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National Consultant - Mid-term review of the Human Security project in Soa, chiefdom, Gbense & Kamara chiefdoms in Sierra Leone
|Location :||Freetown, SIERRA LEONE|
|Application Deadline :||11-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|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 :||7 Weeks|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||7 Weeks|
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.
The Human Security joint programme (JP) uses the Human Security Approach to address development challenges and vulnerabilities in three chiefdom areas of Kono District of Sierra Leone. It aims accelerate Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation, while increasing ownership in the local community. Through a people-centred, context-specific framework, this programme advances the livelihood and dignity of people in the community, particularly those who are most vulnerable.
The target area is three chiefdoms in the Kono District of Sierra Leone, (Kamara, Gbense, and Soa) that face multiple interconnected development challenges, in the context of a country setting with high rates of poverty and food insecurity. Over the years, these chiefdoms experienced civil conflict, unsustainable mining practices, and destructive forestry activities that have negatively impacted the survival, livelihood and dignity of the residents. Although Kono district has a productive mineral sector and has attracted many people from other parts of the country, it is one of the poorest districts in the country.
Intersecting challenges include a non-diversified economy and inadequate governance systems for community decision making. Kono District is considered a conflict hot spot due to the regionalized party politics, especially during periods surrounding elections. This political struggle has resulted in frequent clashes between youth, security personnel and traditional leaders, often fuelled by the lack of productive livelihood opportunities for youth and a strong belief among young people that their needs are not met by the national and local leadership structures. The enabling environment is not present for them to participate actively in national or local decision-making processes. This is especially true for vulnerable groups, such as women and girls and persons with disabilities.
Low agricultural productivity stems partly from the high demand placed on land for mining rather than farming, but also from lack of productive inputs to the sector. A high proportion of farming households are engaged in sustenance farming, rather than cash crop farming, and a poor road network presents challenges for access to markets. Plus, there is a lack of knowledge on climate-smart growing techniques and value-added processes.
The multifaceted nature of the programmes is in keeping with the human security people-centred approach and fosters a community that is more resilience to internal and external shocks, whether political, economic, or natural. The programme is designed in a way that one arm ensures transformational community governance through empowerment, knowledge, capacity and diverse input to decision making, whilst the other enables sustainable agriculture, food security, livelihood and economic diversity and resilience. Together, these initiatives support the community’s cohesiveness, livelihood, and dignity.
Through support for registration and the provision of seed funds, microcredit, and loan schemes to youth-led cooperatives, the programme will enhance bottom-up community empowerment and bring concrete, sustainable benefits. Enhancing the economic role of youth considering mutually supportive of the other initiatives designed to increase the role of youth in community decision making.
The climate-smart agriculture approach not only focuses to protect the environment, but also reclaim land considered unusable for agriculture due to previous mining activities. It aims at promoting responsible management of land, crops, livestock, aquaculture and ‘capture fisheries’ to balance near-term food security and livelihoods needs with long-term priorities for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The project seeks to achieve –
The project covered the Soa, Kamara & Gbense Chiefdoms of Kono District.
The programme is being implemented through the following partner institutions –
Overall, it is assumed that the review process will be an excellent project instrument which helps for a compressive and systematic reflection of the project. The process is instrumental since it highlights the achievements and it forwards recommendations from everyone involved towards an enhanced future of the project. UNDP therefore seeks the services of an international consultant to conduct the mid-term review with the following objectives -
The review will assess the performance of first half of the Project in achieving its intended results.
Key Focus Areas
Redesign and reconsideration
Adjustments to strengthen the application of human security?
Applicants are requested to apply online at http://jobs.undp.org by 11th August 2022. The application document can be accessed on https://procurement-notices.undp.org. Candidates are invited to submit applications together with their CV for these positions. UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will consider the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send an email to: Vendors.email@example.com for any inquiries
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
The evaluator will undertake the following tasks:
Submit final evaluation report to the Programme Management team.
Substantive and technical expertise in one or more of the following issues:
Interpersonal and communication skills:
Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in social science, Peace & Development, Political Science or related field