National Consultant – Disaster Resilience or Capacity Building for Disaster Resilience (PI-124445)

Location : Dhaka with Field visit, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :30-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :160 working days over a period of 11 months starts from February 2021

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.


SWAPNO is a public-works and social transfer-based poverty graduation project that targets ultra-poor rural women who are widowed, divorced, abandoned or left with a disabled husband. The project does not only aim at lifting poor women out of poverty during the project period; it also helps them sustain with a higher income level after the end of project support. To achieve this goal, the focus is on future employability. The idea is that the set of skills learned from training will help women invest their savings for productive purposes, which would yield a stream of income in years to come. In addition to self-employment, SWAPNO also helps place women in jobs in local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and private sector companies in the formal and informal sectors.

While SWAPNO has demonstrated success, lessons show that women risk falling back into poverty as they are malnutrition, vulnerable to climate and disaster risks, and can risk facing gender-based violence by participating in a project that can be perceived to be challenging social norms.  By integrating these lessons, SWAPNO’s strategy to support women’s access to decent employment, ensure a discrimination-free environment in public workplaces, develop adaptive livelihoods and access to financial services for sustainable graduation from extreme poverty, and develop local government capacity to implement pro-poor projects, implementing in 223 unions of five districts i.e. Kurigram, Satkhira, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha and Jamalpur. SWAPNO will achieve the following results:

  • Outcome 1: Increased income and assets by expanding options
  • Outcome 2: Enhanced human capabilities for exercising choices
  • Outcome 3: Strengthened resilience to shocks including disasters and climate change
  • Outcome 4: Enhanced financial inclusion for equitable opportunities
  • Outcome 5: Improved policies and mechanisms for sustaining SWAPNO’s benefits

Description of the Assignment:

While agriculture flourishes in the region, the Brahmaputra-Jamuna river system area faces significant loss from recurring flash floods. In 2017, repeated and severe flash floods affected 8 million people and caused massive damage to housing, infrastructure and agriculture. The effects of river erosion also pose major challenges for Rangpur division. For example, Gaibandha district falls among Bangladesh’s top five river erosion hotspots; these areas suffer from 2,000 to 3,000 kilometers of river-bank line erosion annually, making 4.3 million people who live in the chars (vegetated islands within the riverbanks) vulnerable (Sarker, Huque, Alam & Koudstaal, 2003). Households within the Rangpur division, e.g., are displaced 4.46 times on average by river erosion (Abrar and Azad, 2013). Studies note that people displaced by char erosion typically resettle in similar high-risk areas elsewhere and rely on agriculture, fishing and livestock-rearing.

Education, health and extension services and support to cope with the disasters are still minimal. With limited access to formal financial channels, people in the region often tend to save in kind, which makes their assets more vulnerable to disaster shocks. The impact on agriculture drives men to find work in cities, leaving behind women to take up more roles in agriculture.

Objective of the Assignment

  • To enhance the capacity of UP and relevant Standing Committees in order to coordinate and implement disaster related projects
  • To develop adaptive livelihood options, a local contextual strategy will be formulated for effective interventions, innovative adaptation mechanism that suits the community and SWAPNO beneficiaries.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work:

The Consultant will consider the following area of works as follows:

  • The consultant will review the relevant secondary literature and project documents and work with the project team both in Dhaka and filed level;
  • The consultant will review the Community Risk Assessment (CRA) reports;
  • Consult with SWAPNO beneficiaries and community in the different working area to gather the local livelihood options and coping mechanism;
  • Work with the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), livestock department and other local govt. institute to design the effective coping strategy and innovative solution for adaptive livelihood;
  • Work with Enterprise Development & Employment Specialist to design the coping mechanism and interventions for rural micro-enterprises

Impact of Results

SWAPNO women and communities have enhanced resilience capacity and coping mechanisms from disaster and shocks

Institutional Arrangement

The contracted individual will work under the guidance of the Gender & Social Development Specialist / Regional Coordinator and the overall supervision of the National Project Manager.

All costs related to this assignment including logistics, office arrangements, accommodation etc. shall be borne by the individual. UNDP shall pay the lump sum amount quoted in the financial proposal and shall be paid as the achievement of milestones as per the TOR.

Achieving the deliverables shall be the sole responsibility of the individual. Any delay shall be communicated to the SWAPNO team along with a plan to remedy the delay.

The individual is expected to largely work from his/her own offices (local office Bangladesh) and field-level training and attends meetings at SWAPNO office as and when required.

Duty Station:  Dhaka with field visit

Inputs (UNDP and Consultant)

  • The consultant will use own laptop
  • The project will provide technical assistance related to TNA

Language: Highly proficient in English language, with ability to articulate complex issues verbally and in writing

Duration of the Work, Geographical Coverage of the Project Area

The assignment is for a total of 160 working days over 11 months from (Approximately 15 days in a month) beginning from February 2021. The tasks & required days are given below:

Expected Output

Estimated Duration to Complete

  • Inception report with detail work plan to be prepared and submitted to the project

12 days

  • Conduct ToT to project staff in order to set up a pool of trainers to facilitate the training programmes

15 days

  • Organise and facilitate training for Union Disaster Management Committees in Kurigram

16 days

  • Organise and facilitate training for Union Disaster Management Committees in Lalmonirhat

16 days

  • Organise and facilitate training for Union Disaster Management Committees in Jamalpur

16 days

  • Organise and facilitate training for Union Disaster Management Committees in Gaibandha

15 days

  • Conduct quarterly meetings at UP level

20 days

  • Feasibility study on coping/adaptive intervention

25 days

  • Promote adaptive livelihoods/options


25 days
















The project coverage at a glance:




No. of Beneficiaries



Hatibandha, Patgram, Kaliganj, Lalmonirhat Sadar





Fulchhari, Saghatta





Bakshigang, Dewangang, Islampur, Madargang, Melandah





All upazilas





Ashasuni, Kaliganj, Shyamnagar



Final Deliverables /Services from the firm

  1. The consultant shall submit a work plan and time frame
  2. Report on ToT
  3. Report on UDMCs training
  4. The consultant shall submit a final report covering all the above-mentioned deliverables with an innovative programme document on adaption to climate change impacts.

Bid Price and Schedule of Payments

Remuneration of the successful consultant will be fixed, and bids should be submitted on this basis. No adjustment will be given for the period and determined by the specified outputs as per this ToR. The price should take into account all.

UNDP shall effect payments, by bank transfer to the Contractor’s bank account, upon acceptance by UNDP of the deliverables specified in the ToR. Payments will be made in tranches based on the following percentages and milestones:

Deliverables/ Outputs

Days Worked

Payment %

Inception report with detail work plan to be prepared and submitted to the project

12 days


Report on ToT

15 days


Completion report on Union Disaster Management Committees training in Kurigram

16 days


Completion report on Union Disaster Management Committees training in Lalmonirhat

16 days


Completion report on Union Disaster Management Committees training in Jamalpur

16 days


Completion report on Union Disaster Management Committees training in Gaibndha

15 days


Report on quarterly meetings at UP level

20 days


Report on feasibility study on coping/adaptive intervention

25 days


Promote adaptive livelihoods

25 days












The Consultant will be eligible for Travel and DSA facility as per UNDP policy through separate TR. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an 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.


  • Excellent oral and written English and Bangla communication skills, and exceptional technical writing,communications and presentation capabilities;
  • Ability to work independently, to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time;
  • Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaboration and cooperating with others;
  • Responds flexibly and positively to change through active involvement;
  • Strong coordination, negotiation, networking, lobbying and advocacy skills

Required Skills and Experience


Minimum Masters or equivalent degree in disaster risk management, development studies, public policy/administration, or other relevant disciplines. Any studies on Climate Change & Community Based Adaptation will be preferable.


  • At least three years’ experience in development consultant.
  • At least five years’ experience in the development field including community development, capacity building in climate change and DRR including poverty graduation program.
  • At least three years of experience in project management in national and international organization development and/ or programme quality assurance, Donor Agency, UN organization.
  • Proven track record in report preparation, concept note development, module and guideline development both in English and Bengali.

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology

1. Cumulative analysis

The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  1. responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  2. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
  • Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
  • Financial Criteria weight; [30%]

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 point or 70% would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)



Max. Point




Education qualification



Working experience



Understanding of the assignment and proposed methodology



Work plan detailing out major activities with timeline








100 points

Interested individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Proposers who shall not submit the below-mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation.

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references; P11 can be downloaded from the link:
  • Financial Proposal: Financial Proposal has to be submitted through a standard interest and availability template (National consultants must quote prices in BDT) which can be downloaded from the link:
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable candidate for the assignment and submit evidence by the Consultant which would substantiate the technical requirements

Incomplete proposals may not be considered.

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