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Review of Operational Guidelines for Disaster Risk Management in Malawi
|Location :||Lilongwe, with limited travel to selected districts, MALAWI|
|Application Deadline :||23-May-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||40 working days|
Malawi is exposed to various types of hazards such as floods, drought, stormy rains, accidents, hailstorms, disease epidemics, earthquakes and pest infestations. Severe floods regularly result into disasters, overflowing river systems, displacing hundreds of people and impoverishing them, with failed assets and livelihoods. The impacts of disasters are enormous and have hindered the country’s socio-economic development. Disaster Risk Management is very critical for Malawi to safeguard the economic gains that the country has achieved this far. To effectively coordinate implementation of disaster risk management programmes in the country, the government, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), in 2013 started the review of the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act of 1991. The review of the Act has been aligned to the National Disaster Risk Management Policy which was approved by Cabinet in February 2015. A draft Disaster Risk Management Bill has been developed which, when passed, will replace the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act of 1991.
To guide implementation of the disaster risk management agenda in Malawi as outlined in the DRM policy and DRM bill, DoDMA developed the Operational Guidelines for Disaster Risk Management and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Disaster Response. The Operational Guidelines (OGs) provides for a detailed institutional arrangement for disaster risk management (DRM) in the country and assign roles and responsibilities to different actors on all aspects of DRM, covering disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response and recovery. The OGs have also been aligned to the National Disaster Risk Management Policy, providing guidance on how each of the policy priority areas would be realized, focusing on the coordination and implementation aspects. The SoPs are part of the OGs and focus on the disaster response phase, providing for standard operating procedures for different aspects of disaster response. The OGs and SoPs will form national regulations on DRM to support the anticipated new DRM legislation.
In 2017, Malawi Government engaged a Consultant to align the OGs and SoPs to the DRM Bill but there is scope for improvement. Malawi Government would like to further review the OGs and SoPs to ensure that they meet national and international standards. The review process would also consider critical issues within disaster response and those leading to early and long-term recovery, including the institutionalization of post-disaster needs assessment as an element of disaster response and recovery.
With support from UNDP, DoDMA would like to engage the services of an international individual consultant to review the OGs and SoPs to align them to local and international standards, while ensuring consistent alignment to the DRM Bill and the DRM Policy.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main purpose of the assignment is to undertake a comprehensive review of the drafted Operational Guidelines for Disaster Risk Management and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The consultant is also expected to propose thresholds, or minimum requirements, for declaring disasters at different scales. Such standards should also include guidance as to when a post disaster needs assessment (PDNA) may be required and the procedures for requesting and conducting such a PDNA.
To undertake this exercise, DoDMA would like to engage the services of a competent, well qualified and experienced international consultant who is fully committed and available for the duration of the task, to carry out the assignment. The consultant is expected to undertake the following specific duties:
Required Skills and Experience
General Professional Experience
Specific Professional Experience
How to Apply
Interested individual consultants who meet the above specifications should submit technical and financial proposals to demonstrate their comparative advantage and competencies as follows:
Technical Proposal, which:
Financial proposal detailing out the consultant fees, travel and related costs and all other expenses. All costs related to the consultant’s work should be factored in the budget.
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.