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CONSULTANCY FOR ENGAGEMENT OF CHILDREN/ ADOLESCENTS AS CHANGE AGENTS FOR ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION & DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
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1. BACKGROUND / RATIONALE:
During the last decade of the 20th century, disasters affected an estimated 66 million children around the world each year. According to global studies, the most vulnerable groups are disproportionately affected, including children, women, individuals with disabilities, and the most impoverished. Not only do poor and marginalized people tend to live in hazard-prone areas, but they are the least able to withstand, cope, and respond to shocks and stress, and recover in the long term. This calls for an urgent need to focus on community based disaster risk reduction with the overall objective of resilient development.
UNICEF recognizes that while disaster risk poses a significant threat to a child’s rights and her development, a holistic approach to support the capacities of children, communities and governments to deal with multiple shocks and stresses is required. UNICEF is therefore promoting risk informed programming which includes development of common risk assessments, DRR, climate change adaptation, conflict prevention and peacebuilding. To support this UNICEF is also further integrating its humanitarian and development work.
Aligned to this, UNICEF Uttar Pradesh focuses on community based risk informed programming with the overall objective of disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, & response. Under programme effectiveness, DRR section of UNICEF Uttar Pradesh provides technical support to Government of Uttar
Pradesh in the following areas:
- Development of child focused State / District Climate Change & Disaster Management Information Systems by taking into consideration vulnerable groups, disaggregating data by age, gender and differently abled;
- Development and implementation of operational climate change and disaster risk reduction preparedness & response plans with a focus on children and adolescents;
- Promotion of active participation of children and adolescents in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation; and
- Capacity building for institutionalizing child centred risk informed Gram Panchayat Development Plans with a focus on environment sustainability for enhancing resilience of children and adolescents.
UNICEF clearly recognizes the adverse effects of climate induced disasters on the most vulnerable, especially children, adolescents and women. These effects are visible in the form of increased exposure to violence and disease, less access to health care and safe water, increased number of school drop-outs. Even though children and adolescents are victims of disasters, they, also, play a pivotal role in reducing risks posed to their communities. Research studies demonstrate that children groups demonstrate the ability to identify, discuss, analyse and prioritize actions for community based disaster mitigation, preparedness and response. Children’ participation includes their role as direct protagonists but also as catalysts for collective action and behavioural change in others.
Against this backdrop, DRR section of UNICEF Uttar Pradesh is providing technical support to Department of Environment & Forests, Government of Uttar Pradesh for enhancing capacities of children and adolescents in creating green communities and becoming champions of environment conservation and disaster risk reduction.
2. PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT
Aligned to the signed Rolling Work Plan 2018-2019, DRR section of UNICEF Uttar Pradesh is providing technical support to the Department of Environment & Forests, Government of Uttar Pradesh for enhancing capacities of children and adolescents for creating green communities and preparing them as change agents of environment conservation and disaster risk reduction. In this light, there is a need to hire the services of a technical expert for supporting the following:
A. Advocacy: Policy briefs on promotion of children as change agents of environment conservation and disaster risk reduction.
B. Building capacities of communities:
- Capacity building of communities on various climate change/ disaster risk reduction measures including afforestation across select districts. The focus areas will be on causes of climate induced shocks such as droughts, floods, linkages between afforestation and climate change /disaster risk mitigation, benefits of various species of trees (Herbal, Horticultural, Agro-Forestry) etc.
- Capacity building of children and adolescents on climate change, co-relation between climate change and hazards, various climate change/ disaster risk reduction measures including afforestation, biodiversity, benefits of various species of trees (Herbal, Horticulture, Agro-Forestry), waste segregation, composting etc.
C. Co-creation of models for scale up:
- Awareness generation tools for dissemination of information on climate change/ disaster risk reduction;
- Mentoring of children and adolescents as climate/ environment ambassadors.
Environmental degradation affects everyone but children are the most vulnerable. A healthy environment is essential for the survival, well-being and development of children. Therefore, environment is directly connected to the realization of children’ rights. According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), recognition of environmental rights of the child could be an empowering tool which would enable the key actors including children themselves to enforce and defend their rights.
3. PROGRAMME AREA AND SPECIFIC PROJECT AREA
DRR Programme Effectiveness: Government, partners and UNICEF staff have the capacities and technical resources to strengthen the resilience of children, communities and development systems to natural hazards, climate change and civil strife.
The key objectives of this assignment are the following:
- Enhanced capacities of communities on early warning early action system for disaster risk reduction and climate change across select districts;
- Enhanced capacities of children and adolescents from at least 800 children and adolescents from four districts (Agra, Gorakhpur, Chitrakoot and Shravasti) of Uttar Pradesh on environment conservation, disaster risk reduction, climate change and school; and
- Creation of enabling environment for advocating children as active agents of environment conservation, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation etc.
5. MAJOR TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED :
- Capacity building of communities from 20 GPs of four districts (Agra, Shravasti, Gorakhpur, Chitrakoot) on early warning early action system for disaster risk reduction and climate change ;
- Capacity building of at least 800 children and adolescents from four districts (Agra, Gorakhpur, Chitrakoot and Shravasti) of Uttar Pradesh on environment conservation, disaster risk reduction, climate change and school safety; and
- Development of a policy brief for engaging communities on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and promoting children as active agents on environment conservation, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, etc.
7. DUTY STATION:
The consultant shall be based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and shall travel to Agra, Gorakhpur, Shravasti and Chitrakoot.
8. SUPERVISOR :
The consultant shall work under the overall supervision of the DRR Officer, Uttar Pradesh.
10. ESTIMATED DURATION OF CONTRACT (PART TIME / FULL TIME):
The estimated duration for this consultancy is 9 months. This is a full-time consultancy. The estimated start date is 15 May 2019. The estimated end date is 15 February 2019.
11. QUALIFICATIONS / SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE / EXPERIENCE/ COMPETENCIES (CORE/TECHNICAL/FUNCTIONAL) / LANGUAGE SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THE ASSIGNMENT (Please use as applicable):
- At least Bachelors Degree in any of the following or related disciplines: Communication, Social Sciences, Disaster Management, Economics, Social Development, Law etc. Masters in Communication is preferable.
- At least 10 years of professional experience at state or national level in the field of social development and communication. Experience of working on disaster management is desirable.
- Ability to communicate articulately, both written and spoken.
- Proficient in using advanced features of data management tools including MS Access, and Excel.
- Experience in producing high quality automated monthly factsheets, and summary reports using large database.
- Experience in using tools for real time/ web-based data collection.
- Proficiency in English and Hindi, both, written and spoken.
- Experience in using tools to generate maps, and preparing flash presentations are desirable.