A. About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC):

ADPC is an autonomous international organization established for scientific, educational, developmental, and humanitarian purposes with a vision of safer communities and sustainable development through disaster risk reduction and climate resilience in Asia and the Pacific.

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. ADPC has over 100 staff from 19 different nationalities and a wide range of professional expertise – from atmospheric scientists to social scientists 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: ADPC Academy, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Geospatial Information. These are supported by Finance, Human Resources and Administration, and Strategic Planning departments. In addition to the departments, ADPC works on three cross-cutting themes: Gender and Diversity, Poverty and Livelihoods, and Regional and Transboundary Cooperation through permanent working committees.

ADPC Strategy 2020 guides the organization in providing comprehensive risk reduction support to countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific. 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.

With financial support from the World Bank Group, ADPC is implementing a five-year (2020-2025) project, titled “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Project (CARE) for South Asia”. The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to create an enabling environment for climate resilience policies and investments in selected sectors (Agriculture, Policy, Planning and Finance, Transport and Water) across South Asia. This objective will be achieved through enhanced regional cooperation and knowledge exchange for climate resilience and adaptation and mainstreaming of resilience and adaptation in national policies, plans, and investments.

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

B. Background:

Disasters take a huge toll on the development agenda of South Asian countries. Between 2000 and 2017, disasters in South Asia incurred estimated damages of US$ 149.27 billion. Public expenditure is under stress by the repeated need to reallocate capital budgets away from long term development planning and towards reconstruction activities in post-disaster environments. For example, in Bangladesh, the 2007 Cyclone Sidr resulted in damages and losses of US$1.7 billion or 2.6 percent of GDP. Bangladesh also faces a wide range of climate-related impacts that have severe consequences for its population and sectors, particularly agriculture and water resources. The country experiences a high occurrence of extreme weather events, such as cyclones and floods, which have devastating impacts on infrastructure, agriculture, and human lives. These challenges demand urgent action to enhance resilience and adapt to the changing climate.

To increase resilience and achieve climate commitments, there is a need for a transformational shift toward policies and institutions that enable climate-resilient investments. Investing in more resilient infrastructure is both profitable and urgent as disruptions are extremely costly for governments, households and the private sector and large ongoing investments in infrastructure assets will have long-lasting repercussions as poor maintenance and natural disasters result in a vulnerable stock.

The Climate Resilience Training Officer will be hired with the objective to support the country project team to smoothly implement the capacity-building activities and thus assist in contributing to an enabling environment for climate-resilient policies and investments in select sectors through the project activities identified by the Sector Focal Points in Bangladesh.

The needs of the Sector Focal Points were verified through a scientific approach where ADPC conducted detailed Capacity Needs Assessments in each of the countries with respect to the focus sectors. Based on this assessment the trainings are designed and will be carried out under the project.

CARE for South Asia will organize 16 trainings for 480 trainees in Bangladesh.

In this setting, the services of a qualified and motivated individual are required to assist ADPC in supporting the country team for in-country trainings under Component-2 activities of the project.

C. Statement of Intent

The Climate Resilience National Training Officer will provide support for organizing and monitoring trainings to increase understanding of climate-resilience adaptive policy-making, design, and solutions in priority sectors, and offers support for capacity development for the implementation of the project in Bangladesh

Note:

It is not the intent of this Terms of Reference to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather to highlight the most important areas of personal and joint responsibilities.

D. Duties and Responsibilities

The Climate Resilience National Training Officer shall provide the following inputs:

  • Be responsible for the country training calendar and initiate the technical and operational requirements for training activities in the country;
  • Work closely with project partners, including national agencies (such as GED, MoWR, DAE, DLS and LGED) on climate change and focus sectors of the project in the country, to ensure that training programs are aligned with their needs and priorities;
  • Support in monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and satisfaction of training programs and making recommendations for improvements;
  • Support the country team to identify and develop partnerships with other organizations and agencies to leverage project resources and expertise in training and capacity development for sustainability after the project conclusion;
  • Support in preparing training reports and maintaining documentation of training programs and materials;
  • Perform other relevant tasks as assigned by the Project Director.

E. Expected Output/s

  • Country training calendar
  • Technical and operational action plan for training activities in the country
  • In-country implementation of the training programs under the project
  • Documentation of the pre and post-training evaluations by the trainees
  • Drafting training reports for each training in the country
  • Partnerships with in-country training institutes for possible uptake of the module prepared under the project

F. Qualifications

The Climate Resilience National Training Officer must have experience in supporting the capacity-building activities on disaster risk management and/or climate change adaptation work. The detailed qualifications are:

  • A master’s degree or equivalent in environmental studies, disaster management, development studies, international relations, social sciences, or a related field;
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in training and capacity development, preferably in development, environment, climate change or related fields;
  • Strong technical knowledge and experience in climate change, climate adaptation, and resilience. Experience in designing and implementing training programs, conducting assessments, and developing training materials;
  • Fluency in English (both written and spoken) is essential and fluency in Bangla language is preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders, including government officials, Community-Based Organizations, NGO partners, and local communities.
  • Cross-cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff, and partners;
  • Required computer proficiencies: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams.
  • Work experience in South Asia, particularly in Bangladesh is not required but preferred

G. Reporting Relationships

The Climate Resilience National Training Officer will report to the Project Director and work in close coordination with the Project Implementation Unit and Climate Resilience Training and Capacity Development Officer at the regional level.

H. Contract Duration

The contract duration will be for 12 months with a possibility of extension based on the satisfactory performance and requirements of the assignment.

I. Selection Method

The consultant will be selected in accordance with ADPC’s recruitment process and in compliance with the World Bank Procurement Regulations.

How to apply

Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form, (downloadable from ‘Join us’ in www.adpc.net), resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter, to: procurement.care@adpc.net

For inquiries, please contact to procurement.care@adpc.net

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

ADPC encourage diversity in its workplace and support an inclusive work environment.



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