Uganda nationals: Preparation of Guidelines for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Development

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Kampala, , UG


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 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. 

Description of Assignment:

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:

To review the existing relevant policies, acts, rules, orders, operational procedures, etc. on urban development in the country with a view to identify gaps and barriers to mainstreaming DRR and CCA, as well as appropriate recommendations and guidelines to address DRR and CCA considerations in urban  development  programs and proposal for capacity development;

To develop Guidelines to Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and guidelines to mainstream Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) for the department of urban development;

To develop an induction pack for each of the guidelines to assist the Department to provide training to their staff and make them capable to use the guidelines.

In preparing the guidelines, some of the following documents and information shall be reviewed:

  • Uganda Climate Change Policy, 2012).
  • International Convention   and   Protocols on climate changed conference of the parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Implementation modalities of relevant strategies and policies mentioned above.
  • The Nema Act
  • The Land ACT
  • The Local Governments Act
  • The National Land Use Policy
  • The Physical Planning Act 2010
Duties and Responsibilities

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:

  • Present an inception report indicating proposed methodology for discussion with the MoLHUD Technical team;
  • Review relevant international, regional and national literature for information on past, current, and projected climate context in order to develop guidelines on mainstreaming climate change adaptation and disaster risk into development for urban centers.
  • Consult with relevant Ministries Departments, sector agencies and civil society to inform the two guidelines;
  • Develop the first draft Guidelines for mainstreaming climate change adaptation and DRR and to facilitate synergies with existing or planned initiatives and other government Ministries, Departments and Agencies;
  • Present the draft guidelines for review by relevant stakeholders;
  • Train potential users (selected by MoLHUD) on the use of the guidelines and test run the effectiveness of the guidelines;
  • Prepare the final guidelines’ documents and submit to MoLHUD for approval;
  • Prepare an assignment completion report outlining assumptions and risks, short-comings and limitations and proposals to the Ministry regarding capacity needs for use of the guidelines.

Expected Outputs:

  • An inception report;
  • Draft guidelines for mainstreaming (1) DRR and (2) Climate change Adaptation into urban development;
  • Final guidelines for mainstreaming DRR and CCA into urban development;
  • An assignment completion report.
  • Strong understanding of climate change, strong working knowledge of UNDP, government institutions, the civil society sector and working with state public authorities on issues related to climate change;
  • Good professional knowledge of the national socio-economic development context;
  • Demonstrated analytical, communication and report writing skills;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • High level written and oral communications skill in English;
  • Must be a results-oriented team player with excellent interpersonal skills, including enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and high integrity; concise and analytical thinking;
  • Professional in working with government counterparts, team player; and;
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English language (verbally and in writing) in a cross-cultural environment;
  • 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


  • Master’s degree in Disaster Management, environmental management, natural resource management, natural resource economics, urban planning, social sciences or other relevant degree. 


  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in Climate change activities, of which a minimum of two years with sectoral policy formulation and program development;
  • Good understanding on sectoral mandates, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and organizational development in Uganda;
  • Sound understanding of country institutional arrangements and legal regulatory instruments, particularly the urban local government systems;
  • Experience and expertise in preparing national guidelines in related fields will be added advantage;
  • He/she must have practical experience with government development procedures;
  • An excellent understanding of the urban development sector.

Language requirements:

  • Must be proficient in both written and spoken English language.

Supervision 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 deadlines:

  • 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:

Cumulative analysis:

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%.
  • Technical Criteria weight; [70%];
  • Financial Criteria weight; [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:

  • Expertise of the Individual – 300 Points;
  • Description of approach/methodology to assignment – 700 Points.

Financial Assessment:

Lump Sum Amount approach shall be used with the following expectations: 

  • The lump sum amount must be “all-inclusive”;
  • The contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components;
  • For duty travels, UN’s Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rates prevailing at the time of sourcing, for the duty station and all other cities indicated in the TOR as part of duty travel destinations will be used.  This will give offerors an indication of the cost of living in a duty station/destination, to aid their determination of the appropriate fees and financial proposal amount, but it does not imply that Offerors are entitled to DSA payment; and
  • The initial payment includes the actual cost of the IC’s travel to arrive at the designated Duty Station.  This implies that the completion of the journey can be considered as one of the deliverables payable upon arrival.

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

he 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 (Reference #35945).

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website – (Ref no.70890).

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);
  • Annexes 1 and II – may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website - – under reference #35945. For further clarifications, please contact; [email protected]; [email protected];

Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.