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National Consultancy-Review and Amendment to Disaster Risk Reduction and Winter Preparedness Policies and Procedures, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulan Bator (Mongolia)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Ulan Bator (Mongolia)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Conflict prevention
    • Environment
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Security policy
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Procurement
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-10

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UNICEF Mongolia is in search of National Consultant to provide technical assistance to the government to amend the existing disaster risk reduction and winter preparedness related policies, procedures and plans to make them more child friendly.

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 fulfill 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, develop.

Mongolia is extremely vulnerable to climate change due to its geographic location, ecosystem, people’s lifestyle and economy. With projected climate change, the negative impacts for Mongolia may cause increase in the frequency and magnitude of climate related natural disasters, intensification of drought and aridity, increasing amount of snow in winter and rapid melting of permafrost and glaciers. Disasters adversely affect all aspects of children’s daily life and life chances covered by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. At the local level the disaster risk reduction(DRR) and winter preparedness plans(WPP) are prepared and developed according to the government guidelines and covers broad range of activities and cross sectoral issues. Unfortunately both plans have not paid much attention into children’s special needs and their household’s winter preparation. Winter preparedness is largely seen as support for the livestock to survive the winter. Whilst this is important as livestock is the main source of income of many families in the countryside, there is significant scope to also invest in winter preparedness for children, to ensure they will stay warm, well-fed, and continue to have access to climate-resilient services.

The Sendai Framework for DRR highlights the importance of considering multiple hazards while addressing the underlying drivers of risk and vulnerability. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include goals on combating climate change and its impacts and promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, and DRR is a key element of several goals.  Thus, UNICEF Mongolia Country Programme supports high-impact child-friendly, integrated interventions, including safe schools, water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) approaches that are community-driven and sustainable energy-efficient technologies. These interventions provide evidence for policy advocacy and validate scaling up by the government and are directed at national, sub-national and community levels. In particular, the ‘Community-based, Climate Resilient Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Interventions in Mongolia’ project with financial support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) focuses on development and implementation of community-based water safety plans (WSP); demonstrate climate resilient WASH facilities and sustainable energy options in schools, hospitals and households; and strengthen ability for Child-focused DRR Planning and Child-friendly Winter Preparedness Planning (WPP) with the climate resilient approach. Under this project, UNCIEF Mongolia is planning to review child focus of the existing policies, procedures, plans related to DRR and Winter preparedness further to develop recommendations to improve child focus/sensitivity of relevant policies/procedures, develop child friendly WPP for pilot and integrate these  with Climate Resilience(WASH) and  Child-focused DRR Planning.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of Assignment: The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical assistance to the government to amend the existing DRR and winter preparedness related policies, procedures and plans to make them more child firendly. S/he will be responsible for reviewing existing key national and local policy documents on DRR and winter preparedness to identify policy and procedure gaps in terms of child rights prospective,  conduct stakeholders’ analysis to identify specific roles and responsibilities of all relevant parties, develop policy amendments and standard operating procedure/guidance along with a sample child friendly DRR and winter preparedness plans for a pilot in one of GFAs.

The national consultant will be closely working with national institutions such as National Emergency Management Agency and other relevant line ministries and government agencies to oversee the work on integration of climate resilience into child friendly local policies/procedures and plans.

Scope of Work: To achieve the purpose of this consultancy, the consultant will be expected to perform the following:

  • Prepare an inception report including the desk review, approach to be applied, timeframe and detailed workplan
  • Review of existing national and local government DRR and WPP policy documents, procedure, government orders through child rights lens. 
  • Identify overall policy and procedure gaps in relation to children’s issues in DRR/WPP and amend relevant policies and procedures with child focus  
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of parties involved in the rolling out the policy and procedures
  • Develop recommendations and follow up actions for the government to integrate child rights prospective into plans and policies/procedures
  • Develop a sample child friendly DRR and Winter preparedness plans with a standard operating procedure (SOP)/guideline.
  • Coordinate with relevant agencies to integrate child focused climate resilience and DRR/WPPs. 
  • Finalize a report including results, amendments on policy, procedures and legal implication.

Deliverables Timeline:

Deliverables Timeline
  • Inception report, including desk review of existing national and local governments’ DRR and WPP policies, plans, approach and workplan
25 May 2021
  • Review of relevant policies/procedures to identify overall gaps through child lens
  • Mapping of roles and responsibilities of relevant parties/community members in implementation of DRR/WPP and revealing concrete steps to enhance their participation
  • Consultation meetings with relevant parties on discussion of the identified gaps and mapping results
  • Proposed amendments/revisions to the relevant legislations, policies and procedures especially on DRR and WPP in order to make them more child friendly
30 June 2021
  • Developed child friendly WPP/DRR plans along with SOP on how it should be operationalized and prepare for piloting in one of the GFAs
  • Final report which includes results, amendments on policies and  procedures and a sample child friendly WPP/DRR plan
01 August 2021

Contract duration (start and end date): 10th of May to 10th of September 2021.

Type of engagement: (Full time/Part time): deliverable based/part time

Project Management: 

The supervisor: Community Development Officer

Frequency of performance review: Bi-weekly performance progress review will be conducted by the supervisor. In addition, interim performance review will be undertaken by the supervisor. Monthly report to be provided at every stage of contract payment. The payment will be made in two installments.

Please click here for detailed Download File National Consultancy _review and amendment to DRR and Winter Preparedness.pdf

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

  • Advanced university degree in sustainable development, environment, climate change or related areas (e.g. Disaster Risk Reduction, resilience to climate change, WASH). 
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the related fields.
  • Demonstrated coordination and planning skills and experience in conducting analyses, experience in studies, and develop plan or recommend integration of climate change and child focus into DRR/WPP
  • Proven track record on successful delivery of high-quality reports and recommendations
  • Previous work with the UN and/or UNICEF will be considered an asset
  • Demonstrated analytical, negotiating, advocacy, reporting and writing skills.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills both in English and Mongolian
  • Good personal organization, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Expertise in child rights and/or environment-related issues desirable

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

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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.

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