GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist 01

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Expertise: GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist
Expertise Group: Agriculture/Rural Development

Consultant Source: International
TOR Keywords: GIS, information technology, remote sensing, agriculture, horticulture

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The assignment forms part of the technical assistance (TA) to the Government of Bangladesh for preparing
the Crop Commercialization and Productivity Improvement Project (CCPIP). The ensuing project aims to
increase climate resilience and income of farmer beneficiaries in target areas. The project focuses on
strengthening market orientation of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and Department of
Agricultural Marketing and farmer beneficiaries, and highlights the importance of engaging the private
sector participation in the project. The project will also support Bangladesh in its agriculture sector
transformation and development of climate-resilient value chain and food safety and standardization for
high-value crops.

The proposed project areas cover 12 agriculture regions: (i) nine regions covered by ADB’s Northwest
Crop Diversification Project (NCDP), and Second Crop Diversification Project (SCDP), namely Barisal,
Bogra, Dhaka, Dinajpur, Faridpur, Jessore, Khulna, Rajshahi, and Rangpur; (ii) three other regions,
namely Cumilla, Chittagong Hill Tracts, and Sylhet. This longlist will be assessed for their potential
to meet domestic and export market demand and considering projected transportation opportunities in the
country. The shortlisted regions will be selected taking into consideration the crop suitability map
that will be prepared during project preparation.

The project has three outputs: (i) Institutional capacity for market-orientation strengthened; (ii)
Market-oriented production clusters formed and strengthened; and (ii) Public-Private-Producer
Partnership (4P) based market access infrastructure established, upgraded, and operationalized.

The main objective of the assignment is to prepare a rapid crop and land suitability analysis for 10
priority horticulture crops selected by the Ministry of Agriculture. Two GIS and remote sensing
specialists will be recruited, and each consultant will cover five priority horticulture crops. The
findings of this analysis will be presented in a GIS-based map. The map will serve as the basis for
preparing a further detailed crop suitability analysis reflecting on climate change assessment.

The background and details of the ensuing project and the TA are attached to this CSRN.

Scope of Work

The assignment has three aspects: (i) to prepare a report on crop and land suitability assessment
methodology considering the parameters given to the consultant, and collect data accordingly; (ii) to
prepare a crop and land suitability map; and (iii) to validate the final results by presenting the draft
map to key stakeholders including the Ministry of Agriculture.

The consultancy will be home-based due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic situation. If the
situation changes, the consultant may travel to target areas in Bangladesh. Any need for international
and/or national travel shall be assessed by ADB and the Consultant using ADB’s advice at the time of
travel. Subject to ADB’s approval, the Consultant may use remote video technology meetings to replace
face to face meetings as considered necessary.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

1) Crop and land suitability assessment methodology and data collection: Prepare a succinct report which
describes the use of data per parameter (e.g. temperature, slope, water, soil), and describe whether and
which remote-sensing based data that will be utilized to enhance data collection and its validity.
2) Draft crop and land suitability map: Prepare a draft crop and land suitability map across country.
Each consultant will be responsible for five crops. The map will be produced for each crop, collectively
for a total of 10 priority crops, and one as a consolidated map. By the time the consolidated map is
prepared, The consultant will overlay a cadastral map on the crop suitability map and identify the
prioritized districts and upazilas based on irrigation and cooperatives information provided by other
team members.
3) Final crop and land suitability map
• Validation of crop suitability map: The consultant should arrange a meeting with the associated
divisions/districts to validate the GIS-based map with the experience of horticulture officers in the
• Support MoA for target area selection: By presenting a consolidated map which includes the districts
and upazilas prioritized by the government and ADB for the irrigation and cooperation status, the
consultant will support the MoA to have an evidence-based decision-making on the final target areas.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

• • Min. Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, information technology, geospatial studies,
geography or similar field. Preferably Master’s degree.
• At least 5 years’ experience as GIS or Remote Sensing Specialist
• The specialist should have experience in developing crop suitability maps or land suitability maps
using GIS under a contractual arrangement with a government agency, development donor agency or private
sector in developing countries, preferably Bangladesh.
• Excellent writing and analysis skills in English

Minimum General Experience: 7 Years
Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 5 Years





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