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Consultant for Disaster Risk Reduction, Delhi

Location: New Delhi

 Official Travel: Travel to state offices will be required – estimated 35% to 40% of the time.

Additional travel - as required by program priorities. Estimated 3 trips a month to locations in India by air.  Stay outside duty station will be approx. 10 days in a month

 Duration: Full time for 10 months

 Closing Date: 20 February 2014

 I.         BACKGROUND:

 Within the operational environment of India marked by high climate and disaster risk vulnerability, civil strife and ethnic conflicts but also strong economic growth and increased capacity of the government to respond to the recurrent annual disasters, UNICEF Emergency Program undertook a strategic shift from emergency response towards more sustainable, preventative Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation action focused on resilience.

The program advocates for mainstream child centered DRR and Climate Change consideration in government policy, programs and implementation, while building institutional, civil society and community’s capacity on issues focusing on risk reduction, resilience and equitable access to services in disaster, climate and civil strife impacted areas (more than half of the territory of India).

 Key expected result areas of UNICEF DRR work for the 2013-2017 country program focus on:


-           Risk informed development planning;

-           Mainstreaming of DRR and CCA consideration in major child related flagship schemes focusing on Education, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation and Child Protection.

-           Improved Community resilience in fostering climate and disaster risk reduction grassroots level planning, improved capacity of stakeholders for localized action and participation of youth in local decision making process

-           Improved service delivery, protection and opportunities for development for children in civil strife affected areas

-           Improved capacity of government in humanitarian action: improved expertise in emergency preparedness and response, early and long term recovery action for Social Sectors.


Geographic Focus

UNICEF India has a country office based in Delhi and 13 state field offices.

At a national level, UNICEF is working closely with the central government to ensure children’s rights are reflected and resourced in policies and programmes.

In the disadvantaged states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, the emphasis will be on focusing resources in terms of programming, policy and advocacy.

In Assam, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, UNICEF will continue to support limited-scale programming balanced with advocacy and influencing policy to build on progress made in the social sector.

At a district level, UNICEF will continue to concentrate efforts on community empowerment, behavior change, and programmatic interventions, innovations and convergence.



UNICEF works in close cooperation with the National Disaster Management Authority at National level and State Disaster Management authorities at state level. The work is based on annual work plans developed in close coordination with our government counterparts and contributing toward the overall government priorities in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction. 


UNICEF works in close partnership with other United Nations agencies in the framework of the United Nations Disaster Management Team – one of the core groups under the resident’s Coordinator’s office and as per priorities outlined in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework. UNICEF also works closely with the World Bank, with bilateral partners such as the UK’s Department for International Development and the European Commission, the private sector, and international and national non-governmental and civil society organizations.




The purpose of the assignment is to provide support to the work of UNICEF DRR Section with particular focus on strengthening the Knowledge Management and the Program Monitoring and Evaluation capacity.   



Overall responsibility:

In coordination with the Chief DRR Section, Emergency Specialist (NOC) and section team will provide support to the section and state offices in following up and implementing the DRR RWP  activities. Provide technical support and programmatic guidance in the field of DRR CCA based on relevant research in the field.  Supports Delhi and state offices in Knowledge Management efforts – developing mi- year and annual report, documenting achievements and developing human interest stories. Ensure adequate monitoring and evaluation of implemented in States activities related to RWP implementation and/ or donor funded programs. Participates actively in fundraising efforts in developing proposals, concept notes and reports. Participates in and support various internal and external coordination and capacity building efforts as required.


Specific Tasks:


1. Knowledge management:

· Conduct research and studies relevant to disaster / hazard risk and climate change impact in India to inform the development of targeted strategies, policy advocacy and program focus aiming to reduce the risk and impact of disaster/climate change on children.

· Monitor, prepare and draft various reports focusing on potential humanitarian situations in the country, with clear focus on the possible impact on children and affected populations. Supports advocacy efforts with government targeted at strengthened Monitoring for Results in Humanitarian Action (MoRES)

· Assist in the development, establishment and maintaining on child centred disaster risk assessments systems through on-going monitoring of specific indicators.

· Conduct regular evaluation and compilation of good practices and innovations from UNICEF DRR/CCA initiatives in India for replication and scaling up.

· Support the preparation of mid-year, annual and thematic reports for the section, including monthly digest preparation

· Support documentation of good practices and compilation of human interest stories





2. Monitoring and Evaluation Programmatic support:

· Supports the implementation of the DRR RWPs (States and Delhi). In coordination with State offices, ensure regular monitoring of the progress in achieving indicators against the Rolling Work Plans (RWPs). Provides timely information to the Chief of Section on slow/ delayed implementation and/or deviation from initially set results.

· Conduct regular monitoring and evaluation of the DRR/CCA/Emergency program and projects in India. Prepare adequate M&E reports and recommendations for improvement and/or better targeting of projects/programs/initiatives.

· In coordination with state EFPs, conduct annually a post monsoon season evaluation of emergency relief efforts done by stakeholders, including interviews with affected populations and children and focus on equity

· Support donor projects related monitoring and evaluation efforts

· Liaise with C4D and A&C Sections for adequate support to minoring evaluation, human interest compilation stories. 




  1. Fundraising and program reporting

· Supports various fundraising efforts in preparing evidence based concept notes and project proposals.

· Supports donor related program reporting.




  1. Capacity building and Coordination

· Coordinates RedR roster deployments

· Support the UNDMT coordination efforts

· Supports and participates in the preparation and conducting of various internal and external capacity building efforts, including support for preparation of training curricula.

· Contribute to the good communication between Emergency Section Delhi and Emergency Officers and Focal points in states to ensure better coordination and timely information exchange.

· Participate in various coordination efforts and preparation of meeting minutes as required.








Knowledge Management

· One brief paper on Impact of DRR and Climate change on children in India. Report to include specific strategic action recommendations.

· Support the finalization of: Uttarkhand Emergency Documentation report, Civil Strife Study, CBDRR study, RedR conducted IMEP Studies on Adolescents, Knowledge on DRR/CCA and  DRR mainstreaming in state plans; Review  and flagship programs; Corporate Mapping Study 

· Support the finalization of UNICEF-SAARC partnership strategic document

· Compendium/ overview of humanitarian crisis in India in 2014 highlighting the impact on children and UNICEF engagements in humanitarian response. 

· Based on HQ guidelines on MoRES in Humanitarian Action and relevant research on existing government monitoring systems, develop guidelines for strengthening MoRES in Humanitarian Action for UNICEF and government counterparts.

· Produce one compendium of good practices and innovations from UNICEF DRR/CCA initiatives in India with recommendations for replication and scaling up.

· Preparation of monthly digests focusing on latest news and developments in the field of DRR and CCA and highlighting high level achievements in policy advocacy in states.

Monitoring and Evaluation

· One annual evaluation report on the implementation of DRR RWP in states reflecting achievements and results against plans and indicators.

· One annual report on the DRR Section work for 2014

· Four Quarterly Program Monitoring reports on state level implementation of RWPs (based on field visits and with inputs form EFPs) with specific recommendations for improvement and/or better targeting of projects/programs/initiatives.

· One post-monsoon season evaluation of emergency relief efforts done by stakeholders (including UNICEF) in emergency affected states.

· Number of supported donor projects related monitoring and evaluation efforts

Support to Fundraising efforts

· Prepare at least two concept notes for donor funding in DRR and CCA

· Support for the finalization of the final report on 2013 ECHO funded projects in Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh including review and editing of all knowledge management products foreseen in ECHO funded projects

· Support the preparation of Interim reports for ECHO funded projects in 2014.

Capacity building and Coordination

· In Coordination with Emergency Specialist prepare TORs for RedR deployments.

· Coordinate with RedR Program Manager all consultant deployments

· Monthly reports on RedR PCA deployments. Report to include: TORs, number of consultants deployed for the month, number of deployments finalized, evaluation of consultant deployments (to be acquired from Chief of Field Offices and Emergency Specialist). 

· Monthly update of the UNDMT RWP and budget.

· Number of trainings, workshops and events organized and supported.

· Number of coordination meetings attended and minutes prepared.





· University degree in Social Science, Development Studies, Anthropology or related with relevant technical expertise in disaster management, environment management or related technical field

· Fifteen (15) years professional work experience in project design and management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, including data collection and analysis of which at least five year practical field experience in emergency and disaster management, disaster risk reduction or environment management

· At least four (4) years' experience in managing complex programs and multidisciplinary teams required.

· Previous work experience with community-based projects will be considered a strong advantage.

· At least three (3) years' experience in conducting research and analysis.

· Ability to effectively interact and work with communities and local NGOs/CBOs.

· Strong analytical and conceptualization skills required

· Very strong text development and writing skills required.

· Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize and work within assigned timeframe and under tight deadlines required.

· Demonstrated strong drive for results required.

· Proven ability to plan and organize work independently and deliver results with minim supervisions.

· Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions.

· Good computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.

· Commitment to continuous learning for professional development.

· Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.

· Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.

· Excellent communication and team working skills

· Capable to adapt and respond positively to change 

· Excellent command of MS Office, PPT and other computer programs.

· Basic knowledge on graphic design programs considered  an asset

Core Competencies (Required)

· Applying Technical Expertise

· Planning and Organizing

· Communication

· Working with People

· Drive for Results

· Coping with pressure and setbacks

· Analytical and Conceptual Thinking

· Adapting and Responding to Change

· Learning and researching




(1)        Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.


(2)        Your application should be sent to by COB 20 February 2014 with subject line "Consultant for Disaster Risk Reduction, Delhi" in separate files consisting of:


a)         An application letter, CV and P11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at


b)         A financial proposal in PDF format indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached.(download)


 (3)       The financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically responsive, will be opened.


(4)        Only short-listed candidates will be called for test/interview (if applicable). Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.


(5)        Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.


(6)        Please note, UNICEF does not charge any fee during any stage of the process. 



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