mapping -  10 years (minimum requirement) - points 20, More than 10 years – additional points  2.
  • Experience in multi-hazard mapping  is an asset  - points 6.
  • Experience in implementing and/or developing national, systematized methodology for multiple hazards mapping is an asset - points 3.
  • Experience of working in Georgia and/or knowledge of the region’s context is an asset - points 2.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in both spoken and written English. 

Evaluation:

Offerors will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis method, against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum total obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria (desk review and interview) equals to 70 and for financial criteria – to 30. Offerors that do not meet any of the Minimum Requirements will be automatically rejected, while the rest will form up the long list . Technical evaluation will comprise of desk review and interview stages. Candidates who collect 70% (35 points) of points obtainable as a result of the desk review will form up short list and be invited to the interview. Offerors passing 70% threshold as a result of the interview (i.e. obtain minimum of 14 points) will be recommended for financial evaluation. 

Financial Proposal:

Lump sum contracts. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the ToR.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount.

Maximum 30 points will be assigned to the lowest price offer. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion):  Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal as well.



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