Early Recovery is a key component of humanitarian crisis response. Early Recovery addresses recovery needs during the humanitarian phase, using humanitarian mechanisms in accordance with development principles. It is an integrated, inclusive, and coordinated approach to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. Emergency relief addresses peoples’ survival and basic well-being. Early Recovery restores people’s capacities and supports communities’ first steps to recover from the crisis. The Global cluster on Early Recovery (GCER) formerly known as CWGER advocates for humanitarian actors to integrate approaches into their humanitarian work, where possible, that will mitigate the impact of a future crisis on a community. Lastly, the Early Recovery approach presents important opportunities to promote gender equality. Failure to include gender perspectives in early decision-making processes can have long-lasting impacts on women, men, boys, and girls particularly in the context of governance structures, policies and practices, which can reinforce existing socio-economic disparities between men and women.
In 2005, in the context of the Humanitarian Reform that adopted the humanitarian cluster system, UNDP was given the lead for early recovery. The IASC Global Cluster on Early Recovery (GCER) consists of representatives from global clusters, OCHA, and non-IASC organisations from both humanitarian and development communities. An inter-agency Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) chaired by UNDP is charged with providing direction, developing and adjusting as necessary the strategic framework, priorities and workplan for the GCER on the basis of in-country needs and priorities, and global trends. In November 2013, the IASC Principals endorsed the recommendations identified by the GCER to strengthen early recovery as an integral part of humanitarian response at global and country levels.
UNDP takes a stronger leadership role in bringing humanitarian and development work to collaborate more harmoniously around emerging issues (solutions for IDP’s; resilience) and within the humanitarian programme cycle, through the integration of Early Recovery as one of the seven outcomes of UNDP’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 (Outcome 6: Early recovery and rapid return to sustainable development pathways are achieved in post-conflict and post-disaster settings).
The Crisis Response Unit (CRU) has corporate responsibility to represent UNDP on humanitarian and crisis response issues, which entails coordinating and facilitating UNDP’s crisis response with a whole-of-UNDP approach.
The Crisis Interface Team (CIT) is part of the UNDP Crisis Response Unit. Its specific objectives are as follows:
During the 3 past years, GCER conducted a series of ERA and CCfER trainings. The trainings were designed as a face-to-face training. GCER trained around 200 experts as an Early Recovery Advisor or/and a Cluster Coordination for Early Recovery.
However, UNDP and GCER also continue to deploy non-trained relevant experts at the request of country offices. These experts request capacity building material, to consolidate their own knowledge during their assignment.
Therefore, based on the training material, GCER would like to develop a series of e-learning modules and activities supporting the consolidation of the knowledge delivered and acquired through the ERA and CCfER face-to-face trainings.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Team Leader, Crisis Interface, UNDP Crisis Response Unit in Geneva.
The consultant will:
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree, preferably in ICTs/media technologies and/or communication.
Fluency in written and spoken English, French is required for this post.
Summary of Critical Competencies for Immediate Response Situations:
Integrity, results orientated, teamwork, good inter-personal skills, well developed communication skills, sound judgment, analytical skills, flexibility, Proactive engagement, innovation, risk management, gender and culturally sensitive, ability to work under pressure and demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability.
Evaluation of Applicants:
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical criteria – 70% of total evaluation (divided in three sub-criterias: Education and Knowledge, Experience and Languages)
Financial Criteria – 30 % of total evaluation
The application should contain:
*Please also note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period). All envisaged costs must be included in the financial proposal.
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply. Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP’s Individual Consultant’s General Terms and conditions are provided here: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf