|Introduction : |
The Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD) Program is a six-year initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the support of the Government of Australia (GOA) Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Philippines (DFAT), to assist the Government of the Philippines (GPH) in building the country’s institutional and community resilience to climate change and disasters. Together with its consortium partners, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), National Resilience Council (NRC), and Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), SHIELD aims to transform its 11 target provinces, Metro Manila, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) into safer and resilient communities by achieving three interdependent outcomes:
Outcome 1: Government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in targeted local government units (LGUs) are collaborating to unlock funding and implementing informed and inclusive resilience actions
Outcome 2: Relevant national government agencies (NGAs) are prioritizing action on local climate and disaster resilience
Outcome 3: Philippine scientific agencies are producing tailored and accessible information for resilience action
The third outcome is built upon the need to generate more accurate and sophisticated scientific and technical information that will enable localities to understand, and build resilience to, the impacts on people, their businesses, critical assets, and livelihoods throughout the country. Intended to support the realization of Outcomes 1 and 2, it aims to ensure the availability, credibility, and accessibility of various datasets and information relevant to climate change, hazards, and disasters which can provide essential inputs for local resilience planning and proposal development. In doing so, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Geoscience Australia (GA) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) will be working hand in hand with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to develop and apply sound climate modelling, projections, and scenarios, and improve hazard and risk assessment coordination and accessibility of data.
In line with this, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Service Institute of the DOST mandated to undertake scientific and technological services in meteorology, hydrology, climatology, astronomy, and other geophysical sciences, will lead the development of updated tropical cyclone severe wind hazard maps of the Philippines and severe wind risk maps of the SHIELD project sites and different return periods using the latest technology.
Scope of Work
UNDP seeks to engage the services of a Research Associate (RA) who shall primarily assist DOST-PAGASA in undertaking empirical and quantitative research work towards the development of tropical cyclone storm surge hazard and risk maps. Specifically, the RA shall perform the following activities:
• Perform severe wind hazard and risk modelling and model validation
• Conduct collection and processing of remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) data for land cover analysis
• Conduct data gathering, processing, analysis, and interpretation of results related to hazard and risk mapping
• Perform activities related to social dimension and validation of severe wind hazard and risk
• Coordinate with the SHIELD Support Unit, DOST-PAGASA, and other project partners in support to the fulfillment of above outputs
• Prepare manuscripts, technical reports, presentations, and other documents related to the project
• Prepare project-related correspondence and administrative documents as needed
• Participate in project-related internal and external meetings
• Provide technical assistance to DOST-PAGASA to ensure that the project deliverables are produced on the scheduled time
Period of assignment/services 264-person days
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