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National Consultant for Information and Communications Technology-NAP

Dhaka

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-06

Background

Bangladesh often considered as one of the country’s most vulnerable to climate variability and change. To address adverse effects of climate change, adaptation is included in the key national development plans and the 8th Five Year Plan (2021-2025). The adaptation program prioritized in the National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA), the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) and the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) is now under implementation. Bangladesh is pioneer in bringing internal attention on supporting climate change adaptation (CCA), setting-up climate change trust funds and community-based adaptation approaches. In many regards, Bangladesh has also been a pioneer in CCA and provides an interesting model for sharing lessons learned with other LDCs. However, challenge remains in Bangladesh, with regard to institutional coordination and integration of CCA into program, budgets and performance frameworks, especially across various sectors. Several prioritized CCA options are still to be financed and implemented. Strategy for risk informed decision-making process on mid- and long-term CCA investment are yet to be fully in place.

The objective of this readiness project is to formulate the Bangladesh National Adaptation Plan (NAP) with a focus on medium- and long-term adaptation investment and enhancing national capacity for integration of climate change adaptation in planning, budgeting and finance tracking processes.

Prioritized NAP components include (i) establishing an inter-institutional NAP coordination mechanism, (ii) enhancing climate data and use those in investment planning, (iii) carrying out sectoral, regional and ecosystem-level vulnerability assessments and drafting a NAP based on consultations with all relevant stakeholders, (iv) developing sectoral action plans (v) undertaking appraisals and costing of adaptation interventions and (vi) establishing a monitoring framework for the NAP implementation process. This GCF NAP readiness support project will achieve this objective through four inter-related outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Strengthened institutional coordination and climate change information and knowledge management for medium- to long-term planning
  • Outcome 2: Adaptation options appraised and prioritized and National Adaptation Plan formulated
  • Outcome 3: Climate risk informed decision-making tools developed and piloted by planning and budget departments at national and sectoral levels
  • Outcome 4: Nationally appropriate adaptation investments tracking mechanism set up and financial plan for mid- and long-term CCA implementation prepared.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and key personnel working on climate change adaptation relevant project formulation and implementation in water resources, agricultural sector and food security, drought/haor/coastal/hill zones, and urban habitation (the “priority sectors”) will be the primary beneficiaries of this project.

OBJECTIVES

The National Consultant will be responsible for update and enrich the CCIKM web portal which is developed by NAP project.  Represent Climate Change Information and Knowledge Management (CCIKM) web portal to the wider audience for maximum use of it and attend in-person and on-line capacity building events (e.g. training, meeting, seminar, workshop etc.) to be organized by the Project Management Unit (PMU). The NAP project produced a number of knowledge products over the project period including the main NAP documents. The National Consultant will be responsible to enhance the CCIKM portal, its deployment and server management as well as new data integration. She/he will also support Project Manager as well as PMU as required relevant to this assignment.

Duties and Responsibilities

The expected outputs and delivery of the consultancy are:

  • Version update of the Geonode (4.0.0) and geo-server components of the CCIKM portal as well as other relevant programming version update.
  • Implementation of the Search functionalities of the CCIKM Portal.
  • Develop necessary interface into the admin panel for smooth data update and integration.
  • Rest API development for the data and information exchange for Timeseries data and Geospatial data.
  • Overall management of the CCIKM Server, debugging, bug fixing and deployment to the server.
  • Documentation on Rest API and other external component.
  • Update of the time series data visualization based on the feedback from the NAP user communities.
  • E-learning module of the CCIKM update and enhancement.
  • Proper documentation of the Code.
  • Support as a resource person in capacity building training activities in line Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and related activities to accomplished the assignment in line with PMU planned interventions and target.
  • Support and work with national as well as international consultants working for NAP project.
  • Support and participate Technical Advisory Board (TAB), Project Steering Committee (PSC) and other related project meeting.
  • Review NAP Climate Change Information and Knowledge Management (CCIKM) web portal contents and improve/update web portal knowledge materials through working with IT consultants, web developers and Partners.
  • Actively support to draft and finalise the project progress reports.
  • Closely work with Planning commission and finance division for data integration.
  • Represent climate adaptation knowledge portal (CCIKM) to the wider stakeholders and vulnerable communities in different training, meeting/ seminar/ workshops.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES

The consultant will be paid on a lump sum basis under the following installments. 

Deliverables/Outputs

Estimated Duration (days)

Target Due Dates

(indicative)

Review and Approvals Required

Submission of report with version update of the CCIKM portal (Geonode and Geoserver version update) and update all the knowledge documents into the portal for institutional memory which must be approved by the supervisor.

16

Within 1 month after signing the contract

Project Manager

Submission of report with implementation of the search functionalities of the CCIKM Portal including e-learning portal; and update all the knowledge documents into the portal for institutional memory which must be approved by the supervisor.

 

Submission of report with Rest API development for the time series data integration (export, access and import) and its documentation; and data upload interface and admin panel development and smooth running of the web portal which must be approved by the supervisor.

16

Within 2 months from signing the contract

Project Manager

Total

32

 

 

SUPERVISION AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

The Consultant will work closely with the Project Manager, International Expert, PMU Staff and Consultants and contracted partners, service provider to perform this assignment. The National Consultant- will report directly to Project Manager, NAP, UNDP.

TIMEFRAME AND DEADLINES

The assignment is for a total of 32 days over a period of 2 months.

DUTY STATION

The consultant will be based in NAP, PMU at Agragaon, Dhaka.

INPUTS

The Consultant will use his/her own personal PC or laptop and other required equipment, and

UNDP (NAP, PMU) will provide office space.

TRAVEL AND DSA:

No DSA will be paid. If unforeseen travel outside the duty station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UNDP, and upon prior agreement/approval, such travel shall be UNDP’s expenses and the individual contractor shall receive a per-diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other.

Competencies

  • Ability to work independently and participate in team-based environment
  • Good leadership capacity
  • Familiarity with UNDP/GoB working environment, communication, process documentation and presentation to wider audience/stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrable analytical skills
  • Knowledge management and learning. Constantly build and apply thematic expertise
  • Integrity and modelling of UN corporate values.
  • Ability to engage with high ranking Government Officials, stakeholders and provide policy advisory support services
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, team-oriented work style, interest and experience of working in multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent writing skills in the compilation of high-level quality documents in English language
  • Proficiency in the use of the computer

LANGUAGE & OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Fluency in Bengali and English is required.

Required Skills and Experience

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS       

  • Master's degree in Information science, computer science and relevant subject. 

EXPERIENCE

  • Over 10 years’ experience in information technology product design and database management.
  • Extensive hand on experience with knowledge management, website design, database design.
  • Relevant experience on climate finance tracing, climate change adaption, institutional capacity building in light of ICT and related areas.
  • Relevant experience on e-learning module and platform development.
  • Extensive experience on Server management, D3 library and chart development.

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%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% point in technical criteria would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Criteria

Weight

Max. Point

Technical

70%

70

  • Relevance of Education

5%

5

  • Experience of work in the relevant field

25%

25

  • Experience of work in similar assignments

30%

30

  • Understanding on CC in developing countries

10%

10

Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks)

All technical 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 received 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.

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).

Financial Milestone

Deliverables/Outputs

% of Payment

Submission of report with version update of the CCIKM portal (Geonode and Geoserver version update) and update all the knowledge documents into the portal for institutional memory which must be approved by the supervisor.

40%

Submission of report with implementation of the search functionalities of the CCIKM Portal including e-learning portal; and update all the knowledge documents into the portal for institutional memory which must be approved by the supervisor.

 

Submission of report with Rest API development for the time series data integration (export, access and import) and its documentation; and data upload interface and admin panel development and smooth running of the web portal which must be approved by the supervisor.

60%

Total

100%

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS

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

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  2. Brief description of why the individual considers him/her self as the most suitable for the assignment and work plan, as to how they will approach and complete the assignment. Provide link for the relevant publications (at least 3) 
  3. Detailed Personal CV, 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
  4. Financial Proposal: Financial Proposal has to be submitted through a standard interest and availability template which can be downloaded from the link below:

BGD_ Individual Contract_Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability.docx (live.com)

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