RA IV Focal Point for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Regional Association IV Focal Point for Disaster Risk Reduction (RA IV FP-DRR)
Terms of Reference:
The RA IV FP-DRR shall be responsible for the following:
1. Coordinate the development of a DRR Roadmap for RA IV by coordinating the Impact-based Forecasting (IBF) in the region and articulate coordination actions with RA IV committees, panels, expert teams and focal points at the regional and national levels;
2. Prepare a DRR Work Plan guided by the WMO DRR approach, taking into account the work of previous RA IV DRR TT and its reports, ensuring its alignment with the implementation work plans of other RA IV committees, panels, expert teams and focal points;
3. Organize at least two technical webinars annually with the support of the WMO Office for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, to promote discussion among Members and share good practices;
4. Review, on a regular basis, the activities of other RA IV committees, panels, expert teams and focal points, as well as relevant WMO inter-regional and global programme activities and roadmaps, in order to identify those that are relevant to DRR in RA IV for coordination, collaboration and/or implementation;
5. Advise the RA IV MG on the development of the DRR programme in the Region and the requirements for support from RA IV;
6. Participate in relevant DRR meetings and make recommendations in line with RA IV views on action priorities, specific tasks and associated deliverables, to leverage relevant activities to support the implementation of WMO and Regional DRR roadmaps. Submit these recommendations for consideration and approval by the RA IV MG;
7. Coordinate and promote activities and collaboration at national and regional levels to promote:
7.1 Development of promotional material to enhance the use of the Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) at national and especially community level, with a particular focus on the role of NMHSs and their partnerships, build upon lessons learned from good practices;
7.2 Review and further develop the use of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), by developing and disseminating training and promotional materials based on the principles of Quality Management Systems (QMS), to assure that warnings and other products of NMHSs are properly used in saving lives as well as in managing property damage;
7.3 Mapping of regional and national projects related to disaster and climate risk management (risk assessment, early warning systems, sectorial risk management and insurance and financial risk transfer markets) and identify areas where NMHS are requiring further support;
7.4 Provision of advice and expertise for the development of projects and activities with other partners, such as the World Bank and other development agencies in the region, linked to the strengthening of capacities in risk analysis and MHEWS, also engaging other RA IV committees, panels and expert teams to ensure their expertise are leveraged;
7.5 Review and document lessons learnt from MHEWS projects already implemented successfully in the region and develop recommendations to the RA IV MG for expansion of projects.

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