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International Consultancy Chief Technical Advisor specialised in Water Engineering Field (Also Open to National Candidates)
|Lieu :||Male', MALDIVES|
|Date limite de candidature :||12-Feb-18 (Minuit New York, États-Unis)|
|Type de contrat :||Individual Contract|
|Niveau du poste :||International Consultant|
|Langues requises :||Anglais|
|Date de commencement :|
(date à laquelle le candidat sélectionné doit commencer)
|Durée du contrat initial||160 days per year with possibility of extension|
The unique geographic attributes of the Maldives make its water resource situation both complex and diverse. With widely ranging populations numbers on the islands, even basic water and sanitation service must be tailored to local resources and population needs. Management of the limited water resources is complicated due to the small catchment areas for rainfall, limited rainwater and groundwater storage capacity, long dry seasons, and the susceptibility of groundwater aquifers to pollution and salinity intrusion.
The outer islands of the Maldives already experience drinking water shortages during the dry season. These shortages have had significant adverse human, environmental and social impacts on the outer island communities. The key problems pertaining to freshwater security relate to the increasingly variable rainfall patterns induced by climate change and sea-level rise induced salinity of groundwater. A sea level rise and decreasing rainfall amounts will considerably compound current water stress in the country. The Government faces constraints in responding to the challenge at hand without assistance, especially in the context of anticipated impacts of climate change.
As water security is closely bound to rainfall and extreme events in Maldives, the adaptation scenario will demand: (i) the rainfall collection capacity to increase at least threefold; (ii) groundwater controlled extraction and replenishment to keep water table levels high in order to buffer away saltwater intrusion; and (iii) increased water production capacity through desalinization (Reversed Osmosis – RO technology), as to secure sufficient back up resource during the extended dry periods for household supply and timely distribution.
In response to this challenge, the proposed project objective is to deliver safe and secure freshwater to 105,000 people in the 49 target islands of Maldives in the face of climate change risks. This will be achieved by delivering the following results:
The project will provide sufficient water to supply the potable water needs of island residents year-round for a 35-year design period to 2050. Project finance will be used to establish an integrated water resources management system that integrates the three main sources of water (rainwater, groundwater and desalinated water) into a least cost delivery system and which is able to maintain service levels against a context of rainfall variability and sea level rise and includes measures for groundwater quality recovery to secure freshwater reserves in the long term.
Ultimately, the project will achieve an uninterrupted water supply on the islands that currently experience a 90 day chronic water shortage during dry season and depend on transported water from Male’, which is an extensive, overlong and costly operation. As a result of the project, 49 priority islands will have increased rainwater collection capacities, out of which, 4 bigger islands will additionally have water production systems of water desalination (Reverse Osmosis – RO water production plants), that will secure sufficient water production capacity enabling a decentralized and timely water distribution across all northern outer atolls during the extended dry periods, when shortages may occur.
Water stress alert information based on forecasted meteorological information will feed into the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for system management, thereby protecting lives and livelihoods from environmental risks associated with climate change. This will also feed into strengthening the Meteorological - MMS services on reaching out to the communities actionable early warning information, and preparing the water utilities, island councils and the communities to receive and act on such information. The system will achieve cost effectiveness in service provision through effective management of water resources and the use of renewable energy and locally appropriate technologies. Alongside the system design will be a capacity development workstream designed to obtain the support and ownership from communities, which is necessary for financial sustainability of the system, as well as the capacity development of the State Utilities (such as FENAKA and STELCO) to manage service delivery, and of the decentralized authorities and central government to provide an enabling environment for sustainability and scale up.
Objective of the assignment
The main purpose of this assignment is to provide technical guidance to the management of the project towards achieving the project objective and related results. The CTA shall carry out the work in accordance with the terms of reference outlined in this document and shall report to the Project Manager. In order to assist the government of Maldives achieve the stated project objective above, the CTA is expected to carry out the tasks as described below.
Devoirs et responsabilités
The Consultant is expected to:
Safeguards and Environmental and Social Management Plan:
Water Sector Baseline Study:
Investment Plan and Implementation:
Climate Change, Economic and Financial Studies:
Capacity Development and Training:
Outputs shall be further specified under each contract in line with the given tasks:
The consultant will be working on a home-based arrangement, with travel to Male’ and project islands across the country as and when required. The schedule of travel shall be negotiated with the consultant according to the requirements of the programme.
Monitoring and Progress control
The CTA shall work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager as part of the Project Management Unit at the Ministry of Environment and Energy. The CTA shall also work with the Ministry of Environment and Energy and UNDP Country Office.
Payments will be made upon satisfactory achieved deliverables under each assignment and submission of time sheet in accordance with number of days worked. All payments are subject to the clearance and approval of the direct supervisor. Final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
Daily Living Allowances will be provided for on-location working days. Ticket costs will be reimbursed or directly paid by UNDP as per the travel requirements negotiated with the consultant. In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. All travel expenses incurred by the consultant based on travel plan agreed for assignment, will be covered directly by UNDP in line with UNDP travel rules and regulations.
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be either reimbursed or covered directly by UNDP.
Qualifications et expériences requises
Candidates are expected to have the following qualities
Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications. National candidates are also welcome to apply.
Note: Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into one single file.
For more detailed terms of reference including form for financial proposal, please visit UNDP Maldives Website at below link:
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