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Roster Review Expert
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||30-Jan-15 (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 :||1 month|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 month|
The responsibility of the Crisis response Unit (CRU) primarily focuses on two specific typologies of crisis listed below. CRU support for these crises is to be provided for limited duration.
The corporate responsibilities of the Crisis Response Unit (CRU) include the coordination of fast deployments and the mobilization of capacity, expertise, and emergency funding to ensure rapid, sufficient, and efficient response to crisis. The CRU focuses primarily upon sudden onset crisis, including natural disasters or sudden outbreak of armed conflict, and complex protracted crisis, often with regional implications. Some of the core activities of the CRU include coordination of the provision of emergency support to Country Offices (COs) facing crisis through the immediate coordination, mobilization, and deployment of needed human resources (technical, operational, managerial) and management of UNDP’s corporate crisis response systems and tools (e.g. the Experts Roster for Rapid Response - ExpRes; SURGE Advisor roster, deployment for early recovery coordination, deployment via Stand By Partners), among other functions.
The Experts Roster for Rapid Response (ExpRes) is a recruitment and deployment mechanism which maintains pre-vetted consultants on a roster and contracts them quickly for country office support. The primary purpose of this roster has been to deploy Crisis Prevention and Recovery (CPR) technical experts to UNDP Country Offices on short notice. These consultants are deployed in the aftermath of a crisis and for CPR Programming.
SURGE Advisors are UNDP staff with extensive crisis experience in at least one of 18 generic UNDP profiles who are deployed to fill capacity gaps within CO units facing unexpected workload/portfolio requirements due to a crisis. Duration of SURGE assignments usually range from 1 week to 3 months.
UNDP over the years has entered into a number of third-party agreements with bilateral organizations, including the Norwegian and Danish Refugee Councils, Canada’s Civilian Reserve, and the Swedish Rescue Committee to provide support to COs or United Nations Country Teams in areas where UNDP does not have in-house expertise available, such as logistics and camp management. These Stand by Partners provide experts to UNDP for post crisis assignments.
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) established the Cluster Working Group on Early Recovery?(CWGER) in 2005 with the aim of enhancing the global capacity for developing humanitarian and recovery-related interventions, accelerating the impact of development interventions, and integrating risk reduction and preparedness measures at the very early stages of emergencies and beyond.
The CWGER is chaired by UNDP and comprises of over thirty UN and non-UN active global partners from the humanitarian and development communities, including representatives of NGO consortia and cross-cutting issue Focal Points.
The Crisis Response Unit facilitates the deployment of experts to support both the HC/RC and the UNDP Country Office.
The deployment of technical and operations experts through the SURGE (UNDP Staff), ExpRes (Consultants), Early Recovery Coordination deployments and Stand By Partnerships mechanisms are a key component of UNDP’s response to the immediate crisis and technical support to Country Offices.
Given the organizational transformation of UNDP and the creation of the Crisis Response Unit (CRU) and the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), CRU is looking at taking stock, adjusting and enhancing UNDP’s deployment mechanisms for crisis response.
Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director, Crisis Response Unit, and the day to day management of the Rapid Response Team Leader, the Roster Review Consultant will take stock of the deployment mechanisms for crisis response and the various Business Processes, and provide a set of recommendations and a road map on how to enhance these mechanisms and ensure UNDP as a whole continues to be accountable for effective crisis deployments. The Consultant will work in close collaboration with BPPS and the Bureau of Management (BOM). He/she will also consult as required with the regional bureaus, the regional hubs and the ----- (BERA). He/she will also conduct consultations with select country offices in order to have the field perspective.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
Review ExpRes and related business processes
Review SURGE and the related business processes, including the concept of first responders (first experts on the ground)
Review deployment through Stand By Partners and how to develop this further
Review deployment of Early Recovery Coordination experts
Review the existing database and liaise with the ICT Consultant on how to integrate aspects of the deployment mechanism and information, online
Prepare and submit a report of the review and recommendations to enhance CRU functions
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
Summary of Critical Competencies for Immediate Response Situations:
Possess a comprehensive set of competencies enabling immediately taking on the challenging role of leading early recovery efforts in the designated area of responsibility– strategic, integrity, results orientation, teamwork, good inter-personal skills, well developed communication skills, sound judgment, analytical skills, flexibility, proactive engagement, innovation, risk management, gender and culturally sensitivity, ability to work under pressure and demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability.
Required Skills and Experience
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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.