Today, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050, with close to 90% of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa, (World Urbanization prospects- United Nations report)
Although Uganda today is predominantly a rural nation, with approximately 18% of the population living in urban areas, the annual rate of urbanization of 5.2% is among the world’s highest and therefore a cause for concern. The World Bank estimates that Uganda’s urban population will increase from six million in 2013 to over 20 million in 2040. “The typical Ugandan city has grown rapidly, but without sufficient policy coordination and capacity to handle the challenges of this phenomenon resulting from the inadequate resource allocation to the sector. The living environment does not provide decent housing or adequate public goods and services for a large proportion of city residents,” the report said.
Uganda today has 41 Municipalities, 239 Town councils and over 200 Town Boards. It is estimated that Uganda will have more than 50% of its population living in urban centers by 2050, this urban growth is highly associated with negative effects on the environment and thus putting the urban areas at a risk of effects of climate change such as flooding, outbreak of diseases among others.
However, no proper guidelines have been put in place to guide the development process of the urban centers in Uganda for sustainable development.
Through funding from UNDP, the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development intends to address the above problem by developing develop Guidelines to Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in urban development activities in the country through hiring an individual consultant.
The objective of the assignment is to develop Guidelines to Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in urban planning and development activities in the country.
Duties and Responsibilities
This consultancy is designed to guide policy-makers and urban planners at the Ministry of lands, Housing and Urban development, and other government MDAs and local communities get an insight into Climate change issues in urban areas in Uganda and be able to plan the cities accordingly.
Guidelines will be developed based on analysis of existing information and a series of interviews with all relevant urban stakeholders, development institutions, civil society, the private sector, development partners, academia and among others. The consultation process is expected to generate acceptable guidelines for mainstreaming adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction into development planning for cities. The assignment will take care of special needs for mainstreaming gender, environmentally sensitive areas, adaptation /DRR for slums and safety of cities among others.
Scope of work:
In preparing the guidelines, some of the following documents and information shall be reviewed:
Under the direct supervision of the Commissioner for Urban Development and in collaboration with concerned departments, the incumbent is expected to perform the following tasks:
The successful candidate must have sound knowledge in urban planning of the urban planning sector, Climate change, housing, settlement planning, community development and urban environment from technical and institutional perspectives.
Required Skills and Experience
Supervison and Performance Evaluation:
The Consultant will be under direct supervision of the Commissioner for Urban Development in coordination with other technical personnel of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development in collaboration with concerned Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies
Timeframe and deadline:
The Consultant will be engaged for a period of 30 working days spread in 3 months starting from the time of signing the contract.
Evaluation of Proposals (Method and Criteria):
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: responsive/compliant acceptable, and
having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. 70%-30%.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria – Maximum 1000 points:
Lump Sum Amount approach shall be used with the following expectations:-
The candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on http://procurement-notices.undp.org/. (Reference #35115).
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website – http://jobs.undp.org (Ref no.70138.).
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.