Mongolia nationals: National consultant to support technical assistance to local governments to integrate climate resilience into local policies and plans

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Mongolia
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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The agenda for Sustainable Development, its distinct water sector goal (SDG6) aims for universal, sustainable, affordable and equitable access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene, as well as the elimination of open defecation by 2030.

Mongolia is extremely vulnerable to climate change due to its geographic location, ecosystem, people’s lifestyle and economy. With projected climate change, the negative impacts for Mongolia may cause increase in the frequency and magnitude of climate related natural disasters, intensification of drought and aridity, increasing amount of snow in winter and rapid melting of permafrost and glaciers. Due to the potential increase in heat waves, air pollution, frequency of floods and drought and contaminated water, there is a risk of impact on population’s health, especially children. UNICEF Mongolia, the Country Programme supports high-impact child-friendly, integrated interventions, including water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) approaches that are community-driven and sustainable energy-efficient technologies. These interventions provide evidence for policy advocacy and validate scaling up by the government and are directed at national, sub-national and community levels.

In 2019 a new project ‘Community-based, Climate Resilient Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Interventions in Mongolia’ has been started with financial support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).  The project focuses on development and implementation of community-based water safety plans (WSP); demonstrate climate resilient WASH facilities and sustainable energy options in schools, hospitals and households; and strengthen ability for Child-focused Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Planning and Child-friendly Winter Preparedness Planning (WPP). The project is seeking to improve local governments’ WASH policies and plans; increase children’s access to quality and climate-smart facilities; and enhance capacity to manage climate change related WASH risks during severe winters, droughts and floods.

Under this project, UNCIEF is planning to review the existing policies and plans of target three provinces to further develop pilot plans that is integrated with Climate Resilience focused on WASH, Child-focused DRR Planning, and Child-friendly WPP. 

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this consultancy is to support technical assistance to local governments’ (Bayankhongor, Gobi-Altai and Zavkhan) to integrate Climate Resilience into local policies and plans with focus on WASH, Child-focused DRR Planning, and WPP. S/he will be responsible for reviewing existing key national and local policy documents and develop pilot plans for the target provinces in cooperation with the international consultant. In addition, the incumbent will support the international consultant in developing policy recommendations and follow up actions.

The national consultant will be closely working with target provinces’ focal points to oversee and guide the work on integration of climate resilience into local policies and plans. Furthermore, the national consultant will ensure to provide required support to the international consultant to be hired by UNICEF.

To achieve the purpose of this consultancy, the consultant will be expected to perform the following tasks with guidance of an international consultant:

  • Prepare and share WASH, DRR, WPP and climate change related studies, researches, policy documents, and analyses as well as the other resource materials with the international consultant to help in conducting desk review of existing national and provincial policies and plans.
  • Review of existing WPP and practices in target provinces including safe water supply, sanitation, energy efficient heating, food safety, medicine, shelter and cash transfer mechanisms. When conducting the review, it is recommended to refer to the Assessment of climate resilient/humanitarian cash transfer which is recently conducted by the International consultant with the UNICEF support to integrate the recommended options into the DRR/WPP as well.
  • Review, provide comment and translate into Mongolian (where necessary) the existing national and local government (province-level) WASH related policies, plans and provide recommendation on integration of climate resilience.
  • Conduct field visits to three target provinces and carry out required consultation meetings and trainings at provincial level.
  • Communicate the outcomes and report of the field visit with international consultant for feedback
  • Develop recommendations for the local government to integrate climate resilience into plans and policies
  • Support the mission of the international consultant.
  • Coordinate and support local authorities of three target provinces to integrate climate resilience and pilot/launch a newly developed DRR and WPP.
  • Support the international consultant to finalize the report that includes results, recommendations on policy and legal implication, lessons learnt and good practices.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

    • As per UNICEF policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment will be issued.
    • The consultant will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.
      • Advanced university degree in sustainable development, environment, climate change or related areas (e.g. WASH, Disaster Risk Reduction, resilience to climate change). 
      • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the related fields.
      • Demonstrated coordination and planning skills and experience in conducting analyses, experience in studies, and develop plan or recommend integration of climate change and child focus into DRR/WPP
      • Proven track record on successful delivery of high-quality reports and recommendations
      • Previous work with the UN and/or UNICEF will be considered an asset
      • Demonstrated analytical, negotiating, advocacy, reporting and writing skills.
      • Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English (speaking, reading and writing) and Mongolian (speaking reading and writing), simultaneous or consecutive interpreting skills required.
      • Good personal organization, interpersonal and communication skills
      • Expertise in child rights and/or environment-related issues desirable
        • Advanced university degree in sustainable development, environment, climate change or related areas (e.g. WASH, Disaster Risk Reduction, resilience to climate change). 
        • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the related fields.
        • Demonstrated coordination and planning skills and experience in conducting analyses, experience in studies, and develop plan or recommend integration of climate change and child focus into DRR/WPP
        • Proven track record on successful delivery of high-quality reports and recommendations
        • Previous work with the UN and/or UNICEF will be considered an asset
        • Demonstrated analytical, negotiating, advocacy, reporting and writing skills.
        • Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English (speaking, reading and writing) and Mongolian (speaking reading and writing), simultaneous or consecutive interpreting skills required.
        • Good personal organization, interpersonal and communication skills
        • Expertise in child rights and/or environment-related issues desirable
      1. Direct supervisor: WASH Programme Officer, UNICEF Mongolia
      2. Frequency of performance review:

        Monthly performance progress review will be conducted by the supervisor. In addition, interim performance review will be undertaken by direct supervisor . Monthly report to be provided at every stage of contract payment

      3. Travel and work arrangements:
      • No computer and office spaces will be provided by UNICEF.
      • Weekly meetings with the international consultant and bi-weekly meetings with the supervisor of the consultancy.
      • The consultant is expected to work in Ulaanbaatar during the consultancy period with 1-2 required trip to the target provinces centers (Bayankhongor, Gobi-Altai, and Zavkhan) for approximately 6-7 days to conduct meetings or trainings.
  • The consultant is expected to work in Ulaanbaatar during Home based with regular contact with the international consultant and contract supervisor.

    Official travel be required outside Ulaanbaatar city.

    Consultant will be paid monthly upon successful completion of the monthly deliverables, specified in section 4 of the ToR. 

    UNICEF reserves the right to withhold up to 30% of the total fee in the case that the deliverables are not submitted on schedule or do not meet the required standard. Copyright and ownership of all documents produced will remain with UNICEF.

    Discussions on contract work assignments and deliverables will be provided by the contract supervisor.  The contract supervisors will be available, as/when required, to provide comments to submitted outputs in a timely manner. 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework athttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individual must submit travel lump sum in addition to their monthly professional fee.

Opening Date Thu Jul 18 2019 19:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) Ulaanbaatar Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Aug 02 2019 17:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)