Consultant: Gender Assessment to Inform the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA)



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Maputo with travel to Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia, MOZAMBIQUE
Application Deadline :17-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
22-Apr-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :15 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

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. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts.

Mozambique was recently affected by the worst cyclone and floods on record since independence. According to National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), so far, the IDAI claimed the life of 598 people and affected 843,723 people of which 29,291 are in accommodation centers.  The impact on livelihoods and   basic services was also extensive with 112,000 houses destroyed and 711, 300 hectares of harvest lost.  The extent of the damages is still unfolding as the teams get access to the most remote affected areas.

The UN Humanitarian Country Team has been at the forefront of the response, supporting the Government from rescue to provision of the required emergency assistance. Ongoing are efforts to ensure that the rights of women and girls and vulnerable groups are duly integrated and respected.  However in spite of existence of the Gender Strategy and Action Plan and  minimum knowledge about the  IASC requirements for gender in humanitarian action,  the  lack of sex  and age disaggregation of  recently released data on  the impact of cyclone IDAI  by INGC,  points to  existence of  a critical gap that needs to be  filled  to ensure that the women and girl’s  needs, capacities and rights are adequately addressed  particularly in the recovery period.

In view of the above, UN Women Mozambique CO intends to engage a consultant to conduct a Gender Assessment to inform the PDNA, identify programming opportunities including capacity strengthening of the Humanitarian Action Stakeholders for a more comprehensive approach to gender issues in disaster preparedness response and recovery.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Country Representative and close collaboration with the Programme Team, the consultant will assess the socio-economic impact of the cyclone on women and girls and recommend gender sensitive interventions. He/she will perform the following tasks:

  1. Collect and analyze sex- and age- disaggregated data (quantitative, qualitative and anecdotal) on the impact of   the disaster on women and girls;
  2. collaborate and coordinate closely with the INCG and other partners and agencies such UNDAC team to ensure that the gender perspective is taken into account in the multi-sectoral assessment;
  3. Identify women and girl’s priority needs (specific and strategic) to be addressed across clusters to ensure resilient recovery;
  4. Identify socio cultural and other barriers which may impinge on women and girls recovery and resilience ability and propose context based strategies and actions to be undertaken by relevant stakeholders;
  5. Analyze the humanitarian response so far with a gender perspective and provide recommendations for improvements to all clusters
  6. Propose a hands-on tool to mainstream gender issues across clusters;
  7. Collect good practices and lessons learned on gender mainstreaming in the current emergency response to contribute to learning for future;  
  8. Review and finalize humanitarian appeals and propose incorporation of gender issues;
  9. Recommend institutional mechanisms and policy options to be undertaken in support of the recovery and resilient with a gender perspective;
  10. Participate and Support the UN Women Focal Points in various discussions and cluster and sub-cluster meetings that take place; and training on key gender mainstreaming tools for relevant staff;
  11. Based on the various assessments and findings, draft a report and contribute to revising and finalizing the UN Women Humanitarian Appeal Proposal;
  12. Contribute to forging partnerships and alliances with humanitarian agencies and development partners.

 

Methodology:

The Gender Assessment will follow the IASC Gender Guidelines methodology, including an analysis of pre-disaster baseline data to compare with post-disaster conditions in order to assess the disaster impact and to determine the overall recovery strategy;

It will combine quantitative data with qualitative information to analyze and to assess the social and economic impacts of the disaster on women and girls from the community level to the national level;

The assessment will focus on the disaster affected areas and examine the damage to physical assets and the immediate repair and rehabilitation/reconstruction needs of women and girls as well the social and economic needs of the affected communities;p

In order to ensure ownership of the results, the consultant will work closely with the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) gender team as a contribution to the implementation of the Gender Strategy and Action Plan.  S/he will engage with cluster leads and members, relevant government representatives and women’s organizations and CSOs as well as development partners.

 

Deliverables and Milestones:

1

Methodology and Data Collection Tools, Workplan, Proposed Report Template

2 days

2

Preliminary Report reflecting topics 1,8 and 11 above)

50% of the fees (upon approval)

3

Submission of the Final Report

No later than 31 May – 50% of the fees (upon approval)

3

Presentation of the Final Reports at an Inter-cluster Meeting


Competencies

Professional Competencies:

  • Professionalism: Ability to conduct data analysis using various methods. Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with UN colleagues and partners to achieve deliverables for assessment;
  • Planning& Organizing:  Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed work deliverables for the assignment; identifies priority activities and allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; uses time efficiently;
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.

 

Managerial Competencies:

  • Leadership: establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions;
  • Working with multiple partners: Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment and cultivate productive relationships with Government partners and other donors.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:  

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in development studies, economics, sociology. A first level university degree in combination with relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • A minimum of ten years of progressive experience in conducting gender equality analysis/assessments and post disaster needs assessment;
  • Proven experience in gender equality projects/ programme design, implementation and monitoring with the UN or other international agencies is desirable;
  • Knowledge of technical cooperation and development issues is an advantage.

Language:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Portuguese is required.



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