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Individual Consultant - Architecture and Resettlement Planning Expert (For Indian Nationals only)
|Location :||Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||19-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
Since August 2018, a series of floods and cyclones have affected various states of India. From August 1st to August 20th, the state of Kerala received excessive rains, which triggered several landslides and forced the release of excess water from 37 dams across the state, aggravating the flood impact across the state. The scale of floods in Kerala was unprecedented, which affected 14 districts, and caused a loss of approximately US$ 4 billion.
UNDP supported the state governments in responding to the disaster. UNDP helped the government in coordinating response functions and managing information. In Kerala, UNDP set up the Recovery Hub in partnership with other UN agencies, coordinated the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) on behalf of the UN system, and implemented several early recovery interventions.
The PDNA provided a comprehensive assessment of damage and loss, and estimated recovery needs. Following the PDNA, the Government of Kerala has set up a new initiative, Rebuild Kerala Initiative (RKI), to develop recovery plan and implement it. UNDP has decided to provide technical assistance to RKI.
UNDP has also conveyed its support to other state governments for planning and implementing recovery efforts. Building on its longstanding engagement with state governments, UNDP would provide support to state governments for developing the recovery policy framework, setting up the institutional mechanisms, and providing technical assistance in various sectors. State governments have also responded positively to UNDP’s assistance and sought its assistance in dealing with various aspects of recovery.
In view of UNDP’s proposed support to state governments for developing the recovery programme, it has become essential to provide technical assistance through a SURGE Plan. The SURGE Plan will provide the foundation for UNDP’s expanded recovery programme and capacity-building support to all the states. The SURGE Plan will also help UNDP to develop a resilience agenda at the national level in line with the vision of the Prime Minister’s 10-point agenda on DRR and the Sendai Framework.
The CO has identified the need for the short-term SURGE Advisors for deployment to support the CO’s programme vision. Out of these Surge Advisors will be an Architecture and Resettlement Planning Expert, who will provide support for recovery planning in infrastructure construction area in Kerala.
Under the guidance of the Recovery Advisor, the consultant will act as an expert on hazard-resistant construction standards and land use planning. S/he will work with the Housing Recovery Specialist to support UNDP’s involvement in the preparation and coordination of overall housing recovery and reconstruction program. The Architecture and Resettlement Planning Expert will be based in Trivandrum and visit other flood-affected districts in Kerala as needed. If need be, the Expert would visit other states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to support relevant work in those states done by UNDP.
The 2018 floods and landslides caused considerable damage to housing in Kerala. While the flood damage to houses was largely caused by the impact of swelling waters, damage to houses in hilly terrain were largely caused by faulty location on unstable mountain slopes. Landslides have made future housing prospects in these tracts untenable.
The Government of Kerala will reconstruct 17,316 new houses while conducting substantive repairs to 46,000 houses. Additionally, 41 hospitals will be reconstructed and 53 will undergo extensive repairs. Similarly, 114 completely damaged Anganwadi centres will be re-built, and repairs undertaken for 1,219 partially damaged Anganwadi Centres, 1,613 schools and 152 continuing education centres. In the process of reconstruction of all the buildings, it is important to keep in mind that reconstruction is not only in the right location, away from flood plains and slopes, but also uses disaster resilient construction techniques.
Additionally, if all these were to be designed as “green buildings” they would already make a turnaround and contribute to making Kerala a green state. Kerala has demonstrated the feasibility of alternative, low-carbon footprint construction technologies practiced by Laurie Baker, Habitat Technology Group, Centre of Science and Technology for Rural Development (COSTFORD), People’s Movement for Sustainable Architecture, Government sponsored Nirmiti Kendras, and therefore, the state has the experience and capacity to make this happen.
Physical reconstruction, as per the Kerala State Disaster Management Policy, needs to be sensitive to the hazards of the particular location, what kind of resources and capacities people have to be involved in the rebuilding, and what designs are appropriate for a particular hazard. This requires establishing a broad framework of land use and multi-hazard zoning, with development and construction activities being restricted to certain zones. This is to be further supplemented by enhanced capacities to incorporate disaster risk resilient designs, house-owners’ awareness on safe building practices and risk resilience, and adoption of construction technologies that ensure a reduced carbon footprint.
With the objective of supporting hazard-resistant construction standards, land use planning and hazard zonation in course of housing recovery, UNDP has decided to hire the services of an Architect and Resettlement Planning Expert. Working with the Housing Recovery Specialist, the Architect and Resettlement Planner would provide services for improving the architectural, land use and planning component of the recovery programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
Functions / Key Results Expected
1) Provide advisory services related to planning and building regulations to the KRI and other government agencies:
2) Develop resettlement and relocation plans for communities and home-owners affected by floods:
3) Provide architectural service for reconstruction and repairs of houses affected by floods:
Impact of Results
The Architecture and Resettlement Planning Expert will help develop and implement housing recovery programme at the state level in Kerala that will help the state government and UNDP to deliver, in a timely and effective manner, housing interventions that focused on better cconstruction technologies and designs, aimed at speedy recovery of the people affected by floods.
The key results will have an impact on the overall recovery and resilience process and will help people live in safe houses, recover from the impact of floods, and improve quality of living and get access to better infrastructure.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor or Master’s degree or higher qualification in civil engineering, architecture, urban and regional planning, landuse architecture, civil construction, or other related fields, with proven training and/or experience in housing recovery and reconstruction
Excellent command of written and spoken English
Evaluation Method and Criteria
The consultant would be selected based on the following criteria:
(Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation).
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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.