Short-Term Consultant on Climate Services Assistance - Nepal

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Country: Nepal
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Closing date: 4 Nov 2020

A. About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

ADPC is an autonomous international organization with a vision to reduce disaster and climate risk impacts on communities and countries in Asia and the Pacific by working with governments, development partners, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, private sector, media, and other key stakeholders.

Established in 1986 as a technical capacity building center, ADPC has grown and diversified its expertise across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction across a broad range of specialist areas. With over 100 staff from 19 different nationalities and a wide range of professional expertise from atmospheric scientists to social scientists with experiences from all levels of engagement typically required for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Resilience (CR) in an effective manner. ADPC has six strategic themes supported by seven departments: ADPC Academy, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Geospatial Information. These are supported by Finance, Human Resources and Administration, and Strategic Planning departments. In addition to the departments, ADPC also works on three cross-cutting themes: Gender and Diversity, Poverty and Livelihoods, and Regional and Transboundary Cooperation through permanent working committees.

ADPC Strategy 2020 guides the organization in providing comprehensive risk reduction support to countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific. ADPC recognizes the importance of examining the linkages between disaster risk management, poverty reduction, gender equality, sustainability, rights-based approaches, climate change and regional cooperation.

For details please refer to ADPC website at http://www.adpc.net/

B. Background

Disasters take a huge toll on the development agenda of SAR countries. Between 2000 and 2017, disasters in South Asia incurred estimated damages of US$ 149.27 billion. Public expenditure is under stress by the repeated need to reallocate capital budgets away from long term development planning and towards reconstruction activities in post-disaster environments. For example, since 2005, Pakistan has suffered losses on the order of US$ 16 billion due to natural disasters. In Bangladesh, 2007 Cyclone Sidr resulted in damages and losses of US$1.7 billion, or 2.6 per cent of GDP.

To increase resilience and achieve climate commitments, there is a need for a transformational shift towards policies and institutions that enable climate resilient investments. Investing in more resilient infrastructure is both profitable and urgent as disruptions are extremely costly for governments, households and private sector and large ongoing investments in infrastructure assets will have long-lasting repercussions as poor maintenance and natural disasters result in a vulnerable stock.

With the financial support from the World Bank Group, ADPC will be implementing a five years’ project, titled “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Project for South Asia” (CARE). The project aims to create an enabling environment for climate resilience policies and investments across South Asia. This objective will be achieved through enhanced regional cooperation and knowledge exchange for climate resilience and adaptation and mainstreaming of resilience and adaptation in national policies, plans and investments.

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, water-induced disasters and hydro-meteorological extreme. In the changing climatic conditions, there is an urgent need for a comprehensive framework for national climate services in mountainous country like Nepal to understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change and extreme hydro-met events.

The aim of this activity under the CARE project is to develop National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) in Nepal and bridge the gap between climate science and the needs of users of climate information. The activities will be carried out in close collaboration with the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM). The WMO guidelines to develop NFCS at national level will be used and good examples from national level frameworks in other countries will be utilized when appropriate. The outcome of the activity is a detailed NFCS document with action plan for NFCS, including a list of climate service products in Nepal. The Scope of Work (SoW) is prepared for a local short-term consultant to provide inputs to the development of NFCS in Nepal.

Accordingly, a consultant (assistant meteorologist) will be required to provide strategic and technical support in development of National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) in Nepal.

The objectives of this consultancy service are to:

  • Coordinate overall stakeholder mapping process in Nepal
  • Facilitate national level consultations with selected stakeholders and potential users of climate services and also facilitate various DHM meetings and discussions to contribute to the NFCS
  • Facilitate sectoral working group meetings and discussions to contribute to the NFCS
  • Document various discussions during DHM and working group meetings
  • Review various documents including national climate policies, plans, guidelines, acts related to climate services
  • Support preparing NFCS document and draft action plan

C. Statement of Intent

The short-term consultant will provide necessary support in the development of National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) in Nepal and conduct national consultation as well as moderate sectoral working groups discussions during development of the NFCS. The consultant will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Note:

It is not the intent of this Terms of Reference to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather to highlight the most important areas of personal and joint responsibilities.

D. Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will be responsible for:

Task 1: Identify and map key stakeholders for national level consultation and sectoral level discussions (online/offline)

Task 2: Consult and coordinate with DHM to develop vision and action plan to enhance climate services in Nepal (online/offline)

Task 3: Consult and coordinate with DHM for formation of inter-ministerial steering Committee and sectoral working group

Task 4: Facilitate consultations (online/offline)

Task 5: Facilitate and moderate various sectoral working group meetings and discussions (online/offline)

Task 6: Prepare reports of national and sectoral consultations, meetings and discussions

Task 7: Provide technical inputs for drafting NFCS and review various outputs

E. Deliverables: The consultant will have the following deliverables:**

  1. List of key stakeholders for national level consultation and sectoral discussions

  2. List of ministries for inter-ministerial steering Committee

  3. Consultation plan with DHM and other key sectoral agencies

  4. Report on findings on national level consultations and sectoral working group meetings and discussions

  5. List of climate service products defined during the consultation according to users’ needs

  6. Stakeholder consultation inputs for draft NFCS outline and Action Plan for the NFCS

  7. Technical inputs for preparing Draft NFCS document

  8. Review Report on NFCS document

F. Qualifications

The candidate should at least have:

  • M.Sc. in meteorology/atmospheric science or climate related science, PhD will be an advantage
  • Expertise in climate and weather services and climate research for at least 6 years or more in Nepal
  • Proven experience in project work, consultation, coordination and organizing workshops
  • Proven track record of publications including reports, guidelines, peer reviewed journal papers, etc.
  • Team work with strong communication skills and capacity to work under pressure and short deadlines
  • Cross cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff, and partners
  • Required computer proficiencies: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet
  • Experience in training and capacity building
  • Excellent English proficiency in oral and written communication, including a demonstrated track record in technical report writing and ability to communicate technical matters effectively to general audience
  • Fluency in Nepali language preferred.

G. Reporting Relationships

The consultant will report to the Project Director.

I. Contract Duration

The contract duration will be for 3 months from October to December 2020 with intermittent inputs for 30 working days.

J. Selection Method

The consultant will be selected in accordance with ADPC’s recruitment process and in compliance with the World Bank Procurement Regulations.

How to apply:

How to apply:

Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form, (downloadable from www.adpc.net), resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter, to adpcjobs@adpc.net within 4 November 2020 at midnight Bangkok time.

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

ADPC encourages diversity in its workplace and supports an inclusive work environment.



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