UNDP designed a program aimed at reducing exposure of Georgia’s communities, livelihoods and infrastructure to climate-induced natural hazards reduced through a well-functioning nation-wide multi-hazard early warning system and risk-informed local action. The program encompasses two interrelated projects funded by Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), under which the current assignment is being announced and Green Climate Fund (GCF). The GCF funded interventions will target at expanding hydro-meteorological network & modelling capacities and improving community resilience through implementation of the EWS & risk reduction measures. The project will provide critical climate risk information that would enable the Government of Georgia to implement number of nation-wide transformative policies and actions for reducing exposure and vulnerability of the population to climate-induced hazards. The project will thus catalyse a paradigm shift in the national climate risk management, climate-proofed disaster risk reduction and early warning approaches.
The project Strengthening the Climate Adaptation Capacities in Georgia, funded by SDC, is also designed with an overall goal of reducing the exposure of Georgia’s communities, livelihoods and infrastructure to climate-induced natural hazards through a well-functioning nation-wide Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS) and risk-informed local action serving 1.7 Million ordinary Georgians currently at risk from climate-induced hazards. The given goal is expected to be achieved through 1. equipping the Georgian authorities with the financial, technical and human capacities to establish a nation-wide multi-hazard hydro-meteorological risk monitoring, modelling and forecasting. and 2. Increasing vulnerable communities, regions’ resilience facing risks from natural and climate change threats to their livelihoods.
Implementation and maintenance of a multi-hazard early warning system of this scale requires technical capacities in all areas of hazard and disaster risk management to ensure the long-term sustainability of the system. Technical expertise and experience in disaster management and emergency response is present, both at central and local levels. There are sound capacities to elaborate long-term development policies, strategies and plans in various sectors. This however is mostly the case at the central level, rather than decentralized levels (regional, municipal and local). While technical expertise exists in various sectors and for specific technical areas, awareness and knowledge of disaster risk reduction concepts and practices is an area for improvement. Technical capacities related to risk identification and assessment, prevention, risk reduction, risk transfer, preparedness, climate risk management and climate change adaptation are rather weak across institutions and governance levels. Having mapped the institutional capacity and assessed gaps and training needs, an institutional capacity building plan will be developed and implemented to address gaps in resourcing (human, technical and financial). The project will develop training plans for each technical area of expertise related to climate-induced hazard risk assessment and management and consolidate into an overall capacity development plan. A long-term capacity plan for Georgia will be developed and will consider options such as the development of internships and voluntary schemes for University students, in climate risk management and MHEWS.
It should be noted that initial works under institutional capacity assessment had been already conducted under the project and the incumbent is expected to build up on the existing results. In particular, the initial institutional capacity assessment was conducted based on the interviews, based on which general institutional assessment report was prepared which need to be further reviewed and specified per each agency, department/unit and technical area.
The general outline of the capacity assessment report was developed which requires further finalization with addition of the indicators, baseline levels and targets, to be implemented in close cooperation with technical experts and relevant stakeholders.
The technical areas identified under the MHEWS include:
Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent shall work under supervision of the Project Manager in a team of a national expert and team of technical international and national experts working on different components of MHEWS.
The incumbent will be responsible to:
1. Develop technical note for implementation of the assignment, with description and scope of activities to be implemented, through consultation with relevant team of international and national experts working on different aspects of MHEWS within the program;
2. Review the draft of the score card and finalize it through:
3. With consideration of the results of the initial capacity assessment report, develop unit/division, agency and technical area specific capacity assessment reports, through
4. Based on the results of the capacity assessment prepare department/unit, agency and technical area specific capacity development plans in close cooperation with technical experts and final validation from the stakeholders; The Capacity Development plan along with other issues should consider development of internships and voluntary schemes for University students and should be conducted through:
The work of service provider will be directly supervised by the Project Manager under the overall supervision of the Environment and Energy Team Leader and guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor. The service provider will be directly responsible to, reporting to, seeking approval from, and obtaining certificate of acceptance of outputs from the above-mentioned persons.
Payment modality and deliverables:
The payment schedule is given below and will be made upon satisfactory completion/submission and approval of the deliverables by the supervisor:
Leadership and Self-Management skills:
Required Skills and Experience
Offerors will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis method, against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum total obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria (desk review and interview) equals to 70 and for financial criteria – to 30. Offerors that do not meet any of the Minimum Requirements will be automatically rejected, while the rest will form up the long list. Technical evaluation will comprise of desk review and interview stages. Candidates who collect 70% (35 points) of points obtainable as a result of the desk review will form up short list and be invited to the interview. Offerors passing 70% threshold as a result of the interview (i.e. obtain minimum of 14 points) will be recommended for financial evaluation.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the ToR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount. Maximum 30 points will be assigned to the lowest price offer. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion): Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal as well.
Expert in Institutional Capacity Assessment
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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