Based in the UN Resident Coordinator Office, the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC) is an innovative structure that brings together a wide range of Governmental, development and humanitarian partners, including Ministries, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and international financial institutions. In the absence of approved structures and policy for disaster risk management (DRM), the NRRC aims to support the Government of Nepal in developing a long-term Disaster Risk Reduction Action Plan to address the high risk of natural disasters, both large and small in scale, which Nepal faces.
The NRRC is a focus of international interest including the Political Champions for Resilience which invited Nepal to be a Champion country in 2013 implying strong support from other Political Champions for action within Nepal designed to strengthen resilience. This profile is important for both the RCO and UNDP nationally and globally. The NRRC Steering Committee is supported by a small Secretariat which sits in the RCO office and provides technical, policy, communications, and administrative support.
Programmatically, the NRRC comprises five priority areas, or Flagships, each of which is led by a Government Ministry and coordinated by an international organization. Above the flagship programmes sits a Steering Committee made up of senior officials from Government, donors, UN agencies and key flagship partners, designed to oversee the Flagships by providing strategic guidance, fundraising support, monitoring and evaluation to NRRC members.
The Steering Committee commissioned a Review of the NRRC in June/July 2013 . It is acknowledged in the Review that many of the NRRCs original goals will not be met by 2015, but it states that this should not be taken as indicative of failure. These goals were acknowledged from the outset to be ambitious. On the contrary, the Review felt that the enthusiasm and ambition of the mechanism is worth nurturing. This ambition reflects the fact that, not only does the NRRC demand the complex coordination of actors and budgets, but it also must retrofit key infrastructure on an unusual, even unprecedented scale. The Review recommended that the NRRC should continue in its current formulation (and with current allocated roles) until the end of 2015. The structure of Phase 2 of the NRRC is still unclear but the current assumption is that the NRRC Secretariat will remain based in the RC office.
In addition, the Inter Agency Common Feedback Project, which collects and analyzes community feedback on the earthquake response for the humanitarian community sits inside the NRRC/CFP structure.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of Administrative and Finance Officer, and the guidance of head of office and DRR Advisor/NRRC Coordinator, the Administrative Finance Assistant provides the overall administration and logistical activities in Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium / Resident Coordinator Office, ensuring high quality and accuracy of work. The Administrative and Finance Assistant works in close collaboration with the Operations of UNDP Nepal, and other UN agencies to ensure smooth day-to-day operations.