Disaster Risk Assessment Expert – Landslides

Location : Home based with travel within BiH, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Application Deadline :23-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :September 2019 - January 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :Approximately 60 working days


NOTE: Signed Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability - http://www.ba.undp.org/content/dam/bosnia_and_herzegovina/docs/Operations/Jobs/Offerors%20Letter%20to%20UNDP%20Confirming%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability.docx - to be sent to e-mail: ba.shared.hr@undp.org with Subject: Job ID 86726.

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has been facing several significant extreme climate and weather events, manifested through more frequent occurrence of disasters. The lack of interest for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the country, resulted in creation of additional disaster risks and low capacities of citizens and systems to understand and address disaster risks. Some improvements in DRR are evident, yet, to date the country failed to introduce identified critical changes of the system and behavior of citizens. Given the climate change projections, the country can expect an increase in the frequency, unpredictability and intensity of flooding, drought, heatwaves and wildfires. This can have an immensely adverse effect on the lives and livelihoods of people if adequate actions fail to be taken.

Currently, there is a dysbalanced focus on higher-level DRR governance structures, compared with those of local governments. This is the main cause for lack of important community DRR initiatives that proved to be most effective means of empowering citizens, including vulnerable categories, and transforming them from disaster victims and creators of disasters to agents of change. It is evident that a true opportunity to decrease disaster risks in BiH lies in investing and increasing resilience of local communities. In this context, aim of the Joint Swiss-UN Programme “Reducing Disaster Risk for Sustainable Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina”  is to address key priorities in DRR identified by local authorities and various actors in the sectors of protection and rescue, education, social and child protection, health and agriculture. The Programme will work with 10 municipalities on improving local coordination mechanisms in the area of DRR, as well as on affirmation of the strategic risk planning processes and implementation of identified actions with an emphasis on the most vulnerable categories of population.

Objective of this assignment is to update and improve Risk Assessments in five municipalities (Bihac, Sanski Most, Tomislavgrad, Capljina and Mostar) by developing landslide hazard-susceptibility maps.

Duties and Responsibilities

Landslide hazard-susceptibility maps shall be prepared after due mapping, classification and description of the type of landslides affecting the study area at the scale 1:10000 (or more appropriate scale proposed by expert – must be approved by project manager).
Preparing the landslide hazard-susceptibility maps includes the identification of the conditions and processes controlling them as well as the triggering factors. Determining the extent of landslide hazard requires identifying those areas, which could be affected by a damaging landslide and assessing the probability of the landslide occurring within some time period. However, specifying a time frame for the occurrence of a landslide is difficult to determine even under ideal conditions. As a result, landslide hazard is often represented by landslide susceptibility. In general, landslide susceptibility only identifies areas potentially affected and does not imply a time frame when a landslide might occur.


The consultant will be entrusted with the following tasks:

  • Carry out a review of the available information to obtain and understanding of the landslide events in the study areas;
  • Assess the significance of the various factors influencing landslide movements in the study areas (this should include, among others, lithology, morphology, meteorology, land use, man-made structures);
  • Carry out a review of existing data and identify gaps;
  • Collect all the data and new information that may be required to prepare the landslide hazard-susceptibility maps. UNDP will assist with collecting all the necessary data. The contractor shall use Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of the study areas;
  • Use multicriterial method and appropriate GIS tools and models to prepare the landslide hazard-susceptibility maps;
  • Produce the landslide hazard-susceptibility map for the municipalities of Sanski Most, Bihac, Tomislavgrad, Capljina and Mostar as the GIS 10x10 raster file.
  • Prepare the landslide hazard-susceptibility map as a GeoTIFF file.

The duration of this task is estimated to be 60 working days within 5 months.


The consultant is expected to provide the following deliverables and services:


Deliverables / outputs

# of days per task

Due date



Landslide hazard-susceptibility map for the municipality of Sanski Most


September 30, 2109



Landslide hazard-susceptibility map for the city of Bihac


October 31, 2109



Landslide hazard-susceptibility map for the municipality of Tomislavgrad


November 30, 2019



Landslide hazard-susceptibility map for the city of Capljina


December 31, 2019



Landslide hazard-susceptibility map for city of Mostar


January 31, 2020



Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Plans, prioritizes and delivers tasks on time;
  • Strives for and promotes excellence in performance continually;
  • Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others;

Functional competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests, and concerns of others;
  • Builds trust and engenders morale by displaying open, transparent and credible behaviour;
  • Respects individual/cultural differences; utilizes diversity to foster teamwork;
  • Ensures others’ understanding of, involvement in, and adaptation to a change process.
  • Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team as well as work autonomously.
  • Plans and procedures quality results to meet established goals.
  • Technical writing skills, formulates written information clearly and persuasively;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Presents information in a clear and articulate manner.
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Knowledge and experience on disaster risk assessments and risk management;

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in geology or related fields.
  • BA in combination with 5 additional years of working experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in landslide hazard and risk assessment and management;
  • Strong understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and hazard analysis techniques
  • Proven knowledge of methodologies for landslide hazard and risk assessment and previous experience in preparation of such analysis and reports.

Languages Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written B/H/S language and working knowledge of the English language is a requirement.

Other Requirements:

  • Proficiency in computer applications such as MS Office, CAD, GIS;
  • Experience in working with international organizations in the region is an asset.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 point would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.



Max. Point




  • Proven knowledge of methodologies for landslide hazard and risk assessment



  • Brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work



  • Sample of previous document/strategy/paper done by the consultant






Long/Shortlisting Criteria



Relevant Education

max 15 points (5 points allocated for BA/BSc degree; + 5 points for MSc/MA; + up to 5 points for PhD).

Relevant professional experience

Max 15 points

Prior work experience with UNDP/UN Agencies

max 10 points

Knowledge of English

max 5 points - will be assessed as 5 points for fluency and the points decrease as per the level mentioned in the CV: good - 4 points; fair/upper intermediate – 3 points; intermediate - 2 points; beginner - 1 point.

Technical Evaluation Criteria



Rating based on Qualifications

30 %

Knowledge of relevant policies/documents/or other specific criteria


Interview or submitted methodology



Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

  • * Technical Criteria weight-70%
  • * Financial Criteria weight- 30%

Applicants are required to submit an application including:

  • Proposal:
    • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work; or sample of previous document/strategy/paper done by the consultant

  • Latest personal CV, including past experience from similar projects, and email, telephone and any other contact details for references;

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.


  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.

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.

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