Preparedness for Response Sendai Framework for DRR via ReliefWeb

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These terms of reference outline the tasks of a consultant, who will offer analysis and recommendations relating to the production of a Guide for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Priority 4: Preparedness for Response. This work is guided by the Words into Action, undertaken by the Working Group set up by the UN ISDR.

This project relates to the overall work of the Emergency Preparedness and Environment Section (EPES) located within the Emergencies Services Branch of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). EPES is the focal point for the emergency preparedness and environmental emergencies work of OCHA, promoting emergency preparedness through a multi-hazard risk management approach, advocating emergency preparedness in global inter-governmental processes. EPES works closely with the Inter-Agency Reference Group on Risk Early Warning and Preparedness (REAP)[1] and the CADRI (Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative) Partnership.


The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the Third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015. The Sendai Framework (paragraph 48) calls upon the UNISDR, in particular, to support the implementation follow-up and review of this framework through generating evidence-based and practical guidance for implementation in close collaboration with States, and through mobilization of experts.

A Working Group was established to carry out the production of the Words into Action guidance for the Priority 4 (Preparedness for Response). The Guide will include the following:

  1. A “Capstone” document that examines approaches to preparedness, components of preparedness and creating interoperability between local, national, regional and international systems, as well as legislative frameworks and international disaster relief law

  2. Planning and management of operational continuity

  3. Preparedness at the community level, including training

  4. Design and conduct of individual emergency preparedness training

  5. Design and conduct of collective emergency preparedness simulations and drills.


The objective of this consultancy is to contribute to the different topics of the Words into Action “Pocket Guides”, being developed by the multi-stakeholder Working Group.

Scope of work

The consultant will conduct background research and analyses on existing guidance materials dealing with preparedness for response, including those produced and used in different regions. The work needs to link with other themes of Words into Action Working Groups, in particular, 1) Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Information and Assessments, and 2) Build Back Better in Recovery.

EPES will circulate the work of the consultant to the members of the Working Group for consideration into the Pocket Guides, and solicit comments and feedback.

Total working days

17 days (during the months from July to mid-September 2016.

Rate to be determined by HR upon submission of the PHP.

How to apply:

All applicants are requested to submit a completed personal history profile (PHP) and a cover letter by email to [email protected]. In the subject of your email please state “Consultancy – Preparedness for Response Sendai Framework for DRR – Priority 4” and
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