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Consultant - “Role of Spatial Technology (GIS & RS)

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

He/she should have at least 10 – 15 years working experience. The consultant should have sufficient knowledge of application of GIS in monitoring extent of land degradation and desertification.

Description:
 

I. Background

Pakistan is primarily a dryland country where 80% of its land area is arid and semi arid and majority of its people depend on drylands to support their livelihood. Nevertheless, like many other developing countries drylands in Pakistan are severely affected by land degradation and desertification due to unsustainable land management practices and increasing demand of natural resources. These are causing enormous environmental problems, including degradation of drylands ecosystems, loss of soil fertility, flash floods, and loss of biodiversity, reduction in land productivity, soil erosion, water logging, salinity and many other associated problems.

To meet the challenges of land degradation and desertification, the Ministry of Environment, Government of Pakistan has launched Phase-I of a project on “ Sustainable Land Management to Combat Desertification in Pakistan” funded jointly by Government of Pakistan (GoP), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The overall goal of the project is to combat land degradation and desertification in Pakistan in order to protect and restore ecosystems.

The spatial spectrum of the project is spread over the four provinces of the country within the selected districts: Punjab (Chakwal, Bhakkar); Sind (Dadu, Tharparkar); Baluchistan (Pishin, Washuk, Awaran); and NWFP (Dera Ismail Khan, Lakki Marwat).

One of the components of the project is “Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management into Landuse Planning”. It includes mapping and monitoring the extent of land degradation and desertification in pilot project districts by gathering baseline information, developing performance and impact indicators for land degradation prevention. These would help in establishing a mechanism for assessing the sustainability of SLM interventions at pilot project sites. Under this component, there is a provision to conduct a study on the role of Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing (GIS & RS) for promoting sustainable management of land resources in Pakistan. The output of the study will provide bases for holding a national workshop on “Role of GIS/RS in sustainable land management to combat desertification in Pakistan”. Through this workshop the significance of GIS and RS and its application in effective monitoring and sustainable management of land resources will be deliberated. Findings of the study will be shared with the stakeholders, particularly line ministries, research institutions and land managers responsible for the integrated management of natural resources. 

In order to conduct this study, the Project needs services of a short-term consultant to review the international and national experiences in using spatial technology for sustainable land management. The study will propose a strategy for the Project for application of GIS and RS in promoting integrated management of land resources in Pakistan.

II. Study Aim & Objectives

The assignment aims at detailed situation analysis and development of strategy by determining the role of spatial technology and its application for promoting SLM as envisaged under the outcome-III of the Project Document of the SLMP. The main objective of the study is to document the role of GIS & RS in sustainable management of land resources and recommending a strategy for application of these tools in promoting SLM in Pakistan. The consultant will be responsible for delivering a methodology for data collection and its management. He/she will design/outline a comprehensive monitoring mechanism for sustainable management of land resources in Pakistan. The consultant will also write a concept paper for holding a national workshop on “Role of GIS and Remote Sensing in sustainable land management to combat desertification in Pakistan”.

III. Reporting Responsibilities
 
Under the overall direction and guidance of the Additional Secretary MoE/National Project Director, SLMP, the consultant will report to National Project Coordinator (NPC), SLMP and will work in close co-ordination with GIS Specialist, SLMP to achieve specific tasks for the assignment.

IV. Time Frame and Duration

The total duration of the assignment will be three months, while the time frame for the assignment is to be mutually agreed between the consultant and the SLMP.

Job Description:

The specific tasks for the assignment will include:

Task 1: Review National and International Experiences

Search national and international publications and reports to review and analyze the application of GIS and RS in SLM. This may include:
 Reviewing national & international experiences in using GIS and RS in:
 Monitoring and assessment of the extent of land degradation and desertification;
 Management of land resources, including water, forest, and rangelands both at the national and local levels, particularly in drylands;
 Rehabilitation of degraded and desertified land both at the local and national levels.

Task 2:  Recommend GIS and RS Methodologies for Data Collection and its Management

Based on the review, document and recommend methodologies for data collection and its management for promoting SLM in Pakistan through application of spatial technology. This will include: 
 Development of a GIS & RS based mechanism for periodic monitoring of the extent of land degradation and desertification at provincial and national levels;
 Identifying tools and preparing guidelines for periodic collection of spatial and non-spatial data particularly related to water resources, rangelands, forest cover, and soil degradation parameters;
 Document and recommend an integrated database development methodology; and
 Identifying successful GIS techniques to analyze data for integrated management of natural resources;


Task 3:  Capacity Building of Line Agencies

Hold consultative meetings with the concerned officials of line agencies and research institutions related to soil, water, rangeland, and forest resources to indentify and evaluate capacity gaps in use of spatial technology. This will involve:
 Identifying spatial technology gaps in line agencies and research institutions particularly engaged in management of soil, water, rangelands and forest resources; 
 Prepare a proposal for building capacity of line agencies and research institution in use of GIS and RS and its short-term and long-term contribution for SLM;

Task 4:  Development of a Concept Paper for holding a National Workshop

The output of the study will provide bases for holding a national workshop on “Role of GIS/RS in sustainable land management to combat desertification in Pakistan”. The consultant will do the following tasks regarding this national workshop:
 Write a concept paper for organizing a national workshop on “Role of GIS and Remote Sensing to promote SLM in Pakistan”; and
 Present the findings and recommendations of this study in the workshop and facilitate the workshop deliberations.

OTHER TERMS OF REFERECE

I. Outputs/Deliverables
Deliverables include:
 A brief outline (table of contents), methodology and work plan to accomplish the tasks listed above within 2 weeks after signing of the contract,
 An interim report based on the review of experience listed under Task I above within one month,
 First draft of the study report based on tasks 1-4 above at the end of second month for seeking comments/feedback from the SLMP Team and other technical experts,
 National validation workshop facilitation and its report in the mid of third month.
 Two (2) hard copies and a soft copy (on CD) of the final study report after incorporating comments received during the validation workshop at the end of third month.

II. Payment Schedule

The assignment is required to be completed within the period indicated above. The project will make payments subject to the satisfactory approval of the deliverables. Delivery of outputs and payment schedule will be as under:
i. 10% on submission of methodology and workplan
ii. 20% on submission of interim report based on the Task-I mentioned above 
iii. 20 % on submission of first draft of the study report,
iv. 20 % on facilitation of national validation workshop and preparation of workshop report;
v. 30% on submission of final study report after incorporating comments received in the validation workshop.

III. Requirements for Submission of Brief Proposals/Concept Note

The individual consultants will be required to submit their CVs along with a 3-4 pages concept note covering relevant experience, approach/proposed methodology for the study and indicative amount of the consultancy fee in lump-sum, including travel expenses (if involved) for the assignment.

IV. Background Information and Documents

 Sustainable Land Management Project documents Phase-I
 National action program for combating desertification and mitigating impacts of droughts.
 National Land Use Plan (PC-I)
 National Center for Drought/Environment Monitoring and Early Warning in Pakistan (PC-I)


Education
Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesAdvance University DegreeMasters DegreeAn advance degree (preferably Ph.D.) in the field of natural sciences or related sector, including forestry, agriculture, livestock, and water management or a subject closely related to sustainable land management with specialization in GIS and RS and its application in the field.

Skills
Must Title Level Description
YesLanguage & Report Writing Excellent  He/she should be fluent in English with excellent writing and verbal communication skills. He/she should have good understanding of the national/regional/local issues as relevant to the subject.