Experts gezocht voor DRR-Team missie Bolivia

Voor een DRR-Team missie naar Bolivia, van 7-13 mei 2017, zoekt het DRR-Team twee experts. Deadline voor reacties is vrijdag 28 april a.s. voor 12 uur. Hieronder leest u meer over de missie, de gevraagde expertise en hoe u op deze positie(s) kunt reageren.

 

From May 7-13 2017, the possibility exists for a DRR-Mission to Bolivia (pending regieteam / stuurgroep approval)

Background
A drought period of 11 months – continuously and ongoing – related to El Niño conditions struck the El Alto-La Paz metropolitan area with an acute water shortage in November 2016. The increasing demand for urban water and growing difficulties to provide future water needs are a common feature of the quickly growing population centres. While these issues have been a technical and political concern for several decades, water companies were faced with empty reservoirs by the end of 2016 and were forced to cut water delivery, affecting La Paz, El Alto, Potosi and other urban centres in an acute manner. Immediate consequences were a deregulation of urban functioning, health threats, organizational disorder, loss of trust in government institutions, social protest, and dismissal of authorities, among others.

This mission is being considered based on an official request by the Bolivian Ministry of Water and is specifically directed at topics of drought forecasting, drought information systems and embedding these into existing institutional and infrastructure systems. More specifically, the mission will set out to address the following issues:

  • Analysis of the 2016 drought and water shortage event, both from a hydrological, water supply management and IWRM perspective, in order to set the outline for a proper risk reduction analysis.
  • Analysis of the current state of drought early warning and of the specific performance of the main parties involved, as well as their visions and plans for improvement.
  • Development of a framework for an integrated national hydrological early warning system including water scarcity hazards (as a specific focus to this mission) and ensure alignment and integration with objectives for flood management and identification of other environmental threats to urban and rural water supply systems.
  • Develop specific technical/engineering requirements for a national drought early warning system within existing forecasting systems in the country.
  • Institutional performance of the water delivery, water security and related public services for the La Paz-El Alto and Potosí metropolitan areas
  • Development of a proposal for a strengthened institutional setup for urban and rural water security and drought early warning within existing and/or enhanced institutions.

The mission will take place from May7th until May 13th 2017, with an initial briefing with drought and hydrologic experts from the WorldBank on Sunday May 7th in La Paz. The mission will be accompanied by local experts from the Bolivian water authorities and from the WorldBank, as well as one or two Dutch experts and one local (international) expert.

The mission will be 6 working days, 2 travel days and 3-5 days for preparation & reporting (depending on assumed role).

Expert profiles
Our expectations of the two experts are as follows:

Team profiles:
Requirements for all team members:

  • Ability to rapidly assess situations and data and provide conceptual and practical solutions sensitive to the local context
  • Ability to be a relevant sparring partner for the Bolivian and World Bank officials
    and to provide feedback on existing plans and ideas, as well as provide input for suitable alternatives
  • Excellent presentation and reporting skills in English
  • Familiarity and practical experience with the Bolivia (Metropolitan) region
  • Fluency in English and Spanish

Expert Profile 1:

  • International project expertise, preferably in South-America / Bolivia
  • Because of specific technical themes to be addressed, a thorough understanding of drought forecasting
  • Expertise with the development of EWS-frameworks / platforms and embedding these into local institutional systems
  • Expertise with climate-related forecasting in urban areas and the development of short, medium- and long-term recommendations to mitigate future climatic impacts
  • Affinity with agriculture-related water security and water scarcity discussions is a plus

Expert Profile 2:

  • International project expertise, preferably in South-America / Bolivia
  • Because of specific technical themes to be addressed, a thorough understanding of drought information systems
  • Expertise with the transformation of weather and climate-relevant data (focus on drought) into inputs for Drought Information Systems
  • Expertise with the implementation of drought information systems and aligning it / integrating it into existing water infrastructure
  • Expertise with climate-related forecasting in urban areas and the development of short, medium- and long-term recommendations to mitigate future climatic impacts
  • Affinity with agriculture-related water security and water scarcity discussions and related tools for remote sensing and / or crop monitoring is a plus

DRR reserves the right to decide on combing the Team Leader position with any of the above-mentioned expertise requirements, depending on available expertise and in light of limited budgets allocated for this mission.

Considering brief preparation time, we request your response no later than Friday April 28 2017 – 1200 Hrs (NL Time). Please submit brief motivation letter and resume to following contacts:
Carlo.rutjes@rvo.nl
Arjan.braamskamp@rvo.nl
Samira.ennaji@rvo.nl

26 Apr 2017|