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Consultant: Disaster Risk Reduction Consultant
|Location :||Khartoum, SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||25-Nov-08|
|Additional Category||Crisis Response|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One month|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One month|
Sudan is highly prone to natural and man-made disasters.Floods and droughts are a recurrent phenomenon throughout large areas of Southern and Central Eastern Sudan that held back development and undermined efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Awareness and commitment to tackle of disaster risks was heightened in 2007 by the severe floods affecting the South and East of the country.
At the same time, however, does not have a coherent set of development strategies that link emergency responses with ultimate goal of reducing predisposition to risks.Sudan's national and regional disaster risk management is characterized by lack of policies and legislations, weak institutional capacities, absence of effective coordination mechanisms between different actors, low budget allocations, weak central information management system, and unclear definition of roles, responsibilities and mandates. Since there is currently no ideal single national counterpart, through an intensive consultation process, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs (MoHA) has been identified as the most relevant and suitable primary partner to deal with coordination of disaster risk reduction at the national level.
Against the background of yearly recurring floods throughout the country, there is a wide recognition by all partners in for the need to move away from an event-driven, humanitarian response model to a broad-based, multi-sectoral risk reduction model.? From a UNDP point of view, disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) is essentially a development problem and enhancing local risk management has the potential to reduce anti-developmental outcomes such as impoverishment, food insecurity, water shortages, epidemic disease and deteriorating resource based conflicts. UNDP aims at strengthening state capacities to reduce risks of future disasters by reducing socio-economic and environmental vulnerabilities, as well as to move from a reactive, civil defense-based mode of dealing with disasters to a more proactive and coherent approach incorporating risk management into the strategic development planning process.
Efforts are also already underway in Southern Sudan to develop a DDRM policy, strategy and project design. In the North, the Government of National Unity (GnU), through the MoHA, has officially asked UNDP Sudan for support in strengthening their capacity in disaster and risk reduction and management.? To that end, with the support of UNDP?s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), an initial Project Brief has been developed, which needs to be elaborated into full-fledged project document.
The main objectives of the planned DRRM project are:
This approach will have the twin benefits of not only reducing disaster risks within the states but also of strengthening MoHA's and other participating ministries capacities to support state level work in the future. The results will assist the Government of Sudan in identifying and adopting institutional and policy measures needed to strengthen the country's ability to manage disaster and other risks overall.
In the long run, UNDP Sudan aims at developing an overall country-wide DRRM strategy, which will incorporate lessons learned and best practices from DRRM projects in North and South Sudan .
Based on the BCPR DRR Project Brief, the UNDP Bridging Programme 2007-2008, the Strategic Partnership Agreement between BCPR and UNDP Sudan and the BCPR Strategy 2007-2011, the consultant will develop:
Duties and Responsibilities
Activities to be undertaken
The consultant will report directly to the Deputy Country Director (Programme).
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.