Expert – Community based Early Warning Systems

Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Part Time 834
Date Posted:Jun 24, 2020
Reference: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-137508-Consultant
Closing Date:Jul 3, 2020
Work Type:Part Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:General
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:1 Year
Contract Duration:2.5 month(s)
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Consultant
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About UN Environment :


United Nations Environment (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

UNEP has been working on institutional development for sustainable environmental management in Afghanistan since 2002 together with its direct government counterpart, the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA). UNEP and NEPA are currently undertaking activities on environmental resilience, climate change and capacity building with government counterparts, communities, non-governmental organisations, and international agencies. These activities fall under the Second National Communication (SNC) project and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF-1) project “Building Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Climate Change in Afghanistan”, executed by NEPA with execution support from UNEP Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Nearly half of the country is prone to natural hazards, and each year approximately 250,000 people are directly affected by natural hazards such as droughts, floods and extreme weather events. Preparatory actions taken before a natural hazard strikes considerably reduce the negative impacts of such hazards on lives and livelihoods. Such actions include establishing early warning systems (EWS). However, there is presently limited capacity in Afghanistan for forecasting of climate change-induced risks and dissemination of warnings and advisories to at-risk communities.

Job Summary:

A consultant is required to design a functional, community-based EWS to reduce the risks posed by climate change-induced natural hazards to rural communities in Afghanistan. He/she will report to the Project Coordinator.

Ultimate result of services: 

The final outcome of this consultancy is to reduce the vulnerability of communities in the target areas to the impacts of climate change.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The key tasks to be performed include:

3.1. Assess the current state of EWSs within the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, the Afghanistan Meteorological Department, the Ministry of Energy and Water, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, and other relevant organisations to identify current knowledge, practices and capacities as well as gaps.

3.2. Examine options for EWSs to address the most relevant climate change-induced disasters, with a focus on community-based EWS options. 

3.3. Develop a model and Standard Operating Procedures for EWS from data acquisition to dissemination of warnings and advisories to communities, including integration of the EWS into relevant government structures.

3.4. Develop a list of relevant equipment and infrastructure for establishing EWS for communities in remote areas.

3.5. Develop EWS training for national- and provincial-level government officials as well as community members.

4. Objectives, output expectations and performance indicators

The consultant will be required to produce the following deliverables: 

4.1 A technical assessment report on EWS in Afghanistan.

4.2 A model and Standard Operating Procedures for EWS in Afghanistan including an equipment list for community-based EWS in remote areas.

4.3 EWS training for national- and provincial-level government officials as well as community members.

Job Requirement:

The expert should possess suitable experience and qualifications broadly equivalent to the following:

• Post-graduate degree in a relevant field, e.g. meteorology, climate change, disaster risk reduction, etc.

• A minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience in the field of disaster risk reduction or climate change.

• Demonstrated experience in design and implementation of community-based EWS for reduce the risks posed by climate change-induced hazards.

• Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, including demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a broad range of stakeholders (e.g. government, NGOs, local communities).

• Excellent technical report-writing skills, particularly in the fields of climate change, disaster risk reduction and/or environment.

• Ability to operate under strict time limits.

• Good written and spoken English.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Submission Guideline:

Candidates interested in the above positions should submit their applications online through the UN HR portal “INSPIRA” employment page. To access the vacancy page, please click on the link provided below.

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All applications will be evaluated using a weighting of 70% for the technical proposal and 30% for the financial proposal. Only applicants obtaining more than 65% for the technical evaluation (i.e. a score of more than 45 out of 70) will be considered for the financial evaluation.

8.1 The technical proposal should address the following:

·        Applicant’s education and qualifications [max 10 points]

·        General professional experience [max 15 points]

·        Specific professional experience [max 20 points]

·        How the applicant will achieve the objectives of the assignment [max 25 points]

8.2 The financial proposal should present a total lumpsum amount that includes:

·        The applicant’s professional fee based on the estimated number of days required for the assignment

·        Any travel and related expenditures

·        Any daily subsistence allowance / per diem