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Assignment:                          Improved Hydrologic Decision Support for Lower-Mekong Region through Integrated Remote Sensing and Modeling

Supervisor:                            LMI-SIP Program Director

Type of contract:                  Individual Consultant

Organization:                       Lower Mekong Initiative - Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership, Phase II (LMI-SIP II), Pact Thailand

Period of Performance:      June 1, 2020 – April 30, 2022

Number of Days:                 135 days

 

  1. Lower Mekong Initiative - Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (LMI-SIP) Phase II

 

The Lower Mekong Initiative - Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (LMI-SIP) Phase 2, funded by the US Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), and implemented by Pact. The LMI-SIP Phase II, 2018 – 2022 has been redesigned to enhance regional development cooperation to adequately inform development policies and practices on large scale infrastructure development through practical partnerships among existing programs and institutions within the Lower Mekong Region that consists of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. Facilitation of Mekong Water Data Initiative (MWDI) and donor coordination component is also a highlight of LMI-SIP, aiming to strengthen regional water data management capacity, and synergize knowledge and expertise of the United States Government agencies with that of the Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) that include Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the European Union, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank.

 

This assignment is part of SIP’s capacity building component that exploring new and advanced modeling tools and utilizing satellite data to facilitate and strengthen capacity of water resource management in the Lower Mekong region. Selected tools and analyzed data will be disseminated to stakeholders through MekongWater.org (http://www.mekongwater.org/), SIP official website, SIP Facebook page, training workshops, to name by a few, as see appropriated.

 

 

  1. Objectives

 

The Consultant will work directly with SIP and Pact team whom include SIP Senior Program Officer, Program Director, and Senior Program Specialist, and in consultation with other partners such as the US Department of State (DOS), the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Lower Mekong national water related agencies, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), K-Water, Eyes on Earth, to name but a few, to produce training modules and materials on advanced (NASA) SWAT modeling based tools, and deliver series training, and provide guidance towards future development of weekly satellite-based flood monitoring and forecast data for Mekong, Irrawaddy, and Salween Basin which all details are elucidated in the section III. Tasks and Deliverables below.

 

  1. Tasks and Deliverables

 

The tasks and deliverable of the Consultant are:

 

    1. In close consultation with SIP, MRC and partner team, the Consultant will develop a suite of  training course modules and training materials on (NASA) SWAT based modeling for improved flood forecasting and operational water management of the Mekong,  Irrawaddy and Salween Basin - whichever fit interests, strengthens capacity, and fills capacity gaps of the Lower Mekong region stakeholders and of the MRC. If possible, these course modules should be designed to support and/or integrate the (USACE) HEC-Res-Sim modeling tool.

 

Least but not limited to, the developed course modules and training materials should include free SWAT software, satellite data access and mapping tools, and relevant materials, training guidelines and manuals, and presentations, etc.

 

 

    1. Based on 3.1, the Consultant is required to  deliver at least three training events in intermediate and advanced level that target at least 25 hydrological and flood modeling experts whom represent the Lower Mekong countries that include Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, and the MRC Secretariat.

 

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is expected that the first two trainings will be facilitated virtually in 2020-2021, and the third one through a face-to-face training workshop, held in the one of the Lower Mekong countries in late 2021 or early 2022.

 

    1. With coordination support from SIP team, the Consultant will be responsible for ground data survey and utilization that is required for the development of training course modules and training deliverables.

 

    1. Brief progress report in every six months (total 4 reports), and training assessment report after each training (total 3 reports).

 

    1. A brief report on guidance towards future development of weekly satellite-based flood monitoring and forecast data for Mekong, Irrawaddy, and Salween

 

    1. The Consultant will work in coordination with DOS, the MRC, USACE, K-WATER, and Eyes on Earth, and others in order to integrate the efforts.

 

Deliverables and number of working days are pre-identified in the table 1 below.

 

    Table 1: Tasks and deliverables and number of working days

Activity No.

Tasks and Deliverables

No. of

working days

3.1

A suite of training course modules and training materials on (NASA) SWAT based modeling for improved flood forecasting and operational water management of the Mekong, Irrawaddy and Salween Basin

30 days

3.2

At least three training events in intermediate and advanced level

30 days

3.3

Data survey and coordination that needed for the training modules development and training deliverables.

30 days

3.4

Communicate and follow up with trainees in group and individuals before and after each training.

15 days

3.5

Brief progress reports every six months, and final training and

deliverable assessment report.

 

10 days

3.6

A brief report on guidance towards future development of weekly satellite-based flood monitoring and forecast data for Mekong, Irrawaddy,

and Salween

 

10 days

3.7

Coordination with DOS, the MRC, USACE, K-WATER, and Eyes on Earth, and others

10 days

 

 

  1. Dates of Payments Upon Completions of the tasks and deliverables

 

Table 2:  Deliverables and date of invoice submissions

Invoice no.

Activities and deliverables

Date of invoice submission

Payment ($)

Invoice 1

Deliverables 3.1, (3.5 if applicable),

and the agreed date of the first training event, endorsed by the MRC, the Consultant and SIP/Pact team.

45 days before the

first training event is facilitated.

 

Invoice 2

Deliverables 3.1, 3.2 (training 1), 3.4, 3.5 and the agreed date of the second training event, endorsed by the MRC, the Consultant and SIP/Pact team.

45 days before the

first training event is facilitated.

 

Invoice 3

Deliverables 3.1, 3.2 (training 2), 3.4, 3.5 and the agreed date of the third training event, endorsed by the MRC, the Consultant and SIP/Pact team.

45 days before the

first training event is facilitated.

 

Invoice 4

The whole collection of Deliverables 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6

May 2022

 

 

 

 

  1.  Indicative workplan (Gant chart)

 

Table 3: Workplan

           Months

 

Activities   

and deliverables

June-Aug

2020

Sept-Nov

2020

Dec-Feb

2020-21

Mar-May

2021

June-Aug

2021

Sept-Nov

2021

Dec-Feb

2021-22

Mar-May

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Apply:

 

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, CV, and salary expectations to Pact Thailand Human Resources Unit via thailandrecruitment@pactworld.org  with the position title “Consultant: Improved Hydrologic Decision Support for Lower-Mekong Region through Integrated Remote Sensing and Modeling” in the subject line.  This position will remain open until filled.

 

 

 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

 

Contact : thailandrecruitment@pactworld.org


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