The World Humanitarian Summit was organized in May 2016 to address the scale of human suffering greater than at any time since the Second World War. The Summit generated more than 3,000 commitments to action and launched more than a dozen new partnerships and initiatives to turn the Agenda for Humanity into meaningful change for the world's most vulnerable people.
Leading up to the Summit, consultations with more than 900 companies called for more strategic private sector engagement across disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. They also called for networks and a mechanism to be created to facilitate coordinated private sector engagement. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a number of partners launched the Connecting Business initiative (CBi) as a response to this demand. CBi is a multi-stakeholder initiative that provides a mechanism for the private sector to engage with the United Nations system, national governments and civil society in a coordinated manner across all stages of disaster risk reduction and management, and humanitarian programming.
CBi is supported by OCHA’s Emergency Response Section in Geneva and the UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD). These units collaborate with multiple other global units, with the regional and country offices of OCHA and UNDP, as well as private sector organizations, other UN entities, national governments and non-government organisations.
Since the launch of the Connecting Business initative (CBi), 11 private sector networks around the world have been formally launched as CBi Member Networks. Currently, CBi Member Networks are found in Côte d’Ivoire, Fiji, Haiti, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Pacific, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Vanuatu. These CBi Member Networks have acquired extensive knowledge, experience and good practices on private sector engagement in disaster risk management and humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery. CBi aims to continue supporting private sector networks around the world to become operational and sustainable, and to explore launching new networks particularly in Latin America and Africa.
Duties and Responsibilities
II.OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF WORK
Landscape assessments enable prospective private sector networks to gain a better understanding of the context in which they operate – including among other things environmental, political, socio-economic and cultural factors that can influence their engagement in disaster risk management and humanitarian action. By assessing institutions, actors and existing efforts, private sector networks can determine the opportunities, benefits and limitations for engaging in disaster management and humanitarian action. A landscape assessment is therefore an essential step in the process of initiating a private sector network for disaster management and humanitarian engagement, clarifying the structure, setting goals and developing programs aimed at preparing for, responding to or recovering from disasters.
In order to achieve the targets specified by the CBi Secretariat for network expansion, the CBi Secretariat will hire a Regional CBi Private Sector Consultant for Latin America to support network scoping and expansion strategies in Latin America. The regional landscape assessment will identify entry points and opportunities for CBi expansion in Latin America and provide recommendations on where, how and with whom should CBi aim to create new networks and explore partnerships.
The Regional CBi Private Sector Consultant for Latin America will report to the CBi Local Network Coordination Specialist based in Istanbul and to the CBi Programme Coordinator in Geneva.
The expected outputs of the consultant include the following:
The Regional CBi Private Sector Consultant for Latin America is expected to follow a qualitative method of doing landscape assessment—doing both primary data collection and using secondary data, coupled with a systematic mapping of available resources. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, field visits and on-site activities (e.g., workshops, meetings) are highly discouraged and primary data collection and all other proposed activities will be done remotely until further notice (i.e. until COVID-19 restriction measures allow).
The regional landscape assessment activities should be implemented in consultation and coordination with the OCHA and UNDP Country and Regional Offices.
The consultant is expected to propose a methodology with a clear intent to provide credible information to the assessment areas. The proposed methodology will need to ensure that the information collected is valid, reliable and sufficient to meet the assessment objective and that the analyses are logical, coherent and complete. Triangulation (utilizing multiple sources of data and methods) should be applied in order to validate findings. The proposed methodology should also show collection, use and analysis of gender-disaggregated data where relevant.
In the proposed methodology, the consultant will need to provide the following: 1) what information should be collected; 2) from which sources / or stakeholders it should be collected; 3) for what purpose it should be collected; 4) how the collected data will be analyzed in order to answer the assessment questions; 5) how the collected data will be analyzed and processed to help develop recommendations for regional engagement; and, 6) draft timeline. The consultant is expected to submit this as part of the inception report.
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