Background and Justification
Mitigating the impacts of drought and famine is one of the primary aims of many governments and humanitarian organizations in the African region, as it has been highlighted during the first Africa drought conference held in Windhoek in August 2016.Mitigation, however, cannot be effective if the causes and characteristics of drought events and processes are not well understood through a holistic approach addressing also the monitoring and early warning and the vulnerability aspects.
Therefore the first step to achieve a better understanding is to have an effective monitoring system that is capable of measuring various characteristics of the processes as objectively as possible. To treat the problem of drought and to mitigate its impacts, proper diagnosis is needed. The monitoring system is needed to assist decision makers in finding the proper treatment. The project on the African Drought Early warning system expansion to Southern Africa aims to contribute to this goal with focus on the monitoring and forecasting component.
UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Princeton University is seeking to engage consultants/institutions to organize a workshop on the Transfer of and Training on Africa Drought Monitor for Southern African Countries, in Harare, Zimbabwe from the 9th to the 11th of November 2016 and to host the DM platform for Southern Africa.
Scope of work
The consultant/institution will be responsible for hosting the Workshop on the Transfer of and Training on Africa Drought Monitor for Southern African from 9-11 November, 2016 and hosting of the Drought Monitoring (DM) Platform with the following specific assignment:
- Organizing the venue and logistics of the workshop;
- Ensuring partners are available;
- Developing the Agenda for the workshop; iv. Facilitate the workshop;
- Organise translations during the workshop as needed
- Produce workshop report with conclusions, follow-ups and Actions plans
- Update the DM platform with data and information from stakeholders and partners
- Soft and hard Workshop Report including proposed actions and next step
- Financial statement with original receipts/invoices
- Proposal for hosting of the DM platform
Target participants of the workshop
SADC countries, international, regional and local experts and WaterNet and UNESCO networks. Each SADC country will be represented by two participants (one hydrologist and one meteorologist). The team of the Princeton University will comprise three experts. The new hydrologist expert from ICPAC will also attend the training workshop.
Partners in this are UNESCO, SIDA, and Princeton University and institutions, private sector and universities of science and technology. Other interested partners will be invited to join in where possible. Strategies to be employed in achieving the objectives of the assignment will include but not limited to activities designed to address the specific objectives. Details of the assignment will be provided on successful selection of applicants. Time Frame and Budget The time frame for the assignment is 6 weeks to be completed by end of mid-December, 2016. The budget for the workshop is between USD 40K-50k and negotiable. Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest is 4 November 2016.
Interested individuals or Institutions should contact: