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International Consultant on Economically Sustainable Adaptation Planning
|Location :||home-based with 4 missions to ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||25-May-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||May 2017 – August 2018|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||120 working days|
Turkmenistan is a water stressed country and has one of the harshest climates in the Central Asian region. Climate change modeling indicates significant increases in temperature and reduction in rainfall. Temperatures are expected to increase by 20C by 2040, with precipitation declining across all agro-ecological zones by 8-17 percent between 2040 and 2100, which coupled with increase in temperature, will lead to a decrease in total volume of water availability that is likely to have a profound impact on agricultural production systems and local farmers. The long-term solution envisaged by the Government of Turkmenistan is to mainstream climate change adaptation at the community, district, provincial and national levels in order to secure climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities. To help the Government meet these outcomes, the project will support three inter-related components, namely:
The project will directly strengthen the adaptive capacity and reduce the vulnerability of around 40,000 to 50,000 persons (of which around 51.2% would be women) in the Lebap and Dashoguz velayats by helping them improve the productivity of farm operations, be better prepared for increasing water scarcity and by introducing alternative income sources. Improved water efficiency and crop production systems will bring approximately 20,000 ha of agricultural and 500,000 ha of pastoral lands under climate resilient technologies resulting in a real net household income increase of at least 15% for participating households (including at least 20% of women-headed households). The replication potential of successful efficient water management and climate resilient practices and of new climate-friendly sectoral planning, legislative and capacity development measures would indirectly benefit around 500,000 people in Turkmenistan, of which around 50% would be women).
The project will work in two etraps (districts) of two different velayats (provinces) of Turkmenistan. These are the Gerogly etrap of Dashoguz velayat and Galkenesh etrap of Lepab velayat. The etraps were identified at the recommendation of the Government. The project has selected three pilot daikhan associations and a livestock farm in the two velayats and will start working with these daikhan associations and farms, including individual farmers/households and private farms, in the initial phase of the project to demonstrate adaptation options for various types of agricultural activities (crop production, horticulture and livestock). The pilots are the Yagtylyk daikhan association and Garagum livestock (cattle ranch) farm in the Gorogly etrap of Dashoguz velayat and the Vatan and Parakhat daikhan associations in the Galkynysh etrap of Lebap velayat.
As a decision-making tool, a clustering approach will be used to analyze the current situation and determine optimized skope of actions and possible solutions and probability of success in terms of agrotechnology, climate change and economic.
This approach based on deep learning of past climatic, soil, water conditions in area of interest and building multilevel clusterization. It enables modelling for signing similiraty and asimilarity in the area and recognition of possible gaps and its circumstances. As a result it minimizes number of actions and leverage its effectiveness.
For more detailed information about this project as well as other UNDP Turkmenistan environmental projects please visit: http://www.tm.undp.org/ .
Duties and Responsibilities
International Consultant on Economically Sustainable Adaptation Planning (Consultant) will report to the SCRL Project Manager with overall reporting to the UNDP Programme Specialist on Environment.
The duties of the International Consultant include the consultations of SCRL project specialists to make correct choice and adequate application of the climate change adaptation technologies which enable to consume water resources efficiently and preserve soils from degradation. These adaptation technologies will consist of efficient, flexible and cost-effective irrigation solutions that deliver increased productivity per unit of resources, improve yields, and support a sustainable future. The international consultant will apply a clustering approach in advising on selection of adaptation measures in order to ensure the socio-economic attractiveness for local farmers.
In collaboration with national experts he/she will carry out comprehensive analysis and assessment of the social and economic outcomes obtained from implementation of the adaptation practices.
International consultant is in charge for attendance in the meetings and workshops to be organized by SCRL Project and to introduce an international experience on innovative irrigation technologies applicable for the drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan. He/she will prepare a reports upon each mission as well as Plan of actions at the end of 2017 of results achieved, lessons learned. The report have to also set out clear recommendations for improvements in 2018 and the focus of the research and adaptation measures in 2018.
Deliverables and timeframe:
The following deliverables and indicative schedule are expected from the consultancy contract. The final schedule will be agreed upon in the beginning of consultancy assignment:
Deliverables and timeframe:
Deliverable 1 (25%) to contain the following:
Location: Home based and mission to Turkmenistan. Number of days: 30 working days (including 7-10 day mission). Tentatively due June 2017.
Deliverable 2 (25%) to contain the following:
Location: Home based and mission to Turkmenistan. Number of days: 30 working days (including 7-10 day mission). Tentatively due October 2017.
Deliverable 3 (25%) to contain the following:
Location: Home based and mission to Turkmenistan.Number of days: 30 working days (including 7-10 day mission). Tentatively due April 2018.
Deliverable 4 (25%) to contain the following:
Location: Home based and mission to Turkmenistan. Number of days: 30 working days (including 7-10 day mission).Tentatively due July 2018.
Payments will be done in 4 equal (25%) installments upon delivery of ea?h respective deliverable as described above.
The consultant should have the following competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of applications:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Evaluation of proposals:
Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on combined scoring methodology. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Out of the maximum score, the score for technical criteria equals 70% - maximum 70 points, and for financial criteria 30% - maximum 30 points.
The technical evaluation will take into account the following as per the scoring provided:
Technical criteria -70%, which includes:
Financial proposal – 30%.
Additional requirements for recommended contractor:
Recommended contractors aged 62 and older, and if the travel is required, shall undergo a full medical examination including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination is to be cleared by the UN physicians, and shall be paid by the consultant.
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.