Technical support to the UN Women MCO Caribbean on issues related to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Resilience

UN-Women

Bridgetown, , BB

Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women promotes the advancement of human rights and gender equality is at the heart of UN Women’s work globally. On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force.  The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The SDGs are interrelated and speak strongly to the importance of sustainable environmental development as is reflected in SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 15.  

The islands of the Caribbean are not considered to be major global producers of greenhouse gases. Yet, they are among the planet’s most vulnerable countries regarding climate change and the impacts of climate change such as disasters. According to the IPCC Climate Change can be defined as “A change in the climate that persists for decades or longer, arising from either natural causes or human activity”. The impacts of Climate Change include sea level rise, extreme storm events and droughts, coastal erosion, inundation, saltwater intrusion into groundwater systems in low-lying atolls, coral bleaching, ecosystem destruction, ocean acidification, adverse effects on crops and fisheries and increases in vector-borne diseases.

Climate change and disasters affect women and men, girls and boys differently, with many women experiencing heightened risks and impacts from the effects of disasters and climate change and variability. Situations of crisis, such as those caused by disasters and climate change, exacerbate pre-existing gender inequalities and compound intersecting forms of discrimination that affect some women and men to a different degree or in different ways than men or other women.

Disaster risk reduction has been defined ( according by UNISDR) as, “ the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyse and manage the causal factors of disasters, including through reduced exposure to hazards, lessened vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment and improved preparedness for adverse events.

The impact of climate change directly affects livelihoods in the Caribbean, particularly women and men who are involved in agriculture and depend on the natural environment for their economic security. Given the high vulnerability in the Caribbean to economic shocks and natural disasters, equitable access to social protection becomes paramount in order to strengthen resilience against the impact of these events.

Experience shows that the resiliency of households and communities depends greatly on the resilience of women. Social, economic and environmental policies, programmes and finance, therefore, need to incorporate and benefit from this know-how, while also supporting women and their families as they face today’s unprecedented challenges to sustainable development.

 
Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the Assignment

Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO – Caribbean Representative the consultant will be contracted to support UN Women in strengthening its programmes and tools on the impacts of climate change and disaster risk resilience.

Scope of Work

Specific activities and deliverables:

  • Review and provide technical input on UN Women MCO Caribbean relevant tools and resources;
  • Collaborate with UN Women MCO Caribbean staff to support the development of proposals to support the gender inequality of risk;
  • Support UN Women MCO Caribbean staff in implementing elements of Flagship Initiatives relevant to the impacts of climate change and disaster risk resilience in the Caribbean;
  • Attend meetings and participate on panels where possible.

Reporting Requirements

  • The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO – Caribbean Representative and the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative.
 
Competencies

Core Values / Guiding Principles:

Integrity and Fairness:

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Professionalism:

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
 
Required Skills and Experience

The individual consultant should meet the following minimum criteria:

Education:

  • It is essential that the consultant has a degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Environmental Science or a related field.

Experience:

  • At least 15 years’ relevant experience in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Resilience;
  • Experience with the UN;
  • Experience with issues related to women’s empowerment and gender equality is preferred;
  • Experience in the Caribbean is an asset.

Language:

  • Must be fluent in English.

References:

  • Minimum of three client references that include the name of the contact person, title and contact information.

Remuneration:

  • Submission of daily rate is required. The consultancy fee will be negotiated before contracting. Each payment will be based on a predefined and formal agreement between UN Women and the consultant and will be disbursed based on satisfactory completion of agreed deliverables.

Hardware, Software and Communication:

  • The Consultant must be equipped with a laptop which must be portable and must run at least Windows 7 software. The Consultant must be reasonably accessible by email and telephone (preferably mobile). The use of reliable, internet-based (Skype or equivalent) is required.

Location and Duration:

  • The consultant will be home based and engaged for a maximum of 80 working days during the period 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2017.

The consultant contracted will be required to sign a statement of confidentiality and freedom from any conflict of interest with potential future contractors with respect to the TORs and work that they will be delivering.

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