National consultancy to support the development of the Climate, Environment, Energy & Disaster Risk Reduction (CEED) Strategy, 100 w/ds, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 

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For every child, 

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations. 

Tajikistan has historically been affected by climate shocks and stresses of distinct nature, intensity, and range. Flooding, drought, mudflows, landslides, and avalanches are some examples of climate related episodes that have a strong impact across multiple economic and social sectors – affecting almost all regions and the general population. Tajikistan is recognized as vulnerable to climate change impacts due to its particularly high dependence on climate-sensitive natural resources and the country’s low adaptive capacity. As a result, families face loss of livelihoods, children face disruption of education and limited access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene, health and nutrition, and child protection services. Moreover, environmental degradation and climate change exacerbate the occurrence and impact of natural hazards.

According to the National Children’s Climate Risk Index, Tajikistan has a risk level of 5.4, the highest in Central Asia. Tajikistan also has the highest risk score (7.6) for droughts in Europe and Central Asia region (ECAR). It is also highly exposed to a range of other climate hazards, including heatwaves, as well as environmental and man-made hazards such as conflict. According to the Climate Risk Index, 1.6 million children at high risk of climate, and the highest in ECAR (calculated as a combination of shocks and child vulnerability). According to estimates, economic losses from weather-related disasters vary from 0.4 to 1.3 percent of Tajikistan’s GDP per annum.

Over the last year, UNICEF Tajikistan has started the mainstreaming of Climate and Environment related issues across its programmatic interventions. A Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC) and the Children’s Climate Risk Index -Disaster Risk Model initiative (CCRI-DRM) are currently being undertaking in Tajikistan to help identify the country needs and priorities that can be included in the Government’s and UNICEF’s strategies and plans across sectors. These initiatives will also assist with prioritization and planning for risk mitigation and adaptation – as well as inform preparedness and investment priorities.

To continue moving with these efforts, UNICEF Tajikistan is looking for a Programme Specialist on CEED to provide technical and advisory support for the planning of new and implementation of the ongoing climate and environment related activities (including CLAC and CCRI).

How can you make a difference? 

The purpose of the assignment is to support and guide the TCO to develop the country CEED strategy based on analysis of past interventions, ongoing or planned programmes and to prioritize issues affecting children, adolescents, and women in Tajikistan, and in line with global and regional UNICEF Strategic Plan, and CEED priorities. The consultant will also support the coordination of CEED activities, including but not limited to organizing consultation fora with government and development partners, supporting data cleaning and analysis, and supporting the internal and external communications related to all CEED activities. The consultant is also expected to support and facilitate the development of the 2024 Climate Action Work Plan for TCO, including the identification of priorities as well as identifying linkages of the work plans with existing government frameworks (e.g. National Determined Contribution (NDC), National Adaptation Plan (NAP), National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, etc.)

DUTY STATION/DURATION:

Duration: 100 working days (31 December 2023 – 31 May 2024)

Duty station: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Supervisor: Emergency Specialist, UNICEF Tajikistan

The key specific tasks for this assignment are as follows:

  • Support the tasks on the sub-national data collection of the Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI), led by a
    different national consultant.
  • Support the task on the development of the Climate Landscape Analysis for Children, led by a service provider.
  • Provide technical review and inputs to key climate-related policy documents and exercises, including but not limited to the Environmental Performance Review, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the National Action Plan (NAP).
  • Organize and facilitate multi-sectoral, inter-ministerial and inter-agency consultation fora, as necessary.
  • Discuss and strategize TCO’s engagement on Climate, Energy, Environment and DRR (CEED), considering UNICEF’s comparative advantage, alignment between the CPD priorities and commitments, TCO capacity and opportunities to leverage.
  • Support and facilitate the development of the 2024 climate action work plan for TCO, including the identification of priorities as well as identifying linkages of the work plans with existing government frameworks (e.g. NDC, NAP).
  • Ensure multisectoral collaboration within and outside of TCO, to ensure UNICEF Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (SCAP) efforts and resources are synergized.
  • Organize monthly CEED time-bound task team within TCO.
  • Develop a concept note to outline TCO CEED strategy paper.
  • Support advocacy, communication, and resource mobilisation on SCAP as opportunities arise.
  • Improve the access and sharing of relevant knowledge products within TCO and externally to partners.
  • Support the identification Climate and Environment training needs for TCO, aligned with the CEED Strategy.
  • Coordinate the development of TCO evidence plan on CEED and to coordinate the evidence generating activities on CEED, including but not limited to climate financing and return on investment analyses.
  • Identify and share evidence-based good practices on SCAP-related programming.

The national consultant is expected to assess the TCO past, ongoing or planned interventions on CEED to mainstream the child-centered approaches to address climate-related vulnerabilities and risks in future programmes. The work activities and deliverables should be performed as per the schedule and estimated dates below. 

Tasks/Milestone: (in line with the scope elaborated in section-III)

Deliverables/Outputs:

Anticipated Timeline

% of payment (maximum up to 5 payments)

Organize and facilitate multi-sectoral, inter-ministerial and inter-agency consultation for a related to CEED, including but not limited to CCRI-DRM and CLAC.

– Organize TCO CEED TTT monthly meetings.

– Support the data collection and analyses related to CCRI-DRM.

– Support the development of CLAC

Progress report on event organization (including for CCRI-DRM consultation; CLAC consultation)

25 days

20%

Develop a concept note to outline TCO CEED strategy paper; provide technical inputs into the development of the TCO CEED Strategy 2024-2026

CEED concept note and outline of TCO CEED Strategy 2024-2026

25 days

50%

Support and facilitate the development of the 2024 climate action work plan for TCO

2024 CEED work plan

20 days

Provide technical review and inputs to key climate-related policy documents and exercises, including but not limited to the Environmental Performance Review, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the National Action Plan (NAP)

TCO inputs to CEED policy documents and exercises (including but not limited to the Environmental Performance Review, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the National Action Plan (NAP)) consolidated into a SharePoint folder.

10 days

10%

Support the identification Climate and Environment training needs for TCO, aligned with the CEED Strategy

TCO CEED capacity building plan

5 days

10%

Coordinate the development of TCO evidence plan on CEED and to coordinate the evidence generating activities

TCO CEED evidence plan

5 days

Support advocacy, communication, and resource mobilisation on SCAP as opportunities arise.

– Improve the access and sharing of relevant knowledge products within TCO and externally to partners.

Advocacy, communication and/or resource mobilisation materials developed.

10 days

10%

Total

100 days

100%

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

  • Education: University Degree in Social Sciences, Climate Change, Environmental Management, Public Policy, Development, or related degree areas of work;
  • Work experience: At least 5 years proven experience in similar work especially engagement in programme areas linked to Climate, Environment, Energy & Disaster Risk Reduction (CEED) or related fields;
  • Expertise: Proven technical expertise in data analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies;
  • Technical skills and knowledge: Proven technical skills in understanding CEED issues and in the policy development processes associated with environment and sustainable development issues;
  • Language: Excellent oral and written level of proficiency in Russian/Tajik and English

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

1. Cover letter/application/CV.
2. Technical proposal describing approach/methodology to achieve the tasks of The ToR, workplan with concrete timeframes;
3. At least 2 papers / concept notes previously developed by the candidate or when candidate provided substantial inputs to the documents.
4. Financial proposal in TJS indicting fee per day including Travel fees: DSA and transportation costs for 10 days. 

5. Applications without technical and financial proposals will not be considered. 

Applications must be received in the system by 11 December 2023 on UNICEF website.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

To view our competency framework, please visit  here

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

Advertised: 21 Nov 2023 West Asia Standard Time
Deadline: 11 Dec 2023 West Asia Standard Time

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