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Description of the assignment:
Nepal is undergoing rapid urbanization with significant increase in the urban population. In 2011, only 17% of the urban population was residing in 58 urban municipalities, with the increase in urban municipalities to 217 in the year 2015, the urban population has increased to 40%. After federal restructuring, the number of urban municipalities has further increased to 293. Hence the urban population has increased with increase in number of urban municipalities, rather administrative transformation of rural municipalities to urban. While urban areas are “engines of growth” providing stimulus to the national development, urban development takes place in a haphazardly manner without adequate considerations of social, economic, environmental and risk factors, and as a result, many urban areas are exposing themselves to future disaster and climate risks.
As per the new federal governance system in Nepal, the local governments (urban and rural municipalities), are mandated for playing a key role in developing sustainable and resilient cities, including visioning, planning and implementation. While, most of the policy and institutional strengthening work related to resilience building at the federal level is yet to be cascaded down to the sub-national level. The new local entities, overwhelmed with infrastructure development demands, are likely to focus on short-term investments, at the expense of long-term resilience.
UNDP plans to support the newly formed Local Governments of Nepal in building their capacities for developing a long-term vision for inclusive, sustainable urban development in the form of urban resilience roadmap. UNDP’s integrated urban offer includes support for analysis of current and future risks and development priorities across the sectors to feed in the process of developing an urban resilience road map to ensure low-carbon, smart and climate resilient urban development. The process of roadmap formulation will be guided by on-going NDC enhancement process and National and Local Adaptation Planning processes through implementing the commitments of making the cities low-carbon and climate resilient. The current COVID-19 pandemic has added further risks to the urban areas as most of the quarantines and isolation centers are built in urban areas with high concentration of people in those areas. The roadmap formulation process will guide on investing for infrastructure and capacities to address the risk from COVID-19 pandemic and other future shocks.
UNDP plans to engage an Urban Resilience Planning Expert to support one of Nepal’s urban municipalities as pilot (Waling municipality in Gandaki Province). By leveraging various tools and expertise the Expert will support the municipality in resilience-building pathways vis-à-vis its overall development plan, for development of an “integrated resilience road map”. This roadmap will encompass prevalent risks and vulnerabilities to inform holistic, low-carbon, climate and disaster resilient development plan of the municipality and forms strong basis for achieving the SDGs. The work will be built on UNDP’s past work on RSLUP and urban risk governance, e-BPS, urban platform and will be guided by National and Provincial DRRM Policy and Strategic Action Plan, SDG Baselines, NDCs, and Nepal’s urban strategy.
Project name: Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme (CDRMP)
Period of assignment/services (if applicable): 100 Days (September– December 2020)
Proposal should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 1730 hours (Nepal Standard Time) of 28 September 2020 mentioning reference No. UNDP/PN/37/2020 – Urban Resilience Planning Expert.