State DRR Consultant – Climate Change Adaptation-2021-22 via DevNetJobsIndia

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Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India 🇮🇳

1.BACKGROUND / RATIONALE Water is the primary medium, through which climate change influences the Earth’s ecosystem, and thus the livelihood and well-being of societies. Climate change directly impacts water resources and water services for all economic, social and environmental functions supported by water. A changing climate brings with it, uncertainties, that compound those that are already inherent in the WASH sector, especially in developing countries that are the most vulnerable to the consequences. Children need water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to survive and thrive. This is true both in times of stability and crisis, in urban as well as rural communities, and in every country around the world. WASH is important, and is also necessary to achieve good health, nutrition, education and other outcomes for children. Girls and women are particularly affected by poor WASH facilities, as are people living with disabilities.   Access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene is dependent on many factors, such as governance, technology, finance, social equality, efficiency of utilities, capacity of local governance bodies and the rate of urbanisation. The journey to achieve SDG targets 6.1 and 6.2 by 2030 in India requires political will, vision, planning and financing. Climate change makes it even more daunting to sustain the efforts towards achieving these targets. In addition to the targets on drinking water and sanitation services, SDG 6 also includes targets to improve water quality (6.3), improve water-use efficiency (6.4), implement integrated water resources management (6.5), and restore water ecosystems (6.6). Climate change will affect all of these and, in turn, will influence the resilience of drinking water and sanitation services.   SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation and SDG 13 on climate action are intractably linked because climate change is mediated through change in water cycle and stopping climate change is important to achieve SDG 6. Strengthening sustainable WASH services helps in adapting to climate change. The Paris Agreement on climate change and the commitments to SDGs made in 2015 by the world leaders require further planning to build the resilience of development pathways, including water and sanitation.   Adaptive capacity needs to be increased at all levels in the coming years; services must be able to continue to function as needed under increased uncertainty and pressures, changing hydrological/hydrogeological conditions, and more frequent extreme weather events. Focusing on these critical elements will help WASH services plan for the future, enhancing their resilience to climate change – and this must be at the core of WASH programming. Climate change is already causing negative impacts upon economies, livelihoods, and the environment through droughts, floods, sea-level rise, glacial melting, and changes in rainfall patterns across the world. In many places these impacts are already being felt by communities, services and development programming itself which are often ill-prepared to respond to these threats. The impacts can cause vast loss and damage, sometimes devastating the supply and provision of safe WASH services, and affecting many other sectors including health, nutrition, child protection, and education   Climate change is a fundamental threat to development, particularly for the poorest children. Therefore, there is a clear demand for new perspectives and innovative solutions to this problem. In this context, resilience can be defined as the ability of people and systems to anticipate, adapt to and recover from the negative effects of shocks and stresses (including natural disasters and climate change) in a manner that reduces vulnerability, protects livelihoods, accelerates and sustains recovery, and supports economic and social development, while preserving cultural integrity. Resilience also involves improving the ability to change how resources are managed and services are delivered, if and when conditions change in unforeseen ways.   Climate resilient development involves measures and activities that will deliver benefits under likely potential future climate scenarios and which can cope with uncertainties over future conditions. It differs from ‘business-as-usual’ development in that it actively considers and addresses existing and future potential climate risks, capitalising on opportunities to promote low-carbon development.   Adaptation to climate change is still an evolving area. At the national level, climate change strategies run in silos, not always in coordination with sectoral policies on health, water, agriculture, sanitation, infrastructure, education, etc. There is also a perpetual debate and attempt to clarify what constitutes adaptation and what is part of sustainable development trajectory[1]. Adaptation strategies and policy making have also evolved in the last decade in India. A significant barrier to translating climate change strategies into action and their integration with development planning at full scale has been the lack of additional financial resources.   Gujarat is recognized for the pace of its economic growth and significant share in national GDP. However, the rapid urbanization and related migration also poses challenges towards inequities. Although primarily an industrial economy, large sections of population are dependent on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture. Its long coastline supports large section of poor vulnerable populations. These factors contribute to Gujarat‘s vulnerability to impacts of Climate Change. Realizing the challenges, Government of Gujarat committed to building a sustainable and climate resilient future for its people. Gujarat has already demonstrated its leadership through a range of policies and that have the potential to counter some of the challenges of Climate Change. In this context Government of Gujarat took an initiative for developing the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) in 2014 to guide stakeholders for preparedness and actions to implement the policy initiatives.   UNICEF is working closely with Climate Change Department, Government of Gujarat and supporting government initiative led by Climate Change Department aligned to the rules of business assigned to the department by the state government. UNICEF is facilitating analysing the situation, contributed in updating the state climate change action plan, facilitate demonstrate approaches for towards Resilience building and decentralized GPDP (village planning) initiative towards strengthening ecosystem based DRR and studies on the effect of climate change on coastal population and its mitigation through water safety and security.  Climate Change Department have requested UNICEF to consider extending the technical support on agreed priority areas towards knowledge management on climate change issues, developing strategies for its adaptation and mitigation in state context.  3.PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT The purpose of this assignment is to assist the Government of Gujarat towards developing state specific strategies and guidelines, demonstration of models on resilience building and decentralized GPDP (village planning), strengthening ecosystem based DRR and studies on the effect of climate change on coastal population and its mitigation through water safety and security.    UNICEF strategically would be focusing in priority districts having tribal & coastal communities. After the completion of 11.50 months, there will be a 15-day mandatory break. The contract will be renewed for the consultant basis a performance review and UNICEF Country program priorities 2018-2022. 4.OBJECTIVE/S: DRR programme aims to support Climate Change Department, Government of Gujarat with the following objectives:

  • Promote and advocate Swachhta (Urban and Rural) towards sustaining cleanliness, support women Self Help Groups (Sakhi Mandals) & stakeholders to contribute under Swachh Bharat Mission such as awareness generation towards improved environmental sanitation
  • Contribute developing state policy/strategy guidelines, strengthen the state level partnership forums and platforms on climate change agenda
  • Facilitate studies and assessments on the effect of climate change in context of the problems to coastal population and develop guidelines on its mitigation including risk around drinking water security and safety, drought mitigation
  • Facilitate developing guidelines, strategies and plans around safe disposal and management of solid waste, sewage waste and medical waste in context to climate change, reduction of emissions
  • Facilitate developing convergent strategies towards disaster risk reduction, resilience building and decentralized GPDP initiatives towards strengthening ecosystem-based DRR governance for use of nature-based local solutions

5.MAJOR TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED a) Capacity building of key stakeholders and partners towards improving environmental sanitation including on safe disposal and management of solid waste, sewage waste and medical waste in context to climate change and related action plans for priority district b) Capacity building of stakeholders on water security, developing water budgeting and water resource planning and management focussing in coastal district, develop a costed action plan for Kutch. c) Support developing strategies and plans for climate resilience WASH services, related consultations and partnerships for demonstration and knowledge management d) Facilitate Green Schools – Climate Change Awareness generation among teachers and children in collaboration with Samagra Shiksha

e) Collaboration with PRIs & CSO partners for integrating climate risk in GPDP and leveraging resources from 15th FC for greater resilience. f)  Facilitate climate risk analysis in collaboration with IIT, Gandhinagar for developing advisories for multi sector stakeholders on Climate Model for Hydrologic Monitoring and Prediction. Develop a web-based portal for ease of access to climate related advisories g) Facilitate and coordinate with GSDMA and key stakeholders for developing state DRR strategy involving all the major stakeholder departments h) Facilitate Ecosystem Based approach to DRR, develop convergent strategies towards disaster risk reduction, resilience building and decentralized GPDP initiatives towards strengthening ecosystem-based DRR governance for use of nature-based local solutions i)  Facilitate climate change department for coordination, consultations, data analysis, generating reports and evidence for knowledge management for key stakeholder departments and partners DELIVERABLES AND DEADLINES

          S. No.Major TaskDeliverableSpecific delivery date/deadline for completion of deliverable (please mention as dateEstimated travel required for completion of deliverable (please mention destination/ number of days)
1Capacity building of key stakeholders and partners towards improving environmental sanitation including on safe disposal and management of solid waste, sewage waste and medical waste in context to climate change and related action plans for priority districtDPR for household and community project, stakeholder orientation and learning from the demonstration on waste management and value chain documented in priority district  31st Oct 214 travels, 08 days
2Capacity building of stakeholders on water security, developing water budgeting and water resource planning, management focussing in coastal district, develop a costed action plan for overexploited block  Report with costed water security plan for an over exploited block involving key stakeholders’ departments and schemes and key learning from the engagement30th Nov 214 travels, 08 days
3Support developing strategies and plans for climate resilience WASH services, related consultations and partnerships for demonstration and knowledge management & services for vulnerable communities in priority/coastal districts.Stakeholders are informed on climate resilient WASH practices and communities have access to WASH services round the year15th Dec 214 travels, 8 days
4Facilitate Green Schools – Climate Change Awareness generation among teachers and children  Green curriculum in schools in collaboration with Samagra Shiksha. Promotion of ecofriendly practices and campus, infusing reduce, reuse, recycle culture in collaboration with select CSO partners31st Jan 225 travels. 10 days
5Collaboration with PRIs & CSO partners for integrating climate risk in GPDP and leveraging resources from 15th FC for greater resilience.Integrated RIGPDP plans with climate risk analysis agreed and implementation initiated by stakeholders, learning documented28th Feb 20224 travels, 8 days
6Collaboration with IIT-G for Climate Risk assessment Model through Hydrologic Monitoring and Prediction  District advisories for informed decision making for preparedness and to respond better towards climate risks Web-based portal for climate related advisories31st Mar 2022Local travel, coordination
7Facilitate and coordinate with GSDMA for developing state DRR strategy  Report on consultations for development of state DRR strategy and plan for inclusive of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation activities30th April 2022Local travel, coordination
8Facilitate Ecosystem Based approach to DRR, develop convergent strategies towards disaster risk reduction, resilience building and decentralized GPDP initiatives towards strengthening ecosystem-based DRR governance for use of nature-based local solutions  Report reflecting integration of Nature Based Solutions through ecosystem-based approach to disaster risk reduction in updated GPDP’s.31st Aug 202204 travels, 8 days
9Facilitate climate change department for coordination, consultations, data analysis, generating reports and evidence for knowledge managementBrief reports on technical assistance extended to the key stakeholders on strategic issues Knowledge product on climate resilient WASH in Gujarat15th December 2022Local travel and coordination

6. DUTY STATION Gandhinagar 9. SUPERVISOR: 1. Administrative Supervisor: Joint Secretary, Climate Change Department 2. Technical Supervisor: WASH Specialist, & DRR FP UNICEF Gujarat 10.OFFICIAL TRAVEL INVOLVED (ITINERARY AND DURATION) The Consultant would be based in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Travel is required within the state as per the programme priorities. The consultant is expected to participate in the state level review and planning meetings, district level review meetings in priority districts, field monitoring visits and to document case studies and success stories. The consultant would also be required to travel in special case outside the State, if such travel would contribute to the achievement of the assignment, as approved by the Supervisor. The Consultant should undertake on an average 4-5 days of travel in a month, the total travel approximately for 50days maximum in the contract duration. The consultant would be required to make own arrangement for travel and stay during travel. 11.ESTIMATED DURATION OF CONTRACT:   Full time, 1st Oct 2021 to 31st Dec 2022 (with mandatory break of 15days after 11.5months from the starting of assignment)   11. ESTIMATED COST OF CONSULTANCY/INDIVIDUAL CONTRACT: The total cost of consultancy to be included in Financial bid including (A) professional fee B) Travel (incl all). The consultant is required to have her/his own equipment such as laptop, internet connectivity and other communication facilities, etc. that is critical to achieve the deliverables. UNICEF is not responsible for any other expenditure.   12. QUALIFICATIONS / SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE / EXPERIENCE/ COMPETENCIES (CORE/TECHNICAL/FUNCTIONAL) / LANGUAGE SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THE ASSIGNMENT (Please use as applicable)Specifies the professional requirements of the individual for the assignment including required experience, skills and qualifications; Profile required (education, experience and working language(s))

  • Higher University Degree in Environmental Engineering/Climate Change/ Disaster Management/Water Resource Management or related subject
  • At least five years’ experience in working on Climate Change issues, DRR, water security planning and Water Resource Management and WASH programme 
  • Extensive exposure to issues related to water safety and security subject
  • Understanding of working procedures of the Government and knowledge of functioning of the Water supply and Public Health institutions 
  • Excellent understanding of working with CSOs and professional organizations
  • Excellent communication skills in English and understanding of Gujarati and Hindi will be desirable
  • Proven ability in capacity building/training, programme monitoring and good analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of computer – MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint etc.
  • Good documentation and coordination skills

TECHNICAL EVALUATION CRITERIA (WITH WEIGHTS FOR EACH CRITERIA) A two stage procedure will be followed in evaluating proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any evaluation of the financial proposal. Evaluators of the technical proposals shall have no access to the financial Proposals until the technical evaluation is completed.   The evaluation criteria will be a split between technical and commercial (price proposal) scores (70 / 30).  

           CATEGORY            MAX.             POINTS            MIN.             POINTS      
      1.   OVERALL RESPONSE *Understanding of scope and objectives of the requirement;      (10)            (6)      
      2.   PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE   * The bidder will be required to submit their writing sample for evaluation. And also discussion will be done to assess the same.      (20)            (12)      
  3.   TIMELINES / ASSESSMENT
* Timelines – Propose an implementation plan, i.e. how the bidder will undertake the task, and time-schedules
  (10)        (6)      
  4.    Educational qualification   *as outlined at point 12 above  (30)        (18)      
  TOTAL MARKS FOR TECHNICAL COMPONENT      70   [2]  (42)
  5.      FINANCIAL PROPOSAL – PRICE   30 marks are allocated to the lowest priced proposal. The financial scores of the other proposals will be in inverse proportion to the lowest price30  
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N/A      
      TOTAL MARKS        100       

  a) Technical Evaluation   Technical Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their responsiveness to the terms of reference, applying the evaluation criteria and the point system specified in Annex-E. Each Technical Proposal will be given a technical score. Technical Proposals receiving the minimum qualifying points or higher, will be considered technically responsive. After the completion of the technical evaluation, the financial proposal will be opened. Proposals which are considered non-technically compliant and non-responsive, will not be given further consideration.   b) Price Proposal (commercial evaluation)   The financial scores will be arrived at based on the formula specified in para-6.5, whereby the lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) will be given the maximum financial score (Sf) of 30 points. The financial scores of the other proposals will be in inverse proportion to the lowest price.   The evaluation formula is outlined as follows: Sf = 30 x Fm/F, in which Sf is the financial score, Fm is the lowest price and F the price of the proposal under consideration 14. PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Payment will be linked to deliverables as outlines in the attached financial template. Submission of deliverable reports to be submitted along with invoice.
15. PERFORMANCE REVIEWS: Interim and final evaluations must be completed and PACE forms filled with scores and comments justifying the scores. Evaluation criteria and indicators should be aligned with the scope of work. 16. EXIT STRATEGY UNICEF through the consultant will support the state government in building their capacity on decentralized planning and GPDP. Once the idea of GPDP and Child Friendly Panchayats is established within the government system the consultant will be hired/placed with the department of Panchayati Raj. Application Procedures (1) Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.   (2) We request you to please inform us where you have seen this advertisement.   (3) Your application should be sent to [email protected] by COB 24 September 2021 by end of the daywith subject line State Consultant – CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTION, Gujarat” in separate files consisting of:   a)  An application letter with CV b)  Written Sample of similar kind of work (2-3 sample in PDF) c)  P11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.UNICEF.org/india/overview_1440.htm) d) A financial proposal in PDF format indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached. Please mention your name in the file name while saving.   (4) The selection will be on the basis of technical evaluation & financial proposal in the ratio of 70:30.    (5) Only short-listed candidates will be called for further discussion/interview (if applicable).    (6) The financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically responsive, will be opened.   (7) Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.   (8) Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.   (9) Please note, UNICEF does not charge any fee during any stage of the process.   For any clarifications, please contact: [email protected]


[1] Source: Sterrett, C. (2011). Review of Climate Change Adaptation Practices in South Asia. Melbourne, Australia: Oxfam [2] For this RFP, the Technical Proposal has a total score of 70. Bidders must score the minimum points against cumulative total of 42 points to be considered technically compliant and in order for the Financial Proposals to be opened

[3] For this RFP, the Financial Proposal has a total score of 30


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