North Macedonia nationals: Individual Consultant for providing GIS Expertise in Introduction of Climate-Resilient Transboundary Flood Risk Management

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
North Macedonia, Various
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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UNDP is the development arm of the United Nations system, with offices in 180 countries. Globally, the organization employs 17,000 people and manages a budget of USD 5 billion each year.

The UNDP office in Skopje employs a team of 65 and currently manages a portfolio of projects in environmental protection, good governance and social inclusion worth USD 15 million per year.

UNDP is seeking national GIS expert to provide technical support in establishment of Geospatial (GIS) data management system and decision-making associated GIS-based tools and methods for Flood Risk Management (FRM).   

The Drin River Basin (DRB) is a transboundary river basin, which extends across Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece.  Flood risk in riparian countries of the Drin Basin has been an important disaster factor since 2010 with the frequency of floods been observed to be increasing over time. The socio-economic vulnerability is high due to the high (9-21%) poverty rate of the riparian countries. Vulnerability factors also include poor urban planning, unsustainable water management and agricultural practices, deforestation, industrial pollution and poor waste management in areas highly exposed to flooding.

Climate change and climate variability have been increasing the frequency, intensity and impact of flooding in the basin. According to future projections, climate change will have serious negative impacts in DRB including increased frequency and intensity of floods and droughts, increased water scarcity, intensified erosion and sedimentation, increased intensity of snow melt, sea level rise, and damage to water quality and ecosystems.

The ambitious goal of the regional Drin FRM project which is funded by the GEF Adaptation Fund is to assist the riparian countries and improve resilience of 1.6 million people living in the basin by implementation of an integrated climate-resilient flood risk management approach to improve their capacity to manage flood risk and to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities.

To achieve this, the project foresees a set of activities including: 1) improved climate and risk informed decision-making; 2) improved institutional arrangements, legislative and policy framework for climate resilient FRM; and 3) strengthen community resilience through improved flood management, through implementation of structural and non-structural measures.

Particular role in the strategic management of climate-induced flood risk apart of having appropriate density and frequency of monitoring of important hydrometeorological variables plays the improved knowledge for the complex hydrological cycle and hydraulic processes affected by the interaction of hydrological variables coupled with meteorological parameters. Flood hazard and risk modeling including preparation of appropriate flood hazard and risk maps requires application of most appropriate Geospatial (GIS) modeling tools which will analyze the distribution of the climate induced flood hazards and risk in spatial context in the wider Drim Basin and develop numerous GIS based tools assessment tools to perform vulnerability assessment mapping of the damages and loos of life induced by flooding events, geospatial support in the prioritization of flood management options and interventions, etc.     

The national expert will work under the direct supervision of National UNDP Project Manager and cooperate closely with the engaged national experts: hydraulic and hydrologist, Chief Technical Advisor (CTA),  international experts: hydrologist, hydraulic modeler and socio-economic expert, and relevant national institutions such as the HydroMet Service and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.



Objective of the Assignment

The objective of this assignment is structured to provide technical support for establishment of Geospatial data management system and development of GIS assessment supporting tools for flood risk management in cooperation with international socio-economic expert.

Scope of Work

Task 1: Data collection and analysis of existing conditions. This task should incorporate collection of all relevant data for the purposes of the project including development of foreseen hydrological/hydraulic model and flood risk management plan.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Collect, review and analyze all available historic and current datasets from the national hydrometric monitoring system. If necessary, undertake appropriate correction processing and prepare in appropriate necessary format for modeling purposes and long-term maintenance in the developed database;  
  • Take leading role and responsibility in establishment and population of project SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure) and data management system;
  • Contribute in the task of the national and international hydrometric experts and advise on various issues including: the establishment of most appropriate mechanism for population and maintenance of centralized basin hydrometric database, digitization of all historic paper format for DRB and systematization and storage within the hydrometric database.
  • Develop guidelines, procedures and data sharing protocols for the new hydrometric database;
  • Collect, review and provide geospatial analysis of previous floods related projects initiatives/activities related with flood risk management/preliminary flood risk assessment, etc. and incorporate all available geospatial data in the DRB project database;
  • Provide data management support for the lifetime of the project;

Task 2 Development of project SDI (Spatial Data infrastructure) data management system and GIS-based flood risk tools. The aim of the task is to develop comprehensive data management system based on appropriate spatial data infrastructure which will lay the spatial foundation for development of the hydrological/hydraulic model. Additionally, such established GIS database will enable linkage with the other types of floods` induced impacts (socioeconomic, vulnerability of marginalized communities, etc.) and produce various GIS based tools to produce flood hazard and vulnerability maps, damages and loss of life estimates and other necessary analyzes according to the requirements of the EU Floods Directive methodology.   

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Establish Spatial Data Infrastructure and data management system. It is expected this system to involve data repository which will provide a structured environment to enforce data integrity and support data auditing, versioning and data quality. Audit trails, as well as structured and categorized schemas, will make data collation, manipulation and analysis more manageable throughout the project;
  • With technical input from the hydrologic and hydraulic experts produce high resolution flood hazard inundation maps suitable for use in land use planning, development zoning, flood risk mitigation design, establishment of flood insurance criteria, raising public awareness, emergency planning, etc. The maps production shall utilize the anticipated LiDAR produced Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and various available high-resolution topographic maps. Maps will be produced for several different return periods and for a range of climate change scenarios. Flood modelling and mapping will cover all relevant flooding mechanisms within the basin;
  • With technical input and guidance from the international socio-economic expert fully:
    • Map the socio-economic conditions within the basin, including locations of marginalized communities and those populations most vulnerable to flood impacts, which will contribute to a body of data on which vulnerability and risk assessment will be based;
    • Develop and codify methods and tools for undertaking socio-economic surveys to collect necessary information to fully map the socio-economic conditions of within the basin;   
    • Develop a GIS-based flood risk model which integrates various spatial socio-economic data with the flood hazard maps, calculates flood risk, performs vulnerability assessment, produce vulnerability maps which will include damages and loss of life estimates and to test flood management options;
    • Providing support to the relevant authorities in implementation of the DisInventar database for the systematic recording of damage and loss;
    • Develop harmonized methods, guidelines and procedures in line with Sendai Framework, for recording flood events, undertaking post-event surveys and assessing vulnerability to flooding as well as assessing the effectiveness of flood mitigation measures in reducing vulnerability and damages;
    • Develop GIS based tools to undertake cost-benefit options analysis using the vulnerability loss and damages model to identify options that maximize benefits as the basis for the development of the Integrated FRM strategy and plan for the basin
  • Provide geospatial support in the identification of appraisal-led designs and prioritization of set of measures and activities towards long-term flood risk sustainable community resilience including structural and nonstructural measures to be implemented on basin and national level and development of the basin FRM strategy;
  • Provide ongoing GIS and data management support through the lifetime of the project;
  • Provide trainings and presentation to relevant stakeholders and decision makers on the developed GIS floods management tools.

Institutional arrangment and payment

The consultant will work under direct supervision by the Project Manager. He/she will be in regular communication with the supervisor through e-mail and will provide regular progress reports. The written reports should be prepared as per the schedule indicated above. All the reports shall be prepared in English. Short technical summaries/reports will be prepared on Macedonian upon prior consultation and coordination with the key beneficiaries. The consultant will report to UNDP through the Project Manager. The payment will be upon completion of deliverables. If the deliverables are not produced and delivered by the consultant to the satisfaction of UNDP as approved by the responsible Portfolio Manager, no payment will be made even if the consultant has invested man/days to produce and deliver such deliverables.

Duration of the Work

The consultant shall be hired by UNDP under the IC (Individual Contract) modality for a period of maximum 48 months upon signing of the contract and shall be completed not later than October 2024.  The startup of the work is expected in beginning of October 2020. The overall duration of the tasks covered by this ToR has been estimated to not exceed 220 working days. It is expected max 20 days to be dedicated working in the field (Macedonian part of Drin River Basin). Travel fees should be included in the financial offer. It is expected the consultant to prepare working plan within the first week after signing the contract which will be reviewed and approved by the Project Manager.

Duty station and travel

The assignment will be home based (Skopje) with travel to Drin River Basin (Macedonian Part).



Functional Competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work independently and in teams;
  • Ability to provide quality assurance and attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds.

Corporate competencies

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; 
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills.



The selected candidates shall possess:

  1. Academic Qualifications: minimum MSc in engineering, computer science, geospatial sciences or similar
  2. Professional Experience: Minimum 6 years of relevant experience as GIS/database management in projects/assignments involving flood risk management planning, preparation of hydrological/water balance studies, water resource management plans;            
  3. Relevant experience from at least 3 projects/assignments as GIS/database management that involve floods and water resources management, hydrologic/hydraulic modelling, water balance studies or similar, and at least 1 flood risk assessment/management project as GIS/database management expert responsible for preparation of GIS based floods risk models and floods risk and hazard maps
  4. Previous working experience in the Drin River Basin is considered as an asset
  5. Language Requirements: Language proficiency in both written and oral, English and Macedonian.


The award of the contract shall be made to the offeror whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) Being responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score based on the following weight of technical and financial criteria for solicitation as per the schedule below:

* Technical criteria weight: 70%

* Financial criteria weight: 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) in the technical evaluation shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

For the considered offers in the financial evaluation only, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (Pn / Pl) * 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.


Interested offerors are invited submit the following documents/information to be considered:

  1. Offeror’s letter, as per the following form LINK
  2. Most updated CV with focus on required qualification as well as the contact details of at least three (3) professional references;
  3. Methodology and approach describing how the consultant understand the assignment,
  4. Financial Proposal The financial proposal must be expressed in the form of a lumpsum all-inclusive cost, supported by breakdown of costs as per template provided in MKD for this consultancy.

The financial proposal must take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required (the prevailing price for an economy class ticket on the most direct routes shall apply; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract such as the cost of mission travels, as applicable.


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