EnGenDER National Project Assistant - Dominica, UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

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  • Added Date: Saturday, 23 January 2021
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 23 April 2021
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BBRSO124588: EnGenDER National Project Assistant - Dominica

Location : UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, DOMINICA

Application Deadline : 05-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : International Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)

01-Mar-2021

Duration of Initial Contract : 10 months

Expected Duration of Assignment : 10 months

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.

Background

To apply, interested persons should upload the combined* Technical Proposal/Methodology (if applicable), CV and Offeror's Letter to "UNDP Jobs" by navigating to the link below and clicking "APPLY NOW", no later than the date indicated on the "UNDP Jobs" website. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted**: -

UNDP Job Site - https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=96426 (cut and paste into browser address bar if the link does not work)

* PLEASE NOTE: The system allows the upload of one (1) document ONLY - if you are required to submit a Technical Proposal/Methodology, this document along with your CV/P11 and Offeror's Letter, MUST be combined and uploaded as one.

NOTE: The Financial Proposal should not be uploaded to "UNDP Jobs"**.

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**Please email the password-protected Financial Proposal to [emailย protected]. The subject line of your email must contain the following: "BBRSO##### Financial Proposal - Your Name"

If the password for your Financial Proposal is required, it will be requested by the Procurement Unit.

Any request for clarification must be sent in writing to [emailย protected] within three (3) days of the publication of this notice, ensuring that the reference number above is included in the subject line. The UNDP Barbados & the OECS Procurement Unit will post the responses*** two (2) days later, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to: -

http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=74611 (cut and paste into browser address bar if the link does not work)

A detailed Procurement Notice, TOR, and all annexes can be found by clicking the above link.

*** UNDP shall endeavour to provide such responses to clarifications in an expeditious manner, but any delay in such response shall not cause an obligation on the part of UNDP to extend the submission date of the Proposals, unless UNDP deems that such an extension is justified and necessary.

The UNDP Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Multi-Country Office (MCO) covers 10 countries and territories that include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Within the Eastern Caribbean, UNDP aims to create an enabling environment to support national governments capacities for inclusive and sustainable human development; meet their regional commitments, and internationally agreed goals including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As part of UNDP Barbados MCO support to the Commonwealth of Dominica, a Project Office was established in 2017 to assist government with immediate response, recovery and reconstruction post Hurricane Maria. This included strengthening national recovery frameworks, disaster preparedness and climate and community resilience, as well as empowering women to take a more proactive role in emergencies. Since 2017, the Dominica Project Office has evolved its portfolio to include climate resilience, economic recovery and sustainable development initiatives.

In this context, UNDP wishes to engage an experienced consultant, who can provide administrative, technical and monitoring support to both the EnGenDER project and the Strengthening Sustainable Livelihoods and Resilience in the Kalinago Territory.

The Engender Project

The physical impacts of climate change and natural hazards are being seen to compound pervasive structural inequalities and socioeconomic vulnerabilities since gender equality and human rights are given insufficient consideration required in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and in disaster risk, recovery and response. While this is a general pattern where women and girls face a disparity in terms of (amongst other things) access to economic participation, nuances exist in each country in the needs and vulnerabilities of women, men, girls and boys, which warrant more detailed investigation and articulation.

Women and men typically respond and react differently at various stages of disaster and recovery; and the groups with the least knowledge and capacity to take short-term measures to limit impacts from climate-related disasters are often the most affected. Thanks to the generous contribution from Government of Canada and UK aid, EnGenDER seeks to further integrate gender equality and human-rights based approaches into disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change (CC) adaptation and mitigation; environmental management frameworks and interventions. EnGenDER will also identify and address some of the gaps to ensure equal access to DRR and climate change and environmental solutions for both men, women, boys and girls in nine Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname).

Appreciating that the nine participating Caribbean countries are at different stages of removing barriers to gender equality and integrating gender-based analysis into climate change, as well as disaster recovery, this project aims to ensure that climate change and disaster risk reduction actions are better informed by an analysis of gender inequalities, and decisions are taken to ensure that inequalities are alleviated rather than exacerbated. These underlying gender inequalities (specific to each country context) are compounded by increasingly intense and frequently experienced climate change and disaster risk within Caribbean societies. EnGenDER therefore aims to empower governments to take ownership of their disaster risks and exposure with better national arrangements to deal with possible large-scale recovery needs, including improved shock responsiveness in national systems and better social protection finance tools for the most vulnerable. As such, the project's ultimate outcome is improved gender-responsive climate and disaster resilience including for women and girls and key vulnerable populations [1] and future generations in the Caribbean.

The EnGenDER project will support CC, DRR and environmental management interventions in the 9 Caribbean countries by leveraging sector-level entry points (e.g. National Action Plans (NAPs) and National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)), specifically supporting implementation and/or upscaling of countries' priority actions. This project will analyse and prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable with respect to climate change adaptation and mitigation in priority sectors, including increasing their resilience in key livelihood sectors. It will also improve institutional capacities for delivering services effectively for the most vulnerable to accelerate post-disaster recovery and mitigate risk. By using a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach, the project also aims to contribute to the achievement of several SDGs (2, 5, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16).

Strengthening Sustainable Livelihoods and Resilience in the Kalinago Territory

The project aims to strengthen the livelihoods and resilience of the Kalinago Territory, by working with Government in delivering an integrated package of support to strengthen capacities to boost agricultural production and sustainable agricultural practices; design and implement community reforestation programmes to augment livelihoods and protect critical water catchment areas; develop a comprehensive Kalinago tourism strategy and brand that generates new income opportunities for the territory, and; boost institutional capacities of the Kalinago Council for improved participative and inclusive decision making and planning.

[1] An online survey completed by 108 stakeholders in the target countries have identified the following groups as very vulnerable: women, older men, boys and girls, and persons with disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the EnGenDER Project Manager with support from the Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst and with additional guidance from the Head of Office, UNDP Dominica Project Office, the National Project Assistant (NPA) is expected to support technical, administrative (including logistical arrangements) and monitoring actions relating to project implementation, execution and reporting.

As such the individual, will undertake the following tasks related to the implementation of the EnGenDER project:

  • Provide technical assistance and coordination capacity to the Government of Dominica for the successful implementation and timely quality reporting of the activities designed to support the Government's response to the social and economic crisis caused by COVID-19
Provide technical support including assistance to follow up on procurement processes, logistics, monitoring and full project implementation Provide technical advisory services to ensure that delivery to clients and beneficiaries meets UNDP quality standards and are progressing towards intended Outcomes (relating to the Results Framework of the project) Support the identification, formulation, development and monitoring of all EnGenDER and Kalinago activities, in close collaboration with the EnGenDER Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, located in Barbados and the Head of Office in Dominica. Facilitate consultation with local stakeholders, partners and other consultants and support the coordination with other Implementing Partners, such as UN Women and CDEMA and relevant ministries. Report to the supervisor on a regular basis providing a clear overview of the activities completed, challenges and shortfalls as well as effective alternatives of solution.This includes the completion of a monthly report. Ensure close coordination with the relevant government counterparts in Dominica, the EnGenDER Project Management Unit and the Team to support the Kalinago Project for the development and execution of assigned tasks and planned activities. Support event planning (physical and/or virtual) for project related workshops and meetings

Competencies

Good analytical, organizational and management skills, including proven experience in coordinating with national stakeholders and expert teams, organizing multi-stakeholder consultation processes, documenting results and possessing effective communication skills (based on work experience).

Good understanding of national policy and institutional structures, and ability to advise on institutional capacities and relations.

Able to support, motivate and liaise effectively with communities and community groups.

Sound cross-cultural, gender-awareness, interpersonal and networking skills.

Ability to work and build partnerships with diverse stakeholders in the government, private and non-governmental sectors

Previous work experience in a UN organization or knowledge of the national government system is desirable

Demonstrable computer skills including Word processing, spread sheets, PowerPoint

Proven ability and experience in workshop facilitation

Required Skills and Experience

A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Disaster Risk Reduction or any related field

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