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To contract the services of a Team Leader/Gender and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Expert with sub-Contracted Team Members
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||08-Mar-19 (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 :||maximum of 70 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||maximum of 70 working days|
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, and peace and security.
The communities of Northern Clarendon and West Kingston face significant human security issues. The complexities and the interconnectedness of these issues can only be addressed by undertaking effective and rights-based interventions to reduce poverty and to bolster economic growth, particularly those that serve to improve people’s health and livelihood systems as well as build climate resilience. For communities to be truly resilient they must be organized, be able to manage their natural resources, be knowledgeable and have access to the requisite infrastructure and systems to support their development. A multi-sectoral human security approach addresses multiple and interrelated insecurities and builds on synergies to maximize efficiency and sustainability.
It is estimated that 70% of Jamaica’s population is supplied with water via house connections from the National Water Commission (NWC). The remaining 30% obtains water from standpipes, water trucks, wayside tanks, community catchment tanks, rainwater catchment tanks and direct access to rivers and streams. Approximately 30% of the population is served by sewerage facilities operated by the NWC. With groundwater representing 84 % of the island’s exploitable water, and stream flow data indicating deficits in several major rivers, water security is an important national concern. Already recognized as a critical development challenge and inhibitor of economic growth, water insecurity contributes to poverty and further impacts economic, food, health and environmental security. Rural communities have been disproportionately impacted by poor access to water for economic and social activities such as agriculture and household use. Only 40 % of the rural population has piped water supply and the draft Water Sector Policy estimates that 13 % of rural residents get water from risky sources.
Jamaica’s National Water Sector Policy is being revised with a view to ensuring that the abovementioned challenges are addressed. The clear majority of the population that experience challenges with water access and supply are poor; and it is widely acknowledged that gender inequality places poor women and their families at an even greater disadvantage. The disproportionate family responsibilities of women in particular, limits their potential in both income and non-income dimensions. For example, their limited income earning capacities limits their ability to access and procure water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. The greater amount of time spent on domestic duties and care work (such as washing, cooking, and other duties required for household and child care) are often unpaid and unremunerated, but require a greater utilisation of WASH services.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative, the Team Leader/Gender and WASH Expert, will be contracted to undertake a Gender Aware Beneficiary Assessment (GABA) of the delivery of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services (WASH) provided by the National Water Commission (NWC) and other relevant service providers to the residents of Northern Clarendon and West Kingston areas.
The GABA is mainly intended to provide data and information on the gender dimensions of the procedural and operational limitations that beneficiaries experience in accessing WASH services. Effective approaches and good practices currently employed in the service delivery systems of the NWC and other service providers will also be highlighted in the analysis.
The geographical scope of the assessment will include the Northern Clarendon and West Kingston areas. The population in these areas experience geological susceptibility to drought; high rates of poverty and unemployment; limited alternative livelihood opportunities; limited climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction efforts at the community level; crime and violence; critical water security and sanitation challenges, the impacts of which are even more significant in poor and vulnerable groups where unemployment and poverty are high; and education and skills are low. Consequently, the coping mechanisms to shocks (to be identified during the conduct of the GABA) will need to be strengthened. In West Kingston, the communities experience environmental issues. Some communities have challenges with accessing consistent piped water, further exacerbated by the drought conditions in 2014 and 2015. On average, over 50% of households received water piped into their yard from a public source, but some communities have inconsistent water pressure. In both communities, residents in some areas access water from communal water sources which, if not managed efficiently, can cause public health issues as well as potential conflict around water usage. Pollution is also a major environmental issue, as illegal dumping of garbage has led to blocked drainage systems and, in times of heavy rainfall, to flooding of households.
The GABA will identify and map the entire cycle of the beneficiaries’ interface with the NWC and other relevant service providers, in the abovementioned two areas of West Kingston and Northern Clarendon, in order to rigorously assess the gender dimensions of the bottlenecks in policies and operations of the services. The GABA will clarify beneficiaries’ experiences in engaging with the NWC, starting from the application stage and/or the initial point at which the beneficiaries interact with the service provided by the institution.
Gender-based vulnerabilities and disparities result in men and women experiencing poverty differently. Consequently, the differential experiences of male and female beneficiaries will be a key component of the methodology of the GABA. Furthermore, the disproportionate responsibility that women bear in caring for children and other dependents implies that their experiences in accessing WASH services may differ from those of some men who may not have these responsibilities.
The GABA will assist the NWC and other relevant service providers, in probing further into beneficiaries’ experiences with accessing WASH services and specifically whether services are considered affordable, delivered efficiently and in a manner that is responsive to the needs of clients; and in particular from a gender lens. The GABA will also provide insight to issues pertaining to water quality, sanitation and hygiene. Discussions with women and men beneficiaries will also include questions related to what further support they require to address their difference and disproportionate needs.
The GABA methodology will take this into account the demographic profiles of the population in both the West Kingston and Clarendon areas. Variables such as location (i.e. rural vs. urban), age, levels of education and skills and employment status among other key characteristics, will be analysed from a gender lens.
Finally, recommendations for procedural and operational reform of the NWC, and other relevant service providers, will be put forward, based on the results of the GABA with the intent of informing the finalisation of the National Water Sector Policy.
The methodology utilised will be a mix of desktop research of previous Beneficiary Assessments carried out by the NWC and other service providers, if available; as well as participatory discussions with beneficiaries and officials and staff of these institutions. The methodology will also ensure that the NWC’s staff capacity is strengthened to conduct gender-responsive Beneficiary Assessments.
Scope of Work and Deliverables
The Team Leader/Gender and WATSAN Expert is expected to be in Jamaica for the full duration of the consultant; and sub-contract within her/his team qualified members. The Team Leader and his/her team are expected to deliver the following results:
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO-Caribbean Representative, with direct reporting to UN Women Programme Specialist for Economic Empowerment and Statistics.
Core Values/Guiding Principles:
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Required Skills and Experience
Required skills and experience:
The Team Leader/Gender and WASH Expert should herself/himself meet the following criteria:
The Team Leader will be assessed on the qualifications members of his/her team who should, either individually or combined, possess the following:
The Team Leader/Gender and WASH Expert should herself/himself meet the following criteria:
The Team Leader will be assessed on the strength of the members of his/her team whose skillsets either individually or combined, should meet the following criteria:
Hardware, Software and Communication:
Location and Duration:
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