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Consultant, Preparedness for Recovery, Building Capacities for Resilient Recovery-Phase 2 – BCRR 2
|Location :||Dakar, SENEGAL|
|Application Deadline :||30-Jul-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year and subsequent extensions for 2 years subject to performance and funding|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 years|
The Africa region is vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards – floods, drought, landslides, volcanic activity, and wild fires. West Africa, for example, is particularly vulnerable to hydro-meteorological hazards and climate extremes - drought and floods are estimated to account for 80 per cent of loss of life and 70 per cent of economic losses linked to natural hazards. With increasing climate change, hydro-meteorological disasters are becoming more frequent and intense. Compounding factors as increasing urbanization, environmental degradation, unplanned and unregulated land use, and demographic growth are increasing disaster risks and people’s vulnerabilities to natural hazards.
In such context, efficient and effective recovery is crucial to ensure that the needs generated by a disaster are addressed and that countries and their population reconnect to sustainable development. In fact, recovery offers the opportunity to address underlying vulnerabilities and risk factors thus building resilience to future events. While countries have progressed in establishing capacities for disaster risk reduction – particularly for preparedness and response - there still remains a considerable lack of preparedness among governments to address post-disaster recovery, which remains too often ad-hoc, short-term and uncoordinated.
In order to address the above, UNDP works to strengthen the capacities of disaster prone countries in recovery management before a disaster strikes. This entails the establishment of dedicated institutional and policy arrangements as well as capacities for conducting needs assessment and planning and implementing recovery. UNDP also provides strategic guidance and technical assistance in these areas and, as a knowledge based organization, also facilitates exchange of experiences and lessons learnt among countries.
UNDP is implementing a second phase of a global capacity development initiative in resilient recovery to reinforce countries’ capacities to effectively manage recovery processes. In Africa, This initiative targets three countries in the Sahel (Niger, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde) with financial support of the Government of Luxembourg. These countries had already been part of the first phase of the project and, through this, have built the basis for institutional arrangements and capacities for recovery. This second phase will build on the previous achievements of the project and further reinforce these countries’ capacity in conducting post-disaster assessments, planning and implementing recovery.
This initiative will support the establishment and operationalization of policies, institutional frameworks and mechanisms to manage disaster recovery processes. Specifically, it will:
The initiative is led by the Climate and Disaster Team (CDT) of the UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Program Support (BPPS) in NY, which will provide overall guidance and technical assurance to the project. The CDT is responsible for practice development for climate change and disaster risk reduction and recovery within UNDP and provide technical support to Country Offices in this area of work.
The CDT through the Regional Service Centre for Africa in Addis Ababa (RSCA) will provide overall supervision and regular technical support to the COs implementing the project. A Regional Consultant will be hired to perform these functions and, given the geographical location of the project countries, s/he will be based in the RSC Liaison Office in Dakar. S/he will be responsible for the overall coordination and monitoring of the project implementation in the three countries. The incumbent will also be responsible for compiling the financial and narrative reports as well as ensuring that issues and challenges within the project are addressed. Wherever necessary, the Regional Consultant will provide technical advice to the COs for implementation of the programme.
At country-level, the project implementation will be undertaken jointly by national governments and respective UNDP Country Offices. Each country will have a focal point to manage the implementation of the project who answers to the Regional Consultant - Preparedness for Recovery.
In addition, UNDP will rely on its pool of international and national consultants to provide technical assistance when required. In accordance with UNDP rules, a Project Board will be appointed to provide oversight and quality assurance to the project. The Project Board will meet annually to review the progress of the project.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work, responsibilities and description of the proposes analytical work
The Regional Consultant will be appointed to coordinate and monitor the overall project implementation in Burkina Faso, Niger and Cabo Verde, carry out reporting tasks, and facilitate knowledge and information sharing among and between the COs, Regional Bureaux and HQs.
Overall Project Coordination
Regular Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate, support and monitor overall project implementation
Provide technical advice and substantial guidance on disaster recovery
Develop knowledge management products on disaster recovery in the region
Liaise with partners to support exchange and communication related to the project and look for future engagements to enhance partnership
The key results will be successful completion of the project, with an effective delivery of UNDP’s technical support to three (3) selected countries in developing national recovery management capacities. The key results will also enable UNDP to strengthen its effectiveness as the disaster recovery practice leader in the project countries and UNDP Country Offices’ capacity to provide high-quality support to national Governments in disaster recovery programming.
Expected outputs and deliverables:
Expected outputs and deliverables
The main tasks of the regional consultant with related deliverables are as follow;
Coordinate, support and monitor overall project implementation, with the deliverables to;
Provide technical advice and substantial guidance on disaster recovery, with the deliverables to;
Develop knowledge management products on disaster recovery in the region, with the deliverables to;
Liaise with partners to support exchange and communication related to the project and look for future engagements to enhance partnership, with the deliverables to;
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (only) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (700 points):
Interview: Weight = 15 %; Maximum Points: 150.
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top three/four candidates for interview. Candidates should score atleast a minimum of 385 points to be considered for interview. Please note that only top three/four candidates will be contacted.
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (700 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (300 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of Recovery Team Leader and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.
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.