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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)
|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.
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. 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.
This learning exercise will seek to answer the following questions:
 Annual report of the project
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
This exercise should include the following:
This will be Kathmandu based assignment and total days will be 25 days spread over (October 2021 – December 2021).
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.
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.
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Required Skills and Experience
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.
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