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Consultant – Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction (Retainer)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||18-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||0d 10h 32m|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months|
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 for women as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
From the early days of the COVID19 pandemic in the Asia Pacific region, it was evident that gender inequalities and discriminatory social norms that existed in all counties before the pandemic are being exacerbated in this pandemic. These gender inequalities are having a profound impact on the lives of women and girls in the region are affecting women’s resilience in mitigating the effects of the outbreak especially those already at-risk of or affected by other crises and disasters. The pandemic unfolds against the backdrop of a region facing increased climate induced disasters and complex humanitarian crisis. Asia and the Pacific continues to be the region most prone to disaster impacts in the world: between 1970 and 2018, the region had 87 per cent of the people affected by natural disasters, despite being home to only 60% of the world’s population. As countries cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they also grapple with the reality of exposure to multiple severe natural hazards, exacerbated by the impacts of climate change, and potential for disasters within disasters.
UN Women’s Regional Analysis of the COVID19 outbreak in the Asia Pacific region has pointed to increased risks of GBV; rising risks of exploitation of women and girls (early marriage, trafficking); reduced access to livelihoods; decrease in access to healthcare; marginalization of women’s groups and networks; exclusion from decision-making spaces; reduced access to information for displaced women and girls; the compounding impacts of secondary disasters; and unequal access to shelter and to safe quarantine or self-isolation facilities.
In this context, the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific seeks to hire a consultant to support country offices with the development and implementation of gender-responsive disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and humanitarian action interventions that are adapted and contextualized to COVID-19 in the region.
 UNESCAP. The Disaster Riskscape Across Asia-Pacific: Pathways for Resilience, Inclusion and Empowerment. 2019.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Regional Advisor, Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction, and Head of Office for UN Women Country Offices in target countries (such as Pakistan and Bangladesh), the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
In consultation with the Regional Humanitarian Advisor and respective UN Women offices, the DRR/Humanitarian Consultant will produce on a retainer basis:
 Based on country-determined needs within social protection
Required Skills and Experience
Contract period and work location
The consultant will be home-based, with the ability to maintain working hours compatible with Bangkok. The contract period is October 2020 - March 2021.
Submission of application
Submission package includes:
Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payments will not be based on the number of days worked but on the completion of each stated deliverable within the indicated timeframes.
UN Women does not warrant that the maximum number of working days will be purchased during the term of Agreement. The consultant can only be engaged through issuance of ATLAS Purchase Order, based on agreed Contract every time the UN Women wishes to procure the service.
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.