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Gender Consultant - Bangladesh

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

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/

Background

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:

  • Support gender mainstreaming across sectors and policies;
  • Support planning, implementation and monitoring of gender and inclusion related activities under the component;
  • Support development of action plans and guidelines;
  • Support capacity building initiatives across sectors in Bangladesh.

Statement of Intent

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Gender Consultant will be responsible for:

  • Supporting gender mainstreaming across agriculture, water and transport sectors and policies in Bangladesh;
  • Reviewing key sectoral policy documents to support assessing the gender landscape in relation to climate-resilient development;
  • Coordinating consultations, focus group discussions, forums, surveys, as necessary, to collect and share information for gender component of CARE project;
  • Supporting development of action plan for mainstreaming gender into budgeting, planning and sectoral development processes in Nepal;
  • Supporting development of sectoral adaptation plans at provincial level with adequate attention to gender;
  • Providing support to capacity needs assessments and trainings for gender mainstreaming in agriculture, water and transport sectors;
  • Coordinating in-country capacity development activities on gender and climate change;
  • Undertaking field missions, as necessary;
  • Drafting reports, documents, knowledge products and other communication materials focusing on gender aspects of project activities;
  • Liaising with in-country stakeholders ranging from government and non-government sectors for effective implementation of project activities;
  • Performing other relevant tasks as assigned by the Project Director.

Qualifications

The candidate should at least have:

  • Advanced degree in gender and development studies, social sciences, anthropology or a relevant field;
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience of working in the area of Gender and at least 5 years of experience in gender and climate change and/or disaster risk reduction;
  • A minimum of 4 years of professional experience of working in Bangladesh;
  • Demonstrated experience of successfully carrying out similar assignments;
  • Well-versed in analysis of gender oriented policies and strategies;
  • Excellent knowledge of mainstreaming gender equality in programs, especially in DRR and CR;
  • Excellent understanding of current discourse related to gender and inclusion in DRR and CR;
  • Demonstrated understanding of climate policies, frameworks such as the ccGAP, NDC, NAPA and other obligatory and non-binding agreements relevant to CR;
  • Excellent English proficiency in oral and written communication, including a demonstrated track record in technical report writing and ability to communicate technical matters effectively to a variety of audience.;
  • Native level fluency in Bengali language;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills and capacity to work under pressure and short deadlines;
  • Proven experience of coordinating training, capacity building and facilitating technical discussions;
  • Ability to undertake field missions, including coordinating field-based research activities;
  • Ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff and partners;
  • Proficient on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams and skilled at organizing online meetings.

Reporting Relationships

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.




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    Bangladesh

  • Additional location info Dhaka
  • Closing Date 12 Mar 2021

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