International GIS Expert


Location : Home-based, GEORGIA
Application Deadline :28-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :50 days during he period of 14 June 2021 – 31 December 2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :90 days during the period of 14 June 2021- 10 November 2023

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

UNDP designed and is implementing a program aimed at reducing exposure of Georgia’s communities, livelihoods and infrastructure to climate-induced natural hazards through the implementation of a well-functioning nation-wide multi-hazard early warning system and risk-informed local action. The program encompasses three interrelated projects funded by SDC, under which the current position is being announced, Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Swedish Government (SIDA). The GCF funded interventions are targeting expansion of the hydro-meteorological network & modelling capacities and improving community resilience through implementation of EWS & risk reduction measures. SIDA project will contribute to the public awareness raising and structural measures components.

The project funded by SDC is aimed at reducing exposure and vulnerability of communities in Georgia, through development of multi-hazard risk information and relevant capacities;  Geographical coverage of the project interventions is nation-wide, covering the 11 major river basins in Georgia: Enguri, Rioni, Chorokhi-Adjaristskali, Supsa, Natanebi, Khobi, Kintrishi, Khrami-Ktsia, Alazani, Iori, Mtkvari (same as Kura) focusing on the following hazards: floods, landslides, mudflows, avalanches, hailstorms, windstorms and landslide/mudflows.

The project aims to develop standardized and harmonized national multi-hazard mapping and risk assessment methodologies and multi-hazard maps and risk profiles for 11 river basins in Georgia. The multi-hazard maps will be developed by the National Environmental Agency under the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.

The legal entity of public law – National Environmental Agency (NEA) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia is the institution which is responsible for monitoring of environmental quality conditions (atmospheric air, surface and groundwaters, sea, soil) and meteorological, hydrological, and geological processes taking place on the territory of Georgia. NEA’s departments of Hydrometeorology and Geology are responsible for the monitoring, assessment and mapping of hydrometeorological and geological hazards in the country.

The National Environmental Agency possesses main information and historical data on hydro-meteorological and geological hazards and have respective databases. The staff is experienced in monitoring, assessment and mapping of natural hazards, obtaining, collecting and processing of respective data and information.

However, there is no definitive hazard, risk or vulnerability mapping for Georgia for any of the hydro-meteorological and geological hazards that it faces and the technical and financial capacity to undertake such mapping is lacking.

Mandates for risk assessment based on multi-hazard mapping and vulnerability are not clearly defined in the country. Emergency Management Service under the Ministry of Internal Affairs is the main body responsible for emergency risk management including the emergency risk assessment, which only focuses on identification of potential emergency cases and is not based on the hazard and vulnerability assessment. Though vulnerability assessments are conducted in the country, they are limited to specific donor-funded project scopes and conducted usually by NGOs, without unified approach applied.

While the SDC project will develop the unified methodologies for the modelling and mapping of the seven hazards, the project funded by GCF will develop the methodology for multi-hazard risk and vulnerability assessment.  In addition, many of the applications of hazard modelling within the wider program such as development of flood forecasting and early warning systems, identification, prioritisation and design of risk mitigation measures, development of river basin multi-hazard risk management plans, municipal emergency response plans, sector resilience plans and community DRM and CBEWS are highly dependent on the development of the methodologies and mapping  approaches for hazard assessment to be developed by the SDC funded project. Preparation of vulnerability assessments of 11 river basins is one of the components of the project as well.

Thus, the program is expected to provide both NEA and EMS with required international expertise to support the development of a unified multi-hazard mapping and risk assessment methodologies as well as provide technical support and guidance in developing the multi-hazard maps and risk profiles.


Duties and Responsibilities

The work of service provider will be directly supervised by the Project Manager. The incumbent is expected to work closely with a team of international experts in hazard modelling and mapping and team of national counterparts from NEA working on hazard modelling and mapping under technical guidance from project Chief Technical Advisor (CTA).

The incumbent will be responsible to:

  1. Conduct a detailed desk research and comparative analysis of GIS and remote sensing methods for hazard modelling, mapping and assessment practices both internationally and nationally, through:
    • Stakeholder mapping for GIS, to identify main data owners of GIS and RS data for hazard modelling, mapping, and assessment, and the requirements for using GIS and remote sending data in hazard mapping and hazard data dissemination, covering all 7 hazards and multi-hazards. Stakeholder mapping should include governmental agencies, sectoral players, and academia and should also identify members of   a working group for consultation on availability and validation of the required data sets. The stakeholder mapping is to be provided by national expert and finalized by the incumbent
    • Conduct in-depth comparative analysis of international best practices and national experience in GIS and remote sensing applied to individual hazard and multi-hazard, modelling, mapping and assessment in Georgia in close consultations with project partners and stakeholders.Analysis of the national practices will be provided by national GIS expert, the incumbent is expected to provide comparative analysis with international best practices
    • Conduct in-depth analysis of WMO requirements and EU commitments that apply to the methodology for GIS data use, storage and sharing with consideration of national requirements
  2. Provide support to hazard modellers in the oversight and implementation of hazard modelling, mapping and assessment by NEA for all 7 hazards and multi-hazards in 11 river basins. This will include:
    •  support to NEA in establishing/updating necessary GIS databases that support hazard modelling, mapping and assessment
    • collecting and systematising all GIS and Remote Sensing data for use in hazard modelling, mapping and assessment
    • GIS and Remote sensing data pre-processing, manipulation, data modelling and analysis
    • development of maps and map services and products for the dissemination of hazard maps and related hazard modelling data
    • Development of linkages between mapping products to a Multi-hazard Disaster Risk Information System being developed by the project
  3. Develop a technical capacity assessment scorecard to assess technical capacities of NEA staff in GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling and for undertaking hazard modelling and mapping in GIS. Based on the completed capacity scorecard by the national expert, develop the technical capacity development plan for GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling, mapping and assessment for NEA
  4. Based on the identified on-job training needs in GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling, mapping, and assessment to be conducted by national expert develop the most appropriate training strategy (including relevant online courses, training materials etc.);
  5. Develop the methodology GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling, mapping and assessment, through:
  6. Provide technical guidance note and technical support to national expert in provision of technical support and oversight over NEA in GIS hazard modelling and mapping to be implemented by national GIS expert, through:
    • supervision, guidance and review on GIS hazard mapping and quality control of the works
  7. Provide of On Job Training in GIS-related hazard modelling, mapping and assessment to NEA as necessary
  8. Provide Regular technical and progress reporting to international Team leader for Multi-hazard Modelling and Mapping, UNDP CTA and PM.

Deliverables:

Consultancy year 1. 14 June 2021 – 31 December 2021 (with total number of days 50)

  1. Detailed annual work plan with schedule of works during the first consultancy year (30 June 2021)
  2. A detailed desk research and comparative analysis of all hazard GIS modelling, mapping and assessment practices both internationally and nationally (15 July 2021), through:
    • Stakeholder mapping for GIS, to identify main data owners of GIS and RS data for hazard modelling, mapping, and assessment, and the requirements for using GIS and remote sending data in hazard mapping and hazard data dissemination, covering all 7 hazards and multi-hazards.  Stakeholder mapping should include governmental agencies, sectoral players, and academia and should also identify members of   a working group for consultation on availability and validation of the required data sets. The stakeholder mapping is to be provided by national expert and finalized by the incumbent
    • In-depth comparative analysis of international best practices and national experience in GIS and remote sensing application in individual hazard and multi-hazard, modelling, mapping and assessment in Georgia in close consultations with project partners and stakeholders. Analysis of the national practices will be provided by national GIS expert, the incumbent is expected to provide comparative analysis with international best practices
    • In-depth analysis of WMO requirements and EU commitments that apply to the methodology for GIS data use, storage and sharing with consideration of national requirements. 
  3. The methodology in GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling, mapping and assessment, prepared through: Development of technical documentation for methodology on multi-hazard modelling and mapping in GIS methodologies, procedures and guidelines) (1 August, 2021)
  4. Template of technical capacity assessment scorecard on NEA for undertaking GIS and Remote Sensing in hazard modelling and mapping and list of priority on-job training courses for NEA staff and list of priority on-job trainings (1 September 2021)
  5. Progress report on the provided consultancy throughout the consultancy year  (December 15, 2021)
    • Hazard modellers in the oversight and implementation of hazard modelling, mapping and assessment by NEA for all 7 hazards and multi-hazards in 3 river basins.  This will include:
      • Established/updated necessary GIS databases that support hazard modelling, mapping and assessment.
      • Collected and systematised all GIS and Remote Sensing data for use in hazard modelling, mapping and assessment
      • GIS and Remote sensing data pre-processing, manipulation, data modelling and analysis
      • Development of maps and map services and products for the dissemination of hazard maps and related hazard modelling data
      • Linkages between mapping products to a Multi-hazard Disaster Risk Information System being developed by the project.
  6. Technical guidance note and progress report on the provided technical support to national GIS expert in oversight over GIS hazard modelling; and training report with timesheets, pre-and-post training test analysis (15 December 2021)

Consultancy year 2. 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022 (20 working days in total)

Progress report on the provided consultancy throughout the consultancy year to

  • Hazard modellers in the oversight and implementation of hazard modelling, mapping and assessment by NEA for all 7 hazards and multi-hazards in 6 river basins.  This will include:
    • Established/updated necessary GIS databases that support hazard modelling, mapping and assessment
    • Collected and systematised all GIS and Remote Sensing data for use in hazard modelling, mapping and assessment
    • GIS and Remote sensing data pre-processing, manipulation, data modelling and analysis
    • development of maps and map services and products for the dissemination of hazard maps and related hazard modelling data
    • Linkages between mapping products to a Multi-hazard Disaster Risk Information System being developed by the project
  • Technical guidance note and progress report on the provided technical support to national GIS expert in oversight over GIS hazard modelling; and training report with timesheets, pre-and-post training test analysis

Consultancy year 3. 1 January 2023 – 10 November 2023 (20 working days in total)

Progress report on the provided consultancy throughout the consultancy year to

  • Hazard modellers in the oversight and implementation of hazard modelling, mapping and assessment by NEA for all 7 hazards and multi-hazards in 2 river basins.  This will include:
    • Established/updated necessary GIS databases that support hazard modelling, mapping and assessment.
    • Collected and systematised all GIS and Remote Sensing data for use in hazard modelling, mapping and assessment
    • GIS and Remote sensing data pre-processing, manipulation, data modelling and analysis
    • development of maps and map services and products for the dissemination of hazard maps and related hazard modelling data
    • Linkages between mapping products to a Multi-hazard Disaster Risk Information System being developed by the project
  • Technical guidance note and progress report on the provided technical support to national GIS expert in oversight over GIS hazard modelling; and training report with timesheets, pre-and-post training test analysis

Management Arrangements:

The work of service provider will directly supervised by the Project Manager. The service provider will be directly responsible to, reporting to, seeking approval from, and obtaining certificate of acceptance of outputs from the above-mentioned person.

Payment modality:

The payment schedule is given below and will be made upon satisfactory completion/submission and approval of the deliverables by the supervisors listed above - PM, CTA:

1st consultancy year. 6 June 2021 – 31 December 2021

  • 5% of the consultancy fee upon successful submission and clearance of deliverable 1 (30 June 2021)
  • 20%  of the consultancy fee upon successful submission of deliverables 2 (15 July 2021)
  • 50% of the consultancy fee upon successful submission of deliverables 3 (1 August 2021) and 4 (1 September 2021) 
  • 25% of the consultancy fee upon successful submission of deliverables 5 and 6 (15 December 2021)

2nd Consultancy year 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022 

  • Payments will be made on quarterly basis upon successful submission and clearance from UNDP of Quarter progress reports. 4 reports in total 25% of the second-year consultancy fee per quarter

3rd Consultancy year 1 January 2023 – 10 November 2023 

  • Payments will be made on quarterly basis upon successful submission and clearance from UNDP of Quarter progress reports. 4 reports in total - 25% of the third-year consultancy fee per quarter


Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Understanding of the mandate and the role of UNDP would be an asset
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism

Functional competencies:

  • Strong communication and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated skills in drafting reports
  • Ability to work under pressure with several tasks and various deadlines
  • Actively generates creative, practical approaches and solutions to overcome challenging situations
  • Excellent writing, presentation/public speaking skills
  • A pro-active approach to problem-solving
  • Computer literacy

Leadership and Self-Management skills:

  • Builds strong relationships with the working group and with the project partners; focuses on impact and results for the project partners and responds positively to feedback
  • Cooperates with working group effectively and demonstrates strong conflict resolution skills
  • Consistently approaches work with energy, positivity and a constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates strong influencing and facilitation skills
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change, new ideas and ability to manage ambiguity
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates ability to transfer knowledge and competencies
  • Is able to work independently and hurdle competing priorities.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • At least Master’s degree in GIS, remote sensing or a related computer science or geography discipline (minimum requirement) (minimum requirement: Master's degree - 10 points). 

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of experience in GIS and Remote Sensing and its application to natural hazard and risk assessment, and Disaster Risk Management (minimum requirement: 7 years - 15 points, more than 7 years - additional 5 points).
  • At least 5 years of experience in the use of GIS for field surveys (minimum requirement: 5 years - 10 points, more than 5 years - additional 5 points);
  • Experience and competency in usage of ArcGIS, QGIS and other relevant applications for hazard mapping is an asset (5 points). 

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both spoken and written English.

Evaluation: 

Offerors will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis method, against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum total obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria (desk review and interview) equals to 70 and for financial criteria – to 30. Offerors that do not meet any of the Minimum Requirements will be automatically rejected, while the rest will form up the long list. Technical evaluation will comprise of desk review and interview stages. Candidates who collect 70% (35 points) of points obtainable as a result of the desk review will form up short list and be invited to the interview. Offerors passing 70% threshold as a result of the interview (i.e. obtain minimum of 14 points) will be recommended for financial evaluation. 

Financial Proposal:

Lump sum contracts. 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 instalments 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.



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