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IC-Coastal Protection and Resilience Strategy for Infrastructure Planning
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||18-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||45 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||October - December 2018|
TERMS OF REFERENCE
INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT: Designing Coastal Protection and Resilience Strategy for Infrastructures Planning for Timor-Leste
Building Shoreline Resilience of Timor-Leste to Protect Local Communities and their Livelihoods (Coastal Resilience Project)
Building shoreline resilience of Timor-Leste to protect local communities and their livelihoods project is funded by GEF and its main objective is to strengthen resilience of coastal communities by the introduction of nature-based approaches to coastal protection. The project is under implementation in collaboration with the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), its replicas in the seven target municipalities, local authorities, communities, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment (MCIE), Ministry of Public Works (MPW), Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS), UNTL and implementing partner NGOs.
The coastal population of Timor-Leste is vulnerable to the threats of sea level rise and extreme events. Approximately 40% of the population lives in the coastal areas. This is comprised of almost 560,000 people residing in coastal and lowland areas with an elevation of up to 500 meters. The coastal zone and habitats of Timor-Leste are thus subject to a high degree of human dependency and resource use. Climate change projections indicate that coastal areas might in future experience increased flash floods and landslides originating from the upstream hill areas but are also likely to face increased incidents of sea surges and storms. These hazards have serious impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems, especially for mangroves, estuaries and coral reefs, which are already under stress because of coastal zone development and population growth.
Though Timor-Leste is a young country, the GoTL is moving swiftly to establish the institutional structure and policy frameworks necessary to ensure that development planning is both economically and environmentally sustainable. Lack of institutional leadership; coordinated land use decision-making and finance, however, are currently challenges towards effective coastal management. MPW is responsible for planning and carrying out works aimed at protecting, preserving and repairing bridges, roads, river banks and coastal areas, namely with a view to controlling flooding’. Issues related to coasts, such as fisheries, protected areas, tourism, environment, and natural disasters, appear in the mandated responsibilities of MAF, MCIE, MTC (Ministry of Transport and Communication) and MSS.
The ambitious targets detailed in the sustainable development plan (SDP) highlight the urgency of inter-ministerial coordination to ensure the conservation and protection of the coastal natural defenses. Though several mangrove areas already have protected area status, enforcement is difficult due to the lack of zoning regulations in surrounding areas and adequate resources for active monitoring.
Rapid infrastructure development, especially, is putting incredible pressure on Timor-Leste’s coastal areas and mangroves ecosystem. Decree-Law No. 5/2011 of 9 February 2011 on Environmental Licensing creates a system of environmental licensing for public and private projects likely to produce environmental and social impacts on the environment. The law stipulates the need for environmental impact assessments, based on technical studies and consultations with public participation, including identification and assessment of likely impacts, positive and negative, that the project may have on the environment, as well as the environmental management measures designed to avoid, minimize or compensate for adverse impacts expected.
The law further stipulates the need for an environmental management plan (EMP) to address the findings of the assessment. There are currently a number of large scale projects which must be well-planned in order to avoid destabilization of foreshores and damage to coastal ecosystems. Given the importance of a concrete protection and resilience strategy for the coastal areas through well integrated infrastructure planning, UNDP would like to hire an international consultant to develop the same for Timor Leste as a key instrument to guide the protections of the coastal landscape including mangroves and other coastal ecosystems through harmonized plan and implementation of infrastructure development along the coastal areas.
The overall objective of the consultancy assignment is to design coastal protection and resilience strategy for infrastructure planning in Timor-Leste.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager/CTA, in collaboration with PMU, Country Office(CO) and in consultation with UNDP SDU and government relevant sector ministers, the Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
The successful consultant will perform the tasks listed under Section D and deliver the following outputs;
a. An inception meeting with UNDP and government officials and experts of key ministries including MAF, MPW, MTC, MSS, MSIP, MLP, and others
b. Stakeholder’s consultation workshop on the assessment findings
c. Stakeholders consultation meeting or workshop on draft coastal Protection and Resilience Strategy for Infrastructures Planning for Timor-Leste
d. Validation workshop on the final coastal Protection and Resilience Strategy for Infrastructures Planning for Timor-Leste
Timeline for implementation
The consultant will report directly to the Project Manager for the Coastal Resilience building project. PMU will facilitate administrative arrangements and logistical support throughout the duration of this assignment including coordinating the in-country mission and field visits. The consultant will be provided office space in the Coastal Resilience project office, transportation will be provided to the municipalities outside of Dili and related logistical support for implementation of activities only related to the assignment only. Extensive field visit, and travel will be required to the municipalities. The consultant will be expected to facilitate the respective consultations and workshops as specified under this TOR.
The assignment is planned to commence on 01 October to 10 December 2018 for 45 working days
The consultant will be based in Timor Leste (70 %) and home-based (30%) with extensive field Travel to the whole Northern and Southern coast of Timor Leste, specifically to Ainaro, Baucau, Bobonaro, Letum, Liquica, Dili, Covalima, Manufahi, Manatuto and Viqueque municipalities, including Atauro and Oeccuse islands among others.
Required Skills and Experience
The language of this specific contract shall be English. Knowledge of Tetun, Bahasa Indonesia and Portuguese is essential.
Subcontracting under this contract is not allowed.
PhD or advanced Masters Degree from recognized university in environmental engineering, environmental science, climate science, environmental economic and /or combination of relevant field of studies that is relevant for the assignment.
The financial proposal must be expressed in the form of an “all-inclusive” lump-sum amount, supported by breakdown of costs as per template provided. The term “all inclusive” implies all cost (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances etc.) Under the lump sum approach, the contract price is fixed, regardless of changes in cost components. For duty travels, and other costs required to perform the demands of the TOR must be incorporated in the financial proposal.
Schedule of Payments
The payment will be made based on the deliverables. The selected consultant must submit documents as per deliverables which must be duly approved and serve as the basis for the payment of fees. The consultant will be expected to produce the following deliverables within the agreed timeline Section 3 of this TOR to be reviewed and approved as specified in the TOR.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis:
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:
* Technical Criteria weighting: 70%
* Financial criteria weighting: 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation criteria would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
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.