Result of Service
The consultant will deliver a report on the status of the implementation of the matrix of the PoA during the first phase (2016-2020) as well as a revised implementation matrix of the PoA for the second phase (2021-2025).
Duties and Responsibilities
Organizational Setting and Reporting
Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyzes action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.
This consultancy is for the period of three months and the consultant will work under the supervision of the Coordination Officer, UNDRR African Union Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, UNDRR Regional Office for Africa (ROA) who will closely work with the Technical Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction Unit at the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture in the African Union Commission to support and follow up the work of the consultant. The Head of Environment Climate Change Water and Land Management Division at the Department for Rural Economy and Agriculture in the African Union Commission (through the Technical Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction Unit) will facilitate and support the work of the consultant.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The first phase (2016-2020) of the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (PoA) adopted by the African Union Heads of State and Government in January 2017 will come to an end on 31st December 2020. The African Union Commission (AUC) is therefore expected to develop a new matrix for the second phase (2021-2025) of the PoA implementation. Thus, AUC is seeking UNDRR’s support to fulfil this duty.
It is against this backdrop that UNDRR is seeking a consultant who will facilitate the development of the of implementation for the second phase of the PoA (2021-2025). The process will involve definition of strategic areas of intervention, priority activities and results that will form the basis for the development of the second phase (2021-2025 matrix of the PoA. The development of the implementation matrix for the second phase will be informed through consultations with Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and various stakeholders on implementation of the matrix of the first phase (2016-2020) as well as desk review of relevant documents and reports, including the Africa Regional Assessment Report (AfRAR) and the Africa Biennial Report on the implementation of the Sendai Framework and the PoA.
Specifically, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
1. Review of the progress of the implementation of the matrix of the first phase (2016-2020) of the PoA.
i. Undertake a desk review of all relevant information available from different sources, including data generated through Sendai Framework Monitor System, Africa Regional Assessment Report and Africa Biennial Report, with a focus on identifying achievements, best practices, lessons learned and opportunities with respect to the implementation of the PoA during its first phase (2016-2020) of implementation (and the above mentioned subsequent declarations and commitments);
ii. Conduct online and/or face-to-face consultations with stakeholders, including national and sub-regional Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Sendai Framework Focal Points and selected Member States and Regional Economic Communities, to solicit additional input and validate desk review results; and
iii. Based on the above (i & ii), prepare: (a) a status report on the implementation of the matrix of the PoA for the first phase (2016-2020; and (b) a revised implementation matrix of the PoA for the second phase (2021-2025);
2. Propose strategic interventions and the corresponding priority activities, results and other elements using the implementation matrix in the PoA Operational Plan as a template for the second phase (2021-2025) implementation of the PoA
i. Based on the above (1-i & ii), identify strategic interventions and the corresponding priority activities, results and other elements using the implementation matrix in the PoA Operational Plan (2018-2020) as a template; and
ii. Revise the implementation matrix of the PoA for the second phase (2021-2025).
3. Consultation with the Africa Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction
i. Conduct consultation with the Africa Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (AWGDRR) on the draft outcome documents (1-iii & 2-ii); and
ii. Revise the draft outcome documents (1-iii & 2-ii) based on inputs from the Africa Working Group and submit the final outcome documents.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in disaster risk management, economics, development studies, geography and environmental science, natural resources management or other relevant fields is required. A first-level university degree in any of these fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience on quantitative research and analysis or related areas is required
Demonstrated experience in carrying out and supporting research on disaster risk reduction, climate change, and the environment is required.
Experience in gender equality and women’s rights, climate change, displacement, and migration is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in both oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable