Information System Specialist for development of integrated multi-hazard risk information management tool

Application Deadline :31-Mar-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :25 working days

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 growing exposure of urban areas to potential natural hazards, coupled with their growing population size and development speed, makes the integration of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation into local policies and development frameworks “a must”. Substantially increased disaster losses in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) over the past decades - effects of climate change manifested in more frequent extreme weather events such as May 2014 floods - signals that it is high time to start practicing risk-informed development in BiH.
Recent disasters came to show that a major focus needs to be placed on strengthening capacity of governmental institutions at all levels that will enable broader approach in dealing with disaster risk entailing prevention, preparedness and response. First step in overcoming this challenge would be building capacities to use and analyze available information, including scientific data on multi-hazards, exposure, vulnerabilities and capacities that exist in order to make informed decision-making at local (municipal) level reality.

Under the direct supervision of the Disaster Risk Reduction Project Manager, theInformation System Specialist, as part of a team of experts, will contribute, in the area of responsibility, to design and piloting of an innovative and first of its kind disaster risk reduction tool compiling not only hazard-related, but also geographic, land usage, infrastructure, territorial and socio-economic vulnerabilities data with focus on gender; allowing for its 3D-visualization and offering information-based disaster risk-related scenarios and solutions for local decision-makers.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will be entrusted with the following tasks:

  • Review, from IT point of view, existing relevant best practices on integrated multi-hazard information IT tools that support decision making for governments in terms of disaster risk reduction
  • Participate as a part of team of experts in designing the concept for the integrated multi-hazard information tool
  • Support organization of IT Innovation Camp, thematically related to technical design and programming of the multi-hazard information management tool and development of practical guidelines for usage of the tool by local governments
  • Provide on-the-job assistance to relevant municipal experts (from two municipalities) to populate all the relevant data into the software and participate in reliability and functionality check of the information management tool;

The duration of this task is estimated to be 25 days within 6 months.

The consultant is expected to provide the following deliverables and services:
Deliverables and Services Deadline

  • Deliver report on review of existing relevant best practices on integrated multi-hazard information IT tools  30th April 2016
  • Deliver the IT part of the concept for the integrated multi-hazard information tool  20th May 2016
  • Support organization of IT Innovation Camp and development of practical guidelines for usage of the tool by local governments 15th June 2016
  • Provide on-the-job assistance to relevant municipal experts to populate all the relevant data into the software  30th September 2016
  • Deliver final report including review of reliability and functionality check of the information management tool; 10th November 2016


a. Corporate Responsibility and Teamwork:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Plans, prioritizes and delivers tasks on time;
  • Strives for and promotes excellence in performance continually;
  • Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others;

b. People Skills:

  • Demonstrates ability to work harmoniously with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests, and concerns of others;
  • Builds trust and engenders morale by displaying open, transparent and credible behavior;
  • Respects individual/cultural differences; utilizes diversity to foster teamwork;
  • Ensures others’ understanding of, involvement in, and adaptation to a change process.

c. Partnering and Networking:

  • Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team as well as work autonomously.

 d. Results-Orientation:

  • Plans and procedures quality results to meet established goals.

e. Communication:

  • Technical writing skills, formulates written information clearly and persuasively;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Presents information in a clear and articulate manner.

f. Job Knowledge and Expertise:

  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Knowledge and experience on spatial database management systems;

Required Skills and Experience

  • University degree in Information Systems, Geo-informatics, GIS, IT or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in design and management of spatial database management systems, including programming skills;
  • Relevant experience in using proprietary and open source GIS programs such as ArcGis desktop, ERDAS, Mapinfo, QGIS, GvSig, etc.
  • Experience in implementing Web map services and metadata catalogues applying OGC and Inspire standards is an asset. Working knowledge of GeoNetwork Open source and Geoserver is an asset
  • Experience in hazard and risk assessment is an asset
  • Experience in working with international organizations in the region is an asset
  • Ability to work under pressure in a multi-cultural environment on a wide range of tasks and deliver quality results on time.
  • Proven experience on preparation of written reports in an accurate and concise manner;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English language is required for this assignment.

Application procedures

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
##Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application;
##Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from ); please upload the P11 instead of your CV;
##Financial Proposal - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days, travel, per diems and any other possible costs). Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal;
##Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

##For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 62 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy;
##Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.



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