ADPC is an autonomous international organization with a vision to reduce disaster and climate risk impacts on communities and countries in Asia and the Pacific by working with governments, development partners, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, private sector, media, and other key stakeholders. Established in 1986 as a technical capacity building center, ADPC has grown and diversified its expertise across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction across a broad range of specialist areas. With over 100 staff from 19 different nationalities and a wide range of professional expertise from atmospheric scientists to social scientists with experiences from all levels of engagement typically required for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Resilience (CR) in an effective manner.
ADPC has six strategic themes supported by seven departments: ADPC Academy, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Geospatial Information. These are supported by Finance, Human Resources and Administration, and Strategic Planning departments. In addition to the departments, ADPC also works on three cross-cutting themes: Gender and Diversity, Poverty and Livelihoods, and Regional and Transboundary Cooperation through permanent working committees. ADPC Strategy 2020 guides the organization in providing comprehensive risk reduction support to countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific. ADPC recognizes the importance of examining the linkages between disaster risk management, poverty reduction, gender equality, sustainability, rights-based approaches, climate change and regional cooperation. For details please refer to ADPC website at http://www.adpc.net/
Disasters take a huge toll on the development agenda of SAR countries. Between 2000 and 2017, disasters in South Asia incurred estimated damages of US$ 149.27 billion. Public expenditure is under stress by the repeated need to reallocate capital budgets away from long term development planning and towards reconstruction activities in post-disaster environments. For example, since 2005, Pakistan has suffered losses on the order of US$ 16 billion due to natural disasters. In Bangladesh, 2007 Cyclone Sidr resulted in damages and losses of US$1.7 billion, or 2.6 per cent of GDP. To increase resilience and achieve climate commitments, there is a need for a transformational shift towards policies and institutions that enable climate resilient investments. Investing in more resilient infrastructure is both profitable and urgent as disruptions are extremely costly for governments, households and private sector and large ongoing investments in infrastructure assets will have long-lasting repercussions as poor maintenance and natural disasters result in a vulnerable stock.
With the financial support from the World Bank Group, ADPC will be implementing a five years’ project, titled “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Project for South Asia” (CARE). The project aims to create an enabling environment for climate resilience policies and investments across South Asia. This objective will be achieved through enhanced regional cooperation and knowledge exchange for climate resilience and adaptation and mainstreaming of resilience and adaptation in national policies, plans and investments. Gender mainstreaming is vital to achievement of the project objectives. Gender component involves planning, implementation and monitoring of gender and inclusion across the project activities. Accordingly, a highly qualified and experienced Gender Consultant will be required in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to provide technical support to the component.
The objectives of this consultant position are to:
The Gender Consultant will play an essential role in Bangladesh to provide support with regards to policy review, capacity building and other activities across sectors from gender perspective. The Consultant will ensure quality and timely delivery of in-country activities and outputs. S/he will liaise with government agencies and other Bangladesh-based stakeholders. The Consultant will be working on implementation and/or monitoring of the component activities in selected provinces, as required. The Consultant will coordinate the in-country capacity development activities. S/he will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Note: It is not the intent of this Terms of Reference to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather to highlight the most important areas of personal and joint responsibilities.
The Gender Consultant will be responsible for:
The candidate should at least have:
The Gender Consultant (Bangladesh) will report to the Project Director. The technical oversight will be provided by the Gender and Inclusion in Climate Change Specialist (Regional) at the Bangkok office through the PIU. S/he will maintain close coordination with Country Project Lead for the day to day activities in Bangladesh. The Consultant will also coordinate with the other CARE project specialists at the regional and national level to carry out different activities under the project.