Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant for the GAR Special Report 2023: Risk-informing the Sustainable Development Goals: Metrics and measures to build resilience in a changing climate
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 07 November 2022 - 15 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-194381-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1. Annotated outlined for the Special Report agreed by UNDRR.

2. Complete draft with bibliography and citations for Part I of the GAR Special Report 2023 text.

3. Draft inputs in the form of visuals, maps and graphics provided by specialized organizations and partners illustrating the narrative agreed and under production/ in draft form.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

40 working days

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultancy will deliver the development of Part I of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction Special Report (GAR SR), which explores how risk-informed sustainable development can be measured in an increasingly complex and risky world. The report aims to support Government policy makers charged with the difficult and innovative work of risk-informing development stay on track with their resilience building measures in the face of an increasingly complex set of threats and risks, including the climate emergency. It also aims to ensure that resilience building is central to the framing of a more risk-informed post 2030 agenda.

Part I looks at what indicators government might have or can put in place to better measure resilience. It particularly looks at how current tracking systems for measuring progress towards the 17 sustainable development goals can also be used to measure resilience when combined with appropriate earth systems data, socio-economic data, and other data. The report also showcases a series of graphics and maps that show how advances in risk modelling and foresight can help show cascading impacts across Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) areas and highlights key gaps and suggested ways forward to strengthen future global frameworks.

The entire report will have a length of approximately 50 pages, of which Part I will account for approximately 20 pages.

The consultancy will run for a period of 40 working days within 2022. Under the overall guidance of the Coordinating Lead Author of the GAR SR 2023, the home-based policy analyst will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

a. Enhance and develop the zero draft annotated detailed outline of the Special Report building on the current concept note and in consultation with key United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) appointed experts. The aim will be to propose a framework for how existing metrics for SDG measurement can be better analysed and augmented to point to deficits and progress in preventing and addressing risk. Policy makers who apply this measurement framework, will be better equipped to understand bottlenecks and to adjust strategies to accelerate action towards SDG achievement in risk-sensitive areas. This work will require desk research, one-on-one interviews with experts and potentially organising a small number of inter-agency consultations with expert organisations to gather resources, expertise and inputs.

b. Based on the above, draft a concise draft of Part I narrative of the GAR Special Report 2023. Part I will outline how policy makers can identify deficits and progress in SDGs, using an understanding of systemic risk (hazard, vulnerability and exposure) and the key elements of resilience building, to create a shared understanding across the development, disaster management and climate change communities of progress and challenges to achieving the SDGs. Part I will assess the potential of data sources beyond SDG indicators, to be used as proxy where gaps exist, e.g., earth systems data, socio-economic data, and data from regional governance indices and risk information among others.

Qualifications/special skills

A master’s degree or equivalent in sustainable development, international relations, risk management or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Five to seven years of working experience in disaster risk reduction and policy development is required.
Experience in the resilience building aspects of sustainable development and climate change adaptation, and/or the application or development of metrics is desirable.
Previous experience in drafting international reports is an asset.

Languages

Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.

No Fee

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