The project “Addressing Climate Vulnerability in the Water Sector (ACWA) in the Marshall Islands)” implemented by the Government of the Republic of Marshall Islands (GoRMI) in collaboration with UNDP became operational in January 2020 with the objective to address expected impacts of climate change on water security on Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI).
RMI is a small island developing state in the Pacific. The nation is a large-ocean state, with a total land area of only 182 km2, spread across over 2 million km2 of ocean. There are 24 inhabited atolls and islands, which are mostly remote and lie merely 2 m above sea level on average. There are no rivers, streams or lakes in RMI and the number of small surface ponds is very limited.
GoRMI, with the assistance of UNDP, has developed a project on adaptation to climate change impacts to water supply in RMI. The project is co-financed by GoRMI and Green Climate Fund (GCF). The project will build resilience to the impacts of climate change on water supply, particularly in 24 atolls and islands that are highly vulnerable to drought. The project will invest in improving water security, water resilience and water governance through:
From a gender equity and social inclusion (or GESI) perspective, it is clear that improving water quality and supply at both community and household level through the project will create more equitable access to water resources for vulnerable groups including women, children, the elderly and those with disabilities, and will improve health and education outcomes, enhance livelihoods, and reduce household and community level conflict caused by water shortages.
The project aligns with GoRMI’s key climate change policies and strategies and has been developed through extensive consultation with government, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and beneficiary communities. The proposed project is aligned with RMI’s NDC and country work programme to the GCF. The NDA has issued a letter of no-objection and the proposed project is aligned with the work programme of the AE (UNDP) selected by the NDA.
This GCF project will be executed by UNDP, in close partnership with the GoRMI, given UNDP’s extensive experience in implementing climate change adaptation projects globally. The project implementation will be led by a team based in Majuro, RMI and Suva, Fiji.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Gender and Youth Specialists will be responsible for ensuring that gender and youth concerns are fully addressed by the project by working closely with all project staff and with communities as needed and implementing the gender equity and social inclusion (or GESI) Action Plan. The Gender and Youth Specialists will also seek inputs from and consult with the UNDP Pacific Office Gender Team as well as Regional Technical Specialists (RTA) and Gender Expert from the Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) for guidance. The consultant is expected to be guided by the examples and best practices from the GESI strategy and action plans of other GCF approved projects, as well as by the priorities of the relevant government policies such as the RMI National Water and Sanitation Policy and the RMI National Climate Change Policy Framework.
The main objectives of the Gender and Youth Specialist role are to:
Key GESI implications identified in the GESI Action Plan that will need to be taken into consideration in the community level project design and implementation include:
Summary of Key Functions:
Ensure that the community level project design and implementation takes into consideration the GESI Strategy and GESI Action Plan. The following are some of the areas the consultant will be expected to focus on to facilitate development of the Strategy and the Action Plan:
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Promoting Organizational Change and Development
Building Strategic Partnerships
Compliance with UN Core Values:
Required Skills and Experience
Local recruitment: Gender & Youth Specialist (“Addressing Climate Vulnerability in the Water Sector (ACWA) in the Marshall Islands")
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Majuro, Marshall Islands 🇲🇭