Job Title: Senior PDNA Consultant
Duration of the contract: January 18, 2021 to June 30, 2021
Days: 70 Days
Location: Virtual, no preferred location
Language: English (Dutch and Papamiento are preferred, but not required)
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, on March 14, 2020, Bonaire closed its ports to international travel and cruise ships. While some neighboring islands were already grappling with positive cases at the time, the preventive measures ostensibly delayed the arrival of COVID-19 to Bonaire until April 16, 2020. Despite the additional preparation time, as with many Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), the island has limited resources for responding to national disasters, including health emergencies.
The control measures to mitigate the propagation of the pandemic and the simultaneous downturn in the global economy have caused significant spillover effects on the economy and social conditions in Bonaire. As a “Blue destination,’ Bonaire’s economic concentration on the tourism industry makes it particularly susceptible to disruptions in tourism flows induced by the pandemic. Bonaire’s ability to recover and build socio-economic resilience necessitates an understanding of the transmission channels of the COVID-19 shock, as well as an assessment of compounding risk scenarios and impacts going forward. Simulations of risk scenarios, including natural hazards and extensions of the COVID-19 crisis over time can serve as valuable input for informed recovery measures.
The World Bank’s DRFTA Program in the Caribbean presents recommendations for cost-effective, disaster risk financing strategies throughout the Caribbean, including Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The Program aims to build institutional capacity on catastrophe risk financing as well as identify catastrophe risk financing of affordable and effective options in countries based on a concrete understanding of the exposure of the national Government to disaster losses, derived from disaster risk financing tools currently in use and available to the country. The DRFTA team will work closely with Bonaire’s government to assess the overall impact and needs of the social and productive sectors that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic shock, as well as to calibrate a macroeconomic model to quantify the resulting impact. It does this through a country-led Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) in coordination with other international organizations which will simultaneously feed the needed country data for the assessment.
The main objective of this assignment is to assess the overall impact of the COVID-19 shock on economic and social outcomes on Bonaire. Other primary objectives are to i)provide an analytical tool to assess compounding risk scenarios and simulate impacts, and ii) to provide the Executive Council of Bonaire with
the necessary information and tools to inform a recovery strategy for mobilizing institutional financial and technical resources.
The goals associated with this objective are:
- Establish the pre-COVID-19 shock context and baseline
- Assess the shock’s direct effects
- Assess the shock’s indirect impacts
- Define compounding shock scenarios
- Identify and estimate the sector-specific recovery needs
- Recommend tools or actions to inform a recovery strategy
- Provide local policymakers with a macroeconomic simulation model
The PDNA will adhere to the following guiding principles: **
- Build on the Government of Bonaire’s program: (https://konsehoinsular.com/Bestuursprogramma_OLB).
- Focus on the poorest and most vulnerable with an aim to better their livelihood opportunities, basic service delivery, and social protection.
- Proposes need-based resource allocation in a transparent process.
- Cover most affected communities, with a special focus on the poorest.
- Prioritize recovery needs.
- Propose a solid recovery strategy striking the right balance between timeliness, comprehensiveness, cost-effectiveness, and comparative relevance of needs.
- Engage development partners, the private sector, and the organized community, to the extent possible, to promote collaboration.
In addition to the above, the PDNA will:
- Be designed to be simple and helpful to both the Government and the affected population.
- Build on the Government’s work and assessments currently being undertaken.
- To the extent possible, assess differentiated impacts on men, women, and most-vulnerable groups and address accordingly in the recovery strategy.
- Be largely an exercise in collecting and collating existing work in order to consolidate and identify the needs.
- Provide credible estimates and figures.
The assessment will draw on the PDNA methodology jointly developed by the European Union, the World Bank, and the UN System. The approach includes an analysis of pre-disaster baseline data to compare with post-disaster conditions to assess the disaster effects and impacts to determine the overall recovery strategy. It combines quantitative data with qualitative information to analyze and to assess the social and economic impact of the disaster from the community level to the national level. The WB and UN System, along with the Government of Ecuador, have already adapted this process to COVID-19 scenarios, and this report can be used as an example.
The assessment will build on a sector by sector effects and impacts assessments undertaken in the specific sectors defined by the Government and in accordance with the coordination structure, with support from partners.
Scope of Work, Tasks, and Deliverables for the Sr. PDNA Consultant
Scope: The Sr. PDNA Consultant, “The Consultant,” is expected to lead and manage the collection and analysis of territory-specific data and information to prepare a PDNA for Bonaire. As part of the DRFTA team, the Consultant will work alongside a local consultant and closely with local government institutions and international stakeholders in Bonaire. The Consultant will also work under the overall direction of the WB staff advisory team.
Objective: The objective of this consultancy is to work in close liaison with local partners to collect data,
coordinate thematic working groups during the PDNA assignment, and lead the drafting and preparation
of a COVID-19 PDNA report.
Specific activities include:
- Establish timeline: Based on the drafted work plan the consultant will have the flexibility to adjust the work plan and construct a timeline corresponding to a final delivery date on Monday the 17th of April.
- Desk review: In the context of the sector and thematic groups created a collection of secondary quantitative data on damage and loss and pre-disaster baseline information.
- Data collection: Sample collection of data, and validation of data from affected areas, including surveys and other data collection methods through interviews. Coordination with national and local authorities.
- Data analysis: At the sector level, consolidation, processing, and analysis of the collected data on damage and loss. Consultations with local stakeholders to agree on priority needs and recovery strategies.
- Final report: Aggregating the sector and thematic work into a draft PDNA report.
- Decision review: Contribute to an internal review process of the PDNA.
Expected output: A PDNA report for Bonaire
• Master’s degree in international development, business/public administration, or related degree and 10+ years of relevant experience in DRM
• Work experience conducting a PDNA
• Work experience in developing countries, preferably in the Caribbean region
• Work experience with international organizations and prior experience in community engagement are advantages
• Experience in conducting research independently
• Experience working and liaising with Caribbean OCT governments, preferably
• Full professional proficiency (speaking, reading, and writing) in English
• Proficiency in Dutch and Papiamento is preferred, but not required
• Demonstrated strong technical writing, effective communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability
to deliver effective presentations to audiences in a variety of cultural and institutional settings
Management and Coordination of the post-disaster assessment**
The assessment process will be led by the focal points appointed by the Government of Bonaire, and conducted by a technical team comprising local experts, WB technical team members, and supported by
international partners that are yet to be approached.
The main sectors to be analyzed are summarized in the table below: [Please refer to the following link to see the table: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FCRg8Yw6TmVpC5BzOlko6YUNoh6FsHg4/view?u…
- The consultant will work in collaboration with the World Bank Task Team for this assignment as well as the Government of Bonaire. Due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, all tasks are expected to be performed remotely.
- The consultant will be expected to report regularly to the TTL and the Task Team on their progress and flag any obstacles which may hinder the completion of tasks as soon as they come up.
- The client’s Task Team Leader (TTL) for this assignment is Ms. Mary Boyer (Disaster Risk Management Specialist, GPURL). Payments will be authorized, based on the successful completion of expected deliverables, by the TTL.
How to apply
If interested, please send your CV and Letter of Interest to:
Mr. Rendell de Kort – email@example.com
Cc: Ms. Mary Boyer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Ivelisse Justiniano – email@example.com
Deadline: January 7, 2021