National Hydraulic Expert

Location : Home-based and Podgorica, MONTENEGRO
Application Deadline :27-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :10 February 2021 - 20 December 2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :50 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 Adaptation Fund (AF)/UNDP Integrated climate-resilient transboundary flood risk management in the Drin River basin in the Western Balkans (Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia) Project (Drin FRM Project) aims to assist the riparian countries in the implementation of an integrated climate-resilient river basin flood risk management approach in order to improve their existing capacity to manage flood risk at regional, national and local levels and to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities in the Drin River Basin (DRB) to climate-induced floods. The following results shall be achieved: (i) Improved climate and risk informed decision-making, availability and use of climate risk information; (ii) Improved institutional arrangements, legislative and policy framework for climate-resilient flood risk management (FRM), and development of climate change adaptation (CCA) and FRM strategy and plans at the basin, sub-basin, national and sub-national levels; (iii) Strengthened community resilience through improved flood management, implementation of structural and non-structural measures and enhanced local capacity for CCA and FRM.

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 modelling including preparation of appropriate flood hazard and risk maps require application of most appropriate hydrological/hydraulic modelling 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 floodplain, 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the assignment:

To support development of hydrological and hydraulic models and maps for long term flood risk management in extended Drin River Basin. 

Job Content:

The national expert will work under the direct supervision of National Project Manager and under close coordination of Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and the engaged experts: National Spatial Data Management Expert and International Lead Hydraulic Modeler, as well as with relevant national institutions. Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) will be in charge for final verification of the expert’s deliverables.
The consultant will perform following tasks:

  • Collection of all needed datasets and processing of raw data from Drin River Basin (DRB) in Montenegro, relevant to hydrological and hydraulic modelling (including climate (rain, snow), sea levels), i.e. available topographic maps, aerial photos, high resolution digital elevation models, etc;
  • Support to the establishment of numerical hydrological models of the DRB for the production of high-resolution flood hazard inundation maps in line with EU Flood Directive 2007/60/EC (EUFD). Maps are to be produced for a number of different return periods and for a range of climate change scenarios;
  • Support to the establishment of numerical hydraulic models of the DRB - one global simplified model to be developed for the whole basin to simulate flood routing as well as local detailed models over vulnerable areas at flood risk;
  • Work closely with the lead hydraulic modeller for the hydrodynamic model calibration and sensitivity analysis;
  • Support the development of long-list of structural and non-structural measures, options modelling and appraisal; the identification of the preferred options; and the outline and detailed design of preferred options in the development of the basin FRM strategy.

Timing and travel: The Consultant will be engaged under the Individual Contract for total of 50 consultancy days in the period from 10 January until 20 December 2021.

Reporting and delivery of outputs

The outputs will be delivered in following schedule:

April 2021

Collection of all needed datasets and processing of raw data from Drin River Basin (DRB) in Montenegro

September 2021

Support to the establishment of numerical hydrological models of the DRB for the production of high-resolution flood hazard inundation maps and support to the establishment of numerical hydraulic models

December 2021

Support the development of long-list of structural and non-structural measures

Reporting language:
Outputs will be delivered in English. Delivery of the key outputs will be needed in Montenegrin.  

Interested candidates can request ToR for International Lead Hydraulic Modeler and it is recommended to review ToR for National Spatial Data Management Expert. 


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree (4 years) in civil/hydro-technical engineering, MSc degree will be considered as advantage;


  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in hydraulic and/or hydrological analyses and assessments, water monitoring, flood risk management;
  • Knowledge and proven experience in using of the modeling software i.e. HEC package and similar software;
  • Possession of valid licences for project designing and/or hydrological projects will be considered as an asset;
  • Previous working experience in the Drin River Basin will be considered as an asset;


  • Knowledge of English and local language is required.

Criteria for selection:

Combined Scoring method will be used. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: (i) responsive, compliant, acceptable, and (ii) 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% (Background and education 10%; Relevant previous experience 20%; Substantial knowledge/Required competencies 30%; Required language 10%);
  • Financial criteria weight - 30%.

Only offerors obtaining a minimum 490 points for technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation. For more information on procurement methodology for Individual Contractors, please refer to Procurement Notice.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications by January 27, 2021 by using the Apply now button. The application should contain CV or P11 that can be downloaded at Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file.

Only the short-listed applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Description of Responsibilities".

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