Civil Protection Legislation Expert


Location : Home based with two missions to BiH, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Application Deadline :21-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :3d 1h 0m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :March - October 2018
Expected Duration of Assignment :25 working days including two missions to BiH


Background

BACKGROUND

Development losses caused by disasters as well as population and GDP exposure to hazards are continuously being increased in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The country is exposed to various hazards, with most common ones being earthquakes, floods, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires, landslides and man-made hazards with climate change forecasts predicting an acceleration of extreme weather phenomena. Numerous challenges the country faced after the war, combined with political deadlocks and weak economic situation, resulted in non-prioritization of disaster risks. This lead not only to weak general capacities of civil protection but also to unabsorbing of improvements and new approaches in dealing with disaster risks. Today, disasters in the country range from high-frequency small disasters to devastating events such as May 2014 floods that caused total of 2 billion EUR losses and damages.

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) sector in the country requires a strategic roadmap and actions strengthened with new tools and approaches moving away from business as usual. To address these challenges Interlinking Disaster Risk Management in BiH Project was launched. Project will strengthen DRR capacities at all government levels in BiH by putting in place legal and policy frameworks and implementation of disaster and climate risk management measures. Project is supported by Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and implemented by UNDP.

OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Civil Protection Legislation Expert is to contribute to revision of relevant civil protection legislation at entity level in BiH. Expected result of the assignment is improved quality of legislative environment of DRR in BiH, fully in line with relevant EU accession requirements. Concretely, it will address recognized and identified deficiencies of the civil protection system such as citizens and specialized associations (mountain rescuers, diving clubs, etc.) engagement and databases, financing, functioning of operational-communication centers and civil protection HQs, lack of preventive function of laws, etc.

The Assignment will be delivered through coordinated and participative approach which will include close cooperation with governmental institutions that are members of the project working group, and other relevant partners.


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will be entrusted with the following tasks:

  • Review of the draft of Law on the System of Protection and Rescue and Civil Protection of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Support development of new draft law on the system of protection and rescue and civil protection of the Republika Srpska;
  • Review of the draft of Rulebook on the content and process of keeping records of civil protection members; 
  • Support development of Rulebook on the organization and functioning of operational-communication centers for civil protection.

All tasks will be done in close collaboration and support of project working group and UNDP.

In detail consultant is expected to provide advice and suggestions on improvements and/or development of above mentioned draft laws and rulebooks through following steps:

  • Deliver a workplan for the assignment that will include detailed list of relevant domestic and international documents that will be reviewed (regulations, law, policies, studies) including best practices and international standards related to civil protection legislation, list of interviews/meetings to be conducted with relevant domestic and international stakeholders. Final workplan will be approved by UNDP. UNDP will provide translation of relevant BiH documents.
  • Deliver a set of detailed recommendations, changes, suggestions for improvement of draft of Law on the System of Protection and Rescue and Civil Protection of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rulebook on the content and process of keeping records of civil protection members. Special focus will be on citizens and specialized associations (mountain rescuers, diving clubs, etc.) engagement and databases, overall financing of the system, functioning of operational-communication centers and civil protection HQs, lack of preventive function of laws, areas for harmonization of two entities legislation, etc. Advice and suggestions should take into consideration overall disaster risk reduction concept and be based on best practices, latest developments and international standards in the field and in particular EU accession requirements but also fit to the context of BiH. Final recommendations will be approved by project working group and UNDP.
  • Support development of Rulebook on the organization and functioning of operational-communication centers for civil protection and draft law on the system of protection and rescue and civil protection of the Republika Srpska through provision of advice to local stakeholders including established working groups tasked for development of Rulebook and draft law. This will entail concrete and detailed advice on developed drafts in written but also support at working meetings of local stakeholders.  Special focus of advice and suggestions will be on citizens and specialized associations (mountain rescuers, diving clubs, etc.) engagement and databases, financing of the system, overall functioning of operational-communication centers, lack of preventive function of laws, areas for harmonization of two entities legislation. Advice and suggestions should take into consideration overall disaster risk reduction concept and be based on best practices, latest developments and international standards in the field and in particular EU accession requirements but also fit to the context of BiH. Final recommendations will be approved by project working group and UNDP.

The duration of this task is estimated to be 25 working days including two missions to BiH within 8 months. Consultant will also agree to give a written interview to local media on disaster risk management, if requested and upon obtained authorization from the UNDP.

DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINES

The consultant is expected to provide the following deliverables and services:

  • Delivered and approved set of detailed recommendations for improvement of draft of Law on the System of Protection and Rescue and Civil Protection of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rulebook on the content and process of keeping records of civil protection members - 20th April 2018;
  • Support to development of and delivered and approved set of detailed recommendations for Rulebook on the organization and functioning of operational-communication centers for civil protection and draft law on the system of protection and rescue and civil protection of the Republika Srpska - 30th October 2018.


Competencies

Corporate Responsibility and Teamwork:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Plans, prioritizes and delivers tasks on time;
  • Strives for and promotes excellence in performance continually;
  • Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others;

People Skills:

  • Demonstrates ability to work harmoniously with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests, and concerns of others;
  • Builds trust and engenders morale by displaying open, transparent and credible behavior;
  • Respects individual/cultural differences; utilizes diversity to foster teamwork;
  • Ensures others’ understanding of, involvement in, and adaptation to a change process.

Partnering and Networking:

  • Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team as well as work autonomously.

Results-Orientation:

  • Plans and procedures quality results to meet established goals.

Communication:

  • Technical writing skills, formulates written information clearly and persuasively;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Presents information in a clear and articulate manner.

Job Knowledge and Expertise:

  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Knowledge and experience on disaster (risk) management with focus on civil protection legislation;


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  •  Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in disaster risk management, law, environment or development or other related fields.
  • BA in combination with 2 additional years of working experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: 

  • At least 7 years of relevant working experience in the areas of disaster risk management and analysis with focus on civil protection legislation
  • Strong understanding of disaster risk reduction, civil protection and EU civil protection mechanism
  • Proven knowledge and previous experience in preparation of legislation analysis and reports

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in written and spoken English language is required for this assignment.

Other desirable skills:

  • Proficiency in computer applications such as MS Office, CAD, GIS, etc.

EVALUATION

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis
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:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) 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 points for technical criteria assessment would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Applicants are required to submit an application including:

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.

Note:

  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 62 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.


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