Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant on disaster displacement
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 24 September 2020 - 08 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-142031-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Draft and final version on a research brief contents including 1) a situation overview of displacement in the time of Covid-19 in the Asia-Pacific, 2) a set of good practices and recommendations for humanitarian and development actors that have ben effective and to take early for countries at risk of displacement and other measures to take early in the case that displacement occur and 3)policy and measure to take to reduce displacement in time of a pandemic.

Likely key case study locations (TBD):
1. Pacific – Vanuatu: TC Harold displacement (and protracted from past volcanic eruption)
2. Philippines – Taal Volcano and Mindanao EQ
3. Bangladesh – Cox’s Bazar (ongoing Emergency Preparedness WG) and HCTT (non Rohingya evacuations and return)
4. Afghanistan – Informal settlements and displacement throughout country (drought, conflict, etc.)

Work Location

HOME-BASED

Expected duration

30 days

Duties and Responsibilities

This consultancy aims to identify key issues related to managing the dual challenges of displacement and the COVID crisis. Specifically, it will analyse:

(1) the current context related to displacement and the COVID 19 pandemic in Asia Pacific with a specific focus on four to five high risk countries (how already-displaced persons got impacted, how COVID-19 triggered displacement and how disaster-induced displacement got affected due to COVID-19);

(2) Good practices and recommendations related to the specific measures that have been effective in addressing biological hazards/pandemics risk for populations already displaced by disasters and/or conflict.

(3) Identification of policy and programmatic measures required to reduce future displacement associated with health emergencies.

For the purposes of this research brief, the scope will focus on disaster-related displacement (Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs), and should include learning from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines, and the Pacific (Vanuatu, Fiji), where recent events or ongoing displacement have occurred in a mix of natural disaster induced scenarios.

The consultant will need to work in close collaboration with the members of the IOM-UNDRR Disaster Displacement Working Group for the Asia and the Pacific (DDWG) and the members of the Issue-Based Coalition on Building Resilience in the Asia-Pacific (IBC). The DDWG and the IBC will facilitate linkages with country offices and partners to support planned consultations and/or bi-lateral interviews, including, where possible with displaced person. There will be a revision based on peer-review feedback from members of these two groups.

Considering this, the consultancy will lead to the development of one deliverable that includes a situation overview followed by key recommendations as listed above.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Strong English writing skills are required.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in social sciences, natural and environmental sciences, international relations, government, public administration, public policy, social policy, social development, community development, risk management, or related field is required.

Experience: A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in the field of displacement, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation is required. Experience in drafting guidance/recommendation, in conducting consultation processes and in working in the UN system related to displacement, disaster risk reduction, climate change is desirable.

Language: Fluency in English is required.

No Fee

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