Re- Advertisement : International Consultant to capture and document learning from Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) joint programme ‘Enhancing the quality of preparedness in Nepal: making preparedness pay-off



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Home based
Application Deadline :27-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
25-Oct-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :25 days (till 31 December 2021)
Expected Duration of Assignment :25 days (till 31 December 2021)

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

Nepal is at high risk from multiple natural hazards including earthquakes, floods, landslides and fires. In April and May 2015 Nepal experienced two significant earthquakes of 7.8M and 7.3M which caused major loss of life and damage across central and western regions of the country. Most floods and landslides in Nepal occur during the monsoon season, between June and September when 80 per cent of the annual precipitation falls, coinciding with snowmelt in the mountains. Flash floods and the breaking of natural dams caused by landslides are common in the mountains. River flooding occurs when streams augmented by monsoon rains overflow in the Terai plains in the south of the country. Nepal is generally categorized into three geographical zones – the Terai, Hill and Mountain areas. The Hills and Mountains are highly susceptible to landslides and debris flows, including those caused by landslide damming, excessive erosion of hill slopes and rock falls. The monsoon season leads to a spike in landslides and related mortality and morbidity in Hill and Mountain areas.

The COVID-19 pandemic that started out as a health crisis has now morphed into a socio-economic crisis beyond proportions worldwide with the most severe impacts experienced among vulnerable and marginalized communities who are typically hardest affected by humanitarian crises, including natural disasters. The numbers of cases in Nepal as of August 03, 2021 were 702097 with over 9922 deaths. The Government of Nepal is leading the response to the outbreak in Nepal but, as in many countries, capacities are stretched, and international solidarity is required. In terms of monsoon, the flat plains of the Terai are at the highest risk of flooding. Fire, especially forest/wildfires are another hazard that contributes in massive air pollution in Nepal. 

In this context, the joint programme entitled ‘Enhancing the quality of preparedness in Nepal: making preparedness pay-off’ was designed to strengthen UN preparedness efforts to effectively enable a Government of Nepal led and managed humanitarian response system. The interventions focus on a) supporting and enhancing Government capacity b) Programmes that consider sustainability of the intervention and c) A one-UN approach that is scalable and inclusive. WFP, WHO, UN Women, UNICEF are the key partners of the programme. The project was conceived in light of evidence which shows that investment in preparedness delivers significant savings – in terms of lives as well as financial resources – in response.

As part of the JP, significant steps have been taken to strengthen the humanitarian response system/ architecture at the sub-national level, including the activation of the cluster system in all seven provinces. This has contributed to stronger inter-cluster partnerships and improved information flow between the different levels of government from local levels[1]. Several harmonised data collection tools have been adopted to develop joint analysis and more coordinated response efforts by the humanitarian agencies. These are building blocks for a stronger national system for preparedness and response. Efforts were also made towards the integration of gender equality and social inclusion concerns into disaster preparedness and response tools, so as to support response efforts consider the needs of those at risk of being left behind. Similarly, dialogues with women’s groups, excluded groups and select provincial and local governments has helped in strengthened understanding of GESI issues, as well as the importance of ensuring GESI responsiveness in contingency planning processes. An important milestone has been the development of Monsoon Emergency Response Preparedness Plan 2020 and in the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP), integrating these critical components listed above.

One of key objectives of the JP is to capture and document the programme-specific lessons learned including challenges and opportunities identified through the implementation of the JP Enhancing preparedness,  

Under the overall guidance and supervision of Programme Specialist (Humanitarian and DRR); and in close consultation with the UNRCO Humanitarian Coordination Advisor and the consultant will support the identification and documentation of programme specific lesson learned to inform future emergency and development programming .  The objective is also to assess the extent to which the JP has adopted flexible and adaptive approach to preparedness interventions and identify what has worked, what has not and learn lessons to feed into the programme design for the following year(s). This exercise will inform the development of  a comprehensive package of programme learning, which will include the WFP-led Return on Investment Analysis and UN Women’s rapid gender analysis to enable. It is hoped that building on this exercise, specific learnings will also be applied to local level emergency response preparedness processes.

 

Guiding Questions

This learning exercise will seek to answer the following questions:

  • How has the joint preparedness programme: “enhancing preparedness, making preparedness pay off” impacted/ improved ability of humanitarian actors to respond to humanitarian needs, or mitigate humanitarian risks?
  • What have been the specific strengths and weaknesses of the programme?
  • What elements should be scaled up in future programmatic interventions?

 

[1] Annual report of the project


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

This exercise should include the following:

  • Developing the framework and approach to the learning exercise to be validated by UNRCO and UN Women
  • Desk review of relevant information: Collect the relevant information (from annual reports, briefing) necessary to capture and document learning from relevant sources.
  • Conducting meetings/consultations: Carry out meeting/consultations with MPTF partners (UN), sub partners and communities (min 3 meetings/consultation per UN partner).
  • Joint workshops: Hosting joint learning workshops (min 3) with relevant stakeholders for documenting learnings on preparedness and covid response.
  • Joint workshop with different cluster leads (1 workshop).

Deliverables

  • Structure/ outline of the learning/documentation exercise
  • Presentation summarizing the report
  • Final Report (maximum of twenty-five pages)
  • Summary version of key learnings (maximum 3 to 5 pages)

Time Frame

This will be Kathmandu based assignment and total days will be 25 days spread over (October 2021 – December 2021).

Payment Schedule

Payment for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payment will not be based on the number of days worked but on the completion of each stated deliverable within the indicated timeframes.
 

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Deliverables

Target Data

% of payment

1

Structure/ outline of the learning/documentation exercise

 

October 30, 2021

30%

2

Presentation summarizing the report

 

November 15, 2021

20%

3

Final Report (maximum of twenty-five pages)

 

November 15, 2021

30%

4

Summary version of key learnings (maximum 3 to 5 pages)

 

December 10, 2021

20%

Travel and Accommodation expenses

This will be a home-based assignment, to be conducted virtually, in person meetings may be considered on an exceptional basis (cost of which will be borne by UN Women), in line with COVID-19 safety protocols.


Competencies

Core Values and Guiding Principles:

  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work; and
  • Respect for diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of humanitarian preparedness and response, gender equality and women’s rights issues;
  • Good coordination, facilitation skills;
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management and Human Rights Based Approach;
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations;
  • Strong analytical and communication skills;
  • Good organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, and ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments; and
  • Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects whilst maintaining high-quality and timeliness.


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master’s Degree in international development studies, gender/women’s studies, economics, political science, related social sciences, or related discipline.

Experience

  • A minimum 10 years of relevant work experience in humanitarian/development research and analysis.
  • Proven understanding of humanitarian work including gender equality, women’s empowerment and social inclusion.
  • Experience of conducting similar learning exercises is an asset

Language skills

  • Excellent command of written and oral English; and
  • Knowledge of Nepali language is an asset

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the applicants who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated. Technically qualified applicant will be interviewed as part of the technical evaluation.
 

Technical qualification evaluation criteria:

  • The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100 which will be later converted into 70 points out of total obtainable (technical and financial) score of 100 points. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

  • Required degree and qualification (5 points);
  • Relevant years of experience in humanitarian/development research and analysis, research, (5 points);
  • Proven understanding of humanitarian work including gender equality, women’s empowerment and social inclusion (10 points);
  • Previous writing sample (10 points);
  • Experience conducting similar learning exercises is an asset (5 points); and
  • Proposed approach to assignment (15 points);
  • Interview score with those who score 35 points or more in above evaluation criteria 1 to 6- (20 points).
  • Only the applicants who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified applicant.

     

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • The financial proposal of only those applicants who meet the technical assessment threshold will be evaluated. The financial assessment will count as 30% of the total points. In this methodology, the maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.

    The formula is as follows:

    p = y (µ/z)

    Where:

    p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

    y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal

    µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

    z = price of the proposal being evaluated

    How to Apply?

    Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org

    Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:

  • Expression of interest;
  • Completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) of all the team members which can be downloaded:  http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment; and
  • A sample of original writing produced within the last twelve months where the applicant is the lead author.
  • The financial proposal shall specify a lump sum amount breaking down the professional fee for each deliverable and travel related cost. The financial proposal must be submitted in a separate page using the following template.

    Deliverables

    Number of days required

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    You will be able to upload only one attachment. Please combine your all documents into one single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form and the writing sample will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

     

    Note:

    In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.



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