International Consultant for Disaster Financing Specialist


Location : Homebased, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :31-Jan-22 (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)
10-Feb-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :35 days over a course of 5-month period from February 2022 to June 2022
Expected Duration of Assignment :35 days over a course of 5-month period from February 2022 to June 2022

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

Following the approval of the knowledge and support technical assistance (KSTA) on Building Disaster-Resilient Infrastructure through Enhanced Knowledge, the ADB has engaged the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to deliver Output 3 “resilient recovery capacity enhanced”. This Output complements actions implemented under Output 1 and Output 2 of the Technical Assistance (TA), which seeks to strengthen action-oriented disaster risk management knowledge for disaster-resilient infrastructure in Armenia, Cambodia, Fiji and Sri Lanka, four Developing Member Countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The grant fund for the project “resilient recovery capacity enhanced” was received from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction financed by the Government of Japan through the Asian Development Bank.

Output 3 will strengthen capacity in Armenia, Cambodia, Fiji and Sri Lanka, to ensure that appropriate disaster-resilient measures are defined and can be applied into pre and post-disaster planning for recovery efforts. The activities under this project will concentrate on supporting post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) [1] training to government officials, focusing on infrastructure-related sectors, the utilization of contingency and recovery tools and plans, improved financial preparedness planning to help cover the additional costs of building back better, and effective post-disaster budget execution capabilities.

For the implementation of Output 3 UNDP will undertake the following tasks:

  • Develop 4 comprehensive country-specific post-disaster recovery plans, based on detailed consultations and needs assessment to ensure that support builds on existing efforts and is well coordinated;
  • Design and delivery of capacity building workshops (including related materials) for government officials and other stakeholders in disaster recovery planning, including country specific PDNA Guidelines, with focus on relevant road infrastructure-related sectors, in each of the 4 DMCs.
  • Provide technical inputs to the governments on developing their financial preparedness planning and post-disaster budget execution capabilities, in close collaboration with relevant ministries and private sector organizations; and
  • Design and publish country specific PDNA and DRF Guidelines with focus on relevant infrastructure-related sectors, in the context of Asia and the Pacific.

 

The project officially started in January 2021 and will be implemented over a period of about two years by the UNDP Country Offices in coordination with the ADB resident missions and national relevant stakeholders in each country.

In the context of the implementation of the tasks described above, the purpose of this assignment is to provide technical inputs to the Governments of Cambodia on developing their financial preparedness planning and post-disaster budget execution capabilities. This assignment will complement actions undertaken to formulate a sector-specific disaster recovery plan in each country.

The development of this assignment will require the engagement of relevant national institutions, such as the Ministry of Economy and Finance, but also the participation of the financial departments of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and Ministry of Rural Development involved in this initiative. The engagement of these actors in the development of a Disaster Recovery Framework will be key to the formulation of practical and feasible recommendations to address the challenges involved in the design and application of the financial mechanisms to strengthen pre-disaster preparation for recovery and post-disaster recovery capacities.

 

[1] PDNA is an internationally accepted methodology for determining the physical damages, economic losses, and costs of meeting recovery needs after a disaster triggered by a natural hazard through a government-led process. 


Duties and Responsibilities

For the development of this assignment the consultant will:

  • Develop an inception report outlining the scope of work, objectives, methodology and deliverables for Cambodia based on the technical discussions held with the relevant stakeholders.
  • Identify and describe existing financing policies for recovery in Cambodia, with emphasis on the selected road sector-specific.
  • Mapping existing capacities for mobilizing internal and external financial resources for pre and post disaster recovery interventions in Cambodia, with emphasis on the selected road sector-specific, including:
    • Existing legal and institutional frameworks for disaster risk financing including mechanisms/procedures to develop and approve budgets for recovery and administrative arrangements/capacities to disburse funds; existence of a transparent accountability framework to track, monitor and report on expenditures incurred for recovery.
    • Existing funding sources/financial instruments (ex-ante – ex-post);
    • Domestic insurance market overview
    • Funding Gap estimates based on individual past disasters
  • Design and conduct technical sessions with relevant stakeholders to present and discuss recommendations/options for strengthening the financial preparedness planning and post-disaster budget execution capabilities. The methodology for the delivery of the technical sessions will be designed in coordination with relevant stakeholders in Cambodia.
  • Provide inputs for the development of the country and sector specific Disaster Recovery Plan in Cambodia on road sector.
  • Prepare a report describing main findings and recommendations for strengthening the financial preparedness planning and post-disaster budget execution capabilities in Cambodia.
  • Facilitation of technical sessions to present and discuss recommendations for strengthening the financial preparedness planning and post-disaster budget execution capabilities in the country.

Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=87223  for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


Competencies

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, alongside strong synthesis and strategic thinking skills;
  • Ability to interact with senior government officials and a wide range of stakeholders (including private sector) and to facilitate discovery and planning processes;
  • Team leadership experience with strong communication skills; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Postgraduate degree in economics and/or finance Master’. In lieu of an advanced degree, a Bachelor university degree with 5 additional years of experience in post-disaster financing activities may be considered

 

Experience:

  • At least seven (5) years of experience in undertaking post-disaster financing related activities in developing countries
  • Proven experience in working in similar projects in Asia and the Pacific is required.
  • Understanding of disaster financing approach in developing countries
  • Excellent writing skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize inputs and relevant findings
  • Knowledge and understanding of post disaster recovery context and role of multilaterals and bilateral in supporting national governments.
  • Strong experience in leading and coordinating discussions and consultations with a range of stakeholders, both national governments, multi-lateral and bilateral agencies; including experience in drafting reports for UN agencies, European Union or World Bank.

Language:

  • Excellent command of English (both spoken and written)

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal

3. Personal CV including experience in similar projects, list of publication written by Candidate and at least 3 references.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

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