Consultant to refine strategic approach to implement the Early Warning System project

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Background

Cambodia is facing mounting development challenges due to climate change.  Damage related to the October 2013 flooding alone, caused by heavy rain and the seasonal swell of the Mekong River, is estimated at $356 million, having affected 20 out of 24 provinces  and 1.7 million people; 297,600 hectares of rice paddies were inundated and more than 28,100 hectares of rice were immediately destroyed .  Climate change is resulting in longer dry seasons and shorter, more intense rainy seasons.  This impacts both the frequency and severity of natural hazards such as floods and droughts, as well as agricultural production which is dependent on seasonal rainfall.  Recovery from such events puts strain on the least developed country’s (LDC’s) limited resources and forces shifts in development priorities – hindering Cambodia’s ability to progress and to achieve its development goals.

The Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC) preferred situation is to implement an effective early warning system (EWS).  The purpose of an EWS is to monitor climate and environmental data on a real-time basis, detect adverse trends and make reliable predictions of possible impacts in the form of early warning information.  An early warning therefore refers not only to advisories in emergency situations, but also to information related to the changing climatic trends revealed after tracking and analyzing climate and weather data over time.  An effective EWS would thus enable timely response to natural hazards and extreme weather events, as well as informed planning in light of changing climate trends.

 
Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will be tasked to refine the strategic approach to ensure effective implementation of the EWS project and post-implementation sustainability.

The key output of this assignment is the development a suitable business model allowing the engagement with relevant stakeholders building on their strength to ensure effective delivery of the project expected outputs/results in a sustainable manner. Based on the his/her analysis of the challenges, stakeholder analysis, with consideration of the potential state of the art-technology, the business model should consist of:

  • Identify the key stakeholders to be engaged, suggest the stakeholder engagement model. This entails the role of each stakeholder building on their strength, what is the possible cost-sharing approach/option;
  • Proposed the possible state-of-the art technology that can bring cost effectiveness while providing the level of quality data needed;
  • Risk and assumption related to the proposed business model shall be identified, and the proposed mitigation plan shall as well be included;
  • The key dimension of sustainability of the model, cost effectiveness, cost recovery, national ownership shall be the integral part of the business model.

Interested Offerors must visit this link http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=35335   to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.

 
Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Time management (in managing deliverables);
  • Team management;
  • Professionalism, courtesy, patience;
  • Outstanding inter-cultural communication, networking and coordination skills.

Corporate Competencies:

  •  Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  •  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 favoritism;
  •  Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
 
Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

  • Master’s degree in a relevant area such as natural resource management, agricultural development, climatology/meteorology, water resources management, environmental sciences, disaster management or related field.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 year of relevant work experiences in the area of project development, project design. Experience in designing GEF funded project is a plus;
  • Proven experience working in the areas related to climate change adaptation and/or hydro-meteorological and disaster management, and Information Technology and Web-based development for weather forecast and dissemination;
  • Proven work experience providing technical support for projects related to early warning, making choice among the different types of weather forecast infrastructure/stations, equipment, parameters, relevant state of the art EWS technology and their cost-effectiveness;
  • Proven knowledge on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) strategy and Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) approach;
  • Experience in working and collaborating with government institutions at both national and sub-national level, civil society organizations and development partners.

Language Requirement:

  • Excellent written and oral English

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=35335  for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

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