TERMS OF REFERENCE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) EXPERT: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA Department of Environment

Closing Date: November 29, 2018
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Type of Contract:               Individual Contract
Position:                                Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Expert
Languages Required:       English
Duration:                               12 months (possibility to extend based on performance)
Location:                                Department of Environment Office Victoria Park Botanical 
Gardens St. John’s, Antigua
Date of Issue                        November 7th  2018
Application Deadline:      November 28th  2018
To Apply:                               Please email the Procurement Officer at: doe@ab.gov.ag
 
1.   Cover letter
2.   Recent CV
3.   Contact information for three references
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Background and context
The Department of Environment (DoE) is a Government agency within the Ministry of Health, Wellness 
and the Environment, governed by the Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA) 2015 and 
several other pieces of legislation.  The Department is also the national focal point for climate 
change and several other important international Conventions. The main focus of the Department is 
coordinating the national response to the impacts to the environment in Antigua and Barbuda.  This 
coordination role involves over 40 agencies, the NGOs and the private sector.   The Department has 
established a Monitoring, Evaluation and Data Management Unit (DMU)  to  support  our  mandate  by  
providing  the  best  available  data  and  information  on environmental resources in the country.
The  DMU  is  responsible for  monitoring and  evaluating the implementation  of environmental 
projects, coordinating field data collection and managing environmental databases. This Unit has 
developed a M&E Framework that has been applied to the internationally funded projects and is in 
the process of developing a similar Framework for its ongoing environmental programmes. DMU  also  
implements  traditional  mapping  techniques,  to  include  biodiversity  baseline  data collection 
 and an  environmental monitoring programme.  In  addition  to this,  the Unit  utilizes 
technology-based mapping methods such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Unmanned
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aircraft   Systems   (UAS).   Another   responsibility   of   the   DMU   is   to   manage   the   
various environmental databases of the DOE.   These databases include the environmental Geographic 
Information  Systems  (GIS)  database,  i.e.  the  Environmental  Information  Management  and 
Advisory Systems (EIMAS), the Environment Statistics database and the Knowledge Information 
Management  Systems  (KIMS).  These  systems  were  developed  to  directly  support  Part  IX 
(Environmental Information), sections 74 – 79 of the EPMA, 2015
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has nominated the Department of Environment as the Accredited 
Entity to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Focal Point of the Global Environment Facility  (GEF)  
and  the  Adaptation  Fund  (AF).  Presently,  the  DoE  is  implementing  a  series  of projects 
funded by the GCF, GEF and AF that directly supports its mandates to coordinate the national 
response to the impacts to the environment. The GIS Expert will provide the DMU with technical 
support to collect geospatial data and manage the EIMAS.
 
 
2. Objective
As GIS Expert, the objectives of this consultancy are to undertake work to:
a)   Collect geospatial data in the field using GPS and UAS Technology;
b)  Develop the EIMAS through cataloguing the various environmental datasets;
c)   Support the baseline data collection for ongoing and upcoming environmental projects;
d)  Collaborate with partner agencies in developing their GIS capacity.
 
 
3. Recipient
The recipient is the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, specifically the executing agency – the 
Department of Environment.
 
 
4. Scope
Key specific detailed tasks of the GIS Expert are namely to:
i)    Conduct a review of the EIMAS dataset inventory and provide recommendations to organize in 
appropriate catalogue (database);
ii)   Carry out an inventory of all relevant environmental datasets and provide appropriate 
methodologies for updating of these datasets;
iii) Provide support to partner agencies, to include the Ministry of Works, Development Control 
Authority, etc. in the development of their GIS programs;
iv)  Collect and compile datasets generated from partner agencies to include the Ministry of Works, 
Development Control Authority, etc. and add to the EIMAS inventory;
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
v)   Work in collaboration with the environmental monitoring programme for the input of relevant 
datasets into the EIMAS;
vi)  Work in collaboration with the biodiversity monitoring programme for the input of relevant 
datasets into the EIMAS;
vii) Updating the EIMAS Protocol and the UAS Operational Manual, taking into consideration the 
advancements;
viii)    Provide training on Introduction to GIS, Spatial Analysis, Spatial Data Management, Remote 
Sensing and Digitization, Web-based GIS, GIS Customization, etc.;
ix)  Describing current situations as well as modelling future trends in GIS, to include erosion, 
flooding, sea level rise and environmental risk modelling;
x)   Respond to data requests from partner agencies and/or the public;
xi)  Represent the DoE at national, regional and/or international meetings, trainings, workshops, 
conferences or seminars;
 
 
5. Deliverables
The GIS Expert will be supervised by the Data Manager and together will update the EIMAS section of 
the DMU Results Framework. The GIS Expert will provide monthly reports to the Data Manager no later 
than 5 working days after the end of each month. After the first six months, the GIS Expert will be 
subject to a performance evaluation.
 
 
6. Qualifications and Experience
 
To be eligible for this assignment the GIS Expert should meet the following criteria.
 
•    Possess a recognized degree or higher (Master's degree) in GIS or a similar related field from 
a tertiary institution. A Bachelor's degree with additional years experience can be accepted as the 
equivalent to a Master's degree;
•    High level knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS;
•    The GIS Expert should have undertaken at least two assignment of similar nature and should 
possess at least 4 years of experience in GIS field;
•    Possess knowledge and experience in modelling climate change impacts, i.e., flood hazard, 
storm surge, erosion modelling, etc.;
•    Knowledge and background in coding using GIS and modelling rainfall data, geological features, 
socio-economic and hydrology data would be a plus;
•    Knowledge and work experience with ArcGIS and Quantum GIS is a must;
•    Knowledge and work experience with ArcHydro, HEC-HMS or HEC-RAS would be considered favorably
•    Previous experience in teaching or providing training in GIS;
 
•    Ability to work with senior government officials, research institutes, non-governmental 
organizations (NGOs), and local communities;
•    Fluency in written and spoken English and strong analytical and communication skills.
 
7.  Base of Operation:
The GIS Expert will be based in the Monitoring, Evaluation and Data Management Unit of the 
Department of Environment.
 
8.  Evaluation Criteria
The evaluation criteria and weightings that will be applied to these terms of reference are as 
follows:
 
Category       Description                                                                          
 Weighting
1              Qualifications of consultant and availability to                                    
30
report for assignment
2              Adherence to TOR specifications and related                                      30
requirements
 
 
 
3              Experience with similar work                                                         
          20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4              Demonstrated track record of success, supported                             20
by references
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total                            100
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