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Consultant

Eswatini

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Eswatini
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
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  • Closing Date: 2021-08-02

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

BACKGROUND & PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT

The Eswatini Vulnerability Assessment Committee, through the Disaster Management Department (DMD) with support from the SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis Programme (RVAA) is embarking on a chronic analysis thematic area study which will enhance a deeper and integrated understanding of the nature of chronic vulnerability in Eswatini. Since establishment in 2003, the Eswatini VAC has undertaken multi-sectoral livelihoods and vulnerability assessments that inform government policies and programmes, as well as feed into UN, donor and NGO planning for development and humanitarian needs. The primary objective of Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (VAA) in Eswatini has been creating a deepened understanding of livelihoods in the country. For close to two decades the Eswatini VAC has been in existence, regular livelihoods and vulnerability assessment reports have been produced. The Eswatini vulnerability assessment committee is composed of representatives from different sectors that include but are not limited to water and sanitation, health, agriculture, nutrition and disaster reduction.

In Eswatini, vulnerability is shaped by an admixture of problems, the main risks factors to vulnerability have been erratic rainfall due to prolonged drought spells and high prevalence of HIV, poverty, unemployment, food prices hike, as well as high cost of farming inputs which have trigger widespread suffering. Combined, these factors mean that many households and individuals live permanently on the edge of crisis. Numerous vulnerability assessments have since revealed the complexity of the crisis, as having both acute and chronic dimensions. Now there is a realisation that thousands of people in Eswatini are food insecure, even in good years. This shift in thinking is widespread, and there is agreement in that the issues can no longer be framed in terms of a classic emergency. This requires the emphasis of vulnerability investigation to shift from a focus on food availability to a broader understanding of risk and vulnerability, including the role of access and entitlements in food insecurity thus the importance of this chronic vulnerability analysis which will inform long term strategic policy development.

JOB PURPOSE

The purpose of the consultancy is to produce a report on the state of Chronic vulnerability in the country. This will serve as a guiding document to better inform Government and development partners on the chronic state of vulnerability in the country, so that appropriate responses are developed to mitigate and address the human consequences of emergencies. The country has invested in setting up early-warning and vulnerability systems, the existing chronic gaps need to be plugged if chronic vulnerability is not to lead to hidden crises. The analysis must be able to address the growing needs with respect to vulnerability assessment and analysis needs in the country given the increased shocks incidents. The analysis should also address upcoming and cross cutting issues with respect to household’s vulnerability in the country, linking with national and regional initiatives. This should ultimately lead to the development of evidence based response programmes on how the humanitarian system can more effectively address and respond to chronic vulnerability

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall guidance of the the WFP Head of Programme and direct supervision of the Disaster Manager (Disaster Management Department – DMD); and the RVAA Project Manager, the consultant will be required to conduct a chronic vulnerability analysis with the Eswatini VAC, building from works previously done. The analysis must address inter alia issues related to evidence generation taking into consideration of new methods and technologies in the space of early warning and disaster risk management. This will ultimately influence the final deliverable, both internal and external capacities that will affect the delivery of the results under the said plan, since this understanding will enable the VAC to leverage its strengths and this will be used for operational and decision-making. The consultancy is expected to draw from any best practices within this area locally and regionally.

Based on the above, the consultant will prepare and complete the chronic analysis report.  This will entail, among other things the following:

Drafting of Inception Report

  1. The development of an inception report that should outline methodology to undertake assignment, key work outputs, deliverables at each level and timelines.

Desk top review of available vulnerability assessment reports, trend analysis, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and disaster management documents

  1. To ensure that relevant literature is consulted that include Eswatini VAC trend analysis and annual vulnerability assessment reports, national development planning, disaster risk management and disaster/emergency management and national policy documents.
  2. Ensure the review of chronic vulnerability frameworks at regional and international level to serve a benchmark for best practice in chronic vulnerability analysis.

Consultation and drafting of report

  1. Undertake consultation meetings and workshops with the Eswatini VAC to elicit constructive views and take stock on thematic approaches to chronic vulnerability analysis.
  2. Undertake validation workshop with Eswatini VAC to amplify the process of coming up with final outputs of the report.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • A Master’s Degree in Development Studies/ sustainable development/ Climate Change Adaptation/ Environmental Science /Disaster Risk Management/ Risk Management/ GIS, Remote sensing and modeling.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Proficiency in Risk Mapping and Assessment/Design of Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis Frameworks/Plans and Programs/Climate Change Adaptation.
  • Stakeholder rngagement/group facilitation and ability to communicate effectively, complex and technical information to audiences at different levels.
  • Ability to produce quality outputs in a timely manner.
  • Negotiation, organization, coordination skills to influence achievement of results.
  • Exceptional presentation, reporting and facilitation skills to effect consensus building among stakeholders at various levels.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Duration: 14 days
  • This is a local position for Swazi nationals only. 
  • Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • WFP does not charge any fees from applicants at any stage of the recruitment process.
  • WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Deadline for applications, 2 August 2021

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