Technical coordinator (Words into Action guide for Multi-hazard early warning systems)

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Result of Service

• Annotated outline drafted considering all inputs and suggestions from reference group.
• Consultation process supported by monitoring contributions from reference group members and mobilizing external experts and organizations’ participation as needed.
• Drafts WiA guidance.
• Call for external contributions and good practices managed. This includes
a. Compiling, assessing, summarizing and proposing relevant sections to be integrated in the WiA from the submissions on the call for contribution.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

The consultant will support UNDRR for 8 months with a possibility of extension. The consultant will start in May 2021 and will finalize the assignment at the end of December 2021. It is estimated that the consultant works approximately/on average 8-10 working days per month unevenly distributed among all phases of the contract duration as per the project milestones.

Note: Travel is not applicable.

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 catalyzes 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.

The Words into Action (WiA) guidelines series aim to ensure global access to expertise, communities of practice and networks of DRR practitioners. The guidelines offer specific advice on the steps suggested to implement a feasible and people-centered approach in accordance with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
While these guidelines are not meant to be exhaustive handbooks, those who need more in-depth information will find references to other sources of information. Based on a knowledge co-production methodology, WiA Working Groups use a participatory approach that ensures a wide and representative diversity in knowledge sources. WiA is primarily a knowledge translation product, converting a complex set of concepts and information sources into a simpler and synthetized tool for understanding risk and learning. It is also meant to be a catalyser for engagement of partners and other actors.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officers in the UNDRR Regional Offices for Asia Pacific and Africa and in coordination with the Programme Management Officer of the UNDRR Communication, Advocacy and Knowledge Management Section, the Consultant will provide technical support to develop the WiA guide for multi-hazard early warning system. The consultant will also ensure close collaboration with the WiA the Reference Group and the International Network on Multi-Hazard Early warning systems (IN-MHEWS) co-chairs, WMO and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER.
The objective of this guide is to provide advice for governments, stakeholders and partners on how to institutionalize, operate, monitor and strengthen people-centred inclusive approaches for multi-hazard and comprehensive end-to-end early warning systems that enables early action to protect livelihoods, people and assets.

The guide is expected to provide:

• Advice on recommended models and options on the overarching governance framework to drive the implementation of a multi-hazard early warning system that considers all key components for a sustainable and comprehensive system that enables and guides action at multiple levels.

• Recommend which building blocks and key steps are essential to take forward the commitments and advance the priorities reflected in numerous national and local disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation policies and plans on the establishment, operation, financing, monitoring and evaluation of multi-hazard early warning systems

• Provide guidance on novel data sources, information and communication technologies and analytical approaches that can enhance the effectiveness of multi-hazard early warning systems and enable anticipatory approaches.

• Provide guidance on how to measure effectiveness and socio-economic benefits of EWS and apply learning for systems improvement and advocacy for enhanced investments

Specific areas of support include:
• On the guidance development phase:
o Provide technical advice on most effective content outline and communication style to support the targeted audience
o Support coordination of the reference group members by soliciting and integrating technical inputs, good practices, case-study and other references
o Advice reference group on projects, partners, practitioners and researchers to reach out to complement evidence gathered by the reference group, advice on innovation and state-of-the-art of practice and theory, validate analysis finding or participate in the peer review.
o Support proactive contact with relevant practitioners and experts and if required, coordinate key informants’ interviews.
o Coordinate the call for external contributions and best practices.
o Analyse contributions received and summarize them in a meaningful format for integration into the WiA guide.

• On the guidance public consultation phase
o Develop questionnaire draft for public consultation/feedback.
o Support reference group in planning and preparing relevant events for stakeholder consultation and dissemination.

• On the finalization of the guidance (publication consultation and final draft)
o Assist the reference group in responding to partners’ and contributors’ queries and tracking questions and comments.
o Review all feedback received, summarize and track all contributions, and bring to consideration of the reference group any specific issues that should be debated and decided at that level.
o Collate and consolidate comments from public consultation(s) phase.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Minimum of Master’s degree in economics, geography, environment, climate sciences, sociology or other social sciences, disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, development studies or related relevant fields is required.

A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in disaster risk reduction/climate change adaptation and multi-hazard early warning systems is required.
• Experience in policy analysis & drafting policy guidance is required.
• Experience in programme/project coordination is required.
• Experience in multi-hazard early warning systems programme design, implementation and monitoring is desired.
• Experience in writing normative and/or technical reports is required. (Note, writing samples might be required from short listed candidates).
• Experience in conducting consultation processes is desired.
• Experience in working in the UN system related to disaster risk reduction, climate change, sustainable development 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."