Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultancy on Integrating Gender in Disaster Risk Reduction (2 positions)
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 04 July 2022 - 12 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-184242-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1. Workplan including the proposed methodology and timeline, subject to feedback and subsequent approval by UNDRR's Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean.
2. Continuity and ongoing evolution to the overall coordination of the Latin American and Caribbean Women's Network for DRR.
3. Substantive contributions to the inclusion of gender issues and women's empowerment in the planning of the 2023 Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean..
4. An initial draft of the MCR2030 addendum/annex on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is available for feedback from relevant partners.
5. Final report specifying achievements and overall challenges, including the technical support provided and recommendations for next steps, with key outputs and products included as annexes.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

5 months with possibility of extension

Duties and Responsibilities

Background

This consultancy is in keeping with the commitments of UNDRR’s Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean to the key aspects of the United Nations Joint Study on the Status of Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership in DRR.(https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/2021-11/Research-paper-Beyond-vulnerability-to-gender-equality-en.pdf).

Through its 13 Guiding Principles, the Sendai Framework emphasizes the need to pay special attention to those people most disproportionately affected by disasters and that gender, age, disability, income, and intercultural perspective should be integrated into all policies, programmes, and practices, while also calling for a multisectoral, multi-hazard and multi-stakeholder approach to disaster risk reduction with the appropriate mitigation, prevention, risk reduction, and risk management measures. Building on the priorities for action and targets set out in the Sendai Framework and through a conceptual shift towards the mainstreaming of the systemic nature of risk as an integral and determining factor in development processes, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) recognizes the importance of the active and meaningful engagement of all sectors and stakeholder, ensuring the empowerment of women and girls in all their diversity, as well as a multi-hazard approach, to accelerate the Sendai Framework's implementation and ensuring no one is left behind in the Americas and the Caribbean.

Gender-responsive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) implies understanding how people's lives are affected by gender norms, roles and relations within a given culture and society, which is fundamental to understanding the underlying factors of risk and thus reducing disaster risk. Women, girls, boys, men, and people of diverse gender identities face different vulnerabilities in different contexts. Each context has different vulnerabilities that affect how different individuals and population groups experience and thus recover from disaster impacts but also how they can best prepare to avoid the occurrence of disasters as well as recover more effectively in the case that a disaster does occur. The Sendai Framework recognizes the importance of integrating a gender perspective and all of society approach into all DRR policies, programmes and practices, as well as the need to empower women to lead and publicly advocate for equitable and universally accessible disaster risk reduction and risk management through both anticipatory and corrective DRR actions in all phases and aspects.

UNDRR supports gender-transformative disaster risk reduction that not only identifies and meets the different and intersectional needs of women and girls, men and boys, and people of diverse gender identities but seeks to redress the underlying causes of vulnerability and risk through a gender lens. by putting women's resilience and leadership at the center of disaster risk reduction strategies, policies, and programming to promote more inclusive and comprehensive risk-sensitive development with a view to leaving no one behind.

In this context, the regional office of UNDRR for the Americas and the Caribbean is seeking a policy and communication gender advisor to help ensure that gender perspectives are incorporated into different areas of our work programme, including the Sendai Framework Midterm Review process and key programmatic areas of UNDRR’s strategic framework and workplan.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant(s) will report to the Sendai Framework Monitoring Officer of UNDRR’s Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (ROAC), closely coordinating with the Making Cities Resilient and Communication & Public Information teams. The incumbent(s) will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

-Workplan for successfully carrying out the consultancy through its duration.
-Ensure continuity and ongoing development of the LAC Regional Network of Women for DRR while putting forward ideas on innovation and transformation through overall coordination, conduction, and facilitation.
-Support the coordination and advancements of the LAC Women’s Network for DRR working groups during the duration of this consultancy.
-Facilitate a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the lead-up and overall organization of the 2023 Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (28 February – 2 March 2023).
-Support a gender lens in the Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework and Regional Office processes and products in line with MTR-SF.
-Enhance the overall programming of the Regional Office in terms of gender equality and women’s empowerment in key thematic areas, among others.
-Support the dissemination and possible implementation of key recommendations and findings of the regional position paper developed jointly by UN Women and UNDRR ROAC in the lead-up to the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66).
-Promote a gender-sensitive DRR agenda in representation of UNDRR-ROAC within the framework of the Issue-Based Coalition on Resilience and Climate Change and ROAC’s support to UNCTs and RCOs.
-Strengthen a gender focus in UNDRR’s regional office’s work on multi-hazard early warning systems (MHEWS).
-Gender-sensitive DRR in ARISE networks, Making Cities Resilient 2030, and Science and Technology Action Group (R-STAG).
-Support the development of a gender-focused annex to the MCR2030 Scorecard for resilient cities.
-Gender considerations in financing for DRR and resilient infrastructure.
-Support communications and public information in aspects regarding gender.
-Others to be agreed bilaterally with the supervisor and members of the Regional Office (ROAC).

Qualifications/special skills

Skills:
- Excellent analytical, reporting and communication skills are required.
- Good understanding of gender perspectives in DRR is required.
- Ability to work in highly stressful contexts and under tight deadlines is required.
- Good understanding of the UN system is an advantage.
- Knowledge of the work carried out by the UNDRR Americas office is a plus.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Urban Development, or Economic, with a focus on Gender Equality Perspectives, Human Rights, Public Policy or Administration, International Development, Disaster Risk Management, or related fields, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:
- A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development, human rights, policy, gender, urban development, marginalized groups, disaster risk reduction, or related topic is required.
- Working experience in the Caribbean is a valuable asset.
- Working experience in a multicultural context is an advantage.
Language: Fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of another UN 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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