The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) was founded in 1966 as an independent instrument of the United Nations with a special mission among others to assist developing countries in the development of their economies by supplementing existing sources of capital assistance by means of loans and grants. UNCDF makes investments in the Least Developed Countries ( LDCs). These investments are designed to help the LDCs reduce poverty and achive the objecticves of the Brussels Programme of Action for the LDCs and the Millenniun Development Goals (MDGs). UNCDFs investment capital is flexible, high-risk, and innovative , and its development approach seeks the long-term development of human, instututional and financial capacity in the poorest countries. UNCDF currently invest in 36 of the 50 LDCs, as at 2007 including 16 in Southern and Eastern Africa Region of which 12 are Conflict or post-conflict countries.
UNCDF’s Local Development Programmes (LDPs) support national decentralisation strategies in the LDCs and seek to improve social services, governance and pro-poor economic infrastructure at the local level by providing technical assistance and investment capital directly to local authorities.
UNCDF’s Local Development practice area has gained increasing attention in recent years for a variety of reasons, such as the realisation of the need for building capacity at sub-national government levels for the effecient delivery of social services and local infrastructure. In this area UNCDF offers a unique mix of cutting edge technical expertise and investment capital, while fostering coherence and harmonization through the participation in Sector Wide Approach .
UNCDF and UNDP are currently supporting the Government of Mozambique to implement the National Program for Decentralized Planning and Financing, which was launched in 2010. The results achieved by UNCDF and UNDP within the Decentralization group, having a strategic focus area of Policy and Advocacy, include a deeper understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of food security issues by key stakeholders. Food and nutrition insecurity, particularly among the most vulnerable segment in society, is a primary concern of the Government of Mozambique, and therefore actions to address its causes are outlined in various policy and strategy documents including the Food Security and Nutrition Strategy and the 5-year Government Plan 2010-2014.
Following guidelines from the Government of Mozambique, the Belgian Fund for Food Security commissioned a study to assess the food security situation in seven districts of Manica and Gaza provinces. The study provides a tentative outline for a joint programme, which shall be implemented under the leadership of the Government of Mozambique and with the support of UNCDF, FAO, WFP and BTC. The research outlines a programme with four closely inter-linked components, namely:
Within this context, UNCDF will hire a consultant who will primarily report to the UNCDF Regional Office in Johannesburg on all technical aspects that are of relevance to UNCDF core areas in Mozambique, as illustrated by the engagement in democratic governance and human rights; livelihoods and natural resource management; empowerment of women and gender equality. The formulation of the proposed joint programme is to be jointly supported by UNCDF, FAO and WFP based on their respective mandates, comparative advantages and country experiences. The consultant shall design the project document in liaison with WFP and FAO technical staff, under close supervision and technical support from UNCDF Regional Advisors.
Duties and Responsibilities
The expected duties and responsibilities from the Consultant are:
Proposed Work Process
A technical Project Document based upon the updated Concept Paper containing the list of content indicated below and harmonised with the other UN partners:A technical Project Document based upon the updated Concept Paper containing the list of content indicated below and harmonised with the other UN partners:
Impact of Results
By identifying appropriate public investment needs to further enhance community resilience to food insecurity in the selected districts, the program will contribute to increase agricultural production and productivity to ensure food security in Mozambique, which is related to the Outcome 1 in the UNDAF 2012-2015. Additionally, the project interventions shall ensure feedback for policy and capacity development to promote local development and decentralization in the country, and thus contributing to the achievement of the designed Outcome 8 in the UNDAF document.
The program shall improve government structures capacities to plan, mobilize resources and implement sustainable local development projects in a more inclusive and participatory approach, and therefore contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Mozambique.
Required Skills and Experience
Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CVs indicating references and requested daily fees (in US$). The application must be received before 15th July 2011.
All further enquiries should be directed to:
Development of a Project Document on Local Development and Food Security in Mozambique