Coastal Engineering Consultant ( Re-Advertised)

Location : TUVALU
Application Deadline :19-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 years
Expected Duration of Assignment :450 days

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.


Tuvalu is the fourth smallest nation in the world in land area with a population of just over 10,000. It is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts of climate change and particularly sea-level rise and the possibility of intensifying storm events. Recent cyclones have caused population displacement, significant loss and damage of infrastructure as well as destruction of agricultural resources, contamination of ground water and changes in shoreline systems. Such impacts negatively affect the wellbeing of communities and long term sustainable development aspirations.

In response to this increasing challenge, the Government of Tuvalu (GoT) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have jointly committed US$ 38 million for the ‘Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project.’ The project will build coastal resilience which is an urgent national priority. This project will address the financial and capacity constraints at all levels – from technical to community awareness.

The Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP), was approved in June 2016 and the project implementation commenced in September 2017. The project will run until September 2023. The objective of the project is to enhance coastal resilience in Tuvalu by implementing a robust strategy of coastal measures in three of the country’s nine islands. As such, the project is expected to:

  • Implement appropriate coastal engineering approaches adjacent to high value vulnerable shorelines to ensure they are more resilient to the effects of increased wave hazards. This investment will be undertaken on the islands of Funafuti, Nanumea and Nanumaga, and directed along areas with high concentration of residences and social and economic assets;

  • Strengthen institutional and community capacities for sustaining and replicating project results in other areas of Tuvalu.

In this regard, the United Nations Development Programme, Pacific Office in Fiji, is seeking to enter into Long Term Agreement  (LTA) with an International consultant as a “Coastal Engineering Consultant”  to assist the Project Management Unit (PMU) to ensure that the construction work’s and associated processes are meticulously planned, implemented and monitored. Similarly, to ensure adherence to best practices, sustainability of solutions implemented, and longevity of the coastal defence measures are taken into account.

LTA Contracting modality and Call-off mechanism:

  • An LTA is a mutual arrangement between UNDP and the individual to provide the required services at established fee or provisions. The LTA will be established for one year and renewable for up to three years linked to satisfactory performance of the individual consultant. UNDP reserves the right to rescind the agreement during that period should performance of the consultant not meet its requirements.

  • It is expected the consultant to be engaged for maximum 150 working days per year up to 3 years starting from 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2022.

  • UNDP does not warrant that any quantity of services shall be contracted during the term of this Agreement. A specific Term of Reference (TOR) outlining the deliverables shall be provided, and an Individual Contract would be issued to the consultant, detailing the time frame.

  • Once the LTA is signed, if there is a specific service required, the focal person in the UNDP hiring unit would contact the Consultant and upon positive confirmation in the availability for the assignment, acceptance of the Term of reference, cost and travel arrangement, UNDP will issue an Individual Contract. Price in the order will be based on daily fee included in the LTA.  After contract has been agreed between the two parties, no further costs would be reimbursed by UNDP unless there is prior written authorization by UNDP.

  • Once the services are completed and have been approved by the hiring unit, the Consultant  will provide the following for payment purposes:

    • a) complete invoice indicating the completed deliverables;

    • b) supporting documentation (bills/vouchers) for reimbursements of travel costs if applicable;

    • c) copy of the UNDP contract for the consultancy.

Payments will be made upon satisfactory achieved deliverables under each assignment and submission of time sheet in accordance with number of days worked. Final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant is expected to support the achievement of the following objectives:

  • To prepare technical and detailed construction design, and costing of Coastal Protection measures for Funafuti, Nanumea and Nanumaga based on TCAP agreed conceptual designs.

  • Support TCAP development application and safeguards processes as required.

  • Provide technical advice for tender documentation related to the procurement of the construction company(s).

  • Provide technical support for the Procurement Process of construction company(s).

  • Prepare contracts related to construction company(s).

  • Provide ongoing QC and inspections (M&E) of construction works.

  • Work closely with TCAP Chief Technical Advisor to fine tune conceptual approaches, minimize impacts and enhance the sustainability of engineering approaches.

  • As directed by TCAP, assist with related general problem solving and other relevant tasks as they may arise.


  • At least 7 years of professional experience in the area of coastal engineering and coastal-protection structures;

  • Preference given to specific experience in coastal engineering in small tropical Pacific Island environments, especially cyclone exposed atolls / tropical reef mediated shoreline systems;

  • Expert level of experience with hydrodynamic modelling, construction, planning and design;

  • Substantial, relevant and practical experience with reef mediated shoreline processes, cyclone hazard exposure mitigation, coastal management, dredging operations, reclamation;

  • Experience in working in remote rural island locations, preferably Pacific Island States;

  • Demonstrated ability to engage and work in Pacific Island environments, Governments and with local communities;

  • Excellent working knowledge of English and written communication skills;


Required Skills and Experience

  •  Bachelor’s degree in Coastal Engineering or related field;
  • Offerors must send the following documents.

  • Deatiled CV with names and contacts of 3 referees.

    A cover letter indicating why the candidate considers himself/herself suitable for the required consultancy

  • Completed template for confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial ProposalDaily Fee

  • The IC shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for this consultancy work. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately.


    Payments shall be done on a monthly basis and based on actual days worked, and upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period


    General Notes on Financial Offer

  • UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using his/her own resources;

  • In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed;

  • Consultancy Proposal should be sent via email to no later than 29th March, 2019 (Fiji Time) clearly stating the title of consultancy applied for. Any proposals received after this date/time will not be accepted. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to UNDP will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants. Incomplete, late and joint proposals will not be considered and only offers for which there is further interest will be contacted. Failure to submit your application as stated as per the application submission guide (Procurement Notice) on the above link will be considered incomplete and therefore application will not be considered.

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