Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
About the Organization:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network. They advocate for change and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for them. They provide expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. They promote technical and investment cooperation among nations.
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and typhoons. Climate change has increased the scale and frequency of disasters in the Philippines with an average of 20 typhoons affecting the country each year. The current COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for a more integrated approach that considers the resilience of the country’s health systems to minimize overall impacts on the economy and the welfare of the marginalized.
Disaster response and recovery in the Philippines have been largely focused on infrastructure reconstruction while socio-economic recovery has been more challenging. Risk reduction and humanitarian and recovery measures have not been systematically integrated, which has eroded resilience-building efforts each time a new crisis occurred. As a result, the country’s poverty reduction efforts have often been compromised. Among those hardly hit are the most vulnerable on account of high exposure, inability to adapt, and weak socio-economic capacities. Those needing specifically targeted interventions include persons with disabilities, women, and children, informal settlers in the urban areas, upland dwellers and indigenous communities, small farmers, and fishermen.
In addressing these, disaster assessment is essential to quantify the situation by data. Multiple disaster assessment toolkits have been developed for various purposes and an integration solution is needed for better sustainability and simpler deployment.
The IT-enabled Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (iPDNA), supported by DFAT, UNDP Crisis Bureau, and the Bangkok Regional Hub, has been deployed for Typhoon Kammuri in December 2019 and the Taal Volcanic Eruption in 2020 in support of the NDMO. Realizing the fruitfulness of its deployment, it was decided to enhance the iPDNA capability. iPDNA is currently being tailored for the integration and deployment of the COVID-19 response in the Philippines context and a National Consultant is hired to support the process.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this assignment is to develop a digitalized ERNA/RDNA toolkit and carry out an integrated solution of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, RDNA and DevLIVE+ toolkits in consideration of ethical standards, data privacy and security. The integration shall be based on a coherent technology architecture with compatible indicators and database structure, while existing platforms should be fully utilized. The Consultant shall work closely with the Data Analyst and the Climate Action Team. Specific tasks are as follows:
Design of An Integrated Solution
Required Skills and Experience
Candidates will be evaluated based on the Combined Rating methodology:
Minimum 5 years = 30 points; 2 point per year for additional years, up to a maximum of 40 points in total
Minimum 1 year = 5 points
Minimum 2 years = 6 points; 2 point per year for additional years, up to a maximum of 10 points in total
Minimum 2 years = 5 points