The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia-Pacific leads a consortium of UN agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society and NGOs to implement a regional project, funded by the European Union Directorate General for Humanitarian and Civil Protection (ECHO) to scale up Forecast-based Financing (FbF) or Early
Warning Early Action (EWEA) and shock responsive social protection (SRSP) in the ASEAN region to become new approaches in the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER). The project aims to consolidate the FbF/EWEA pilots and support the implementation of the ASEAN Guidelines on Disaster Responsive Social Protection to increase resilience and country Roadmaps to establish SRSP systems in ASEAN and select ASEAN Member States (AMSs) namely, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Viet Nam.
A Consortium Coordinator will be recruited by the organization to coordinate the consortium and the implementation of FAO activities under the project.
The Regional Consortium Coordinator will work under the overall supervision of the project Budget Holder – FAO Emergency Programme Officer and direct supervision of the project Lead Technical Officer – Senior Resilience Officer - at FAORAP, and in close collaboration with regional focal points of the partner agencies (WFP, UNICEF, German Red Cross) as well as partner agencies’ country offices and local NGO partners. S/he will carry out the tasks as specified in the Task and Responsibilities section.
The Consultant will coordinate the consortium of UN agencies and NGOs to ensure the project smooth implementation and achievement of expected results. She/he will also support the implementation of FAO’s activities under the project, both at the regional and country level.
Tasks and responsibilities\:
- Facilitate active participation of Consortium members in the project implementation to deliver on agreed results;
- Support the Project Management Group consisting of 01 senior representative of FAO, WFP, UNICEF, GRC at the regional level and the ASEAN Secretariat (DDMHA) to effectively coordinate and manage the project at all levels;
- Facilitate the development of annual and other periodic work plans, organize quarterly/annual coordination meetings to review of the project progress and facilitate pertinent discussions to ensure effective implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and reporting under the project.
- In close coordination with regional focal points of partner agencies, support country coordinating agency to ensure Consortium members’ active participation in the development and implementation of country level annual/periodic work plans, M&E and regular reviews of progress to ensure the project’s continued relevance to the national context as well as alignment with the project overall objective and expected results;
- Support Consortium partners in liaising with ASEAN and other partners for the organization of regional activities such as organizing meetings of the Technical Working Groups and ASEAN regional workshops and trainings;
- Coordinate the project progress review and reporting, mid-term internal review, ensuring timely submission of reports by Consortium members, lead the drafting of consolidated project progress reports and timely submission of quality reports;
- Organize the internal mid-term review of the project including but not limited to drafting the TOR for consensus by the Project Management Group, ASEAN Secretariat and the donor, organizing the review and preparation of report;
- Coordinate the project final external evaluation including but not limited to drafting the TOR, supporting FAO in identifying consultants/firms and organizing the evaluation in collaboration with countries and ASEAN;
- Lead the drafting and dissemination of policy briefs, position papers and other advocacy materials on the project and consortium’s work;
- Ensure the Consortium’s regular communications, updates and engagement with the Donor - ECHO Regional Office for Asia-Pacific - and other relevant partners;
- Represent the Consortium in relevant meetings and platforms when required, such as the ASEAN Committee for Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group on Prevention and Mitigation and others;
- Ensure the visibility of the consortium amongst humanitarian community, donors and government actors including but not limited to making presentations, engaging the media for coverage of project activities and success stories, updating project and regional thematic fact sheets and documenting the public featuring of the project and the Consortium in the media/social media;
Implementation of FAO activities
- Provide technical support in developing and implementing detailed work plan for FAO regional activities under the project;
- Coordinate with and support to FAO country offices in implementation of country level work plans, ensuring coherence of FAO technical approaches and alignment with the overall project objective and results as well as FAO country programme;
- Support M&E of FAO activities, progress reporting and FAO inputs to the internal mid-term and external final evaluation;
- Perform other duties as required
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- Advanced University Degree (for COF) or University degree (for PSA) in Economics, Sociology, Disaster Risk reduction or closely related field.
- 5 years of relevant experience in the design and implementation of development cooperation projects, preferably in the areas of social protection and/or disaster risk reduction and resilience building, and other similar functions to the tasks and responsibilities described above.
- Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other UN languages (for Consultants)
- For PSAs, working knowledge of only one UN language is required.
FAO Core Competencies\:
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Knowledge of FbF/EWEA and SRSP. Practical experience in one of these approaches is highly desirable. Knowledge of the humanitarian, development nexus or the Humanitarian, Development, and Peace Nexus is advantage
- Knowledge of the ASEAN region is required. Practical working experience with ASEAN and/or ASEAN member states is advantage; Understanding of international disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance including i.e. the Sendai Framework for DRR, the Agenda for Humanity and financial mechanisms;
- Ability to work and plan at strategic as well as operational levels involving divers implementing partners;
- Experience in coordination of multiple partners at different levels – regional, national and sub-national;
- Experience in project cycle management;
- Familiarity with the UN communications rules and procedures.