Nepal, South and East Asia
The specialist must have a higher degree (MS or equivalent) in GIS, management information system, civil engineering, water resources or equivalent.
Professional experience required:
The specialist must have at least 10 years of relevant experience in developing infrastructure projects. The specialist must have a robust knowledge on asset management and operation and maintenance (O&M),and must have experience in GIS-based flood protection asset management systems in at least two projects. The specialist will also have demonstrated skills to operate GIS to generate maps and mapping interface, using online platform. Knowledge of the government planning cycle, procurement procedures, and financial management mechanisms is preferred. He/she must have excellent written and oral communications skills.
6 months intermittent over 24 months
The main objective of the assignment is to support the government to implement the project by strengthening flood risk management planning of the DWRI and developing a flood infrastructure asset management system. The TA will: (i) build capacity of DWRI, provincial governments and local governments (municipalities) in prioritizing flood protection works; (ii) develop and operationalize the asset management information system using geographic information system (GIS),for flood protection infrastructure to improve monitoring, evaluation and maintenance.
In close consultation with the Project Management Unit (PMU), the consultants will undertake the following specific tasks: Output 1: Strategic flood risk management planning improved. The consultants will build capacity of DWRI, provincial governments and local governments (municipalities) in prioritizing flood protection works through consultant support and tailored training program. Expected tasks include: a) support DWRI to review the detailed designs being prepared for the West Rapti, Bakhara and Lakhandei subprojects’ civil works. b) support DWRI review of the contractors’ construction methodology, design changes and support contract management for Mohana Khutiya and Mawa Ratuwa subprojects construction packages (CW01 and CW02). c) assess the training needs of DWRI, provincial governments and local governments on flood risk management and river training works, in the context of a basin wide approach; assess current arrangements among provincial, central and local government roles and responsibilities on flood infrastructure development and maintenance; related to the assessment, develop a preliminary road map on integrated flood risk management (IFRM) d) design and deliver a training program on effective flood risk management including (a)prioritizing of river training works, (b) embankment designs and construction practices (c) monitoring and maintenance activities. Output 2:Flood infrastructure asset management improved. The consultants will (i)support DWRI to develop a simple asset management system for embankments using a GIS-based open free ware or Enterprise Data Management System(EDMS)which is already developed by DWRI (details will be discussed during the TA inception phase), and (ii) provide guidance to DWRI on improving monitoring, evaluation, and maintenance of its flood management infrastructures. The following are the specific tasks related to Output 2: a) undertake a user needs assessment on DWRI and the provincial governments in terms of embankment asset management b) assess current DWRI’s EDMS in terms of its suitability for use in embankment asset management system c) design and develop the embankment asset management system or update the EDMS to suit the requirements d) prepare an embankment asset database, asset management functional modules and integrate these into an asset management system or EDMS e) develop a users’ manual and training on the asset management system f) train relevant field-based engineers / personnel in data collection for the asset management system including data on the physical status of embankments to assist in evaluating maintenance needs and structural safety of embankments; and g) provide recommendations for sustainable effective use of the embankment asset management system
Detailed tasks. The specialist will:(i) Support the development of an asset management system.(ii)Review the existing flood protection asset management systems and procedures in Nepal and provide recommendations to improve the systems and procedures to support O&M among others.(iii)Review DWRI’s existing EDMS for suitability for use as an embankment asset management system.(iv)Provide input to the preliminary road map and investment program for flood risk management in Nepal, especially with regards to O&M of the flood protection infrastructure.(v)Prepare the design and cost estimates for improving the nationwide flood protection asset management systems and procedures for DWRI. The systems should be GIS-based, and the system design should consider capacity building for sustainable operation of the systems, including development of the user manual, training materials, methodology and guidelines.(vi)In collaboration with the DWRI, prepare asset registers of each type of flood protection infrastructure assets for the six target river basins. Include key description and details of the assets; date of construction and cost; dates of repair or renewal including cost; frequency of breakdowns in a given period and need for replacement; current depreciated value; identify methods for routine data collection and recording, including staff, materials and equipment requirements, and asset valuation, to maintain a good system to prepare and maintain asset registers; and develop strategies and recommendations to determine appropriate opportunities to leverage assets for various purposes.(vii)Work with the GIS specialist to develop the asset management system, viii)Train relevant field-based engineers / personnel in data collection for the asset management system including data on the physical status of embankments to assist in evaluating maintenance needs and structural safety of embankments. (ix)Perform other tasks reasonably requested by the TRTA team leader and ADB project officer.