National Sectoral Expert – Transport (Individual Consultant)

Open Period: 
Monday, January 18, 2021
Close Period: 
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
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 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.
The country-specific activities planned for Nepal, including but not limited to the transport sector, are as follows:
Downscale DHM’s “climate outlook” for implementation of LAPAs and sectoral programs; Improve dataflows and functionalities of existing Agriculture Management Information System (AMIS) for Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development; Automate collection and management of hydrological and climate data and link DHM APIs with user-department DSSs for utilization of hydromet data analytics; Integrate existing hazards maps to support on-going hazard/risk assessments for resilient rural/local roads network; Improve MoF’s PFM information system for climate budget allocation, tracking expenditure, monitoring sustainability and assessing investment results in climate-related sectors
Objective: 
The National Sectoral Expert – Transport shall support the Sectoral Expert Unit on transport sector related activities, by inter alia assessing the weather/climate information needs and requirements for transport infrastructure development in Nepal. The Sectoral Expert shall provide technical inputs including integration of hazards maps to support on-going hazard/risk assessments for resilient rural/local roads network.
User Needs Assessment: 
Conduct a desk review to map stakeholders in transport sector, assess existing DSSs/portals, and identify gaps/requirements particularly at the provincial/rural level; Design a user needs assessment approach and methodology and develop the assessment materials such as survey, interview and focus group discussion (FGD) questionnaires; Lead the user needs assessments for transport sector including, but not limited to, surveys, consultation meetings, interviews, FGDs and/or decision-simulation workshops to identify the sector’s weather/climate information needs and requirements, decision-making contexts, data availability and accessibility and technical capacity among others; Summarize and report on the outcomes of the assessment
DSS Development: 
Initiate and coordinate discussions with relevant stakeholders and generate support for the development of transport DSS/portal that integrates hazard maps to support on-going hazard/risk assessments for resilient rural/local roads network in Nepal; Identify specific parameters and data (sources) to be integrated as well as decision points and contexts to be supported by the system; Provide recommendations and technical inputs on the design, content and analytics of the DSS/portal to ensure its application in planning and decision-making in transport sector for future risk and hazard assessment, including recommendations on: (the DSS framework and data parameters, availability and access to road transport related data (i.e., transport network, road condition, traffic, accidents, etc.), the components, user interface and functionalities of the hazard/risk assessment, data visualization and report generation modules)
Reporting Requirements : 
The National Sectoral Expert – Transport will work with the Nepal Country Coordinator, the Regional Sectoral Expert – Transport, and RDAS-DSS Lead (based in RIMES Thailand). There is no equipment or office provided for this position. The National Sectoral Expert – Transport will work from home in Nepal, with intermittent visits to stakeholders of transport sector for consultations and meetings. S/he will report directly to the Climate Application Specialist and Project Director (based in RIMES Thailand), who will monitor the quality of the following deliverables.
Desk review report within 20 days of contract signing
User needs assessment materials within 50 days of contract signing
Report on assessment outcomes within 120 days of contract signing
Final report summarizing the recommendations and technical inputs on DSS design and development within 150 days of contract signing
Qualifications: 
Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in transport engineering, civil engineering, disaster risk management, or related fields
At least five (5) years of experience in road infrastructure planning and asset management
At least four (4) years of experience working with transport sector in Nepal for assessing the demand and providing sectoral input in the design and operationalization of planning tools
Knowledge of climate-resilient road infrastructure development, intelligent transport system, safety and risk management for road transport sector
Experience with transport DSS or portals
Demonstrated experience working with government agencies, especially in transport sector
Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills
Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English and Nepali languages, including a demonstrated track record in technical report writing and ability to communicate technical matters effectively to general audience
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 38 working days spread over 5 months.
Application Process: 
Interested candidates must submit their application letter and resume to rimeshra@rimes.int before midnight of 3 Feb 2021, Bangkok time. RIMES promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Well-qualified candidates particularly females are encouraged to apply.