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Disaster Risk Reduction Consultancy
Concern Worldwide
Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization that strives for a world free from poverty, fear, and oppression. We deliver life-saving and life-changing interventions to the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. From rapid emergency response to innovative development programming, we go to the hardest to reach places to make sure that no-one is left behind.

 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Closing Date: 03 Nov 2020



Concern Worldwide is an Irish based international development and humanitarian organisation, whose mission is to help people living in extreme poverty, achieve major improvements in their lives that last and spread without ongoing support from Concern. In Sudan, Concern supports conflict-affected communities in West Darfur, West and South Kordofan states.


Concern has secured funding from the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) to implement a three-year project known as,Building Resilient communities in West Kordofan (BRICK)in West Kordofan state. The aim of the project is to strengthen communities’ resilience to shocks and stresses, especially the most vulnerable households, within Abyei-Muglad, Keilak and Meriam localities. The programme will be implementedby a consortium consisting of Concern and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNCIEF) in partnership with National NGO partners and in collaboration with the relevant State Ministries in West Kordofan state. In this integrated project, UNICEF will support Education and WASH sectors, while Concern and its partners will intervene inhealth, nutrition, food security, and livelihoods sectors.


Concern ensures that technical standards and guidelines are followed in the implementation of its projects.  This includes empowering staff and communities with the knowledge to achieve the project results. Therefore, Concern plans to develop Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) reference manual to be used by frontline staff. The manualsupport the roll DRR activities at the community level to aid in the development of DRR plans.


Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)


Disasters are some of the key drivers of poverty in Sudan. In areas, where Concern works, communities are exposed to disaster risks associated with changing climate and conflicts. There are cyclical hazards such as floods and dry spells, which are becoming increasingly common with the climate change. This year alone, Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) reported that across Sudan, more than 557,000 people were affected in 17 out of Sudan’s 18 states. More than 111,000 houses were either destroyed or damaged. The floods also damaged 1,700 ha of agricultural land, 179 public facilities (schools, health centres, and government offices), and 359 shops and warehouses, and killed 5,500 head of livestock.Inter-communal conflicts over resources also remains a major challenge and is exacerbated by changing climatic patterns. 


For the programmes implemented by Concern to have an impact, disaster risks must be addressed as a fundamental component of theprogramme strategy.The strategies include building the capacity of the communities in DRR to ensure that gains from our programmes are not reversed. To this end, Concern has developed a number technical briefs and guidance notes on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for use by the country programmes. These technical briefs and guidance notes need to be made simpler and appropriate to the context of Sudan so that frontline extension staff working directly with the communities can easily use.


The DRR manual will focus on the three areas:

  • Community disaster risk analysis; identifying both natural and human driven hazards.
  • Mitigation measures, including early warning and early action plans.
  • Establishment and training of community Disaster Risk Management (DRM) groups
  • Linkages with external institutions and the wider government DRR efforts.


 Duties and responsibilities:

Purpose of the consultancy.

  • The purpose of the consultancy is to develop a DRRreference manual for use by thefrontline staff (Concern, Partners & Government) to support DRR activities at the community level in West Kordofan state in particular and across Sudan in general.


Specific objectives of the consultancy.

  • To undertake a scoping study of the DRR policies,strategies and approachesused in Sudan.
  • To contextualise the DRR principles, approaches and practices to Sudan. 


Key activities.

  • Develop a work plan and a schedule for the assignment.
  • Review relevant literature, including Concern’s documents, e.g. proposal documents and other technical guides.
  • Travel to the field in West Kordofan state and hold consultations with: 1) Concern staff, 2) relevant state ministry and 3) other stakeholders.
  • Update and submit the work plan.
  • Field visit to the project sites to consult with the communities and beneficiaries.
  • Produce the first draft of the manuals by the 10th day of the assignment after signing the contract.
  • Submit the final manuals on the 15th day of the assignment after signing the contract.


The specifications of the manuals.

The general specifications of the manuals include the following:

  • The different technical manuals developed by Concern must form the foundation for the development of the manuals.
  • The manual shall be produced in English must be tailored for use by the frontline staff;
  • The manual shall be between 25 – 30 pages, in length, on an A4 size paper.
  • It shall include a summary section on the basic principles and concepts of DRR,the practices and methodologies, which are appropriate in the context of Sudan.
  • The manuals must acknowledge all sources where the information has been sourced.
  • The consultant must not plagiarise the work of third parties but may use and cite them according to the international standards for such technical work.
  • The manual shall be in simple language (English) that can be easily understood by frontline extension staff.
  • It shall include illustrations in color where necessary.
  • The manual should avoid complex technical jargon as much as possible.
  • The final manuals in English shall be produced and submitted to Concern in both soft and hard copies.


 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Profile of the consultant.

Concern seeks the services of a qualified, competent, experienced and highly motivated Sudanese national or organisationto develop the DRR manual as specified in this TOR. Specifically, the leadconsultant should possess the following qualifications:

  • PhD/Mastersdegree in Disaster Risk Management, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change or any other related course.
  • Experience in producing DRR technical manuals/guides (samples of previous work will have to be provided)
  • At least 10 years’ teaching and consultancy experience in the field of DRR;
  • Experience in and a good understanding of DRR at the community level, especially Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR)
  • Extensive knowledge of Sudan’s government DRR policy, approaches and methodologies.
  • Experience in working in remote rural areas in Sudan.
  • Experience in and knowledge of working in Kordofan & Darfur areas is highly valued.
  • Ability to effectively use computers.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Arabic.


Key deliverables.

  • A detailed work plan for each manual for the entire assignment period;
  • A revised work plan after meetings with stakeholders.
  • A first draft of the manual for review and comments by Concern.
  • A final draft incorporating the comments by Concern.


Position location (Khartoum and West Kordofan)

  • This both a desk and a field assignment, as the consultant will be expected to visit the project locations in West Kordofan state to gain a good understanding of the context and closely consult with the communities in the project areas.


Duration of the consultancy.

  • The consultancy will last for 20 working days beginning from the date of signing the contract.


Reporting and supervision.

  • The consultant will work under the technical supervision of the FSL Advisor and Programme Director and Area Coordinator will provide administrative management while in Kordofan.


Application process.

Qualified and interested applicants are expected to submit their CV with the following application package:

  • The motivation for the position.
  • Indicating relevant experience for this assignment.
  • A technical proposal for the work.
  • A financial plan for the work, incorporating a tentative work plan.

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Deadline for application.

  • Interested applicants are expected to submit their application package by November 3, 2020


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