This consultancy is envisioned within the framework to support the joint efforts to strengthen emergency preparedness and response capacity and coordination between the UNICEF, IFRC and National Societies and Government, in Uzbekistan.
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In Uzbekistan, and neighboring countries in Central Asia, a concern lies around earthquake risk. According to the Index for Risk Management (INFORM) assessment, Uzbekistan is the second highest earthquake prone country in the world, after Iran. An estimated 80.4% of Uzbekistan’s population lives in areas of high to very high seismic risk. Major urban areas in the region are particularly vulnerable due to high population density and continuing concerns over the seismic safety of buildings and infrastructure.
It is against this background that UNICEF and IFRC initiated a regional, multi-country project to strengthen local and national capacities for earthquake-informed emergency preparedness and risk reduction actions in the high earthquake risk Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Uzbekistan’s earthquake risk profile underlines the urgency of ensuring that UNICEF, IFRC, and the Red Crescent National Society in Uzbekistan collaborate in a prioritized, coordinated and complementary manner before and at the onset of new emergencies. This recognizes the comparative advantages of Red Crescent National Society as first responder capable of operating at local levels, the IFRC with its mandate of building capacities of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, its global emergency response mechanisms and expertise, and UNICEF as an operational UN agency with its global mandate for children and core commitments for children in humanitarian action.
This consultancy is envisioned within the framework to support the joint efforts to strengthen emergency preparedness and response capacity and coordination between the UNICEF, IFRC and National Societies and Government, in Uzbekistan. The focus is to better assure predictable, early-action capacities for vulnerable and affected populations by enabling more comprehensive, inclusive national disaster response capabilities informed by global principles for humanitarian response, including IFRC policies and UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action. The individual contractor will oversee the implementation of the joint project between UNICEF and National Red Crescent Society (including IFRC), and support Emergency Risk Focal point with programmatic inputs for Emergency Preparedness Platform; and enable and expedite the signing of a Programme Cooperation Agreement with the National Red Crescent Society of Uzbekistan.
Scope of work:
The consultant is expected to support the UNICEF office in Uzbekistan to strengthen coordination between UNICEF and National Red Crescent Society and the government in Uzbekistan and capacities for joint emergency preparedness and response to a major emergency. Specifically, the individual contractor will develop a draft version of Standard Operating Procedure for rapid release of supplies and Post-Distribution Monitoring tool that will be used by UNICEF Uzbekistan and National Red Crescent Society in monitoring of supplies distributed to the affected population.
Description of the Assignment and Tasks:
1. Develop draft versions of the SOP for rapid release of supplies and Post Distribution Monitoring tool in consultation with UNICEF and NRCSU;
2. Map out and analyse response capacities of the two agencies capacities (to the extent possible) to identify the gaps and joint actions to strengthen common coordination, response operational capacities, preparedness plans. Provide recommendations and an action plan to strengthen coordination and response operational capacities, preparedness plans;
3. Develop the risk informed Humanitarian programme document (as part of the Contingency PCA with the National Society) for joint rapid response. The SOPs for activation, supplies distribution and monitoring & reporting will be developed and tested jointly by UNICEF and RCSU.
4. Coordinate the collection of programmatic information for the Emergency Preparedness Platform and support the CO Emergency Focal Point with timely update and review of the EPP.
Tasks - Deliverables - Estimated timeframe
1. Develop draft versions of the SOP for rapid release of supplies and Post Distribution Monitoring tool in consultation with UNICEF and NRCSU - Draft SOP for rapid release of supplies and Post Distribution Monitoring tool - June 2021
2. Map out and analyze response capacities of UNICEF Country Office and National Red Crescent Society of Uzbekistan capacities (to the extent possible) to identify the gaps and joint actions to strengthen common coordination, response operational capacities, preparedness plans. Provide recommendations and an action plan to strengthen coordination and response operational capacities, preparedness plans - Brief report on the results of mapping exercise for identification of capacity strengthening areas for two entities - June-July 2021
3. Provide support to National Red Crescent Society of Uzbekistan in developing the risk informed Humanitarian programme document (as part of the Contingency PCA with the National Society) for joint rapid response. The SOPs for activation, supplies distribution and monitoring & reporting will be developed and tested by UNICEF and RCSU - A report on the actions taken to support in preparation of Humanitarian Programme Document - June-July 2021
4. Coordinate collection of programmatic information for Emergency Preparedness Platform and support CO Emergency Focal Point with timely update and review of the EPP - Monthly report on the activities completed - Monthly
5. Facilitate a simulation exercise for testing of developed SOP for rapid release of supplies and Post Monitoring Distribution tool - A documented report on the simulation exercise and its results - August 2021
6. Support CO with handover of emergency supplies to National Red Crescent Society - A report on the activities carried out and handover certificate signed by both agencies - September 2021
7. Prepare a final report on the implementation of the joint project with the National Red Crescent Society of Uzbekistan - A draft final report is prepared - November 2021
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
a) Knowledge and experience in the field of the disaster preparedness and response;
b) Experience in DRR, preparedness capacity analysis, research and evaluations;
c) Familiarity with the country context;
d) Familiarity with Sendai Framework on DRR, UN humanitarian coordination mechanisms and IASC preparedness approach
e) Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute complex processes in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders
f) Minimum 3 years of experience in the field of research, assessment, disaster risk management, with demonstrated examples of previous research, assessment works;
g) Experience in the work of international development and/or humanitarian organizations;
h) Fluency in Russian and good command of English is a prerequisite for this consultancy. Knowledge of Uzbek would be a strong asset.
The consultant will be working under the supervision of the UNICEF Deputy Representative, Programme and in close consultation with the Emergency focal point.
According to UNICEF policy, the final fees will be set up based on the “best value for money” principle. Total project is expected to be allocated for the period of 6 months. Payment will be made upon satisfactory completion of the assignment on monthly bases and provision of monthly reports of accomplished tasks and deliverables approved by the supervisor.
The candidates are requested to submit their financial offer consisting of fee for the services to be provided. The Individual Contractor will receive direct payment to his/her indicated bank account in Uzbek Sums based on the UN currency exchange rate.
UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if deliverable(s) incomplete, not finalized or for failure to meet deadlines. UNICEF will reserve copyright of all developed materials and own primary data collected through this assignment. The materials cannot be published or disseminated without prior written permission of UNICEF. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. The contractor must respect the confidentiality of the information handled during the assignment. Documents and information provided must be used only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.
UNICEF undertakes no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract.
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