Environment Engineer and Climate Resilience Specialist

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Description

(i) Delineate and map the urban watershed/s, identifying the main water sources catchment boundaries, superimposing administrative boundaries with complete environmental and socio-economic features, especially those with heritage value and community importance;
(ii) Analyze consumption patterns of natural resource use scoped to liveability attributes, analyzing quality of surface and groundwater sources, water table levels, and recharge activities (if any);
(iii) Analyze flood risks based on a review of drainage and storm water run-off systems;
(iv) Perform a cause and effect assessment of the built environment and natural resource consumption patterns on the urban watershed system;
(v) Assess the state of urban ecological services and corresponding institutional mechanisms of service providers, covering core capacity in natural resource protection and management;
(vi) Identify sensitive receptors and key pollution pathways affecting the natural resources and public health, and co-relate it with the pollution generators through a spatial mapping exercise;
(vii) Identify potential direct, indirect, cumulative, and induced impacts and risks to natural, cultural and socio-economic resources. Include impacts on livelihood through environmental media, health and safety, vulnerable groups, in the context of the area of influence;
(viii) Identify key natural resource constraints and environmental barriers for sustainable infrastructure growth;
(ix) Develop a complete ecological resource inventory;
(x) Conduct an institutional analysis to outline and evaluate:
a. national policies, legislative and regulatory frameworks for environment management and climate resilience;
b. institutional structures and decision making mechanisms (national or provincial / city level), governance for environment management, climate resilience and flood risk reduction;
c. technical and administrative capacity of provincial and town government units for planning and compliance;
(xi) Conduct a strategic environment assessment (SEA) within the urban watershed in coordination with the urban profile process, covering the area of influence to ensure that environmental and other sustainability (such as climate resilience and vulnerable populations) aspects are considered effectively in integrated urban development policy, plans and program;
(xii) Establish, carrying capacity, area of natural and human influence, thresholds beyond which deforestation, soil erosion, and flooding reinforce one another in urban development, threats to ecosystems and habitats (that can be enhanced through conservation, density control, land use planning and open space design);
(xiii) Develop a cause and affect analytical matrix to prioritize the proposed investments of the Sapa Green City Action Plan;
(xiv) Develop a comprehensive environment quality database in synergy with the urban profile, incorporating climate resilience with physical, chemical and biological environmental indicators to monitor air, land, and water quality (surface and ground water);
(xv) Assess the extent of integration of climate adaptation, resilience and energy efficiency, in policies, programs, plans, design and construction standards for essential infrastructure and public services such as water supply; wastewater treatment; solid waste management; sewage and sewerage systems and storm-water drainage; urban transport (including non-motorized transport); access to hospitals; emergency response and evacuation networks; quality of housing with particular consideration to poor urban communities; public/ open spaces, street lighting, and urban farming, and / or any other that may directly or indirectly affect liveability;
(xvi) Identify and recommend climate mitigation and adaptation options and costs in planning and design of investments for (but not limited to):
a. water supply and sewerage design, using energy-efficient technologies, design provisions for resilience to flash floods, improving water-efficiency to reduce variations in water availability, reduce water losses and integrate water conservation measures such as water harvesting, restoration of water tanks and artificial re-charge.
b. Solid waste management by balancing waste disposal, generation of methane emissions, and using it as a non-conventional energy source.
c. energy-efficient and clean energy urban infrastructure and services (e.g. smart street lighting)
d. master planning process and identification of (sub) sectoral investments
e. non-motorized transport policies and incentives for promoting non-motorized transport
(xvii) Identify key attributes most vulnerable to climate change (physical infrastructure, natural resources and populations);
(xviii) Review secondary (national and global) data to evaluate environmental and climate change trends and current indicators (if any) deployed by the cities to achieve „green‟ targets;
(xix) Review applicability of international (green city) environment monitoring indicators for performance monitoring in Sapa;
(xx) Identify and recommend model/s for urban storm water flows in climate-induced scenarios for developing a long-term sustainable drainage system coupled with green infrastructure (e.g. permeable road sides) for flood risk reduction;
(xxi) Conduct a water audit to assess sustainability of water use, management and governance on the current water supply, waste water scheme and urban sanitation. This could include energy efficiency in water production and collection; condition of assets /infrastructure; spatial coverage; access; quality of service; regulatory framework; efficiency of water-saving devices, recycling/ harvesting (if any);
(xxii) nonrevenue water management; operations and maintenance of water and waste water treatment plants and associated facilities and distribution networks;
(xxiii) Assess the solid waste management system in the context of urban land use including policies and applications related to comprehensive waste management (value chain, recycling and material recovery, waste to energy and composting); regulatory framework (adequacy and compliance), planning / location of landfills and; waste treatment technologies;
(xxiv) Identify training needs, based on the above assessments, for building capacity on environment management and climate resilience, including orienting and sensitizing stakeholders and decision makers at national, provincial and city levels and contribute to the comprehensive training plan for the long term integrated urban development and implementation of green city action plan;
(xxv) Identify need for further study/ies (if any) to ensure sustainability of green city action plans based on the above analysis and develop indicative TORs for identified activities;
(xxvi) Scope potential partners, with particular reference to the output on Urban Management Partnerships based on assessments of all of the above tasks;
(xxvii) Contribute to the development of future urban growth and expansion map led by the urban planner from the perspective of environment sustainability and climate resilience.

Qualifications required

Only the experts meeting the set criteria will be shortlisted and contacted.

– Master‟s degree in environment engineering or equivalent

Professional experience required

– 10 years of professional experience in environmental engineering, planning & urban (natural) resource watershed management, clean / alternate technologies, climate resilience, energy efficiency in urban infrastructure.
– Strategic environment assessment and expertise in multi criteria analysis.

Duration

6 months

Commencement

July 2018

Deadline For Applications

2018-01-13


POSITION TYPE

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DEGREE REQUIRED