IC 003/20- National Consultant to support on implementation Climate Action for Human Security in Iraqi Al Hwaizeh Marshlands Project


Location : Home- based -Missan governorate, IRAQ
Application Deadline :17-Jan-21 (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)
24-Jan-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :100 working days within a period of 12 months starting from 16th Jan,2021 up to end of Dec,2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :100 WD

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.


Background

Iraq suffers from extremism in its environmental conditions that lead to floods in winter and droughts in summer, and climate change is one of the important causes of this extremism, which needs an urgent response that reduces the negative impacts that may affect local communities and prevent internal displacement and external migrations.Drought episodes are common throughout Iraq and have produced enormous economic, environmental and social impacts, Climate-induced droughts have increasingly affected the marshlands in the South of Iraq and poor water quality is prevalent and is another cause for displacement and migration.

Climate change may well pose an existential threat to returning internal displaced people, men  will continue to be forced to leave the marsh homelands and their traditional occupations to seek employment in urban centers, leading to further fracturing of family and social networks, with rising temperatures and reduced upstream headwater flows, climate change will lead to numerous adverse impacts on returning communities including exacerbation of water pollution/scarcity, intensification of disaster shocks, and threats to public health.

UNDP Regional bureau for Arab states (RBAS)have initiated a new regional project (the SDG-Climate Facility Project)  that aims to enhance the capacity of regional and national institutions to address climate change in a way that brings benefits across multiple development goals, while also reducing the impacts of conflict and crises, Iraq is one of eight Arab  countries to implement a project  that develop initiatives to demonstrate innovation and scalability in achieving a nexus between climate action, SDGs and crisis prevention/recovery.


Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP Iraq seeks to implement a 2-year Project in Iraqi Al Hwaizeh Marshlands, in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Health and Environment (MoHEnv) and the local government in Missan and other key stakeholders.

Specifically, the project takes a nexus approach to addressing climate change, deep poverty, water insecurity, and human displacement pressures by focusing on two complementary components:

Component 1. Introduce an Innovative solutions for clean water, wastewater treatment and climate security in AlHawizeh marsh communities through:

  1. procurement and installation of off-grid solar PV system for purified drinking water, that will offer a simple and cost-effective safe drinking water to households,
  2. TOT training the local institutions on Operation and maintenance
  3. Awareness activities targeted the local communities.
  4.  Wastewater management through constructed wetland Pilot in a sustainable water treatment. The main advantages of such systems are their efficiency (combines biological, chemical and physical processes)

Component 2: Support on Livelihood diversification and ecotourism to raise household income and protect ecosystem services, thereby enhancing resilience against future climate-related displacement among marsh communities, through:

  1. Development of regulatory, environmental and investment guidance materials, sustainable tourism minimum standards, and enforcement protocols for compliance with ecotourism guidelines.
  2. Implementing Ecotourism Facilities consists of welcome center and guest house (in an architectural style compatible with traditional structures),market area, Dock for canoes. Wildlife observation towers.
  3. Capacity building and awareness activities targeted communities (especially women)

In addition to numbers of assessments and analysis studies that will be conducted like (multi criteria assessment for villages selection, gender assessment, Technical feasibility studies and Environmental impact assessment for the project facilities, Market assessment.

Under the Project on Climate Action for Human Security in Al Hwaizeh Marshlands, UNDP’s Iraq is planning to hire national Consultant (based in Missan)


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the mission, vision and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly and with impartiality.

Functional Competencies:

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Self-reliant and able to work as a part of a multi-cultural team in a stressful.

Professionalism:

  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments; observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.

Communication:

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organizing:

  • Identifies priority activities and assignments; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.

Client Orientation:

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Meets time line for delivery of product or services to client.

Teamwork:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.

Technological awareness:

  • Keeps abreast of available technology; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.


Required Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have a multi-disciplinary and professional background including Development, Environmental science, Engineering, Climate Change and strong coordination skills with national and Iraqi institutions and strong communication skills with the local communities in Missan,

The following attributes are essential:

  1. BSc in Environmental Engineering or relevant fields
  2. More than 20 years of technical experience in Engineering projects implementation, Operation &Maintenance.
  3. Experience in supervision of engineering projects related to water and sanitation, and data management for the reporting of work progress.
  4. Proven ability to communicate with the local communities.
  5. Proven ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams and liaison with local authorities in Missan governorate and central institutions.
  6. Previous experience in working with UN agencies or other international Agencies.
  7. Preference will be given to those among the residents of Missan.
  8. Fluency in English, both written and oral.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The application should contain below mandatory documents:

  • The technical proposal should also contain personal CV (Mandatory) , indicating education background/professional qualifications, all experience, furthermore, providing duly filled the form of  Letter of Confirming Interest and Availability (Mandatory) whereby includes financial Proposal (Mandatory) that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per deliverables mentioned in this TOR, in addition to  the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

The detailed terms of reference and the Letter of Confirming Interest and Availability form are available in the following link with mentioned Job Title above  : 

https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=74234

Please note you can upload only one document in the online application, therefore combine the CV, and the Letter of Confirmation and Availability as one pdf and upload it accordingly.moreover, please note that failure to submit required mandatory documents by UNDP will lead to rejection of your offer.

 



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