Consultancy Revision CADRI DRM capacity assessment and planning tool


Location : Home Based with travel to Geneva / or Geneva-based, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :14-Apr-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)
29-Apr-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :100 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :100 working days

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.


Background

 

Background

The Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) is a global partnership composed of 17 UN and non-UN organizations: FAO, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP, and WHO, and GNDR, IFRC, IOM, OECD, UNESCO, UNITAR, UNOPS, RedR Australia, WMO, and WB/GFDRR. CADRI draws upon the diversity of expertise of its members to offers a unique combination of knowledge, experience and resources to support countries implement disaster and climate risk-informed programmes in support of SDG attainment.

The CADRI Partnership proposes a range of capacity development services including a methodology for assessing national capacities in disaster risk reduction (DRR) , which has been adapted and applied in 30 countries to date. The CADRI Partnership developed one generic assessment and planning tool and 10 assessment and planning tools for the following sectors and thematic areas: agriculture and food security; environment; infrastructure; health; water and sanitation (WASH); nutrition; education; human mobility; climate services, and cultural heritage. These tools are meant to provide a methodological framework to assess country capacities at the organizational, institutional, and individual level to reduce vulnerability and exposure to disaster risk and climate change impact. Each tool considers different dimensions of capacity such as: awareness and ownership; information management and access to climate and disaster risk information; accountability mechanism; coordination arrangements; relationships; and technical competencies in managing and reducing disaster and climate risk.

Under its new programmatic phase 2019-2023, the CADRI Partnership will review its capacity assessment and planning tools with the view to:

1. Revise the structure of the tools to reflect the SDGs by linking the indicators/ questions to specific SDGs;

2. Develop questions for each SDG/ sector tool that relate to national and local capacities to manage climate change risk and adapt to climate change (tools are currently predominantly focused on DRR and aligned to the Sendai Framework for DRR);

3. Reflect the normative components of climate change adaptation global frameworks in the structure of the tools, similarly to how the Sendai Framework for DRR is currently reflected;

4. Integrate the indicators of the Sendai Framework for DRR;

5. Integrate additional questions and indicators for the preparedness for emergency response sections in both the generic tools and sectoral tools building on other compatible questionnaires (e.g. UNDAC question bank; World Bank Ready to Respond tool; others);

6. Integrate a rights-based approach in the capacity assessment and planning tools and include specific questions and indicators relating to the needs and demands of disadvantaged and marginalized populations to ensure their meaningful role in decision-making and implementation of DRR and CCA interventions (migrants, minorities, vulnerable women and children, disabled, others…);

7. Integrate gender sensitivity and strengthen the gender equality and women’s empowerment indicators;

8. Integrate conflict sensitivity in the assessment and development of capacities to manage and reduce disaster and climate risks;

9. Align new sectoral or thematic tools to the new structure and integrating the above-mentioned elements (e.g. sectoral tool on water resource management; sectoral tool on cultural heritage).

 

 


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

The CADRI Partnership Secretariat based in Geneva seeks to mobilize the services of a consultant support the revision of the CADRI tools to ensure that the approaches outlined above are properly incorporated. The aim of the consultancy is twofold: (1) The consultant is expected to revise both the content and the structure of the tools to integrate points 1 to 6 above; and (2) The consultant will supervise the work of other consultants who are assigned to work on additional sectoral tools or revise certain thematic aspects (points 7 to 9). The consultant will develop a workplan for the revision of the tools outlining their own tasks as well as factoring in the work required from other consultants.

The consultant role consists of the following duties and responsibilities:

1. Propose a new structure based on: the SDGs; the normative components of climate change adaptation global frameworks; the new indicators of the Sendai Framework for DRR.

2. Revise questions and/ or add new questions to reflect modified or additional components related to climate change adaptation, new DRR indicators, preparedness, rights-based approach etc.

3. If necessary, determine tasks to be undertaken by CADRI agencies/ specialists to revise existing sectoral tools content based on the new elements included in the tools, and follow up with agencies/ individually to obtain and validate revised content;

4. Work with other sectoral or thematic consultants to ensure that the new structure and key indicators are taken into account. If sectoral consultants are not yet on board, develop short guidance note related to how the specific sectoral tools should be developed.

5. Work with the CADRI communications consultant to identify the most practical manner to structure the tools for reader-friendliness. Aspects related to how the offline tool version can be transferred online for a web-based application of the tool could also be considered.

6. Develop a 10-page guidance on how to use the tool, in collaboration with the CADRI communications team, who will be in charge of the layout.

Deliverables

  • Develop work plan for the revision of the tools outlining their own tasks as well as factoring in the work required from other consultants. The workplan should comprise tasks, deadlines, required collaboration with CADRI Secretariat staff, technical agency specialists and other parties. (3 working days)

  • Develop a new structure (see task 1) based on review of documentation and consultation with CADRI partners; share with the CADRI secretariat for feedback and adjustment. (12 working days)

  • Develop presentation of the new structure in PPT format and supporting narrative for CADRI PAG review and endorsement; CADRI Secretariat to schedule meeting for the consultant to present the tool structure and workplan. (2 working days)

  • Revise questions and/ or add new questions to reflect modified or additional components related to climate change adaptation, new DRR indicators, preparedness etc. Work with the communications specialist to define the most appropriate structure and design ahead of time. Share various versions with CADRI Secretariat. (45 working days)

  • Liaise with CADRI agencies/ specialists to revise existing sectoral tools content based on the new elements included in the tools and follow up with agencies/ individually to obtain and validate revised content. (15 working days)

  • Work with other sectoral or thematic consultants to ensure that the new structure and key indicators are taken into account. If sectoral consultants are not yet on board, develop short guidance note related to how the specific sectoral tools should be developed. (10 working days)

  • Develop a 10-page guidance on how to use the tool. Collaborate with the CADRI communications specialist to ensure reader-friendliness of content. Share draft versions with the CADRI Secretariat. (6 working days)

  • Draft communication for PAG review and endorsement of the tool. Review period will be 10 working days and ne-response is considered consent. Potential comments to be integrated in the tool by consultant. (5 working days for integrating comments after PAG review)

  • Develop presentation of the revised tool in PPT format for CADRI PAG review and endorsement; CADRI Secretariat to schedule meeting for the consultant to present the tool. (2 working days)

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the CADRI Partnership Coordinator, in close consultation with CADRI Partners.

The consultancy can be partially home-based but would involve at least three missions to the CADRI Partnership Secretariat in Geneva.


Competencies

Competencies

Communication

- Excellent communication and presentation skills.

- Excellent drafting skills in English.

- Strong analytical skills, and a proven ability to process large amount of information.

Teamwork

- Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in teams.

- Initiative taking and ability to work with minimum supervision;

- Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Technical Competencies

- Sound computer skills.

- Proficient knowledge of MS Office applications such as Word and Excel


Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor

Academic background

- Master’s degree or equivalent in development studies, international development, DRR, climate change, environment

- Proven expertise in climate change, DRR, sustainable development agenda

- Understanding of capacity development concepts in public sector / developing countries

Experience

- Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in climate change adaptation in international development organizations and/or bilateral development agencies;

- Proven experience in developing assessment tools or, at a minimum, in developing analytical reports, in the above mentioned thematic areas;

- Proven experience in supervising staff, including assigning tasks and following-up to ensure results are achieved;

- Experience with international organizations such as UN agencies, NGOs, IFIs is an asset.

Languages

- Proficiency in English, both written and oral, is required;

- Knowledge of another UN official language (French, Spanish, Arabic) is desired.

Recommended Presentation of Offer

The following documents should be submitted/uploaded:

1. Duly filled in Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP; http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780

2. Personal CV or P11 http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc, indicating all your past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) and at least three (3) references;

3. Brief description of why you consider yourself as the most suitable for the assignment;

A Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. The term ‘all-inclusive fee’ implies that all costs (professional fees, transport related expenses, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.). If you are employed by an organization/company/institution, and you expect your employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing you to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), you must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. The interested candidates should provide their financial proposal on all-inclusive total lump sum for requested services with detailed breakdown. One-time payment shall be made to the consultant against the submitted final deliverables and a fully completed and duly authorized Certification of Payment Form.

IMPORTANT: The application is a separate two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applicants.

Step 1: Interested candidates must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP Job Site (Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded therefore please include all documents in one file)

· Personal CV or History Form (P11), indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references (the template can be downloaded from this link: www.sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc ).

· Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable candidate for the assignment. Indicate available start date.

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal. Applicants are requested to submit their financial proposals in US Dollars by an email to Mahmood Zahir at mahmood.zahir@undp.org, using the financial proposal template available here: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780 .

The proposals should be sent via an email with the following subject heading: “ Financial Proposal - Revision CADRI tools” by the deadline of this vacancy.

NOTE: Applications received after the deadline will not be considered

Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer

Candidates will be evaluated using a combined scoring method with the qualifications and methodology weighted at 70% and the price offer weighted at 30%. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49% (out of 70%) points on the technical qualifications part will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Criteria for evaluation of qualifications and methodology (70 points maximum):

  • Proven expertise through professional experience in climate change adaptation and the sustainable development agenda in international development organizations and/or bilateral development agencies (Max 15 points)

  • Experience in developing assessment tools or, at a minimum, in developing analytical reports, in the above-mentioned thematic areas (Max 10 points)

  • Experience in supervising staff, including developing workplans, assigning tasks and following-up to ensure results are achieved (Max 5 points)

  • Interview (Max 20 points)

Criteria for financial evaluation (30 points maximum):

  • The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: p = y (µ/z)

    Where p=points for the financial proposal being evaluated;

    y=maximum number of points for the financial proposal;

    µ=price of the lowest priced proposal;

    z = price of the proposal being evaluated.



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