The community driven Watershed Management Program for Climate Change Adaptation is executed in the Dipilto River basin in the northwestern part of Nicaragua. The program, which is implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA), has a duration of 4 years (1.1.2016 — 31.12.2019) and total budget of 6 700 000 USD. The objective of the program is to increase the adaptive capacity of individuals, families and communities living in the river basin of Dipilto and to protect the ecosystem from negative effects of climate change.
According to the bilateral cooperation agreement signed between the Swiss Confederation and the Republic of Nicaragua, Switzerland undertakes to make available specialized technical support to MARENA.
This tender process has the objective to select a team of experts for a backstopping position which will be directly hired by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The experts will be responsible for the technical and methodological support to MARENA in particular to the program team responsible for implementing the program, as well as to the other institutions of the Government of Nicaragua that are involved in the implementation of this program. The experts also will guarantee for the quality of the outputs listed below.
The mandate shall help to ensure the quality of implementation, innovation and transfer of technology and knowledge to MARENA and the different actors who manage the river basin of Dipilto. The ultimate goal is to contribute to achieving the program objectives with high quality standards. At the strategic level, the objectives of this mandate are: i) Accompany the implementation of the program with technical advice that allows developing, implementing and monitoring a community management model of the Dipilto river basin; ii) Strengthen and build capacity in institutions and local governments for proper and effective management of the river basin in Dipilto. iii) Strengthen the management of knowledge between the two watershed management programs developed in the region (HON / NIC) by SDC, and systematize the implementation of the program in Dipilto, in order to promote their replication.
At operational level, the goals are to enrich the program with relevant inputs (methodological and practical) for the management of the river basin, and participate in the development of specialized technical studies to ensure their quality. It is expected to develop at least 10 studies for better understanding of the basin's dynamics in order to define strategies for management of water, land and forest resources, in view of the effects and impacts of climate change and their variability.
Similarly, the experts shall contribute to define the parameters of the baseline and cost-benefit analysis (ex-ante and ex-post) and to its elaboration. They are also responsible for building the capacity in the participating institutions to jointly develop specialized aforementioned studies, promoting the exchange and transfer of knowledge based on the Swiss experience. This includes ensuring knowledge management and exchange with the watershed management program in Honduras.