Disaster Management Specialist (Consultant)

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This consultant position is open for Indian Nationals only. The position is based in Patna, Bihar State of India.

Project: Program for Strengthening Preparedness for Emergency Response and Recovery in India (PROSPER-India)**

Title: Disaster Management Specialist (Consultant)

About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center:

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is an autonomous international organization with a vision to reduce disaster and climate risk impacts on communities and countries in Asia and the Pacific by working with governments, development partners, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, private sector, media, and other key stakeholders.

Established in 1986 as a technical capacity building center, ADPC has grown and diversified its expertise across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction across a broad range of specialist areas. With over 100 staff from 19 different nationalities and a wide range of professional expertise with experiences from all levels of engagement typically required for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Resilience (CR) in an effective manner. ADPC is a competent regional resource center and has seven thematic departments: Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Geospatial Information, and ADPC Academy. These are supported by Finance, Human Resources and Administration, and Strategic Planning departments. ADPC works on three cross-cutting themes: Gender and Diversity, Poverty and Livelihoods, and Regional and Transboundary Cooperation through permanent working committees. ADPC recognizes the importance of examining the linkages between disaster risk management, poverty reduction, gender equality, sustainability, rights-based approaches, climate change and regional cooperation. ADPC, through its programs, support the implementation of national, regional and global frameworks including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR), the Paris Agreement for Climate Change, the New Urban Agenda, the recommendations and priorities of World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), etc.

For details please refer to ADPC website at http://www.adpc.net/.

Purpose and Objectives:

ADPC is currently implementing two programs, namely “Program for Strengthening Preparedness for Emergency Response and Recovery in India (PROSPER-India) and “COVID-19: PROSPER-India Program Support to Bihar Government (INCOV)” in Bihar, India with financial support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

PROSPER-India is a three-year program focusing on providing technical support to the Government of Bihar in the implementation of DRR activities identified in the Bihar Disaster Risk Reduction Roadmap (2015-2030). The India COVID-19 Grant is being implemented to strengthen the emergency preparedness and response functions of the Government of Bihar for COVID-19. These efforts are primarily targeted at the Disaster Management Department (DMD), Department of Health (DoH), and Department of Agriculture, the Government of Bihar for strengthening Emergency Operations Centers, End-to-End Early Warning System, Risk Communication, Awareness-raising, and enhancing Knowledge Management including COVID-19 management.

ADPC is looking to recruit a qualified consultant as the Disaster Management Specialist to be based in Patna, Bihar State of India. The Disaster Management Specialist will work closely with Disaster Management Department, GoB and will be responsible for leading the implementation of identified activities in this SoW. The activities include supporting the process of strengthening Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs), End-to-end Early Warning System (EWS), capacity building and awareness raising in Bihar for various priority hazards through multiple channels.

This consultant position is open for Indian Nationals only. The position is based in Patna, Bihar State of India.

Expected Outputs:

● Technical inputs and support to DMD for strengthening State and District EOCs and End-to-end EWS.

● Updated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)/protocols/guidelines/technical documents for the EOCs and EWS;

● Technical reports, tools, documentation, training materials, capacity building and training delivery as required by DMD;

● Technical inputs to PROSPER progress report;

● Technical and surge capacity support as assigned by DMD.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

● Support the process for strengthening EOC and End-to-end EWS in Bihar state;

● Lead the development of technical reports, tools, documentation, training materials, capacity building and training delivery;

● Coordinate regularly with program manager/s and other ADPC staff for implementing the project activities and progress update;

● Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by DMD.

Working Principles:

In performing the duties and responsibilities indicated above, the consultant will be supervised by the assigned Program Lead, under the overall guidance of the Director, Preparedness for Response and Recovery (PRR) Department of ADPC. The consultant will work closely with Disaster Management Department, and Government partners in Bihar and ADPC program team based in Bihar, India.

Qualifications and Experience:

● A Master Degree in Disaster Management, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Natural Resource Management, Climate Risk Management or any other related fields is essential. A Ph.D. in a related field would be an added advantage.

● At least five years of proven experience in disaster and climate risk management program implementation, coordination, planning, and capacity building.

● Proven experience in disaster preparedness and emergency response management such as mainstreaming disaster risk management into the sectoral planning process, end-to-end early warning system development, emergency operation center management, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) development. Experience in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System will be preferred.

● Proven ability to develop quality reports, manuals, guidelines, training modules, and training delivery, and ability to communicate technical matters effectively to a general audience.

● Familiarity and experience working with the National and State Governments in the field of Disaster Management/ Climate Resilience.

● Previous experience in working with Humanitarian NGOs or international organizations in similar programs.

● Knowledge of working ethics of National or State Government agencies, International NGOs, National NGOs, the private sector, and International Organizations would prove to be an added advantage.

Personal Qualities:

● Self-motivated, pro-active and takes initiatives;

● Demonstrated ability to plan, and organize work & time independently and proactively;

● Verbal and written communication skills in English and Hindi are essential;

● Excellent interpersonal skills, team-oriented work style, and experience in working in a multi-cultural environment;

● Strong networking capacity and understanding of development work at national and regional levels;

● Strong desire and enthusiasm to learn, undertake new challenges including working during COVID-19 outbreak, must be a creative problem-solver, and must have self-confidence;

● Committed to timely delivery of outputs and willing to work hard, good sense of humor but with seriousness about the quality and excellence of work.

Duty Station: Patna, Bihar State of India

Duration: 3 months from April to June 2022

Itinerary: In case the official mission outside of the duty station is required, the consultant will be entitled to domestic flight, local travel, daily subsistence allowance, accommodation, and other related travel costs as per ADPC financial policy.

How to apply

Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form, (downloadable from www.adpc.net or ADPC Website), resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter, to: adpcjobs@adpc.net on or before 16 March 2022Bangkok time.

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

ADPC encourages diversity in its workplace and supports an inclusive work environment.

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