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Project Title: Resilient Recovery Programme in The Bahamas Post Dorian Hurricane
Duty Station: Abaco and Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Starting Date: June 2020
Duration of the consultancy: 3 months upon contract signature with possibility of extension
Number of Positions: Abaco (1) and Grand Bahama (1)
Background:- On 1st of September 2019, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in The Bahamas as Category 5, leaving devastating loss of life and large-scale destruction of assets and infrastructure in its wake, especially on the northern islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the “Resilient Recovery Programme in The Bahamas Post Dorian Hurricane” is supporting the Government and people of The Bahamas to recover in the aftermath of the hurricane. The Programme focuses on environment restoration through debris and waste management, livelihoods based on short-term interventions, recovery planning and housing sector rehabilitation underpinned by risk informed and resilient reconstruction. The Government of the Bahamas (GOB), through the Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA), has established offices in Abaco and Grand Bahama to manage, monitor and coordinate the implementation of the recovery activities following the impact of the hurricane including the Small Home Repair Programme (SHRP). The SHRP is aimed at facilitating the reconstruction and restoration of houses in the affected areas. In addition, UNDP will support “build back better” (BBB) reconstruction through the deployment of Technical Assistance Centres (TACs) in the affected islands. In addition to being an information hub to aid resilient reconstruction, the TACs will support the DRA in extending the Small Home Repair Programme to potential beneficiaries in the affected areas, by visiting the respective communities and ensuring that residents are provided with requisite information and access to registration. The services of other key agencies such as the Department of Inland Revenue Department, Ministry of Social Service, Ministry of Public Works and the Bahamas Customs Department will also be provided on a rotational basis through the TAC. Overall Objectives of the TAC The TACs will serve the urgent needs of the impacted communities through visits across the islands in order to provide technical assistance and advice consistent with the recovery and reconstruction goals of the GOB.
Overall Objectives of the TAC
The TACs will serve the urgent needs of the impacted communities through visits across the islands in order to provide technical assistance and advice consistent with the with the recovery and reconstruction goals of the GOB. The overall objectives of the TACs are to:
Improve the quality of reconstruction through effective community outreach, by providing convenient access to free technical advice (detailed designs will not be provided) by physically visiting each impacted community;
Guide and advise resilient practices in construction and especially roof repairs;
Provide guidance on the building permit process;
Provide advice on the supply chain for building materials;
Provide guidance on financial and other resources available to assist home or business repairs through Government programs including the DRA's Small Home Repair Program, application for VAT and customs duty exemptions via Department of Internal Revenue, Small Business Development Centre grants and programs available through Department of Social Services;
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