BBRSO74552: Individual Consultant for the Education In Emergency (EiE) Strategy in Dominica


Location : Dominica, BARBADOS
Application Deadline :25-Jun-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)
01-Jul-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :01 July 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :10 weeks

Background

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Background

The effect of Hurricane Maria in September 2017 had a big impact on the education system, damaging school infrastructure, as well as showing the need for preparedness mechanisms. Hurricane Maria led to the complete closure of schools and colleges for more than a month (September 18 to October 23) in the severely-affected districts, forcing more than 13,000 children and youth to stay out of educational institutions for a significant period as the academic year was just starting. The average/standard total days of schools in session in a year is 186 days. Most students lost 20 days (10 percent).

Hurricane Maria highlighted the need to strengthen national capacities to develop and implement Education in Emergencies (EiE) strategies to improve preparedness and ensure children’s right to continued education in times of crises.

Although the education sector is included in the National Emergency Response Plan, there are no education-specific plans and procedures, and child protection, psychosocial support and climate change impact are not integrated into the emergency plans. This has been identified as a significant gap, as well as the need for psychosocial support activities, and incorporating child protection protocols into the education emergency plans.

Under the leadership of the Chief Education Officer, IsraAID, UNDP and UNICEF will work together to support the different key actors in the Ministry of Education (MoE) to design and test an Education in Emergency Strategy, that includes clear procedures and actions based on the principle of guaranteeing the Right to Education for all children and adolescents in Dominica.

Contingency planning is the key to preparedness, and it is a process itself to strengthen the national capacities and processes. Emergencies can be avoided, risks can be managed, and impacts can be mitigated when effective preparedness takes place prior to the crisis. Contingency planning is an often-overlooked element of emergency preparedness and response. Outlining actions to respond to a range of threats is a critical step towards ensuring access to quality education for all learners in times of crisis.  The purpose is to ensure that the Ministry of Education can effectively resume operations after a disaster by clearly setting out management policies, procedures, and resources to be activated in emergency situations.

In addition, there is a need to ensure that the MoE can rapidly recover from emergencies by safekeeping essential information and records with information essential to establishing detailed recovery procedures, and a management directive for implementation of disaster recovery.

The need for a contingency plan is critical to the functioning of the education sector.  The process in which it is developed and implemented is even more critical. The contingency plan generally aims to empower all persons involved to take responsibility for risk reduction and preparedness in their daily lives. This Contingency Plan for the Education Sector places emphasis on building resilience at both systemic and institutional levels by promoting preparedness measures that build on disaster risk reduction education whilst engaging all partners, as well as those in other departments (youth division, Office of Disaster Management) (ODM), social welfare).


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the leadership of the Chief Education Officer, IsraAID, UNDP and UNICEF will work together to support the different key actors in the MoE to design and test an Education in Emergency Strategy, that includes clear procedures and actions based on the principle of guaranteeing the Right to Education for all children and adolescents in Dominica.

Specifically, the Consultant will:

  1. Provide input into a proposed methodology for undertaking the work. This will include a work plan and approach for collaboration on the review and inputs to inform the development of the Dominica Education Sector Contingency plan (process and content)

  2. Conduct situational analysis of the current Education and National Disaster Preparedness sector plan

  3. Identify critical gaps, vulnerabilities and capacities, and clarify roles, responsibilities and accountabilities to effectively address those gaps base on both needs and capacities of relevant institutions

  4. Support the Ministry of Education to develop national contingency plan (through workshops, meetings and focus groups with key stakeholders)

  5. Provide guidance to MoE and key actors on EiE strategies and approaches which ensure a capacity to address INEE minimum standards for EIE and Child Protection in Emergency, and reflect good practice in emergency education responses

  6. Develop Standard inclusive Operating Procedures on what to do before, during and after an emergency referring to UNDP, INEE, CDEMA, OECS, UNESCO and UNICEF standards and resources on comprehensive safe school program framework

  7. To train key actors in MoE in Education in Emergency and contingency planning

  8. Conduct a National Drill to test the plan

Compile and document Dominica Education Sector Contingency plan (process and content) as a knowledge management product


Competencies

I. Years of experience:

  • Advanced degree in education, disaster management and/or social science

  • Experience in the development and implementation of contingency plans, and working with governmental partners in emergency operations

  • Expertise in rapid assessments and gap analysis assessments

  • Education sector experience is an asset

II. Competencies:

  • Experience working in the Caribbean is highly desirable
  • Ability to work productively in a multi-cultural environment

  • Ability to work independently, and within a team, manage competing priorities and perform well under pressure within tight deadlines

  • Demonstrated capacity to plan and manage effective and creative education responses in emergency situations of conflict and emergency

  • Demonstrated capacity for initiative and the application of technical knowledge in EiE, Humanitarian Standards, Disaster Risk Reduction, Child Protection

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate workshops and meetings

  • Good planning and management skills with excellent writing and presentation skills

  • Demonstrated collegial work ethic and good capacity to work effectively in a team

  • Demonstrated collegial work ethic and good capacity to work effectively in a team

  • Excellent inter-personal, facilitation and negotiation skills to effectively liaise with key stakeholders

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with a proficiency in English

  • Demonstrated competencies in computer-based word processing and spreadsheet applications, workshop organisation, public speaking and sensitivity to cultural differences

 


Required Skills and Experience

Post-graduate degree in education, disaster management, social sciences, development studies, climate change, or related field


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