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International Consultant - Dam Safety Expert
|Location :||Home based with Field mission to project sites, IRAQ|
|Application Deadline :||01-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||90 working days spanning over a period of 8 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||90 working days spanning over a period of 8 months|
The likelihood of Mosul dam failure presents a very complex problem for Iraq which needs to be addressed through a coordinated approach involving multiple institutions and stakeholders. While ensuring structural safety remains critical to address this problem, it has become equally important and urgent to roll out an emergency response and preparedness plan that can potentially safeguard the people and assets in the likely impacted areas in the downstream.
A number of national plans have been developed by various Iraqi authorities to address the challenge posed by Mosul dam in Iraq. Among them, the contingency plans developed by the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Civil Defense, and Ministry of Defense (MOD) are notable ones. However, there exists gaps and lack of coherence in these plans as well as overlapping mandates, roles and responsibilities.
UNDP is already engaged with the Government of Iraq in its efforts to review safety and security of Mosul Dam. UNDP’s technical assistance is targeted to strengthen the on-going national efforts through undertaking a systematic assessment of risks and vulnerabilities and development of a comprehensive emergency response and preparedness plan. The key objective is to protect the communities, institutions and the assets in the downstream areas in case of the dam being breached.
The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) is the official operator of the Mosul Dam and is legally mandated to safeguard population from flood risks. The role of the ministry of water resources is central to any effort to improve capacity and preparedness for any possible emergency in the Mosul Dam. In 2017, UNDP established a strong partnership with the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) and to bring them fully on board in the emergency flood preparedness actions in Tigris river valley. To this end, an Expert will be mobilized to engage with MoWR for initiating a modern dam safety programme that puts system and capacities in place to mitigate the risks and vulnerabilities through a combination of structural and non-structural solutions. These will include a review of capacity gaps and provisioning training to the concerned officials on dam safety, regulations and protection based on international best practices.
Recognizing the benefits of successful accomplishment of Dam safety measures at Mosul Dam, the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) has sent a formal request to UNDP for continuing and expanding the Dam Safety programme to cover other important dams including Darbandikhan which pose risks to a large downstream population. UNDP has successfully completed dam safety training for Mosul Dam technical staffs and has completed the preparation of Safe Operational Plan of the Dam. It is important to continue the momentum and undertake a set of urgent activities to establish emergency preparedness measures in the MoWR for the purpose of safeguarding the lives of the vulnerable communities along the flood paths of Darbandikhan, Dokan and Haditha Dams. Emergency preparedness measures and protocols will be activated, and dam safety training will be provided to the managers and the technical staffs at the dam sites and detail operational plans will be developed and finalized for Darbandikhan, Dokan, and Haditha Dams. With the objective to scale up the efforts by the MoWR, a national dam safety standards manual will be developed and finalized to help the Government of Iraq to scale up emergency preparedness efforts across all the vulnerable dams in the country.
The nationwide management of dams is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Water Resources. While the threat to Mosul dam is that of collapse due structural weaknesses, the threat to other dams is associated with earthquakes, such as Darbandikhan Dam. As assessed by the Ministry of Water Resources, these dams are vulnerable to earthquakes and therefore some form of preparedness is advised at this point.
On the other hand, water management of the Tigris River is done as an integrated system. In the case of Mosul Dam failure, managing the dams along the Tigris River and its tributaries accordingly is an integral part of the response plan to minimize the impact on the exposed population.
UNDP believes that the preparedness momentum gained on the Mosul dam is a perfect opportunity to rollout preparedness to other vulnerable dams, as clearly a collapse in one will impact the operations of the others in terms of resources allocation and usage by the ministry.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the Assignment:
The objective is to hire a dam safety expert urgently to lead UNDP-Iraq engagement with Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) and to review the capacity gaps and provisioning training to the concerned officials in Mosul, Darbandikhan, Dokan and Haditha dams on dam safety, regulations and protection based on international best practices. The expert will also be required to offer his technical support to develop and finalize a national dam safety standard manual to help the Government of Iraq to scale up emergency preparedness efforts across all the vulnerable dams in the country.
Scope of Work:
Deliverables & Payment Schedule:
The consultant is expected to discuss with the Project Manager and the EECC pillar head the detailed implementation plan within the scope of the work and identify the specific deliverables and the timelines for their submission
Payments will be made in 4 installments based on the satisfactory accomplishment of the assignments and submission of quality deliverables as per agreed work plan. The dates and schedules of the payment instalments are:
The Consultant shall work closely with UNDP project partners and report directly to the Project Manager and the EECC pillar head.
Duration of the Work:
The duration of the work will be 90 working days spanning over a period starting from 15 October 2019 to 15 June 2020 (8 months).
The consultant shall be home-based with a position to undertake missions to the field as per the work plan to be finalized in consultation with the Project Manager.
Travel days to Baghdad: 21 days
Travel days to Erbil/Ninewa/Sulaimaniya/Anbar: 15 days
Planning and Organizing:
Required Skills and Experience
EVALUATION OF CANDIDATES:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
**Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% marks i.e. 49 marks in the Technical evaluation would be considered for Financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation Criteria (Total 70 marks):
Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks)
Financial proposals from all technically qualified candidates will be scored out 30 marks based on the formula provided below. The maximum marks (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal.
All other proposals will receive points according to the following formula:
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested international individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Financial proposal, as per template mentioned above;
Please group all your documents (Duly accomplished Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Template, CV or P11, Technical Proposal and financial) into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Incomplete applications will not be given consideration.
Travel: All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of a most direct economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
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.