Senior international climate risk and water resource management technical advisor

Location : Homebased, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :28-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :2d 10h 10m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :70 days, 1 year from July 2022 to June 2023 with possibility of one year extension
Expected Duration of Assignment :70 days, 1 year from July 2022 to June 2023 with possibility of one year extension

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.


The Mekong River and its tributaries are critical waterways that support the economy and food supply chains of both Cambodia and Lao PDR. However, these waterways also present a significant risk. Flooding and drought events are becoming increasingly erratic, longer, and more intense as a result of the compounding effects of anthropogenic climate change.  In support of the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Mekong River basin, appropriate data collection, integrated management of data and proper analysis are certainly crucial as a basis for decision-making and policy development. There have been numerous efforts in data collection, analysis, and monitoring by relevant key stakeholders such as MRC, MoWRAM, NCDM and other development partners. Those system are putting in place to track climate information, provide basic data for risk-informed technical planning at the national and local level. However, data availability and the ability to contextualize information at local level are remained a big challenge for Cambodia which leads to the persistence of misinformation and misunderstanding of risks associated with living near the Mekong River and its tributaries.

In 2021, UNDP received funding from Ministry of Environment the Government of Republic of Korea for the “Enhancing Integrated Water Management and Climate Resilience in Vulnerable Urban Areas of the Mekong River Basin”.  The objective of the project is to strengthen the climate and disaster resilience of people and communities in vulnerable regions through improved risk and vulnerability assessment and advancing an integrated approach to water resources management.  To meet the above objective, the project will implement a set of measures that span across three key outputs.

  1. Inclusive assessment of water-related climate risks completed in the priority river basins.
  2. Enabling environment for gender-responsive climate risk-informed integrated water resources management developed.
  3. Funding proposal for priority risk reduction measures developed.


To accomplish this, the project seeks to address the critical need for risk data to inform integrated water resources management and, in so doing, enable increased investment in risk reduction measures. Specifically, it looks to address gaps in data collection management and analysis, enhance institutional and technical capacity at the subnational level for integrated climate and flood risk management, enhance availability of resources for investment in water-related risk reduction, and aid the flow of risk knowledge and coordination across the borders of Cambodia and Lao PDR.  

Duties and Responsibilities

This LTA specifies the role of a senior international technical advisor to support project management in the following areas of work:

  • The consultant will provide strategic and technical support to the successful delivery of Mekong urban resilience project on its current and further initiatives to promote climate risk informed integrated water resource management in the target river basins
  • Work closely with project team to design project intervention strategies through building alignment with existing efforts and making sure that the project is part of a bigger system of disaster risks informed water resources management in the target river basins
  • Provide ad hoc technical inputs to disaster risk assessment reports, flood modeling, and impact forecasting to be produced by consultant and IPs
  • Provide overall support to project team on the design, implementation, and monitoring of climate risks informed water resources management in 3S & 4Ps basins intervention. This includes the design and piloting disaster risk management initiative at the community level
  • Design influencing strategy to utilize the results from various research/assessments produce during the project cycle Identify opportunities.
  • Provide technical support on capacity building design for climate change risk assessments and hazard/vulnerability mapping using open source or freely available/subsidized software, and tailored to local context

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at  for more detail information about term of reference, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or higher in climate sciences, environmental/geographical/geospatial sciences, environmental economics, climate change adaptation/mitigation, international development with a specialization in climate change adaptation or other closely related field.


  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the use of modeling tools and techniques to guide decision making in one or more of the following: climate change modeling and downscaling, agricultural and water resource related impacts modelling, climate change decision making under uncertainty, risk and vulnerability assessments, environmental monitoring/remote sensing, geospatial technologies, integrated water resource management, adaptation planning.
  • Extensive experiences in integrated water resources management in Cambodia, Lao PDR and the Mekong region.
  • Extensive experiences in policy development, advocacy

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent written and spoken English required


Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

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

 1. Proposal: Letter of explaining why they are most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal (Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP)

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


Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.


Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email and cc . While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice


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