Consultant – Technical Consultant on Climate and Disaster Resilience, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO), Bangkok, Thailand


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfilling their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.                                                                                                                                                                    

For every child, a better future

UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

How can you make a difference? 

The Sustainable Environment Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking a highly experienced consultant to provide targeted support for accelerating child-centered climate and disaster resilient programming in East Asia and Pacific region.

Work Assignment:

Regional-level analysis, guidance, knowledge management, partnership

  1. Take stock of child-centered climate and disaster risk and vulnerability assessments and identify good practices and lessons learned: these will include climate and disaster risk and vulnerability assessments undertaken by UNICEF and relevant partners at country and regional-level, identifying good practices and lessons learned based on desk-review and consultations with relevant colleagues and partners in the region;
  2. Updated and improved child-centered climate and disaster risk and vulnerability assessment methodology and guidance (that can contribute to the on-going work of the ASEAN-UN JSPADM and also guide UNICEF programming);
  3. Review of relevant sector-specific and cross-sectoral disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation measures and development of guidance on effective climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures for UNICEF COs and programme sectors including on climate adaptation and disaster risk financing;
  4. Support regional monitoring and reporting on UNICEF’s climate and disaster resilient programming in the EAPR countries;
  5. Support EAPR climate and disaster resilience knowledge management initiatives, including input to a dedicated MS share point page, to facilitate exchange of information, good practices and lesson learnt;
  6. Prepare donor reports on climate and disaster resilient programming as requested;
  7. Development of a regional climate and disaster resilience initiative for target donors (priority sub-region is the Mekong Sub-region but other sub-regions such as the Pacific may be considered and determined later);
  8. Provide technical input and contribute to various regional initiatives, including the AADMER work programme 2021-2025, ASEAN-UN Joint Strategic Plan of Action on Disaster Management IV 2021-2025, ASEAN-UN Plan of Action on Climate Change and Environment, Framework Agreement of Cooperation between ASEAN and UNICEF and the UN Issued Based Coalition on Building Resilience.

Country-specific climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction assessments and guidance 

  1. Technical support to help UNICEF CO’s engagement in national and sub-national climate adaptation planning and disaster risk reduction planning processes;
  2. Organisation of webinars and on-line sessions to strengthen UNICEF COs’ capacity in climate and disaster resilient programming;
  3. Provide remote (and onsite as needed and as feasible) in-depth technical support and quality assurance to COs in undertaking child-centered multi-hazard climate and disaster risk and vulnerability assessments, climate impact assessments, climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction planning and financing.

Work Schedule & Deliverables: 

The below list of outputs is indicative and any changes to the outputs will be confirmed based on the discussions and agreement between the consultant and the contract supervisor.

Outputs

Tentative timeline

  1. Stock take, good practices and lessons learned report on child-centered climate and disaster risk assessments

Nov 2021

  1. Updated and improved child-centered climate and disaster risk and vulnerability assessment methodology and guidance

Dec 2021

  1. Guidance on sector-specific and cross-sectoral climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures

Feb 2022

  1. Progress report on climate and disaster resilient programming in EAPR, including donor reports as requested

Jan 2022

  1. EAPRO knowledge management activities on climate adaptation and DRR

Jan, May 2022

  1. Regional climate adaptation and DRR initiative funding proposal for target donors

Mar 2022

  1. Technical assistance for contributing to the ASEAN and UN inter-agency collaboration mechanisms on climate adaptation and DRR

Nov 2021, Jan 2022

  1. Technical assistance to the COs for climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction planning

Mar-Apr 2022

  1. COs capacity development webinars on climate adaptation and DRR

Feb-Mar 2022

  1. Country-specific in-depth technical assistance for child-centered climate and disaster risk assessments, climate and disaster-resilient planning and financing

Jan-May 2022

 

Duration of Contract:  1 November 2021 – 30 June 2022 (8 months, part-time – 10 working days/month)

Working Location:   

The consultancy will be home-based with remote working modality and will work under the overall supervision and guidance of the UNICEF EAPRO Regional Environment and Climate Change Advisor in close coordination with the Emergency Specialist (DRR). Any decisions on official travel will be made depending on the travel restrictions and budget availability.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree in environmental management, social science, data science or related field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of solid responsible professional experience in climate and disaster risk and vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation planning, disaster risk management, with at least 5 years at international level.
  • Experience in programming in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific preferable.
  • Solid knowledge of international and regional frameworks relative to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
  • Experience in knowledge management processes, including documentation of good practices, case studies and lessons learnt.
  • Demonstrable experience of training/capacity building and knowledge of participatory methods of learning, including through remote delivery.
  • Ability to produce presentations and visual products using MS office. Experience with MS Share Point.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written).
  • Knowledge of another UN language an asset.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Experience working with UNICEF or another UN agency an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to tight deadlines.
  • Good written and oral skills in English.

 

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 11 October 2021.

 Download File FORM P11.doc

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

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