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Lead Consultant: Central Asian Regional Risk Assessment
|Location :||Almaty, with travel to Dushanbe, Bishkek, and possibly other locations in/and outside of Central Asia, KAZAKHSTAN|
|Application Deadline :||18-Aug-08 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 working days, between 25 August and 15 October 2008|
Proposed response: Regional risk assessment
The international community is seeking to proactively help Central Asia's governments to better manage these humanitarian and development risks, and to alleviate their negative impact on vulnerable regions and social groups. The commissioning of an assessment of these risk and risk management responses, reflecting their interplay along the water/energy/food security dimensions as well as appropriate cross-border linkages within (and, where necessary, outside of) Central Asia, is a critical initial step. This assessment will also examine the lessons learned from Tajikistan's "compound crisis" during the past winter, as well as from the severe drought that afflicted Central Asia during 2000-2001.
The assessment will address risks to be managed in the following specific areas:
The assessment will be a(n):
- Mapping exercise, examining the relevant documentation pertaining to lessons learned-both in terms of government policy responses and humanitarian/development responses by the international community from Tajikistan's 2008 compound crisis, and from the Central Asian drought of 2000-2001;
- Consultative exercise, benefitting from the participation of key UN agencies, other bilateral and multilateral development partners, and regional institutions engaged in humanitarian and crisis prevention programming in Central Asia with a particular focus on the ongoing assessments being conducted within the framework of the UN's inter-agency task force (i.e., UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNHCR, UNICEF, OCHA, WHO and WFP);
- Analytical exercise, developing a detailed understanding of gaps in emergency and development responses and possible national and regional measures to be undertaken by governments and the international community in order to alleviate the negative impact on the most vulnerable segments of the population (particularly in terms of the governments' preparations for winter); and
- Integrative exercise, seeking to align the above with the most recent information and analyses concerning regional meteorological, hydrological, and socio-economic conditions and trends. Where appropriate, it will also seek to align short-term humanitarian with longer-term development interventions.
The assessment will emphasise the collection, dissemination, and synthesis of information and analyses already produced by national and international organisations, rather than the generation of new primary data or analysis. Examples of pre-existing (or now coming on line) information and analyses that the consultancy will review and integrate include:
The assessment will have a regional character, reflecting the common property nature of the region's water resources and the cross-border linkages apparent in their management. However, the bulk of the assessment will be concentrated in Central Asia's most vulnerable countries: Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Activities, reporting, timelines, deliverables
Work on the assessment will be lead by an international consultant, who will be supported by national consultant/experts in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The assessment will also be supported by the staff of international partners engaged in relevant development and humanitarian activities, particularly the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UN agencies, and select bilateral donors.
The lead consultant will report to UNDP's Regional Centre in Bratislava, while the overall management of the exercise will be with UNDP Regional Director for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC). Under UNDP's direction, the lead and national consultants will work closely with the other partners supporting this exercise, particularly their offices in Central Asia.
In order to produce a report that meets the characteristics described in the previous section, the lead consultant will:
These activities will allow the incumbent to present the following deliverables by:
The consultant may be asked to present these findings at (or otherwise participate in) a regional conference or workshop on this topic, which may be held in October/November 2008.
Required Skills and Experience
Candidates are requested to apply on-line at http://europeandcis.undp.org/home/jobs/ in exceptional case send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org (HR Unit, UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre) no later than August 17, 2008, 17:00 CEST time.
The application should contain:
Women are encouraged to apply. Due to the large number of applicants for UNDP positions, UNDP regrets that it is unable to inform unsuccessful candidates about the outcome or status of the recruitment process.
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