The IRP Secretariat plays a central role in supporting the IRP Partner Organizations and in actively ensuring the viability and relevance of the IRP Community of Practice. Among its functions, it coordinates the development and oversees the implementation of the IRP annual workplan; it supports the organization of IRP meetings and events such as the International [Kobe] Recovery Forum; it acts as an advocate for resilient recovery; and, through the IRP website, serves as a steward of IRP knowledge and output by promoting and supporting an active dialogue amongst the members of the IRP Community of Practice. The IRP Secretariat is accountable to the IRP Steering Committee and maintains a close dialogue with the Chair of the Steering Committee for strategic advice to guide its work.
The IRP Secretariat is located in close proximity to the ISDR Office in Kobe, hosted by the Hyogo Prefecture Government. It is currently co-staffed by ISDR, ADRC and the Hyogo Prefecture Government. The day-to-day activities of the IRP Secretariat are jointly managed by the IRP Knowledge Management Officer of the ISDR and the Senior Expert seconded by ADRC/Hyogo Prefecture, by receiving the overall guidance from the Head of the ISDR Office in Kobe and in close coordination with the Chair of the IRP Steering Committee.
IRP partner organizations may second staff to the IRP Secretariat in support of its work. Such secondments can be located within the Secretariat in Kobe or support IRP’s work in general – e.g. by assuming functions in the technical or thematic areas of work - from the respective home organization. While deputed to the IRP, seconded staff act on behalf of the IRP Secretariat rather than in a representational role of their respective organization.