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The main objective of the consultancy is to support the SADC Secretariat in developing a Regional Resilience Strategy that:
- Complements and integrates existing multi-sectoral resilience policies and strategies;
- Will strengthen the preparedness of Member States for early action, response and protect development gains from impacts of disaster;
- Will be used to review and harmonise existing national resilience strategy and/or frameworks; and
- Supports the development, wherever still needed, of a national resilience strategy and/or frameworks
The Southern Africa region is exposed to multiple and compound frequently repeating shocks and stressors which prevent communities from fully recovering and achieving sustainability. This was worsened as witnessed during the El Niño-induced drought in the 2015-2016 season – the worst in thirty-five years. The drought severely impacted food production and availability of water for the majority of the region’s population which resides in rural areas and dependent on rainfed agriculture for their livelihoods. The El Niño phenomenon resulted in widespread crop failures, livestock mortalities, increased prevalence of environmental stress related animal and human disease outbreaks, and increased malnutrition among the population, particularly children. The drought resulted in a major humanitarian emergency with approximately 40 million people requiring humanitarian assistance in the region.
Due to previous experiences with droughts and other extreme events, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Member States, with support from development partners, had established institutional mechanisms at sub-national, national and regional levels for responding to such events. These include the sub-national and national disaster management institutions in each member state, the SADC Climate Services Centre and the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the Secretariat.
During the 2016/2017 rainfall season, most countries in the region, in collaboration with regional, humanitarian and development partners or stakeholders , made resilience-building efforts a priority to support farmers with timely access to inputs, implementing climate-adaptive agricultural techniques, and providing livelihood and other agricultural support. Despite the various preparedness measures, most countries in the region have not demonstrated the ability to translate weather forecasts data, related to El Niño or La Niña, into locally-usable multi-hazard early warning information and climate services that would assist vulnerable population to take early action which, whenever possible, should aim to enhance their resilience to longer term impacts of disasters and climate risks. Going forward, the report of review of the SADC Response to the El Niño-induced Drought Emergency in Southern Africa concludes and recommends the following:
- Resilience building is a broad multi-sectoral phenomenon covering infrastructure development, provision of water, environmental degradation, adaptation to climate change and social protection among others. It calls for long term engagement by all partners.
- There is need to move from response planning to planning for resilience as disasters in one form or another are now a permanent feature of Southern Africa’s development landscape. This should involve all players (governments, cooperating partners and non-governmental organisations).
- Pro-active planning will sharpen responses and avoid emergencies being a recurrent feature on the development landscape of Southern Africa. This to include SADC facilitating the liberalisation of cereal markets to facilitate movement of food from surplus areas to shortage areas.
- More effective targeting of assistance responses reduce duplication and optimise use of resources.
- Promote internal (regional) resource mobilisation as currently being availed by international partners going to be more limited due to changing geo-political arrangements. Establish a Regional Emergency and Resilience Building Fund.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Review of national/regional resilience policies, strategies or frameworks in the SADC region, in consultation with Member States and building on the RIASCO review conducted in 2016.
- Draft a Report of the Review of national/regional resilience policies, strategies or frameworks in the SADC region as indicated above.
- Facilitate a Regional Consultative Workshop for the SADC Secretariat, Member States and International Cooperating Partners (ICPs). To present at the workshop, the draft report as mentioned above and then draft key elements of the SADC Regional Resilience Strategy.
- Draft the SADC Regional Resilience Strategy, building on the key findings of the Consultative Workshop and further consultations with Member States and ICPs.
- Circulate the first draft of the Strategy to the SADC Secretariat, Member States and ICPs for comments. Revise the draft by incorporating comments received.
- Facilitate a Regional Validation workshop for the SADC Secretariat, Member States and ICPs for review and validation of the second draft of the Strategy. Revise the second draft by incorporating comments received.
- Submit the second draft of the SADC Regional Resilience Strategy to the SADC Secretariat.
- Revise the final draft of the Strategy by consolidating strategic inputs received from the SADC Sector Ministerial Sub-committees.
- Submit the final draft of the SADC Regional Resilience Strategy to the SADC Secretariat.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- Advanced university degree in areas of Disaster Risk Reduction/Management (DRR/DRM), Resilience, Development science, Social sciences, or related fields;
- Good analytical and writing skills in English. Knowledge of Portuguese and French would be desirable;
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
- At least 10-years’ relevant experience and traceable evidence in successfully developing and/or coordinating the implementation of integrated (multi-sectoral, multi-hazard, multi-stakeholder) strategies and/or similar assignments;
- Good interpersonal skills and experience of working with Member States and Regional Economic Commissions (RECs);
- Experience of working in, or knowledge of the southern Africa region;
- Excellent computer skills
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The consultancy will be for a period of 6 months, commencing upon signing of the contract by the consultant but not beyond the end of July 2018.
The Consultant will be based at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana, with frequent travel to the UN office in Johannesburg, South Africa.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
15 January 2018