Consultancy for development of Geo-technical Hazard Risk Assessment and Mapping (GTHRAM)

The Danish Red Cross (DRC), in partnership with Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS), is looking for a qualified national or international consultant or team of consultants to support the completion of Hazard Risk Assessment and Mapping as part of a larger Urban Disaster Risk Reduction in Yangon (UDRR-Y) Project in Myanmar funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil protection Department (ECHO)

  1. Background

Myanmar is susceptible to a wide range of natural disasters and is ranked as one of the countries of most risk in the Asia-Pacific Region. Its coastal regions are particularly exposed to cyclones, tropical storms and tsunamis, while rainfall-induced flooding is a recurring phenomenon across the country. The nation belongs to the group of least developed countries ranking 145 out of 188 in the Human Development Index. The transition from a military regime to a civilian government in March 2011 accelerated the democratic process and put economic growth in focus. Rural-urban migration for waged employment, or displacement brought about by increasing climatic variation has become an established global phenomenon. By 2050, it is estimated by the World Bank that 70% of the world´s population will live in cities, in turn doubling the number of people known to be residing in locations of known disaster risk. Many of these locations such as Yangon, are within the world's tropical coastal zones and are prone to both rapid onset hazards such as earthquakes, fires, and disease, as well as slower onset climate hazards such as floods, rising sea levels, and increasing temperatures predicted under current climate change modelling.

  1. Objective

The MRCS-DRC is currently implementing the Yangon Urban Disaster Risk Reduction (UDRR) Project in the Yangon Region funded by ECHO. The Yangon UDRR Project engages the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (GoM) and other local stakeholders in order to strengthen both local and nationwide multi-stakeholder disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction in urban contexts. 

The overall objective of the consultancy is to develop one geo-technical hazard risk assessment map and report (GTHRAM) of one targeted and representative Township in the Yangon Region, subject to final approval of relevant GoM authorities. This is to be a consultative process applying international technical standards for geo-technical and environmental risk assessment, in line with relevant national GoM guidelines

Specific objectives related to the GTHRAM process can be further defined as follows:

  1. Through the process and final output, assist in raising awareness with government and private and stakeholders on the various environmental and technical hazards and their associated risks
  2. Through the process and final, enhance the coordination among various stakeholders with a focus on including government departments in geo-technical and environment risk assessment and management
  3. To strengthen Disaster and Environmental Risk Management System at the Regional and Township level and produce a model for further dissemination in other urban contexts and other GoM DRR and environmental initiatives.
    1. Process

The following can be considered an outline of process expected of the GTHRAM, subject to adjustment based on contextual factors and consultant suggestions:

  1.                  i.          An initial consultation meeting will be organized with all stakeholders, comprising MRCS, Region and Township level line departments, and other relevant local stakeholders
  2.                 ii.          A small working group with members representing various departments and key stakeholders in the targeted Township will be established
  3.                iii.          Gather and document information of known hazards, environmental risks, past disaster impacts, and existing environmental mapping and management resources of the township
  4.                iv.          Collecting primary data on existing and potential environmental and geo-technical risks across the Township, and conduct ground and GIS data collection, encompassing:
  • Street mapping; land cover and land use zoning; infrastructure such as canals and drainage, railways, and levees; industry; settlement type and density.
  • Surface water (rivers, streams, canals, ponds, reservoirs), mapping and water quality testing on representative sampling methodology
  • Elevation, tidal surge and flooding potential (historic and potential under current available climate modeling)
  • Soil type mapping including drainage and liquification potential
  • Water table and  water quality testing based on representative sampling methodology
  1.                 v.          The consultant(s) will then review, adapt, and as necessary develop a baseline map - both hard-copy and QGIS comparable database
  2.                vi.          The consultant (s) will present both the mapping and database results with the selected community leaders and the working group to identify and develop a risk profile of the Township
  3.              vii.          The draft GTHRAM Map and Report will then be discussed with TDMC members and other relevant stakeholders in the Township and with Regional Government and comments will be incorporated
  4.             viii.          The revised GTHRAM will be discussed again with the TDMC, and submitted to RRD at national level for approval
  5.                ix.          Launching GTHRAM with selected community, Township, regional, NDRRWG, and GoM stakeholders
  6. Deliverables

The consultant(s) will be required to produce the following:

-        A short inception report at the start of each process outlining the timeline and details of activities (based on consultation with relevant stakeholders)

-        A draft GTHRAM Map and Report, inclusive of QGIS database of the Township and presentation to relevant authorities and stakeholders for review.

-        Subject to above comments, a final GTHRAM Map and Report, both hard copy, QGIS compatible.

-        Raw GIS data layers available for further use by the project post-delivery

-        A financial and narrative report for each of the GTHRAM processes documenting the process according to MRCS requirements for reporting and for potential replication by Government of Myanmar in other areas of the country.


  1.  Schedule

The development of the GTHRAM will be organized as a single block of work to be undertaken and finalized before 31st August 2018.. The consultancy is expected to last for up to a total of 45 work days (e.g. 15 days in country field work, 15 days GTHRAM draft; 15 days GTHRAM finalisation). It will commence from the signing of the contract. A minimum one month before \commencement of field work, the consultant will be required to coordinate and consult with the DRC and agree on a proposed work plan with timeframes for undertaking the consultancy.

  1. Consultant specification


-        Minimum academic qualifications: Advanced university degree in environmental science, engineering, disaster risk management or equivalent

-        8-10 years’ professional experience conducting environmental and geo-technical risk evaluations and mapping, reviews and/or supporting learning initiatives, including methodology design, data collection and analysis. Experience in working with and supporting government stakeholders is an advantage

-        Considerable technical knowledge and experience in environmental risk assessment, land surveys, geotechnical assessments, disaster risk management, and working with multiple stakeholders (in particular government agencies in the areas of environmental risk, engineering, and DRR)

-        Demonstrable skills in producing high quality mapping and reports for a variety of audiences

-        Ability to work independently

-        Fluency in written and spoken English


-        Local presence in Myanamr or ability to demoinstrate ability to impememnt the activity with a local partner organisaiotn(s)

-        Experience working in Myanmar and knowledge of Republic of Union of Myanmar disaster risk management system

-        Working knowledge of Myanmar language

-        Familiarity with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

  1. Terms of payment

The DRC shall pay the consultant in full upon submission and acceptance of all deliverables.


  1. Application procedures

Interested applicant(s) should submit their application only to DRC at the address by midnight on 7th May 2018.

Applications must include:

-        Cover letter summarising how the consultant(s) meets the consultant specification, confirmation of availability in the timeframe indicated, and contact details for three professional references

-        A brief description of the firm or institution (for applicants other than individual contractors)

-        Technical proposal not exceeding two pages expressing an understanding and interpretation of the ToR, the proposed methodology, information about experience with previous TDMPs (or similar) and a time and activity schedule

-        Financial proposal of fixed-fee costs for all services and deliverables rendered and any other related supplies or services required for the consultancy (international flight tickets, transport in-country, accommodation in Myanmar which will be supplied by DRC.

-        At least one example of a report similar to that described in this ToR

-        Curricula Vitae (CV) of the consultant(s)

Application material is non-returnable, and we thank you in advance for understanding that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the next step in the application process.


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