Philippines nationals: Hydrologist
Introduction about the UN–Habitat
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN–Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements development. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and the Resolution 56/206. Its activities contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development within the context and the challenges of a rapidly urbanising world.
UN–Habitat is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with a team of some 200 international and local staff, with regional offices for Asia and the Pacific in Fukuoka, Japan (ROAP–Fukuoka), for Latin America and the Caribbean in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (ROLAC), and for Africa and the Arab States in Nairobi, Kenya (ROAAS). The regional office for Eastern Europe and Transition Countries is also based in Nairobi.
In the Philippines Country Office (CO), key programs and projects include national urban policy support, capacity development to manage urban development and settlements, climate change, post-disaster shelter recovery, urban planning, urban poverty reduction and slum upgrading. Support to climate change programs and projects started as early as early as 2008 under the MDG Demo Project of the UN. Since then, the climate change program has evolved and grown into a strategic and regular technical assistance component of the Philippines Country Office.
Project Background and Description
The “Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs project is a 3-year climate change adaptation project. The project supports the Philippine government in improving policies, regulations, and capacities to adapt to climate change through the promotion of climate-responsive sustainable urban development plans and designs. In support of the National Climate Change Action Plan, it will enhance national and subnational government representatives’ institutional capacities to guide and manage urban growth towards suitable areas and design the same incorporating resilience principles and practices.
This Terms of Reference elaborates the duties and expected outputs of the “Hydrologist” will basically contribute to Project Output II: Selected local government units and their representatives’ capacities to develop resilient urban plans and designs are improved, and application of learning is demonstrated through small-scale projects and activities. In particular, the services of the hydrologist will support:
- Work Package II2: Capacity building of the five selected LGU teams on the preparation of climate resilient urban plans and designs, and
- Work Package II3: Packaging/Designing urban adaptation strategy and prioritized projects for implementation and funding.
The technical services of the hydrologist is expected to:
Provide the scientific basis of current and projected volume and sources of water, and possible courses of management approaches to be employed by the city considering climate change impacts. His/her outputs will inform and enhance the approach on developing urban plans and designs as response to the projected climate change impacts in the cities of Ormoc, Angeles,Tagum, Legazpi and Cagayan de Oro i.e., size of collection units to absorb the volume of water from surface and rainfall, materials to use to enhance ground water recharge, substantiate evidence on water table depletion.
Further inform the local development planning processes on identification of water use based on proposed considerations/elements and as a response to climate change.
Review existing urban design guidelines, identify gaps in relation to hydrological considerations and recommend policy changes.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop a baseline inventory of water resources – surface (including run-offs), rain (observed and projected) and underground, its quantity (volume), and quality based on review of available city data and documents/data to be sourced by the STE.
- Develop a computer-based 3D time-series simulation model of projected water balance of the city using future climate data of precipitation and temperature under RCP 4.5 and RCP 8.5. There will be 2 models for each RCP scenario, 1 model using minimum values, and 1 model using maximum values. The output is based on the climate models under CMIP5 project. With further discussion on its relations to soil character, land, built areas and forest cover.
- Identify the spatial behavior of water and its volume under normal cases (no precipitation) and cases on various rainfall limits (maximum and minimum) – flow direction, runoff and overflow (critical areas of river swelling), catchment areas and depth. Identify impacts on land use and spatial strategy. Provide emphasis on hydrological maps of rivers Pagsangaan, Panilahan, Bao, Anilao and Malbasag (Ormoc City), Tagum-Libuganon and Hijo Rivers (Tagum City), Abacan River and its tributaries (Angeles City), and river systems of Legazpi and Cagayan de Oro cities.
- Identify sources of water and its volume – rainfall, surface, and underground.
- Recommend immediate and long-term solutions, both biological and engineering approaches, in managing water resources and its natural and built-environment to ensure water security.
- Conduct on-site validation as part of its methods. Include, physical measurements, ocular and anecdotal validation methods.
- Study public water supply issues, including flood and drought risks, water quality, wastewater, and impacts on wetland habitats
- Evaluate research data in terms of its impact on issues such as soil and water conservation, flood control planning, and water supply forecasting..
- Present the findings and conduct a learning session with the five partner cities on how to interpret and utilize the findings/data into local climate actions and the urban plan and design project development. s
- Assess existing urban design guidelines, identify gaps in relation to hydrological considerations and recommend policy changes. Participate in relevant consultations…
Outputs submission and presentation:
- A hydrology study, with proper citation, and complete list of references and support packages.
- Process documentation including a report on the methods (including assumptions and limits)
- All interim and final outputs must be submitted in electronic format – database/data inputs prepared in a logical directory, and narrative reports. All datasets must be submitted in format that is usable for the LGU.
- All final reports must be properly laid out, edited, and printed into 3 copies.
- Upon submission and acceptance of first Draft Report covering five cities and containing the following:
- Baseline inventory of water resources – surface, rain (observed and projected) and underground, its quantity (volume), and quality based on review of available city data and documents/data to be sourced by the consultant.
- Computer-based 3D time-series models of projected water balance of the cities using future climate data of precipitation and temperature under RCP 4.5 and RCP 8.5, using minimum and maximum values under CMIP5 project
- Identification of spatial behavior of water and its volume under normal cases (no precipitation) and cases on various rainfall limits (maximum and minimum) – flow direction, runoff and overflow (critical areas of river swelling), and depth. Identify impacts on land use and spatial strategy. Emphasis on hydrological maps of rivers Pagsangaan, Panilahan, Bao, Anilao and Malbasag (Ormoc City), Tagum-Libuganon and Hijo Rivers (Tagum City), Abacan River and its tributaries (Angeles City), river system of Legazpi and Cagayan de Oro.
- Recommendations on immediate and long-term solutions, both biological and engineering approaches, in managing water resources and its natural and built-environment to ensure water security.
- Upon submission and acceptance of Revised/Final Report
- Upon submission and acceptance of Process documentation report and activity report on the conduct of learning sessions (1 session per city), to be administered also by the consultant, relating the science, process, and approach of interpreting and utilizing the data/knowledge body.
- Upon submission and acceptance of Assessment report (desk review) of existing national policies and programs relating to hydrology vis-à-vis urban climate resilience.
The Core Values of the United Nations are:
- Respect for diversity.
Planning & Organizing:
- Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
- Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;
- Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
- Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
- Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
- Uses time efficiently.
- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
- Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
- Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
- Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
- Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
- Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
- Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
- Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
- Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
- Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
- Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
- Places team agenda before personal agenda;
- Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
- Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Required Skills and Experience
- An advanced degree on hydrology, water engineering or related fields
- At least 8 years work experience in water resource management
- Experience in hydrological modelling, using computer-based software, and production of models for use in planning, design and similar uses;
- Experience in climate adaptation strategies and actions with focus on water resource development and management;
- Good communication skills, interpersonal management, team worker and proficient in written and spoken English.
Criteria for Evaluation of Offers
Offers will be evaluated based on combined scoring method – where the Technical Proposal will be evaluated based on qualifications in the CV and brief description of previous work. The Technical evaluation is weighted a max. of 70%.
The Financial Proposal that will be evaluated through submission of the Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability for the IC including Financial Proposal Template and combined with the price offer will be weighted a max of 30%;
Applicants who will only receive 70 points from the assessment of the CV and Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment will be qualified for the assessment of the Financial Proposal.
Recommended Presentation of Offer
Offerors must upload in one (1) file the documents below:
- Duly accomplished Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability for the IC that indicates the all-inclusive lumpsum contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided; If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP;
- Financial Proposal (Annex 2 of Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability)
- Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
- Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment and how they will approach and complete the assignment
You may download the editable version of the Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability for the IC by clicking on this link: http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU