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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Home-based
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Conflict prevention
    • Environment
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Security policy
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Sustainable trade and development
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-31

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Expert consultant for an assessment of disaster risk reduction capacities in the tourism sector in the Republic of Mauritius

Home-based

Background

The Republic of Mauritius is vulnerable to a range of hazards: Climatic (flash floods, torrential rains, drought, cyclones), Geological (landslides, tsunamis), Biological (epidemics; crop and animal pests and diseases) and Technological (industrial pollution, toxic wastes, transport accidents, fires, and chemical spills). Mauritius is particularly vulnerable to adverse impacts of climate change and climate variability. According to the 2018 World Risk Report, Mauritius is ranked as 16th country with the highest disaster risk and 10th most exposed to natural hazards.

The country’s tourism sector is a key contributor to the economy and people’s livelihoods. It is estimated that in 2018, coastal zone activities, especially tourism, contributed to over 36% of the country’s GDP. The development of the tourism sector is regularly challenged by the impact of extreme weather events such as cyclones or floods. Tourism infrastructure is often located in areas exposed to sudden-onset disasters, in particular beach and coastal areas, river valleys and mountain regions. Additionally, climate change contributes to sea rise level and severe coral bleaching which also negatively impact the tourism sector. At the same time, there is need to regulate the tourism sector to ensure that it does not contribute to environment degradation and loss of biodiversity taking into consideration that the preservation of eco-system is a cost-effective strategy to protect people and livelihoods from the impact of disasters and climate change. The interplay between climate change, disasters and tourism in Mauritius is affecting multiple sectors – environment, infrastructure, water, urbanization to name a few. Finally, the tourism sector must have in place strong preparedness measures in place to protect tourists and tourism assets at time of crisis. Increasing resilience thus requires clear measures to mainstream disaster risk reduction into the tourism sector.

The Government of Mauritius has approached the UN System to facilitate an assessment of the DRM system from a multi-hazard approach across ten socio-economic sectors including the tourism sector.  In response to the request submitted by the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, Environment and Sustainable Development, through the UN Resident Coordinator, the CADRI Partnership will deploy a multi-disciplinary team of experts to facilitate a diagnosis of national and local capacities to manage and reduce exposure and vulnerability to disaster risk.

The Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) is a global partnership composed of 20 UN and non-UN organizations that works towards strengthening countries’ capacities to pursue integrated and coherent solutions to reduce disaster and climate risks to achieve the 2030 agenda and its commitment to leave no one behind. By pooling its member agencies’ resources, expertise and knowledge, the CADRI Partnership promotes the effectiveness of the UN System to optimally use its assets and expertise, drawing upon HQ and regional offices to complement the expertise available at country level.

The CADRI assessment team role is to facilitate a discussion between national stakeholders to reflect on strengths and gaps. For this purpose, the CADRI Partnership developed an assessment and planning methodology that can be used to guide the assessment process. It consists of one generic questionnaire to be used to guide the semi-structured interviews that is used as a basis to develop sectoral questionnaires. All tools are available on www.cadri.net. The tourism sector tool has not yet been developed.

In preparation for the assessment of the DRM system in the Republic of Mauritius, the CADRI Partnerships seeks to mobilize the expertise of a specialist in disaster risk management and climate adaptation in the tourism sector.

Duties and Responsibilities

The expert consultant will work under the leadership of the CADRI team leader with the following responsibilities:

  1. Develop zero draft questionnaire of the CADRI tourism sector tool, using the architecture of the existing sector questionnaires, with a focus on public and private entities (4 days);
  2. Draft a list of informants, including Government and Private Sector relevant to the tourism sector (1 day);
  3. Participate in the CADRI Mauritius Capacity Assessment from 19 to 30 August 2019, including travel to Port Louis, RoM from 19 to 30 August 2019. The consultant is expected to arrive in Port Louis, RoM no later than 18 August 2019 and be present throughout the entire Capacity Assessment until 30 August 2019 including (12 days);
    • Participate in all meetings of the productive sector assessment sub team including: Ministries of Agriculture/Food Security (including Fisheries), Environment, Infrastructure, Urban Planning Water Resource Management, Tourism;
    • Facilitate the assessment of national and local capacities to manage and reduce risk in the tourism sector through semi-structured interviews with the various departments of the Ministry of Tourism, as well as other relevant sector ministries, and their line departments at local level;
    • Identify synergies between tourism and other sectors especially environment, water, infrastructure;
    • Consolidate preliminary findings and recommendations for the tourism sector for the debriefing on the last day of the mission, including inputs into the power point presentation (tentative Friday 30th August).
  4. Provide analytical inputs and consolidate the tourism sector chapter in the final capacity assessment report, within two (2) weeks after the end of the mission, including specific and concrete recommendations for the short, medium and long term (10 days);
  5. Refine the draft tourism sector assessment and planning tool to be used by the CADRI Partnership (5 days).

Institutional Arrangement

The consultant will be part of the CADRI Capacity Assessment Team and will report to the CADRI Team Leader.

 Duration of the Work

The expected duration of the assignment is 32 working days between 12th August 2019 to 15th October 2019, including Capacity Assessment Mission in the Republic of Mauritius from 19th August – 30th August 2019 that need to be included in the financial proposal.

Competencies

Communication

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Excellent drafting skills in English;
  • Strong analytical skills, and a proven ability to process large amount of information.

Teamwork

  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in teams;
  • Initiative taking and ability to work with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Technical Competencies

  • Sound computer skills;
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office applications such as Word and Excel.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic background

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in disaster risk reduction, tourism and/or climate change adaptation

 Experience

  • Minimum of 10 year of professional experience in international development organizations, international or national NGOs, and/or bilateral development agencies working on sustainable tourism; climate change adaptation and/or disaster risk reduction; or other relevant field;
  • Proven expertise in the area of sustainable tourism and DRR/CCA (research, article, policy development);
  • Proven experience in developing analytical content (reports, essays) and communications products;
  • Experience working in Small Islands Developing States a strong asset.

Languages

  • Proficiency in English, both written and oral, is required.

 Recommended Presentation of Offer

The following documents should be submitted:

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP; http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780 , send through email;
  2. Personal CV or P11 http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc, indicating all your past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) and at least three (3) references, submitted online;
  3. Brief description of why you consider yourself as the most suitable for the assignment, submit online with item 2 as one file.

Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  The term ‘all-inclusive fee’ implies that all costs (professional fees, living expenses, health insurance, vaccination costs, visa costs, travel to duty station costs, taxes and social security and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services). For this consultancy include total mission cost to Republic of Mauritius from 19th August – 30th August 2019. If you are employed by an organization/company/institution, and you expect your employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing you to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), you must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. The interested candidates should provide their financial proposal on all-inclusive total lump sum for requested services with detailed breakdown. One-time payment shall be made to the consultant against the submitted final deliverables and a fully completed and duly authorized Certification of Payment Form.

IMPORTANT: The application is a separate two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applicants.

Step 1: Interested candidates must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP Job Site (Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded therefore please include all documents in one file)

  • Personal CV or History Form (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 (the template can be downloaded from this link: www.sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc). 
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable candidate for the assignment. Indicate available start date.

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal. Applicants are requested to submit their financial proposals in US Dollars by an email to Mahmood Zahir mahmood.zahir@undp.org, using the financial proposal template available here: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780. The proposals should be sent via an email with the following subject heading: 86370 - Expert consultant for an assessment of disaster risk reduction capacities by the deadline of this vacancy.

NOTE: Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Schedule of Payments

The consultant will be paid a lump sum amount. The payment schedule for the contract will be:

  • 20% by 18 August submission of deliverables;
  • 40% by 30 August submission of deliverables;
  • 40% by completion of assignment and final deliverables.

Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer

Candidates will be evaluated using a combined scoring method with the qualifications and methodology weighted at 70% and the price offer weighted at 30%.  Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49% (out of 70%) points on the technical qualifications part will be considered for the Financial Evaluation. The candidates will be required to provide three references which may be contacted to ascertain the skills and qualifications of the candidates.

Criteria for evaluation of qualifications (70 points maximum):

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in disaster risk reduction, tourism and/or climate change adaptation (Max. 10 points)
  • Minimum of 10 year of professional experience in Government agencies, international development organizations, working on sustainable tourism; climate change adaptation and/or disaster risk reduction; or other relevant field; (Max. 15 points)
  • Proven expertise in the area of sustainable tourism and DRR/CCA (research, article, policy development) (Max. 20 points)
  • Proven experience in developing analytical content (reports, essays) and communications products; (Max. 15 points)
  • Experience working in Small Islands Developing States a strong asset; (Max. 10 points)

Criteria for financial evaluation (30 points maximum):

  • The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: p = y (µ/z)
    • Where p=points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
    • y=maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
    • µ=price of the lowest priced proposal;
    • z = price of the proposal being evaluated
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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