Turkmenistan is a water stressed country and has one of the harshest climates in the Central Asian region. Climate change modeling indicates significant increases in temperature and reduction in rainfall. Temperatures are expected to increase by 20C by 2040, with precipitation declining across all agro-ecological zones by 8-17 percent between 2040 and 2100, which coupled with increase in temperature, will lead to a decrease in total volume of water availability that is likely to have a profound impact on agricultural production systems and local farmers. The long-term solution envisaged by the Government of Turkmenistan is to mainstream climate change adaptation at the community, district, provincial and national levels in order to secure climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities. To help the Government meet these outcomes, the project will support three inter-related components, namely:
The project will directly strengthen the adaptive capacity and reduce the vulnerability of around 40,000 to 50,000 persons (of which around 51.2% would be women) in the Lebap and Dashoguz velayats by helping them improve the productivity of farm operations, be better prepared for increasing water scarcity and by introducing alternative income sources. Improved water efficiency and crop production systems will bring approximately 20,000 ha of agricultural and 500,000 ha of pastoral lands under climate resilient technologies resulting in a real net household income increase of at least 15% for participating households (including at least 20% of women-headed households). The replication potential of successful efficient water management and climate resilient practices and of new climate-friendly sectoral planning, legislative and capacity development measures would indirectly benefit around 500,000 people in Turkmenistan, of which around 50% would be women).
The project will work in two etraps (districts) of two different velayats (provinces) of Turkmenistan. These are the Gorogly etrap of Dashoguz velayat and Danev etrap of Lepab velayat. The etraps were identified at the recommendation of the Government. The project has selected three pilot daikhan associations and a livestock farm in the two velayats and will start working with these daikhan associations and farms, including individual farmers/households and private farms, in the initial phase of the project to demonstrate adaptation options for various types of agricultural activities (crop production, horticulture and livestock). The pilots are the Yagtylyk, Abadanlyk and Balysh Ovezov daikhan associations and Garagum livestock (cattle ranch) farm in the Gorogly etrap of Dashoguz velayat and the Vatan, Parakhat and Babadayhan daikhan associations in the Danev etrap and Serdar livestock farm of Chardzew etrap of Lebap velayat.
For more detailed information about this project as well as other UNDP Turkmenistan environmental projects please visit: www.undptkm.org.
Duties and Responsibilities
According to the Mid-term evaluation and its recommendation #10a project seek international adaptation expert to review the measures implemented by the SCRL project in the light of the opinion received from the project consultants on the approach taken and provide advice to project team on making correct choice and adequate application of the climate change adaptation technologies which enable to consume water resources efficiently, preserve soils from degradation and increase overall agricultural income.
International Consultant on Climate Change Adaptation (hereinafter referred to as “IC”) will be responsible for providing more guidance, especially in relation to international expertise in climate change adaptation. International consultant will report to the SCRL Project Manager with overall reporting to the UNDP Programme Specialist on Environment.
International Consultant on Climate Change Adaptation will provide the following services:
Deliverable 1 (50%) to contain the following:
5 homebased working days and 5 working days in Turkmenistan.
Deliverable 2 (50%) to contain the following:
10 homebased working days.
Payments will be done in 2 installments: 1st and 2nd installments – 50% each, upon delivery of each respective deliverable as described above.
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of applications:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Note (Conflict of Interest): Any individual who participated in the project preparation, formulation, and/or implementation (including the writing of the Project Document) is ineligible to participate in this bidding.
Evaluation of proposals:
Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the combined scoring methodology. When using this method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Out of the maximum score, the score for technical criteria equals 70% – maximum 70 points, and for financial criteria 30%.
The technical evaluation will take into account the following as per the scoring provided:
Technical criteria-70%, which includes:
Financial proposal – 30% of total evaluation.
Additional requirements for recommended contractor:
Recommended contractors aged 65 and older, and if the travel is required, shall undergo a full medical examination including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination is to be cleared by the UN physicians, and shall be paid by the consultant.
International short-term consultant on climate change adaptation
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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