Consultant – Analysis of Social Media Climate Information and Early Warning in Cambodia


Location : Home-Based and Phonom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :03-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
14-Oct-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :30 days from 14 October to 30 November 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 days from 14 October to 30 November 2019

Background

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 analysing 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 being 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, to monitor weather and climate change.

 

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology is the technical arm of the RGC., responsible for providing climate and weather information to the planning/line ministries to inform climate resilient planning, and on communication of natural hazards and extreme weather events for the public in Cambodia. Regular updates of city-based climate information and weather forecast has been advanced through the support of EWS Project (in English). In addition, MOWRAM also provides climate information and early warning to public through its social media page (in Khmer language).  


Duties and Responsibilities

The main purpose of this assignment is:

  1. To analyze the types and trend of climate information and early warning system by MOWRAM and other ministries of the Royal Government of Cambodia through their respective social media pages.

  2. To analyze the trend of public responses on the climate information and early warning system by MOWRAM and other ministries of the Royal Government of Cambodia through their respective social media pages.

  3. To analyze (a) the public / citizen requests (b) and the trends on climate information and early warning system by MOWRAM and other ministries of the Royal Government of Cambodia through their respective social media pages, as responses to the information provided on social media.

  4. To provide recommendations on improving the way climate information and early warning system is conveyed to public based on social media posts.

Important Notice:

Interested Offerors must visit this link http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=59413 to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application

 


Competencies

  • Strong analytical skills and exceptional ability in communication and writing, transforming technical reports into ones that are aimed at publics;

  • Proven ability to prepare reports;

  • Proficiencies in Microsoft Excel, Word, and other related tools / software for social media analysis;

  • Strong ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, produce high-quality work in a timely fashion


Required Skills and Experience

Education:  Advanced university degree (Master´s degree or equivalent) in Statistics, economics and other data management related field.

Experience:

  • Knowledge on statistics, big data, social media data analysis and social networks data analysis and minimum 5 years of working on statistics, big data and social network data;

  • Experience in undertaking quantitative and qualitative analysis on development sector;

  • Experiences in conducting similar assignment (social media analysis) on development sector in countries with data scarcity

  • Demonstrated experiences working with UN as well as international and regional organizations;

  • Good understanding of big data or data scarcity in developing countries context.

Language Requirement: Fluency in English mandatory, with exceptional writing skills

Interested Offerors must visit this link http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=59413 to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.

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