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Since October 2019, a number of districts in Uganda are affected by floods and landslides. The disaster impact is widespread, causing severe disruptions in the infrastructure systems and access to basic services. Namely, roads and bridges were severely damaged or destroyed causing interruption of transit and isolating several communities/villages. Houses have been destroyed or damaged; schools, health care facilities and equipment, water and sanitation infrastructure in different areas were destroyed and/or severely damaged causing disruptions in access to basic services. In rural areas, crops, plantations and agriculture land were destroyed. In addition, the widespread floods and landslides across the country have affected thousands of people and with dozens of deaths recorded.
On other hand, the second round of locusts outbreak in Uganda occurred, as hopper bands and an increasing number of new swarm’s form in parts of east Africa region and spread to Uganda, is threatening Uganda’s food production. Karamoja, the already chronic food insecure sub region of Uganda is under attack from these locusts. This is feared to worsen the food insecurity situation in this sub region.
COVID-19 pandemic became another challenging hazard causing havoc within a country and causing a number of economic and health disruptions. The fight against landslides, floods and locusts is somehow hampered by the occurrence of COVID 19 which diverted attention of actors.
Since the occurrence of the aforesaid disasters, the Government of Uganda, humanitarian agencies, development partners, both national and international, have provided humanitarian relief and emergency assistance. United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has mobilized financial resources to support the Government of Uganda in assessing the disaster effects and impacts on human development, crisis response and recovery. Another project is set to enhance national resilience through strengthening coordination mechanisms both at national and local levels. UNDP’s support in this regard is farmed by “Enhancing National Resilience to Multi-hazard Induced Disaster Risks” project.
The project has the following four key objectives to deliver.
- Enhanced Multi-sectoral Coordination Capacity of National (NECOC) and Local Governments (DECOC) for integrated multi-hazard Response;
- Strengthened Disaster Risk Assessment Capacity;
- Enhanced Disaster Risk Communication;
- Improved Border Surveillance and Tracking.
Disasters usually interfere and disrupt the normal functioning of societies and government offices. COVID-19 could be mentioned as a typical example of disaster which has changed the way of doing business.
In the event of a disaster which interferes with government in general and OPM and LGs’ ability to conduct business from one of its offices in particular, there is a need to have business continuity plan. This plan is to be used by the responsible individuals to coordinate the business continuity and recovery of their respective areas and/or departments. The plan should be designed to ensure the normal functioning of key government businesses. For this very reason, under a project titled “Enhancing National Resilience to Multi-hazard Induced Disaster Risks” development of business continuity plan for OPM, Disaster Preparedness and Management Department, and Local Government was planned.
The objective of the Business Continuity Plan is to enable OPM/LGs to coordinate business continuity and recovery of critical business functions in managing and supporting the business recovery in the event of a facilities disruption or disaster. This can include short or long-term disasters or other disruptions, such as fires, floods, epidemics, earthquakes, terrorism, extended power interruptions, and other natural or man-made disasters that interferes with the organization’s ability to deliver essential business services.
The project, therefore, planned to hire consultant to lead and develop the business continuity plan. The consultant will report to and receive guidance from the project coordination group, led by Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UNDP.