TERMS OF REFERENCE
|Disaster Law Officer (local)
|Dushanbe / Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan
Background and Justification
Tajikistan ranks 99th in terms of disaster risk globally in 2022. Its common hazards are mudflow, avalanche, drought and earthquakes. Mudflows cause the highest level of monetary loss, followed by drought. The country also ranked 121st in the global climate-risk index in 2021. While the overall risk rankings are not significantly high, such risks have had a high impact on the sustainable development of Tajikistan, and will continue to do so unless relevant disaster prevention and preparedness measures are implemented. Part of such measures is legal preparedness for disasters.
The Tajikistan Law on the Protection of the Population and Territories from Natural and Man-made Emergencies is the core legal basis for disaster risk management in the country. It establishes the responsibilities and authority of the State and the designated agency for disaster risk management (DRM), as well as the rights and responsibilities of communities in preparing for and responding to disasters. The Law is implemented through various by-laws (e.g. by-laws on customs and taxation). However, there are still some gaps in implementation. For example, there is a lack of by-laws on the standards for requesting and accepting international assistance during disasters, as well by-laws that support government mechanisms for integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation measures.
The project seeks to establish the Disaster Law program within the regular programing of the National Society, develop the essential skills needed to advocate for legal preparedness for disasters, and provide technical support to Tajikistan government and parliament in strengthening the country’s disaster law framework.
The Disaster Law Officer shall primarily support the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan (RCST) and the Committee for Emergency Situations (CoES) in crafting evidence-based legal assessment and recommendations for the reform of the disaster law framework in Tajikistan. Towards this end, the DL Officer shall provide support through legal research, analysis and drafting, and support in the facilitation of consultations between RCST, CoES, NPDRR and other relevant stakeholders. The IFRC Disaster Law Checklists / tools will primarily be used for the legal assessment, as well as other references relevant to the Tajik legal framework for disaster risk management.
The Disaster Law Officer shall have direct management and technical lines to the RCST leadership and Head of Disaster Management Department\Disaster Law Focal Point. The IFRC Disaster Law Delegate for Central Asia will also provide technical support and supervision to the Disaster Law Officer.
Activities and Outputs
- Technical advice and facilitation of the legal assessment and legislative drafting process for Disaster Laws/by-laws:
1.1. Conduct legal research, provide legal analysis, and draft legal opinion/recommendation to address the specific issues and gaps in the disaster law framework of Tajikistan (guided primarily by IFRC Disaster Law tools);
1.2. Support the organization and facilitation of meetings, consultations and peer learning sessions with the RCST, CoES, NPDRR or other inter-agency technical working group (TWG) established for this purpose. The consultations will focus on legal assessment, in order to provide legal and policy advice and ensure effective discussions within the inter-agency TWG and other stakeholders;
1.3. Propose concrete and evidence-based recommendations for the disaster law reform implementation roadmap, specifically on the content of proposed laws/by-laws or in the review of existing by-laws;
- Project coordination: Support coordination between RCST project team, CoES, NPDRR, UN and other partners for the effective implementation of the disaster law.
- Monitoring of legal/policy process: Closely monitor relevant policy or legislative processes that have an impact on the review and drafting of the by-laws, including where further technical support, dialogue, trainings or research is required.
Timeline and Workload
The expected start date is July 2023.
The period of the agreement is for 11 months, full-time.
- Tajik National;
- Degree in Law;
- At least 5 years work experience in the development of legislation and/or policies in Tajikistan;
- Has a good understanding of disaster risk management concepts, systems and processes in Tajikistan and internationally;
- Excellent writing and verbal skills in Tajik, Russian and English;
- Able to meet deadlines.
Expression of Interest
The Expression of Interest and other requirements shall be sent to RCST Human Resources. Below are the requirements:
- Cover letter (not more than one page) clearly summarizing the applicant’s qualifications.
- Contact details of three (3) professional referees;
- Curriculum Vitae (CV);
- A sample of previous written work that is relevant to the topic of this job is preferred.
Deadline of submission is on June 23, 2023. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
|Head of DM Department, RCST
|Human Resources, RCST
Salary: Salary is 6000 Somony.
Please send your CV/Resume (mentioning position in the subject line) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for applications is June 25, 2023.
Duration: 12 month
It should be noted that the applications sent after this date and time will not be taken into consideration.
Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview. RCST does not enter into correspondence with regard to the reasons for non-selection of candidates.