Background & Description
  1. Background:

 

The expanding global outbreak of the Coronavirus remains uncontrolled with total confirmed cases 5,078,237 (Globally) and total deaths 329,132 as of 20-5-2020 in 213 Countries and Territories[1].  The confirmed case fatality ratio is still being assessed

 

As of 20th May, there have been more than 45,898 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan, with 985 deaths reported. Owing to poor health seeking behaviours a weak health system in Pakistan, it is feared that the identified cases may be just the tip of the iceberg.

 

The estimated total population of Pakistan is around 220.89 million making it the fifth most populous country in the world with approximately two-thirds of the population residing in rural areas with no access to hospitals equipped to deal with coronavirus patients, or sometimes to any medical facilities at all. Multiple regions across the country have imposed lockdowns until late May to stem the outbreak.

 

According to Human Rights Watch, social distancing, quarantines, and the closure of businesses will have enormous economic consequences for garment and textile workers, factory workers, domestic workers, home-based workers, and other workers in low-income households. Due to COVID-19, many will be suffering loss of income that would push them further into poverty and deter them from self-isolating to contain the spread of the virus.

 

The Government of Pakistan has developed a National Action Plan for Preparedness & Response to Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) Pakistan which in the short terms aims to maximize preparedness and response by ensuring all safeguards in place to prevent outbreak of Covid-19. Confirmation of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan is on the increase as the testing facilities are being gradually equipped by WHO and the Health Department.

Oxfam in Pakistan plans on launching an assessment on the effective of the disaster management governance for COVID response in Pakistan to learn from the regional experiences and of those countries who were able to tackle the virus successfully.

 

  1. Objectives:

 

  • To assess and analyse the socio-economic impact of the COVID19 response and measures adopted by the Sindh government;
  • To get a real-time snapshot of the effectiveness of the disaster management governance for COVID-19; Draft practical recommendations and develop some key learnings from COVID response;
  • To undertake a structural analysis of the COVID response, adopting a disaster management lens.
  • Identify emerging needs and specific arrangements that arose which are public health related, on socio-economic, livelihood, and gaps and recommendations;
  • Identify of gaps and realistic recommendations to modify current action, measures which strengthen the existing government mechanisms and structure for response;
  • To analyse the inclusion of the needs of vulnerable groups (especially gender, low-income groups and people with disabilities) in disaster management;

 

  1. Scope of Work:

 

Oxfam seeks to engage a Pakistani national consultant to contribute to the action assessment. The consultant will undertake a systematic scoping and mapping of existing literature on response to COVID. The consultant would also review the national action plan with the lens of inclusion of needs of women and vulnerable groups. The consultant would engage key stakeholders to understand and unpack the current and past responses. The consultant would adopt a lens of gender and social inclusion in their analysis. The consultant would explore existing national, regional, and global responses to the pandemic and other key disasters in the past and draft practical recommendations to strengthen the overall disaster response and management mechanism set up within the country.

 

  1. Areas of Scrutiny

 

  1. Social protection and poverty alleviation schemes
  2. National, provincial and district disaster and allied response mechanisms
  • Respective roles and effectiveness of key stakeholders
  1. Inclusion of needs of vulnerable groups
  2. Shifts in community outreach and the resulting impact on resilience of frontline communities.

 

 

  1. Literature to be covered

 

The assessment shall compile and systematically sort all existing literature on CCA and DRR, including:

  1. Legislation and policy at the national and level;
  2. Academic papers and other existing materials;
  • Materials from CSOs and networks including relevant sitreps

 

  1. Coordination and Sourcing of Materials

 

In planning the conduct of the review at the country and Oxfam affiliates, as well as in accessing the materials, the consultant shall coordinate with these bodies:

 

  1. Oxfam Country Team;
  2. NDMA;
  • PDMAs;
  1. Sample of DDMAs;
  2. Relevant ministries;
  3. Key INGOs and NGOs working in the DRR and health sectors;
  • Key UN Agencies including UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR;
  • Civil society organizations active in CCA/DRR;
  1. Academics;
  2. UN agencies; and
  3. Frontline communities vulnerable to disasters.

 

The consultant will report to the Pakistan coordinator, climate change and resilience and work in close coordination with the country team in terms of designing methodology and roll out the assessment.

 

  1. Deliverables:

 

The consultant will produce:

 

  1. An initial approved inception report with finalized methodology, including list of key stakeholders to engage
  2. A policy analysis of the National Action Plan for Corona virus disease (COVID-19) Pakistan
  3. Develop case studies of countries who were able to successfully contain the virus spread and treatment
  4. An annotated list of available materials, documents, and policies concerning response to different disasters and health emergencies,
  5. A detail assessment report in English providing facts, analyses and narrative components to inform Oxfam’s and government’s COVID response
  6. Recommendations for key stakeholders on strengthening response to COVID.
  7. Developed policy briefing paper based on the report. Specific format for the policy brief will be provided by Oxfam GB.
  8. A presentation on the results to be delivered to the country team.

 

  1. Methodology:

 

The methodology will be primarily desk review and online consultations with key stakeholders.  The methodology will also include consultations with a sample of representatives from key community organizations addressing climate change and resilience. The consultant should consider literature from a range of stakeholders to capture a variety of perspectives. They will consult directly with key actors in government to ensure they have access to directly relevant and up-to-date information. The consultant will undertake a critical analysis approach that recognises the links between social, economic and political issues and CCA-DRR governance and climate change migration and displacement, so that the main issues and barriers to effective action can be identified.

 

  1. Schedule of Activities:

 

Activity

Recruitment of the consultant

Inception Meetings with Country teams

Finalization of Methodology of the impact assessment

Contribute collection and analysis of literature

Meetings with the Government, UN agencies, Civil Society and INGOs

Sharing first draft of the report

Final delivery date of the assignment is 22-June-2020

 

*Schedule of activities to be provided by the consultant in the proposal.

  1. Important Notes

 

  • The selected candidate will be required to submit final products for the deliverables mentioned above on 22nd June 2020;
  • The consultant will report to the Climate Change and Resilience Project Coordinator and work in close coordination with the country team in terms of designing methodology and rolling out the assessment;
  • For all communication, the selected candidate will be bound to adhere to the branding and sensitivity guidelines of Oxfam in Pakistan;
  • All the deliverables need to be approved by the Project team (at Oxfam in Pakistan) before being finalized. The Consultant will seek the team’s feedback and incorporate it to improve the quality of the deliverable. Oxfam has the right to suggest changes to the deliverables at any time during the period of this consultancy.

Proposal requirements:

The consultant needs to submit detail methodology and tentative workplan of the assessment to Oxfam along with the narrative and financial proposal. The methodology of the assessment will be finalized with country team.

The proposal will be evaluated on the following:

  • Past experience including some demonstration of linkages within the humanitarian and DRR sector: 50%
  • Financial proposal: 20%
  • Methodology: 30%

 

[1] https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-toll/

Requirements and Skills
  • Clear demonstration of 5-6 years + experience of having worked with the development sector, particularly on disaster risk reduction and conducting assessments.
  • Experience in working with developmental organizations and networks
  • Strong analytical skill and quantitative and qualitative data collection;
  • Good communication and representation skills;
  • Excellent writing skills;
How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit:

  1. Submit the contact details of two referees
  2. Proposal (methodology/approach to the assignment)
  3. Financial Quotation (all-inclusive budget which includes professional fees, travel, lodging expenses, communications, etc.);
  4. Sample of previous work;
  5. Registration & Taxes: The applicant firms must be registered companies /individuals having complete postal address, telephone, fax, National Tax Number (attach copy).

Please send your proposal of interest, CV and application for subject consultancy at the earliest. The closing date for the consultancy is 31st May 2020 before 5 pm.

Please clearly write the title of the consultancy in Subject of your email: Consultancy: “Analysing the COVID 19 response and measures in Sindh, socio-economic impacts and recommendations for improvement”.

About Organization

Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty: a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally. Oxfam in Pakistan has been working in the country since 1973. In the Pakistan, our goal is to contribute to the eradication of poverty by supporting women and other vulnerable groups in saving lives and building livelihoods, enhancing their resilience to crises, shocks and stresses, and making their voices heard to hold duty-bearers accountable.