CARE TL-National / International Consultant Specialist on Geographical Information System- CD 18 de Dezembro de 2014

CARE International in Timor Leste

CARE International in Timor Leste



CARE International in Timor-Leste

National / International Consultant

Specialist on Geographical Information System




Job Title                                 : Specialist on Geographical Information system

Organization                         : CARE International in Timor Leste

Location                                 : Dili, Timor Leste

Type of Contratc                   : Consultant

Language (s)                         : English Required Tetum Preferred

Starting Date                         : Third week of December 2014

Duration of the Contract      : Finish on February 2015 (42 working days)       




CARE International in Timor-Leste

Specialist on Geographical Information System



  1. Background


CARE International in Timor-Leste (CITL) has received a grant from UNDP Small Scale Rural Infrastructure (SSRI) unit to conduct a vulnerability analysis using the Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) methodology and Geographic Information System (GIS) in the sub districts and sucos where the UNDP-SSRI project will implement activities in Liquicia, Ermera, and Bacau Districts. The grant has a duration of six months, and requires to analyze the vulnerability of those areas and strategic infrastructures in front of climate threats. CARE has extensive experience in participatory processes and conduction of this approach to analysis at aldeia-suco level. As a way to deepen the analysis and create a database of visual information to help the decision making process, CARE will seek to develop a series of maps in GIS format to analyze the vulnerability from a technical-scientific point of view and closely articulated by perceptions of communities.


  1. Needs Analysis


Timor-Leste is extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts including changing rainfall patterns and temperatures, and increased hazard events such as flooding, landslides and strong winds, as well as ocean acidification and sea level rise. In most of the cases, especially in areas which range in altitude from sea-level to approximately 1400m, the impact of climate-related hazards upon local communities is exacerbated by degradation of local ecosystems and water resources[1].


Landslides have been identified as one of the most serious and commonly occurring disasters in Timor-Leste accounting for vast losses in agricultural land, flash flooding and damage to infrastructure, as well as a major cause of human displacement.


With land degradation, deforestation and poor agricultural practices, landslides, erosion and flooding are more frequent and of greater magnitude than before. Poor soils and the sedimentary nature of the geological forms combine to increase Timor’s increasing vulnerability to landslides.


The protection of small-scale  infrastructures, maintaining access to markets and services (such as education and health), informed land use, increased community awareness, management of hazards and risk factors and increased engagement with government planning processes are some of the alternatives available to increase the resilience of vulnerable communities in response to climate-related hazards


To achieve the goals of SSRI project, the CVCA tool will be adapted to incorporate a sound analysis of the small infrastructures, prioritizing them as a starting point during the different phases of the CVCA. Small Infrastructures in the suco and aldeia will be the main topic to be analyzed in all participatory sessions.



To contribute to the SSRI objective “Critical small scale rural infrastructure is climate resilient designed and implemented through participatory approaches and strengthened local governance systems, reflecting the needs of communities vulnerable to increasing climate risks“, CARE will assist the SSRI project in the identification and implementation of activities and small scale infrastructure that will increase the resilience of rural communities in Liquica district regarding Outcome One of the UNDP SSRI project.


The outcome, as described as follows: SSRI Project Outcome 1: Policy makers and the public in Timor Leste are aware of critical climate risks to rural (infrastructure) development and are systematically being informed about up to date evidence-based information on climate hazards through vulnerability assessment and cross government coordination mechanisms.


Results of CVCAs will determine the facilitation and development of community action plans at Aldeia, Suco and Sub District levels. This analysis also will characterize the exposure of the small infrastructures in front of climate relate hazards under community perspective.



  1. Objectives


To contribute to the objectives, the consultant will analyze the Sub districts where the UNDP-SSRI project will be focused, using Geographic Information Systems in order to determine the level of vulnerability of the infrastructures, community and territory in general in front of climate related hazards. The outputs of this analysis will inform the selection of hot spots where the UNDP-SSRI project should focus its interventions.


Specific objective.


The consultancy must produce of a set of thematic maps of the selected sub districts and  prioritized areas (identified hotspots) characterized by geographic location, type of risk, vulnerability and a description of the area regarding the effects of potential  climate related risks on population, infrastructure, livelihoods and social aspects.



  1. Expected results


  • The design and implementation of a basic and user-friendly structure of a GIS system UNDP-SSRI working area, that can be useful for decision making, project and program management, planning process, reporting, analysis and M&E. This GIS system will incorporate a characterization of the territory, including maps(layers) and meta data (tables) for the following categories:
    • Political and administrative organization
    • Climate information, including rain patterns and distribution, temperature, evapo-transpiration, winds, etc.
    • Environmental information like land characterization, (Topography, Geology – Hydrology, altitude, etc.)
    • Watersheds
    • Land use
    • Infrastructure (Water systems, tanks, ponds, check dams, electricity, sede the suco, schools, clinics, processing centers, etc.)
    • Social information like, access to health services, access to drinking water, access to education services, demography data, social networks, etc.
    • Infrastructure like roads (classification)
    • Economic information, access to markets, economic activities, access to microfinance services, transport services, etc.
    • Risks of disasters including Flash flooding, droughts, winds, flooding, heavy rain, landslides.
    • Cultural patterns. Ethnic Diversity.
  • To produce maps that reports in a visual manner the findings of the vulnerability assessment analysis. Vulnerability maps in front of climate related disasters such landslides, strong winds, flooding, erosion and drought.
  • To produce metadata that will contribute further analysis.
  • To produce thematic (GIS analysis) maps that support the analysis of the communities (Sucos and Aldeias) and watersheds regarding their vulnerability (potential risks and response capacities)



  1. Scope of work


  • This GIS vulnerability assessment will further add knowledge for the identification of:


  • Who and where are the most vulnerable communities
  • To what and why they are vulnerable.
  • Hot spots that require special attention to reduce vulnerability
  • Location of all strategic infrastructures that require special attention
  • Description of the risks and vulnerability of the strategic infrastructures to climate related hazards
  • Actions to increase the resilience of this small infrastructures
  • The analysis will be conducted at Watershed, sub district Suco and Aldeia (depending on information available) level in three districts target of UNDP-SSRI project activities.



Liquica Bazartete, Liquica and Maubara To determine
Ermera Ermera and Hatolia
Baucau Baucau, Vemase and Quelicai



The utility of this GIS system must be related to the analysis to the vulnerability, which includes analysis of climate and environmental risks, social and economic factors, cultural aspects, infrastructure (roads), water and sanitation access and demography. In the future this GIS will be transferred to partners in order to strength the local capacities to plan, prepare, implement, monitor and evaluate activities and analyze information and changes.


  1. Main activities.


  • Reinforce, update and complete the existent GIS
  • Gather information and data from and others institutions and stakeholders.
  • Process the information and data collected
  • Conduct field visits to crosscheck the information
  • Produce tables and maps
  • Produce visual and geographic information compatible with google earth platform
  • Train people in the use, maintenance and administration of the System.
  • Other activities relevant with the objective of the consultancy.
  • Provide debriefing presentation to CARE and other invited participants



  1. Services provided by CARE International in Timor-Leste


In fulfilling their responsibilities the Consultant will closely co-operate with and be supported by UNDP and CARE. CARE in coordination with UNDP will provide the consultant with transport support, office space and field accommodation as required. CARE shall introduce the consultants to the key contacts for this work and make necessary organizational arrangements. CARE will provide the consultants with all necessary background information.


The field portion of the evaluation will take place in the districts mentioned before. While performing the field works the Consultant will be based at CARE and/or UNDP field offices. He/she will report to the Project Manager assigned by the respective organizations. The Consultant shall at all times follow security rules and regulations as established by UNDP and CARE Timor-Leste.



  1. Lines of Communication


Day to day support to the Consultant will be coordinated by the Project manager in consultation with, CARE CBA Program Manager. Communication relating to the management of logistics/finance for the consultancy will also be performed by the Project Manager.


  1. Length of Assignment


The assignment will start on the third week of December, 2014 and finish on February, 2015 (42 working days).


  1. Required knowledge and experience

Essential knowledge and experience of a high order are required in the following areas:

  • Relevant academic background
  • Experience in developing and application of GIS
  • Previous experience in Timor Leste is desirable
  • Experience in climate vulnerability analysis and DRR


Personal Attributes & Skills:


  • A high level of English language
  • A high level of Bahasa Indonesian or Tetun language skills desirable
  • Proven oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with people of different cultures
  • Able to work under pressure and meeting deadlines
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Flexibility
  • Empathy
  • Commitment to social justice and gender equity
  • Experience of traveling and working in remote locations and with basic facilities





CARE International in Timor-Leste is looking for Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist to conduct GIS mapping and analysis study.


Individual consultants with proven experience in this area are invited to submit your candidacy. For more information about the scope of the consultancy, please read the Terms of Reference Below.


The interested consultants should submit a presentation letter specifying a daily rate and submit it together with the CV to the e mail address ( or at CARE International in Timor-Leste offices in Bairo Pite, before 5 pm of Thursday 18th of December, 2014.


CARE International Timor-Leste is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas we work. Applicants are advised that CARE International Timor-Leste reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure a child-safe environment


CARE is an equal opportunity employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


[1] Information extracted from the CARE MAKA’As project design and other internal assessments, and is based on different sources (National Action Plan for Adaption for Timor-Leste,


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