Armenia nationals: Water Sector Vulnerability and Adaptation Issues

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Yerevan, , AM

The project builds on the national climate priorities summarized in the 2015 NDC, and will support the Government of Armenia to advance its medium and long-term adaptation planning. The Green Climate Fund resources will be used to enable the government to integrate climate change related risks, coping strategies and opportunities into ongoing development planning and budgeting processes. The Government of Armenia sees the NAP process as a key step to achieving the adaptation objectives of its 2015 Nationally Determined Contribution.

With the development of a NAP process, Armenia will lay the groundwork for the systemic and iterative identification of medium- and long-term climate-induced risks, climate change adaptation priorities, and specific activities that promote climate adaptive and resilient growth in its key sectors. Concurrently, as part of the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals, the NAP process will contribute to the formulation of corresponding national climate-responsive indicators and targets.

The project will develop national, sectoral and territorial adaptation plans, their implementation strategies and other related documents to be approved by the Government of Armenia and/or Prime-Minister of Armenia. The priority sectors of the project: water, agriculture, energy, health, tourism and human settlements.

For more project information visit: http://www.nature-ic.am/en/projects/National-Adaptation-Plan/1030.

The objective of this assignment is to provide professional and comprehensive consultancy to the UNDP GCF NAP Project Management Unit in relation to water sector vulnerability and adaptation issues. He/she will be responsible for providing support to the project management in co-operation with stakeholder ministries on environment and climate change related water sector vulnerability and adaptation issues.

 

Under the overall guidance of UNDP Climate Change Programme Coordinator and direct supervision and guidance of the Project Manager, the National Consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Review the UNDP GCF NAP Project Document with regard to water resources and climate change issues as well as other relevant current water resources policies and programs, vulnerability assessments and forecasts to obtain an understanding of the operating environment of the project. Provide professional consultancy and assist the Project management in identifying the most important issues that need to be sorted out on a priority basis.
  • Based on identified needs related to the water sector vulnerability and adaptation issues, present and agree with the project management the key directions and envisaged deliverables for service provider companies and individual contractors; develop TORs for outsourcing of respective professional services according to the UNDP standards. The developed TORs requirements should inter alia focus on climate change considering vulnerability and adaptation assessments under National Communications, Armenian’s NDC, EU CEPA as well as other international obligations and gender aspects.
  • Provide professional input into the review and evaluation of the applications of the service provider companies as well as individual contractors against the TOR requirements.
  • Conduct oversight over the task implementation process by the contracted service provider companies and individual contractors and professional review of the planned deliverables, including review of the reports (interim, final); prepare comments and recommendations on the submitted reports.
  • Assist Project management and provide professional input in identification of necessary improvements in the legislation with regard to water resources; provide recommendations on the climate change mainstreaming in the water sector development plans.
  • Work in close collaborations with project’s relevant international consultants, provide support in provision of available and respective information on water resources issues in Armenia, and facilitate consultations with stakeholder ministries.
  •  Work is close co-operation with UNDP-GCF NAP Project team as well as respective units of the Ministry of Environment and stakeholder ministries to facilitate consultations on water resources vulnerability and adaptation issues under climate change.
  • Participate in the events related to the above mentioned activities and make presentations whenever required. Participate in and co-facilitate trainings and workshops with the UNDP GCF Project team whenever required.
  • Provide reports on all undertakings as relevant.

Note: for each single specific call-offs, the respective detailed TOR with specified outputs and applicable number of working days will follow in line with the main scope of works of this assignment.  

Payment mode:

  • Evaluation of outcomes is the responsibility of UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator and UNDP-GCF NAP Project Manager.
  • Given the continuous nature of the assignment, a daily based payable modality is envisaged.
  • The payments will be issued in AMD according to the official UN exchange rate according to the timesheets and reports on deliverables.
  • Local travel related expenses will be provided separately based on approved travel authorization as per UNDP established rules and procedures.
 
  • Knowledge of the national regulations and standards related to water sector;
  • Good knowledge of water resources management and observation system, as well as ability to conduct water resources vulnerability assessment under climate change;
  • Awareness of the water related sector related policies, programs and projects in Armenia;
  • Ability to work independently and to participate effectively in a team based information sharing, good communication skills;
  • Demonstrated attention to details and organizational skills;
  • Good analytical and writing skills;
  • Timely delivery of high quality products.
 

Education

  • Advanced university degree in environment or other relevant fields.

Experience

  • At least 7 years of working experience in the water sector;
  • Proven experience in and good knowledge of the context of climate change related issues in water sector in Armenia;
  • Proven experience in implementation of projects related to water sector issues;
  • Experience with international organization and in international projects.

Language Skills

  • Fluency in Armenian and English, knowledge of Russian is an asset.  

CANDIDATES WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING METHODOLOGY:

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ technical qualifications,  experience and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.  

Technical Criteria – 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points

Financial Criteria – 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points.

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.

  • Financial Proposal and Availability form: OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP 
  • CV shall include Education/Qualification, Processional Certification, Employment Records /Experience

General Conditions of Contract is available here: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf.

Note: Please note you can upload only one document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).


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