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Consultant to support the Legal Entity of Public Law (LEPL) National Environmental Agency (NEA) in the developing of Surface Water Monitoring Programme
|Location :||Home based, with missions to Tbilisi, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||5d 10h 57m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 35 working days during April - September 2021 and up to 10 days for two missions.|
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.
Georgia is one of the wealthiest countries in both surface and groundwater resources in Europe. More than 26,000 rivers and 850 lakes, 43 reservoirs, 734 glaciers and wetlands, with a total area of 627 km2 composed of surface water resources in Georgia. Coastal waters of the Black Sea are geographically very isolated from the Oceans, which means it is susceptible to pollution. In order to determine the environmental status of coastal water, the quality and quantity of drained rivers are measured. Overall, the quality of surface water in Georgia is satisfactory, and the current monitoring system has identified a few hot spots. Surface water resources are under significant pressure from household usage due to discharges of untreated urban wastewater in the surface water bodies. Agriculture and industry sectors also pose a strain to water resources.
International environmental treaties and requirements play a substantial role in framing the water policy of a country. The EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:22014A0830(02)) sets obligations for Georgia on the approximation of its legislation within the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD https://eur-lex.europa.eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:5c835afb-2ec6-4577-bdf8-756d3d694eeb.0004.02/DOC_1&format=PDF), and other water quality-related regulations while the AA implementation roadmap sets more than 25 actions to harmonisation our system with EU standards and regulations. One of the main recommendations for fulfilling international obligations is enhancing surface water monitoring capacity. Therefore, the development of modern water management system is one of the top priorities for the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA).
Surface water quality monitoring is carried out by the LEPL National Environmental Agency (NEA) based on the annual plan: surface water samples are taken regularly (once a month or quarterly) and chemical and biological analysis are performed to determine key ions, biogenic elements, heavy metals, organic pollutants, and other ingredients. The Agency has started hydrobiological monitoring in some rivers as well to identify bentos macroinvertebrates, in accordance with WFD.
Even though NEA is performing monitoring of surface water, the Agency still lacks a detailed and approved monitoring programme which is aligned to EU standards and requirements. Accordingly, NEA intends to develop a targeted monitoring programme (plan) – specific guiding document, which should include mandatory information, such as methodologies, the choice of elements to measure, sampling types, data assessment, monitoring areas/locations, etc. to measure the quality and quantity of surface waters throughout the whole territory of Georgia, gather the reliable data, identify gaps and correspondingly plan future measurement activities. The establishment of a modern monitoring system through developing data gathering, reporting, and management system are crucial for planning specific water quality-related activities and applicable evidence-based policies. Moreover, it is essential to have a robust database obtained only through a comprehensive surface water monitoring programme and network. This is particularly important in light of the expected increased demand for water resources, especially for irrigation and energy generation purposes.
Development of the above-mentioned monitoring programme is challenging for NEA since the responsible department lacks the relevant expertise and technical capacity. Accordingly, MEPA has requested UNDP to provide support and technical assistance through an international consultant to elaborate the surface water monitoring programme. This will be a step forward in creating a robust database of national water suppliers, enabling the Agency to observe water quality and prevent any future adverse impacts of potential contamination or waterway issues that can lead to unwanted public health issues.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the consultancy is to provide support to NEA to develop a surface water monitoring programme for Georgia which is in line with EU Regulations, and to create a robust observing mechanism on surface water quality and quantity. Moreover, the international consultant should review the existing water monitoring methodologies and provide recommendations to strengthen the Agency’s monitoring capacities and align them with EU standards and modern practices.
The scope of work for the international consultant includes, but not limited to:
Deliverables and payment modality
The payment schedule is given below and will be made upon competition, submission and approval of deliverables by the supervisor:
40% of the consultancy fee
60% of the consultancy fee
The International Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Governance Reform Fund (GRF) Project Manager and the direct supervision of the GRF Environmental Coordinator. The expert will have close working relations with the representatives of NEA and MEPA to make sure that the overall vision and priorities of the Ministry are taken into consideration. The service provider will be directly responsible for, reporting to, seeking approval from and obtaining a certificate of acceptance of outputs from the above-mentioned person(s). In addition, the respective GRF team will be responsible for sharing relevant documents, contact details and other necessary information with the service provider.
Leadership and Self-Management skills:
Required Skills and Experience
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis method: Offerors will be evaluated against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria equals to 70 and for financial criteria – to 30. Offerors that do not meet Minimum Qualification Criteria will be automatically rejected, while the rest will form up the long list. The offerors who obtain minimum 35 points as a result of the desk review will be invited for the interview. Offerors who pass 70% threshold, i.e. obtain minimum 14 points, as a result of the interview will be requested the financial proposal.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the ToR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount. Maximum 30 points will be assigned to the lowest price offer. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion): Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal as well.