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National Consultant for Social Development - Sri Lankan Nationals only
|Location :||Colombo, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||18-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months|
The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MMDE) with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme in collaboration with the Department of National Planning (NPD), Ministry Irrigation and Water Management (MIWM) Ministry of Agriculture (MA), Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply and Ministry of Disaster Management, secured financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to implement a USD 38.1 million project aimed at strengthening the resilience of Smallholder farmers in the dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events.
This Project will support the Government to implement integrated solutions to water management in three river basins in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. The Project aims to achieve higher levels of food, livelihoods and water security for flood and drought affected poor communities. GCF resources will be invested in improving access to irrigation and eco-system based agricultural practices, improved community managed drinking water infrastructure, scaling up decentralized drinking water systems and strengthening early warning, forecasting and climate advisories to protect farmers, particularly women from climate related impacts.
The Project will benefit 750,000 people living in the three river basins directly through investments in irrigation, drinking water and disaster risk management. Moreover, around 770,000 people living in these districts will indirectly benefit from the project interventions in capacities and early warning systems. Under this Project, which will be implemented from 2017 to 2024 UNDP will work with a number of government institutions to deliver the Project outputs and activities and measures its impacts.
The Project covers three key components:
Under the Component 02 of the Project, following key activities have been identified:
(These outputs have been rationally allocated to the 07 districts while in the first phase of the Project the work is implemented in Puttalam, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura and Vavuniya districts while in the second phase of the Project the work will be implemented in Trincomalee, Mannar and Polonnaruwa.)
The Project implementation modality includes a Project Management Unit established under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment with the Project Director, Deputy Project Director, Project Accountant and other project staff. UNDP as the responsible party for Project assurance will provide technical assistance to implement the Project. Under this, the service of a team of technical specialists will be provided by UNDP to facilitate the implementation of the Project. Further, a national level technical advisory committee will be established to obtain specialist’s advice to ensure integrated approach for climate resilient water management.
An important outcome expected from the Project’s interventions is an empowered farmer community who will manage their water and other natural resources using the cascade as the management unit. For this purpose, the Project plans to develop cascade water user organizations, whose responsibilities include, inter-alia, the management and allocation of water within a cascade in an equitable manner. Given the increased uncertainty of weather patterns, this is extremely important to mitigate both the droughts and the floods.
The National Consultant for Social Development for drinking water sector will be a part of the UNDP’s technical team for Project implementation and is responsible to provide specialist inputs on social mobilization and social development on Component 02 of the Project; i.e. Investments to increase access to and quality of drinking water in remote and rural areas through a multi-pronged partnership approach aiming sustainability of the programme.
Scope and Objectives:
The scope covers under this Consultancy includes, providing technical inputs on social development, and community mobilization through CSOs and other stakeholders, including the RWS units of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) and Department of National Community Water Supply (DNCWS) to achieve the sustainability of the Project interventions in RWS systems and Rain Water Harvesting Systems.
The objectives of this consultancy are as follows:
Duties and Responsibilities
The specialist has the following general responsibilities regarding the supervision and implementation of the Output 02 activities under the CRIWMP:
a. New Community RWSs;
b. Advanced treatment/filtering systems provided to existing RWS Systems;
c. Small filtering systems;
Required Skills and Experience
The Consultant Profile
Qualification and working experiences:
The successful candidate will have a background in social development, with strong communication/writing skills and successful records of accomplishment in social development in rural water supply sector in Sri Lanka
Master’s degree in Sociology, Social work, community development, regional planning and development, engineering or relevant field;
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.