Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant to develop sex, age and disability disaggregated (SADD) disaster-related data guidance
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 16 July 2021 - 08 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-159930-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• Compilation, analysis and summary presentation on good practices on collecting and applying SADD data related to climate and disaster risks across the Asia-Pacific region is produced.
• Review is undertaken of methodologies, approaches and survey tools of relevance for disaster-related data collection and proposals of concrete recommendations on how to ensure disaggregation of relevant variables are included.
• Review of selected examples on application of SADD data for vulnerability and impact analysis for various levels/types of planning, programming and policy interventions (e.g., humanitarian response, post-disaster recovery planning, anticipatory action, local DRR planning, etc.)
• Guidance note is developed on the key steps to collect, manage and analyse disaster-related information with relevant disaggregation for inclusive DRR, which also articulates why it is so important to collect and report SADD data in order to shift mindsets.
• Strategies on how to improve and progress reporting of SADD data are identified.
• Training modules on SADD risk and disaster impact data are developed with facilitator guidance, workshop exercises and customisable modules.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

The contract duration will be from 15 August – 30 November 2021 for an expected 40 days work within this time-period.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Consultant will be responsible for producing a short guidance report (max 20 pages) and training modules (with facilitator guidance, workshop exercises and customizable modules for different settings and duration) on sex, age and disability disaggregated risk and disaster impact data in the Asia-Pacific region.

The research will complement UNDRR’s ongoing work with partners to strengthen the collection and use of sex, age and disability disaggregated disaster-related data in order to deepen understanding of risks, especially vulnerabilities and disasters impact and application of risk knowledge to reduce disaster risk.

The training module will build on the guidance and provide information for local level data collectors and coordinators across the Asia-Pacific about the purpose and methodology of collecting SADD data. The training will be designed to be used as a stand-alone module, or as part of broader training on risk and vulnerability and capacity assessment and/ or post-disaster assessments.

Background
Sex, Age and Disability Data (SADD) is data which is broken down into the different categories of sex, age, and disability. The use of SADD can show the differences and inequalities of conditions for different population groups. The Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM) and disaster loss databases aligned to Sendai global indicators specifically looks at disaster impact (damage and loss) data disaggregated by sex (female and male), age (Children (0 – 17 years), Adults (18 – 64 years), and Seniors (65 years and older), and Disability (people with an existing “pre-event” disability that are affected by a disaster, and not people who develop a disability from a hazardous event or disaster). The Desinventar Sendai based disaster loss databases and SFM also collects disaggregated data on income (those affected who earn less than the national poverty line), and countries are encouraged to report this as well.

Vulnerability assessments and capacity assessments are an essential component of any climate and disaster risk assessment, however often disaster risk assessments initiatives and guidelines cover only hazard, exposure and physical (assets’ structural) vulnerability with limited or generic consideration of socio-economic vulnerabilities aspects. UNDRR WiA on National Disaster risk assessments recommends a holistic understanding of risk to empower comprehensive risk management. Consideration of sex, age, and disability relevant disaggregation when conducting socio-economic vulnerability assessment ensure better predictive analysis of the impacts of disasters as well as societal sources and causes of risks and enables evidence-based risk reduction interventions.

Collecting SADD disaster-related data can help to reveal and understand how women, girls, men, boys, peoples with disabilities, elderly and youth, and other groups are affected differently before, during and after a crisis. Examples of known inequalities and vulnerabilities include higher disaster mortality rates for women than for men in many contexts, higher disaster mortality and morbidity rates for peoples with a disability, education gaps for children, increased injury risks for boys, and much more. Without SADD data, the differences, and specific impacts of disasters on vulnerable groups are often invisible, underreported, and consequently not known.

SADD data provide evidence to inform, implement and measure local, national, and global disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies, programs, and strategies to address specific DRR needs and activities. SADD data can inform priorities and practice to shape a rights-based and evidence-based approach for DRR by answering critical questions like: Who has been left behind? Which rights are at stake? What are the societal causes and drivers of risk? How can risks be reduced? What does the community need to take action? SADD data activities relate closely to gender initiatives, statistics, policy, and various sectors such as health, agriculture, education, industry, and others.

SADD data is often not available or accessible due to weak information management practices in country often persist mostly due to lack of skilled capacities and resources. Limited awareness on the relevance on analyzing risks, vulnerabilities, capacities and disaster effects on disaggregated manner restrain investments in systems, tools, and capacities to enable disaggregated data collection and analysis.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Graduate degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Development Studies, Political Science or any other relevant field.
Experience: At least 7 years of relevant experience in disaster risk reduction, data, resilience building and/or development and research at the international level is required.

Field/country-level experience on capacity development and/or technical assistance on risk, vulnerability and capacity assessment, disaster or humanitarian data collection and information management is required.

Good knowledge of global guidance documents and frameworks on disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, and related data frameworks and systems is required. Experience in the Asia-Pacific region is required, experience working with the UN is desirable.

Excellent written communication skills and experience writing reports.
Language: Fluency in English is required.

No Fee

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