Transport Expert - Regional

Open Period: 
Friday, October 16, 2020
Close Period: 
Friday, October 30, 2020
Background: 
Socio-economic impacts of climate-related hazards in South Asian countries continue to threaten the countries’ economic growth, particularly in key sectors such as agriculture, water, and infrastructure. During the 16th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in 2010, these countries collectively resolved to strengthen climate resilience. The Climate Adaptation and Resilience for South Asia (CARE) Project aims to contribute in translating this policy into actions through enhanced regional cooperation and knowledge on climate resilience and adaptation, and development of standards and guidelines to facilitate climate-resilient planning and investments.
The Project’s Development Objective is to create an enabling environment for climate-resilient policies and investments across South Asia, with the following indicators:
Increased access to regional climate data and analytics for climate-informed decision-making; National-level decision-making and planning that are better climate risk-informed; Regional climate resilience guidelines incorporated into national standards; Sectoral investments supported to include climate risks and resilient design; and Institutional capacities strengthened to undertake climate-informed policies and planning.
The project has three components, for implementation over 5 years:
1) Promoting evidence-based climate-smart decision-making, to enhance access to data required for risk-informed planning and investments; 2) Enabling climate-resilient policies and standards for development, to enhance transformation of policies and capacities for climate resilience and adaptation across South Asia; and 3) Project management and implementation support.
Component 1 shall be implemented by RIMES. This component involves the development of a regional resilience data and analytics service (RDAS) platform and decision-support systems (DSSs) for selected sectors of agriculture, water, road transport, planning and finance in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan. The RDAS will be a cloud-based open-access platform for acquiring, storing, managing, processing, analyzing, visualizing, and reporting data, for use in screening climate risks to inform investments. The DSSs will be sector-specific systems linked to the RDAS, and used to assist users in climate-informed sectoral planning and decision-making. The RDAS and national DSSs will be developed from 2021 to 2023 and hosted in secured cloud space. Component 1 also includes capacity development of users of these systems and their products.
Objective: 
The Regional Transport Expert shall support RIMES' Sectoral Expert Unit in Bangkok in assessing the weather/climate information needs and requirements of the transport sector in Bangladesh and Nepal, and assist in the design and development/enhancement of the DSSs/portals. The Regional Sectoral Expert shall provide inputs to National sectoral consultants working on the user needs assessments and DSS development/enhancement in the transport sector.
Scope of Work: 
User Needs Assessment
Design and develop a comprehensive user needs assessment approach, methodology and tools (e.g., stakeholder mapping matrices, surveys, interview questionnaires, FGD questions, decision simulation workshop guide) for transport sector; Coordinate with in-country sectoral experts for the review of existing DSSs, portals and information databases in transport sector in Bangladesh and Nepal; Conduct a desk review of existing DSSs, portals and information databases in other countries in SAR; Provide technical inputs to the Country Coordinator/National Consultants on transport sector for organizing sectoral consultations and document the findings; Supervise the in-depth assessments for transport sector, and report on the sector’s weather/climate information needs and requirements, decision-making contexts, data availability and accessibility and technical capacity among others ; Coordinate with relevant transport stakeholders in Bangladesh and Nepal to integrate their operational and planning needs and decision-making contexts in the design and development of DSSs/portals
DSS and RDAS enhancement/Development
Work closely with the Consulting Firm in Bangladesh and Nepal in enhancing and/or developing the DSS for transport sector; Provide technical inputs on the design, content and analytics of the DSSs/portals to ensure their usefulness in planning and decision-making in the sector, including recommendations on: (the framework and data parameters; management and processing of road transport related data; the components, user interface and functionalities of the hazard/risk assessment, data visualization and report generation modules); Provide technical inputs on the design, content and analytics of the RDAS and its links with the transport DSSs/portals, where necessary; Draft a comprehensive plan for continued maintenance, update and enhancement of the DSSs including but not limited to governance and institutional mechanisms, funding, quality management, technical and data support, and capacity-building; Other relevant work to support the enhancement or development of transport sector DSSs/portals, as assigned by the Climate Application Specialist or Project Director
Reporting Requirements : 
The Regional Transport Expert will work with the RDAS-DSS Lead, national consultants for transport, and consulting firm for transport DSS. There is no equipment or office provided for this position. The Regional Transport Expert will work from home, with potential travel to RIMES Thailand, Bangladesh or Nepal for consultations and meetings. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Climate Application Specialist and Project Director (based in Thailand), who will monitor the quality of the following deliverables.
Approach, methodology and tools (e.g., surveys, interview/FGD questionnaires, etc) for assessing user needs in transport sector within 45 days of contract signing; Consolidated report on the DSSs, portals and information databases for transport sector in SAR within 120 days of contract signing; Consolidated report on the assessment outcomes outlining the weather/climate information needs and requirements, decision-making contexts and entry points for the DSS, data availability and accessibility, technical capacity, etc within 210 days of contract signing; Recommendations and technical inputs on the design, content and analytics of transport DSSs in pilot countries within 260 days of contract signing; Recommendations and technical inputs on the design, content and analytics of RDAS within 300 days of contract signing; Draft sustainability plan for the transport DSSs/portals within 350 days of contract signing; Monthly progress report
Qualifications: 
Master’s degree in disaster risk management, infrastructure, planning, civil/transport engineering, or equivalent combination of education; At least ten (10) years of experience in Transport Sector, especially, implementation of road projects, road asset management, intelligent transport system, disaster risk management in roads, and transport logistics – with knowledge of transport infrastructure engineering and of weather/climate information needs and requirements for transport infrastructure development; At least five (5) years of experience working with sectoral departments in assessing the demand and providing sectoral input for the design and operationalization of planning tools for climate resilient roads, climate-informed planning, DRR investment Experience with transport DSSs, portals, and/or similar tools; Demonstrated experience working with and supporting government agencies, especially transport sector in Bangladesh or Nepal would be an advantage; Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills; Can work independently or collaboratively with stakeholders and colleagues to achieve goals; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Excellent English proficiency including a demonstrated track record in technical report writing and ability to communicate technical matters effectively to general audience;
Contract Duration: 
The contract will be for 90 working days spread over 12 months.
Application Process: 
Interested candidates must submit their application letter and resume to rimeshra@rimes.int before midnight of 30 Oct 2020, Bangkok time. RIMES promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Well-qualified candidates particularly female nationals of Bangladesh or Nepal are encouraged to apply.