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 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.
For details, please refer to ADPC website at http://www.adpc.net/.
The "Climate Adaptation and Resilience for South Asia" or CARE for South Asia project is a five-year (2020-2025) regional International Development Association (IDA) grant project supported by the World Bank, and jointly implemented by Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES). The project is supporting the region in building resilience to climate change by improving the availability of regional data and knowledge, developing guidelines, tools and capacities, and promoting climate-resilient decisions, policies and investments across key sectors. The development objective is to contribute to an enabling environment for climate resilience policies and investments in select sectors and countries in South Asia. Key stakeholders include governments and technical agencies at the regional and national level.
The overall aim of the project is to build resilience to climate change risks by sharing regional data and knowledge, developing regional standards and guidelines for infrastructure, and promoting climate-resilient policies and investments. The key target sectors under this project such as agriculture, transport, water, planning, and finance will be piloted in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan. ADPC is implementing the component 2 focusing on Enabling Climate Resilient Policies and Standards for Development with the following sub-components:
The sub-component “Innovation for Climate Adaptation and Resilience” is implemented as part of the World Bank’s Program for Asia Resilience to Climate Change Multi Donor Trust Fund (PARCC TF Grant) with funding support from the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Within the overall implementation mechanism of the CARE for South Asia project it will support crowd source innovative and disruptive technology solutions for resilience through grant awards, matchmaking and pilot-testing challenges across South Asia Region (SAR). This involves a number of actions (e.g. formulation of resilience innovation, call for proposal, judging, award, presentation of results, documentation, and outreach) in phases and is expected to stimulate innovators to explore more climate-smart approaches to development in the region. The resilience innovation is further divided into two categories:
The World Bank, in partnership with Consumer Electronic show (CES) and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), has announced the 10 winners of the TechEmerge Resilience India Challenge.
The ten innovators have been selected for a total of eleven solutions from across the world and out of over 300 entrants. The innovators will be piloting their cutting-edge technology solutions across India, to deal with the twin challenges of immediate disaster response in the time of COVID-19, and building long term disaster and climate resilience. The innovators will support and implement the solutions as agreed with State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) in Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Kerala, and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
The chosen tech innovators and entrepreneurs offer solutions that leverage disruptive technologies such as AI, IoT, drones, 3D printing, digital platforms, and more. These solutions have stood out from among hundreds of others from across the world in a six-month-long process that involved rigorous evaluation by subject matter experts and independent jurors on specific criteria vis-à-vis the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs), who are the end-users. The criteria include demonstrated technology, ability to execute, fit to needs, and innovation etc. As part of the implementation, ADPC is providing grants to the selected innovators as well as management and technical support to implement the pilots in the selected States in India. The details on the solutions and innovators are provided in Annex-1 of this ToR.
ADPC is seeking consultancy services of a firm or organization operating lawfully in India to provide technical support to the selected innovators in terms of engaging, monitoring and evaluating technical aspects of the solutions being implemented.
Task 1: Engagement and Progress Monitoring
Work in consultation with the ADPC team and closely with the pilot solution providers and conduct regular consultations with end-users (NDMA and SDMAs) to ensure the solution provider is implementing the project in accordance with the needs of the end-user, and as per the signed grant agreement with ADPC. For this purpose, regularly organize online, face-to-face and on-site meetings with the stakeholders. Provide updates to ADPC at least once a month describing the progress, status of meeting the deadlines by innovators, feedback from SDMAs, and any challenges or issues that need to be addressed and resolved. A detailed engagement and monitoring plan will be required as part of the proposals by interested firms, which will be finalized with the selected firm before the contract signing stage.
Task 2: Technical Assessment and Quality Control
Review selected pilot projects, and provide recommendations, if any, on improvements that might be needed to achieve the outputs and key result metrics indicated by selected Innovators. Through engagement and in consultation with relevant technology experts, depending on the technology being applied in pilot solutions, the Consultant is expected to provide technical support and monitor the implementation of pilot projects together with the ADPC team. Details on technical assessment
and quality control methodology is required as part of the proposals by interested firms, which will be finalized with the selected firm before the contract signing stage.
Task 3: Coordination and Communication
Efficient coordination and communication between users, solution providers and stakeholders are crucial, and the firm will assess progress regularly along with timely identification of risks, to be addressed by solution providers. Activities will include, among others, collecting the required documentation for pilot project approval/kick-off, tracking pilot progression including adhering to the technical work plan, working with innovators to receive and review monthly reporting per pilot, conducting onsite visits for each pilot project, periodically review the innovators and solution providers vis-à-vis integrity risks and reputational risk, and reviewing final reports. Interested firms will be required to outline the coordination and communication mechanism both with SDMA and innovators.
Task 4: Technical Evaluation
The consulting firm will be required to submit the following deliverables as a result of the implementation of activities as outlined in Section II above:
The exact timeline for key deliverables will be discussed and finalized with the ADPC team with the acceptance of the Engagement Plan.
All final deliverables, unless otherwise agreed upon, shall be handed over to ADPC in a compatible electronic format.
Technology Experts (at least 2 experts with experience in and understanding of the technologies involved in the solutions)
Advanced University Degree in Engineering, Information Technology or related field
Project Management and Monitoring Specialist
University Degree in any field with Project Management experience
Note: Applicants can propose additional expertise in view of the technical requirements of the assignment