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National Consultant for Development of Standard Operation Procedure for Early Warning System in Cambodia

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-28

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Cambodia is facing mounting development challenges due to climate change.  The observed longer dry seasons and shorter, more intense rainy seasons have become a common observation in Cambodia. In addition, climate change exacerbates the frequency and severity of natural hazards (such as floods and droughts), as well as impacts the agricultural production which is dependent on seasonal rainfall.  Recovery from such events puts strain on the least developed country’s limited resources and forces shifts in development priorities - hindering Cambodia’s ability to progress and to achieve its development goals.

The Early Warning System (EWS) is one of the priorities of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC). The purpose of an EWS is to monitor climate and environmental data on a real-time basis, detect adverse trends and conduct reliable predictions of possible impacts in the form of early warning information.  An early warning therefore refers not only to advisories in emergency situations, but also to information related to the changing climatic trends revealed after tracking and analyzing climate and weather data over time.  An effective EWS would thus enable timely response to natural hazards and extreme weather events, to support the implementation of the risk-informed development.

The project “Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Cambodia to support climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change” (henceforth “the EWS project”) is implemented to assist the Government in achieving the early warning system gaps and challenges in the country. The project seeks to address the current barriers through three complementary outcomes:

      1. Increased institutional capacity to assimilate and forecast weather, hydrological, climate and environmental information.

      2. Climate and weather information available and utilized for national, sectoral and sub-national planning as well as for transboundary     communication in the region.

      3. Strengthened institutional capacity to operate and maintain EWS and climate information infrastructure, both software and hardware, in order to monitor weather and climate change.

To meet the above three outcomes, the approach adopted by the project is to 1) invest in early warning infrastructure – hydro and meteorology stations nationwide; 2) mobilize technical expertise to enhance capacity of national entities (namely MOWRAM, NCDM, and MAFF) in making use of the information; and 3) ensure the smooth flow of information sharing both at national level and between national and provincial level. In relation to the latter, the project seeks to develop an SOP for Early Warning System in Cambodia based on the existing mechanism / SOP.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main objective of this assignment is to develop a Standard Operation Procedure of Early Warning System in Cambodia through desktop study and organizing a high-level meeting between the key stakeholders in Cambodia.

The process will include:

  1. Desktop studies on the existing documents / related SOP of EWS in Cambodia (all hazards)

  2. Interviews of key stakeholders (UNDP Cambodia, Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and National Committee for Disaster Management.

  3. Develop a Multi-Hazard EWS for Cambodia engaging key ministries and stakeholders in Cambodia.

  4. Organize and moderate a technical dialog between key ministries in Cambodia.

  5. Providing input to the quality of the SOP document in Khmer.

Interested Offerors must visit this link to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.


  • Time management (in managing deliverables);

  • Team management;

  • Professionalism, courtesy, patience;

  • Outstanding inter-cultural communication, networking and coordination skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Advance university degree (Master´s degree or equivalent) in development, International Relation, International Commerce, MBA, business development, economics or related area.


  • Five years of experience in working in development sector. Experience in working with NGO’s or UNDP would be an added value. Experience working in private sector would be desired as well.

  • Knowledge in climate information / early warning / disaster risk reduction and the work of United Nations, particularly of UNDP, especially in Cambodian context;

  • Good understanding of developing countries context, particularly Cambodia. Some prior work experience in Cambodia is an asset; Experiences in undertaking consultation processes, liaison with national government and regional organizations;

  • Demonstrated experience in organizing and moderating inter-ministerial dialog in Cambodia in both Khmer and English.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency of English language and Khmer is essential.

  • Ability to moderate a high-level meeting in English and Khmer.

Interested Offerors must visit this link to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incompleted.


Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Cover letter: Explaining why the Offeror the most suitable for the work;

  • CV or UNDP Personal History Form (P11), which is available on UNDP website

  • Offeror’s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) assignment and Final all-inclusive price proposal with breakdown of costs as per UNDP template

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email and cc While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice

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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