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Urban Agriculture Specialist
|Location :||Erbil, IRAQ|
|Application Deadline :||07-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|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 :||80 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||80 days|
Since 2014, the occupation of vast Iraqi territory by the ISIL, caused mass displacement, disruption to life and economy, and the destruction of public infrastructure and private property. The simultaneous decline in global oil prices and the Iraqi oil sector resulted in an economic recession that affected all sectors of the Iraqi economy and government budgets – and therefore job opportunities.
The 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan anticipates that during 2019 as many as 6.7 million people will require some form of humanitarian assistance in Iraq, including 1.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), 11 million living in conflict affected communities, and 4.1 million returnees.
At the same time, displacement and return of population have highly complex impact upon the socioeconomic fabric of host communities. In hosting communities, decreased access to essential services may lead to social tensions among different social groups. The same challenge has occurred in returnee areas as well, since the volume and speed of population’s return is greater than the restoration of public infrastructure and services.
The lack of livelihood opportunities can also lead to social tensions, the adoption of negative coping mechanisms, or even a secondary displacement. Youth and women are especially vulnerable to exploitative labour in the face of these challenges. There is a need for increased access to income generation in displacement and return areas to facilitate and encourage returns, as well as to promote recovery after the end of military activities.
Cash for work (CfW) interventions in Iraq have been successful in addressing many of the above needs. Social tensions are reduced as communities have increased employment opportunities, restored public infrastructure or services, and increased interaction among diverse community members. At the same time, participants gain valuable experience and capacity development – especially when skilled supervision is provided. Women’s participation can empower their position in society and reduce their exposure to harmful work practices.
To achieve the aims of improving livelihoods, providing income generating opportunities and supporting the labour needed to contribute to reconstruction and recovery, UNDP will support the implementation of cash for work activities for urban agriculture in Ninawa Governorate, Iraq. The urban agriculture sector includes the production, processing, distribution and marketing of food in urban and peri-urban areas. Examples include home gardens, rooftop gardens, market gardens, neighbourhood food processing cooperatives, school farms and urban farms. Through a cash for work modality, the Urban Agriculture Specialist will support the development and implementation of these livelihood-based activities to create sustainable jobs and build resilience with returnees and host communities in urban and peri-urban areas in Ninawa Governorate, Iraq.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
Under the direct supervision of the ICRRP Livelihoods Component Lead, the Consultant will provide leadership, coordination and technical support to the Implementation of Cash for Work Activities through Urban Agriculture project in Ninawa Iraq. This will include the capacity building of the UNDP implementing partner; liaison with, and capacity building of, local authorities; monitoring and capacity building of urban framers; assistance to institutionalise the process so that activities can be replicated through the establishment of additional urban agriculture projects in future.
More specifically, the Consultant is expected to provide technical expertise with regard to the following urban agriculture (UA) services during the assignment period:
III. Duties and Expected Outputs
Under the direct supervision of the ICRRP Livelihoods Component Lead, the Consultant will undertake the following tasks:
V. Institutional Arrangement
The consultant will report to the ICRRP Livelihoods Component Lead and will collaborate with other ICRRP staff.
The consultant will submit monthly activity reports, describing the progress/achievements against the tasks described above as well as the final report at the end of the assignment. Payment is made against combined deliverables (as per the payment schedule provided below) upon approval of the Crisis Response Specialist or ICRRP Programme Manager.
He/she will be requested to work in the UNDP office in Erbil. UNDP will provide the office space. The consultant is expected to bring their own computer and telephone and any other required technological solutions apart from this equipment.
VI. Duration of the Work
Period of Assignments/Services: 80 days over 7 months (roughly 11.5 days per month on average)
Estimated Start Date: 1 May 2019
VII. Duty Station
When in Iraq, the consultant is expected to be based in Erbil duty station with frequent missions around Ninawa to the Project locations.
Required Skills and Experience
X. Scope of Bid Price and Schedule of Payments
The financial proposal shall indicate the total amount required for covering all aspects of the assignment broken down into the following categories:
The full contracted amount will be disbursed as per the below payment plan unless otherwise agreed between UNDP and the consultant.
XI. Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
The following criteria shall serve as basis for evaluating offers:
Note: In addition to the desk review of the CV and technical proposal, an interview will be held with the shortlisted candidates.
Technical Criteria Weight
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.