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Consultant: National consultants to update/prepare a country document for DRR in different Caribbean countries (Extended-previous closing date: 26 Feb 2014)

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean

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Reference number: ISDR/C/05/14

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Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) 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, UNISDR has around 100 staff located in its HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, and 5 regional offices and other field presences. Specifically, UNISDR coordinates international efforts in disaster risk reduction, and guides, monitors and reports on the progress of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action; 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 in reducing disaster risk; and informs and connects people by providing practical services and tools such as Prevention Web, 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.

ECHO: Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission

The Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) was created in 1992 as an expression of the European solidarity with people in need all around the world. In 2004 it became the Directorate- General for Humanitarian Aid before integrating Civil Protection in 2010 for a better coordination and disaster response inside and outside Europe.

In 1996, ECHO launched a specific programme, DIPECHO (Disaster Preparedness ECHO) dedicated to disaster preparedness, targeting vulnerable communities living in the main disaster-prone regions of the world.

DIPECHO Programme

The DIPECHO Programme contributes to the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005- 2015 (HFA). A key element in DIPECHO is the development of Key contributions in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) so as to identify successful models for replication elsewhere by national/sub-national authorities or other funding instruments of the European Commission, other donors.

The Caribbean region experiences multiple disasters: The region is prone to hurricanes, floods, flash floods, tsunamis, landslides and mudslides. Some islands experience earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The physical risk is combined with socioeconomic factors, such as high population density, fast demographic growth, inequality and great poverty. The combination of these factors results in highly vulnerable communities, with few coping capacities in the event of disaster. Moreover, climate change is likely to negatively affect disaster trends in the region.

DIPECHO Action Plan for the Caribbean 2013-2014

The 2013-2014 DIPECHO Action Plan for the Caribbean aims to establish greater collaboration and coordination between partners, allowing programming of common outcomes and the harmonization of practices. Furthermore, it focuses on improving communication and dissemination of DRR key contributions in the region, by capturing evidence of success on how DIPECHO projects have allowed the most at risk communities to anticipate, withstand, adapt and sometimes, recover quickly from disasters.

The forthcoming Action Plan also takes account of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters and reconfirms the commitment to regional initiatives to contribute to make schools and hospitals safer and cities resilient in disaster prone areas.

The consultancy is related to the UNISDR regional project within the framework of the DIPECHO Action Plan for the Caribbean 2013-2014. The Humanitarian Implementation Plan and the Operational Recommendations provide details to the objectives of the 2013-2014 Action Plan.

The regional project to be implemented by UNISDR includes the following elements:

  1. Improving communication and dissemination of DIPECHO DRR tools and initiatives in the region,
  2. Further advancing in the development of a common strategy towards DRR, as well as
  3. Contributions to the consultation process leading to the post-2015 framework for DRR.

One component of the project is related to the preparation / updating of country documents for disaster risk reduction. In the Caribbean, 3 Caribbean countries have prepared country documents under the leadership of the respective National Disaster Management Agency. Four additional countries have been involved in this process. The DRR country documents are expected to become a national reference for policy design and decision making for interventions for DRR as well as to provide support in the planning and coordination of activities with cooperation entities.

The updating will consider the application of the “Set of Criteria for the Prioritization of DRR at national Level” which will support the identification of DRR focus areas at national, sub-national and local levels.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The following points will provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities of the consultant within the UNISDR DIPECHO project for the Caribbean:

  • Coordinate, together with the UNISDR, DRR organizations and experts the implementation of country specific activities under the framework of the 2013-2014 UNISDR DIPECHO project at national and local level.
  • Support the preparation/update of a country document for the respective country by applying the standardized country format for the preparation of country documents and the “Set of Criteria to prioritize DRR at the national level” in close coordinating with the respective National Disaster Management Agency, UNISDR, national DRR experts and partners and other relevant regional and national DRR partners.

Updates: Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname

Preparation: Dominica

Related activities:

  • Identify the key DRR stakeholder to be involved in the preparation/update of a country document process and conduct interviews with respective focal points,
  • Gather and review information from secondary sources,
  • Analyze the information,
  • Prepare a draft and final version of the country document for DRR,
  • Present the Country Document in an appropriate format to stakeholders for feedback,
  • Coordinate with the National Disaster Management Agency, and national DRR experts and organization related to the preparation of national consultation workshops to revise the draft of the country document,
  • Support the facilitation of the national workshop,
  • Prepare a report of the national consultation process leading to the update/preparation of the country profile, including the results from the national workshop. Give special emphasis on the application of the “Set of Criteria to prioritize DRR at the national level”. This information will be input to a regional report,
  • Support the dissemination of the country document.
  • Promote and encourage the use and dissemination, among national and other relevant DRR stakeholders, of the tools and knowledge produced by the DIPECHO projects
  • Prepare monthly progress reports.
  • Prepare a final project report with a detailed description of project activities and results.
  • Other project activities as requested by the UNISDR.

Programmatic Functions:

  • Keep staff of the UNISDR informed about activities, progress, achievements, and challenges. 
  • Maintain close coordination with the UNISDR Regional Liaison Offcier in Barbados regarding regional and national processes and coordination with different partners. 
  • Develop a final narrative report describing the status of project activities and results.
  • In coordination with the UNISDR Project Manager in Barbados, prepare a regional report of the Application of Set of Criteria for Prioritizing National DRR Actions which was developed in the 2011-2012 DIPECHO Action Plan, and its integration into the 8 updated Country Documents under the framework of the 2013-2014 Action Plan.


The following reports shall be produced:

  1. Monthly progress reports.
  2. Report on the application of the set of criteria for prioritizing DRR at the national level. 
  3. Final report.


  • Work plan: to be developed in coordination with UNISDR and the National Disaster Management Agency. It shall include the working methodology that will be used during the consultancy.
  • Monthly reports including progress, achievements, challenges and issues relevant for the following month(s), together with annexes (minutes of meetings, mission reports, etc.).
  • Final report.
  • DRR Country document.


Professionalism: Strong background, knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles and approaches to disaster risk reduction. Familiarity with disaster risk reduction programmes and activities at regional, sub-regional levels and ability to identify and analyze regional and national priorities, needs and capacities and develop appropriate strategies and actions

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and programmes; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.

Teamwork: Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment Prior work experience with recovery related papers will be an advantage


Education: Advanced University or equivalent experience in social sciences, national resource management, disaster risk management or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with a minimum of 7 years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Functional knowledge and professional experience in the field of disaster risk reduction, climate change, and/or sustainable development (at least 5 years);
  • Project management or coordination experience.
  • Knowledgeable of the work carried out by the UNISDR Americas office;
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills;
  • Experience in leading and facilitating workshops and meetings;
  • Knowledge of intergovernmental mechanisms, DRR Platforms, tools and mechanisms related to DRR and DIPECHO
  • Functional knowledge of ECHO action plans and DIPECHO projects;
  • Excellent English writing skills.
  • Availability to travel within the region.

Language: Excellent English speaking and writing skills.


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