Consultation Opportunity

Terms of Reference (ToR)

Organization, collection and synthesis of information to develop GIS-based DRR information system


Surakshit Sahar is an urban DRR project piloted in Kathmandu and Lalitpur Metropolis. It is supported through a consortium of LWR, ADRA, DCA, WVI and ISET. The pilot phase is being undertaken from Aug 2018 to May 2019 in selected communities and geographies (Bagmati and Nakkhu River Corridors) in Kathmandu Valley, covering 6 wards of the two densely populated and urbanized areas of Kathmandu and Lalitpur Metropolis. The project is envisioned to produce evidence based learning on scalable and replicable approach and processes for urban disaster risk reduction and resilient building. The learning of the pilot phase of the project would be used to develop a full-scale urban DRR and resilience building program and investment plan, creating opportunity to expand the program in other urbanized and rapidly urbanizing areas of the Kathmandu Valley and also in other parts of the country. The overall goal of the project is to produce demonstrable, replicable and scalable outputs and learning that generate opportunity and also contribute in tangible ways in addressing and managing outstanding as well as emerging hazard risks and vulnerabilities in the selected urban areas to support the transit from risk to resilience.

Objective of the assignment

ISET-Nepal is looking for a consulting firm having expertise in Geographic Information System (GIS), remote sensing, and hazard/risk data collection to develop GIS maps.

The consulting firm will initially work in four out of the six wards covered by the project. The wards to be covered for the assignment are wards 10 and 12 of Kathmandu Metropolitan City and wards 2 and 9 of Lalitpur Metropolitan City. Some data on hazards and disaster risks from the four wards are already available, so the firm would not need to collect data from scratch. Most of the time is expected to be spent on GIS mapping.

GIS-based DRR information system has been proposed as the entry point to institutionalization of assessment of hazard risks and vulnerabilities to inform and regulated urban planning process. The process will begin with collection, organization and synthesis of information on hazard, risks and vulnerabilities from documented (secondary sources) and also from primary sources where needed. This will help developing data base on hazard, risks and vulnerabilities at the ward level in the GIS environment. This database would be subsequently updated as more information becomes available in the due course of the project and beyond.

Scope of work
  • Collection, validation and synthesis of demographic, climatic, geological, hydrological, ecological, natural resources and land use, road connectivity and infrastructure information from secondary (where needed from primary) sources.
  • Digitization, mapping and creation of GIS layers.
  • Collection, validation and synthesis of hazard, risk, vulnerability information from secondary (where needed from primary) sources.
  • Digitization, mapping and creation of GIS layers on risks and vulnerability.
  • Mapping and creation of GIS layers on hazard risks of different geographical and settlement units
  • Mapping and location of open spaces and their access routes, hospitals, health centres, police posts and other agencies to contact in the events of disaster emergencies.
  • Publication of EOI-Aug 13
  • Shortlisting and recruitment of consultant(s)-Aug 14- 17
  • Consultant(s) work on the assignment Aug 18- Sep 17 (one month)
  • First payment (50%) made after the submission of work plan-Aug 20
  • All deliverables due date-Sep 18
  • Final payment (50%) made after review-Sep 19-20

The consulting firm may have the following team members:

  1. DRR Expert, who will collect necessary data from secondary and primary sources
  2. GIS Analyst, who will process, analyze and visualize the data in the form of GIS maps
Selection process

Interested VAT-registered firms will submit their EOI and shortlisted ones will be invited to ISET to give a presentation. Assessment criteria would be organizational profile, relevance of the assignment with the firm’s past portfolio, and potential of the firm in delivering the result.