1. About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), established in 1986, is a non-profit, autonomous, regional organization, international in status and non-political in management, staffing, and operations. ADPC has been established for scientific, educational, developmental, and humanitarian purposes that work to build the resilience of people and institutions to disasters and climate change impacts in Asia and the Pacific region. ADPC has more than 34 years of working experience in Asia along with the national and local Governments of its founding charter member countries as well as countries of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management. ADPC works to strengthen disaster risk reduction at all levels, from regional to national, sub-national, and even community levels. ADPC aims at supporting governments, strengthen institutions, and build capacity for mainstreaming DRR into development processes. It includes developing institutional systems, assessing disaster risks, undertaking programs for disaster risk reduction and adapting to climate change, etc. ADPC vision is ‘safer communities and sustainable development through disaster risk reduction.’ It works with governments, development partners, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, the private sector, media, and other key stakeholders. In addition to its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, ADPC currently has offices/representation in 11 countries in the region.
Over the years, ADPC has grown and diversified its expertise across science, system, and applications. It supports sustainable solutions for disaster risk reduction across a broad range of specialized areas. With over 100 staff from 19 different nationalities and a wide range of professional expertise, it has experience at all levels of engagement typically required for disaster risk reduction and climate resilience. ADPC has organized its operations into seven thematic departments, namely Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, and Geospatial Information. In addition to the specialized thematic departments, ADPC addresses three cross-cutting themes through permanent working committees: Gender and Diversity, Poverty and Livelihoods, and Regional and Transboundary Cooperation. 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 as an integral part of the comprehensive disaster risk management process. 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 identified at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), etc. For further details of ADPC and its work, please refer to the ADPC website at http://www.adpc.net/
ADPC, with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), has been implementing the ‘Asian Preparedness Partnership’ (APP) program through a unique multi-stakeholder partnership formed with representation from the Governments, Local Humanitarian Networks, and Private Sector Networks from the six countries, namely, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. The APP strives to improve the interface and partnership between Governments, Local Humanitarian Organizations, and the Private Sector for enhancing capacities through partnerships, knowledge resources, and south-south exchange, training, and networking opportunities. Further information on APP can be found at https://app.adpc.net/
APP activities are being carried out in the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Preparedness and response actions in APP countries are primarily led by the local actors, namely national and sub-national governments, with support from the private sector, local NGOs, and volunteers. ADPC is supporting the COVID-19 response systems in APP countries through a special grant (‘COVID-19: Country Support to Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP)’) that supports local partner organizations in responding to various challenges arising from the pandemic through locally-led priority interventions.
As COVID-19 has impacted the APP countries to varying degrees, each country has its unique path and processes for preparedness and response towards the containment of the virus. The pandemic, though, resulting in significant strain on the systems, also gives an opportunity for the countries to document processes in real-time and provides learning opportunities. After Action Reviews (AAR) will be conducted and documented in the respective APP countries and subsequently be synthesized at the regional level to provide opportunities to review local actors’ engagement, the functional capacity of public health, and emergency management systems and share the key lessons learned.
2. Statement of Intent
The Technical Consultant will provide resource inputs and deliver specific outputs for the After Action Review process of the COVID-19: Country Support to APP Program for each APP country and the regional level.
3. Qualifications and Experience:
The following qualifications and expertise are required to deliver the consultancy:
- Ph.D./ Masters in Disaster Management, Public Health, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Science and Natural Resource Management, or any other related fields is essential.
- At least 15 years of proven experience in Disaster risk management, developing and managing capacity building programs including conducting programmatic assessments, After Action Reviews, evaluations, etc.;
- Proven experience in Emergency Response Management such as scenario-based contingency planning, Incident Command System, application of specific technical information in these fields.
- Familiarity and at least five years of experience working with National Governments and NDMOs in Asia.
- Previous experience in working with Humanitarian NGOs or international organizations in similar programs.
- Knowledge and working ethics of national or state government agencies, international NGOs, National NGOs, private organizations, international organizations, and public health agencies would be an added advantage
4. Duties and Responsibilities:
The Technical Consultant will be responsible for providing technical inputs in line with the following responsibilities:
- Development of the framework for country-level and regional After-Action Review process including the dimensions of the assessment in consultation with the ADPC project team;
- Provide orientation on the framework to ADPC program team from countries;
- Undertake in-country After-Actions Reviews in six APP program countries;
- Compilation and synthesis of six (6) Country-level After-Action Review findings;
- Validation of country-level findings, including facilitation and documentation of a Regional After Action Review Workshop (online modality); **
- Development of After-Action Review Regional Synthesis Report with high-level recommendations;
To be completed between December 2020 – March 2021
6. Reporting Relationship:
Under the overall guidance of the Director, PRR, the Technical Consultant, will report to the Program Manager of the COVID-19 Country Support to APP Program.
7. Duty Station:
This is a home-based assignment. In case travel is required for the assignment, the Technical Consultant will be entitled to international travel, daily subsistence allowance, accommodation, and other related travel costs, including visa and terminal fees as per ADPC financial policy.
8. Contract Duration
21 December 2020 – 20 April 2021: The consultant is expected to commence the work on 21 December 2020 – 20 April 2021. Below is the suggested timeline with key deliverables. 40% of professional fees after receipt of satisfactory final outputs
9. Selection Method:
The consultant will be selected following ADPC’s recruitment process and Human Resource Administrative Policies.**
How to apply
Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form (downloadable from www.adpc.net), resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter to email@example.com by 27 November 2020 at midnight Bangkok time. Candidates should also indicate an estimate of their professional fee / daily rate