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Consultant

Job Category:
Consultants
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Positions:
1
Agency / Project:
UNDP
City/Location:
Islamabad
Country:
Pakistan
Posted On:
13 January, 2010
Last Date to apply:
27 January, 2010
Experience in years
2 to 4
Experience:

Extensive experience of conducting Hazard Vulnerability & Risk (HVR) assessment in the mountain areas.

Description:
 

The overall objective of the risk assessment activity would be to assess the impact of GLOF/ FF hazard on mountain communities, and to develop community level risk mitigation strategies.

The initiative would be centred on assessing the impact of GLOF hazard on mountain communities and the socio-economic infrastructure. It would help develop a better understanding of the nature, occurrence, triggers, impacts and trends of GLOF disasters and their inter-relationship. It would also identify risk mitigation and preparedness measures/approaches which can be implemented at community and local administration levels to address them.

The assessment would be undertaken on a pilot basis in select one/two vulnerable communities and would seek to establish a model for replication of the activities to address similar risks in other hot spots. Moreover it would contribute to better understanding feasible risk mitigation measures at the community level. The initiative will adopt a gender-sensitive approach with greater focus on women as part of awareness raising and training and capacity building initiatives for identification of risks. The experience and knowledge generated would help develop appropriate disaster risk reduction plans at community level.

Terms of Reference

 

Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of GLOF / FF Hazard
in Gilgit Baltistan Region

-- One UN DRM Programme --

Introduction

Outside the Polar Regions, the impact of climate change is being felt more perceptibly in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. With warming in the Himalayas being greater than the global average, it is estimated that glaciers in HKH region are melting/retreating at an enhanced rate than before. This is leading to formation of glacial lakes at higher altitudes or expansion of the existing ones. However, these lakes, formed behind moraine or ice ‘dams’, are inherently unstable and have the potential to breach suddenly discharging millions of cubic meters of water, rocks and debris in a single devastating event. Such incidents are known as Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs). The number and frequency of such events is increasing in the HKH region over the past decades undermining the lives, livelihoods, cultivable land, property and sources of sustenance of already fragile mountain communities. They pose risk to Himalayan eco-system as well as destroy the precious socio-economic assets and development infrastructure.

Objective and Scope of GLOF / Flash Flood Risk Assessment Initiative

The overall objective of the risk assessment activity would be to assess the impact of GLOF/ FF hazard on mountain communities, and to develop community level risk mitigation strategies.

The initiative would be centred on assessing the impact of GLOF hazard on mountain communities and the socio-economic infrastructure. It would help develop a better understanding of the nature, occurrence, triggers, impacts and trends of GLOF disasters and their inter-relationship. It would also identify risk mitigation and preparedness measures/approaches which can be implemented at community and local administration levels to address them.

The assessment would be undertaken on a pilot basis in select one/two vulnerable communities and would seek to establish a model for replication of the activities to address similar risks in other hot spots. Moreover it would contribute to better understanding feasible risk mitigation measures at the community level. The initiative will adopt a gender-sensitive approach with greater focus on women as part of awareness raising and training and capacity building initiatives for identification of risks. The experience and knowledge generated would help develop appropriate disaster risk reduction plans at community level.

Expected Outputs

The consultant will be required to support the process of hazard, risk and vulnerability (HRV) assessment for GLOFs / FFs in the selected site(s):

1. Support the project team and the institution/individuals engaged for hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment.
2. Provide support to study team in terms of information, analysis of data with regard to GLOFs / FF’s.
3. Review of literature, data and reports or existing methodologies for HVR assessment in the mountain regions and submit a paper.
4. Support development of methodology for HRV assessment and develop guidelines on GLOF / FF’s HVR.
5. Conduct a comprehensive training course on GLOF/FF HVR based on the developed guidelines.
6. Conduct HVR of the selected site (s) with the project team and key stakeholders
7. Draft a detailed report on the HVR conducted in the selected site(s) and share it with key stakeholders in a consultation workshop.

Timeframe and Consultancy

The initiative would focus on HVR assessment for GLOFs / FFs and the activities will be completed within a period of 3 months, starting from date of the signing of the contract. The assessment would be supervised by the Project Support Officer under overall guidance of the Programme Manager one UN DRM Programme. This would include active association with the Gilgit Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA) and filed visits; and any inputs provided or perspective deemed fit to be addressed during the course of the study would be factored into the methodology. The methodology will be finalized in consultation with the project team.


Selection Criterion

An Individual expert / organization with past experience of working with the community in GLOF / FF mitigation and addressing mountain hazards would be chosen to facilitate this study. The Individual expert must have extensive knowledge of community based disaster preparedness process especially in use of tools such as PRAs, CBDRM, HVR and process of micro planning etc. Ability to establish good working relations with key stakeholders especially linkages with communities and local administration would be essential. The selected expert should also be capable of developing village level DRM plans based on results of the HVR. Extensive knowledge and practical experience of developing and implementing methodologies for community awareness and sensitization would be desirable. Experience in organizing/facilitating seminars, workshops and consultation will be an added advantage for selection of particular Institution/agency/ individual.

The assignment would entail travel and stay in the Gilgit Baltistan Region for a considerable period during the consultancy, the consultant will be required to organize adequate logistical support for the HVR assessment and community field work, as and when required. The consultancy enumeration would be inclusive of travel, accommodation and food expenses.

Any /individual expert interested in undertaking the consultancy and support the implementation process as enumerated above and fulfilling the desired requirements may submit their Letter of Intent along with a short proposal detailing out the activity plan, methodology and outline of the GLOF/FF HVR guidelines booklet.

Submission of Expression of Interest (EOI):

Individual expert interested in taking up the assignment may submit detailed narrative proposal along with item wise break-up by 16th January 2010. The terms and conditions as stipulated in the contract agreement shall govern the process of implementation of this assignment. The EoIs can be mailed to the address below.

 

Amber Masud
Project Support Officer
UNDP- CPRU
House # 124, Street # 11, E-11
Islamabad


Education
Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesAdvance University DegreeMasters DegreeAdvanced University Degree (Masters) in Geoinformatics, DRM, Landuse planning, Geography, Geology or Earth Science Disciplines, Hydrology

Skills
Must Title Level Description
YesResearch & Report Writing Never Used  Excellent research, report & document writing, presentation, PRA tools and computer skills are required