Natural hazards continue to cause significant loss of life and property in Southeast Asia. However, investments to strengthen disaster resilience remain a low priority. This is partly because of limited understanding of the socioeconomic ramifications of disasters, as the damage and losses caused by historical disasters are often not fully recorded; and limited understanding of the opportunities available to reduce disaster risk by integrating measures into development investments. Given the intricate linkages between disasters and development, the Outcome 5 of UNDP’s Strategic Plan (2014-17) emphasizes on reducing the risks from natural disasters and climate change. The UNDP Strategic Plan asks for supporting policies and long-term planning and investment frameworks that are risk sensitive to minimize adverse development impacts.
The Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in 2014 called for improved public investments in disaster risk management (DRM) by strengthening the capacity of institutions to develop, analyze, and use risk information in development planning and implementation. UNDP in partnership with the World Bank and the USAID organized a technical session on ‘Improving Public Investments for Disaster and Climate Risk Management to Protect and Sustain Development Gains’ which emphasized a) all development plans at all levels to include risk-sensitive investments measured for accountability, b) development of capacities of key institutions to analyze and incorporate institutions in development planning processes, c) mitigation of financial impacts of disasters by incorporating the benefits of financial protection strategies into budget decisions, and d) prioritization of resilient public investments in the area of current and future risks.
Several countries in the Southeast Asian region have been undertaking disaster risk assessments, which vary in terms of scale, attributes, and purpose. However, few of these assessments have been used to inform public investment decisions. While the quality and availability of data remains an issue, the use of disaster risk information in decision making processes faces additional challenges: (i) limited understanding of the development processes that underlie and drive the generation of disaster risk, (ii) lack of a policy and regulatory mandate to consider disaster risk for investment planning, and (iii) limited DRM capacity within line agencies. Considerable capacity building is required to address these issues.
UNDP BRH is implementing an ADB (Asian Development Bank) Regional Capacity Development Technical Assistance project on ‘Enhanced Use of Disaster Risk Information for Decision Making in Southeast Asia’. Output 2 of this project aims to take stock of existing disaster risk information, and provide guidance on how such information can be used for the public investment planning processes in each of the three project countries, viz. Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar. This Output 2 is expected to provide the scope and recommendations for integration of disaster risk information in public investment planning processes and will include sharing of experiences across the countries.
Objectives of the Assignment
The main objective of the assignment is to design and lead the review of existing public investment planning processes in each of three countries, viz. Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar. Specifically, the assignment will:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
As a disaster risk specialist, the scope of the work for the assignment includes:
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualification;
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs by or before the due dates, or as otherwise agreed with the Disaster Risk Reduction team.
The required review time is between two to four weeks after submission of the final product. The payment will be made in three milestones upon the completion of the following:
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.
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 reimbursed.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
All related document can be downloaded at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=33003
Incomplete proposals may not be considered.