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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Specialist
|Location :||Kampala with travels, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||19-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||55 days spread over four (4) months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||55 days spread over four (4) months|
In Uganda, wetlands provide many important functions including supporting the agriculture sector, particularly in the context of food and security. Wetlands serve as a source of water for irrigation, watering livestock and other agricultural related activities. Over 80% of the people living adjacent to wetland areas in Uganda directly use wetland resources for their household food security needs. In addition to supporting food and water security, wetlands support income generation and employment. Of a total population of 34 million Ugandans, it is estimated that wetlands provide about 320,000 workers with direct employment and provide subsistence employment for over 2.4 million.
Wetlands have been used for agriculture for thousands of years. They provide a range of valuable ecosystem services, such as the provision of food and clean water, the retention of and recycling of nutrients. However, the value of these services is sometimes underestimated. In some areas, the drainage and reclamation of wetlands for agriculture has been widespread, but there is increasing recognition of the critical interdependencies between agriculture and healthy wetlands.
However, wetland health and resilience has of recent been compromised by poor agricultural practices in the adjacent catchments. For example, in Kabale District, in the southwestern region, 58% of wetlands have been drained for farming and other activities. Communities are searching for land in the wetlands because soils in the catchments are becoming increasingly infertile due to temperature increases and other climatic changes. As a result, the wetland ecosystems have lost their capacity to retain nutrients and store and filter water. This impacts water supply to surrounding communities, which are dependent on water from wells constructed near wetlands. In addition, the ability of these wetlands to adapt to climate change are also compromised, reducing their ability to retain silt, control floods, store and filter water, and maintain the microclimate.
Considering the rate at which wetlands are disappearing, the government of Uganda initiated the process of restoring wetlands and associated catchments with a major focus on promoting climate resilient agricultural interventions in wetland catchments, starting with the most affected areas of Eastern and South-Western Uganda. (Districts in the East include; Kaliro, Namutumba, Pallisa, Budaka, Kibuku, Butaleja, Tororo, Mbale, Bukedea and Ngora while those in the south western include; Kabale, Kisoro, Rukungiri, Kanungu, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Buhweju, Rubirizi, Shema and Mitooma).
However, there is need to undertake a rapid assessment to generate geographic information and selected characteristics on all the wetlands in the above 20 districts to update or bridge existing GIS data gaps. The information will guide project implementation, ongoing monitoring and evaluation efforts but also the planned impact evaluation of the project. The assignment will involve physical visits to and mapping of the wetlands and collecting information on the wetland characteristics using mobile-based data collection technology such as Open Data Kit (ODK).
In order to undertake this activity, UNDP Uganda in partnership with the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) wishes to contract a Geographic Information Systems / Remote Sensing specialist to undertake this assignment. These Terms of Reference provide a general outline of the tasks. On the basis of this, the individual consultant will be expected to present a proposal on how he/she would approach the assignment.
The consultant will work under the overall technical guidance of the Director Environment Affairs and report to the Team leader, Climate Change Response and Disaster Risk Resilience at UNDP Uganda, for all contractual obligations. For delivery of the assignment, the consultant will work closely with the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and the Wetlands Management Technical staff, including undertaking joint field visits to the 20 target districts.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following tasks will be accomplished:
Required Skills and Experience
Duration of assignment, Duty station and expected places of travel:
The duration of the assignment is 55 days spread over four (4) months while the duty station is Kampala. The consultant is also expected to travel to all the above mentioned 20 districts.
Key deliverables of the assignment:
The following are the key deliverables of the assignment;
Management and supervision of the assignment:
Responsibilities of the Consultant:
The consultant will have overall responsibility for the work and operation of the evaluation. The consultant is responsible and accountable for the production of the key deliverables of the assignment including the following:
Responsibilities of MWE
Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) shall, solely and exclusively, own all rights in and to any work created in connection with this agreement, including all data, documents, information, copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets or other proprietary rights in and to the work. The consultant is not allowed to post or publish (electronically or in print) any project related information without the explicit permission of the Ministry of Water and Environment.
Payment terms and schedule:
Payment shall be by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) after submission of an invoice by the consultant as per the following schedule:
Evaluation of proposals from consultants shall be done using Quality Cost Based Selection methodology with quality parameters taking 70% of the score and cost taking 30% of the score.
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 60 points will be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Submission of Application:
The candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on http://procurement-notices.undp.org no.49498
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website - http://jobs.undp.org no. 80904.
Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.
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.