Consultancies- Team Leader - Strengthening Climate and Disaster Risk Governance in Vanuatu

Country: UNDP Pacific Centre - Fiji
Project name: Strengthening Climate and Disaster Risk Governance in Vanuatu
Description of the assignment: Team Leader for Vanuatu
Period of assignment/services: 5 months commencing in July 2013.
Duty Station: Vanuatu
Application Deadline: 19 June 2013

The Government of Vanuatu has a newly established National Advisory Board (NAB) on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction designed to improve coordination and governance surrounding the threats climate change and disasters pose to its people, environment and assets. One of the key functions of the NAB is to improve access to and the management of human, financial and technical resources to effectively respond to the priority adaptation needs of its people.

The Government of Vanuatu recognises that effective institutions and the inter-relationships between them are at the heart of its ability to respond to growing climate and disaster risks. The NAB is undertaking a comprehensive analysis of climate and disaster risk governance in Vanuatu to: a) better understand the specific capacities and needs of various national provincial and local stakeholders; b) evaluate national institutions’ performance of key functions critical to adaptation and preparedness; and c) identify specific gaps in capacity that can be filled through investment and action to improve governance.

A multidisciplinary team combining experts on climate change and disaster risk management governance, public financial management and local institutional knowledge will be assembled to perform the analyses. Each expert will be allocated a specific set of tasks, with the team leader undertaking overarching analysis and ensuring consistency of the assessment and its output documents. The expert team will be steered and guided by the NAB and its Project Management Unit (PMU) within the Vanuatu Meteorological and Geohazards Department (VMGD).

The Assessment is supported by the Pacific Risk Resilience (PRR) Programme, implemented by UNDP, which will focus on strengthening governance mechanisms for DRM and CCA at the national, sub-national and local levels in Vanuatu (and in the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga). The PRR programme will be centered on two components that will be implemented under one coordinated and integrated programme:

1) risk governance: supporting mainstreaming of DRM and CCA into development planning and budgeting at all levels of government; and

2) community level risk management and integration of risk management into local level governance mechanisms. This assignment is supported under component one of UNDP’s PRR programme.

Objective and Outputs

The overall objective of this consultancy is to lead the Strengthening Climate and Disaster Risk Governance in Vanuatu Assessment. The Team Leader will ensure alignment of the project with NAB priorities and relevant country activities ensure all components and expert team contributions are complementary, and undertake overarching analysis to recommend a programme of risk governance reform in Vanuatu. The outputs expected from this assignment to achieve this objective are as follows:


vi) An analysis and strategy for strengthening risk governance in Vanuatu that will inform: a) the development of the national climate change and disaster risk reduction policy and action plan; and b) the workplan for the UNDP Pacific Risk Resilience project.

vii) A capacity development plan for the NAB and PMU based on a performance analysis of NAB’s current function and structure (including the NAB, PMU, other agencies at national and sub-national level) and assessment of partner and stakeholder needs.

viii) Options for improved CC&DRM financial management and increased access to CC&DRM resources including a recommendation for the most effective modality (or combinations of modalities), based on an assessment of current GoV capacity for climate and disaster finance governance.

ix) Recommendations on legislative reform required to strengthen the enabling environment for CC&DRM in Vanuatu.

x) A framework for monitoring, evaluation and reporting which is directly linked with the national climate change and disaster risk reduction policy and action plan


Activities and Expected Deliverables

1. Lead and coordinate the Strengthening Climate and Disaster Risk Governance in Vanuatu Assessment and multidisciplinary team

· Develop a detailed work plan

· Ensure continuity and compatibility of expert contributions

· Manage overall project activities and events

· Identify and manage risks associated with project implementation

· Liaise with the PMU and NAB

· Deliver progress and final reports.


2. Input to climate and disaster public expenditure and institutional review (CPEIR)

· Assess planning and policy development process and links to budget process

· Undertake a stocktake of CCA & DRR elements of all government policies and plans and identify entry points for mainstreaming

· First pass assessment of climate financing mechanisms including trust fund arrangements and regional climate fund (with PFM Expert input on fiduciary elements)

· Identify potential climate and disaster funding sources.


3. Synthesise expert findings, undertake overarching analysis and develop recommendations, strategies and further terms of reference

· Based on team inputs, undertake an overarching institutional analysis of climate and disaster risk governance issues in Vanuatu, including:

o performance of key functions critical to climate and disaster risk governance

o coordination among actors at horizontal and vertical levels

o organisational structure and processes

o political, legal and cultural frameworks

o human resources, roles and responsibilities

o Infrastructure.


4. Develop targets and indicators for monitoring and evaluation of efforts to improve climate and disaster risk governance in Vanuatu.


Key deliverables from this assignment should include:

1. Inception report detailing the overarching and individual workplans and outputs for each component (one week from commencement);

2. Monthly progress reports;

3. Phase 1 Report, including overarching analysis and recommendations (mid-way through the assignment); and

4.Final Report at the end of the assignment.