National Agriculture Livelihoods Consultant (Myanmar National Only)

Location : Sittwe and other project locations in Rakhine State, MYANMAR
Application Deadline :25-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :26 working days


To address some of the main developmental challenges in Rakhine, UNDP is implementing a Joint Program with UNHCR and UN Women - Creating conditions conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of displaced persons from and within Rakhine State. The Joint Program, funded by the Government of Japan, will be implemented by UNDP, UNHCR, and UN Women in Rakhine State from April 2019 to March 2020. The Joint Program will deliver humanitarian and development assistance in the support to the Government of Myanmar (GoM)’s efforts towards comprehensive and durable solutions to the issue of displacement from and within Rakhine State, as well as of the GoM’s implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations.

Complementing related initiatives implemented by the Participating United Nations Agencies (PUNOs) in Rakhine State, the Joint Program will aim to achieve four outcomes: (i) The Government of Myanmar is supported in its effort in creating conditions conducive for the voluntary, safe, and sustainable return of displaced persons from and within Rakhine State and to prevent and address statelessness; (ii) pending dignified solutions to displacement, critical humanitarian supports in the areas of protection, shelter, NFI, and camp coordination and camp management are provided to the camp population to ensure their dignified living conditions; (iii) Community priorities and needs are better met through inclusive and responsive service delivery, improved access to justice, and increased local development opportunities that promote social cohesion for men and women; and (iv) Women are empowered to engage in, contribute to, and benefit from community resilience, and inclusive growth and development in Rakhine State.

Within the larger umbrella of an area based approach, UNDP and UN Women are also implementing a Joint Program on Women's Empowerment and Resilient Inclusive Communities in Rakhine (2018-2021), funded by the Government of Canada, which complements and builds on the joint project and focuses on promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment for inclusive development and resilience building in Rakhine, strengthening cohesion, and improving access to justice, and strengthening more inclusive sub-national governance institutions. This Joint Program will also contribute to strengthen the gender-sensitivity of coordination between development and humanitarian initiatives in Rakhine.

UNDP’s area-based programme approach in Rakhine (RABP) has a strong emphasis on promoting livelihoods and social cohesion for all communities in Rakhine State. The UNDP livelihoods approach is anchored in the "UN policy on employment creation, income creation and reintegration in post-conflict situations" which provides an operational framework for project interventions. Aiming to promote livelihood recovery through rehabilitating livelihood assets and generating income of vulnerable households, in the first phase from in April 2018 to March 2019, UNDP, in the partnership with three local CSOs, implemented cash-for-work (CfW) interventions in Pauktaw, Rathedaung, Mrauk U and Ponnagyun townships. The livelihood activity reached over 15,000 households in 88 villages and 27 village tracts in four townships.

Since April 2019, UNDP is implementing a new cycle of sustainable livelihood support to target population in Rakhine in a conflict sensitive manner. The sustainable livelihood activity aims to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the target locations, with an emphasis on piloting gender-responsive agri-fisheries value chains and supporting market linkages where feasible, and conditions allow, on select product(s), increased women’s access to markets, supporting climate-resilient diversified farming, fisheries based economic opportunities and micro and small businesses, while laying a foundation for building inter-community trust and social cohesion.

As a part of the overall sustainable livelihood activity, UNDP, in a partnership with MOALI and local CSO implementing partners, is piloting an intervention in Pauktaw township to promote farmers productivity and crops diversification aiming to improve small farmers income. Under this intervention, UNDP, in a coordination with relevant  township line-departments and local CSOs, will provide water pumping units for agricultural/agriculture based livelihoods diversification to local farmer groups selected through a competitive call for applications, on- and off-farm support to established user groups as well build capacity of agriculture related township departments to plan and provide supportive extension services. To this end, UNDP is seeking for an experienced technical consultant to support agriculture based livelihoods to support the pilot intervention in Pauktaw, with possible replication/ scaling up in other townships.

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