MYANMAR Geotechnical Engineer

Myanmar ranks second out of 187 countries in the 2016 Global Climate Risk Index and ninth out of 191 countries in the INFORM Index for Risk Management. The country suffered from severe floods and landslides, cutting economic growth by 0.8 percentage points, and disproportionally affecting segments of the population that were already poor and vulnerable.

Yangon City is at risk of flooding, with extreme events occurring 6 to 10 times per year when heavy rainfall coincides with high tides during the monsoon season when the rivers are apt to flood. The prevailing geological structures, along with surface geological conditions associated with an alluvial delta, soil characteristics, and tectonic settling, also make Yangon a highly earthquake-prone area.
Natural disasters (including the M5.8 earthquake in the Taikkyi region in March 2017) have damaged water supply facilities and infrastructure in the Yangon region, including 5% of the concrete supports of the Gyobyu Pipeline (a 69-km-long pipeline connecting the Gyobyu reservoir and downtown Yangon). Should critical network elements such as this be compromised, Yangon City's water supply would be compromised, leaving entire communities without safe and reliable drinking water. These emergency events could arise from inundation of facilities, loss of electricity, or damage to infrastructure. Emergency events can also pose a cascading effect across interconnected infrastructure systems, with both direct and indirect economic impacts.
The objective of these consulting services is to assist the Yangon Regional Government and the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) to plan risk mitigation investments through a rapid multi-hazard risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis to plan, prioritize, and scope economically and technically viable resilience measures for the water supply network serving Yangon City. The assignment will cover the most critical (from a service continuity perspective) of the: (i) abstraction and treatment, (ii) bulk transmission, and (iii) reticulation and distribution infrastructure.
Major deliverables will include: (i) first-order estimation of potential damage and economic loss estimates for exposed assets, (ii) prioritization of key risk reduction interventions, (iii) preliminary cost estimates, and (iv) technical inputs to Terms of Reference for the detailed design of retrofit solutions for the priority assets identified.
Education required
1. Masters qualified Geotechnical Engineer with at least 10 years' site investigation and design experience
Experience required
2. Should be familiar with recognised seismic procedures, considerations and standards and must have demonstrated experience in geotechnical investigations for similar types of projects.
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