Call for Expression of Interest
Peer Reviewers for The Regional Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Arab Region (RAR 2021)
The objective of this Call for Expressions of Interest is to set up a list of external experts – Peer Reviewers - for the review of the “Regional Assessment Report (RAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Arab Region”. The report is being developed by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (i.e. UNDRR)’s Regional Office for Arab States with several regional UN and non-UN entities, for publication in 2021.
Experts who meet the requirements defined in Sections IV and V will be considered for potential reviewers of the RAR 2021.
The peer reviewers will be required to review the English Draft version of the RAR 2021 (174 pages).
- Duration of Peer Review Process:
The Peer Review Process will start on Sunday, 1 November 2020 and end on Monday, 30 November 2020.
- Application Process:
Interested candidates are invited to fill the attached Expression of Interest Form and send it along with their CVs to UNDRR at email@example.com by 17:00 pm Cairo Time on Tuesday, 27 October 2020.
- Inclusion Criteria:
The minimum required qualifications of the external expert - Peer Reviewer are:
a) for research experts: Masters’ or PhD
b) for DRR experts: university degree combined with relevant experience
- Work experience: 10 years’ experience in DRR (universities, research organizations, labs) or project management (leadership role in implementing DRR programmes/projects within industry or research organizations).
- At least 5 years of previous experience in contributing to or reviewing DRR-related reports and publications.
- Ability to work in English.
- Assessment criteria
The candidates will be assessed based on the following criteria:
- Areas of expertise (DRR, development, social studies, environmental science, etc.).
- Education (bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, PhD degree).
- Work experience (at least 10 years).
- Type of work experience (academia, research, industry, government, consulting, NGO)
- Scientific experience (journal publications, conference publications, other scientific results).
- Peer review experience.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 (Sendai Framework) emphasizes that risk is everyone’s business – explicitly identifying the need for all-of-society and all-of-State institutions’ engagement. It emphasizes that risk must be understood in broad terms – contextually and temporally. Particularly, it puts the onus on all of us to understand the nature of risk – that death, loss or damage (impacts that define a disaster – that are the disaster) are a function of the context of hazard, vulnerability and exposure.
The Regional Assessment Report (RAR) attempts to provide an understanding of the regional risks and progress in risk reduction in the region, while highlighting the key issues and challenges. The report is aligned to the key messages that the Global Assessment Report 2019 (GAR19) calls for. It emphasizes the importance of understanding better the systemic nature of risk to develop effective strategies to enhance the scientific, social and political cooperation needed to move towards systemic risk governance. Like the GAR19, it reinforces the message that we need to reduce vulnerability and build resilience if we are to reduce risk.
The RAR is composed of the following eight chapters:
- Overview of Disaster Risk in the Arab Region.
- Regional Progress in Disaster Risk Reduction.
- Building Coherence in the Arab Region between the International Agendas: Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Sustainable Development Goals.
- Vulnerabilities to and Capacities in Disaster Risk Reduction: Addressing Structural Drivers, Impacts on and Empowerment of Affected Populations.
- Urbanization Trends and Urban Resilience in the Arab Region.
- The Disaster-Conflict-Fragility Nexus.
- Food Security Risks Under Growing Water Scarcity
- Creating an Enabling Environment for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Scope of work:
The general functions and responsibilities of the Peer Reviewers (experts) are:
- Each Peer Reviewer must undertake the evaluation of the RAR based on the below criteria. The review must give concise, pertinent and well justified comments for each criterion below, and must reflect the strong and weak points in the comments on the RAR.
Criteria: Key Common Aspects to review in Each Chapter
- Each Peer Review must submit, in writing, constructive, objective comments on the RAR’s content with the aim to enrich the content in terms of its discussion of DRR themes and issues in the region and address critical gaps that the Peer Reviewer identifies for each of the eight chapters.
- Submit a written evaluation and written comments to UNDRR at firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of the Peer Review Process and no later than 17:00 pm Cairo Time on Monday, 30 November 2020.