Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant –Overall coordination to oversee regional, national and local consultations and review for the Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Americas and the Caribbean
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 30 November 2021 - 08 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-169037-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

▫ Regional Report(s) of the MTR SF – formatted and uploaded to the MTR SF knowledge hub.

▫ Voluntary National Reports of the MTR SF – formatted11 and uploaded to the MTR SF knowledge hub.

▫ Thematic or Issue-based Reports of the MTR SF – formatted11 and uploaded to the MTR SF knowledge hub.

▫ Stakeholder Reports of the MTR SF – formatted11 and uploaded to the MTR SF knowledge hub.

▫ A regional synthesis report (of maximum 40 pages, excluding appendices) representing key outcomes of MTR SF consultations conducted to date by regional IGOs, national (and local) governments, stakeholders, including the following suggested elements:

‐ Executive Summary
‐ Overview of reviews and consultations
‐ Progress, achievements, challenges, new/emerging issues, context shifts
‐ Recommendations for prioritized, accelerated and integrated action to 2030, and nascent post-2030 ideas.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

6 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background:

The Sendai Declaration and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SF) adopted by the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, were subsequently endorsed by Member States in the United Nations General Assembly. The SF provides the framework for all-of-society and all-of-State institutions engagement in preventing and reducing disaster risks posed by both natural and man-made hazards and related environmental, technological and biological hazards and risks.
The MTR (Midterm Review) SF is a one-off and core requirement of the UNDRR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction), called for by the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, and the Sendai Framework itself as part of the follow-up and review of its implementation. The MTR SF provides the opportunity for Member States and other stakeholders to examine lessons from the implementation of the SF framework to date, as well as risk reduction actions made in support of other relevant agreements, conventions and frameworks, and identify potential policy adjustments and new implementation modalities for the second half of the period of the Sendai Framework, that amplify and accelerate efforts to realize its outcome and goal, and those of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development amongst other global agreements, frameworks and conventions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Deputy Chief of the Office and in close liaison with the MTR SF Programme Officer in the Regional Office, the consultant will support the development and roll-out of structured consultations and reviews at regional, national and local levels, led/ facilitated/moderated by UN Member States, UN System partners and/or Stakeholders. The outcomes of the consultations and review will generate the findings of the retrospective aspect of the MTR SF, as well as the recommendations that guide the prospective aspects of the review.

Informed by inter alia the Concept Note of the MTR SF, and additional guidance provided, the consultant will carry out the following tasks:
1. Prepare a work plan with provisional timelines for the Member State, IGO, stakeholder roll-out of the MTR SF, identifying pre-existing meetings, events or processes in which MTR SF consultations and review can take place.

2. Literature review – review recent regional assessment reports, country-specific status reports, outcomes of regional events (especially recent Regional Platform), and other relevant reports and studies on the Sendai Framework and risk reduction within sustainable development.

3. Identify, engage and prepare MTR SF focal point organizations and persons /facilitators for regional/national/local consultations and review – to be identified from among existing counterparts (DRR / SF FPs (Disaster Risk Reduction/Sendai Framework Focal Points)) and stakeholders, and/or focal points/facilitators (e.g. UNRC/UNCT (United Nations Resident Coordinator/United Nations Country Team), DCO (United Nations Development Coordination Office), UNDP RR/CT (United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative/Country Team), IGOs (Intergovernmental Organizations); CCA (Common Country Assessment), UNSDCF (United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework), VNRs (National Voluntary Reviews)) from other global stock-taking exercises and/or sustainable development planning processes.

4. For each consultation and review exercise (at regional, national and/or local scales) establish the methodology for retrospective review and prospective recommendations (e.g. scope [beyond the core questions]; [selected] aspects of the SF; context shifts; thematic focus/foci; context specificities; integrated risk understanding and management in other decision-making, agendas, sectors, domains etc.), and modality (e.g. public sector / stakeholder / multistakeholder consultations; group/focus-group/one-on-one; in-person/virtual; surveys; pre-consultation surveys; unique organizational/entity level review; expert group meetings etc.).

5. Support development of additional strategic or guiding questions (beyond the core questions) subject to regional / national / local contexts or thematic foci.

6. Ensure the capture / collection / recording of in-depth content through consultations, surveys and reports (including Voluntary National Reports ), describing inter alia: progress, achievements, challenges, new and emerging issues, changes in context, recommendations for prioritized, accelerated and integrated collaboration and action in the period 2023-2030, as well as nascent elements for international arrangements for risk-informed sustainable development post-2030.

7. Under the leadership of the Supervisor in the Regional Office for the Americas & the Caribbean, support:

a. Consolidation and standardized presentation of MTR SF content received, including aggregated reporting where relevant;
b. Preliminary analysis of content, identifying and presenting common elements and recommendations.

8. Editing, uploading and updating of content to the MTR SF knowledge hub.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: • Expertise in research / review and analysis, and the preparation and production of reports is required.

• Proven knowledge and understanding of institutional, reporting, and legislative frameworks for disaster risk management or related fields in the Americas and Caribbean region is desirable.
Academic Qualifications: Master's Degree in social science, public administration, disaster risk reduction, risk management, environmental sciences, urban planning, sustainability, sustainability transitions, geopolitics, economics, finance, or other relevant discipline is required. - A first-level university degree in combination with a minimum of 2 years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: • At least five years of proven professional experience in the areas of disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, environmental management, climate change, public governance or financing, economic development or combination thereof is required.

• Prior experience in engaging governments / stakeholders and facilitating multistakeholder consultations (in-person and virtual) and relationship management is required.
Language: Fluency in Spanish is required.  Working knowledge in English and another UN working language is an advantage.

Additional Information

*FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. UNDRR values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women, men, and people with disabilities.

** Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted **

No Fee

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