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National GIS Expert

Tbilisi (Georgia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tbilisi (Georgia)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Population matters (trends and census)
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-11

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Background

UNDP designed and is implementing a program aimed at reducing exposure of Georgia’s communities, livelihoods and infrastructure to climate-induced natural hazards through the implementation of a well-functioning nation-wide multi-hazard early warning system and risk-informed local action. The program encompasses three interrelated projects funded by SDC, under which the current position is being announced, Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Swedish Government (SIDA). The GCF funded interventions are targeting expansion of the hydro-meteorological network & modelling capacities and improving community resilience through implementation of EWS & risk reduction measures. SIDA project will contribute to the public awareness raising and structural measures components.

The project funded by SDC is aimed at reducing exposure and vulnerability of communities in Georgia, through development of multi-hazard risk information and relevant capacities;  Geographical coverage of the project interventions is nation-wide, covering the 11 major river basins in Georgia: Enguri, Rioni, Chorokhi-Adjaristskali, Supsa, Natanebi, Khobi, Kintrishi, Khrami-Ktsia, Alazani, Iori, Mtkvari (same as Kura) focusing on the following hazards: floods, landslides, mudflows, avalanches, hailstorms, windstorms and landslide/mudflows.

The project aims to develop standardized and harmonized national multi-hazard mapping and risk assessment methodologies and multi-hazard maps and risk profiles for 11 river basins in Georgia. The multi-hazard maps will be developed by the National Environmental Agency under the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.

The legal entity of public law – National Environmental Agency (NEA) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia is the institution which is responsible for monitoring of environmental quality conditions (atmospheric air, surface and groundwaters, sea, soil) and meteorological, hydrological, and geological processes taking place on the territory of Georgia. NEA’s departments of Hydrometeorology and Geology are responsible for the monitoring, assessment and mapping of hydrometeorological and geological hazards in the country.

The National Environmental Agency possesses main information and historical data on hydro-meteorological and geological hazards and have respective databases. The staff is experienced in monitoring, assessment and mapping of natural hazards, obtaining, collecting and processing of respective data and information.

However, there is no definitive hazard, risk or vulnerability mapping for Georgia for any of the hydro-meteorological and geological hazards that it faces and the technical and financial capacity to undertake such mapping is lacking.

Mandates for risk assessment based on multi-hazard mapping and vulnerability are not clearly defined in the country. Emergency Management Service under the Ministry of Internal Affairs is the main body responsible for emergency risk management including the emergency risk assessment, which only focuses on identification of potential emergency cases and is not based on the hazard and vulnerability assessment. Though vulnerability assessments are conducted in the country, they are limited to specific donor-funded project scopes and conducted usually by NGOs, without unified approach applied.

While the SDC project will develop the unified methodologies for the modelling and mapping of the seven hazards, the project funded by GCF will develop the methodology for multi-hazard risk and vulnerability assessment.  In addition, many of the applications of hazard modelling within the wider program such as development of flood forecasting and early warning systems, identification, prioritisation and design of risk mitigation measures, development of river basin multi-hazard risk management plans, municipal emergency response plans, sector resilience plans and community DRM and CBEWS are highly dependent on the development of the methodologies and mapping  approaches for hazard assessment to be developed by the SDC funded project. Preparation of vulnerability assessments of 11 river basins is one of the components of the project as well.

Thus, the program is expected to provide both NEA and EMS with required international expertise to support the development of a unified multi-hazard mapping and risk assessment methodologies as well as provide technical support and guidance in developing the multi-hazard maps and risk profiles.

Duties and Responsibilities

The assignment will be implemented under the leadership of International GIS expert and general technical oversight from project Chief Technical Advisor and direct supervision of UNDP project manager. The incumbent is expected to work closely with a team of International GIS expert, international experts in hazard modelling and mapping and team of national counterparts from NEA working on hazard modelling and mapping.

The incumbent will be responsible to:

  1. Provide inputs to international GIS expert in a detailed desk research and analysis of all hazard GIS modelling, mapping and assessment practices nationally:
    • Stakeholder mapping for GIS, to identify main data owners of GIS and RS data for hazard modelling, mapping, and assessment, and the requirements for using GIS and remote sending data in hazard mapping and hazard data dissemination, covering all 7 hazards and multi-hazards. Stakeholder mapping should include governmental agencies, sectoral players, and academia and should also identify members of   a working group for consultation on availability and validation of the required data sets 
    • Conduct in-depth analysis of national experience in GIS and remote sensing applied to individual hazard and multi-hazard, modelling, mapping and assessment in Georgia in close consultations with project partners and stakeholders.
  2. Undertake the technical capacity assessment of NEA staff in GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling and for undertaking hazard modelling and mapping in GIS, through the capacity assessment scorecard developed by the international GIS expert. Develop the technical capacity development plan for GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling, mapping and assessment for NEA
  3. Support International GIS expert in identifying on-job training needs in GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling, mapping, and assessment

  4. Develop the methodology GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling, mapping and assessment, in Georgian through:

    • Development of Georgian version of the technical documentation for methodology on individual hazard and multi-hazard modelling and mapping in GIS methodologies, procedures and guidelines to be prepared by International GIS expert;
  5. Under guidance of International GIS expert provide technical support and oversight over GIS hazard modelling and mapping to be implemented by NEA, through:
    • supervision, guidance and review on GIS hazard mapping and quality control of the works
    • support to International GIS expert in provision of On Job Training in GIS-related hazard modelling, mapping and assessment as necessary
  6. Provide Regular technical and progress reporting to International GIS expert, UNDP CTA and PM.

Deliverables:

Consultancy year 1. 14 June 2021 – 31 December 2021 (with total number of days 50)

  1. A detailed desk research of all hazard GIS modelling, mapping and assessment practices nationally (1 July 2021)  through:
    • Stakeholder mapping for GIS, to identify main data owners of GIS and RS data for hazard modelling, mapping, and assessment, and the requirements for using GIS and remote sending data in hazard mapping and hazard data dissemination, covering all 7 hazards and multi-hazards.  Stakeholder mapping should include governmental agencies, sectoral players, and academia and should also identify members of   a working group for consultation on availability and validation of the required data sets
    • In-depth analysis of national experience in GIS and remote sensing application in individual hazard and multi-hazard, modelling, mapping and assessment in Georgia in close consultations with project partners and stakeholders. 
  2. Georgian version of the methodology in GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling, mapping and assessment, prepared through: Development of technical documentation for methodology on multi-hazard modelling and mapping in GIS methodologies, procedures and guidelines (30 September 2021)
  3. Completed technical capacity assessment in GIS and Remote Sensing for hazard modelling, mapping, and assessment and capacity development plan (1 October 2021)
  4. Progress report on technical support and oversight over GIS hazard modelling and mapping for 3 river basins to be implemented by NEA under guidance of International GIS expert (30 November 2021)
    • supervision, guidance and review on GIS hazard mapping and quality control of the works 
    • technical support to International GIS expert in provision of On Job Training in GIS-related hazard modelling, mapping and assessment as necessary

Consultancy year 2. 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022 (25 working days in total)

Quarterly progress reports on the provided technical support and oversight over GIS hazard modelling and mapping for 6 river basins to be implemented by NEA, under guidance of international GIS expert through:

  • supervision, guidance and review on GIS hazard mapping and quality control of the works; 
  • Technical support to international GIS expert in provision of On Job Training in GIS-related hazard modelling, mapping and assessment as necessary

Consultancy year 3. 01January 2023 – 10 November 2023 (25 working days in total)

  • Quarterly Progress reports on provided technical support and oversight over GIS hazard modelling and mapping for 2 river basins to be implemented by NEA under guidance of International GIS expert, through:
    • supervision, guidance and review on GIS hazard mapping and quality control of the works; 
    • Provide technical support to international GIS expert in provision of On Job Training in GIS-related hazard modelling, mapping and assessment as necessary

Management Arrangements:

The assignment will be implemented under the leadership of International GIS expert and general technical oversight from project Chief Technical Advisor and direct supervision of UNDP project manager. The service provider will be directly responsible to, reporting to, seeking approval from, and obtaining certificate of acceptance of outputs from the above-mentioned persons.

 

Payment modality:

The payment schedule is given below and will be made upon satisfactory completion/submission and approval of the deliverables by the supervisors listed above:

1st consultancy year, 14 June 2021 – 31 December 2021

  • 20% of the consultancy fee upon successful submission and clearance of deliverable 1 (1 July 2021)
  • 30% of the consultancy fee upon successful submission of deliverables 2 (30 September 2021)
  • 25% of the consultancy fee upon successful submission of deliverables 3 (1 October 2021)
  • 25%  of the consultancy fee upon successful submission of deliverable 4 (30 November 2021)

2nd Consultancy year, 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022 

  • Payments will be made on quarterly basis upon successful submission and clearance from UNDP of Quarterly progress reports. 4 reports in total 25% of the second-year consultancy fee per quarter

3rd Consultancy year, 1 January 2023 – 10 November 2023 Payments will be made on quarterly basis upon successful submission and clearance from UNDP of Quarterly progress reports. 4 reports in total - 25% of the third-year consultancy fee per quarter

Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Understanding of the mandate and the role of UNDP would be an asset
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism

Functional competencies:

  • Strong communication and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated skills in drafting reports
  • Ability to work under pressure with several tasks and various deadlines
  • Actively generates creative, practical approaches and solutions to overcome challenging situations
  • Excellent writing, presentation/public speaking skills
  • A pro-active approach to problem-solving
  • Computer literacy

Leadership and Self-Management skills:

  • Builds strong relationships with the working group and with the project partners; focuses on impact and results for the project partners and responds positively to feedback
  • Cooperates with working group effectively and demonstrates strong conflict resolution skills
  • Consistently approaches work with energy, positivity and a constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates strong influencing and facilitation skills
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change, new ideas and ability to manage ambiguity
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates ability to transfer knowledge and competencies
  • Is able to work independently and hurdle competing priorities.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • At least Bachelor's degree in GIS, remote sensing or a related computer science or geography discipline (minimum requirement: Bachelor's - 15 points, Master's - additional 5 ponts). 

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in GIS and Remote Sensing and its application to natural hazard and risk assessment, and Disaster Risk Management (minimum requirement: 5 years - 20 points, more than 5 years - additional 5 points).
  • Experience with designing GIS data repository and SDI is an asset (5 points)

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both spoken and written Georgian and English

Evaluation:

Offerors will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis method, against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum total obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria (desk review and interview) equals to 70 and for financial criteria – to 30. Offerors that do not meet any of the Minimum Requirements will be automatically rejected, while the rest will form up the long list. Technical evaluation will comprise of desk review and interview stages. Candidates who collect 70% (35 points) of points obtainable as a result of the desk review will form up short list and be invited to the interview. Offerors passing 70% threshold as a result of the interview (i.e. obtain minimum of 14 points) will be recommended for financial evaluation. 

 

Financial Proposal:

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 instalments 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.

Maximum 30 points will be assigned to the lowest price offer. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion):  Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal as well.

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