Sendai Framework Stocktaking Consultant
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The report will provide an important input to the Global Platform 2022 and a basis for informed discussions about progress made. Through the consultancy, SEM Stakeholder Groups will be led through a thought exercise and analysis of Sendai Framework implementation and associated challenges, gaps, and recommendations for acceleration. The analysis will also provide an important input to the Sendai Framework Mid-Term Review, providing information on key areas that will need further analysis, possibly as part of the Sendai Framework Mid-Term Review.
Six months, from 1 September to 28 February 2022
Duties and Responsibilities
Background The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is recognized by the United Nations General Assembly as the forum to assess and discuss progress on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and to advance concerted implementation of disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Moreover, it is highlighted in the Sendai Framework (A/RES/69/283) as a critical mechanism to monitor progress in its implementation at global and regional levels. The next and seventh session of the Global Platform (GP2022) is scheduled to take place from 23 to 28 May 2022, in Bali, Indonesia, hosted by the Government of Indonesia and organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). The theme of GP2022, From Risk to Resilience: Towards Sustainable Development for All in a COVID-19 Transformed World, will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the traditional understanding of risk and disaster risk governance. GP2022 will be an important opportunity to not only take stock of progress and challenges, but also to identify good practice to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework at local, national, regional and global level. Furthermore, designating the half-way of our journey to reach the Sendai Framework targets in 2030, GP2022 can build momentum among governments, stakeholders, and the UN system to reconfirm and realize their commitments in disaster risk reduction. Embodying the all-of-society approach, the Global Platforms is an inclusive and accessible multi-stakeholder platform. Non-State Stakeholders engage with the Global Platform through the UNDRR Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (SEM), which supports a broad movement for implementation of the Sendai Framework and creates an avenue for stakeholders to influence policy design and strengthen coordination and information exchange between stakeholder groups. Duties and Responsibilities UNDRR seeks to engage a consultant to support a stocktaking of progress and challenges in implementing the Sendai Framework from the perspective of Stakeholder Groups. The work will be undertaken in close collaboration with the SEM, which brings together UN Major Groups and other non-State Stakeholders, through 22 different groups.
The consultant will produce an analysis highlighting the status of Sendai Framework implementation, since its adoption in 2015, including associated highlights, challenges, gaps and recommendations for course correction. The consultant will produce a report containing an analysis of the current progress on Sendai Framework implementation, as well as recommendations of key means to accelerate implementation from the perspective of non-State Stakeholder Groups. It will aim to answer the following questions, from the perspective of non-State Stakeholder Groups:
- Are we on track to reach the Sendai Framework expected outcome, goal and targets by 2030?
- What progress has been made in the four Priorities for Action and what are major achievements of note?
- What challenges remain?
- How have the Guiding Principles been applied, and particularly to what degree has the all-of-society, multi-stakeholder approach been adopted?
- How can this be improved at all scales?
- What are the key means to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the remaining period to 2030?
- What should governments and policymakers do, from the perspective of Stakeholder Groups, to step up their commitments?
The analysis should assess progress on integrating disaster risk reduction into policies and programmes at all levels relevant for the various Stakeholder Groups. Where relevant, the analysis should also review progress in integrating DRR into sustainable development and climate activities relevant for Stakeholder Groups. It should identify good practice, gaps and challenges and means to accelerate the path to achieving the goal of the Sendai Framework and its targets. The analysis should also consider the outcomes of the Regional Platforms, most of which will take place in late 2021.
The broad and diverse identities of the various Stakeholder Groups will need to be accounted for during the analysis. It may not be possible to conduct a detailed review of the Sendai Framework implementation for all Stakeholder Groups. In consultation with SEM, the specific focus points of the analysis (commonly encountered challenges or recommendations or cross-cutting themes of particular importance) will need to be defined and should draw on those identified by the Mid-Term Review of the Sendai Framework and Regional Platforms.
The stocktaking exercise and associated report will form the basis of stakeholder consultations to be held at the GP2022, informing the SEM declaration as well as stakeholder engagement in GP2022 official and unofficial sessions. Furthermore, the analysis will inform the Mid-Term Review of the Sendai Framework that takes place concurrently and concludes in 2023. Working in close collaboration with the SEM Advisory Group and UNDRR, the consultant will undertake the following activities:
- Consultation with SEM Advisory Group and UNDRR on the process and modality of stocktaking exercise;
- Development of methodology for data collection including questions to be addressed to Stakeholder Group representatives (including and beyond the SEM) through the stocktaking exercise;
- Review of existing documentation and progress reports relevant to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for different Stakeholder Groups, as available publicly and provided by SEM;
- Coordinate with SEM Advisory Group and collect data through SEM and beyond and, as relevant, through other mechanisms (public calls or surveys);
- Prepare a report on the stocktaking exercise, synthesizing highlights, challenges, gaps and recommendations, highlighting specific cross-cutting recommendations or themes, as relevant;
- Present initial findings to SEM Advisory Group and UNDRR to collect inputs and feedback to be incorporated into the final report.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social and political studies, public affairs, development, disaster management or another demonstrably relevant field is essential. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in research, analysis, programme management and evaluation in areas related to disaster risk reduction is required;
- Proven successful record of consulting/publishing experience in policy-focused research on disaster risk reduction related topics is required;
- Proven experience as a consultant and the ability to work independently and remotely is required;
- Proven experience in designing research studies, conducting data collection from a wide group of stakeholders and development of reports is required;
- Strong research and writing skills are required;
- Strong conceptual and analytical skills with the ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources into conclusions and actionable recommendations is required;
- Flexibility and client orientation, including the ability to work across time zones and to consider different views and approaches, is required;
- Experience in integrating DRR into development and climate policies, programmes and investment is desirable;
- Knowledge and understanding of stakeholder engagement with the UN system and international policy processes is desirable.
Fluency in English is required French and/or Spanish are an advantage.
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