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National Consultant / Gender and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist (Lao nationality only)
|Location :||Vientiane, LAO PDR|
|Application Deadline :||01-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||45 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||June - October 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.
This regional project seeks to address the critical need for risk data to inform integrated water resources management and, in so doing, enable increased investment in risk reduction measures in Lao PDR and Cambodia. There is a strong connection between the upstream and downstream impacts associated with floods and water availability in the transboundary region. As such, the project seeks to address these problems faced while acknowledging the transboundary nature of the challenge and making adjustments as necessary to tailor for the variances of each country. Taking a barrier-removal approach, the project will address gaps in data collection, management, and analysis, enhance institutional and technical capacity at the subnational level for integrated climate and flood risk management, enhance the availability of resources for investment in water-related risk reduction, and aid the flow of risk knowledge and coordination across borders.
The project will also contribute towards improved hydrological and climate risk modelling and information systems, which will in turn inform flood management as well as adaptation planning and enhance the capacity of national and provincial decision-makers, as well as local stakeholders through the use of the improved information system.
The project applies a human rights-based approach to address development challenges associated with disasters and enhance resilience to increasing climate risks through improved policy, strengthened capacity, and risk information. This approach fosters resilient and sustainable socio-economic development and contributes to the achievement of the SDGs.
The project is expected to directly benefit 106,481 people and indirectly benefit 1.6 million people, of whom over fifty percent will be women.
The Gender and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist will conduct desk review and field survey to develop Gender Action Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Plan for Lao PDR following the Social and Environmental Standards Policy (SESP).
This project aims at integrated water resources management informed by risk data and enabling increased investment in risk reduction measures. The Gender Action Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Plan e objective of the Gender Action Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Plan is to design implementation plans for these activities in an inclusive and participatory manner and mainstream participation of vulnerable communities. The two plans will be based on the needs, concerns, and preferences of the vulnerable groups of the project target areas
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK:
The National Gender and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist will develop Gender Action Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Plan and support adherence of the project to UNDP’s SESP and other policies and requirements of UNDP and Government of Lao PDR. The consultant will be a gender and social inclusion expert with experience in-depth gender analysis and local community engagement.
a. Study the project activities and strategies from relevant documents, including Project Document, Work Plan, and SESP.
b. Conduct desk review on relevant policies of the Government of Lao PDR and UNDP, including the National Plan of Action on Gender Equality (2021-2025).
c. Prepare a detailed work plan and methodology for gender analysis and gender-responsive stakeholder analysis.
d. Coordinate and ensure synergies with the work of the international consultant for Indigenous Peoples’ Planning framework.
2. Field surveys in Khammouane and Champasack Provinces
a. Conduct inclusive and comprehensive stakeholder consultations, interviews, and focus group discussions with beneficiary communities and target municipality officials (at least 7 days in each province)
b. Prepare a draft Gender Action Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Plan with intervention action plans, including detailed action points and estimated budgets.
3. Finalization Workshop:
a. Present the draft Gender Action plan and Stakeholder Engagement Plan to the Project Implementation Unit and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the findings of the assessments are meaningfully integrated into the project’s work plan.
b. Reflect the feedbacks to finalize the two plans.
Required Skills and Experience
Requirements for submission of proposals
All interested and qualified International or National Independent Consultant should apply on-line using the following links:
UNDP Lao PDR Country Office website at https://www.la.undp.org/content/lao_pdr/en/home/jobs.html or
In order to make your submission, please read the relevant documents available on the link below
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
(i) Explaining why you are the most suitable for the work;
(ii) Providing a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work including the work
schedule for the delivery of outputs/deliverable;
Instructions for on-line submissions:
Step 1: Please prepare all required documents electronically;
Step 2: Combine all documents in ONE SINGLE FILE (preferably in PDF however Word format can be also accepted) and upload to the UNDP Jobs using the links above;
Step 3: After that you will receive an auto reply from the UNDP jobs if your offer is received successfully.
Incomplete proposals or proposals received after the deadline will be rejected.
Note: Any request for clarification must be sent in writing before the submission deadline to the following emails: