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International Consultant on Meteorological Capacity Building
|Location :||Home-based, with two missions to Dushanbe, TAJIKISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||14-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||25 working days with two missions to Dushanbe (1st mission - 10 days and 2nd mission - 10 days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||April 2019 – September 2019|
Tajikistan, with 93% of its territory covered with mountains, is disaster prone country. Mudflows, landslides and floods are most frequent, followed by avalanches and small-scale earthquakes. Disasters in Tajikistan are most often local, frequently affecting the more inaccessible piedmont and mountain areas of the country. On top of that, Tajikistan has a challenging mountainous geography with severe climate conditions and isolated topography with old infrastructure. In such environment, vulnerability of societies to natural disasters increases.
Damage from localized mudflows, floods, severe winter weather, hail, strong winds, avalanches, or small earthquakes diverts a household’s limited disposable assets and remittances from financing food needs, education, health care or investment into increasing one’s income (a fundamental element of the development process), to rebuilding after the disaster. This situation creates the classic poverty-shock trap where shocks (disasters) cause the families’ assets to fall below a level at which they are unable to provide for their basic needs or build assets to move ahead. These climate-related hazards are closely associated with short-term weather patterns, specifically periods of stormy weather, heavy precipitation (i.e., rain or snow) and changes in temperature and wind conditions (for avalanches).
Currently, the Tajik Agency for Hydrometeorology (Hydromet) monitors weather conditions on a daily basis and issues daily forecasts of severe weather, including heavy precipitation or severe storms and the potential for flooding and rapidly melting snow pack (important sources of mudflows). In 2019, the Agency for Hydrometeorology will begin using the updated forecasting software which is expected to improve the quality and precision of forecasts.
However, there is a significant constraint remains. Currently Hydromet has 52 weather stations, most of which have not been fully operational. Characteristic mountainous terrain in Tajikistan, diverse topography and climate patterns at district level requires wide and tight network to report detailed weather information, such as on time temperature, air pressure, precipitation, particularly in order to cope with severe and abrupt weather transition.
In September 2016, Disaster Risk Management Programme (DRMP) of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the new project support to the Government of Tajikistan in undertaking a nation-wide risk assessment, establishment and implementation of risk reduction measures, improvement of early warning and disaster management planning, preparedness and response, as well as strengthening capacities of search and rescue teams. Within the framework of the project, rain gauges and other equipment for 20 weather stations are ongoing for Hydromet to enhance the accuracy of weather forecasting. Moreover, Hydromet estimates further capacity building needs to strengthen the human resource.
Currently, Hydromet has been using GISMETEO and “The Consortium for Small-scale Modeling” (COSMO) for weather data analysis tool and weather forecast modeling. However, they also require upgrading these software and tools, and also to diversify the analytical options to compare the effectiveness and accuracy with current information channels and approaches.
Therefore, in order to improve the knowledge and analysis capacity of Hydromet to understand the diversified weather phenomena, UNDP DRMP needs a highly qualified expert to develop a comprehensive capacity building strategy/plan and to strengthen the meteorological and institutional capacities of Hydromet staff. Currently, Hydromet analyzed its own capacities and expressed interest in subjects below;
These efforts also address the Sendai Disaster Risk Reduction Framework endorsed in 2015 and invest in disaster risk reduction for building resilience in Tajikistan. Improved warning and risk avoidance are also likely to have a proportionally greater benefit for women and girls who are more likely to be in disaster prone locations due to male outmigration.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP DRMP is seeking for an International Consultant, who, under an overall supervision of UNDP DRM Programme Manager and Project Analysts, and in close consultation with the Hydromet and other relevant counterparts, will support and lead the activities related to analyzing and developing a capacity building strategy/plan to strengthen the meteorological capacities of Hydromet.
THE SCOPE OF WORK
The International Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
For detailed information, please refer Terms of Reference.
Required Skills and Experience
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.