eC2: Consulting services for update of the National Methodology for Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment and Flood Hazard & Risk Mapping, and implementation of PFRA & identification of areas at risk.

Deadline: 03-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Bangladeshi villagers repair a vital flood-protecting embankment

The objective of this assignment is the update of the National Flood Risk Assessment Methodology for stage I and II of the FRMP, and implementation of stage I of the FRMP: Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) and identification of associated APSFR in accordance with the EU Flood Directive and the national Water Act, and based on the updated (and approved) methodology. Bulgaria is an EU member state and covers 4 River Basins or Units of Management; Black Sea River Basin, Danube River Basin, East Aegean River Basin and West Aegean River Basin. This assignment covers the entire country and should be built upon the work done for the 1st cycle FRMP.

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Global solidarity to finance the Sustainable Development Goals

Achieving sustainable development depends on incremental investments in six priority sdg-atlas-2018-cover-400pxtransformations: building human capacities (health, education, new job skills); decarbonising energy; promoting sustainable agriculture and biodiversity; building smarter cities; implementing the circular economy; and harnessing the digital revolution. As such, sustainable development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular pose a financing challenge. There are three distinct financing conundrums to solve: financing complex infrastructure, financing public services and amenities, and shifting investments from unsustainable to sustainable technologies. I discuss these in turn.

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eC2: Occupational Health Economist – Improvement of Health and Safety in Construction and other High-Risk Sectors

Deadline: 26-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

The objective of this analytical work is to assess the positive and negative impacts of increasing OHS standards. Tasks are expected to include:
1. Economic analysis of the direct and indirect costs associated with accidents in the workplace and occupational diseases. The costs associate4d with workplace accidents and illness must be balanced against the expenses associated with improving OHS standards. The analysis would provide two outputs: an estimate of the cost to Ethiopia of the current level of fatal and serious injury accidents, and an indication of optimal levels of OHS expenditure.
2. Assessment of the consequences of a do-nothing scenario in which no additional actions are taken to strengthen OHS.
3. Estimation of the costs and benefits of alternative institutional structures to administer OHS.
4. Consultation with private investors to determine the potential impacts of enforcing compliance with recognized international OHS standards.

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eC2: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO STRENGTHEN THE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR FOOD INSECURITY IN ETHIOPIA AND ITS LINKS TO A SCALABLE RURAL PRODUCTIVE SAFETY NET PROGRAMME

Deadline: 03-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) food_key

The main objectives of this consultancy assignment are to (1) conduct a review on the design and operation of early warning systems operating in Ethiopia which are used to trigger and inform food and cash support to drought affected households; (2) advise on improved protocols and monitoring systems and tools for alert triggering; and (3) provide concrete options for the design of an enhanced and scalable social safety net system based on early warning information.

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eC2: Trade Logistics for Agribusiness Toolkit

Deadline:  19-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) afg-nhlp-lagman-sep19

Conclusion: The final section will provide a short summary of the drawbacks and benefits of implementing the TLA toolkit.

Deliverables: The consultant will produce a concise toolkit (guidebook) addressing issues described in the scope of work. The toolkit will be no more than 50 pages in length (aside from any annexes). In addition to the toolkit the toolkit will be developed into an interactive and modular web-based tool that policymakers and development partners can use as a self-guided tutorial.

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Who’s afraid of big bad firms?

Superstar firms have been in the minds of world’s leading bankers and economists 40160366-1533524372111365_originlately. Policymakers are concerned that America’s leading firms such as the FAANG stocks — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google — are having adverse results on the rest of us and making economic policy less predictable. Why is this? Many of the companies have improved the lives of people across the world with highly desirable and useful products. These superstar firms have also done very well for many of their stakeholders and investors. The numbers are staggering. These five tech companies together account for roughly half of the gains achieved by the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index in 2018. And in recent weeks, Apple became the world’s first trillion-dollar corporation, with Amazon not far behind. While the superstar firms have made life easier for many consumers, it’s hard for economists not to wonder whether the effects of their stratospheric success are entirely benign.

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eC2: Supporting the development of PPP Websites for the PPP Centre, PPP Node and the Zanzibar PPP Department

Deadline:  15-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) PPPs

The consultant will develop and deliver the websites that are appealing and communicate PPP Program effectively and efficiently. The website must comply with the Government Website Framework (GWF). The consultant shall work with TPSP Communication Advisor in close collaboration with TPSP team members, the PPP Centre, the PPP Node, the Zanzibar PPP Department plus the Units respective IT Units.

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eC2: Ethiopia: Improvement of Health and Safety in Construction and other High-Risk Sectors

Deadline: 22-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

The objective of this analytical work is to assist government to identify processes and procedures to effectively regulate health and safety on construction sites and in other selected high risk sectors. Tasks are expected to include the review of the institutional roles and responsibilities and assess the impacts of the current OHS situation. The results of the assessment will be used to prepare by a coordinated programme of actions on: i) institutional roles and responsibilities; ii) data collection and reporting, and iii) building capacity of the public and private sectors. The consultant will be required to support the implementation of priority tasks.

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eC2: Detailed PV Integration Studies in Guinea

Deadline:  27-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) solar-wind (CC0) Pixabay-Kenueone

Guinea has a potential variable solar resource according to the regions. Guinea is positioning itself to become a major producer of electricity by 2021, aiming for the export of a large part of its production to its neighbors Mali, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. In this perspective, it wants to study the possibility of integrating a large fleet of solar power plants on its network. This detailed study for the integration of solar projects in Guinea will be used to undertake the following main objectives:
Study of the capacity reserve for frequency regulation and realization of an economic Dispatch study. Update of the integration study. Diagnosis and Evaluation Investments for the Strengthening and Modernization of the Dispatch Center

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A warming world means it’s high time to rethink the composition of agricultural support

From the Old Farmer’s Almanac to cutting edge satellite systems, farmers have always 1_5crbT9T-oYZglwyLYlnexgbeen in the market for weather forecasts that help them decide when to plant and harvest to mitigate climate risks. Earlier this month, the 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivered sobering news: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR1.5) concluded that climate impacts are already occurring and will be much worse at 2°C than previously projected.

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