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Consultant in Agrometeorology
|Location :||Home-based, with three missions to Georgia, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||05-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||45 consultancy days during September 2019-November 2020, with three missions (13 days) in Georgia|
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.
GCF board secretariat approved a 7-year (August 2018- July 2025) project for Georgia entitled: “Scaling-up Multi-Hazard Early Warning System and the Use of Climate Information in Georgia” (hereafter GCF project). The project is implemented under National Implementation Modality (NIM) with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MEPA playing) an executing entity’s/implementing partner’s role for it.
An overall objective of the project is to reduce exposure of Georgia’s communities, livelihoods and infrastructure to climate-induced natural hazards through a well-functioning nation-wide multi-hazard early warning system and risk-informed local action. The GCF project will provide critical climate risk information that would enable the Government of Georgia to implement a number of nation-wide transformative policies and actions for reducing exposure and vulnerability of the population to climate-induced hazards. The project will thus catalyse a paradigm shift in the national climate risk management, climate-proofed disaster risk reduction and early warning approaches. The project innovation and transformative change will also include (a) participatory “Last Mile” communication solutions tailored to the needs of local communities, including Community-based Early Warning Systems (CBEWSs); (b) increasing implementation capacities for carrying out cost-effective risk reduction and community resilience measures through such innovative approaches as watershed/floodplain restoration, agroforestry, etc., and combination of structural and non-structural protection measures aimed at reducing exposure and increasing effectiveness of the early warning; (c) combining best available science and local knowledge for vulnerability assessment, hazard and risk mapping, disaster modelling and forecasting; (d) (e) carrying out a comprehensive community, municipal and national-wide awareness raising, education and capacity development activities on multi-hazard risk reduction, including preparedness, response and Early Warning Systems (EWSs).
The project objective will be achieved through three outputs: i) expanded climate-induced natural hazard observation network and modelling capacities secure reliable information on climate-induced hazards, vulnerability and risks; ii) Multi-hazard early warning system (MHEWs) and new climate information products supported with effective national regulations, coordination mechanism and institutional capacities; iii) improved community resilience through the implementation of MHEWs and priority risk reduction measures.
As a part of the assignment under expanded climate-induced natural hazard observation network, project aims to procure, install and operationalize new agro-meteorological monitoring equipment which is operated by the National Food Agency in Georgia. The project will contribute significantly to the establishment/expansion of the national observation network covering multiple climate-induced hazards, including hydrometeorological, geological and agrometeorological network. The observation network of all hydrological, meteorological and agrometeorological variables will be established to provide an appropriate level of spatial resolution of these variables.
At proposal stage 15 automated agrometeorological stations were identified as necessary for the expansion of the agro-meteorological network and provision of technical assistance in the expansion of the network in the form of training, technical supervision and O&M is identified.
The purpose of the current assignment is to review the observation network requirements, design the optimised observation network, develop detailed specification for required equipment, assist in the procurement and installation of the observation network equipment and develop the long-term institutional capacity and O&M for the optimised network.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under technical guidance from Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and direct supervision from Projects Coordinator, International consultant ensure i) designing and expansion of the agro-meteorological monitoring network including the purchase and installation of the 15 automated agrometeorological stations and provide ii) technical assistance in the expansion of the network in the form of training, technical supervision and O&M.
Consultant will closely work with Project team leader in Agrometeorology, National Food Agency, International consultant in hydrometeorology and will be supported by national consultant.
More specifically, he/she will:
Deliverbales and reporting:
International consultant in Agrometeorology will report to the Project Coordinator as well as Team Leader in agro-meteorological monitoring and work closely with PMU staff, other stakeholders, and implementing partners.
Payment will be done in 4 instalments:
Required Skills and Experience
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis against combination of technical and financial criteria. Technical evaluation stage encompasses desk review and interview of applications. Experts not meeting any of minimum technical qualification requirements will be automatically excluded from the list of candidates for further technical evaluation. Maximum obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria equals to 70 points (70%) and for financial criteria 30 (30%). Technical criteria composed of desk review (40 points) and interview (30 points). Offerors who pass 70% of maximum obtainable scores of the desk review (i.e. 40 x 70% = 28 points as a result of a desk review of applications will be invited for the interview. Those offerors who pass 70% of maximum obtainable scores for interviews (i.e. 30x 70% = 21 points) will be considered as short-listed offerors and included in the roster of qualified consultants.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum. Payments are based upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP does not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In order, to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount.
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