Climate Change-Focused Hazard Mapping & Environmental Impact Assessment

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Sierra Leone 🇸🇱

Requisition ID: req31425

Job Title: Climate Change-Focused Hazard Mapping & Environmental Impact Assessment

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Consultant

Employment Type: Full-Time

Compensation: SLL 0.00 – 0.00 Salary

Location: Sierra Leone

Job Description
Global: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The IRC works in more than 40 countries and in 22 cities in the United States to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions of people uprooted by conflict or disaster. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Sierra Leone: The IRC began emergency operations in Sierra Leone in 1998 during the civil war. In the post-conflict reconstruction period, the IRC consolidated its operations into three core programmatic areas: Health, Women’s Protection and Empowerment and Education. Today, IRC Sierra Leone implements projects in Health, Women and Girls Protection and Empowerment (WPGE) and Education and is planning on introducing projects in Water Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH), Governance, and Economic Well-Being. The IRC has offices in Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Kailahun, and Kono Districts but implements projects in all districts through partners (the IRC’s health consortium project – Saving Lives in Sierra Leone (SLiSL) – is implemented in all 16 districts and the WPGE consortium project – Every Adolescent Girl Empowered and Resilient (EAGER) is implemented across 10 districts).
The IRC Sierra Leone Country Program

IRC Sierra Leone Country Program: The IRC Sierra Leone country team just completed the development of its “Strategy 100” strategic plan through which it aims to provide the best possible impact for its clients – the most vulnerable women, girls, men, boys, in and out-of school youth and People With Disabilities (PWDs) across the country – working in collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL)’s line ministries, local and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the private sector. The country team is also in the process of exploring options to increase the delivery of its programs through cash.

The IRC and Climate Change

The IRC is acutely aware of the lasting damage climate change will cause, and the catastrophic consequences climate change will have for people around the world, especially those already living in crisis, and the already vulnerable. The IRC aims to meet the climate and environment-related needs of clients, while also tackling the negative environmental impact of its operations. As part of this effort, the IRC has developed an ambitious IRC Climate Action Plan to reduce IRC’s carbon footprint and reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The IRC has also recently commissioned its Program Quality Support Unit (PQSU) to engage with all country programs, regional staff and technical units to map existing practices, capacities, and needs.

As part of IRC’s Climate Action Plan, IRC Sierra Leone has adopted and utilizes the Green Procurement Guidelines across all its operations, and will participate in the global PQSU engagement, but the country team wants to do more. Under IRC Sierra Leone’s strategic plan, the country team has decided to invest time and resources into better understanding and responding to the challenges posed by the climate crisis in Sierra Leone. Specifically, the country team wants to:
Conduct a mapping of climate change-focused hazards to better understand how these hazards affect clients across IRC’s program areas and how they impact on program outcomes across the districts where the IRC directly implements projects.
Conduct an expert assessment to better understand the environmental impact of IRC operations nationally.
The results of the mapping and expert assessment will inform future program design and help to identify measures to reduce the negative environmental impact of IRC’s operations nationwide.
Purpose of Consultancy
The IRC is looking to hire a consultant with expertise in climate change, hazard mapping, disaster risk reduction and environmental protection to 1. Conduct a mapping of climate change-focused hazards to better understand how these hazards affect clients across IRC’s program areas (Health, Education and WPGE) and how they impact on program outcomes across the districts where the IRC directly implements projects (Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Kailahun, and Kono); and 2. Conduct an expert assessment to better understand the environmental impact of IRC operations nationally. 

Tasks
Under each of the two main activities there are specific tasks, as noted below. If the appointed consultant would like to modify these tasks for reasons of technical best practice or time/cost-efficiency, they can discuss this with the IRC and present alternative methodologies in the Inception Report. 

Climate Change-Focused Hazard Mapping
Assess the climate change-induced risks (hazard, vulnerability and exposure) and damages (shocks and stresses) in IRC’s areas of operation.
Utilize Geographic Information System (GIS) software to develop hazard maps which display the climate change-induced risks (categorized, i.e. by probability and/or severity) and damages (categorized, i.e. by severity) by geographical location.
Conduct an environmental impact assessment of the climate related damages.
Conduct a vulnerability and capacity analysis of communities and districts.
Analyze all sources of information to understand and explain the situation within the report, and to recommend evidence-based, feasible, creative interventions to prevent and curb the negative effects of climate change-induced risks and damages. Recommendations should include no and low-cost improvements that can be acted on immediately as well as more costly or complex improvements that could be considered for the future.
Produce a clear and concise synthesized final report on findings and recommendations (see below for details).

Environmental Impact Assessment
Quantify the environmental impact of IRC operations nationally (i.e. by measuring the footprint of IRC operations (carbon, water or ecological).
Conduct a cost-benefit analysis of different ways of working (current operations and possible future operations).
Recommend evidence-based, feasible, creative interventions to reduce the negative impact/ footprint of IRC operations. Recommendations should include no and low-cost improvements that can be acted on immediately as well as more costly or complex improvements that could be considered for the future.
Produce a clear and concise synthesized final report on findings and recommendations (see below for details).

Methodology
The consultant is expected to utilize a mixed methodology approach to implement both activities (the climate change-focused hazard mapping and the environmental impact assessment). The consultant is also expected to integrate the two activities as much as possible to improve time and cost-efficiency of the consultancy. For both activities the consultant should conduct:
Literature/ desk review – of relevant global and national publications and IRC literature (including proposals, operational policies and guidelines, budgets and expenditure documents, and final reports);
Field work – including visits to IRC offices in all five operational districts in Sierra Leone and a selection of communities in each district;
Consultative meetings – with relevant IRC Sierra Leone staff, stakeholders and clients;
Focus Group discussions – with community leaders, members and IRC clients in Sierra Leone;
Debrief/ feedback meetings – with IRC Sierra Leone’s senior management team at the end of the consultancy.
On execution of the assignment and following discussion with IRC it is up to the consultant to develop the detailed methodology within their inception report. The inception report must include a workplan and schedule, and outline when and how the work will be conducted for the entire period of the consultancy. The report must also factor in the IRC responsibilities (as noted below) so that the IRC team know when IRC contributions (i.e. vehicles, review and feedback on draft synthesized reports etc) are needed.  
Deliverables
The consultant will be responsible for delivering the following items.
An inception report including detailed methodology, workplan and schedule, on execution of the assignment.
A synthesized draft and final report on the climate change-focused hazard mapping which includes:
The findings from the: assessment of climate change-induces risks and damages; the environmental impact assessment; and the vulnerability and capacity analysis.
GIS hazard maps;
Detailed analysis of findings;
Recommendations.
A synthesized draft and final report on the environmental impact assessment which includes:
Quantification of the environmental impact of IRC operations nationally;
Cost-benefit analysis of different ways of working;
Recommendations.for feasible and creative interventions to reduce the negative impact/ footprint of IRC operations.
IRC Role
The IRC will be responsible for providing the following:
Return flight to Sierra Leone (if consultant not based in Sierra Leone);
Accommodation in Freetown (if consultant not based in Freetown);
Briefing the consultant once contracted and providing all necessary IRC literature;
Providing the consultant with a focal point in Freetown who can support them as they plan and implement the consultancy;
Approving the consultant’s inception report on execution of the assignment;
Connecting the consultant with a focal point in each of the IRC offices in all five operational districts who can support field work;
Providing transportation to operational districts as per the workplan and schedule;
Providing accommodation in the operational districts as per the workplan and schedule;
Reviewing and providing feedback on first draft of both synthesized reports;
Bringing together the senior management team for a debrief/ feedback meeting at the end of the assignment.

Required Qualifications and Experience

Bachelor’s degree or higher in Disaster Risk Management, Environmental Sciences, Community Development, or a related discipline, from a recognized academic institution (Master’s degree or higher an asset).
Minimum of five years of related work experience, including experience in hazard mapping, GIS mapping, vulnerability and capacity assessment or rural appraisal methods, and environmental impact assessment (10+ years an asset).
In-depth knowledge and understanding of disaster risk reduction, resilience building, environmental protection and climate change.
Familiarity with the Sierra Leone and West African context (experience working in Sierra Leone and West Africa preferable).
Excellent analytical skills.
Proven report writing skills

Treatment of Information and Confidentiality
All data and information received for the purpose of this assignment is to be treated confidentially and is only to be used in connection with the execution of these terms of reference. All intellectual property rights arising from the execution of these terms of reference are assigned to the IRC. The contents of written material obtained and used in this assignment may not be disclosed to any third parties without the expressed advance written authorization of the IRC.

Qualifications
Key Working Relationships
Consultancy Manager: Health Specialist, IRC Sierra Leone, based in Freetown
Consultant will liaise directly with:
Global Technical Advisor, Livelihoods (Climate Resilience), IRC Global, based in Nairobi
Senior Grants Coordinator and/or Grants Coordinator from the Sierra Leone Country Program

Note: List of responsibilities, professional and personal skills are considered indicative and not exhaustive; actual duties may differ or change depending on office and agency priorities at the time.
Applications 
Apply on-line from the IRC careers website. Applicants should attach:
CV;
Past performance references for similar assignments;
Writing sample of an evaluation report or relevant study (unedited);
Technical proposal, including technical and best practice ideas for delivering the work to the highest standard and within the timeframe;
Financial proposal, including any costs necessary to complete the assignment, consultant number of days and daily professional fee rates;

Adherence to IRC’s safeguarding policies is a must. The IRC is an Equal Opportunities Employer and considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.


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