National Spatial Data Management 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 :60 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, through 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 modeling including preparation of appropriate flood hazard and risk maps require application of most appropriate geospatial modelling tools which will analyze the distribution of the climate induced flood hazards and risk in spatial context in the wider Drim Basin and develop numerous spatial data tools to perform vulnerability assessment mapping of the damages and losses of life induced by flooding events, geospatial support in the prioritization of flood management options and interventions, etc.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the assignment:

To provide technical support for establishment of spatial data management system and development of geospatial assessment supporting tools for flood risk management.

Job Content:

The national expert will work under direct supervision of National Project Manager and under close coordination of Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and the engaged experts: National Hydraulic Expert and Lead Socio Economist, 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 the following tasks:

  • In cooperation with Lead Socio-Economist expert, develop a bespoke geo-spatial based tool to integrate various spatial socio-economic data with the flood hazard maps, perform vulnerability assessment, produce vulnerability maps which will include potential damages
  • Specify and establish GIS-based tools and methods for community-based surveys such as Participatory Geographical Information Systems (PGIS) approach for integrating local community information into vulnerability assessments;
  • Support to hydrology and hydraulic modelling tasks regarding GIS aspects;
  • In cooperation with hydrology and hydraulic experts introduce advanced tools and methods in FRM that are scientifically sound and evidence-based;
  • Assist in geospatial analysis of previous floods related projects in Montenegro and activities related to flood risk management/preliminary flood risk assessment, etc. and incorporate all available geospatial data in the Drin River Basin (DRB) project database;
  • Support to the establishment of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and data management system. This system is expected to involve data repository which will provide a structured environment to enforce data integrity and support data auditing, versioning and data quality;
  • Assist in mapping the socio-economic conditions within the DRB in Montenegro, including locations of marginalized communities and those populations most vulnerable to flood impacts, which will contribute to a body of data on which vulnerability and risk assessment will be based;
  • Support in the development of methods and tools for undertaking socio-economic surveys to collect necessary information to fully map the socio-economic conditions within the basin;
  • Assist in the development of geospatial based flood risk model which integrates various spatial socio-economic data with the flood hazard maps, calculates flood risk, performs vulnerability assessment, produces vulnerability maps which will include damage and loss estimates and to test flood management options;
  • Provide support to the relevant authorities in the implementation of the UN Disaster Inventory System - DesInventar database for the systematic recording of damage and loss;
  • Contribute to the development of harmonized methods, guidelines and procedures in line with Sendai Framework (reference to Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030), for recording flood events, undertaking post-event surveys and assessing vulnerability to flooding as well as assessing the effectiveness of flood mitigation measures in reducing vulnerability and damages;
  • Support the development of geospatial based tools to undertake cost-benefit options analysis using the vulnerability loss and damages model to identify options that maximize benefits as the basis for the development of the Integrated FRM strategy and plan for the basin.

Timing and travel: The Consultant will be engaged under the Individual Contract for total of 60 consultancy days in the period from 10 February until 20 December 2021.

Reporting and delivery of outputs

The outputs will be delivered in the following schedule:

April 2021

Geo spatial based tool to integrate various spatial socio-economic data with the flood hazard maps, perform vulnerability assessment, produce vulnerability maps which will include damages

September 2021

Support to the development of geospatial based flood risk model

December 2021

Geo spatial based tools and methods for community-based surveys such as Participatory Geographical Information Systems (PGIS) approach for integrating local community information into vulnerablity assessments

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 Socio Economist and it is recommended to review ToR for National Hydraulic 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 in engineering, natural or social sciences;


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in spatial database management for engineering and managerial projects and assignments, including projects in water management and/or flood risk management;
  • Knowledge and proven experience in usage of advanced geospatial data processing and analyzing tools and maps development;  
  • 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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