Consultancy: Research Consultant, Regional Emergency, UNICEF Bangkok Regional Office

Job Number: 506784 
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Thailand
Work Type : Consultancy

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

 

Nature of Consultancy:

The Pacific Island countries are most exposed to different natural hazards and facing adverse effects of climate change. The predicted rise in sea level, altered precipitation patterns, higher temperatures and acidification of the ocean will worsen the risk in future and may even make islands inhabitable for the next generation. These small island countries in Pacific tend to have small but growing population, limited resources, remoteness, high exposure to disasters, vulnerable to external shocks and fragile environments. Climate change, rapid urbanization, uneven patterns of development, and weak governance tend to result in peace and security challenges in some of the states in the Pacific.

Moreover disasters are increasing in these small island states which highlights the need for timely humanitarian assistance that takes account of development work for a resilient nation.  During emergencies, UNICEF is committed to fulfill its mandate and to take on a lead role in areas of expertise.  Pacific countries being prone to emergencies investment in preparedness/DRR as well as recovery/building back better continue to grow through collaborations with Governments and partners and UNICEF has been prioritizing  integrated approach in programming building resilience among children, women, communities and system. Climate and disaster risk in the Pacific have been high in the agenda and needs a longer term vision and adaptable strategy for programming and operational support in these fragile small island states. Hence this consultancy is sought and expected to conduct the desk study as well as field research to Pacific countries (Fiji and at least one small island states) and EAP Regional Office, Bangkok to ensure a depth of data and analysis as well as validation.

 

Purpose of Assignment:

The overall purpose of this assignment is to develop an analysis of the broader context of fragility dimension that considers capacity to adapt to social, economic and environmental shocks and disasters; include the breadth and description of regional/country offices and other UN partners’ strategies and approaches on innovation on the fragile environments; develop two/three country case studies from Pacific Island countries that are analytical on the program strategies considering changing climate context and fragile environments; using the conceptual framework for fragility that has been developed, enhance and detail the examples for each of the actions – that highlight specific strategies that demonstrate how programming (including preparedness, mitigation and adaptation) results can be enhanced in these situation and compare the findings with other region with similar context.

 

Work Assignment:

The Research consultant will focus on the following:

a) Design and production of research publications on UNICEF’s resilience approach in programming in the fragile environment of Pacific island countries. The research projects will involve the participation of CO staff, UNICEF partners, and possible engagement by other UNICEF regional offices. The consultant will likely visit Pacific island countries (Fiji and at least one small island states) two times with one combined trip to EAP Regional Office to ensure a depth of data and analysis as well as validation. Topics include UNICEF activities for children in small-island states. The research will aim to record UNICEF experiences in this unique work environment, serve as an advocacy tool with external partners as well as contribute to internal policy initiatives. In due time due consideration will be given to present and discuss the outcomes at an event with an aim to further define future action.

b) Submit a final report summarizing support provided during the contract duration and recommendations to the Regional Emergency Unit on next steps.

 

Deliverables:

a) Inception report with work plan and timeline

b) Draft research report

c) Final report

 

Work Schedule:  The consultancy is for duration of 18 September – 30 November 2017 (44 days)

 

Official Travel:  Home-based assignment with  possible travel to Pacific Island countries (Fiji and at least one small island states) with combined trip to Bangkok for one time as required.

 

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Advanced University Degree in Social sciences, or related field.
  • Minimum of 8 years of solid responsible professional experience in humanitarian action and emergency programs.  Experience in Knowledge Management will be an important asset.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written).
  • Knowledge of another UN language an asset.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to travel for 2 short missions in East Asia-Pacific region, if necessary.
  • Experience working with UN agency would be an asset.

 

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P11, full contact information of minimum 2 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 5 September 2017.

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