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Climate change severely impacts Nepal, ranking as the world’s fourth most climate-vulnerable country. At the same time, it is also prone to multi-hazards, ranking 20th in the world. More than 1.9 million Nepali are highly climate vulnerable, 10 million are increasingly at risk, and women and children comprise the most vulnerable groups. Nepal ranks in a high-risk index category with a 5 rating with an increasing risk trend over the past three years. Nepal is ranked 23rd regarding natural hazards, 30th most risky country concerning floods, and 11th most at-risk country concerning earthquakes worldwide. Different climate-induced hazards have been affecting children’s education and learning outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has further widened the learning loss of Nepalese children.
After the devastating earthquake that occurred in 2015 and its impact on the Education sector, the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MoEST) endorsed the Comprehensive School Safety Master Plan (2017), aligning with the global Comprehensive School Safety Framework (CSSF) for disaster risk reduction and preparedness to strengthen the resilience of the education sector. School Sector Development Plan (2016/17–2022/23, and School Education Sector Plan (SESP) also envisioned building resilience and strengthening the capacity of schools and communities to prepare for multiple hazards and increasing risks created by climate change and respond to disasters to ensure the continuation of education and sustain safe learning environments. It also envisioned green schools that promote climate-smart actions through education. The CSS Master Plan has further expanded into the three critical guiding documents: CSS Minimum Package (CSSMP-2018), CSS Implementation Guideline-2019, and CSS Communication and Dissemination Strategy. The CSS Implementation Guideline (CSSIG) comprises a range of facilitating tools and techniques to translate the CSS Minimum Package indicators into action, particularly at school and local government levels.
Climate change is a vital component of UNICEF’s approach to disaster risk reduction, with climate change adaptation an integral part of risk management in its development and humanitarian programming. For several years, UNICEF has worked to accelerate collective action among development partners and governments to address climate change through the education sector and at the school level. Via the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (CADRES), UNICEF has led the updating of the CSSF 2022-2030 to better incorporate climate change action across countries such as Nepal based on local needs and conditions. These efforts focus on utilizing education systems and schools to enhance disaster risk reduction and school safety measures to mitigate the impacts of climate change-induced shocks, strengthen shock responsive, greening school facilities, and promote community-based social action to address context-specific climate change issues. The initiatives are also focused on transformative action by equipping children, young people, and communities with knowledge and skills on climate change.
The Global CSSF (2022-2030) framework has also been updated with four key components: a cross-cutting foundation and three intersecting pillars. Each component is distinguished by specific scope, sets of actors, responsibilities, and strategies. UNICEF will collaborate with the government and partners to update Nepal’s CSSMP to align with the updated global CSSF framework, incorporating climate change education through education.
As the country seeks to recover the learning losses experienced by children during the pandemic and address the broader learning crisis, it is incumbent on all tiers of government to identify appropriate learning recovery strategies in the short term. The Government, in partnership with UNICEF and other education development partners, has developed and initiated the School Education Sector Plan (SESP; 2022-2027), which includes the implementation of the Recovery and Accelerated Learning (ReAL) Plan to facilitate an inclusive recovery of learning loss through need-based and targeted accelerated and remedial learning programs.
Responding to the needs of these children, UNICEF continues to support and advocate for the comprehensive school safety programme encompassing climate smart education and supports the implementation of the ReAL plan at federal, provincial, and targeted provinces.
This will include the following support from UNICEF to government, partners, and field offices:
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UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.
Note: Qualified females and candidates from the under-represented ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply.