Individual Consultant-Gender Specialist
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||20-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||14d 22h 39m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :
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.
|The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is a partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and knowledge institutions that aims to promote the resilience of new and existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks in support of sustainable development. CDRI promotes rapid development of resilient infrastructure through three strategic priorities, including technical support and capacity building, research and knowledge management, and advocacy and partnerships. As of September 2022, 31 countries, six international organisations, and two private sector organisations are members of the coalition.
CDRI’s Biennial Report on Global Infrastructure Resilience will focus global attention on the critical and multi-faceted challenges posed to disaster and climate resilient infrastructure, with a thematic focus on nature-based solutions.
The Report will be launched at the G20 Summit in 2023 during India’s presidency. A core initiative within the Report is the first ever fully probabilistic risk assessment covering global infrastructure sectors — that is expected to inform planning, decision making and investment in disaster and climate resilient infrastructure by providing credible and fully comparable probabilistic risk metrics that cover every country and territory in the world. In addition, the Report comprises thematic chapters on nature-based solutions, financing for resilient infrastructure, and monitoring the progress of global commitments on infrastructure resilience.
UNDP’s Synergy with Infrastructure Resilience and CDRI
UNDP has been a key partner to the CDRI right since its inception. UNDP supported the CDRI in its two International Conferences in 2018 and 2019 which paved the way for its formal launch. Globally, UNDP’s role in infrastructure resilience has been in the following ways:
UNDP is supporting the CDRI in the coordination, drafting, editing and production of the report.
The Report is spearheaded by the Coordinating Lead Author and the Project Management Office and entails a hierarchy of authors contributing across the six pillars in varied capacities.
Pillar 1: Global Infrastructure Risk Model
The Model is the first ever fully probabilistic risk assessment covering global infrastructure sectors. It is expected that it will inform planning, decision making and investment in disaster and climate resilient infrastructure by providing credible and fully comparable probabilistic risk metrics that cover every country and territory in the world.
Pillar 2: Global Infrastructure Resilience Index
The Index will highlight the progress of various countries in developing disaster and climate resilient infrastructure by combining metrics from the global risk and resilience assessment done in Pillar 1 with the metrics of infrastructure investment and quality of infrastructure governance. These will be derived from the Global Infrastructure Resilience Survey (GIRS) – a global survey that will collect and analyse infrastructure management and decision-making data to develop a novel global database on global infrastructure resilience.
Pillar 3: Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Disaster and Climate Resilient Infrastructure
Pillar 3 will discuss the common economic, social, political, institutional issues that need to be addressed at the global, national, and sub-national levels to unlock and realize the potential of nature-based solutions in disaster and climate resilient infrastructure. The Pillar will advocate for mainstreaming and greater uptake of nature-based solutions for resilient infrastructure.
Pillar 4: Progress Monitoring
This pillar will include reviewing the progress towards achieving the goals and targets of the Sendai Framework and other associated international commitments on disaster and climate risk reduction and assessing countries’ progress in achieving them
Pillar 5: Financing for Disaster and Climate Resilient Infrastructure
This pillar of will discuss the financial models and mechanisms, as well as opportunities that can be leveraged to support the development of disaster and climate resilient infrastructure. It will elaborate the economic and financial case for resilience and identify innovative approaches to mobilize finance
Duties and Responsibilities
|Infrastructure is central to every country’s pursuit of economic growth, wellbeing, and sustainable development. It supports key policy priorities, for instance increasing access to jobs and markets, reducing poverty, closing income inequality gaps, addressing regional disparities, and overall improving of quality of life. Infrastructure development and service delivery is a critical public policy and investment area in many developing countries. It is estimated that $97 trillion in global infrastructure investment is required by 2040 to support sustainable development;two thirds of which is required in developing countries.Considering the long operational life of infrastructure, failing to mainstream gender in the infrastructure life cycle can reinforce gender inequalities for decades, wasting limited financial resources and negatively affecting essential services and livelihoods The commitments that states make to gender equality reinforce their obligation to eradicate inequalities and to ensure that this massive investment includes a gender mainstreaming approach to infrastructure planning, delivery, and management to achieve sustainability, equality, and economic and social benefits for all.
Infrastructure systems are resilient when they can withstand shocks and stresses from the environmental, economic, and societal context and do not contribute to generating and accumulating additional risks Infrastructure resilience has a gender dimension in that any infrastructure investment has the potential to reduce or to exacerbate gender inequality in access to the essential services that support social and economic development. Different infrastructure systems such as energy, transportation, water and sanitation, waste, and digital communications as well as building types including hospitals, schools, housing, and commercial facilities present a wide range of challenges and opportunities to the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Since infrastructure is central to every country’s pursuit of economic growth, wellbeing, and sustainable development, if gender is not considered, it can limit access to economic opportunities and social welfare and increase risk for certain social groups from an intersectional perspective.
By incorporating gender analysis into strategic planning and capital investment processes, setting objectives and measures, governments can identify the gender implications of infrastructure decisions in budgets and prevent one group from disproportionally benefitting at the expense of disadvantaging others.
The Biennial Report on Global Infrastructure Resilience will emphasize the importance of equitable and informed investments in infrastructure, driven by a nuanced understanding of gender impacts of infrastructure decisions. The report will shed light on how governments can ensure that public investments are efficient and effective in progressing gender equality from an intersectional perspective.
UNDP seeks to hire a technical expert to lead the development of a Study on Mainstreaming Gender for Climate and Disaster Resilient Infrastructure for the Biennial Report on Global Infrastructure Resilience.
Responsibilities and Deliverables
The Technical Expert will have overall responsibility for the development of the Study on Mainstreaming Gender for Climate and Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.
Develop a cross-cutting narrative on mainstreaming gender for climate and disaster-resilient infrastructure across the five Pillars of the Biennial Report, covering but not limited to the following:
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Required Skills and Experience