Local Expert on Seismic Risk Assessment and Landslides
Albania is a disaster-prone country. The four main hazards affecting the country are earthquakes, floods, forest fires and landslides. The International Disaster Database (EM-DAT) shows that, during 1979-2019, floods accounted for the major share of disaster events (38%), followed by earthquakes (15%). According to the annual World Risk Report (BEH-IFHV, 2020), which calculates the Disaster Risk Index due to earthquakes, storms, floods, droughts and sea-level rise for 181 countries in the world based on exposure and vulnerability (susceptibility, and coping and adaptive capacities), Albania has a high-risk index and ranks first in Europe and 60st in the world.
Albania, as part of the Mediterranean basin, is located in the most active seismic area of the European continent. Most of the earthquakes happen within three seismic bands: Adriatic-Ionian belt extending northwest-southeast, Peshkopi-Korça belt with north-south extension, and Lushnje-Elbasan-Diber belt with north-east extension. Albania is characterized by intensive micro earthquake activity, small and medium scale earthquakes, and rarely by large scale earthquakes (M>7.0).
Throughout history, Albania has experienced several seismic activities that turned easily in disasters due to lack of suitable infrastructure in territory including buildings and roads, inappropriate land use, rapid urbanization especially in the coastal area, as well as limited capacities (in human resources and equipment) in risk reduction from the earthquake. The most recent one, dated in 26 November 2019, is described as the strongest earthquake to hit Albania in 30 years. This disaster affected 11 municipalities, 47,265 people directly, 155,028 people indirectly, and accounted for 51 fatalities and 913 injuries.
According to the PDNA (2020), the estimated overall value of the damages and losses was 985.1 million EUR, and it represents 7.5% of the gross domestic product of Albania in 2019. This implies a heavy burden in the country’s economy, livelihoods and human development indicators.
The absence of a detailed and comprehensive strategy on Civil Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction came into focus especially immediately after the 2019 earthquake. Therefore, the events that followed the earthquake showed that there is an urgent need to strengthen disaster preparedness, adopt adequate rescue and response systems and procedures, and improve the capacity of firefighting services. Such capacities must become functional across the government to save lives, livelihoods, and sustain development gains.
While UNDP Albania responded to the immediate recovery needs, it also started to prepare its engagement in the longer-term capacity building for the sector.
The designed assistance, under the RESEAL project, intends to support the efforts of the Government of Albania for improving the disaster . The project is in line with promoting the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) and is developed based on the Albania earthquake PDNA recommendations. Also, in light of the severe and acute public health emergency due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, measures related to risk preparedness and risk mitigation of biological hazards will be provided.
The project is built upon the results of an ongoing two-tier UNDP pilots i) National DRR Capacity Assessment and ii) pilot intervention in Lezha Municipality.
At central level, the findings of the DRR Capacity Assessment would facilitate the process of strengthening DRM policy framework through drafting of the National DRR Platform for DRR and the National DRR Strategy and its Action Plan. During the capacity assessment a parallel process focused on preparedness and response capacities related to management of biological hazards as a national and community priority. It has been recognized as part of the Sendai Framework and is globally addressed under the International Health Regulations. Civil Emergency Plans will be developed based on disaster risk reduction strategies, disaster risk assessment documents, civil protection capacities, new expert findings, as well as experiences gained in disaster management. At the institutional level, the project supports institutional strengthening of the Civil Protection Agency (NCPA), whereas for creating an enabling framework for DRR, the project will further support membership to EUCPM.
Therefore, UNDP is seeking for qualified expertise to continue and expand its work in the area of DRR at national and ensure the continuity and coherence through building upon the results and progress made in 2021. In this respect, the services of a Local Expert on Seismic and landslide Risk Assessment are highly demanded for the continuation.
 Sulstarova, Kociaj & Aliaj (1980): Rajonizimi Sizmi I RPS te Shqiperise
 Albania Post-Disaster Needs Assessment - Volume A (2020)
Duties and Responsibilities
The Local Expert on Seismic and landslides Risk Assessment will work in close cooperation with the International Expert under the direct supervision of RESEAL Project Manager and in close coordination with UNDP Programme Officer for Environment and Climate Change to perform the following duties:
General duties of the Consultant
- Carry out a seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides risk assessment which contributes to the risk assessment in the national level;
- Build the capacities of the interinstitutional working subgroups to undertake similar assessments in the future;
- Provide specific recommendations on how to improve the seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides resilience;
More specifically the Consultant will:
- Be working with the project team, international and other national experts on risk assessment processes;
- Make necessary arrangements regarding meeting and interviews with relevant actors involved in the seismic risk assessment and landslide exercise;
- Provide necessary support in organization and management of overall assessment process;
- Organize introductory meetings with partners from the interinstitutional working subgroup on seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides risk assessment, and other relevant stakeholders to create a common platform for dialogue on capacity development;
- Plan a schedule of work for the assessment process and propose a methodology for the seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides risk assessment;
- Conduct workshop/s with representatives of the interinstitutional working subgroups, as well as other relevant stakeholders within the subgroups, to present and get feedback on the evaluation methodology and schedule of work;
- Conduct desk analysis of the situation (secondary data), as well as field visits to collect other relevant data (if needed) to understand and provide analysis of seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides events in the country;
- Organize and facilitate workshops, meetings and training sessions to relevant stakeholders to develop their capacities on seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides risk assessment;
- Explain the value and importance of seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides hazard and risk assessments to relevant stakeholders, as well as the key steps and process, data requirements, challenges, implementation arrangements of the process, etc,;
- Provide technical guidance and support for supervision of the implementation of seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides risk assessment;
- Review technical reports of the outcomes of seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides hazard and risk assessment to verify if they are technically sound;
- Support the documentation of lessons learned and development of guideline on implementation of seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides risk assessment process for future use;
- Provide administrative and technical support in preparing reports, presentations, brochures, guidance notes related to seismic risk assessment for meeting, seminars, forums, trainings, etc.;
- Contribute to the preparation of the seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides risk assessment report, endorse it with the interinstitutional working subgroups, and present it to the Government for adoption;
- Other activities and functions in line with the main responsibilities and processes.
If unforeseen travel outside the Duty Station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UNDP, and upon prior written agreement, such travel shall be at UNDP’s expense and the Individual Contractor shall receive a per diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).
3 - Deliverables
Although almost all below listed deliverables are part of teamwork, the Consultant should directly contribute and be instrumental in ensuring the following deliverables are completed.
Deliverable 1 (D1)
- Inception report outlining an initial assessment of local conditions, proposed approach, methodology, timelines and site visits (as needed).
Deliverable 2 (D2)
- Assessment and desk analysis of the existing situation;
- Presentation of the first results to the interinstitutional working subgroup;
- GIS datasets including seismic hotspots as well as spatial extent to its effects;
- Training delivery on approved approach and assessment methodology on seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides risk;
Deliverable 3 (D3)
- A well-structured documentation of all the methodologies used in the study;
- A training for DRR decision-makers in government to ensure knowledge and skills transfer about seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides risk assessments
- Guidelines and training manual developed for the whole risk assessment process;
- Completion and submission of the final report with the recommendations.
Core competencies and values:
- Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
- Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
- Display cultural, gender, nationality, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Demonstrated analytical skills to identify obtain and synthesize information from various sources and formulate objectives and conclusions;
- Understanding of public information management and financial tools in disaster risk management;
- Demonstrated technical skills and work experience on Disaster Risk Management with a special focus on seismic, rockfall and other massive movements, snow and avalanches and landslides risk assessment;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to liaise effectively with government officials, community partners, as well as representatives of international organizations;
- Advanced computer skills (especially Microsoft office applications) and the ability to use information technologies as a tool and resource.
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced degree earthquake/civil engineering, seismology, geotechnical engineering or other related discipline
- At least 7 years of professional experience or equivalent combination of education and professional experience in seismic hazard and risk assessments including landslides
- Direct experiences working with seismic assessments including landslides
- Country specific knowledge is a must
- Experience in working with academia, government agencies in Albania, development partners and or UN agencies would be an added value.
Fluency in Albanian and English, with excellent drafting, writing and presentation skills is required.
6 - Payment Schedule:
- First payment – 20%
That is upon completion of deliverables D1
- Second payment - 40%
Upon completion of deliverables D2
- Third payment – 30%
Upon completion of deliverables D3
UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that would consider both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their financial proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate whose offer:
- Is deemed technically responsive / compliant / acceptable (only technically responsive applications / candidates will be considered for the financial evaluation)
- And has obtained the highest combined technical and financial scores.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max points: 70
Criteria A: Education Background – max points: 20
Criteria B: Relevance of work experience – max points: 30
Criteria C: Expertise in conducting UNDAF evaluations/and or other programme reviews - max points 20
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max points: 30
Interested applicants are advised to carefully study all sections of this ToRs and ensure that they meet the general requirements as well as specific qualifications described. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
The application should contain:
- Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application.
- Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability & Detailed Financial Proposal - please fill in the attached form. Download Here (kindly use Firefox browser)
- Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV. Download Here (kindly use Firefox browser)
- Financial Proposal in ALL*- Specify a Total Lump Sum in Albanian Lek for the tasks specified in this announcement. The attached template may be used - Download Here (kindly use Firefox browser) Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall consider various expenses incurred by the consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services).
- Copy of Diplomas and copy of Passport.
- Technical proposal – specifying the methodology which the consultant will employ to conduct this assignment.
*Kindly note that Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal are two separate documents and should be both part of your application.
How to Submit the Application:
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- Download and complete the UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SCs) and Individual Contracts (ICs); In the P11 Form make sure to include Email Addresses of the Persons who are willing to provide References on your past experience in working with them.
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- Click “Apply Now” button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click “Submit Application;”
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