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International consultant _ Technical Specialist
|Location :||Vientiane Capital, LAO PDR|
|Application Deadline :||11-Jun-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||8d 6h 39m|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||90 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||July 2023 - April 2024|
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.
Enhancing Integrated Water Management and Climate Resilience in Vulnerable Urban Areas of the Mekong River Basin 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 in Lao PDR and Cambodia. There is a strong connection between the upstream and downstream impacts associated with floods and water availability in the transboundary region. As such, the project seeks to address these problems faced while acknowledging the transboundary nature of the challenge and making adjustments as necessary to tailor for the variances of each country. Taking a barrier-removal approach, the project will 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 the availability of resources for investment in water-related risk reduction, and aid the flow of risk knowledge and coordination across borders
The project will also contribute towards improved hydrological and climate risk modelling and information systems, which will in turn inform flood management as well as adaptation planning and enhance the capacity of national and provincial decision-makers, as well as local stakeholders using the improved information system. The project applies a human rights-based approach to address development challenges associated with disasters and enhance resilience to increasing climate risks through improved policy, strengthened capacity, and risk information. This approach fosters resilient and sustainable socio-economic development and contributes to the achievement of the SDGs. The number of direct beneficiaries of the project is approximately 106,481 (38,388 residents of Thakek and 68,093 residents of Pakse) and overall beneficiaries (direct + indirect) over 1.6 million people of Khammouane and Champasack Provinces. This project is implemented by UNDP, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MOLSW). Asian Water Council (AWC) and K-Water will conduct some of the activities. The key national implementing partner and focal point of the project is the Department of Water Resources (DWR), MONRE.
The main objective of the project is to strengthen the climate and disaster resilience of people and communities in vulnerable regions of Lao PDR and Cambodia through improved risk and vulnerability assessment and advancing an integrated approach to water resources management. There are two outcomes intended at the country-level activity implementation: 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. UNDP is seeking an expert with deep knowledge and field experience in water resource management, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction, as well as institutional capacity development and project design and implementation to ensure technical soundness, quality and efficiency of the project implementation at the country level in Lao PDR. The outcomes, outputs and activities of the project are:
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK
The position will have a lead technical responsibility under direct supervision of the Project Coordinator and overall guidance of the Head of NRM, CC and DRR Unit, working closely with the Department of Water Resources (DWR), MONRE. These include but are not limited to technical project activities with focus on monitoring, evaluation and reporting; annual workplans and budget; integration with all outcomes; guiding activities in provinces; coordination with other related projects of UNDP and other stakeholders; following up with monitoring results and findings related to the outputs and outcomes of the project. The successful applicant will be expected to be responsible for the following:
Task 1: Strategic and technical guidance and leadership
o Facilitate decision-making on activity execution, particularly related to planning, budget and implementation issues.
o Lead strategic planning, achievement of targets, and required modification of activities, including the response to potential disasters in the project area.
o Lead technical implementation of project activities to ensure delivery of resources and results according to planned targets, activities, and prepare the budget plan.
Task 2: Reporting
Task 3: Coordination
Task 4: Staff Support and Capacity Building
Task 5: Learning
Required Skills and Experience
LANGUAGE Excellent verbal and written skills in English is required. Knowledge of Lao language is an asset.
Please find the TOR details here TOR RPS_106_2023
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