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Stage 1

 Reference Sheet I 

Criteria for selection of the community resilience team

The criteria for selection of the members of the local resilience team can include: 

  • Community leadership and facilitation skills: Such skills are important to bring people together in an inclusive way, and to manage the process to gain community agreement or consensus that is mindful of the views and needs of a diverse group of people. Coordination skills are vital for connecting the community effectively to decision‑makers and policymakers or other relevant actors.

  • Disaster risk reduction and climate change knowledge: It is helpful to have at least some team members with basic knowledge of disaster risk reduction and climate change, perhaps gained through another project or by following the news, so that the team is prepared to discuss and consider changing risk patterns during the assessment.

  • Gender and diversity: Ensure as much as possible a gender balance and diverse representation including people with different local language skills if applicable. This increases the quality of the assessments, captures the voices of men and women, and creates ownership among all members of the community.

  • Links: Include a cross section of volunteers who can connect with different community‑based organizations or groups, such as youth groups, women’s cooperatives or interest groups (e.g., livelihoods groups).

  • Level of education/literacy: Decide what level of education is most appropriate, but don’t exclude people who could help in the process even if they are illiterate or do not have high levels of education.

  • Analytical and problem‑solving skills: Analytical skills are necessary to be able to examine and present the findings as a basis for discussion and prioritisation. This analysis must be carried out both during and after the assessment. Problem‑solving is the ability take risks and find creative solutions to problems. It typically describes individuals who are energised by challenges.

  • Technology skills: If you plan to use digital data collection technology for parts of the Enhanced Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment, make a list of staff or community volunteers with these skills so that they can be empowered to help others become familiar and comfortable with using them.

  • Commitment: Members must be available for and committed to the whole process, which includes training, practice sessions, data collection, data analysis and project planning. They need to show that they are dynamic and enthusiastic.

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