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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

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National Consultant - Junior Consultant for Feasibility Study and Proposal Writing for Enhancing Women and Girls' Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change (two positions), Dhaka

Closing date: Sunday, 28 June 2015

National Consultant - Junior Consultant for Feasibility Study and Proposal Writing for Enhancing Women and Girls' Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change (2 Positions)

Location : Dhaka with field visit, BANGLADESH

Application Deadline : 28-Jun-15

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)


 Duration of Initial Contract : 30 working days

Expected Duration of Assignment : 30 working days


Building adaptive capacity of women and girls to the impacts of climate change is one of the strategic priorities of UNDP. Over last four decades, UNDP Bangladesh has been working with the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) together with other development partners to implement GoB's priorities in disaster and climate change risk management. UNDP is committed to support GoB in implementing its priority in adaptive capacity building.

The Government of Bangladesh is aimed at combating urgent and serious effects of climate change, and is moving towards low-emission and climate-resilient development. The Government of Bangladesh intends to develop and design projects with impacts in climate change mitigation and adaptation, on the basis of following criteria:

    Impact potential of climate investment to the development investment;
    Paradigm shift potential of climate investment in transforming the development investment;
    Sustainable development potential of the climate investment;
    Responsive to the needs of primary, secondary and tertiary stakeholders;
    Strong alignment with country systems, planning, financing and policy priorities;
    Efficiency and effectiveness of the climate investment.

 UNDP Bangladesh is working for last five years to support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in developing climate change related investment proposals. Among the issues being considered as subject for a project proposal is Women and Girl's Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change.

The Context of the Project: Evidently women are more severely affected by climate change and natural disasters because of their social roles, discrimination and poverty. In rural Bangladesh they are especially vulnerable since they are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood (CDMP 2009). The core climate change vulnerabilities outlined below are assumed as gender neutral.

    Flood-risk hotspots in Bangladesh were identified by MoEF (2009) in Middle and Northern-Eastern part of Bangladesh. Recent severe floods occurred in 1988, 1998, 2004 and 2007. Floods in Bangladesh in 2007 occurred two times and lasted for a prolonged period causing 40% crop loss, outbreak of diarrheal diseases and severe food insecurity;
    Drought-risk hotspots in Bangladesh are mainly located in the Northern-West region which includes Rajshahi, Kurigram, Nilphamary, Rangpur and Dinajpur districts. The agricultural droughts are also increasing in Chuadanga, Jessore and Satkhira districts (MoEF, 2009). Both the extent and severity of drought has increased and the consequences are poverty, food insecurity and hunger;
    Cyclone-risk hotspots start from Bay of Bengal and damage crop, vegetation and lead to floods and storm surges. It includes the coastal districts located in the southern area of the country. Cyclones and tidal surges affected Bangladesh in 1991, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013;
    Salinity risk hotspots are located mainly in the coastal districts which have a vast network of rivers and a large number of islands. Salinity intrusion started from the lower-upper area of coastal region to nearest upholds.

The vulnerabilities of men and women to hazard exposures, impact on biodiversity and conservation of marine and coastal resources, impact on life, livelihood and wellbeing of inhabitants of the areas are different and dynamic in different climate change contexts. The degree of vulnerability of women and girls in relation to potable water, human health, water for cleaning purposes, agriculture and community forestry is also different in different climate change hotspots. Therefore, the vulnerabilities are not gender neutral and in Bangladesh due to gender inequality, climate change impact is felt more in the day to day lives of women and girls and is predicted to worsen in future with abrupt climate change scenario (GoB, 2008).

It is also observed that women and girls' adaptive capacity to climate change is very low in Bangladesh and that makes them more vulnerable to climate change. Generally, adaptive capacity of women is meant to be 'a set of capacities (human, social, financial/economic, physical, and institutional/legal) that enable women and girls' individually and collectively within community to anticipate, cope with, resist or recover from, and reduce their susceptibility to climate-related hazards. Such adaptive capacity to climate change is also likely to help them in overcoming conditions determined by physical, social, economic and environmental factors or processes, as well as attitudes and behaviors in societies.

The Concept of the Project

The Government of Bangladesh (GoB), through the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA), has invested an average of USD120 million each year over the last five years in the Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme (Government of Bangladesh 2015). This programme aims to graduate vulnerable women from extreme poverty to higher income brackets - mainly by providing food, cash grants and livelihood skills (Government of Bangladesh 2015). The VGD model is designed to help the beneficiaries use the food and cash support to develop small enterprises or other means of livelihood so that they can become self-reliant (Hossain 2007).

The programme has been generally successful, except in those areas subject to climate-induced disasters such as floods, cyclones, waterlogging, salinity intrusion and drought (Litu 2015). This is because women who have made economic progress are constantly being set back by shocks and stresses, which erode their assets and resources (Litu 2015). MoWCA's analyses have shown that they will not be able to attain their graduation objectives in these areas without effectively incorporating climatic risk into their model and providing additional financing to address the risks (Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies 2012).

To address this situation, GoB aims to mobilise additional resources to (1) provide additional skills and cash/asset transfer to the vulnerable women so that their livelihood options are resilient to the climate change shocks; (2) establish more effective early warning and response mechanisms, which are women friendly, but beneficial to all members of the community; and (3) provide better access to potable water supply to reducing the domestic burden of water collection which falls primarily on women and girls and can involve long journeys when local resources become contaminated by salinity after tidal surges or sea level rise in coastal areas or during droughts.

Therefore, the broader objective of the programme is to enhance adaptive capacity of 50,000 women and girls, and their 225,000 family members in areas most vulnerable to climate induced shocks by transforming the VGD into a climate inclusive resilience programme

Duties and Responsibilities


The National Junior Consultants will work in a high profile team that is put together to provide support by primary and secondary data collection and ensure schedule of the different consultants in conducting a feasibility study followed by Project Development on Women and Girls' Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change.

The purpose of the assignment is to support the Feasibility Study Team in data collection and logistic arrangement of the consultant team.

Scope of Work

A Seven (7) member team is envisaged to be recruited by UNDP. The National Junior Consultants will closely work and assist the team leader to support the team in data analysis, maintaining team schedule, support logistics including the following areas to carry out during the mission.

The junior consultants will carry out the following tasks:

    Become familiar with Proposed project concept and underlying assumptions and justifications and key stakeholders in the proposed project to check understanding and assumptions;
    Assemble and review available studies, reports and data on women and girl's adaptive capacity to climate change;
    Collect and organize literature for review by consultants;
    Support consultant team to conduct stakeholder consultations.

The team of consultants will be contractually accountable to UNDP and the issues related to process and deliverables (outputs) also needs to be endorsed by UNDP.


    The secondary data collection;
    List of literature;
    Draft review of the literatures;
    A final Project Proposal.

Timeframe and Deadline

The assignment will be for a priod of total 30 working days from its commencement and shall be completed by 15 September 2015.

    The secondary data collection - 15 working days;
    List of literature - 05 Days;
    Draft review of the literatures - 10 Days;
    A final Project Proposal - 20 Days


The Consultants will prepare and submit the documents mentioned above at the end of the assignment. The format for Programme Document should be agreed at the beginning of the assignment and cleared by the task force. Further work, or revision of the documents, may be required if is considered that the report does not meet the TOR, there are errors of fact or the document is incomplete or not of an acceptable standard.

Supervision and Perfoemance Evaluation

The team will work closely with the Committee formed by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and UNDP. The consultant/s will report directly to the Assistant Country Director, Climate Change, Environment and disaster Cluster.


UNDP will provide office space and transport for the consultant as required and also arrange meetings, consultations, and interviews and ensure access to key officials as mentioned in proposed methodology. DSA will be provided for travelling outside Dhaka (if required) as per rules of UNDP

Payment to the consultant

The Consultant will be paid as per the following payment schedule based on the certification of the contract adsministrator

    1st payment (20% of the Total Contract Amount) - Upon completion of the secondary data collection;
    2nd payment (20% of the Total Contract Amount) - Upon completion and submission of List of literature;
    3rd payment (40% of the Total Contract Amount) - Upon completion of Draft review of the literatures;
    Final Payment (20% of the Total Contract Amount) - Upon submission of the final Project Proposal and successful completion of the assignment.


Functional Competencies


    Flexibility to make ad-hoc changes as and when the need arises;
    Ability to perform under stress;
    Willingness to keep flexible working hours;
    Ability to engage with high ranking Government Officials and provide policy advisory support services;
    Good understanding of disaster management in South Asia / Bangladesh, including field experience;
    Full conceptual and practical understanding of activities, legal framework of the government.


    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations as a team member, in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect.


    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
    Excellent writing skills in the compilation of high level quality documents in English language.

Corporate Competencies

    Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
    Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.

Required Skills and Experience


Bachelor's Degree or most relevant filed.

Experience & Knowledge

    At least 2 years' of working experience in research and data collection;
    Strong language and drafting ability;
    Good computer and internet knowledge;
    Good writing skills in English;
    Proficiency in the use of the computer.


Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Cumulative analysis: The candidates will be evaluated through Cumulative Analysis method. When using the weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

    Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
    Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% marks i.e. 49 marks in the Technical evaluation would be considered for Financial evaluation.

Technical Evaluation Criteria (Total 70 marks)

    Working experience in data analysis, maintaining team schedule, support logistics - 40 marks;
    Academic Record - 20 marks;
    Previous experience to work in project development - 10 marks.

Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks)

Financial proposals from all technically qualified candidates will be scored out 30 marks based on the formula provided below. The maximum marks (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal.

All other proposals will receive points according to the following formula:

    p y (�/z)


    p points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
    y maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
    � price of the lowest priced proposal;
    z price of the proposal being evaluated.

Important note for Applicants

Interested applicants are requested to submit their financial proposal along with the application. Please note that, application in this system allows to attach only one document. Interested candidates are requested to prepare their CV's and Financial Prioposal as one document and upload that single document (CV + Financial Proposal) while applying.

The template for Financial Proposal can be found in the below link:


All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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