Programme Development Specialist for Climate Change and Health in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia: climate resilient health services
|Application Deadline :||21-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||11d 19h 45m|
|Additional Category :||HIV, Health and Development|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :
|Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||estimated 11 January 2021 – 11 November 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Approximately 51 working days|
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 does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
|UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Addressing climate change is one the key global challenges and priorities for UNDP. Working in over 170 countries and territories, UNDP is uniquely placed to work with all sectors of society to help mobilize the institutions and resources required to support countries implement their climate action targets in the context of the Paris Agreement.
Climate change impacts human health and the health sector in various ways: rising temperatures lead to increased heat strokes and deaths related to cardiovascular or respiratory issues; extreme precipitation and flooding result in damages to health infrastructure and the aggravation of water-borne diseases; mudflows and landslides cause accidents and injuries. Climate change will bring major changes to the epidemiology of infectious diseases through changes in microbial and vector geographic range. Climate change, interacting with environmental change more broadly, has already made conditions more favourable for the emergence and spread of certain infectious diseases. Global warming, change in precipitation regime and increased frequency of extreme events such as droughts and floods directly affect availability of safe water. This exemplifies the complex interaction between different health impacts. The direct effects of climate change on health are compounded by indirect climate change impacts like loss of food supply – linked to droughts, floods and cold spells – which can create and exacerbate nutritional issues, subsequently increasing the vulnerability of populations to disease and mortality.
Countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) will experience a wide range of negative health impacts triggered by climate change, yet many of them lack the capacity and resources needed to prepare for and respond to this challenge. In 2020 the national public health systems in EECCA have been significantly affected by COVID-19. Support is required to make sure that COVID-19 recovery investments are climate informed and climate-proof.
UNDP seeks to engage a consultant as a Programme Development Specialist (hereinafter “Consultant”) on climate resilient health services in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) to support the region and COs based staff with delivering technical assistance to client Governments. The consultant will be expected to deliver high quality, cutting-edge technical advisory support to the development of a Concept Note and pre-feasibility study for the vertical fund regional programme/project focused on climate resilient health services in the EECCA region. He/she will coordinate, working via global and region-based technical advisors across UNDP’s GPN.
Scope and objective of the assignment:
The Consultant will lead the design and drafting of the concept note, pre-feasibility study and a project preparation grant request for the regional programme/project on climate and health, including coordinating inputs from country offices, regional technical advisors and relevant IRH and HQs technical teams (Climate and DRR Team, Nature, Climate and Energy Team, Health Team). In doing so the Consultant will assist with formulation, refinement and negotiation of indicators for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) regional programme/project, benchmarks, co-finance agreements and work plans. In the course of the project development he/she will also interact with UNDP and WHO technical specialists to coordinate their inputs to the proposal design. The Consultant will provide technical and advisory support to project teams, bureau units and UNDP Country Offices in the context of climate resilient health services, including on evaluating, capturing, codifying, and synthesizing of lessons learned and strategies to promote the uptake of best practices and knowledge, including the development of knowledge materials and guidance notes.
Due to the COVID pandemic travel restrictions, the tasks associated with this Terms of Reference are expected to be completed through a combination of (a) home-based preparatory work; (b) remote technical assistance to client countries and UNDP staff.
Duties and Responsibilities
|The Consultant will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the UNDP IRH Climate and DRR and Nature, Climate and Energy Teams and will closely coordinate with the UNDP Health Teams at IRH and HQs. The following elements will need to be covered in the regional programme/project concept note (CN) and pre-feasibility study (PFS):
The regional programme/project development needs to be informed with the updated GCF Programming Manual.
The development of the regional programme/project will be coordinated and aligned with the COVID-19 recovery planning and will be aimed, above all, at supporting the COVID-recovery efforts and building resilience to future pandemics through the contribution to the resilience of the health systems in EECCA.
The Consultant will:
The specific deliverables are:
In case of any travel is requested by UNDP for the delivery of this assignment, it will be reimbursed separately with the following conditions:
Required Skills and Experience
Documentation to be submitted:
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