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International Consultant to assess and document good practices on Disaster Risk Reduction for children’s resilience in Kazakhstan

Astana (Kazakhstan)

the UNICEF Office in Astana, Kazakhstan is looking for International Consultant to assess and document good practices on Disaster Risk Reduction for children’s resilience in Kazakhstan.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

The goal of the assignment is to assess effectiveness, relevance and sustainability of DRR programme in the best interest of children, especially of those living in disaster prone areas, in the Republic of Kazakhstan, and document good DRR practices in the country for further sharing among the regions and beyond the borders. Based on MORES determinant framework (enabling environment, supply, demand and quality) to assess the main components of DRR programme development, to identify the main barriers, bottlenecks and draw up recommendations to address them. Moreover, contribution of the DRR programme towards the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction for 2015-2030, Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools, Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to the national agenda (State Education Development Programme for 2011-2020, National Action Plan for development of the functional literacy of schoolchildren in 2012-2016, Action Plan on implementation of priorities in education and science for 2014-2016 and Inter-sectoral action plan on ensuring safety of schoolchildren for 2015-2016) will be assessed.



Type of employment: off-site, 7-10 visits to the UNICEF office in Astana, Kazakhstan. Several trips to subregions.


Assignment Tasks

The consultant will:

1. Conduct a desk review and analyze the available information on disaster risk reduction in Kazakhstan: data, documents, regulations, reports, meeting and conference’s minutes, reports and other relevant documents; UNICEF in Kazakhstan will provide the consultant with the following documents:

• Timothy Foster and Robert Lambert. UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action: entry points for integration into the legal framework and practices of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
• DRR in education: good practices and new approaches (UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS, 2013);
• Good practices and tools on DRR in education in Central Asia, UNISDR and UNICEF, 2009);
• Children and disasters: building resilience through education (UNICEF and UNISDR, 2011);
• Compendium of the DRR knowledge and learning resources. Central Asia and South Caucasus (UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS, 2013);
• Working together before disasters strike: an innovative practice on DRR in Kazakhstan (UNICEF, 2011);
• Innovative practices on DRR in education in the republic of Kazakhstan (UNICEF, 2013);
• National consultations with youth on DRR and Resilience (UNICEF, Youth Policy Lab  (“Demokratie & Dialog” NGO) 2015);
• Sendai Framework for DRR;
• World Initiative of School Safety Leaders Istanbul Road Map and Tehran Action Plan;
• Report on Disaster risk analysis with focus on children’s vulnerability in Eastern Kazakhstan, Zyryanovsk district;
• Materials (methodology, instruments, presentations) of the disaster risk analysis conducted in Kyzylorda and Mangistau regions;
• Video Disaster risk reduction in Kazakhstan produced by UNICEF;
• MORES framework;
• Materials of the National Child-centered conference (20 April 2017).


2. Visit Kazakhstan to meet and interview partners and stakeholders, pilot and resource schools (to be chosen from the schools based in Astana, Almaty, Eastern Kazakhstan, Mangistau, Kyzylorda regions), Ministry of education and science, Committee of Emergencies under the Ministry of Interior, National Education Academy, National Construction Institute, Consulting center “Zubr” (engaged in disaster risk analysis focused with focus on children’s vulnerabilities), international experts (on disaster risk analysis, school safety via online), children and youth etc. Other field visits may be required to selected regions of Kazakhstan to gather additional information. Present the preliminary findings to the stakeholders.


3. Based on the results of the mission develop a report assessing the situation and demonstrating good practices on DRR in Kazakhstan with follow-up recommendations and theory of change for the DRR programme development. Quality requirements for the report:

• The Report should give answers to all ToR requirements and should recommend solutions to the determined gaps and bottlenecks;
• The Report should be brief, concise and systemic as much as possible;
• The Report should be well-grounded i.e. it should contain sufficient facts and evidence (presented in the form of graphs, tables and diagrams);
• The report language should be appropriate without unknown terminology complicated the perception of the information;
• Conclusions and recommendations should be well-grounded and applicable to the National context;
• Interim reports and data obtained in the process of assessment should be discussed with the UNICEF supervisor;


4. The final report should have the following structure:

• Executive summary;
• Trends in changing situation in children in terms of their vulnerability to disasters in the last five years in Kazakhstan;
• Overview of the DRR programme development and best practices in the region;
• Description of the DRR development in Kazakhstan with focus on children;
• Description of the assessment goal, objectives, strategies and methodology;
• Description of the main findings in relation to the assessment objectives and structured in accordance with the determinant framework;
• Conclusions, recommendations, and lessons learned;
• Annexes (assessment tool, focus groups and interview results, etc.).


Areas for potential documentation as good practices are the following:

o Integrating disaster risk reduction in formal and non-formal education standards and curricula;
o Developing DRR learning and teaching materials (manuals, books) for schools and pre-schools;
o Developing and implementing effective School disaster management;
o Enhancement of the school safety assessment mechanism in Kazakhstan;
o Analyzing disaster risk and children vulnerabilities at the local level (Zyryanovsk district, Eastern Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda and Mangistau regions);
o Children’s and young people’s participation in DRR and resilience (school-based, national consultations with the young people, exchanging the experience on DRR with peers etc.).
o Development of the media products on DRR etc. 
o DRA as an emerging area and its linkages with the Core Commitments for Children in emergencies and others


Expected Deliverables

20.07.2017 - To develop a methodology and tools for assessment and documenting DRR practices

31.08.2017 - To conduct a desk review

30.09.2017 - To visit Kazakhstan and interview relevant stakeholders

31.10.2017 - To develop a report with outcomes, recommendations and theory of change for the next stage of the DRR programme in Kazakhstan


Qualifications of Successful Candidate


University degree in social sciences, disaster management, emergency preparedness (advanced degree would be an advantage). Specialized training in disaster risk reduction highly desirable.



o Significant work experience in conducting independent documenting/evaluation of development programmes, especially in the areas of disaster risk reduction and resilience.
o Current knowledge of global developments and trends, technology and institutional environments in disaster management, especially related to education.
o Current knowledge of the CEE/CIS regions, particularly the situation in the Central Asia and Kazakhstan: recent development in disaster management and civil protection system.
o At least 5 years progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in disaster management, including risk mitigation.
o Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan and manage activities within the framework of organizational and government programmes.
o Good knowledge of UNISDR system and Sendai Framework for Action for DRR for 2016-2030.
o Sensitivity to cultural and gender diversity and equity in daily work and personal behavior.
o Knowledge of range of computer applications.
o Experience in cooperation with international organizations is an advantage.
o Good analytical, communication and writing skills.
o Excellent report writing skills as well as communication, interviewing and presentation skills.



Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required. Knowledge of Kazakh and Russian is an asset.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Astana (Kazakhstan)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Library Science
    • Library Science
    • Security policy
    • Social Affairs
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Environment
    • Conflict prevention
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-12

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