Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - ESCAP SSWA [Cancelled]
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: NEW DELHI
Posting Period: 09 May 2022 - 10 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific-180712-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The national consultant will support the international consultant in delivering the following:

• Data of land use planning, natural resource mapping and land and marine spatial planning
• Implement the planning tools and recommendations based on the review of DRR/CCA assessments
• Climate-resilient land use and natural resources plan for the nodal agencies
• Draft paper/ report on capacity building for land use planning, natural resource mapping, and land and marine spatial planning based on the collected data
• Draft paper/ report on the review of DRR/CCA assessments and island disaster management plans based on the collected data
• Training manual/materials for the local stakeholders for the capacity building workshop(s).
• Organization of training workshop(s) and facilitation of practical training sessions

Accountability

The national consultant will work with and report to the international consultant and concerned officials of the project (ESCAP’s subregional office in New Delhi and UNDP Maldives).

Work Location

Maldives

Expected duration

The assignment covers the period from 15 June 2022 to 14 June 2023.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Maldives, as a low-lying island nation, is among the most vulnerable countries in the world with respect to the impacts of climate change and natural hazards. Aggregating natural (extreme events and slow-onset disasters) and biological hazards together, it is estimated that the Annualized Average Loss (AAL) from climate and natural hazards for the Maldives is UDS 45.8 million. This number is likely to increase to USD 55.4 million under the worst-case modeling scenarios. In addition, as a Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with a population of over 500,000, dispersed across 186 administrative islands and spread over roughly 90,000 square Km, the country faces significant challenges in delivering public goods and services.
Given the nation's stark challenges from natural hazards and climate change, the United Nations Sustainable Development Co-operation Framework (UNSDCF) 2022 - 26 dedicates its strategic priority to a sustainable and climate-resilient environment. It envisions that by 2026, national and sub-national institutions and communities in the Maldives, particularly at-risk populations, are better able to manage natural resources and achieve enhanced resilience to climate change and disaster impacts, natural and human-induced hazards, and environmental degradation with the support of UN-led interventions. The local councils of Maldives are responsible for developing 5-year development and land use plans. They are also required to provide support to relevant authorities, such as the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), in implementing disaster risk reduction regulations to prevent and mitigate the impact of disasters. However, there is a lack of availability, access, and use of relevant data and information products to enable evidence-based policymaking.
Against this background, this project will equip the local councils with better Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)/Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) development planning tools. The purpose is to help build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social, and environmental shocks and disasters.
The project is being implemented jointly by UNESCAP (ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, Bangkok and its sub-regional Office for South and Southwest Asia, New Delhi) and UNDP Maldives.
ESCAP needs one national consultant to support the international consultant develop a GIS-based digital database, prepare land use and natural resources maps, and collect and analyze hazard, exposure, and vulnerability data (including through the customization of latest Coastal Digital Elevation Model for selected islands/atolls of Maldives) for different climate change scenarios (using latest IPCC CMIP 6 Shared Socio-economic Pathways).

For the project areas, the consultant will also support the international consultant in developing and customizing a digital database, multi-hazard risk maps, prepare capacity development training manuals, and impart trainings to the stakeholders in the Maldives.
Responsibilities
The national consultant will work with and report to the international consultant as well as Chief, Disaster Risk Reduction Section of ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction, ESCAP, the international consultant will work with ESCAP's sub-regional Office for South and Southwest Asia, New Delhi, and UNDP Maldives.
The primary responsibility of the consultant involves assisting the international consultant in updating existing climate risk and disaster-related data and information products to support evidence-based policymaking for DRR and CCA.
The key strategies that will be used involve:
(1) Integrating community feedback through an inclusive consultative process that incorporates the programme targets vulnerable groups as part of hazard assessment.
(2) Creating and maintaining the institutional capacity to update modeling results hazard, vulnerability, and risk maps
(3) Ensuring that risk-based spatial planning informs disaster risk reduction policies and that informed land-use plans are enforced to prevent the development of settlements in at-risk areas.
Under this activity, UNESCAP will also update the Maldives risk profile by capitalizing on the advances in high-resolution geospatial and climate modelling and capture the risk granularities in the local context of small islands/atolls. This activity is expected to help mitigate the challenges the Maldives face in implementing risk-based spatial planning, help with developing new legislation informed by risk, and provide 'actionable' natural resources maps to operationalize and enforce legal frameworks for land use planning which integrate risk information. The activity will be carried out with technical support from Maldives Meteorological Service and in collaboration with the Maldives National Disaster Management Authority. Further, it will capitalize on the geospatial database data layers on coastal and marine ecosystems of the Maldives (Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology, supported by the ADB 2019), GIS-based information systems, Ministry of Planning and National Development, Maldives, etc. Additional support could also be made for MMS to undertake supplementary activities such as generating comprehensive atoll-specific hazard profiles based on the past (experienced hazards), present, and projected hazards, that can serve to examine exposure and sensitivity of development that will underpin the Outcome.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master's degree in environmental science, meteorology, hydrology, disaster risk management, or related field. A Bachelor's degree in the above fields in combination with one additional year of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: Quantitative and qualitative research experience in weather services, disaster management, and disaster risk reduction using geospatial tools.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the national consultant, fluency in English and Dhivehi is essential.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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