International Consultant (Baseline Survey and Needs Assessment)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Kabul, , AF


UNDP Global Mission Statement

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UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement

UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels.

UNDP programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN system as a whole to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.

UNDP Livelihoods and Resilience Unit:

The UNDP Livelihoods and Resilience Unit supports the Government of Afghanistan to create livelihood opportunities and reduce poverty, especially among the most vulnerable groups. It works work with businesses to create jobs and economic growth, and with government to build infrastructure, link rural areas to markets and develop new forms of employment, including in the sustainable mining sector. Since most people depend on the land for an income, the Unit’s works on livelihoods is closely linked with efforts to protect the environment, bring sustainable energy to rural areas, and prepare for natural disasters.  The Unit works closely with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that finances environment projects focusing on climate change and adaption, climate change induced risks and biodiversity. Presently the Unit is providing quality assurance and oversight to two GEF funded Project, i.e. Climate Change Adaptation (CCAP) and Climate-induced Disaster Risk Reduction Project (CDRRP) implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture (MAIL).

Project Background:

The UNDP-GEF’s Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) 4 project is a full-sized project titled “Adapting Afghan Communities to Climate-Induced Disaster Risks” implemented through MAIL.

Rural livelihoods in Afghanistan are threatened by the impacts of climate change and climate-induced disasters. Climate change projections indicate that total annual precipitation will decrease, with greater variability between seasons. This is expected to result in increased frequency and severity of climate-induced disasters such as flooding, drought and landslides, which will lead to loss of lives, displacement of communities, and loss of agricultural crops and livestock. Rural communities in Jawzjan and Nangarhar Provinces which have limited resources to invest in adaptation measures to reduce the risks posed by droughts, floods and landslides are particularly vulnerable to climate-induced disasters.

The project aims at developing community-based early warning systems (CBEWS) in targeted disaster-prone communities, enhancing their capacity to respond to the negative effects of climate change (droughts and floods, decreased rainfall) and mainstreaming climate change into national and local planning. The project is funded by the GEF´s Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) which is being implemented in two provinces Nangarhar and Jowzjan.

The Baseline Survey and Needs Assessment will collect data using the concept of vulnerability and its components (exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity) as defined by the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (PCC) and by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The study will collect data and report on perceptions about climate hazards and risks, awareness about climate change and current sources of awareness, sources and modes of existing early warnings on climate-related risks and their effectiveness, coping and response strategies (both climate change related and climate-induced disaster related) of communities and existing institutional arrangements, availability and access to infrastructure, current status of food security and diversity of livelihoods and their sensitivity to climate change risks, socioeconomic profiles of communities, and their priorities on climate change adaptation related issues. Coverage of the study should specifically collect data disaggregated by gender, where possible. In particular, the situation and priorities of women should be adequately covered in terms of the constraints they face that make them vulnerable to climate change, as well as suggestions they make to increase their participation in, and benefits derived from, the project activities. The baseline survey will inform interventions to have impactful results and will identify suitable indicators to be used for evaluation and measure their baseline values. These indicators should be able to be utilized for the mid-term evaluation and final evaluation to ensure the consistency of evaluation methodologies.

Overall objective of the consultancy:

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Unit and in close consultation with the Programme Officer, the International Consultant will conduct: (1) a comprehensive project baseline assessment and (2) a project need assessment. The baseline assessment will inform the project results framework’s baseline figures while the needs assessment will map and review the project planned activities in the respective target areas and will recommend best practices based on successful interventions locally/internationally for project implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Overall Scope

The international consultant with support from an assigned team of national consultants with expertise in areas of Livelihood, Irrigation Engineering, and data collection will conduct the assignment in Nangarhar and Jowzjan provinces of Afghanistan. The scope of the assignment includes (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Assess the current understanding and preparedness of the target communities on the climate change impacts. This will guide the project public awareness campaigns to identify effective awareness material and medium;
  • Compare various climate adaptation measures that government, communities and NGOs are currently using and recommend best practice for the project;
  • Assess and identify capacity gaps in NGOs and local government actors to mainstream climate change adaptation in their programming;
  • Compare different Early Warning Systems (EWS) in the two provinces and identify an effective and sustainable model including an implementing partner for CDRRP’s EWS component;
  • Assess the need and availability of irrigation infrastructure, flood protection, other water management structures and all-purpose emergency shelters with the support from the assigned team of national consultants. Recommend a list of prioritized infrastructures with socioeconomic and environmental analysis for the project implementation;
  • Assess the existing livelihoods options and conduct a market assessment to identify best practices and initiatives to improve livelihoods of the target communities.

Scope of Work and Deliverables:

  • Review research/survey reports already conducted in the country by UN agencies and other organisations in recent years, and use lessons learned from those surveys to develop well-thought out questionnaires/survey tools for the Baseline Survey and Needs Assessment;

  • In close consultation with UNDP and MAIL as well as other UN and non-UN agencies, prepare a research design for the M&E methodology of the project including an appropriate sampling methodology to compare target and non-target populations (if randomized control trials method) (including number of respondents and sample size for this survey);

  • Prepare the data collection tools for qualitative and quantitative data collection;

  • Train National Consultants (livelihoods officers and Engineers) and the field data collection team on field data collection procedures, with a focus on the requirements of the project Log Frame, Results-Based Management (RBM) framework, monitoring tools, monitoring and evaluation process and best practices to measure progress against the project results framework and ensure quality assurance in M&E;

  • Monitor the data collection process and ensure quality of the collected data;

  • Supervise work of national consultants who will be responsible for provision of village information for sampling, data collection training, scheduling of field visits and interviews, field operations, management of field teams, completeness and reliability of collected data, cleaning of data for missing, invalid, and inconsistent values, and data entry in a computerized database.

  • Supervise the work of a data analyst for data entry, computerized data cleaning, analysis and tabulation;

  • Make programmatic and operational recommendations to increase the benefits of the project and target the most vulnerable groups, with a focus on women and other marginalised groups;

  • Based on the analysis, provide recommendations for developing appropriate interventions (livelihoods support and establishment of local early warning systems) as might be required;

  • Present the findings of the report to stakeholders in a workshop;

  • Prepare comprehensive final reports for the Baseline Survey and Needs Assessment, to be approved by relevant stakeholders (such as UNDP, MAIL and other relevant ministries).



  • Analytical skills, communications abilities, teamwork.

Special skills requirements

  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental challenges in Afghanistan;

  • Strong analytical skills, such as statistical analyses, particularly applied to environment profiling;

  • Experience in editing and publishing, preferably in the field of Environment and Local Economic Development.

Functional Competencies:

  • Building Strategic Partnerships with relevant stakeholders;

  • Ability to identify needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners.

Results Orientation

  • Ability to take responsibility for achieving agreed outputs within set deadlines and strives until successful outputs are achieved.

Team Work and Communication skills

  • Excellent time management skills;

  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;

  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 

Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms;

  • Knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues.

Required Skills and Experience:

Academic Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in social sciences, statistics, agriculture, climate change, or other related fields;

  • This assignment requires the services of a consultant that can demonstrate skills relating to analytical capacity, relevant gender analysis (especially collection and analysis of gender disaggregated data in the areas of livelihoods and resilience to climate change), adequate reporting and English editing, and the ability to use RBM language.

Years of experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of Global Environmental Facility (GEF) supported projects, research and project management;

  • Experience of working on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, or natural resource management preferred;

  • Experience of working in Afghanistan on climate change, disaster risk reduction, or natural resource management;

  • Prior experience of conducting baseline and impact studies in the development sector;

  • Experience of data collection in conflict situations;

  • Proven writing, analysis and presentation skills;

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and good drafting skills;

  • Knowledge of Afghanistan National Language (Dari or Pashto) would be an asset;

  • Demonstrated knowledge of GEF/LDCF projects (particularly undertaking baseline surveys and other assessments) would be an asset;

  • Working experience with the United Nations or similar organization in Afghanistan would be an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in written and oral and English required;

  • Superior English drafting skills.

To Apply

Interested international consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

  • Duly accomplished Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Template using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);

  • Personal CV or P11, 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:

  • A brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment; and

  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.

Incomplete proposals may not be considered.