Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
An estimated 688,000 Rohingya community, have been fled forcibly due to violence from Myanmar into Cox's Bazar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts since 25 August 2017. The cumulative total of Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN) since 1978, 1991, and 2016 movements on top of 2017 movement is, according to the Government of Bangladesh 908,000, which is almost equal to the 1.2 million total population of Cox's Bazar. The rapid influx of FDMN into areas with high baseline levels of poverty and environmental vulnerability has put immense strain on infrastructure, services and the host population. There have been observations that conflict and social tension is rising gradually, within the camps between Rohingya, between Rohingya and host community, as well as inter-community tensions, including at household level, outside the camps. Both in 2017 and 2018 there have been high profile killings of camp community leaders as part of factional infighting in the Rohingya community.
A UNDP mission in early January 2018 highlighted that although voluntary repatriation of FDMN to Myanmar is expected to begin shortly, the pressure of the exponential increase of population in the area is increasingly being felt by the local population and institutions. The scale and speed of the FDMN influx into Bangladesh over the past few months put immense strain on infrastructure, services and the host communities, overwhelming existing response capacities. Sub-district (Upazila) offices find that their workload has increased to respond to the requests from the Camp-in-Charge (CICs) which means they cannot deliver their services (fire and police especially) as normal. Roads and schools have been affected by changed and higher volume of use and need to be rehabilitated. Assessments have highlighted risks faced by the FDMN, many of which also affect the wider population in the area, including protection issues (e.g., human and drug trafficking, domestic violence), public health (e.g., limited access to health services, increased risk of epidemics due to lack of water and proper sanitation), increased risk of natural disasters (e.g., because of widespread deforestation), and social cohesion (e.g., increasing inter- and intra-community disputes).
Considering the urgent humanitarian crisis and meeting essential services of the Rohingya and local host communities, UNDP initiated to work intensively through different long-term projects for both communities. The Community Recovery and Resilient Programme (C2RP) is one of them and the C2RP aims to address the impact of the influx on host communities focusing on livelihoods and social cohesion. Amongst its objectives, C2RP aims to provide district and sub district governance support, facilitate participatory and inclusive local governance processes, support improved service delivery in host community areas, inclusive development of community infrastructure. The project will be implemented in two Upazilas namely Ukhiya and Teknaf under Cox's Bazar district with five affected unions. As the C2RP project is working to strengthen the capacity of the host community and government intuitions as well as local government institution to protect the host community and also to establish social peace so, need a national expert to support the Local Government Institutions (LGIs) to come up with a plan which is prepared in consultation and participation of the community members. Against this backdrop, C2RP project intends to hire two consultants to support the project for efficient engagement of the community and effective implementation of the project at the community level.
Description of the Assignment
The consultant for the proposed assignment would be engaged in mobilizing the community and form community groups/ circles as proposed in the activity plan, as well as to provide programme and logistic support to implement the component based activities at the community level in cox’s Bazar. The community mobilizer will also conduct community level awareness, FGDs, campaign and keep a directory of local level stakeholders. The Mobilizer also will ensure proper documentation of the activities at the community mobilization activities and to help the line manager in the preparation of monthly and weekly reports that includes statistical information to the line manager as/ and when required for the decision making purposes.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of works: The Project has several components where the community, government and local government institutions has scope to involve and implement the programme activities to support the communities in Ukhia and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.
Required Skills and Experience
Expected Qualification and Experiences of the Consultant
Educational Qualification: Minimum Bachelor Degree in Economics, Development Studies or any other social science related field for the assignment.
Experiences: Minimum 2 years of relevant working experience in the area of capacity development, community mobilization, social cohesion.