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Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||12-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||136 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||136 Working Days|
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.
Approximately 70% of Timor-Leste’s rural population (840,000 people) is highly vulnerable to climate changes, particularly increasing variability of rainfall and extreme weather events. Lives and livelihoods in the remote interior of the country and coastal regions are both highly exposed. Impacts of intensified extreme events include damage and degradation of decentralized small-scale critical infrastructure, particularly water supply and drainage structures, embankments, and feeder roads and bridges. Damages leave rural populations isolated, lacking basic services. According to climate change scenarios and risk models, occurrences of climate extremes and related damages will at least double towards mid- century.
The project objective is to safeguard vulnerable communities and their physical assets from climate change-induced disasters. It aims to address existing institutional, financial and legislative barriers, increasing the climate resilience of vulnerable small-scale rural infrastructure.
Output 1 : focuses on strengthening the capacity of mandated institutions to assess and manage climate risks in order to maintain local infrastructure services. Monitoring and recording of climate risk information will be enhanced, and these data will be integrated into policies, standards, guidelines, and long-term investment planning for small-scale rural infrastructure.
Output 2 : focuses on implementing climate resilient building measures to improve small-scale rural infrastructure in vulnerable areas. GCF funds will assist in the development and implementation of catchment management strategies, supporting long-term resilience and climate risk reduction via landscape restoration and enhanced land stability, particularly in vulnerable catchments where small-scale infrastructure is present.
The project is supporting an ongoing decentralized investment framework which is administered through the Municipality Development Investment Program ( PDIM) and Suco Development National Program (PNDS) processes, by embedding the knowledge of climate risks and skills of climate proofing design,
construction, operation and maintenance of rural infrastructure. Through the project, local authorities’
capacity for climate-risk informed development of long-term investment plans will be enhanced, thereby strengthening de-centralized decision-making. Human resource capacity in managing climate risks to local development funding (including technical capacity for assessing proposals, ensuring performance standards, conducting safety, environmental impact and cost-effective evaluations of proposals, and monitoring local development projects) will be enhanced.
The project aims to address the existing barriers and shift the baseline scenario towards climate resilience. The project will directly benefit 19,751 households, comprising 15% of the total population. The direct beneficiaries of the project are 175,840 (89,643 males, 86,197 females) and the indirect beneficiaries are 346,160 (176,473 males, 169, 687 females) living in the six selected municipalities. The proportion of men and women benefitted by the project is almost the equally balanced – 51% males and 49% females.
Gender inequality and women’s disempowerment are the determining factors behind women and girls being disproportionately affected by climate change and disasters; and at the same time their ‘skills and life experiences are not identified as resources, and, therefore, are not incorporated into risk reduction and disaster preparedness, relief or recovery efforts’. Unless these inequalities are adequately assessed and incorporated into climate change adaptation and DRR measures, the disparities are likely to be exacerbated.
The overall objective of the consultancy assignment is to support the project and team to develop the Gender Responsive Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan which encompasses the priorities endorsed in the main national strategy and policy documents (including the National Climate Change Policy) and guide the mainstreaming of gender and social inclusion in local development planning frameworks while supporting the project implementation and ensuring women empowerment through appropriate strategies and actions.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant/team is expected to work under the guidance of the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA), Project manager, Sustainable Development Unit and support ,UNDP Timor-Leste Country Office (CO), the Regional technical Advisor (RTA) and national counterparts. The consultant is expected to conduct field visit to selected sites and scenarios in the municipalities under consideration and in collaboration with the project team, national and municipality stakeholders and counterparts, community members, civil society, in order to produce the required deliverables foreseen in the contract as per the following:
The consultant is expected to support the concept preparation and all aspects related to each output, hosting and facilitation of the respective events, logistic arrangements such as venue, equipment, translator, materials, vehicle and supplies will be supported by the project.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
Interested applicants is mandatory to apply online through: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=96113. Supporting documents/filled templates to be submit along with the applications are following, and those templates can be download from: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=73616
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing to email@example.com with subject line: JOBID:96113- Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist