National Consultant to Support Development of Guidelines for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Development, Various Selected Urban Centers, Uganda

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Uganda

City: Kampala

Office: UNDP Kampala

Location : Various Selected Urban Centers, UGANDA

Application Deadline : 01-Nov-16 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 21-Nov-2016

Duration of Initial Contract : 3 months

Expected Duration of Assignment : 3 months

Background

Uganda's population is at 34.5 million, annual population growth rate of 3.1%, making it one of the fastest growing countries in Africa, Uganda is urbanizing at a rate of 18%, the urban population growth rate is over 5% per annum, it is projected that by 2035 the total population will be 68 million with about 30% (20 million) living in urban areas. Whereas this increase is associated with socio-economic transformation of the country, it has also led to increased vulnerability of our urban areas to the effects of disasters arising from climate change.

It is important to note that Climate change is a serious challenge for cities around the world, particularly in developing countries including Uganda where urbanization is happening at neck-breaking speed. It threatens to increase vulnerabilities, destroy economic gains, and hinder social and economic development. And the urban poor will bear the brunt of its effects since they live and work in informal settlements that are more exposed to hazards. Building resilience and adapting to climate change is increasingly a high priority for cities. Besides mitigation, on which efforts have largely focused in the past, cities should today play a larger role in adaptation. Whereas UNDP and various other development institutions are working with governments world over to strengthen their capacity to assess vulnerability to climate change impacts and to identify corresponding plans and investments to increase their resilience, their efforts have been greatly affected by lack of adequate and accurate information, thus making it quite difficult for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate change adaptability measures to be put in place.

In view of the above the ministry with support from UNDP intends to undertake urban climate change profiling exercise in selected towns in Uganda to create a data base for their magnitude and form of vulnerability for decision making.

Objective: The overall objective of the assignment is to carry out climate change profiling for selected urban centers in Uganda.

Duties and Responsibilities

Description of Assignment: The consultancy is designed to help policy-makers at the Ministry of lands, Housing and Urban development, other government MDAs and local communities get an insight into Climate change issues in urban areas in Uganda.

It will be based on analysis of existing database and a series of interviews with all relevant urban stakeholders, including local communities and institutions, civil society, the private sector, development partners, academics among others. The consultation process is expected to generate acceptable urban climate change profiles and agreement on priorities, on how to Mitigate, adopt and recover from climate change effects and proposed capacity-building projects.

The assignment will focus on assessing the situational analysis for Environmentally sensitive areas, gender, slums and shelter, land, Resilience, disaster management and climate change, inclusive and safer cities among others,

The information will be gathered by examining the existing policies, implementing capacities, regulatory, institutional and legal frameworks.

Analysis of existing data, undertake interviews and consultations. Findings will be presented and refined during regional and national participatory consultative workshops.

Scope of work: During this assignment, the consultant will work closely with the urban development department in order to deliver the relevant outputs within the given timeframe. Additionally, the consultant should consider the following:

  • Efforts should be made to build on other climate change related programs, policies, strategies and assessments that can be secured from the Ministry of Water and Environment;
  • The review and consultation process should be systematic in nature, providing a comprehensive and unbiased perspective on the opportunities and challenges climate change adaptation mechanisms to be able to generate adequate profiles;
  • There is need for in-depth consultation and coordination with relevant stakeholders in the public and private sector, including donor agencies and civil society, in order to ensure that the consultancy benefits from their experiences for better results.

Specific tasks: The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development requires the services of an Individual consultant to develop the National Urban Climate change profile for Uganda and the assignment will particularly involve the following tasks: Review relevant international, regional and national literature for information on past, current, and projected climate context in order to create climate change risk profiles for the selected urban centers.Consult with relevant Ministries Departments and sector agencies to inform the Cities Climate change profiles, programmes, policies or management plans in order to examine the following aspects:

  • The possible vulnerabilities of the sectors to climate risks and the extent to which the risks are being addressed;
  • The possibility that the development programs, policies or management plans under these agencies might lead to increased climate change vulnerability/maladaptation, risks, constraints and opportunities;
  • Develop the first draft National Urban climate change profile which integrates the findings of review, screening and consultation processes specific areas of intervention inform of project profiles. The profile should give opportunities and challenges for climate change adaption in urban development and measures to facilitate adaptation through synergies with existing or planned initiatives and other government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Conduct a one-day consultation session with all relevant Stakeholders to review the first draft National urban climate change profile showing recommended climate change areas of intervention inform of project profiles:

  • Prepare the final draft National Urban Climate change profile and project profiles and implementation strategies.

Competencies

  • Good professional knowledge of the national socio-economic development context;
  • Demonstrated analytical, communication and report writing skills;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Must be a results-oriented team player with excellent interpersonal skills, including enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and high integrity; concise and analytical thinking;
  • Professional in working with government counterparts, team player;
  • Good communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Postgraduate university degree in environmental management, natural resource management, natural resource economics, urban planning, social sciences or other relevant degree.

Experience:

  • At least 8 years of demonstrated expertise and understanding of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change adaptation in developing countries;
  • An excellent understanding of the urban development sector;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Good understanding of UNDP and Government of Uganda procedures, particularly the urban local government systems will be necessary;
  • Experience in applying climate change tools and constructing baseline scenarios;
  • Sound knowledge in urban planning of the urban planning sector, Climate change, housing, settlement planning, community development and urban environment from technical and institutional perspectives.

Language skills:

  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English language (verbally and in writing) in a cross-cultural environment.

Outputs:

  • An inception report indicating methodology and agreed time frame;
  • National Urban climate change profile and tools for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change adaptation;
  • A set of indicators and standards for monitoring;
  • Project profiles indicating specific areas of intervention on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change adaptation for the urban centers.

Documents to be reviewed:

  • URCI (Uganda Resilience cities initiative Reports);
  • Climate Change policy for Uganda;
  • KCCA climate change strategy and action plan;
  • National Environment Management Act;
  • The Uganda Sensitivity Atlas;
  • Draft National urban policy.

Expectations and performance indicators:

  • An inception report indicating methodology and agreed time frame - 20 days from signing of contract;
  • Draft National Urban climate change profile and tools for monitoring - 50 days;
  • Consultation Workshop report - 5 days;
  • Final National Urban climate change profile and monitoring tools - 15 days.

Evaluation of Proposal (Method and criteria): Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

  • Cumulative analysis

The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. 70%-30%.
  • Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
  • Financial Criteria weight; [30%]

Application Procedure: he candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on http://procurement-notices.undp.org/. (Reference #33636).

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website - http://jobs.undp.org (Ref no.69112).

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);
  • 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.

Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);
  • Annexes 1 and II - may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website -http://procurement-notices.undp.org/ - under reference #33636 For further clarifications, please contact; janet.anyango@undp.org; moses.lutwama@undp.org;

Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.

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.

Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016