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To contract the services of a National Consultant to Strengthen Contingency Planning for Seed Distribution for 4 women farmers groups
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||03-May-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 20 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||maximum of 20 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.
Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, made landfall in Dominica on 18 September 2017 directly affecting the lives of at least 71,000 people (almost the entire population). The hurricane, the strongest on record to strike Dominica, destroyed entire crops, and disrupted power and water supplies. Preliminary findings of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) revealed a catastrophic impact on the productive sector with the Agriculture and Fisheries Sector disproportionately affected. According to the PDNA, losses are estimated at EC $125,000,000, damages at EC $58,000,000 and needs at EC $74,000,000.
Women smallholder farmers in Dominica, similar to their counterparts globally, are on the frontlines of the battle against climate change and disasters. Traditionally women are primary care givers and take on disproportionate responsibilities at both household and community levels, this has been found to be the case for the majority of women farmers in Dominica. As smallholder farmers, their vulnerabilities to climate change are further heightened. These multiple vulnerabilities translate into a compromised capacity to cope; and this was evident in the 19 to 20 October 2017 Rapid Assessment of the Impact of Hurricane Maria on Smallholder Women Farmers in Dominica. The extent of the damage to these women’s farms has been catastrophic with 76% reporting major losses.
Women farmers comprise a much smaller percentage of the agricultural labour force than men (80% of the agriculture workforce is male). While more robust data on the farming sector is not available to confirm, it is widely acknowledged that Dominica’s food and nutrition security relies on the work and contributions of smallholder farmers, including women farmers. In order to bring the specific needs of this population to the fore, the UN Women MCO-Caribbean undertook this Rapid Needs Assessment, the results of which are intended to inform national interventions to support the recovery of livelihoods of farmers and the agriculture sector in the country. The Rapid Needs Assessment included an assessment of the following:
This assessment confirmed an immediate need for financing, seeds (particularly cabbage, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, parsley/celery and beets) and fertilizer to support the revitalization of the farms managed by the women included in this assessment.
There is also a high need for labour and time-saving tools and equipment, which the farmers can operate themselves, to reduce their labour costs.
Guided by the findings and recommendations of the assessment, the UN Women MCO-Caribbean provided seeds, tools and farm labour to support recovery efforts.
This consultancy will focus on strengthening the resilience of smallholder women farmers to disaster impacts, through strengthening contingency planning for seed distribution.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative, with delegated daily supervision by the UN Women Programme Specialist – Economic Empowerment & Statistics, the National Consultant is expected to strengthen planning for seed distribution for 4 women farmers groups in Dominica.
Scope of Work and Deliverables
The National Consultant is expected to undertake the following:
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.
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