Formulation of Resilience Building Programme

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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The Nairobi-based Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GC-RED) is one of six UNDP Global Policy Centres. It was established in October 2014 and is responsible for advancing global thinking and knowledge sharing on inclusive and sustainable development in drylands and other fragile ecosystems.

GC-RED builds on the work of the Drylands Development Centre (DDC), which has been in existence through various incarnations for 40 years. In accordance with UNDP’s renewed and explicit organizational focus on sustainable livelihoods, poverty reduction and inclusive growth on one hand, and environmental sustainability and resilience on the other hand, the Centre works to explore solutions in two major areas:

  • Sustainable management of renewable natural capital for optimal livelihoods support and jobs creation, with a particular focus on the poorest and most vulnerable communities;
  • Social and ecological resilience in drylands and other fragile ecosystems.
Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of GC-RED, the consultant will be responsible for facilitating the development of a multi-sectoral resilience building programme for the Centre within the stipulated time frames. More specifically, the consultant will:

  • Undertake an in-depth desk review of available policy, programmatic and other background documents, including those by GC-RED and other partners, related to social-ecological resilience in drylands and other fragile ecosystems to identify intervention gaps, lessons, opportunities and risks for envisaged resilience building programme. Focus should be placed on various development contexts, encompassing protracted stress conditions which include crisis and post-crisis environments, contexts with high degree of social, political, economic and environmental fragility as well as vulnerability;
  • Undertake consultations with internal and external stakeholders in different regions on the needs and priorities for social-ecological resilience building support, using email, skype and other soft formats. Key partners to be consulted include, but are not limited to, relevant UNDP offices at the Headquarters, regional and country levels, the UNCCD Secretariat and other UN and multilateral/bilateral partners among others;
  • Prepare a detailed concept note based on the literature review and stakeholders’ inputs and circulate the draft concept to the above and other relevant partners to solicit further feedback and insights;
  • Translate the concept note into the format of a standard programme document. The programme document should include a social ecological resilience programme and operational framework, and its accompanying theory of change that will guide implementation;
  • Identify potential sources of/opportunities for resource mobilization to finance the resilience building programme and its activities.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.


  • Demonstrates ability to think logically and design projects and programmes according to a theory of change, logical framework or other scheme which designs outputs in support of broader outcomes and overall objectives;
  • Demonstrates organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work with quickly and accurately while under pressure and within short deadlines;
  • Able to work independently and remotely with minimal supervision;
  • Capable to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time.


  • Demonstrates strong research and excellent writing skills in English;
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills, able to communicate and work with diverse people at different levels such as Headquarters, Regional Bureaux, Country Offices;
  • Focuses on impact and result and responds positively to critical feedback.
Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in development study, disaster risk management, environmental science or other closely related field.


  • Minimum 10 (ten) years of post-Master’s working experience with developing countries in one or more of the following relevant technical areas: sustainable development, poverty alleviation, resilience building, disaster risk management, crisis response.
  • A solid track record in designing of multi-sectoral programmes and projects and developing programme/project documents at different scales, preferably in drylands and/or other fragile ecosystems;
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to socio-ecological resilience in drylands and/or other fragile ecosystems;
  • Prior experience with UNDP is a strong advantage as is knowledge of UNDP policies, procedures and practices.


  • Excellent knowledge of English;

Application details:

Interested and qualified International Individual consultants should submit their applications which should include the following;