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Vacancy number: ISDR/C/33/2009


The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) is a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder platform to enable societies to increase their resilience to natural, technological and environmental disasters and to reduce associated environmental, human, economic and social losses. A range of United Nations organizations and international partners participate in cooperation with Governments and civil society organizations.

The implementation of the ISDR is supported by a secretariat lead by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. The secretariat main functions are policy coordination, advocacy and information management, at the international and regional levels, to ensure synergy between disaster reduction strategies and those in the socio-economic and humanitarian fields.

In January 2005, the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR, 18-22 January 2005, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan) adopted the Hyogo Declaration and the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters adopted at the WCDR.

The Hyogo Framework is the essential guide for implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in the coming years and it constitutes an unprecedented conceptual shift that takes account of the complexity of action in disaster risk reduction and the large variety of actors whose inputs are required in the pursuit of this objective. It provides the basic concepts and prescribes and expected outcome; details three strategic goals for disaster risk reduction and a set of five priority areas for action; and assigns tasks to stakeholders at different operational levels to reach the expected outcome.

Priority one of the Hyogo Framework for Action emphasizes the need to “ensure that disaster risk reduction (DRR) is a national and local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation”. It further recommends establishing “DRR institutional mechanisms (national platforms) with designated responsibilities” as well as “legislation to support DRR” and to make “DRR part of development policies and planning, sector wise and multi-sector”.

Since the mid 90’s African countries began developing multi-stakeholder national coordination mechanisms for disaster management and response, the first being Ethiopia (1995) and Mozambique (1999). Since the establishment of the UNISDR regional Office for Africa in 2002, another 23 African countries established multi-stakeholder national coordination mechanisms, focusing on disaster risk reduction rather than on disaster response and relief, which are often referred to as national platforms for disaster risk reduction.

The institutional framework for disaster risk reduction in Côte D’Ivoire is currently being strengthened through the establishment of a National Platform. The platform will gather 45 stakeholders from government ministries, international organizations, and decentralized organizations, the private sector and civil society. Thus, there is need to strengthen the capacity of future national platform members. This consultancy will develop a concept for a training workshop which will respond to the needs of the national authorities and their partners. It will be carried out as a national workshop with the final objective being to develop and facilitate a training targeting disaster risk management practitioners who are implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Coordinator of the UNISDR Regional Office for Africa, the Programme Officer in charge of the project within the UNISDR, and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forest in Cote d’Ivoire, the consultant will be responsible for developing and facilitating a training workshop on disaster risk management.

The consultant will develop an explanatory and methodic toolkit to ensure that as an outcome of the training, through a workshop on disaster risk management, each National Platform member will be in possession of appropriate disaster management tools. National Platform members, after the workshop, will be aware of consultative and participatory mechanisms and integrated processes. They will also have the capability to mobilize international assistance in case of a disaster as well as have the mechanisms to integrate DRR into development strategies, policies and plans.

The toolkit will involve:
develop a diagnostic analysis of the context and disaster risks as well as needs for tools (within 1 week after the starting date).

Definition of the objectives of the training workshop:
provide an outline of workshop sessions in line with targeted objectives and linked with the outcomes of the analysis. Also, identify regional and international experts to be invited if this is necessary (within 1 week after the starting date).

Development of the training documents:
(Within 2 weeks after the starting date).

Facilitation of the training:
carry out the training workshop with a focus on creating a learner friendly environment to ensure good results (within 4 weeks after the starting date).

Post workshop activities:
conduct a training assessment to ensure the objectives were achieved by the end of the training workshop. Also, carry out participant survey (before completion of the consultant services).


-Ability to respond to changing requirements and assignments given.
-Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks.

Planning and organizing:
Effective organizational skills and ability to establish priorities and to plan, co-ordinate and monitor own work plan.

-Good communication speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information with others and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (masters degree or equivalent) in development studies, social sciences, environmental sciences or other related field.

Work experience:
-Minimum 10 years work experience working in disaster risk reduction or related fields.
-Experience in training, public relations and communication is an asset.

Fluency in spoken and written French and English is required.

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