Thursday, December 5, 2013

Project Coordinator (Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction)

Starting date: 2 January 2014 Application Deadline: 10 December 2013 Duration of initial contract: 5 months Expected duration of the assignment: 5 months Project name: Initiation Plan for UNV’s Global Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity, as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity. UNV Strategic Framework (SF) 2014-2017 articulates the scope and dimensions of UNV’s strategic direction, results and associated resource requirements over a four-year period.
Based on the global context outlined in the SF and UNV’s expanded mandate, track record and expertise, UNV will intentionally direct its efforts and programme resources into five priority areas where volunteerism has a transformational and cumulative impact on the lives of people: (i) Basic Social Services; (ii) community resilience for environment and disaster risk reduction; (iii) peace-building and peace-keeping; (iv) youth; and (v) national capacity development through volunteer schemes.
An Initiation Plan aims to develop UNV’s global Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme, which will be implemented in a number of countries and regions that will be identified during the SF period. The scope of the global programme aims to allow the organisation to deliver its results in Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, in accordance with the individual requirements of programme countries and partner organisations, by establishing a results and resources framework to guide country-specific initiatives as well as a mechanism to fund national/regional proposals in support of national/regional efforts and UN engagement in Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction.
Beyond mobilising the necessary expertise to develop the global programme document, the Initiation Plan will support activities identified as necessary to prepare the implementation of the programme, such as (i) a desk review of UNV’s previous and current work in Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, and of policies of key agencies and organisations in this sector, (ii) consolidation of partnerships with relevant UN entities, governments and CSOs, including identification of key partners and priority countries/regions of engagement; (ii) finalisation the programme document, including the preparation of programme management materials and tools. The expected deliverables of this service are: (1) an approved Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction programme document by 30 April 2014 (2) a set of programme management tools (including a programme guidance note, concept note template, reporting template, and knowledge management tools) by 31 May 2014
These deliverables will be completed through the following groups of activities:
Activity Group 1: Desk review, partner mapping, and policy research Desk review of: UNV’s previous and current work in Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, including all previous evaluations; UNDP’s draft global and regional programmes, and those of other key agencies in this sector; and policy research in this sector. The desk review of UNV’s previous and current work in Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction will capture UNV’s achievements, performance, and challenges, and use these lessons learned to inform the direction of the new programme.
Activity Group 2: Consolidate partnerships with relevant UN agencies, governments and CSOs The programme developed will encompass joint project ideas with a multitude of partners. Consolidating relations with current partners and reaching out to new partners is a key objective of this IP. This process will be led by the Project Coordinator, supported by four international UN Volunteers in the field, and a Senior Consultant. In collaboration with the Project Coordinators of the other UNV Initiation Plans, the IP team may convene a consultative/validation workshop of the key partners in this global programme. The Senior Consultant will facilitate the high-level stakeholder meetings and focus groups. During the IP period, the project team will monitor national, regional and global events that could mark key programming entry points for UNV and volunteerism. Activity Group 3: Finalise programme document and project management tools Building on the desk review in activity group 1 and encompassing most of the current UNV-supported projects in this priority area, a concrete, umbrella programme will be designed in tandem with partner agencies from both global and regional perspectives. The Project Coordinator will oversee the writing of the project document, with the Senior Consultant ensuring quality control of the final document. As a global umbrella programme, it will require a set of project management tools, including a programme guidance note on how to access funds, a concept note template, reporting template, and knowledge management tools. In collaboration with Project Coordinators of the other Initiation Plans, the Project Coordinator will develop common tools for UNV’s global programmes. This consultant will fill the role of Project Coordinator in the Initiation Plan (IP) for UNV’s Support to Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Global Programme. S/he will be responsible for the delivery of the IP output and coordinating the work of the other IP team members. As per the project organisation structure, below, s/he will report directly to the executive of the Project Board, and based at UNV HQ in Bonn. Four international UN Volunteers with specialization in at least one result area of this priority area, will be deployed in four different locations where the programme will likely focus its programming resources, and will support the Project Coordinator and Senior Consultant develop the programme. Their role will be to support potential programme partners and build on potential programming networks and opportunities to feed into the programme design. For critical inputs and advice during the IP, a Senior Consultant will be deployed. This consultant will be a highly experienced specialist in the sector, with extensive experience in situational analysis and programme design. At critical points, s/he will facilitate focus groups, facilitate a stakeholders’ consultation, consolidate the documentary review and analysis, and provide the quality control of the final programme document.
Also to support the Project Coordinator, a Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Advisory Team will be established. This Team, with voluntary membership, will include representatives from different sections of UNV HQ and field-based personnel as well as UN Volunteers. The role of the Advisory Team is to provide input and feedback to the Project Coordinator and the four UN Volunteers on the programme and policy research (activity group 1), potential partnerships (activity group 2) and the programme design (activity group 3). Qualifications. Education: • Master’s degree in a field related to international development Experience: • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in community resilience for environment and DRR, preferably with a mix of HQ and the field level • Familiarity with the UN programming and results-based management tools and policies Language requirement: • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English, with working knowledge of French or Spanish desirable
How to apply:
Applicants have to provide a technical and financial proposal.
The technical proposal shall describe the methodology and the approach how to fulfill the required deliverables as well as outline the major components of its implementation. The financial proposal shall consist of all-inclusive lump sum for the whole duration of the contract period, which shall include the consultancy fee, costs of living, costs for insurance, and cost of travel to and from the duty station. The financial proposal shall contain a breakdown of these costs and indicate the number of off-days the consultant wants to take during the contract period (if any). The lump sum/contract price is fixed regardless of subsequent changes in the cost components.
Criteria for Selection of the Best offer:
The selection of the best offer will be based on the combined scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted – 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30%.
Key selection criteria are: • Relevant work experience in community resilience for environment and DRR, preferably with a mix of HQ and the field level (30%) • Familiarity with the UN programming and results-based management tools and policies (20%) • Writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English, with working knowledge of French or Spanish desirable (20%) • Price offer (30%) Interested candidates are advised to carefully review this ToR and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described above and submit applications to procurement@unv.org
Applications should contain: A brief cover letter, a short summary of relevant qualifications a technical proposal and a sample of applicants written work in English. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application. A current completed and signed P11 form/ UN Personal History Form in English. Blank form can be downloaded from www.sas.undp.org/documents/p11_personal_history_form.doc
Please also include your CV. Contact details for 3 references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you provide all requested materials. All documents should be scanned and attached in one pdf format document.
Financial proposal should be sent in a separate e-mail and addressed to : procurement@unv.org clearly marking the job title in the subject line.
Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

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