Integrating SADC HYCOS into Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Flood Risk Management Strategies
Project Processing no:
Country of Assignment:
Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)
Period of Assignment:
18 months starting from December 2013
Project Description and Sector:
The project is commissioned by the SADC Secretariat through the support of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMZ), in delegated cooperation with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). This partnership is supported by GIZ through the implementation of the programme on “Transboundary Water Management in SADC”.
The project contributes to the implementation of the SADC Regional Strategic Action Plan on Integrated Water Resources Development and Management (RSAP III) and is an integral part of RSAP III, namely of Programme 13 –Hydrology and Basin Management. More specifically the project is geared to deliver tangible results on the ground under the Priority Intervention 13.4 and 13.6 – Flood Flow Forecasting and Early Warning System and SADC HYCOS respectively.
The aim of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Flood Risk Management (FRM) project is to reduce the negative impacts of climate variability/change on the societies and the economies of Southern Africa; to accomplish the project will focus on enabling SADC Member States to more effectively manage and respond to recurring floods and reduce the impacts on vulnerable populations by mitigating the destruction of property, loss of livelihoods and minimizing mortality. Overall the activities of the project’s intends to positively affect at least 9 million inhabitants of floodplains along transboundary rivers by improving water management and reducing the risk of flooding through the provision of FRM tools; and also act as a baseline for DRR for FRM in the region while providing guidance to SADC and its Member States.
It is expected that the consultant shall carry out the following closely interrelated Work Packages to strengthen the capacity of SADC to streamline and regionalize FRM through provision of guidance on a unified approach towards FRM and mitigate the effects of a fragmented management, data, communications, and early warning systems which hamper effective, efficient and timely responses to flood emergencies:
- Revitalization of HYCOS Hydromet Stations of Critical Importance to the Region.
- Support to the SADC Climate Services Center for the Development of Flood Risk Management Tools.
- Piloting the application of flood related Disaster Risk Reduction Tools and Approaches in one transboundary river basin.
- Assessment of the status of DRR Preparedness for Flood Risk Management in the wider SADC Region as a baseline for up-scaling of the developed approaches.
The contracting firm undertaking this assignment shall have a proven track record of i) the assessment and rehabilitation of hydro-meteorological networks ii) DRR strategies and FRM tools at regional, and national scales; and iii) the use of remote sensing, GIS and hydrologic modelling for FRM, and the development of early warning systems, and disaster response mechanisms.
The contracting firm shall have proven working experience in Southern Africa and also have experience in the management of large projects including capacities to handle regional sub-contractors.
Personnel - Specification of inputs and necessary qualifications:
The project shall be implemented with international, regional, national, short-term and long-term experts. Completion of the work programmes is estimated to require 88 professional person months.
The core staff will include a Project Manager with competences in project management, governance, financial management, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, Disaster Risk Reduction, Flood Risk Management and a Technical Specialist with expertise in hydrology, hydro-meteorological gauging, flood risk management and flood flow forecasting (each up to 13 month), and Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist (up to 10 month) with Technical Specialists providing expertise at critical points during the design, implementation, and reporting phases.
Further technical skills (Pool of Short-Term Experts and project/field support staff) envisaged to execute the project could include but are not limited to: hydrology, hydrological modeling, hydro-meteorological gauging, climate change adaptation, Early Warning Systems / emergency response, ICT, and capacity building and facilitation.
All staff needs excellent communication skills in English, having Portuguese will be an asset for the field assignment. The Consultant shall establish a regional project office in Gaborone, Botswana for the duration of the project.
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