Water Information System Expert

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Background

 

Purpose

The purpose of this project is to transfer technologies for climate resilient flood management in Vrbas River Basin, UNDP, BIH to enable the communities of the Vrbas basin to adapt to flood risk through the transfer of adaptation technologies for climate resilient flood management,   upgrade and rehabilitation of the hydrometric monitoring network, development of a flood forecasting system and early warning system, development of emergency response plans, and provision of training in flood-specific civil protection.   Importantly, the project will provide targeted training on climate-induced FRM to over 100 practitioners and decisions makers, and will develop an institutional capacity development plan for the long-term development of capability and capacity in Flood Risk Management (FRM).  The project will work closely with affected communities to introduce climate resilient community-based non-structural measures and provide training to local communities in climate resilient FRM. This will include the introduction of agro-forestry, community-based early warning systems, reforestation and introduction of financial instruments such as index-based flood insurance and credit deference schemes as a means of compensating for flood damages for agriculture.

Objective
Water Information System has a task to establish thematic information centers for waters in BiH, in accordance with the Water Law, in order to support water management in all of its aspects: planning, research, design, construction, maintenance, monitoring and informing. The overall objective of this assignment is to ensure harmonization of the level of development of Water Information System among the institutions responsible for water management in BiH. International Consultant should also be responsible for providing updates of existing software and coordination with local experts in the institutions responsible for water management in BiH, in order to prepare it for upgrade of Water Information System. Final objective will be training of local personnel with existing software in the aim of preparing for work on new platform within Water Information System.

Background Information
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a middle income country which is still recovering from the 1992-1995 war which had a devastating impact on its human, social and economic resources, leading to enormous challenges of the post-war reconstruction and economic and social recovery. This challenge has been further compounded by the transition towards market economy requiring structural reforms and improved governance. The slow rate of the post-war economic recovery of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been compounded by the negative impacts of climate change on key sectors such as agriculture, energy (hydropower), the environment and, in particular, the frequency and magnitude of flood disasters, which have tripled in frequency in the last decade.  In May 2014, Bosnia and Herzegovina experienced its worst flooding in 150 years which resulted in 23 deaths and $2.7 Billion USD worth of damages which is 15% of GDP, and is expected to result in a 1.1 percent contraction in the economy this year, compared to the growth of 2.2 percent that had been predicted before the flood.
BiH is significantly exposed to the threats of climate change, but has very limited capacity to address and adapt to its negative impacts, in particular the frequency and magnitude of floods from its major rivers.   The Vrbas River basin is characterized by a large rural population comprised of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in BiH, including war returnees and displaced people, with high exposure to flooding and its devastating impacts. 

 
Duties and Responsibilities

The expert should work in consultation with and under the guidance and supervision of the Project Manager (PM). Specifically, hisher responsibilities are but not limited to the following:

  • Harmonization of the development level of Water Information System among the institutions responsible for water management in the B&H;
  • Updates of existing software in the institutions responsible for water management in the B&H;
  • Coordination with local experts in the institutions responsible for water management in the BIH in order to prepare upgrade of the existing WIS;
  • Training of personnel in the order to prepare them for work on the upgraded system;     
  • Archiving and documenting all activities;
  • Ensuring the timely and effective management of the activities as scheduled;
  • Providing progress reports to the PM.

Deliverables and timelines

The consultant is responsible for the following deliverables:

Deliverables (outputs) Deadline

  1. Unified and mutually connected Water Information System in all institutions responsible for water management in BiH – 31 August 2016;
  2. Trained and qualified personnel for work on Water Information System in all institutions responsible for water management in BiH –  31 October 2016.
 
Competencies
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modeling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Knowledge on BiH gender equality mainstreaming institutions, regulations and mechanisms;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Strong oral and writing skills;
  • Extensive knowledge of computer applications;
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a fairly big team;
  • Ability to operate under strict time limits.
 
Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University degree in engineering;
  • Official ERSI certificate;
  • Advanced GIS training in Water Resources Support should be considered as an asset.

Experience:

  • Minimum 10 (ten) years of professional experience in GIS based solution in water sector;
  • Knowledge of EU Water Framework Directive;
  • Knowledge of the institutional arrangements in BiH;
  • Knowledge of the environmental issues in BiH;
  • Experience in organization of GIS educational workshops and trainings;
  • Experience with existing WIS in BiH.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is a must;
  • Knowledge of BHS languages would be considered an asset.

Applicants are required to submit an application including:

  • Personal CV including previous experience in similar projects and contact details (e-mail addresses) of referees;
  • Financial proposal indicating lump sum for the assignment (lump sum includes fee as well as all other costs that might occur such as international travel, stationary, accommodation and other similar costs.

Note:

  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 62 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to  work to engage in the consultancy;
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.

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