Planning and Finance Expert – Bangladesh

Open Period: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Close Period: 
Tuesday, November 3, 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 16 th 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:
Promoting evidence-based climate-smart decision-making, to enhance access to data required for risk-informed planning and investments; Enabling climate-resilient policies and standards for development, to enhance transformation of policies and capacities for climate resilience and adaptation across South Asia; and Project management and implementation support.
Component 1 shall be implemented by RIMES. This component involves the creation 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. Component 1 also includes capacity development of users of these systems and their products. The RDAS is 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 are sector-specific systems, linked to the RDAS, and used to assist users in sectoral planning and decision-making.
The country-specific activities planned for Bangladesh are as follows:
Enhance functionality of Bangladesh Agro-Meteorological Information System (BAMIS) for agriculture, and customize SESAME for livestock sub-sector; Improve the “Online Road Network” and transport DSS with risk information, early warning, climate database and a dynamic asset database; Improve water DSS with integrated exposure information and hydromet data.; Develop the Data Portal on River Hydro-morphological and climatological information including river pollution, water resources and regional weather data harmonization, including advanced analytics.; Develop a comprehensive Water Data Portal on climate risks (and digital M&E to support the 2021 Delta Plan) for integrated water resources management; Develop integrated climate planning and screening portal with their own interface, common for Finance, ERD and Planning.
Objective: 
The National Sectoral Expert – Planning and Finance shall support the Sectoral Expert Unit on assessing the weather/climate information needs and requirements of planning and finance sector in Bangladesh. The Sectoral Expert shall provide technical inputs for developing an integrated climate planning and screening portal, which shall improve planning and decision making of Finance, ERD and Planning.
Scope of Work: 
User Needs Assessment
Conduct a desk-review of Finance, ERD, and Planning departments in Bangladesh to map the institution role and mandates, and climate informed-decision making contexts in the sector; Preparation of baseline survey questionnaire to assess the data availability, existing DSS/portal and their application, technical capacity - both human resources and IT infrastructure, potential application of DSS, in consultation with RIMES Team; Facilitate and evaluate the survey questionnaire, summarize the findings.; Design approach and methodology of in-person consultation meeting with inputs from RIMES Sectoral Expert Unit and National Coordinator; Prepare presentation materials, and decision simulation exercise required for in-person consultation meeting with key sectoral department experts; Facilitate consultation with key sectoral experts from the planning and finance sector along with National Coordinators and RIMES Team, to capture the sector’s weather/climate information needs for operation and planning, decision contexts, data and tools availability, technical capacity status.; During the user-need assessment process, review the data availability, existing DSS/web portals used by the finance and planning sector and identify shortcomings; Work closely with Country-Coordinator for conducting online survey, organizing sectoral consultation and document the findings; Preparation of the report summarizing 1) survey findings, 2) user-needs identified during the consultation meetings, 3) baseline indicators – data, tools, technical capacity, and 4) sectoral decision contexts based on climate information
DSS Development:
Identify the list of data parameters to be integrated in DSS/climate planning and screening portal.; Provide technical inputs on the design, content and analytics of Planning and Finance DSS/ climate planning and screening portal to ensure the application of DSS in planning and decision-making in the sector; Provide recommendation for DSS/ climate planning and screening portal development based on the sectoral user need and decision contexts; Document the technical input for DSS/portal development
Reporting Requirements : 
The National Sectoral Expert – Planning and Finance will work with the Regional Sectoral Expert – Planning and Finance, and DSS Lead based in Thailand. S/he will work from home in Bangladesh, with intermittent visits to stakeholders of planning and finance sectors for consultations and meetings. S/he will report directly to the Climate Application Specialist and Project Director, who will monitor the quality of the following deliverables.
Desk review report within 30 days of contract signing; User needs assessment materials within 60 days of contract signing; Report on assessment outcomes within 135 days of contract signing; Final report summarizing the recommendations and technical inputs on DSS design and development within 165 days of contract signing
Qualifications: 
Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in political science, public administration, development planning, public finance, public accounting, business administration or related fields; At least seven (7) years of experience in planning and/or public finance; At least five (5) years of experience working with planning and/or finance sector in Bangladesh for assessing the demand and providing sectoral input in the design and operationalization of tools; Knowledge of public financial management, specifically in one or more of the following areas: budget preparation and execution processes; public investment management and planning; and PFM information systems; Knowledge of fiscal decentralization, subnational planning and expenditure and service delivery in Bangladesh; Demonstrated experience working with government agencies, especially in planning and/or finance sectors; Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills ; Proficiency in spoken and written English and Bengali languages; Can work independently and collaboratively with stakeholders and colleagues to achieve goals; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
Contract Duration: 
The contract will be for 46 working days spread over 6 months.
Application Process: 
Interested candidates must submit their application letter and resume to rimeshra@rimes.int before midnight of 3 Nov 2020, Bangkok time. RIMES promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Well-qualified Bangladeshi nationals particularly females are encouraged to apply.