National Expert on Land Resources Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation


Location : Yerevan, ARMENIA
Application Deadline :14-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
22-Aug-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :22 August - 30 November 2018 (in total indicative 35 consultancy days)

Background

The project objective is to enable Armenia to prepare its Forth National Communication (4NC) under decision 17/CP7 and the Second Biennial Update Report (2BUR) under decision 2/CP17 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 2BUR and 4NC will build upon previous studies, self-assessment exercises and will be based on the UNFCCC Guidelines. It will enable Armenia to present the updated information on Convention implementation in a consistent, transparent and comparable manner. The project is coordinated by the Ministry of Nature Protection under the guidance of Inter-Agency Climate Change Council (IACCC). The Project components include: production of the Second Biennial Report and Fourth National Communication of Armenia under UNFCCC. The preparation of the 2BUR and 4NC is expected to enhance national capacity, contribute to general public awareness and knowledge building, and mainstream climate change consideration into national sustainable development process of Armenia. The project will also strengthen the cooperation between Armenia and other Parties to the Convention in achieving the ultimate objective of the UNFCCC.

The project document is available from following link: http://www.nature-ic.am/en/projects/Fourth-National-Communication-and-Second-Biennial-Update-Report/20

The objective of this assignment is to conduct analytical work on Armenia’s land vulnerability assessment and adaptation measures based on the relevant technical guidelines and prepare respective report to contribute to reporting within the frames of the 4NC under Chapter “Climate Change Impacts: Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation” (V&A) in compliance with Project objectives.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Expert will work under overall supervision of the UNDP Climate Programme Coordinator and direct supervision of the Team Leader as well as collaborate with the V&A team including national and international consultants.

The Expert will perform the following tasks aimed at assessment of current vulnerability of Armenia’s land resources sector:

  • Review changes and developments in Armenia’s land use and land resources protection sector legislation, strategies and institutional framework over the period of 2012-2018 related to the issues of vulnerability, adaptation and carbon stock monitoring/protection;
  • Study the outcomes and results of the respective sector projects/programmes implemented over the period of 2012-2018.
  • Review methods and models of land resources` vulnerability assessment applied in National Communications on Climate Change of the countries with similar climate conditions and land resources with the focus of their potential application and juxtaposition for assessment of Armenia’s land resources.
  • Assess vulnerability of land resources considering economic developments and climate change trends and forecasts, in particular with focus to:  land as agricultural resource;  land as an integral part of ecosystems;  changes in carbon stock in the soil;  impact of temperature regime, water resources, hot spells on land/soil.
  • Assess rules, regulation and capacities for land resources monitoring in the country.  
  • Assess Armenia’s land use and land resources protection sector legislation, strategies and institutional capacities and implemented/ongoing projects and programmes from standpoint of climate change adaptation.
  • Recommend measures, policies that can be classified as adaptation measures for land resources to the actual and forecasted climate change.
  • Develop the report and the corresponding subchapter of the V&A chapter of the 4th National Communication. Ensure integration of stakeholders` comments and recommendations into the final report.
  • Participate in the relevant training(s) aimed at improvement of data collection and analysis for vulnerability and adaptation assessment and collaborate with International Consultant on Climate Change Adaptation.   
  • Expert will have indirect responsibility to attend periodic team meetings and workshops

Key Outputs/Deliverables

The Expert will follow the Project time table providing progress of the technical component and report:

  1. Report of land resources management and developments in Armenia in relation to the climate change. Deadline for submission-20 Sep 2018 
  2. Report on land resources vulnerability assessment and adaptation and the sub-chapter to be included in the 4th NC. Deadline for submission-25 Nov 2018 

Reports shall be provided in Armenian in printed and electronic versions. The charts, maps and graphs shall be provided in editable format(s).

Payment 

The payment will be processed upon completion of the tasks under each output and confirmation of UNDP CO delivery of the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner. Evaluation of the outputs is the responsibility of the CC Programme Coordinator.

The Payment will be released in the following installments:

  • Based on successful completion of the tasks described in Deliverable 1.
  • Based on successful completion of the tasks described in Deliverable 2.

UNDP reserves a right to terminate the contract at any phase if the requirements as per the TOR are not met.

 


Competencies

  • Good knowledge of land resources sector in Armenia, including agriculture and ecosystems
  • Good analytical, reporting and writing skills;
  • Ability to work independently and ability to interact productively in a team;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Timely delivery of good-quality products;
  • Excellent communication skills, result and client oriented


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualification: 

  • Advanced university degree in agriculture, environment or other relevant disciplines

Experience: 

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the sector of land resources;
  • Good knowledge of land use and land resources protection sector legislation, strategies and institutional framework
  • Knowledge of land resources vulnerability assessment and adaptation in regard to climate change;
  • Experience in international projects/programms;

Language Skills:

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in Armenian; knowledge of English and Russian is an asset.

 

 

NDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING METHODOLOGY:

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications,  experience and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation - max. 70 points.

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation - max. 30 points

Technical Criteria

  • Criteria A:   At least 5 years of professional experience in the sector f land resources - max 20 points
  • ·Criteria B:  Good knowledge of land use and land resources protection sector legislation, strategies and institutional framework - max 20 points
  • Criteria C:  Knowledge of land resources vulnerability assessment and adaptation in regard to climate change - max 15 points
  • Criteria E:  Experience with international organizations/projects - max 10 points
  • Criteria F:  Language skills - max 5 points

Note:  The candidate is requested to provide lump sum price proposal for the task based on daily consultancy fee for his/her services.

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