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National Consultant – GIS Specialist

Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Population matters (trends and census)
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-26

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Background

An estimated 624,000 refugees, mainly the Rohingya, have fled violence across the border from Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts since 25 August 2017. The rapid influx of these refugees into areas with high baseline levels of poverty and environmental vulnerability has put immense strain on infrastructure, services and the host population. As of January 2019, over 900,000 stateless Rohingya refugees reside in Cox’s Bazaar and the vast majority lives in 34 extremely congested camps. The camps and surrounding areas are vulnerable for landslides, flooding and cyclones. The population in sub-districts where camps are located have tripled after the refugee influx, and anger and dissatisfaction is growing among host communities. Unfortunately, since the arrival of the Rohingya refugees, there has been no progress in terms of voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.

The global COVID-19 pandemic that hit Bangladesh in earnest in March 2020 has further exacerbated the vulnerable situation in Cox’s Bazar. Even before the COVID-19 crisis, malnutrition and food insecurity were at high levels, and poverty is well above the national average. On average, 33% live below the poverty line and 17% live below the extreme poverty line.  The COVID-19 crisis is still unfolding in Bangladesh and its full impact is therefore not yet clear. It is evident, however, that loss of income and trade flow disruptions of essential food and non-food items will even further stretch the capacities of communities to make a decent living and of the local government agencies to cover basic needs. COVID-19 is likely to further deepen inequalities, place considerable strains on social cohesion and place women and girls at higher risk of intimate partner violence and other forms of domestic violence due to heightened tensions in the household.

In this context, it is important to support all residents of Cox’s Bazar to not only transition smoothly from the humanitarian phase to the post crisis era but also to seize the opportunity to accelerate development, strengthen resilience and self-reliance, enjoy universal access to quality services, restored natural resources and decent livelihood opportunities. Development needs at present are dire and across a wide variety of sectors, including infrastructure (road, power, sanitation, etc.), quality essential services (health, education, water supply, solid waste management, etc.), local economic development, sustainable management of natural resources, disaster risk reduction and preparedness, etc.

Encouraged by the support from the UN and the other Development Partner teams, the District Administration of Cox’s Bazar and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) initiated to prepare a District Development Plan for Cox’s Bazar. Four major results will be achieved through the Cox’s Bazar District Development Plan as follows:

1.            Key sector analyses, strategies and plans: The DDP will focus on at least 13 broad  sectors and 4 cross cutting issues to prepare strategies and plans.

2.            Cox’s Bazar Full-Fledged District Development Plan: A full-fledged District Development Plan of Cox’s Bazar for 5 years that meets international quality criteria and standards and that is aligned to the 8th National Five-year Plan will be prepared.

3.            A fully operational GIS Platform and searchable database of district-wide existing and planned infrastructure and services and priority projects.

4.            Model District Development Plan for Bangladesh: Participatory and bottom-up approach based District Development Plan of Cox’s Bazar has the potential for national replication.

The Stakeholders of the project are DC’s Office and other relevant GoB institutions, Upazila Administrations, LGIs, UN agencies, ISCG/Development Cell at Cox’s Bazar level, Donors, I/NGOs, CBOs, Host Community and other stakeholder groups.

UNDP is currently recruiting a National Consultant-GIS Specialist for Cox’s Bazar DDP Core Team to be embedded at the DC’s Office to support the District Development Plan preparation. This should allow for provision of required expertise and technical support to establish a GIS and Spatial Information Management System as a decision making and prioritization of projects tool. He/she will be directly supervised by the Project Manager DDP. He/she will be working closely with the National Strategic Planner and Team Leader of DDP.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The GIS Specialist is to build a multi-sectoral, layered visual spatial data management platform. This platform is to manage social and physical infrastructure, land use, water sanitation, education, tourism facilities existing and potential, urban facilities and economic development in a Geographic Information System.

The Specialist will Identify data requirements in consultation with the DDP Core Team and retrieve information and develop maps and tools to design, implement and monitor the investment and project activities. These include:

•             Support the CXB DDP team and the District level line Agencies and Local Government Institutions, Municipalities and Development Authority to visualize a coordinated District Plan using physical points identified in the maps;

•             Gather data sets by UN agencies and GoB and recommend how data sets can be best visualized, compiled and utilized through GIS;

•             Compile geographic and demographic data from multiple sources;

•             Consult with external stakeholders to access census data, fieldwork information, satellite and aerial imagery, and maps;

•             Compile data for statistics to incorporate into documents and reports;

•             Analyze stakeholders and data sets and model relationships between geographic databases;

•             Facilitate to develop a prototype and instruct on sustainable approach to operate and maintain GIS system hardware, software, and peripherals;

•             Participate in sharing and progress meetings with District Administration, UNCT and local government;

•             Liaison/coordinate DDP GIS data collection and sharing with other UN bodies, Government Institutions and other stakeholders;

•             Produce and submit the final report related to the service provided;

•             Post-crisis analysis: Support in port-crisis recovery analysis with facts and planning maps

Specific tasks to be undertaken by the GIS Specialist are:

Task 1: Generation and attribute update of different thematic base-layers of DDP GIS data

Task 2: Mapping community key-priorities through consultation with the UP representatives 

Task 3: GIS Mapping support to the DDP core consultants to produce demand-specific reports, factsheets, and development project proposals and ranking in order of priority based on facts and figures if applicable

Task 4: Support in DDP institutional mapping with data collection and report finalization

Task 5: Mapping and upgradation of DDP maps including potential tourism, biodiversity conservation, environmental planning, growth centres, social and physical infrastructure sites in 8 Upazilas of the District.

Task 6: Support with DDP Phase II mapping and GIS framework development

Task 7: Serve as the main focal point for UNCT GIS framework development system and assist with its development, technical coordination and liaison with different agencies

Task 8: Final Assignment Report

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

Deliverables/ Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates *indicative

Task 1: Generation and attribute update of different thematic base-layers of DDP GIS data

 

Task 2: Mapping community key-priorities through consultation with the UP representatives 

20 Days

31 January 2021

Task 3: Generation and attribute update of different thematic base-layers of DDP GIS data

 

Task 4: GIS Mapping support to the DDP core consultants to produce demand-specific reports, factsheets, and development project proposals and ranking in order of priority based on facts and figures if applicable

20 Days

28 February 2021

Task 5: Support in DDP institutional mapping with data collection and report finalization

 

Task 6: Support with DDP Phase II mapping and GIS framework development

20 Days

31 March 2021

Task 7: Mapping and upgradation of DDP maps including potential tourism, biodiversity conservation, environmental planning, growth centres, social and physical infrastructure sites in 8 Upazilas of the District.

 

Task 8: Support with DDP Phase II mapping and GIS framework development

 

20 Days

29 April 2021

Task 9: Support with DDP Phase II mapping and GIS framework development

 

Task 10: Serve as the main focal point for UNCT GIS framework development system and assist with its development, technical coordination and liaison with different agencies

 

20 Days

31 May 2021

Task 11: Serve as the main focal point for UNCT GIS framework development system and assist with its development, technical coordination and liaison with different agencies

 

Task 12: Final Assignment Report

20 Days

30 June 2021

 

Inputs (UNDP and Consultant)

The Consultant will use his/her own personal equipment. UNDP will provide a UNDP e-mail address, ID Card, Visiting Card & office space.

Duration of the Work

•             The duration of the consultant will be 120 working days over the period of six months from January-June, 2021.

Duty Station

•             The duty station is in Cox’s Bazar, Office of the Deputy Commissioner and UNDP CXB Sub-Office. The assignment requires travel to all Upazilas for conducting field visits and data collection, which will be facilitated by office vehicle/arrangement. The potential consultant will need to participate in sharing and progress meetings with District Administration and UNDP CXB Sub-Office.

•             No DSA will be paid at the duty station. As such, DSA will only be provided for travel outside Cox’s Bazar district.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Promotes UN’s values and ethical standards (tolerance, integrity, respect, results orientation, impartiality).
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  •  Shares knowledge and experience
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
  • Innovation – creation of new ideas for programme and business process.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Confidentiality
  • Excellent programme oversight and management skills for timely implementation and delivery of resources.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate with DC office, GoB line Departments and Development Agencies/partners in and outside the UN organizations in complex environment.
  • Manage partnership with development partners and government.

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills and strong leadership qualities
  • 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
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view

Language requirements

•  Fluency in English and Bangla is required.

•  Fluency in Local Chittagonian language will be given preference

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualifications:

•    Master’s Degree with four years Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science/ Geoinformatics/ Computer Science or any other related field of study with academic credits GIS and Remote Sensing from a recognized university.

Experience

•   Minimum 3 years of experience in development planning and research incorporating GIS and Remote Sensing.

•   Minimum 2 years of experience as GIS focal point in producing multisectoral priority planning maps and monitoring dashboards in a wide range of tools like: ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, Erdas Imagine and ESRI Online

•   Minimum 2 years of experience in Satellite imagery processing, elevation profiling, and modeling.

•   Minimum 1 year of working experience as GIS focal point in District/Regional Development Planning is mandatory

•   Minimum 1 years working experience in Cox’s Bazar, Refugee-Host social cohesion and development context of Chattogram Region.

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).

Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentage

Deliverables/ Outputs

Days Worked

Payment %

Task 1: Generation and attribute update of different thematic base-layers of DDP GIS data

 

Task 2: Mapping community key-priorities through consultation with the UP representatives 

20 Days

16% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

 

Task 3: Generation and attribute update of different thematic base-layers of DDP GIS data

 

Task 4: GIS Mapping support to the DDP core consultants to produce demand-specific reports, factsheets, and development project proposals and ranking in order of priority based on facts and figures if applicable

20 Days

16% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

Task 5: Support in DDP institutional mapping with data collection and report finalization

 

Task 6: Support with DDP Phase II mapping and GIS framework development

20 Days

16% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

Task 7: Mapping and upgradation of DDP maps including potential tourism, biodiversity conservation, environmental planning, growth centres, social and physical infrastructure sites in 8 Upazilas of the District.

 

Task 8: Support with DDP Phase II mapping and GIS framework development

 

20 Days

16% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

Task 9: Support with DDP Phase II mapping and GIS framework development

 

Task 10: Serve as the main focal point for UNCT GIS framework development system and assist with its development, technical coordination and liaison with different agencies

20 Days

16% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

Task 11: Serve as the main focal point for UNCT GIS framework development system and assist with its development, technical coordination and liaison with different agencies

 

Task 12: Final Assignment Report

20 days

20% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Lump sum contracts

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).

EVALUATION

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a)            Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b)            Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

* Technical Criteria weight; 70%

* Financial Criteria weight; 30%

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)

Criteria

Weight

Max. Point

Technical

70%

70

 

  • Master’s Degree with four years Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science/ Geoinformatics/ Computer Science or any other related field of study with academic credits GIS and Remote Sensing from a recognized university.

15%

15

  • Number of years of experience in development planning and research incorporating GIS and Remote Sensing; experience of working with UN, international organizations will be added advantage.  [Need to submit the evidence]

10%

10

  • Number of years of experience as GIS focal point in producing multisectoral priority planning maps and monitoring dashboards in a wide range of tools like: ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, Erdas Imagine and ESRI Online; [Need to submit the evidence]

15%

15

  • Number of years of experience in Satellite imagery processing, elevation profiling, and modeling. [Need to submit the evidence]

10%

10

  • Number of years of working experience as GIS focal point in District/Regional Development Planning is mandatory [Need to submit the evidence]

10%

10

  • Number of years working experience in Cox’s Bazar, Refugee-Host social cohesion and development context of Chattogram Region.

10%

10

Financial

30%

30

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Shortlisted candidates shall be called for an interview which will be used to confirm and/or adjust the technical scores awarded based on documentation submitted.

Financial Evaluation: (Total obtainable score – 30)

All technically qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals receive points according to the following formula:

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

Documentation Required

Interested individual 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: Maximum size per email is 7 MB.

•             Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in 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, including a) a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment; and b) a methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.

•             Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. Note: National consultants must quote prices in BDT.

Incomplete proposals may not be considered.

Please find attached the relevant documents:

Annexes

•             Annex I - Individual IC General Terms and Conditions

•             Annex II – Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual IC, including Financial Proposal Template

•             Annex III -Individual Contract & General Conditions

For any clarification regarding this assignment please write to e-bidboxcxb.bd@undp.org@undp.org

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