The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen West African countries. Founded on 28 May 1975, with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos, its mission is to promote economic integration across the region. Considered one of the pillars of the African Economic Community, the organization was founded in order to achieve collective self-sufficiency for its member states by creating a single large trading bloc through an economic and trading union. It also serves as a peacekeeping force in the region. The organization operates officially in three co-equal languages French, English, and Portuguese.
We are currently recruiting for the position below
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: International Consultant
Duration of Initial Contract: 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment: Six months
Disasters are increasing in number, frequency and severity in Africa, largely due to increasing exposure to climate related hazards such as drought and floods as well as rising levels of vulnerability. Disasters cause enormous losses of lives and livelihoods as well as reversals in development gains. These hazards are predicted to increase with climate change. Climate variability in combination with other trends such as urbanization, ecosystem degradation, unplanned and unregulated land use, and demographic growth - will generate substantial new risks to human development in coming decades. The West Africa region is particularly vulnerable to meteorological and hydrological hazards and climate extremes. Drought and floods account for 80 per cent of loss of life and 70 per cent of economic losses linked to natural hazards.
The Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Programme of Action (POA) 2008-2015 provide the policy framework in Africa to implement the Hyogo Framework of Action. Disaster Risk Reduction is also one of the main pillars for Africa's Framework for Adapting to Climate Change. The Regional Economic Communities (REC), as the sub-regional building blocks of the Africa Union Commission (AUC), are at various stages of developing their institutional frameworks and require further strengthening to provide advice and services to member states to ensure that Disaster Risk Reduction priorities are firmly entrenched in national strategies. In this respect, UNDP Regional Program on Crisis Prevention and Recovery provides capacity development support to REC in crisis prevention and recovery (conflict and natural disasters). In 2007 the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has approved a regional policy on disaster risk management that has translated into a five-year Programme of Action (2010-2015) focusing on advocacy; mainstreaming; capacity development and emergency preparedness and recovery. More recently in 2012 a regional humanitarian policy and action plan was approved with a strong focus on disaster preparedness and response.
The responsibility to coordinate and monitor the implementation of both the DRM policy and the humanitarian policy falls under the Humanitarian and Social Affairs Directorate. Since the adoption of the policy, ECOWAS has established a Division for Disaster Risk Reduction and has multiplied by three its budget allocation to DRR. ECOWAS has successfully advocated with a number of countries to develop progressive DRR policies. It developed a guideline for strengthening national DRR platforms and another guideline for establishing national disaster management institutions. ECOWAS conducted a study on the impact of transnational floods and drafted a hydro-climatic data sharing protocol agreement. It convened thematic sub-regional platforms on issues such as the use of climate services and the strengthening of early warning systems. The capacity assessment supported by the UN inter-agency CADRI program in 2013 has highlighted a number of areas that require further strengthening to enable ECOWAS to fulfill its role in DRR:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Humanitarian and Social Affairs Directorate and the direct supervision of the Head of the Disaster Risk Reduction, the consultant shall provide technical support to the implementation of the ECOWAS
DRR Action Plan:
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in disaster risk management, geography, natural resources management, development, public policy or related fields;
A first level university degree in combination of qualifying experience maybe accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
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