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Disaster Risk Assessment Expert – Floods
|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 :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||September 2019 - January 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Approximately 50 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: email@example.com with Subject: Job ID 867231
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 floods hazard maps.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, Disaster Risk Assessment Expert - Floods, is to develop floods hazard maps for municipalities of Bihac, Sanski Most, Tomislavgrad, Capljina and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hazard maps must be prepared in GIS (Geographic Information System) as a 10x10 raster and exported as GeoTIFF file for its integration into Disaster Risk Analysis System (DRAS) . The assignment consists of two mayor components: preparing flood hazard scenarios and preparing of flood hazard maps.
The assignment includes: review of existing information, evaluation of existing data, identification of gaps, generation of missing data where appropriate, evaluation of data accuracy, collection and compilation of new data required for the analysis and interpretation of the data, generation of the flood hazard maps for the flood types affecting the study areas and scenarios indicated by the Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament of 23 October 2007.
Description of Responsibilities
Flood hazard scenarios should be prepared following the guidelines established by the Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament of 23 October 2007 on the assessment and management of flood risks, the requirements established in Chapter III, article 6, “Flood hazard maps and flood risk maps”. Flood hazard scenarios shall be prepared after due consideration of the type of floods potentially affecting the study area. Following the EU Directive this could include “floods from rivers, mountain torrents, Mediterranean ephemeral water courses and floods from the sea in coastal areas and may exclude floods from sewerage systems (urban floods).
Preparing the flood hazard scenarios includes two mayor steps: hydrologic and hydraulic analyses and modelling. The hydrologic analyses provide information on the response of a watershed to climatic events in the form of flood flows for specified return periods. The hydraulic analyses are performed to determine, for a specific hydrologic input, the depth of flow, flow velocity and other parameters along the reach. The result of the hydraulic analyses is used to delineate the extent of flood water levels for specific return periods on the flood plain.
The flood events to be considered for the preparation of the flood hazard scenarios are those indicated by the EU Directive:
For each scenario the following elements shall be shown:
Where appropriate, the flow velocity or the relevant water flow.
Hazard maps must be based on hydrological and hydrodynamic calculations and on hydrologic-hydraulic modelling results, which define the basic flood indicators (volume, depth, speed).
In order to make flood hazard calculation more realistic, correction constant must be introduced which provides a flood hazard information in all possible events (especially when speed of water is negligible, which would mean that result of flood hazard calculation is zero and therefore that area would not be placed under flood hazard). The adopted value of the correction constant is 0.5, and the formula for calculating the flood hazard value (O) is:
O = h x (v+0.5)
The result of the multiplication of depth and velocity of the flood determines the flood hazard and flood character, as described below:
The consultant will be entrusted with the following tasks:
The duration of this task is estimated to be 50 working days within 5 months.
Required Skills and Experience
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points for technical criteria assessment would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Technical Evaluation Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
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:
Applicants are required to submit an application including:
Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.
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.