Job Opening

Posting Title: Trinidad and Tobago Country Work Programme planning and mapping of DRR related activities
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 20 November 2020 - 29 November 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-144677-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1. Situational Analysis paper
2. Policy Direction paper

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

01 December 2020 – 31 December 2020

Duties and Responsibilities

Background

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) serves as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among disaster reduction activities. Among other priorities, UNDRR’s Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (ROAMC) assists the region’s countries through their national focal points to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 to meet the Sendai Framework’s Target (e) of substantially increasing the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020 and specifically its globally agreed indicator E1 regarding the adoption and implementation of national DRR strategies in line with the Sendai Framework. In this regard, UNDRR-ROAMC supports countries through the development of disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies and plans, or in the case of the Caribbean, what is referred to as Country Work Programmes (CWPs) in the context of CDEMA/CARICOM participating States, in coordination with regional partners such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). A special focus on the impact of disasters on vulnerable groups is essential for the effective implementation of the Sendai Framework and the achievement of its different Targets.

The Caribbean region is highly exposed to natural hazards. Combined with existing vulnerabilities, the context is one of the great losses, even to the extent of exceeding many of the countries’ GDPs, thus challenging the overall sustainable development of the region. Moreover, climate change increases the frequency, intensity and unpredictability of impacts, making it even more important for all countries across the Caribbean region to possess strong capacities to manage the existing and emerging risks and to avoid the creation of new ones. Alignment of DRR and climate change adaptation (CCA) efforts becomes essential.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the urgent need for new conceptual and analytical approaches to improve understanding and management of risk dynamics and complex, cascading risk drivers. Multi-stakeholder dialogue and action necessary to refine, extend and enhance the ability to understand and manage systemic risks is warranted. Progress will only be accelerated towards a resilient recovery and a risk-informed sustainable development by incorporating a systemic risk approach into the analysis of CWPs / DRR plans and strategies, including incorporating biological risks.

Based on this context, UNDRR is providing direct technical support to Caribbean countries for the development of CWPs / DRR plans and/or for the development of risk analyses with a systemic risk approach that seeks to enhance the alignment with CCA and sustainable development efforts and to integrate different hazards -including biological ones-.

In this context, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago through the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), is currently engaged in the development of a Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Policy and Country Work Programme (CWP) for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. CDM is an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction including addressing all hazards, and all people through all phases of disaster management (prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and rehabilitation). Trinidad and Tobago have adopted the regional CDM roadmap for safer, more resilient and sustainable CDEMA Participating States. This road map, the 2014 - 2024 CDM Strategy and Results Framework, is aligned with the global Sendai Framework for DRR. The Policy and CWP are imperatives for organizing CDM implementation at the national level. The Policy is necessary to outline the long-term strategic direction to guide the development of CDM policies and programs for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in support of sustainable development. The CWP provides a strategic plan for organizing CDM implementation over a 3-5-year period around each of the phases of the disaster management cycle. It mainly consists of a Logical Framework Analysis, which specifies the short, medium and long-term results and achievements to be derived over the programmatic period, and a Performance Monitoring Framework which sets out standards for measurement of progress and achievements. The CWP facilitates key stakeholder and sector contributions towards CDM and is aimed at reducing loss and vulnerability due to hazard events.

Duties and Responsibilities

An individual consultant is being sought to provide the ODPM with technical assistance to develop the CWP and Policy. In the first phase of this two-phase process the Consultant will be required to prepare a situational analysis and policy directions paper to inform the development of the CWP and Policy respectively. Both reports should be informed by the results of the national CDM Audit Report for Trinidad and Tobago and should outline the problems, issues and needs which must be addressed in the CWP and Policy. This will include an evaluation of available risk information in the country, as well as relevant policy and information about major national processes being implemented or about to be developed, such as the National Development Plan, the National Adaptation Plan, and the Nationally Determined Contributions. Information for these reports should also be gathered from consultations with relevant stakeholders. Based on the situational analysis for the CWP the Consultant will also be required to construct indicative outcome and output (result) statements for the CWP.

Technical support for this position will be provided by UNDRR-ROAMC. The person selected for this consultancy will be primarily home-based. Any necessary travel will be conducted after a rigorous analysis of necessity and feasibility, considering the current context of the global pandemic. The consultant will report to the Risk Knowledge Officer of the UNDRR Regional Office and coordinate periodically with designated officials at the ODPM, CDEMA and UNDP.

The duties and responsibilities include:

Disaster Risk Reduction Policy

1. Develop a ‘Policy Directions paper’ aiming to contribute to the elaboration of the national policy on Disaster Risk Reduction.
a. Review the model national CDM Policy and adaptation guide, and templates for national CDM strategy and work programme.
b. Review the CDM Strategy and Programming Framework 2014-2024
c. Review the CDM Audit Trinidad and Tobago and the Gap Analysis.
d. Review existing national policies, strategies, legislation, work programmes, and other relevant documents related to disaster risk reduction in Trinidad and Tobago. The documents reviewed will inform the determination of the country needs and the direction of the CDM Policy and should establish:
i. The status of disaster management in the country;
ii. If these policies/ statements focus in any way on comprehensive disaster management;
iii. Who has responsibility for disaster management activities;
iv. Whether funds are available for disaster management activities;
v. If there are opportunities for stakeholder involvement;
vi. Gaps and areas for improvement and means for integrating these policies into the national agenda;
vii. Development policies for addressing issues, which should be included in a CDM policy;
viii. Current policies and activities that contribute to reducing vulnerability to hazards;
ix. The issues that should be addressed in the policy.
x. What should be the conceptual framework guiding the policy – a conceptual framework has been provided in the Model National CDM Policy.
e. Prepare a draft CDM Policy Directions paper guided by the findings from the reviews and ensure the draft policy reflects global agreements like the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement, the SDGs, and other important agreements. The Paper should also provide recommended policy options for the national CDM Policy and Strategy.
f. Propose a logic model for the National CDM Strategic Framework
g. Ensure that gender consideration is incorporated in the CDM policy as well as propose relevant gender monitoring metrics.
h. Consult with UNDRR and the Technical Review Committee established by ODPM on the following:
i. To obtain guidance on the policy formulation process;
ii. To receive technical inputs for the drafting of the CDM Policy and strategy;
iii. To receive inputs and comments to guide the finalization of the CDM Policy and strategy.
i. Amend the Policy Directions Paper as guided by the Technical Review Committee and UNDRR.

Situational Analysis to inform the Country Work Programme

2. Develop a ‘Situational Analysis paper’ aiming to contribute to the development of the CDM Policy and the national Country Work Programme (CWP), following the methodologies deriving from the Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy approach adopted by CDEMA participating States and in alignment with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015- 2030. The consultant shall:
a. Review the CDM Strategy and Programming Framework 2014-2024
b. Review the CDM Audit Trinidad and Tobago and the Gap Analysis.
c. Review any country vision documents existing

Within the Situational Analysis paper the consultant shall:
a. Identify gaps and opportunities for alignment of the CWP under development with the National Development Plan, the National Adaptation Plan (NAP), the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and other policy, plans and strategic documents, as well as with risk financing efforts at the country level and in coordination with the relevant agencies to facilitate better coherence.
b. Ensure within the situation analysis the status of the integration of multiple hazards, including biological ones, in different policies, plans and strategic documents, as well in different programmes, projects and activities being implemented in the country; and identify gaps and opportunities for their integration.
c. Develop a list of available and existing risk information in the country, notably with respect to hazards, exposure, vulnerability and capacity.
d. Collate and review information from the 2017 CDM Country Work Programme Process.
e. Identify the problems, issues and needs which must be addressed based on information gathered, including from the results of the 2020 CDM Audit Report and other national disaster management and DRM contextual information.
f. Construct indicative outcome and output (results) statements based on the situational analysis as described in the methodologies derived from the Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy CWP approach adopted by CDEMA Participating States (CWP Phase 2).

3. Participate in remote work meetings scheduled with country officials -including ODPM officials-, UNDRR, CDEMA, UNDP, and other stakeholders as necessary, to regularly report on the progress in the development of the different products and to receive technical and strategic guidance, to guarantee the quality of deliverables.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: - Good understanding of disaster risk reduction and related processes, institutions, and actors involved in DRR in Trinidad and Tobago and in the Caribbean region is required.
- Demonstrated analytical and research skills in the field of policy and strategy development, and implementation/management is required.
- Strong communication, documentation, and presentation skills are required.
- Excellent writing and analytical skills are required.
- A good understanding of government operations and key stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago is an advantage.
- Demonstrated knowledge and skills in stakeholder participation techniques and facilitation of workshops with persons at decision-making levels is an advantage.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the Enhanced CDM Strategy is a distinct asset.
Academic Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in Disaster Risk Management, Risk Assessment, International Development and/or Policy Analysis/Development or a related field is required.
Experience: A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in Disaster and Environmental Management is required.
A minimum of three (3) years of experience in Policy and Strategy Development and monitoring and evaluation is required.
Experience working in a participatory and consultative environment is required.
Experience in the development and review of strategic planning in the Caribbean region is an advantage.
Experience in working at the policy level of the public service in the Caribbean region will be a distinct advantage.
Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

No Fee

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