Climate Change Expert

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment


A project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) of $1 million was approved by ADB on 15 September 2016
for the Second Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Improvement Project (KVWSIP2 or project). Based on the
request of Government of Nepal, KVWSIP2 was split into two projects in 2017: (i) Melamchi Water Supply
Project–Phase 2 (MWSP2), which mainly supports the construction of two tunnels with a combined length of
12 kilometers for the conveyance of raw water from Yangri and Larke valleys; and (ii) KVWSIP2 that
supports the construction of a new water treatment plant and water supply transmission and distribution
system. Both projects were included in Nepal’s country operation business plan (COBP), 2018–2020.

In particular, KVWSIP2 will support the ongoing efforts of the government towards improving the water
supply services in the Kathmandu Valley by developing a reliable, equitable, and sustainable water
supply system. KVWSIP2 will fund the following components: (i) expansion of the existing water treatment
plant at Sundarijal site, (ii) construction of new water storage reservoirs in the service area, (iii)
augmentation of the existing bulk water transmission capacity by laying additional pipeline from
Sundarijal to Chabahil, (iv) expansion of distribution network improvement in areas outside the
Kathmandu Valley Ring Road, and (v) climate proofing of selected sections of the water supply intake at
the Melamchi tunnel. Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) will be the implementing agency, while
the Project Implementation Directorate (PID) under the Board of Directors of KUKL will be responsible
for project management.

Consulting firms and individual consultants will be recruited to help in preparing KVWSIP2 for ADB
approval. The pool of individual consultants will consist of various technical experts, including a
climate change expert who will help in ensuring that the project will be in compliance with ADB's
climate risk assessment framework.

Scope of Work


The consultant will ensure that KVWSIP2 will meet ADB’s climate risk assessment framework. He/she will
ensure that KVWSIP2, as a whole, will follow, adhere and contribute to internationally accepted
performance indicators related to climate change. The consultant will carry out in-depth review and
analysis of the existing government reports, scientific literature and other climate change-related
studies relevant in understanding likely future climatic and hydrologic conditions for the districts
featured in the project. He/she will convert these reviews into appropriate reports that include
recommendations necessary ensure project detailed designs address the likely impacts of climate change
to the project in the future. In collaboration with the ADB economist and other consultants, the
consultant will also estimate the incremental costs associated with the climate change measures
(mitigation and adaptation), and where feasible monetary benefits exist.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output


The consultant will undertake the following tasks:
(i) Conduct research, review and interpretation of historical climatological and hydrological data (as
available and pertinent to the project component sites such as the locations of raw water source, water
treatment plant, reservoirs, and distribution networks);
(ii) Identify and review data and information that are needed for assessing climate change scenarios at
a level suitable for the initial or preliminary detailed project design. Assess climate change scenarios
based on the available data and inputs, with a particular focus on current and future vulnerabilities of
the project infrastructure components;
(iii) Identify various physical and non-physical interventions required to effectively and sustainably
adapt the project infrastructures to climate change impacts, with reference to international best
(iv) Identify climate adaptation and mitigation solutions for the proposed infrastructure components;
(v) Based on information from the above tasks, undertake a comprehensive climate risk and vulnerability
assessment (CRVA) and prepare a corresponding CRVA report for the project;
(vi) In consultation with relevant project team members such as the team leader, safeguards team,
economists, design team engineers, etc., prepare the climate change assessment (CCA) report based on ADB
requirements. The CCA report will follow the format and template of ADB.
(vii) Support ADB during the fact finding mission for the project, and assist in the preparation of
other loan processing documents pertaining to climate change, including drafting of relevant sections of
the Report and Recommendation of the President (RRP), Project Administration Manual (PAM), etc.;
(viii) Strengthen the capacity and raise the awareness of various stakeholders regarding climate change
and urban resilience;
(ix) Work closely with engineering and safeguard specialist for integrating climate and disaster risk
resilience features into project design (including detailed calculations required for the engineering
(x) Ensure the integration of priority climate and disaster risk reduction and adaptation and mitigation
into proposed subprojects or infrastructure components including delivering presentations, workshops if
needed (for capacity development); and
(xi) Any other tasks required for integration of climate change adaptation/resilience and disaster risk
mitigation in the proposed project.

Minimum Qualification Requirements


The consultant is preferred to have a master’s degree in environmental economics, or environmental
science/policy/engineering, with 7 years’ experience in climate risk assessment, drafting policies on
climate resilience, and implementation of policy actions, focusing on the drinking water supply sector.
Specific work experience in ADB or World Bank financed projects is preferable.