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Individual Consultant for Assessment of Gaps and Challenges pertaining to Government DRR initiatives in Shimla and Shillong
|Location :||Shillong & Shimla, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||30-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||2 months (30 working days)|
The GoI-UNDP programme “Developing Resilient Cities through Risk Reduction to Disaster and Climate Change” is being implemented in 6 cities viz Cuttack (Odisha), Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra), Shillong (Meghalaya), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) with support of USAID for the period of four years (from 2016 to 2020). One of the key outcomes of the project is to reduce disaster risks in urban areas by enhancing institutional capacities to integrate climate risk reduction measures in development programs as well as undertake mitigation activities based on scientific analysis. One of the intended outputs of this particular outcome is to enhance the capacities of the Staff at the Municipal Corporations especially for risk sensitive planning.
The ability of policy makers to integrate hazards and risks into city planning has been strengthened through a lot of Government thrust over the last few years. However, in spite of this, risk sensitive planning is still a nascent field in India. In order to achieve its development objectives, cities need a holistic approach in understanding the potential threats and managing disaster risk must be adopted. This can be achieved only by engaging local government decision makers, various officials and departments, academia, business and citizens in the planning, implementation and monitoring. An effective organizational structure for sound decision making and practical disaster risk reduction actions should foster collaboration and partnership among all the stake-holders for prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation.
In this context, UNDP is looking for individuals for the positions of Consultant to provide support to the Government Authorities of the cities of Shimla and Shillong to assess their capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction and risk sensitive planning.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Individual Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Project Coordinator (Resilience), UNDP and will receive support from the City Project Coordinator based in the cities to carry out the following tasks:
Schedule of work
Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards
Required Skills and Experience
Essential – Post Graduate/Master’s Degree in Social Sciences – Development Studies, Disaster Management or Geography.
Desirable- Knowledge of Customs and Manners of Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
Desirable – Having work experience in the Disaster Management Sector of Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh preferably with the government
Fluency of English language is required.
Duration of the Work:
The consultant will have to complete the assignment over a period of 2 months. S/he will have to prepare a timeline for the assignment so as to achieve the deliverables mentioned above.
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Shortlisting would be done based on the following criteria:
In the case of travel, payment of travel costs includes tickets, lodging and terminal expenses will be on actual basis.
Only shortlisted candidates shall be called for an interview which will be based on the competencies (skills) required as per the ToR. The contract shall be awarded on a merit basis. For any clarifications, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.