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International Consutant on the National Project Design for the Adapation Fund
|Location :||Yerevan, ARMENIA|
|Application Deadline :||26-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||February- December 2020 (estimated 30 consultancy days)|
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.
The Republic of Armenia is landlocked country with complex mountainous topography that makes it more prone to the hydro-geomorphological processes and climatic hazards. Among the countries of the Europe and Central Asia Region, Armenia is one of the most exposed to natural hazards. In the 2005 report ?Natural Disasters Hotspot – A Global Risk Analysis, the World Bank lists Armenia in the top 60 countries exposed to multiple hazards. In fact, according to the Natural Hazards Assessment Network (NATHAN), 100 percent of Armenia is prone to earthquakes; 98 percent is at risk of drought; and 31 percent of flooding, showing that more than 80 percent of population is at risk of exposure to catastrophic events which is the highest rate in the broader region Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. Landslide sites cover 4.1 percent of country total territory and affect 233 communities (about 25 percent). Landslides are active in more than 100 communities and have affected 1,744 hectares—5.2 percent of total residential space; 240 km of roads/highways—3.2 percent of the total; and 4.8 km of railways—0.5 percent of the total. Landslide destruction has incurred direct social and economic costs amounting to some US$43 million according to 2004 landslide inventory data. Around 40% of Armenia is susceptible to mudflow, especially in medium-altitude mountainous areas. During 2004-07, mudflows damaged some 200 settlements and 600 sites on main transportation routes. In overall, between 2005-2014 around 3535 natural hazards were registered with severe loses, including 28 people died and 38 injured, and at least 120-130 million USD of economic losses annually. In 2016 around 389 disaster cases were recorded, causing temporary evacuation of 5.294 people.
This is expected to continue to exacerbate in the face of climate change. Historical long-time series data analysis in the framework of the Second and Third National Communications proved that climate change and climate variability have been increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme hydro-meteorological events. In accordance to the Third National Communication, the annual mean temperature increase and decline in precipitation is already observed in Armenia, however, spatial distribution of changes in the precipitation is irregular with high seasonal intensity
Issues of Armenia vulnerability to climate change, risks posed by hydro-meteorological hazardous events and country’s resilience building / adaptive capacity to withstand / cope with the consequences of those were and remain a high priority for the Armenian Government. Since late 90s the Government introduced serious efforts in addressing the emerging environmental and socio-economic consequences of hydro-meteorological hazards. Special attention paid to the progressing trend of water related hazards, particularly floods and mudflows, registered during last few decades. With essential support of international community and following the commitments Armenia assumed as a party to relevant international conventions and treaties, the Government adopted a series of laws, national and sectoral strategies, thematic concepts and regulatory acts forming certain legal and institutional bases for meeting the challenges posed by floods and mudflows through the improvement of risk management and adaptive national capacity. At the same time, according to different local and international reviews/reports despite all the efforts already taken there are still barriers and gaps in water-related hazard management and adaptation areas to be tackled (including institutional aspects, capacity building measures, adaptation planning, etc.) and further support is required Having said these, UNDP in partnership with the governments of Armenia initiated the preparation of the national project to be presented to the Adaptation Fund (AF) with aim to enhance resilience of mountain ecosystems and highly exposed regions of Armenia to hydro-meteorological threats that are increasing in frequency and intensity because of climate change. The objective is to assist the government of Armenia and the population of selected regions in the implementation of an integrated climate-resilient basin management approach in order to improve existing capacities to plan and implement pro-poor adaptation measures to manage water-hazard risks in the most vulnerable communities. This will be pursued through:
 UN (UNDP, FAO), EU (within the frames of PPRD-East Program), inter-governmental bilateral cooperation schemes (USAID, GIZ), international non-governmental organizations (CENN, OXFAM, REC Caucasus), etc.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this assignment is to develop a Project Concept Note and full Project Proposal to be submitted to the Adaptation Fund in the end of July, 2020. The International Consultant will act as a resource person to lead the project preparation process, to coordinate project scoping and to deliver the Project Concept Note and the Project Proposal’s full packages in line with the format and requirements of the Adapation Fund. This will also involve provision of technical support in: i) reviewing of the existing materials and outputs of local consultants; ii) designing the project components, implementation strategy and detailed activities, including cost-estimates, incremental analysis, detailed log-frame; iv) finalization of the project concept note and the proposal and related Adaptation Fund submission materials; iv) liaison with the relevant national stakeholders and parallel bilateral initiatives as requested; v) advice on the project implementation strategy in general.
The consultnat will have to address technical comments from AF and UNDP before and after submission for final approval by the AF’s Board including the case if approval period will exceed contracting period. The International Consultant will be responsible for coordination with other consultant(s) as needed and ensuring overall quality and timeliness of the delivered proposal’s package. The consultant will act under the overall supervision of UNDP Armenia Sustainable Growth and Resilience (SGR) Programme Analyst and direct coordination of UNDP SGR Programme Policy Adviser, and as informed by guidance from the UNDP Regional Technical Specialist.
Duties and responsibilities:
Consistent with the above general scope, the Consultant will work closely with local experts as coordinated by UNDP Armenia and will perform the following duties:
Design of the concept note and the full proposal
Terms and Conditions for provision of services:
Payment will be conducted in the following installments upon completion of the tasks under each output and approval of deliverables by UNDP country offices and Regional Technical Specialist:
Required Skills and Experience
INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING METHODOLOGY:
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications, experience and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation - max. 70 points
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation - max. 30 points.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.
General Conditions of Contract is available here: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf.
Note: Please note you can upload only one document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).