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GIS Specialist – International Consultant
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||11-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||01 April 2019 – 30 September 2019|
The “Building Shoreline Resilience of Timor-Leste to Protect Local Communities and their Livelihoods” is being implemented in close collaboration with the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as well as working with other line ministries, local and international partners, NGOs and private enterprise as the issues of coastal areas are complex and cross-sectoral. It employs an integrated approach, while tailoring activities to address the specific needs, challenges and priorities of the Government of Timor-Leste.
The objective of the UNDP GEF-funded project – Building shoreline resilience of Timor-Leste to protect local communities and their livelihoods is to strengthen resilience of coastal communities by the introduction of nature-based approaches to coastal protection; as well as support inter- and intra-ministerial coordination for collaborative development planning ensuring protection of coastal areas, as well as identify and research potential revenue streams for long term sustainability.
As mangroves are vital natural defense to the impacts of climate change, extensive mangrove protection and restoration will be supported while addressing community pressures (i.e. felling for fuelwood) and introduce alternative mangrove-supportive livelihoods, as well as improve public awareness about the important role of coastal ecosystems in shoreline protection and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Timor-Leste’s landscape is comprised generally steep slopes, hence, the project looks at upland Sustainable Land Management (SLM) activities to reduce impacts of sedimentation, increased runoff and flash floods, and availability of groundwater of the coastal areas.
Mangroves and coastal wetlands are highly vulnerable to the projected impacts of climate change, particularly sea-level rise (SLR). An estimated 80% of mangroves have been lost in Timor Leste, since 1940 (Boggs et al. 2009, Alongi 2014), due to a combination of both, climate related risks (i.e. sea level rise, increased storm events) and also, non-climate related anthropogenic impacts (i.e. demand for fuel wood, building materials, salt production, rice production, uncontrolled grazing). While the relative contribution of these causal, climate and non-climate factors is unknown, anecdotal evidence (i.e. the lack of natural regeneration in many areas), suggest SLR has had major impacts, particularly on the north coast. The loss of mangrove forests has resulted in greater exposure to sea surges, inundation, erosion and accretion processes.
These pressures from upland areas, coupled with the rapidly rising sea level, are putting coastal communities (and the ecosystems and resources upon which they depend), particularly at risk. Over the past two decades, mangroves, which serve as a natural defence to the sea, have been severely degraded – leaving the country’s shoreline and coastal communities vulnerable to coastal inundation, erosion, salt water intrusion, and impacts of sea-borne natural hazards (e.g. waves, storm surges, and in extreme cases, small scale tsunamis).
This project will systematically strengthen the synergistic relationship between coastal communities and mangroves ecosystems and ensure that coastal communities in Timor Leste have economic incentives to maintain and safeguard these protective natural systems, without compromising their livelihood options. This will be achieved through community-led adaptation interventions, that include mangrove re-afforestation, conservation and livelihood diversification options (such as agroforestry, fish ponds, intensive gardening, fruit trees, developed through integrated community-based land use models and adaptation plans (such as the Forest-Fish-Fruit mound-ditch model, successfully implemented in Bangladesh.
The Project has been implementing activities since August 2016, with mangrove restoration activities in seven municipalities (Dili, Liquic¸a, Covalima, Bobonaro, Manuhafi, Manatuto and Viqueque) across coastal communities in Timor-Leste. The project intends to develop a comprehensive mapping, monitoring, and management information system for mangroves and other coastal ecosystems in Timor-Leste. To support this initiative guidelines for mangrove monitoring would be developed by the project as part of the mangrove monitoring protocols for Timor-Leste and the overall Mangrove Restoration Monitoring Plan to support monitoring of mature and planted mangroves at planting sites undertaken, new sites identified and those protected.
Currently there is no system in place to support capture, analysis and reporting of field data from planting sites as well as existing mature mangrove stands. This makes it difficult to track progress of the project in achieving project goals, as well as and report on agreed performance indicators established with the GEF, and coordinate with other Government of Guyana programs such as forestry programmes and REDD+ Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) program.
In line with this, UNDP would like to invite an experienced international consultant (GIS mapping and database) to lead the design and implementation of a comprehensive mapping, monitoring and management system for coastal ecosystems and sustainable land management activities in Timor-Leste. This will be complemented with the relevant training to selected participants at both the national and municipality levels.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the consultancy assignment is to conduct a needs assessment and develop the comprehensive GIS mapping, monitoring and database system for the project. The consultant will involve project staff and counterparts in the design and development phases of the GIS mapping and monitoring system. This will support training and capacity development of the project staff and counterparts in the relevant line ministries and municipalities on the application of GIS to mangrove and coastal zone management.
The consultant will work under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager/CTA, Sustainable Development Unit and national counterparts at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. S/he will work closely with the project team to gather all relevant information in order to produce the required result and be responsible for the following tasks:
In delivering on this task the consultant will:
This will also entail developing a suitable user-friendly interface that can feed data from field monitoring exercises into the national mangrove monitoring and mapping system developed.
The consultant will report directly to the Project Manager for the Coastal Resilience Project. National Project Coordinator and Operation Officer will facilitate administrative arrangements and logistical support throughout the duration of the mission including coordinating the in-country mission and field visits. Extensive field visit and travel will be required to the municipalities. The consultant will be expected to facilitate the respective training, consultations and workshops envisaged as per the deliverables under the TOR.
The assignment will be for a period of 60 working days between April 01, 2019 to September 30, 2019 in Timor-Leste.
The consultant must be available for regular meetings with the programme unit and other meeting with the Project and Programmes Manager as well as line partners for consultation and discussion purposes. Arrangement for such visits will be communicated to the consultant so that s/he can schedule time accordingly.
The duty station of the work is Dili, Timor-Leste with field visit to the project sites/municipalities.
Required Skills and Experience
A. QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SUCCESSFUL INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR
Lump Sum Amount
The financial proposal must be expressed in the form of a lump sum all-inclusive cost linked to deliverables specified in TOR Section C, supported by a breakdown of costs as per the template provided.
If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
Schedule of payments
C. RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER
Individual consultants interested in the assignment must submit the following documents to demonstrate their qualification:
D. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER
The candidates will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points of the technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation.
L. Annexes to the TOR
This TOR is approved by
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.