Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Section I: Introduction and Background
A. Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
ADPC is an autonomous international organization with a vision to reduce disaster and climate risk impacts on communities and countries in Asia and the Pacific by working with governments, development partners, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, private sector, media, and other key stakeholders. Established in 1986 as a technical capacity building center, ADPC has grown and diversified its expertise across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction across a broad range of specialist areas. With over 100 staff from 19 different nationalities and a wide range of professional expertise from atmospheric scientists to social scientists with experiences from all levels of engagement typically required for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Resilience (CR) in an effective manner. ADPC is a competent regional resource center and has seven thematic departments: ADPC Academy, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Geospatial Information. These are supported by Finance, Human Resources and Administration, and Strategic Planning departments. In addition to the departments, ADPC works on three cross-cutting themes: Gender and Diversity, Poverty and Livelihoods, and Regional and Transboundary Cooperation through permanent working committees.
For details, please refer to ADPC website at http://www.adpc.net/.
B. Climate Adaptation and Resilience for South Asia project
The “Climate Adaptation and Resilience for South Asia” or CARE for South Asia project is a five-year (2020-2025) regional project supported by the World Bank, and jointly implemented by Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES). The project is supporting the region in building resilience to climate change by improving the availability of regional data and knowledge, developing guidelines, tools and capacities, and promoting climate-resilient decisions, policies and investments across key sectors. The development objective of the project is to contribute to an enabling environment for climate resilient policies and investments in select sectors and countries in South Asia. Key stakeholders include governments and technical agencies at the regional and national level.
CARE for South Asia project focus countries, including Nepal and Pakistan, have made considerable efforts in developing their Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs), which express their commitments to actions towards advancing gender equality and realizing women’s and men’s equal human rights. Still, women and other marginalized groups continue to trail behind in terms of accessing policy benefits equitably as men and privileged groups.
Given the nature of CARE for South Asia project’s support on climate-resilient policies and standards, there is an opportunity to support the project focus countries in meeting their COP25 commitments under the Enhanced Lima Work Programme on gender, in translating national ccGAP commitments into sectoral strategies and investment plans and in addressing climate-related impacts with a clear, gender-informed approach.
Within the given frame of the Project Appraisal Document (PAD), the overall objective of gender mainstreaming as one of the cross-cutting themes in the CARE for South Asia project is to contribute to a conducive environment for gender responsive climate resilient policies and investments in agriculture, water and transport sectors, including planning and finance processes, in project countries — Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.
In this context, the service of a consulting firm is required to develop and test four training toolkits on gender mainstreaming in the key sectors.
Section II. Objective and Scope of the Services:
The main objective of this consultancy is to develop and test four (4) training toolkits on gender mainstreaming in climate smart agriculture (CSA), Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), Transport sector and Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB).
B. Scope of Work:
The scope of work is as follows:
Task 1. Conduct a literature review on mainstreaming gender in CSA, IWRM, transport, and GRB
- Conduct a literature review on mainstreaming gender in CSA, IWRM, transport, and GRB sectors and provide best practice recommendations globally.
- Conduct a literature review of existing training materials, courses, and guidelines on the gender-climate adaptation nexus and identify any gaps to ensure that the outputs of this assignment do not result in duplicating the available resources.
- Identify gaps and challenges in mainstreaming gender in these sectors in South Asia
- Provide recommendations on how mainstreaming gender in these sectors in South Asia can be done
Task 2. Conduct stakeholder consultations
- Conduct detailed consultations with the Gender team of CARE for South Asia Project to understand all the key activities, deliverables, and timelines
- Conduct stakeholder consultations with relevant government officials, experts, local governments and communities to understand the situation, challenges, needs, and opportunities in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan
- Present the findings from the literature review and stakeholder consultations to the relevant agencies
- Present the concept design of the training toolkits
Task 3. Development and testing of training toolkits on mainstreaming gender
- Develop an outline of the Training Toolkit on gender mainstreaming in CSA, IWRM, transport, and GRB sectors
- Develop Training Toolkits for the focus sectors
- Develop a plan for testing of the toolkits and run workshops to conduct testing of the toolkits
- Finalize the toolkits based on the findings from the testing
Section III. Deliverables
The consulting firm will be required to submit the following key deliverables for each training toolkit under this terms of reference:
- Inception report elaborating on the methodologies for all the listed activities under the Scope of Work, and a workplan to execute the assignment
- Training Toolkit outline
- Finalized and Tested Training Toolkits
- Monthly progress reports on the progress of activities and monitoring of deliverables
Section IV. Selection, and Others:
A. Selection Criteria:
- Should either be institutions or consulting firm with experience in climate change, irrigation and water management, policy and guideline review, advisory services in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and/or elsewhere.
- Should have proven experience of working with government agencies, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UN or international agencies in South Asia
- Should have a minimum of five years of work experience with proven evidence.
- Should have good understanding of agriculture, water, transport sectors and climate change issues, including climate finance, of developing countries, preferably Bangladesh, Pakistan and/or Nepal
- Availability and access to human resource/infrastructure/equipment/software etc. required for the completion of the assignment.
- Having sufficient Financial Capacity.
B. Selection Method
- The firm will be selected in accordance with ADPC’s procurement process and in compliance with the World Bank Procurement Regulations. Consulting Firm will be selected on Consultant Qualification – based Selection (CQS) method.
C. Reporting Relationships
- The firm will report to Project Director, CARE for South Asia Project, Bangkok (Thailand), receive technical direction from Gender and Inclusion in Climate Change Specialist, CARE for South Asia project, Bangkok (Thailand) and work in coordination with relevant members of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU). The Firm will also coordinate with the Human Resources and Finance departments of ADPC.
D. Contract Duration
- The contract duration will be for Twelve (12) months. The firm’s performance will be reviewed on an output/deliverable basis.
- State-owned enterprises (SOEs), Institutions, NGOs and universities (either alone, joint venture or sub-consultant) may be eligible to compete and be awarded contracts only if they can establish, in an acceptable manner that they (i) are legally and financially autonomous; (ii) operate under commercial law; and (iii) are not under supervision by the agency they will work with.
How to apply
Interested Firms can submit the completed Expression of Interest (EOI) and submit the relevant documents as described in the REOI and TOR to [email protected] to the attention of Ms. Kulradtha Sukprasert