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National Consultant for Development of Standard Operation Procedure for Early Warning System in Cambodia
|Location :||Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA|
|Application Deadline :||28-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||31 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||September to October 2019|
Cambodia is facing mounting development challenges due to climate change. The observed longer dry seasons and shorter, more intense rainy seasons have become a common observation in Cambodia. In addition, climate change exacerbates the frequency and severity of natural hazards (such as floods and droughts), as well as impacts the agricultural production which is dependent on seasonal rainfall. Recovery from such events puts strain on the least developed country’s limited resources and forces shifts in development priorities - hindering Cambodia’s ability to progress and to achieve its development goals.
The Early Warning System (EWS) is one of the priorities of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC). The purpose of an EWS is to monitor climate and environmental data on a real-time basis, detect adverse trends and conduct reliable predictions of possible impacts in the form of early warning information. An early warning therefore refers not only to advisories in emergency situations, but also to information related to the changing climatic trends revealed after tracking and analyzing climate and weather data over time. An effective EWS would thus enable timely response to natural hazards and extreme weather events, to support the implementation of the risk-informed development.
The project “Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Cambodia to support climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change” (henceforth “the EWS project”) is implemented to assist the Government in achieving the early warning system gaps and challenges in the country. The project seeks to address the current barriers through three complementary outcomes:
1. Increased institutional capacity to assimilate and forecast weather, hydrological, climate and environmental information.
2. Climate and weather information available and utilized for national, sectoral and sub-national planning as well as for transboundary communication in the region.
3. Strengthened institutional capacity to operate and maintain EWS and climate information infrastructure, both software and hardware, in order to monitor weather and climate change.
To meet the above three outcomes, the approach adopted by the project is to 1) invest in early warning infrastructure – hydro and meteorology stations nationwide; 2) mobilize technical expertise to enhance capacity of national entities (namely MOWRAM, NCDM, and MAFF) in making use of the information; and 3) ensure the smooth flow of information sharing both at national level and between national and provincial level. In relation to the latter, the project seeks to develop an SOP for Early Warning System in Cambodia based on the existing mechanism / SOP.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main objective of this assignment is to develop a Standard Operation Procedure of Early Warning System in Cambodia through desktop study and organizing a high-level meeting between the key stakeholders in Cambodia.
The process will include:
Interested Offerors must visit this link http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=58381 to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.
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.