Starting date: 1st July 2020 (t.b.c. depending on Covid19 situation)
Contract duration: 25 Days
Report to: Country Director
Cordaid is an international NGO from the Netherlands and is part of the Caritas family. Cordaid was established in 2000 and is present in 22 countries worldwide. Cordaid’s vision is “We have inherited the earth from our ancestors. It is our job to leave it a better place for future generations: a world where people are safe, can live with dignity, develop themselves and have the freedom to speak out.” The moto of Cordaid is to build flourishing communities. Cordaid works on the thematic areas of health, resilience (disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation), good jobs, security & justice and humanitarian aid/emergency response.
Cordaid became involved in Myanmar in 2008, after cyclone Nargis and became more involved in Myanmar in 2014. Cordaid in Myanmar is working on Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction and other resilience improving activities. According to the Myanmar government Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction (MAPDRR) 2017, Myanmar has laid a long-term vision for building resilience by 2030. In it, 32 priority actions are identified and the implementation requires strong cooperation and coordination among government departments, development partners, private sector actors and communities. Regarding the MAPDRR, Myanmar has endorsed and committed to a number of new global and regional frameworks, plans and agreements related to disasters, climate (change) and development. According to the Myanmar Climate Change Master Plan (2018 - 2030), it clearly defines high-priority activities and the responsibilities of stakeholders in the Myanmar Climate Change Strategy. The Master plan defines it as “climate-smart agriculture, fisheries and livestock for food security, sustainable management of natural resources for healthy ecosystems, resilient and low-carbon energy supply, transport and industrial systems for sustainable growth, building resilient inclusive and sustainable cities and towns in Myanmar, managing climate risks for people’s health and well-being, and building a resilient Myanmar society through education, science and technology”.
Cordaid Myanmar has been piloting urban resilience and build resilient in Hlaing Tharyar Township since 2017. Hlaing Thar Yar Township is a peri-urban area in Yangon that has experienced rapid growth as more and more people from the rural areas seek employment in and around its industrial zones. Informal settlements have sprouted in the township and the community faces multiple risks both from natural hazards (i.e. seasonal flooding) and man-made hazards (i.e. fire, water shortage, criminal cases, accumulation of garbage, and sanitation problems). The main risks that have been identified in the Cordaid targeted urban community are the lack of proper waste management, poor drainage system, fire outbreaks, crime, floods, and limited access to clean water and sanitation. The most important part that the Cordaid Urban Resilience (UR) team has identified is the need for better systems and structures, in order to address behavior which highly contributes to urban issues. Therefore, Cordaid is setting up Resilient Community Action Planning (RCAP) and implementation strategy with multi-stakeholders’ platform.
The consequences of climate change contribute a major threat to the urban population and community. People should be aware of the impacts and must change their behavior to reduce environmental impacts and global warming. Based on 175 paragraphs of New Urban Agenda in the UN-HABITAT III, Cordaid Myanmar is focusing on three areas from the following:
The Cordaid Myanmar UR team is currently composed of a program manager and a senior community facilitator and a community facilitator. The Climate Resilience consultancy will be done in Yangon and in Hlaing Tharyar Township. The Climate Resilience consultant will report directly to the Cordaid country director, will closely work with the Program Manager in Hlaing Tharyar, and will train and assist staff from the Yangon Region Environmental Conservation Department (ECD).
Objective of the assignment:
The main objective of the assignment is to strengthen the knowledge of Cordaid staff and Government stakeholders, particularly on climate resilience concepts and frameworks. The training should be linked to climate resilience knowledge for project design, other good practices of the climate actions framework, and climate resilience law and legislation, for the Cordaid country team and the Yangon government.
Secondly, the objective is to provide Training of Trainers (ToT) to local NGOs on community awareness-raising on climate resilience, and perhaps have a special focus on air pollution(*). Specifically, the consultancy will focus on the below tasks:
Skills and Requirement of Consultant:
Myanmar Climate Change Master Plan (2018-2030), New Urban Agenda (HABITAT III), Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2016), Myanmar climate change strategy (2018-2030), Assessing climate risk in Myanmar (2019 Cordaid report).