Individual Consultancy for Management and Implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation initiatives

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and Russian


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  1. Background of the Contract

Natural and man-made disasters, climate change and environmental degradation undermine children’s rights around the world and the likely impacts are more pronounced for children, especially girls. They face greater dangers from increase in water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, reduced access to water, likely reduced functionality of sanitation facilities, and under-nutrition thus undermining hard-won development gains.

Turkmenistan has one of the harshest climates in the Central Asian region. The natural hydro-meteorological phenomena which pose highest threats to Turkmenistan’s social and economic development include the following: flash runoffs and mud flows, strong winds, sand storms, droughts, dry hot winds, frosts, heavy rainfalls, strong heat, abundant snowfalls and hail[1].

Climate change in Turkmenistan is projected to further increase average temperatures, sub-zero winters and intense heat periods resulting in hotter and longer summer and droughts, as well as a likely reduction in average annual rainfall.  Overall this means the country will likely become hotter and more arid, with major implications for water availability and agricultural productivity.

To tackle these issues, the Government of Turkmenistan has taken a number of steps towards ensuring a more secure environmental future for the country. In 2012, country adopted its National Strategy on Climate Change. In 2016, Turkmenistan signed and ratified Paris Agreement on Climate Change, thereby reconfirming its commitment on climate change, and adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including targets and indicators of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and environment-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNICEF believes, there needs to be an integrated approach that can address the vulnerabilities of the people, especially children and women, in the field of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The key necessary things are creating some good evidences at the community level, making the way for those to be replicable and to be up-scaled. Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are not stand-alone issue rather, these have been integral parts of people’s lives. It is important to promote the preventive and adaptive activities that exists in the community level, innovate some effective measures and pilot those, reduce the disaster risk factors, promote some preparedness measures and small-scale mitigation. Therefore, addressing disaster risk and climate change are vital for building a more sustainable future for children.

In Turkmenistan, UNICEF supported implementation of the country wide Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives in schools, which includes mainstreaming DRR into the curricular and undertaking School Safety Assessment. These initiatives also included UN’s efforts towards strengthening inter-ministerial and inter-sectorial partnership, particularly between the emergency department of the Ministry of Défense and Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan (MoE) for ensuring effective prevention of and quick response in the emergency situations.

In July 2017, UNICEF conducted Climate Landscape Assessment for Children (CLAC) in Turkmenistan to better understand the linkages between children, climate change, and environment and energy issues and to identify priority areas for UNICEF interventions in the area of strengthening resilience for climate change adaptation for children in Turkmenistan.

To support the Government of Turkmenistan’s efforts in implementing SDG 12 & 13 targets and indicators, UNICEF has started a 2-years joint initiative on “Strengthening Resilience for Climate Change adaptation for Children” that aims at raising awareness and empowering children in schools to better adapt and mitigate impact of climate change and environmental risks. Preparatory efforts for this initiative began in 2017, and the pilot initiative will continue until the end of 2019.

17 pilot schools in Dashoguz (due to its proximity to Aral Sea and resultant crisis) and Akhal (exposed to floods and mudslides) velayats were selected to implement the pilot initiatives.

UNICEF has provided technical assistance in development of Climate Change, Environment and Energy (CEE) Curriculum for incorporating in selected school subjects. UNICEF also initiated partnerships with the National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan (NRCS) by signing a one-year Small-Scale Funding Agreement (SSFA). Within the framework of the SSFA, UNICEF and NRCS undertake school- and community-based environment and climate change Campaign initiatives, to facilitate opportunities for children to interact with their environment, and to apply knowledge gained at school.

Given the above context, UNICEF is seeking a local expert for Management and Implementation of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives.

2. Objective and Specific Tasks


Under the direct supervision of the Education specialist, the Consultant will provide technical support for effective and timely implementation of the joint initiative on “Strengthening Resilience for Climate Change adaptation for Children” and delivery of expected results. The Consultant will also support activities on monitoring and mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction in accordance with the work plan with the MoE.

Specific Key Tasks

  • Technical assistance to the Education Specialist in discussions with the MoE on launching curriculum and production of supporting materials on CEE for schools.
  • Review of ongoing programme activities and support in implementation of activities related to climate change adaptation
  • Monitoring of implementation of pilot schools action plans on climate change and environment;
  • Support the MoE and NRCS inn conducting ‘Green School’ Campaigns / Awareness raising activities;
  • Support the MoE and NRCS in implementation of an action plan for improvement of the school-facilities in the framework of 'Green school' initiative including environmental footprint assessment;
  • Support the NRCS and MoE to undertake campaigns and competitions on community-based Environment and Climate Change initiatives.
  • Support the NRCS and MoE in strengthening Eco clubs within the framework of Green School concept;
  • Develop project and partnership documents with partners for 2019
  • Based on outcomes of the current initiative, prepare a 3-year draft proposal on further mainstreaming of climate change adaptation for children
  • Monitoring of progress in assessment of 400 schools and 210 kindergartens for safety conducted by the MoE
  • Monitoring of progress in in implementation of initiative to further mainstream and monitor disability-inclusive DRR in pre-schools;
  • Contributions to and support in coordinating, documenting and reporting of programme activities (narrative and financial reporting, updates, presentation materials, etc);
  • Consultant maybe requested to undertake additional roles and duties for other projects in the same thematic area as required.


3. Deliverables based on the work plan 

The consultancy duration is 11,5 months from 1 December 2018 to 15 November 2019. The distribution of key tasks by months will be followed by a more detailed and specific workplan once the consultant is on board. The consultant is expected to work at the UNICEF office with visits of velayats.

4. Reporting requirements

The consultant will report to the Education Specialist of UNICEF Turkmenistan Country Office, providing monthly and final report on implemented activities. This ToR is an integral part of the contract (SSA) signed with the consultant. The language of the reports is English.

5. Performance indicators for evaluation of results

Evaluation of performance will be based on the following indicators:

  • Technical and professional competence (will be measured by quality of work, as well as feedback from UNICEF’s partner organisations);
  • Quality of work (timely and effectively implementation of key deliverables);
  • Quantity of work (completing the assignments as indicated in parts 2 and 3);
  • In addition, such indicators as work relations, responsibility and communication will be taken into account during the evaluation of the consultant’s work;

Such indicators as work relations, responsibility and communication will be also considered during evaluation of the incumbent work.


6. Application process

Interested candidates are requested to apply online via UNICEF Hiring Portal and in addition to duly filling in the online application form, submit the following documentation

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A detailed cover letter that should include
  • Assessment of suitability vis-à-vis the requirement of this ToR;
  • A summary of experience in similar assignments;
  • Requested monthly fee in USD.

Closing date for receiving applications is 11/11/2018. Only shortlisted/selected candidate will be contacted.  

7. Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in the area of Environment Studies, Public Administration, Management, Social Science or other related fields;
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience in the field of climate change adaptation and/or disaster risk reduction programs;
  • Demonstrated expertise in analysis and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking;
  • Good communication and advocacy skills;
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills required;
  • Ability to work independently and respond to feedback in a timely and professional manner;
  • Excellent organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to contribute to a team;
  • Knowledge of English and Russian languages is required. Knowledge of Turkmen would be an asset;
  • Previous experience of working with UN is an asset.

8. Payment schedule

The monthly rate of professional fees will be paid in USD and in accordance with the complexity of the ToR and the level of the expertise required.

The contract fee will be paid by bank transfer on a monthly basis upon submission of the monthly report with the required deliverables certified by the Education specialist of the UNICEF Turkmenistan Country Office.

 9. UNICEF recourse in case of unsatisfactory performance

In the event of unsatisfactory performance, UNICEF reserves the right to terminate the Agreement. In case of partially satisfactory performance, such as serious delays causing the negative impact on meeting the programme objectives, low quality or insufficient depth and/or scope of the assignment completion, UNICEF is entitled to decrease the payment by the range from 30% to 50% of the contract value as decided jointly by the Contract Supervisor and Operations Manager.

10. Definition of supervision arrangements

Day to day supervision will be provided by the Education Specialist of UNICEF Turkmenistan Country Office. Additional guidance and lead will be provided by the Deputy Representative. The consultant will provide an update on a monthly basis on progress, challenges encountered, and support requirements.

UNICEF will regularly communicate with the selected organization and provide formats for reports, feedback and guidance on performance and all other necessary support so as to achieve objectives of the research, as well as remain aware of any upcoming issues related to expert’s performance and quality of work.

11. Work location and official travel involved

Work location is UNICEF office, Ashgabat, with visits to Velayats based on the agreed work plan. UNICEF will provide the consultant with an office room, laptop and access to relevant documents/materials.

The consultant will be responsible for his (her) own transportation arrangements to visit UNICEF and sector partners.

Travel related expenditures are not included within contract terms, all travel much be arranged in accordance with UNICEF Procedure on Travel (DFAM Policy 5/Supplement 4 of 19 August 2016).


12.UNICEF General Terms and Conditions

UNICEF’s general terms and conditions will apply to the contract awarded to the vendor.  Please note that, in the evaluation of the technical merits of each proposal, UNICEF will take into consideration any proposed amendments to the UNICEF General Terms and Conditions. Proposed amendments to the UNICEF general terms and conditions may negatively affect the evaluation of the technical merits of the proposal.  

UNICEF retains the right to patent and intellectual rights, as well as copyright and other similar intellectual property rights for any discoveries, inventions, products or works arising specifically from the implementation of the project in cooperation with UNICEF. The right to reproduce or use materials shall be transferred with a written approval of UNICEF based on the consideration of each separate case. Consultants should always refer to UNICEF Turkmenistan support in developing the materials when publishing the results of the research conducted while in Turkmenistan in academic journals, books and websites.