Report Writer Expert

DAI-Tayar Nepal

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Job Information

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    Duty Station Lalitpur
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    Type of Appointment Contract
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 5-10 Years
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Feb 18, 2022

Job Description

Scope of Work (SOW)

USAID Tayar Nepal- Improved Disaster Risk Management Project

Support MoHA to produce Nepal Disaster Report 2022

Position: Report Writer Expert

Level of Effort: 45 days

BACKGROUND 

The USAID/Tayar Nepal – Improved Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Project, also known as Tayar Nepal Program, is a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by DAI Global LLC (DAI) since 2019 to strengthen the capacity of Nepal’s national and municipal institutions responsible for disaster risk reduction, preparedness, and response.  Tayar Nepal implements two-pronged (Stronger Systems + Safer Settlements) approach that strengthens institutions and capacities at the national and local levels to strengthen Nepal’s resilience to natural & non-natural disasters. This will be accomplished through working on three key components: 1) Improving National Level Systems and Institutions; 2) Building Capacity at the Municipal Levels and 3) Strengthening disaster response and recovery and supporting activities.

Nepal, amongst other countries, is one of the most vulnerable countries to a variety of natural hazards including earthquakes, floods, landslides, fire, thunderstorms, avalanches, and glacier lake outburst floods. Increasing frequency of unpredicted climate induced events, coupled with risk-uninformed development processes is increasing the vulnerability of the population. This augments the magnitude of disaster risks, and ultimately hampers the country’s efforts for prosperity and sustainable development. During the last few years, Nepal has been facing many man-made, natural and climate induced disasters.

Over the years, the Government of Nepal has made efforts to shift its focus from a reactive to a proactive approach to disaster risk reduction & management (DRRM) by strengthening legal frameworks, policy and planning, institutional capacities, and multi-stakeholder partnerships for DRRM. Current Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act 2017, Local Government Operation Act 2017, National DRR Policy and DRR Strategic Action Plan aligned with SFDRR are the major regulatory frameworks stepping toward proactive disaster resilience approach. The DRRM Act 2017 has provided various provisions to cater the new requirements for DRRM of the country in recent global and national context. Governments have a greater role to play. The Government of Nepal (GoN) has taken proactive steps to conserve development and minimize loss of life and property through various methods provisioned by the Constitution and laws. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) is the nodal ministry that among other things focuses on disaster risk reduction and management. Within MoHA there is a Disaster and Conflict Management Division that oversees various initiatives relating to disaster.

To inform the relevant stakeholders about the efforts on DRRM, Ministry of Home Affairs has been publishing the Nepal Disaster Report (NDR) since 2009. The Nepal Disaster Report provides comprehensive disaster data, information, analysis and reflection of losses and damages that have occurred due to various disasters. The Nepal Disaster Report highlights Nepal’s experience in DRRM, documenting key learnings and challenges in the course of managing disaster risk and identifying technology based unique & innovative ideas, approaches on future priorities actions for effective disaster response, risk reduction and recovery. Nepal Disaster Report had been published in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. MoHA has been taking lead in preparing the disaster report with support of all stakeholders. The report will largely support stakeholders as an information bank of disaster data and DRR initiatives made during the past years. The report will also be a supportive document for the policy makers, humanitarian partners, non-government, and private sectors, academia, researchers, disaster managers, donors and international and regional organizations to be better prepared for and support for better responses to in the days to come.

MoHA expressed its willingness to continue with the publication of the NDR with support of Tayar Nepal. In this regard, Tayar Nepal Project seeks a Short-Term Technical Assistance (STTA) with strong background on DRRM report writing and knowledge on DRRM policies to work with MoHA to draft and finalize the NDR.

Position Overview:  

The report writer expert (STTA) will be a resource to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) to develop Nepal Disaster Report (NDR) 2022 through analyzing and articulating Nepal’s efforts and experiences, learning on Disaster Risk Reduction/Management including issues and challenges and future priorities in the format required by the government. The report will also serve government stakeholders, international communities, academia, NGOs/civil societies, private sectors as well as development partners and international communities. The expert will be embedded to National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) and will closely with MoHA officials under the guidance of Disaster and Conflict Management Division of MoHA.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Work with MoHA’s assigned officials to prepare NDR 2022 by collecting the data and information on DRRM initiatives executed in past 3 years. Provide support to NEOC and MoHA officials to analyze the collected data and information and synthesize the findings as inputs to the NDR 2022.
  2. The report writing expert will be stationed at NEOC office and will work together with MoHA/NEOC’s officials in analyzing the data and information related to DRRM including losses & damages of the multiple disasters impacts of past 3 years.
  3. Work with MoHA officials to draft the templates and check list to collect the data and information from Government of Nepal (GON) – ministries and departments and DRR stakeholders, donors, I/NGOs, private sector, academia including humanitarian actors.
  4. Review the past NDRs and explore the areas to be improved in the current federal context in terms of roles and responsibilities of governments, laws & policies in place, coordination, cooperation & collaboration and overall efforts demonstrated by stakeholders on DRRM in relation to the implementation of DRR National Strategy Plan of Action 2018-2030 and towards meeting the global commitments made to the SFDRR.
  5. Support MoHA officials in drafting the NDR 2022 in English. Support MoHA officials to facilitate the wider consultation meetings and workshops with the wider DRRM stakeholders including GoN’s organizations, donors, UN agencies, academia, development partners and professionals to share the draft and to solicit inputs.
  6. Support MoHA officials and Tayar Nepal team to organize the consultation meetings required during the drafting process. Support to prepare concept note, participant list, power point presentation (PPT), event report and others as required and deemed necessary.
  7. GESI are critical components of inclusive DRRM. When a disaster strikes, all people living in the affected area become vulnerable. Women and other excluded groups face additional challenges – ranging from outright discrimination to traditional social structures that limit their decision-making power – that increases their vulnerability to disasters. Without understanding the different needs, experiences and roles of women, men, youth, and other excluded groups, it will not be able to meaningfully engage them in designing and implementing inclusive DRRM activities. The expert must integrate GESI in possible stage while developing NDR 2022.
  8. Once the English version of NDR 2022 is translated into Nepali, the STTA will proofreadthe Nepali version to align it with the English version.
  9. Support NEOC/MoHA on other duties and responsibilities related to drafting and finalization of NDR 2022.
  10. Provide weekly updates to the NEOC Chief and Tayar Nepal team on the progress of NDR 2022 development.

Deliverables: 

Deliverable 1: Submit inception report including methodology of the assignment

Deliverable 2: Submit report on the analysis of data and information and bilateral and multilateral consultation meetings or workshop held to solicit inputs

Deliverable 3: Submit draft NDR 2022 to NEOC/MoHA and Tayar Nepal

Deliverable 4: Submit the final NDR 2022 in government required format incorporating input and feedbackreceived from stakeholders in English.

Deliverables, Timelines and Payment schedules

S.N Deliverables Timelines Payments
1 Upon submission of inception report including methodology of the assignment After one week of signing the contract 10%
2 Upon submission of report on the analysis of data and information and bilateral and multilateral consultation meetings or workshop held to solicit inputs After 3 to 4 weeks of signing the contract 20%
3 Upon submission of draft NDR 2022 to NEOC/MoHA and Tayar Nepal After 6 weeks of signing the contract 40%
4 Upon submission of the final NDR 2022 in government required format incorporating input and feedbacks received from stakeholders in English and proof reading of the Nepali report once it is translated. 8 weeks after signing the contract 30%

Reporting Relationships, Level of Effort, and Location:

The report writing expert will be on Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA) basis for a period of two (2) months.  The expert will work, on average, 4-5 days per week with a maximum of 45 working days in 2 months period. The position will be based in Kathmandu and located at NEOC/MoHA Singh Darbar or Tayar Nepal office as deemed appropriate and relevant. The expert will follow the calendar of GoN in performing the duties and executing the tasks. The expert will work under the supervision of the Joint Secretary of Disaster and Conflict Management Division at MoHA and Chief of Party of Tayar Nepal and work in close coordination with MoHA officials and Deputy Chief of Party and DRM Governance Specialist -Tayar Nepal.

Required Qualification & Experience

  • The report writing expert will have 5-10 years of work experiences on professional report writing on different themes such as development, DRRM, cross cutting issues demonstrated at national and international levels and will have high quality of facilitation skill of the events -meeting, workshop and seminars.
  • The expert will have strong technical knowledge on DRRM, development, governance system, including DRRM laws, policies, strategy, plans at national and sub-national levels.  The experiences on political, governance, social, economic, and cultural & local context including volunteerism on DRRM will add values.
  • The expert will demonstrate high quality technical and writing skill that meets national and international standard. This NDR report targets the audiences from national and international communities and therefore, the expert shall meetthe international requirements in English language and write up.
  • Knowledge of Nepal’s current federal & governance system and management of disaster risk reduction, mitigation, preparedness, and response activities.
  • Work experience with national-level DRRM institutions or donors, preferably directly with the Government of Nepal, knowledge on GoN required format, typesets, fonts, colors etc. on government owned reports and documents.
  • Master’s degree in relevant field required.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Nepali.

Women and persons with disabilities, marginalized and disadvantaged communities are encouraged to apply.