Emergency Consultant – Antigua & Barbuda Based

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 07 Apr 2018

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Background:

During the month of September 2017, between the 5th and 20th, the Caribbean region was impacted by two major sequential hurricane systems, Irma and Maria, both Category 5 resulting in multi-island impacts. Irma became a category 5 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday September 5, 2017 with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph. It impacted the CDEMA Participating States of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat the northern districts of Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands and the south-eastern islands of the Bahamas. A combination of strong winds, storm surge and intense rainfall, resulted in the loss of 40 lives and significant damage to homes, critical infrastructure and other sectors throughout the affected islands. Whilst hurricane Irma was affecting the northern CDEMA Participating States, Hurricane Jose a Category 3 cyclone posed a threat to the Northern Leeward Islands but fortunately did not result in any impacts. However the threat posed by Jose immediately following the impact of Irma, caused the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to evacuate the population of Barbuda. One hundred and forty-nine families have registered with the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross to be living back in Barbuda, with an estimated of around 80 children. Classes resumed in Barbuda February 6 at Sir McCheney George with 8 teachers. The need for continued psychosocial support has been identified by the Guidance, Counselling and Family Life Services at the Ministry of Education. In addition, Education Officers have reflected that a more effective and comprehensive response is needed from the education sector. They identified a series of gaps related to (1) the lack of an internal coordination mechanism for the emergency/humanitarian response; (2) the lack of training in roles and accountabilities during an emergency; (3) the lack of baseline data; (4) the diffusion of roles and responsibilities between Cabinet, NODS and MoE regarding the education sector; and (5) the lack of cross sectoral work of education with other sectors like protection. The results of the second perception survey conducted by Ground Truth, a NGO commissioned by DFID to provide feedback on community perceptions reveals that conditions of Barbudans displaced to Antigua have been deteriorating. 20% of Barbudans surveyed indicate that the lives of people affected have not improved since the hurricane. 62% of respondents indicate they have been unable to resume livelihood activities held prior to the event. Dissatisfaction has increased since the first round, particularly among people living in collective shelters. These perceptions among adults are very likely impacting the wellbeing of children. UNICEF has been supporting the humanitarian response in Antigua and Barbuda with ECD kits, school-in-a-box kits, recreational kit, and dignity kits. It also supported the implementation of the Return to Happiness programme that reached 281 Barbudan children. Still it is recognized that a more comprehensive approach needs to be implemented both to support the Barbudan community in reestablishing life back in the island, and in ensuring the MoE has the adequate set of tools for disaster risk management and humanitarian response for the 2018 hurricane season and beyond.

Purpose/Scope:

The consultant will provide direct “hands-on” support to the Ministry of Education in the implementation of the Safe School Programme, Child Friendly School, Early Childhood Development and Policy and Planning, programmes. The incumbent will: – Provide technical support and advice for the execution of the post-Irma and Maria education in emergency programme: planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting. Developing an indicator framework is part of this role. The programme covers early childhood education, primary and secondary education as well as life skills based education through sports. – Provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Education on inclusive and quality education as well as education in emergencies standards on preparedness and response.- Improve existing relations and develop relationships with the governments, UN agencies, INGO’s, NGO’s and community based organizations for the purpose of improving quality and disaster preparedness in the education sector through advocacy.- Improve continued roll-out of the operational plan for the Return to Happiness community-based psychosocial response through child protection, education, faith-based or any other relevant channels, and any other form of PSS. – Support strengthening of child protection system to rapidly respond to any surfacing issues. – The incumbent will serve

Key Expected Results:

At the end of 2018, the Ministry of Education have started the full implementation of the Safe School Programme, with its three components: Safe spaces, education programmes and disaster risk management plans at national and school level. At the end of 2018, all the UNICEF goals and targets for the country in the other three education components (Child Friendly School, Early Childhood Development and Policy and Planning) are fully implemented. At the end of 2018, the UNICEF Emergency Plan fully implemented in the Country.

Workplace of Consultancy/Location:

Antigua & Barbuda

Duration of Contract:

Eight (8)months, anticipated to run from 15 April 2018 – 15 December 2018

Work Assignment Overview:

Strategic planning – Comprehensive plan of all the UNICEF components for the country, specially the education ones.
Action plan
15 / 05 / 2018

Implementation report as per the action plan
Technical report as per the action plan
15 / 06 / 2018

Implementation report as per the action plan
Technical report as per the action plan
15 / 07 / 2018

Implementation report as per the action plan
Technical report as per the action plan
15 / 08 / 2018

Implementation report as per the action plan
Technical report as per the action plan
15 / 09 / 2018

Implementation report as per the action plan
Technical report as per the action plan
15 /10 / 2018

Implementation report as per the action plan
Technical report as per the action plan
15 / 11 /2018

Implementation report as per the action plan
Final report and 2019 road map and strategic plan
15 / 12 / 2018

Travel Requirements:

Some travels to (Eastern Caribbean Area (ECA) Countries and Territories is expected

Minimum Experience/Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Education and/or Social Sciences
  • At least 5 years in the education sector in emergencies and recovery projects.
  • Technical knowledge and experience in Education in Emergencies and/or Social Services, especially in preparedness and response.
  • Experience working with different partners and multiple partners. (Team work and leadership skills).
  • Experience in programme development and in developing implementation systems and processes at National, Regional or International levels.
  • Sound knowledge and application of human rights and results based programming.
  • Excellent writing skills in English.
  • Adequate computer skills including internet navigation, must own laptop, be readily accessible via email.
  • Experience working independently and from a distance.
  • Experience working with multiple partners.
  • The consultancy is not restricted to national or international candidates

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    Estimated Fees:

    The fees for this consultancy is estimatedat a P-3 Level.

    Payment Schedule:

    Consultants/Contractors will be paid upon completion of approved deliverables.

    Conditions of Service:

    Before commencing work, a consultant or individual contractor shall submit a statement of good health and take full responsibility for the accuracy of that statement, including confirmation that he or she has been informed of the inoculations required for the country or countries to which travel is authorized. Consultants and individual contractors shall assume all costs that may occur in relation to the statement of good health.

    Consultants and individual contractors are required to certify that they are covered by medical/health insurance.

    Recourse:

    UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines. Performance indicators against which the satisfactory conclusion of this contract will be assessed include: timeliness/quality of submission and responsiveness to UNICEF and counterpart feedback.

    Property Rights:

    UNICEF shall hold all property rights, such as copyright, patents and registered trademarks, on matter directly related to, or derived from, the work carried out through this contract with UNICEF.

    Trainings:

    Prior to the signature of the contract, consultants/individual contractors must submit certificates of completion of the following mandatory trainings as part of the hiring documentation:

  • The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) e-learning course is mandatory for all UN Funds and Programmes Personnel including volunteers and contractors. This self-paced course can take you about 90 minutes to complete and can be found at: https://agora.unicef.org/course/info.php?id=7380
  • When traveling on UNICEF business, the Basic Security in the Field (BSITF) and the Advanced Security in the Field (ASITF) trainings are mandatory. UNDSS trainings are available at: https://training.dss.un.org/
  • How To Apply:

    Prospective Consultants should apply throughUNCEF’s E-recruitment system by accessing the following link: http://jobs.unicef.org and typing the job number511885 in the search engine, no later than 6 April 2018. The submission packageshould include:

  • A cover letter
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=511885

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