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Fire Hazard and Risk Assessments: Improvement of the fire assessment practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina through transfer of knowledge and Czech experience
|Location :||Home based with travel to BiH, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA|
|Application Deadline :||23-Dec-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||January 2019 - August 2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Approximately 60 working days in total, including the missions|
Development losses caused by disasters as well as population and GDP exposure to hazards are continuously being increased in Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereafter BiH). The country is exposed to various hazards, with most common ones being earthquakes, floods, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires, landslides and man-made hazards with climate change forecasts predicting an acceleration of extreme weather phenomena. BiH is among the most forest rich states in Europe with forest land covering 48,3% of the territory of the country. Forest fires occur in BiH on a yearly basis. During period 1999 to 2009 BiH was affected by more than 6,100 forest fires causing direct damages amounting to close to 50 million USD. 98% of fires are caused by humans which means that awareness raising, education and local actions that decrease detrimental human actions should be strengthened.
The numerous challenges the country faced after the war, combined with political deadlocks and weak economic situation put disaster risks at the bottom of priorities. This led not only to weak general capacities but also to unabsorbing of improvements and new approaches in dealing with disaster risks. In order to shift the focus from “business as usual” and introduce innovative DRR approaches in BiH, UNDP developed Disaster Risk Analysis System (DRAS) software. DRAS allows free access to scientific hazard data to decision makers and citizens in order to increase disaster risk awareness for specific locality. DRAS consists of 3 Modules. Module is 1 publicly available, while Modules 2 and 3 are accessible to respective local authorities. Module 1 that displays floods, landslides, earthquake and mine suspected areas hazard maps on google maps can be accessed via the following link: http://dras.undp.ba/. Module 2 allows local governance authorities to view information on individuals that are considered as vulnerable categories of population, enabling better inclusion of vulnerable categories into DRR planning. Module 3 allows fast computer analysis and creation of spatial risk assessments for local authorities combining scientific hazard, land use and vulnerability data. Additional expansion of DRAS to include fire hazard and risk assessments would provide for invaluable assets for DRR and much needed awareness raising of fire risks in the country.
Given the Czech experience in advancement of disaster management and in particular forest fire prevention including risk assessments, objective of this assignment is to transfer Czech experience to BiH through development of general fire hazard and risk assessment methodology for scaling up of DRAS, but also through delivery of hazard and risk assessment for two beneficiary municipalities (Mrkonjic Grad and Livno) and workshop for municipalities on fire hazard and risk assessment.
The above described background is a summary and the selected candidate will be provided with more details on the current disaster risk reduction situation and on-going activities in the country.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, Fire Hazard and Risk Assessments Expert is to develop methodology for inclusion of fire hazard and risk assessments into DRAS as well as develop and deliver fire hazard and risk assessment for two municipalities (Mrkonjic Grad and Livno). Mrkonjic Grad and Livno are two beneficiary municipalities of Increasing Resilience of Livno, Mrkonjic Grad and Maglaj and are highly exposed to the risk of fires.
The expected outcome of this assignment is direct contribution to improved fire assessment practices in BiH with particular focus on municipal level leading to increase in fire risk awareness and community resilience.
The consultant will be expected to achieve following deliverables:
In detail consultant is expected to:
All tasks will be done in close collaboration and support of local stakeholders and civil protection and forest fires experts and UNDP. Draft and final versions of methodology, fire hazard and risk assessments will be approved by relevant counterparts and UNDP, all of the recommendations/questions made by the relevant counterparts and UNDP have to be take into the account or explained. The duration of this task is estimated to be 60 working days including two missions to BiH within 7 months.
All documents to be delivered by consultant should be in English language. UNDP will ensure translation of these documents into local languages as well as translation of relevant local documents into English language.
The consultant is expected to initiate and conduct at least two (2) meeting at the Czech Embassy in Sarajevo– at the beginning of the first mission and at the end of the last one.
Corporate Responsibility and Teamwork:
Partnering and Networking:
Job Knowledge and Expertise:
Required Skills and Experience
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 point would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Financial criteria: Weight: 30%.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following 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:
Applicants are required to submit an application including:
Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.
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.