Senior Capacity Building Expert

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Baku, Azerbaijan 🇦🇿

Background
 

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) (www.thegef.org) unites 183 member governments—in partnership with international institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector—to address global environment issues. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants. Since 1991, the GEF has provided US$12.5 billion in grants and leveraged US$58 billion in co-financing for 3,690 projects in 165 developing countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP) the GEF has made more than 20,000 grants totaling about US$1 billion to civil society and community-based organizations.
The GEF International Waters (IW) focal area targets transboundary water systems, such as shared river basins, lakes, groundwater and large marine ecosystems. The IW portfolio comprises 242 projects to date and some US$1.4 billion of GEF grants invested in 149 different countries. This investment has leveraged about US$8.4 billion in co-financing. 
UNDP GEF Kura Project “Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)  across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans” will be implementing the Strategic Action Program for the Kura River Basin in partnership with the Governments of Georgia and Azerbaijan. The SAP is framed around four agreed Ecosystem Quality Objectives (EQO) which are:

  • To achieve sustainable utilization of water resources to ensure access to water and preserve ecosystem services;
  • To achieve water quality such that it would ensure access to clean water for present and future generations and sustain ecosystem functions in the Kura river basin;
  • To achieve and maintain ecosystem status whereby they provide essential environmental and socio-economic services in a sustainable manner in the Kura River Basin; and,
  • To achieve mitigation of adverse impacts of flooding and climate change on infrastructures, riparian ecosystems and communities.

The GEF will support priority activities towards these objectives. The GEF funded SAP implementation Project has the objective “to integrate water resources management in the Kura river basin to address water-energy-food-ecosystem security nexus through the implementation of agreed actions in the SAP”.
There will be five components to support the countries to achieve this objective. These are:

  • Project Component 1: Establishment of effective cross sectoral IWRM governance protocols at the local, national and transboundary levels in the Kura Basin;
  • Project Component 2: Strengthening national capacities to implement multi-sectoral IWRM in the Kura basin;
  • Project Component 3: Stress reduction in critical areas and pre-feasibility studies to identify investment opportunities for improving river system health;
  • Project Component 4: Targeted education and involvement projects to empower stakeholders in implementing local / national / regional actions in support of SAP implementation;
  • Project Component 5: Enhancing science for governance by strengthening monitoring, information management and data analysis systems for IWRM.
 
Duties and Responsibilities

Outcome 1: 

  • Provide expert guidance on the development of environmental flow methodologies, efficient water use, EU RBMO planning, pollution abatement plan implementation, including needed capacity to maintain and improve approaches – linked to the Project Outcome 2.1: Capacity building training programs for IWRM professionals for different target groups
  • Provide technical inputs into intersectoral policy ordination, public private partnership including green technology guides.

Outcome 2: 

  • Primary responsibility to develop capacity building programs and efforts based on practical applied experience; 
  • Conduct baseline assessment of needs for relevant agencies for all project outputs. Identify specific capacity building goals working with relevant agencies and identify trainees to participate in capacity building efforts; 
  • Develop outline for all training programs and lead and lecture 2-3 modules
  • Provide technical specification for ToRs for International Experts, based on agreed baselines and common needs. 
  • Consult technical requirements in recruitment process;
  • Provide technical guidance to international experts in the training process and provide trainings, if needed; Organize involvement of training participants in relevant aspects of project implementation so that capacity building links with sustainable implementation post-project; 
  • Provide technical input into design of curriculum for online certification program – work with Communications Officer, CTA, and international experts;
  • Conduct evaluations of trainings, and adjust as needed. Ensure proper training materials are provided; 
  • Oversee quality of online training materials and suitability for Ministerial uses.

Outcome 3: 

  • Advise PCU on complementarity of capacity building efforts and trainings with stress reduction measures to enhance on the job training experiences and applications.

Outcome 4: 

  • Develop baseline and needs assessment for stakeholder education efforts and where possible link with component 2 activities, in cooperation with the Project Communication Officer; 
  • Advise on knowledge management tool development and sharing with stakeholders at all levels.

Outcome 5: 

  • Provide consultancy services for all aspect of the Project Component 5: Enhancing science for governance by strengthening monitoring, information management and data analysis systems for IWRM, through coordination with capacity building to ensure long term sustainability of project efforts and harmonization of approaches.

Senior Capacity Building Expert will report to the Project Chief Technical Advisor / Regional Project Coordinator (CTA/RPC). Timesheets will be reviewed and approved by the CTA/RPC.

Key Results of consultancy:

  • Inputs into development of methodologies, guidance and policy documents related to the capacity building programs;
  • Baseline needs assessment for relevant agencies for all project outputs;
  • Outline of training program, its technical specification and ToRs for additional international experts;
  • Oversight of trainings, evaluations, training materials including development of training materials for Ministries to use after project completion;  Baseline and needs assessment for stakeholder education efforts
  • Ensure sustainable linkages between capacity building efforts and other project components.

Information on Working Arrangements: 

  • Payments will be made once a month upon submitted satisfactory progress report against deliverables and approved timesheets providing details of time spent on respective deliverables, their timely execution and acceptance by the Supervisor.
 
Competencies

Functional competencies:

  • Excellent communication and management skills and demonstrable capacity to work with a multi-national team and to work with government institutions;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategies and communication plans;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities.

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards; 
  • 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 favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
 
Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Masters degree in water resource engineering, or related fields required;  Masters degree focusing on hydrological modeling a strong advantage. 

Experience:

  • At least 8 years of demonstrated experience in development and oversight of technical capacity building programs for water managers; 
  • Involvement in multi-sector governmental settings including application of technical enforcement and compliance approaches is an advantage; 
  • Desired experience in capacity building programs includes at least in two of the areas: integrated water management for agriculture, energy, municipal water supplies; use of water nexus; information management and decision support systems for integrated sustainable water management; GIS and remote sensing techniques in water resources management focusing on the use of mathematical models in integrated water resources management and water use efficiency for supply and demand models; 
  • Experience in development of integrated national and transboundary water resource management strategies considering transboundary waters issues and national IWRM plan priorities in the CIS region is required; 
  • Strong familiarity with priority issues in the Kura River basin, including water sector, environmental sector, national and regional institutional structures and future development plans is an asset; 
  • Familiarity and sensitivity to wider regional economic development trends shaping water resource management in the Kura Basin is an asset; 
  • Experience in Azerbaijan and Georgia with an emphasis on transboundary water quality monitoring challenges and proposed solutions is an asset; 
  • Experience in working with UN, World Bank or GEF through multiple sectors/ministries or work experience in GEF International Waters and specifically in the CIS region is required; experience with the UN, World Bank or GEF at the highest governmental levels in both national and transboundary contexts is an asset;
  • Experience in application of economic approaches to integrated natural resources management. 
  • Additional preference for experience in environmental flows calculation, application of pollution abatement technologies and compliance mechanisms, using environmental engineering or experience with constructed wetlands projects;
  • Experience with gender mainstreaming for water management projects in interdisciplinary teams at national and regional levels an additional asset. 

Language: 

  • English is the working language for this assignment, therefore excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.

Evaluation of Applicants:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 desk reviews and interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Only those candidates, who will receive at least 70 % of technical points based on the P11 desk review will be invited for the interviews. Candidates who obtained at least 70% of points in each of the steps of the process will be considered for financial proposal evaluation.

Technical Criteria – 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points:

  • Criteria A – Master degree in water resource engineering, or related fields is required; Masters degree focusing on hydrological modeling is a strong advantage, (max 10 pts.); 
  • Criteria B  – Experience in development and oversight of capacity building programs for water managers in at least in two of the fields: integrated water management for agriculture, energy, municipal water supplies; use of water nexus; information management and decision support systems for integrated sustainable water management; GIS and remote sensing techniques in water resources management focusing on the use of mathematical models in integrated water resources management and water use efficiency for supply and demand models, (max 10 pts.);
  • Criteria C – Experience in development of integrated national and transboundary water resource management strategies, considering experience with transboundary waters issues and national IWRM plan priorities in the CIS region. Particular knowledge of priority issues in the Kura River basin is an asset (water, environmental sectors, national and regional structures, development plans, etc.). Experience in Azerbaijan and Georgia with an emphasis on transboundary water quality monitoring challenges and proposed solutions is an asset. (max 15 pts.);
  • Criteria D – Experience in working with UN, World Bank or GEF,  GEF International Waters and specifically in the CIS region is an asset, (max 10 pts.);
  • Criteria E – Experience in application of economic approaches to integrated natural resources management with  preference for experience in environmental flows calculation, application of pollution abatement technologies and compliance mechanisms, using environmental engineering or experience with constructed wetlands projects is an asset, (max 10 pts.);
  • Criteria F – Experience in working with gender mainstreaming for water management projects in interdisciplinary teams, at national or regional levels is an asset, (max 5 pts.);
  • Criteria G – Interview – communication and technical skills (related to capacity building, IWRM at national and regional level with particular experience in Kura basin), (max 10 pts).

Financial Criteria – 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points.

Application Procedure:
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website.
The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the “Resume and Motivation” section of the electronic application;
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from http://europeandcis.undp.org/files/hrforms/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc ); please upload the P11 instead of your CV;
  • Financial Proposal – specifying a total lump sum amount in USD for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days and any other possible costs); travel costs for missions must not be included in the financial proposal as they will be paid separately according to the UN rules and regulations;

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services…). Travel costs for missions will be covered separately according to UNDP rules and regulations.

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.

Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org. General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs.

Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply. Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.


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