Team Leader/ Expert in Multi-hazard Modelling and Mapping

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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UNDP designed and is implementing a program aimed at reducing exposure of Georgia’s communities, livelihoods and infrastructure to climate-induced natural hazards through the implementation of a well-functioning nation-wide multi-hazard early warning system and risk-informed local action. The program encompasses three interrelated projects funded by SDC, under which the current position is being announced, Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Swedish Government (SIDA). The GCF funded interventions are targeting expansion of the hydro-meteorological network & modelling capacities and improving community resilience through implementation of EWS & risk reduction measures. SIDA project will contribute to the public awareness raising and structural measure components.

The project funded by SDC is aimed at reducing exposure and vulnerability of communities in Georgia, through development of multi-hazard risk information and relevant capacities;  Geographical coverage of the project interventions is nation-wide, covering the 11 major river basins in Georgia: Enguri, Rioni, Chorokhi-Adjaristskali, Supsa, Natanebi, Khobi, Kintrishi, Khrami-Ktsia, Alazani, Iori, Mtkvari (same as Kura) focusing on the following hazards: floods, landslides, mudflows, avalanches, hailstorms, windstorms and droughts.

The project aims to develop standardized and harmonized national multi-hazard mapping and risk assessment methodologies and multi-hazard maps and risk profiles for 11 river basins in Georgia. The multi-hazard maps will be developed by the National Environmental Agency under the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.

The legal entity of public law – National Environmental Agency (NEA) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia is the institution which is responsible for monitoring of environmental quality conditions (atmospheric air, surface and groundwaters, sea, soil) and meteorological, hydrological, and geological processes taking place on the territory of Georgia. NEA’s departments of Hydrometeorology and Geology are responsible for the monitoring, assessment and mapping of hydrometeorological and geological hazards in the country.

The National Environmental Agency possesses main information and historical data on hydro-meteorological and geological hazards and have respective databases. The staff is experienced in monitoring, assessment and mapping of natural hazards, obtaining, collecting and processing of respective data and information.

However, there is no definitive hazard, risk or vulnerability mapping for Georgia for any of the hydro-meteorological and geological hazards that it faces and the technical and financial capacity to undertake such mapping is lacking.

Mandates for risk assessment based on multi-hazard mapping and vulnerability are not clearly defined in the country. Emergency Management Service under the Ministry of Internal Affairs is the main body responsible for emergency risk management including the emergency risk assessment, which only focuses on identification of potential emergency cases and is not based on the hazard and vulnerability assessment. Though vulnerability assessments are conducted in the country, they are limited to specific donor-funded project scopes and conducted usually by NGOs, without unified approach applied.

While the SDC project will develop the unified methodologies for the modelling and mapping of the seven hazards, the project funded by GCF will develop the methodology for multi-hazard risk and vulnerability assessment.  In addition, many of the applications of hazard modelling within the wider program such as development of flood forecasting and early warning systems, identification, prioritisation and design of risk mitigation measures, development of river basin multi-hazard risk management plans, municipal emergency response plans, sector resilience plans and community DRM and CBEWS are highly dependent on the development of the methodologies and mapping  approaches for hazard assessment to be developed by the SDC funded project. Preparation of vulnerability assessments of 11 river basins is one of the components of the project as well.

Thus, the program is expected to provide both NEA and EMS with required international expertise to support the development of a unified multi-hazard mapping and risk assessment methodologies as well as provide technical support and guidance in developing the multi-hazard maps and risk profiles.

 

 

The overall responsibility of the incumbent will be to develop a unified methodology for multi-hazard modelling and mapping with detailed SoPs and guidelines,  prepare overall on-job training plan for multi-hazard modelling and mapping for NEA staff, lead the team of experts working on the specific hazard modelling and mapping methods, provide overall supervision, coordination of the tasks. The assignment will be implemented under general technical oversight from project Chief Technical Advisor and UNDP project manager.

The incumbent will be responsible to:

  • Develop workplan for implementation of the assignment, with description and schedule of activities to be implemented; prepare templates for all 7-hazard modelling and mapping review to be completed by relevant experts;
  • Lead team of experts in development of all 7-hazard specific modelling and mapping methods.  This will include as a minimum:
    •  Technical oversight of methodology development for all 7 hazards, ensuring compatibility for all long-term uses of hazard models and maps (forecasting and early warning, risk and vulnerability mapping, emergency response planning and management etc.),
    • Coordination of consultations between experts and national partners as well as consultations with UNDP experts including International Forecasting and Early Warning expert, International Socio-economic risk and vulnerability modelling and mapping expert and others as necessary
    • Regular technical and progress reporting to UNDP CTA and PM.
  • Conduct a detailed desk research and comparative analysis of multi-hazard modelling, mapping and assessment practices both internationally and nationally, through:
    • Stakeholder mapping for multi-hazard mapping, to identify main users and uses of multi-hazard and the information (type and level of detail) that is required for each use.  Stakeholder mapping should include governmental agencies, sectoral players, and academia and should also identify members of   a working group for consultation on and validation of the methodologies; 
    • Conduct in-depth comparative analysis of international best practices and national experience in multi-hazard mapping, in Georgia in close consultations with project partners and stakeholders; 
    • Conduct in-depth analysis of WMO requirements and EU commitments that apply to the methodology for multi-hazard mapping with consideration of national requirements
  • Development of the unified methodology for multi-hazard modelling and mapping with detailed SoPs and guidelines.  This will involve the identification of the methodology, models and software for developing the "composite," "synthesized," or "overlay" hazard map for each of the 11 basins.  Please refer to Appendix a. Outline of the Unified Methodology for Multi-hazard mapping available at link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pC-vsmStOMjZ4jHCLrVuFivSDB3IG4Kh/view?usp=sharing
  • Lead the technical capacity assessment of NEA staff for undertaking hazard modelling and mapping for all hazards (working in consultation with the International Institutional Capacity Development Expert). Develop the overall technical capacity development plan for hazard modelling, mapping and assessment for NEA.
  • Develop overall on-job training plan based on the inputs identified by rest of the experts working on specific hazards

Deliverables:

1 December 2020 – 31 December 2021 (35 consultancy days):

  1. Overall Work plan and annual workplan for 2020 indicating the schedule of works and responsibilities of the team members
  2. Draft detailed desk research and comparative analysis of multi-hazard modelling, mapping and assessment practices both internationally and nationally
  3. Consolidated final detailed desk research and comparative analysis of all individual hazard modelling, mapping and assessment as well as multi-hazard modelling, mapping and assessment practices both internationally and nationally
  4. Draft templates for review of all 7-hazard modelling and mapping review to be completed by the experts
  5. Report on overall technical capacity development plan for hazard modelling, mapping and assessment for NEA
  6. General on-job training plan based on the inputs identified by rest of the experts working on specific hazards
  7. Unified methodology for multi-hazard modelling and mapping with detailed SoPs and guidelines and final templates for all 7-hazard modelling and mapping review to be completed by the experts
  8. Progress report on the technical oversight provided to NEA in multi-hazard mapping, with indication of the progress achieved, challenges, risks, lessons learned and recommendations

1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022 (20 consultancy days)

  • Progress reports on provided technical support and oversight in multi-hazard, mapping and assessment to be implemented by NEA for 11 basins of Georgia, with indication of the progress achieved, challenges, risks, lessons learned and recommendations

1 January 2023 – 10 November 2023 (20 consultancy days)

  • Progress reports on provided technical support and oversight in multi-hazard, mapping and assessment to be implemented by NEA for 11 basins of Georgia, with indication/measure of the progress achieved, challenges, risks, lessons learned and recommendations

Management Arrangements

The work of service provider will be directly supervised by the Project Manager under the overall quality assurance by the Energy and Environment 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:

The payment schedule is given below and will be made upon satisfactory completion/submission and approval of the deliverables by the supervisor:

First consultancy year: 1 December 2020 – 31 December 2021

  • 20% of the first-year consultancy fee: upon successful submission and clearance of deliverables 1 and 2, due by 20 December 2020
  • 20% of the first-year consultancy fee: upon successful submission and clearance of deliverables 3 and 4, due by 31 January 2021
  • 40% of the first-year consultancy fee: upon successful submission of deliverables 5, 6 and 7, due by 20 May 2021
  • 20% of the first-year consultancy fee: upon successful submission of deliverable 8, due by 20 December 2021

Second Consultancy year 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022

  • Payments will be made on quarterly basis upon successful submission of Quarter progress reports. 4 reports in total, 25% of the second-year consultancy fee per quarter

Third Consultancy year 1 January 2023 – 10 November 2023

  • Payments will be made on quarterly basis upon successful submission of Quarter progress reports. 4 reports in total, 25% of the third-year consultancy fee per quarter

 

 

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Understanding of the mandate and the role of UNDP would be an asset
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism

Functional competencies:

  • Strong communication and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated skills in drafting reports
  • Ability to work under pressure with several tasks and various deadlines
  • Actively generates creative, practical approaches and solutions to overcome challenging situations
  • Excellent writing, presentation/public speaking skills
  • A pro-active approach to problem-solving
  • Computer literacy

Leadership and Self-Management skills:

  • Builds strong relationships with the working group and with the project partners; focuses on impact and results for the project partners and responds positively to feedback
  • Cooperates with working group effectively and demonstrates strong conflict resolution skills
  • Consistently approaches work with energy, positivity and a constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates strong influencing and facilitation skills
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change, new ideas and ability to manage ambiguity
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates ability to transfer knowledge and competencies
  • Is able to work independently and hurdle competing priorities.

 

 

Education:

  • At least Master’s degree in hydrology, water resources management, river basin management, Environmental Science, Climatology, Civil Engineering, or Hydrometeorology (minimum requirement: Master's degree - 5 points, PhD - additional 2 points)

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of international experience in river basin flood and/or drought and/or avalanche and/or landslide and/or mudflow hazard mapping (minimum requirement: 10 years - 10 points, more than ten - addtional 2 points).
  • At least 10 years of experience in multi-hazard mapping (minimum requirement: 10 years - 10 points, more than ten - addtional 2 points) 
  • At least 10 years of experience in leading a team for similar assignments (minimum requirement: 10 years - 10 points, more than ten - addtional 2 points)
  • Experience in implementing and/or developing national, systematized methodology for flood hazard mapping is an asset (5 points)
  • Experience of working in Georgia and/or knowledge of the region’s context is an asset  (2 points)

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in both spoken and written English

Evaluation:

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.  

Financial Proposal:

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.