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Water Resources Management Specialist

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

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 is a competent regional resource center and has seven thematic departments: ADPC Academy, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Geospatial Information. These are supported by the Finance, Human Resources and Administration, and Strategic Planning departments. In addition to the departments, ADPC 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 percent 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. 

Scaling up the national policies on climate change and water sector resilience is vital to satisfactorily implement all the required components of the project. It would involve the development of standardized geospatial databases and other data for climate-related risk assessments in the transport sector. 

Accordingly, a highly qualified and experienced Water Resources Management Specialist will be required to support in reviewing national and regional guidelines for the water sector. S/he will be selected on a competitive basis following World Bank Procurement Regulations. 

The objectives of this consultancy service are to: 
• Support in reviewing national and regional guidelines, policies, programs, frameworks, etc. for the water sector 
• Provide inputs to draft reports and guidelines on priority areas in the water sector
• Identify adaptation and investment needs and gaps in existing policies relevant to climate change and the water sector. 

C. Statement of Intent
The Water Resources Management Specialist will provide support in reviewing regional and national guidelines for the water sector. The Consultant will further support in identifying adaptation and investment needs to strengthen the water sector. 

The Water Resources Management Specialist will be based in Karachi, Pakistan.

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

D. Duties and Responsibilities
The Water Resources Management Specialist shall be responsible for:

Technical Review and Analysis 
• Providing support in reviewing IWRM strategies, policies, and projects being carried out at the regional level along with strategies and policies at the national and provincial levels in Pakistan with special focus on Sindh province.
• Reviewing documents on IWRM approach in Sindh province including water demand and supply with special emphasis on groundwater resources
• Providing support in developing a questionnaire on good practices related to water resource management in Sindh province.
• Providing inputs and drafting the water sector report based on the review of IWRM strategies, policies and projects in Pakistan 
• Reviewing of national adaptation plan and Nationally Determined Contributions and consolidate information relevant to the water sector  
• Providing inputs and drafting a report on NAP and NDCs in Pakistan from an integrated water resources management perspective.
• Providing inputs to draft guidelines on priority areas identified in the water sector
• Prepare a plan for dissemination of IEC material related to the water sector in Pakistan
• Assist and coordinate in organizing consultations/workshops for the water sector in Pakistan. 

Needs Assessment 
• Identifying adaptation and investment needs and gaps in existing national policy, act/law, international treaties, frameworks, and strategies relevant to climate change and water sector. 
• Performing other relevant tasks as assigned by the Country Project Lead and Integrated Water Resources Management Specialist (Regional).

E. Qualifications
The candidate should at least have:
• A master’s degree in Water Resources Management, Water Engineering and Management or equivalent 
• At least 5 years’ experience in working in the water sector with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in Integrated Water Resources Management in Pakistan
• Knowledge of managing projects related to integrated water resources management strategies and policies at the national level 
• Experience of preparing water resources management plan, strategy for groundwater management in the context of integrated water resources management 
• Experience in preparing guidelines for applying IWRM in the context of a changing climate 
• 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 a general audience. Fluency in Urdu and Sindhi languages preferred
• Cross-cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff, and partners
• Required computer proficiencies: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet. Working knowledge in SPSS or similar statistical package and GIS application would be preferred.
• Only Pakistani Nationals are encouraged to apply.

F. Reporting Relationships
The consultant will report to Country Project Lead for the day to day activities and maintain close coordination with the ADPC’s Country Representative in Pakistan. The technical oversight will be provided by the Integrated Water Resources Management Specialist (Regional) at the Bangkok office through the PIU.  The specialist would also coordinate with the other CARE project specialists at the regional and national level to carry out different activities under the project.

G. Contract Duration
The contract duration will be for one (1) year. The consultant’s performance will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

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

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  • Closing Date 4 Aug 2020

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