National Consultant to document economic impacts of the disasters and develop a comprehensive National Disaster Recovery Framework and Action Plan


Location : Home-based with field travel, UGANDA
Application Deadline :10-Aug-20 (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)
20-Aug-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :up to 30 working days

Background

Since October 2019, several districts in Uganda are affected by floods and landslides. The disaster impact is widespread, causing severe disruptions into infrastructure systems and access to basic services. Namely, roads infrastructures, especially bridges were severely damaged or destroyed causing interruption of transit and isolating several communities/villages. Houses have been destroyed or damaged; schools, health care facilities and equipment, water and sanitation infrastructure in different areas were destroyed and/or severely damaged causing disruptions in access to basic services. In rural areas, crops, plantations, and agriculture land were destroyed.  In addition, the widespread floods and landslides across the country have affected thousands of people and with dozens of deaths recorded.  

On other hand, the second round of locusts’ outbreak in Uganda occurred, as hopper bands and an increasing number of new swarm’s form in parts of east Africa region and spread to Uganda, is threatening Uganda’s food production. Karamoja, the already chronic food insecure sub region of Uganda is under attack from these locusts. This is feared to worsen the food insecurity situation in this sub region.

COVID-19 pandemic became another challenging hazard causing havoc within a country and causing a number economic and health disruptions. The fight against landslides, floods and locust is somehow hampered by the occurrence of COVID 19 which diverted attention of actors.

Since the occurrence of the aforesaid disasters, the Government of Uganda, humanitarian agencies, development partners, both national and international, have provided humanitarian relief and emergency assistance. United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have mobilized financial resources to support the Government of Uganda in assessing the disaster effects and impacts on human development, crisis response and recovery which allocation is expected to contribute to strengthen coordination mechanisms for response and recovery management.

UNDP recovery initiatives is being channeled through a UNDP/ Office of Prime Minister (OPM) projects titled “Emergency Response to Floods and Landslides 2019” and “Enhancing National Resilience to Multi-hazard Induced Disaster Risks”. The two projects have the following key objectives:

Emergency Response to Floods and Landslides 2019 project:

  • Generate data and relevant information on recovery needs in different sectors to inform integration of risk reduction in humanitarian assistance and program early recovery action;
  • Develop a plan of action for sector specific interventions actions to support recovery and resilience building;
  • Analyze the economic and human needs for recovery and to identify opportunities to build back better, prevent future risk and mitigate existing ones;
  • Activate and/or establish disaster response coordination mechanisms at national, district and community level.

Enhancing National Resilience to Multi-hazard induced disaster risks:

  • Enhanced Multi-sectoral Coordination Capacity of National (NECOC) and Local Governments (DECOC) for integrated multi-hazard Response;
  • Strengthened Disaster Risk Assessment Capacity;
  • Enhanced Disaster Risk Communication;
  • Improved Border Surveillance and Tracking.

The consultant will receive guidance from the project coordination group, led by Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UNDP.  The UNDP and OPM will provide existing background information and will facilitate access to key informants, focal points and decision-makers of all different ministries, development and humanitarian partners involved in the assessment, relief operation and recovery process.Despite the enormous impacts of disasters, the evidence base of their economic impacts is scarce. The project, therefore, planned to hire consultant to support OPM/NECOC to collect and consolidate the multi-sectoral impacts (affected people, livelihoods, elements used by people) of the hazards and identify recovery needs to inform dialogue among public-private for economic recovery and also policy options to build resilience”. This task is also aimed at assessing recovery needs based on disaster effects and impacts, propose priority recovery interventions and recovery framework (including governance, financing, implementation approach, monitoring and evaluation recovery needs and the action plan. This activity will be informed mainly by the rapid assessment data collected by different agencies and Ministries, Uganda Red Cross Society, NGOs and the United Nations agencies.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties:

  • Assess economic impact of the various disasters the country has recently experienced and design recommendations on policy options for resilience building and areas of public-private partnership options;
  • Identify, analyze, and systematize lessons learned and best practices of post-disaster recovery management worldwide and especially for countries with similar development conditions to inform national comprehensive recovery plan;
  • Assess capacities of national and district level partners for recovery management and implementation to ensure that medium and long-term recovery actions and management frameworks are oriented towards strengthening capacities and addressing the capacity gaps identified;
  • Advise on best approaches to ensure continuity between humanitarian and development and risk-informed recovery process which is guided by build-back-better principles;
  • Propose a recovery plan and framework that adheres to human-rights based approaches; and follows an inclusive and participatory approach aligned with the principle of leave-no-one-behind (LNOB);
  • Propose strategies/actions that will ensure that implementation of the recovery plan reduces inequalities and prevent future risk and mitigate pre-existing vulnerabilities and risks;
  • Propose recovery actions that are aligned with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy and other relevant national, sub-regional and international agreed instruments in the field of disaster risk reduction and post-disaster recovery.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct consultations with stakeholders and partners’ (including with national and local governments, representatives from affected communities, civil society agencies and private sector partners) to assess  economic and social impacts of disasters and confirm recovery needs based on disaster damage and rapid needs assessments and to gather inputs for drafting the recovery plan and post-disaster recovery framework;
  • Conduct desk reviews, consult assessment reports conducted by OPM and other agencies and generate economic impacts of disasters as evidence base for advocacy and policy options and trigger public-private dialogues on resilience building   
  • Facilitate (virtually) multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder consultation[1] on the draft recovery plan and framework to validate priorities identified confirm feasibility, efficiency, acceptability and sustainability of the approaches proposed for recovery financing, management, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Identify concrete actions for medium-term and long-term recovery and assess overall cost, resources requirements, implementation approaches, and partnerships required and potential sources of financing sources for the implementation of the actions identified;
  • Propose recovery management arrangements, institutional, mechanisms and tools relevant and appropriate in the national context to ensure national and district ownership; and community participation in the recovery process and strengthen accountability of implementing partners and government authorities.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

  • Inception Note: work-plan, methodological approach, assessment tools and calendar (timelines) for this consultancy service are developed (deliverable 1);        
  • Draft (deliverable 2) and final (deliverable 3) comprehensive report on economic impacts of multi-disasters with concreate recommendation on policy options for resilience building and areas of public-private partnership;
  • Draft (deliverable 4) and final (deliverable 5) comprehensive post-disaster recovery framework with short, medium and long-term reconstruction, rehabilitation and recovery actions with 1) clear outcomes, strategic priorities, key actions and detailed activities and 2) detail on implementation institutional management arrangements, financing mechanisms as well as costs, partnerships and potential sources of funding.

 


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Excellent communications and networking skills;    
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team;
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
  • In-depth knowledge and expertise of economic impact assessment and post disaster recovery planning and management;
  • Good understanding of the role of governments, private sectors, and international organizations in supporting post disaster recovery is required.

Functional Competencies:

  • Communicates effectively both verbally as well in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner;
  • Has demonstrable knowledge of disaster economic impacts assessments and early recovery planning and recovery management framework concepts and practice.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Minimum Master’s degree in areas of disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, public administration, development economics, social sciences, or other related fields. Qualifications in GIS and remote sensing is an added advantage.

Experience:

  • Sound understanding of post-disaster economic impact assessments and recovery processes, build-back-better and risk-informed development concepts, and their application;
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing recovery needs and formulating recovery strategies or plans and post-disaster recovery framework;
  • At least 7 years of professional experience on economic impact assessments and post-disaster recovery issues, concepts, and practices;
  • At least 4 years’ experience in policy advise and relevant experience in developing policy or program proposals and/or conducting evaluations programs;
  • Strong experience in leading and coordinating discussions and consultations with a range of stakeholders, both national governments, multi-lateral, and bilateral agencies;
  • Previous work experience with UN, International Organizations, and familiarity with processes of tripartite partnerships is an added advantage;
  • Experience in humanitarian response and development recovery operations is desirable.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential Institutional Arrangement.

Institutional Arrangement:

The consultant will work with the UNDP Climate and Disaster Resilience Team and OPM/NECOC National Emergency Coordination Operations Center staff assigned to this specific activity. The consultant ultimately reports to the UNDP Uganda Resident Representative through the Team Leader, Environment, Climate and Disaster Resilience who in collaboration with OPM will approve all deliverables pertaining to the assignment. Travel within the country of assignment, if required will be arranged and facilitated by UNDP.

Proposal Price and Schedule of Payments:

The contract will be based on professional fees presented on a daily rate basis. Consultant must send a financial proposal based on a Lump Sum Amount inclusive of all cost components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs to duty station, living allowance, medical and travel insurance, communication and visa related fees. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion and certification/approval of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:

The payment will be made in three milestones upon the completion of the following:

20%:Inception Note: work-plan, methodological approach, assessment tools and calendar (timelines) for this consultancy service are developed;

30%-  Draft comprehensive report on economic impacts of multi-disasters with concreate recommendation on policy options for resilience building and areas of public-private partnership; Draft comprehensive post-disaster recovery plan/framework with short, medium and long-term reconstruction, rehabilitation and recovery actions with 1) clear outcomes, strategic priorities, key actions and detailed activities and 2) detail on implementation institutional management arrangements, financing mechanisms as well as costs, partnerships and potential sources of funding.

50%- Final comprehensive report on economic impacts of multi-disasters with concreate recommendation on policy options for resilience building and areas of public-private partnership (incorporating stakeholder comments);

Final comprehensive report on post-disaster recovery plan/framework with short, medium and long-term reconstruction, rehabilitation and recovery actions with 1) clear outcomes, strategic priorities, key actions and detailed activities and 2) detail on implementation institutional management arrangements, financing mechanisms as well as costs, partnerships and potential sources of funding (incorporating stakeholder comments).

Submission of Application:

The candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on http://procurement-notices.undp.org no.93037.

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website - http://jobs.undp.org no. 68382.

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);
  • Annexes 1 and II - may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website -http://procurement-notices.undp.org/. For further clarifications, please contact; janet.anyango@undp.org; moses.lutwama@undp.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.


If you are experiencing difficulties with online job applications, please contact erecruit.helpdesk@undp.org.

© 2016 United Nations Development Programme