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DEADLINE EXTENDED - Individual Consultant for Providing Hydrology Expertise in Introduction of Climate-Resilient Transboundary Flood Risk Management in the Drin River Basin in the Wester Balkans
|Location :||Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia|
|Application Deadline :||28-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Estimated 110 working days for the period from end of October 2020 - end of October 2022|
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.
UNDP is the development arm of the United Nations system, with offices in 180 countries. Globally, the organization employs 17,000 people and manages a budget of USD 5 billion each year.
The UNDP office in Skopje employs a team of 65 and currently manages a portfolio of projects in environmental protection, good governance and social inclusion worth USD 15 million per year.
UNDP is seeking national GIS expert to provide technical support in establishment of Geospatial (GIS) data management system and decision-making associated GIS-based tools and methods for Flood Risk Management (FRM).
The Drin River Basin (DRB) is a transboundary river basin, which extends across Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece. Flood risk in riparian countries of the Drin Basin has been an important disaster factor since 2010 with the frequency of floods been observed to be increasing over time. The socio-economic vulnerability is high due to the high (9-21%) poverty rate of the riparian countries. Vulnerability factors also include poor urban planning, unsustainable water management and agricultural practices, deforestation, industrial pollution and poor waste management in areas highly exposed to flooding.
Climate change and climate variability have been increasing the frequency, intensity and impact of flooding in the basin. According to future projections, climate change will have serious negative impacts in DRB including increased frequency and intensity of floods and droughts, increased water scarcity, intensified erosion and sedimentation, increased intensity of snow melt, sea level rise, and damage to water quality and ecosystems.
The ambitious goal of the regional Drin FRM project which is funded by the GEF Adaptation Fund is to assist the riparian countries and improve resilience of 1.6 million people living in the basin by implementation of an integrated climate-resilient flood risk management approach to improve their capacity to manage flood risk and to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities.
To achieve this, the project foresees a set of activities including: 1) improved climate and risk informed decision-making; 2) improved institutional arrangements, legislative and policy framework for climate resilient FRM; and 3) strengthen community resilience through improved flood management, through implementation of structural and non-structural measures.
Particular role in the strategic management of climate-induced flood risk apart of having appropriate density and frequency of monitoring of important hydrometeorological variables plays the improved knowledge for the complex hydrological cycle and hydraulic processes affected by the interaction of hydrological variables coupled with meteorological parameters. Flood hazard and risk modeling including preparation of appropriate flood hazard and risk maps requires application of most appropriate hydrological/hydraulic modeling tools-models which will comprehensively measure and simulate the interaction of the key flooding associated factors such as: morphology and structure of the terrain, type and intensity of precipitation, vegetation cover, geology, drainage capacity, river basin morphology extending to the present channels and floodplan, their interaction and roughness. This is the key approach in flood risk management of the EU flood Directive principles 2007/60/EU (EUFD). Based on this core knowledge about the processes in the river basin, measures (non-structural and structural) are being developed as part of the flood risk management plan.
The national expert will work under the direct supervision of National Project Manager and cooperate closely with the engaged experts: National Hydraulic Expert, Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), International Lead Hydrologist and International Lead Hydraulic Modeler, as well as with relevant national institutions such as HydroMet Service and the Ministry
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the Assignment
The objective of this assignment is structured to provide technical support for development of hydrological and hydraulic coupled model for the Macedonian part of the Drin River Basin.
Scope of Work
Task 1: Data collection and technical analysis This task should incorporate baseline data provided in the key available relevant documents associated with hydrological modelling such as the Drin-Buna/Bojana Basin Flow and Flood Forecasting System by Deutsche Gesellschaft fu¨r Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and additional data necessary to be collected for extending the system.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Task 2 Development of hydrological and hydraulic model: The aim of the task is to develop comprehensive hydrological and hydraulic model for the Drin River Basin. The model for the Macedonian part of the basin is expected to be developed with support of the national hydraulic expert and with high resolution details based on utilization of all available datasets the including the data from the national hydrological and climatological timeseries. This national level model should fit in the transboundary basin level model which will be compiled under leading role of the international hydrologist and hydraulic modeler.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Task 3 Capacity development support. Parallel to the process of model development the expert is expected to provide training and capacity building in use and application of the model to the practitioners and representatives from relevant institutions.
More specifically, this support would comprise:
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES:
The consultancy is expected to deliver the following outputs:
Institutional arrangment and payment
The consultant will work under direct supervision by the Project Manager. He/she will be in regular communication with the supervisor through e-mail and will provide regular progress reports. The written reports should be prepared as per the schedule indicated above. All the reports shall be prepared in English. Short technical summaries/reports will be prepared on Macedonian upon prior consultation and coordination with the key beneficiaries. The consultant will report to UNDP through the Project Manager. The payment will be upon completion of deliverables. If the deliverables are not produced and delivered by the consultant to the satisfaction of UNDP as approved by the responsible Portfolio Manager, no payment will be made even if the consultant has invested man/days to produce and deliver such deliverables.
Duration of the Work
The consultant shall be hired by UNDP under the IC (Individual Contract) modality for a period of maximum 24 months upon signing of the contract and shall be completed not later than end of 2022. The startup of the work is expected in end of October 2020. The overall duration of the tasks covered by this ToR has been estimated to not exceed 110 working days. It is expected max 10 days to be dedicated working in the field (Macedonian part of Drin River Basin). Travel fees should be included in the financial offer. It is expected the consultant to prepare working plan within the first week after signing the contract which will be reviewed and approved by the Project Manager.
Duty station and travel
The assignment will be home based (Skopje) with travel to Drin River Basin (Macedonian Part).
Required Skills and Experience
The selected candidates shall possess:
Qualification and experience
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF BEST OFFER
The award of the contract shall be made to the offeror whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Being responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score based on the following weight of technical and financial criteria for solicitation as per the schedule below:
* Technical criteria weight: 70%
* Financial criteria weight: 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) in the technical evaluation shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
For the considered offers in the financial evaluation only, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (Pn / Pl) * 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED
Interested offerors are invited submit the following documents/information to be considered:
The financial proposal must take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required (the prevailing price for an economy class ticket on the most direct routes shall apply; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract such as the cost of mission travels, as applicable.
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