Road Safety Consultant
Term of Reference
Technical consultant for following road safety related projects in Buenos Aires as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety
Road traffic crashes kill more than 1.35 million people every year globally, with over 90% of these casualties occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Despite the stabilization of death rates in recent years relative to the size of the world’s population, this progress has not occurred at a pace fast enough to compensate for the rising population and rapid motorization of transport taking place in many parts of the world. At this rate, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target 3.6 to halve road traffic deaths by 2020 will not be met.
The projected up to 500 million road traffic deaths and injuries worldwide between 2020 and 2030 are a preventable epidemic, requiring more significant political commitment, leadership and greater action at all levels in the next decade to avoid it. The 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, held in Stockholm in February 2020, called upon Member States to contribute to reducing road traffic deaths by at least 50% in the next decade in line with the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development’s pledge to continue action on the road safety related SDG targets.
Accelerating progress can be achieved through an integrated approach. Many cities worldwide have demonstrated reductions in traffic fatalities by putting in practice effective enforcing measures such as safety standards for roads and vehicles, legislation and street design to mitigate high-risk behaviors such speeding. In Latin America, Buenos Aires has one of the lowest rates of traffic fatalities among capitals. In 2019, the city registered 111 fatalities, resulting in the lowest number in the last 10 years, representing 30% of reduction comparing to 2018 and 33% comparing to 2015, the baseline for the city’s Road Safety Plan. The fatality rate in 2019 was 3.6/100.000 inhabitants, the lower rate in the continent.
Buenos Aires has the potential to become the first city with zero deaths in traffic in Latin America. Despite the significant progress in road safety in the last years, main challenges remain on acting for improving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists’ safety, the vulnerable users that still represent 87% of fatalities in road crashes. WRI Brasil is supporting Buenos Aires on identifying risk factors and safety measures towards a vision zero as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS). Within the overall goal, local personnel are required to provide quick answer to the city and ensure tailormade recommendations according to the cultural aspects of Buenos Aires. With support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, WRI Brasil will engage a local consultant to potentialize the support from the organization to the city and improve the quality of outcomes.
2. The Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety
The Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by traffic crashes in low- and middle-income countries, strengthening national road safety legislation and implementing proven interventions at the local level. BIGRS is a program established by the Bloomberg Philanthropies and has been implemented since the beginning of the UN Road Safety decade in 2011. The 3rd phase of BIGRS (from 2020 to 2025) will support 30 cities in different countries to advance road safety issues. Buenos Aires is one of the contemplated cities in the program.
3. Object of the Term of Reference
- Hiring specialized consultancy for: (i) represent WRI Brasil in the overall support to Buenos Aires as part of the BIGRS; (ii) administrate WRI funds for local events and contracts.
- Professional of engineering or urban planning.
- Four (4) years of professional experience in general.
- Minimum one (1) year of specific professional experience in the public sector in Buenos Aires.
- Knowledge and technical experience in policy development and street design focused in active mobility and road safety.
- Experience in capacity building and coordination of workshops.
- Desirable: post grade in environment, sustainable development or related themes.
- Excellent skills of communication and writing in Spanish and English.
- Excellent skills of coordination of self-workflow and multitask activities
5. Scope of work
5.1. Technical support on road safety to the city of Buenos Aires
- Support the definition of supporting activities from WRI workplan.
- Follow up schedule advances.
- Engagement of local authorities, collecting crucial information for accomplishing the outcomes.
- Engagement in meetings with stakeholders representing WRI Brasil, identifying potential support activities and providing recommendations following guidelines on road safety from WRI.
- Development of technical reports and guidelines for the city.
- Organization and coordination of local events, including seminars, capacity building workshops and meetings.
5.2. Operational and financial accountability of activities
- Ensure good administration of WRI resources.
- Weekly online meetings with WRI Brasil team for providing updates of the activities and coordination of next steps.
- Availability for international travel for events and meeting with the team and BIGRS partners.
- Participation in monthly online meetings with BIGRS partners for updates and identification of synergies.
- Monthly accountability of expenses of labor (hourly fixed) and expenses with events and contracts.
The consultancy contract is valid for 6 months renewable for up to 6 years more.
7. Costs estimation and accountability
The consultancy hourly value is USD 24.
Extra expenses for events and contracts will be estimated monthly.
Payment and accountability are made monthly and requires receipt according to WRI’s operational policies.