Job Opening

Posting Title: Support the development of the UN system contribution to the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 23 November 2021 - 01 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-167386-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Inception report;
-Interagency action plan, including dissemination, informed by the recommendations of the DRR/COVID-19 key lesson review, finalized
- Development of 2 knowledge/communication products ;
- Global and regional webinars organized..

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

The consultant will support UNDRR during the period 13 December 2021 and will finalize the assignment by 31 August 2022.

Note: Travel is not applicable.

Management and supervision:
The consultancy is home-based.

Duties and Responsibilities

Established in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG/ASG), UNDRR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, UNDRR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyses action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with UN Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.

In 2016, the UN Chief Executives Board adopted the UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience: Towards a Risk informed and Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development, which defines the support of the UN system towards the implementation of the Sendai Framework considering a risk-informed and integrated approach to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The implementation of the UN Plan of Action on DRR for Resilience is guided by the UN Senior Leadership Group (UN SLG) on DRR and supported by the UN DRR Focal Points Group (UN DRR FPG).

The UN system’s management of COVID-19 has already provided critical lessons that can help strengthen implementation of the UN Plan of Action on DRR for Resilience and strengthen joint approaches across the UN system in support of Member States to reduce risks and build resilience to a broad scope of hazards. In July 2020, the UN SLG recommended that the UN DRR Focal Points Group ‘jointly identify key lessons from UN coordination mechanisms for COVID-19 to ensure a UN systems approach to reducing risks and building resilience to a broad scope of hazards, including biological hazards, including pandemics’, and report back to the UN SLG in July 2021.

Against this background, the ‘Review of lessons learned from United Nations coordination mechanisms on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic - Strengthening the United Nations system approach to reducing risk and building resilience to a broad range of hazards’ (DRR/COVID-19 key lesson review) was developed via an interagency effort. It sought to understand how the UN coordination mechanisms for the management of COVID-19 had supported DRR mainstreaming into the pandemic response and the extent to which disaster risk reduction considerations have been incorporated into the key strategies and decisions of UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in support of the joint UN response at country level. The DRR/COVID-19 key lesson review includes a set of recommendations on how to strengthen DRR in UN interagency planning and programming, across the humanitarian, development and health realms, and particularly in the context of COVID-19 recovery.
The recommendations were adopted by the UN SLG in July 2021, for further socialization and implementation by UN entities.
To this end, under the auspices of the UN DRR FPG, a draft action plan, including dissemination, for the DRR/COVID-19 review has been developed. The dissemination and action phase of the review will focus on extracting the key lessons learned and recommendations from the review, disseminating them widely and mobilizing partnerships to take forward key recommendations through concrete actions. Knowledge-sharing events such as webinars will be held with key actors to promote action informed by the recommendations and to share available tools and resources to strengthen DRR and risk considerations in interagency planning and programming at regional and country level.
The UN DRR FPG will report back to the UN SLG on implementation of the DRR/COVID-19 action plan ahead of the UN SLG meeting in July 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities
The consultancy is home-based. The consultant will report to the UNDRR Interagency Cooperation Unit and work closely with the Core Team of the interagency task team established for this review under the UN DRR Focal Points Group, including members: UNDRR, WHO, UNDP, UNDCO and OCHA.

Under the supervision of UNDRR, this consultancy will support the dissemination of and promotion of action informed by the recommendations of the DRR/COVID-19 review, in the UN system at global, regional and country levels. to ensure a UN systems approach to reducing risks and building resilience to a broad scope of hazards.
The consultancy will support the following activities:
(1) Support the finalization, implementation and monitoring of activities of the interagency action plan that support the roll-out of the recommendations of the DRR/COVID-19 key lesson review.
(2) Coordinate the preparation of knowledge sharing events such as webinars with UN partners at global and regional levels to promote the action informed by the recommendations of the DRR/COVID-19 key lesson review. This includes the preparation of concept notes, coordination of invitations, development of talking points, background notes/briefings for speakers, and preparation of minutes
1. Develop communications materials to raise awareness and share tools and UNCT good practices on risk-informing COVID-19 recovery.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Academic Qualifications: Master's degree in Business Administration, International Relations, Economic Development, Development Studies, Social Science, International Development, Political Science, International Relations, Public Health or any other relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with a minimum of 2 years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: - Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience in disaster risk reduction,
resilience building, humanitarian and/or development work at international level or other relevant field is required;
- Experience in organizing knowledge sharing events, such as webinars, is required;
- Experience in developing strategic partnerships within the UN system is required;
- Experience in UN interagency coordination, particularly at regional and/or country level is desired;
- Experience in developing communication materials is desired;
Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge in French and/or Spanish is desirable.

Additional Information

Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in socio-economic and humanitarian fields. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDRR has around 100 staff located in its HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, and 5 regional offices and other field presences. Specifically, UNDRR coordinates international efforts in disaster risk reduction, and guides, monitors and reports on the progress of the implementation of the international strategy for disaster reduction, now the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015-2030; campaigns to create global awareness of disaster risk reduction benefits and empower people to reduce their vulnerability to hazards; advocates for greater investments in disaster risk reduction to protect people's lives and assets, and for increased and informed participation of men and women of all stakeholder groups in reducing disaster risk; and informs and connects people by providing practical services and tools such as PreventionWeb, publications on good practices, and by leading the preparation of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction and the organisation of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

In the upcoming years, the strong commitment and involvement of political leadership in every country and partnerships at all levels are required to achieve the outcome set by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: “The substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries”. As highlighted by the Sendai Framework and other international agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, a resilient future for all is only possible with an all-of-society engagement for comprehensive and coordinated action.

Building resilience and promoting disaster risk reduction is a collective responsibility and challenge which calls for coordinated actions. UNDRR works closely at all levels with a wide variety of partners and stakeholders towards a global and comprehensive effort in support of country-level actions.

The goal of engaging with partners and stakeholders is to build and enable systematic engagement and action between governments and stakeholders to reduce existing risks and prevent the creation of new risks for resilient socio-economic development at the global, national and local level.

UNDRR’s work is guided by a Partnership and Engagement Strategy and directly supports paragraph 35 of the Sendai Framework: "While States have the overall responsibility for reducing disaster risk, it is a shared responsibility between Governments and relevant stakeholders. In particular, non-state stakeholders play an important role as enablers in providing support to states, in accordance with national policies, laws and regulations, in the implementation of the present framework at local, national, regional and global levels. Their commitment, goodwill, knowledge, experience and resources will be required."

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