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International consultant in Agrometeorology to enhance agrometeorological climate and weather advisories in Georgia
|Location :||Home Based (With up to 3 missions in Tbilisi, Georgia)|
|Application Deadline :||20-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 80 days in total during September 2021- September 2024 with up to 3 missions (15 days) in Geo|
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.
With funding from Green Climate Fund (GCF), Swiss and Swedish governments, UNDP Georgia and Government of Georgia is implementing 7-year program dedicated to Reducing the Risk of Climate-Driven Disasters since 2019. The program includes three inter-related on-going projects, including GCF funded, 7-year project entitled: “Scaling-up Multi-Hazard Early Warning System and the Use of Climate Information in Georgia” (hereafter GCF project). SDC funded 5-year project “Strengthening the Climate Adaptation Capacities in Georgia” and SIDA funded 4-year project on “Improved Resilience of Communities to Climate Risks”. The program is implemented under National Implementation Modality (NIM) with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MEPA playing) an executing entity’s/implementing partner’s role for it.
An overall objective of the project is to reduce exposure of Georgia’s communities, livelihoods and infrastructure to climate-induced natural hazards through a well-functioning nation-wide multi-hazard early warning system and risk-informed local action. The GCF project will provide critical climate risk information that would enable the Government of Georgia to implement a number of nation-wide transformative policies and actions for reducing exposure and vulnerability of the population to climate-induced hazards. The project will thus catalyse a paradigm shift in the national climate risk management, climate-proofed disaster risk reduction and early warning approaches. The project innovation and transformative change will also include (a) participatory “Last Mile” communication solutions tailored to the needs of local communities, including Community-based Early Warning Systems (CBEWSs); (b) increasing implementation capacities for carrying out cost-effective risk reduction and community resilience measures through such innovative approaches as watershed/floodplain restoration, agroforestry, etc., and combination of structural and non-structural protection measures aimed at reducing exposure and increasing effectiveness of the early warning; (c) combining best available science and local knowledge for vulnerability assessment, hazard and risk mapping, disaster modelling and forecasting; (d) (e) carrying out a comprehensive community, municipal and national-wide awareness raising, education and capacity development activities on multi-hazard risk reduction, including preparedness, response and Early Warning Systems (EWSs).
The project objective will be achieved through three outputs: i) expanded climate-induced natural hazard observation network and modelling capacities secure reliable information on climate-induced hazards, vulnerability and risks; ii) Multi-hazard early warning system (MHEWs) and new climate information products supported with effective national regulations, coordination mechanism and institutional capacities; iii) improved community resilience through the implementation of MHEWs and priority risk reduction measures.
Under the output dedicated to establishing Multi-hazard early warning system and new climate information products, the project aims to enhance access and use of tailored climate and weather information products and advise farmers/agricultural enterprises through number of activities, which includes i. support to GoG in integrating climate risk and adaptation priorities into the agriculture sector plans, investments and budget framework; ii. development of guidance documents/methodologies and technical regulation for the agricultural sector on climate risk assessment and management and the use of climate information; iii. development of new climate information products for the agricultural sector and delivery of these products to the farmers; iv. supporting improvement of agrometeorological advisory service and capacity building for relevant GoG agencies (MEPA, NEA, NFA, RDA, Scientific-Research Center of Agriculture).
This specific assignment is dealing with providing support to GoG agencies (MEPA and its sub-ordinate agencies: NEA, NFA, RDA, SRCA) in improvement of agrometeorological advisory services, development of new climate information products for the agricultural sector and capacity building for relevant GoG agencies. It includes Enhancement of agrometeorological services development and embedding of climate and weather advisory services in Georgia specifically with focus on 7 hazards (floods, mudflows, landslides, avalanches, hail, drought, strong wind). To this end, it is expected to assess international best practices of agrometeorological forecasting tools for development of climate and weather advisory services, to compare existing tools and practices in Georgia to international best practice, develop an approach, practices and tools tailored to Georgian reality and come-up with the medium-term and long-term strategy for its implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under technical guidance from Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and direct supervision from Projects Coordinator, the International consultant will contribute to the activity dedicated to Enhancing access and use of tailored climate and weather information products and advise to farmers/agricultural enterprises.
The International consultant will closely work with Project CTA, project coordinator, International consultant in Forecasting, International expert in institutional capacity assessment, and will be supported by a national consultant. Also, the International consultant will work with national governmental agencies, including National Food Agency (NFA), National Environmental Agency (NEA), Rural Development Agency (RDA), Scientific-research center of Agriculture (SRCA).
The International consultant is will consultant with stakeholders through Technical Working Group meetings, which he/she is expected to lead.
More specifically, he/she will:
Conduct a detailed desk research and comparative analysis of agrometeorological advisory services and development of climate and weather advisories both internationally and nationally, which should include:
Desk Review, Comparative analysis and gap analysis:
Stakeholder Mapping and analysis, analysis of institutional arrangements:
Institutional Capacity Assessment:
Recommendations and road map for development of AAS:
Participate in all meetings dedicated to agrometeorological advisory services including technical advisory working group meetings, meetings with stakeholders, project experts, etc.
Required Skills and Experience
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 50 Points and interview 20 Points) 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.
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.