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Disaster risk management specialist

World Bank, the (WB)


The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a partnership of the World Bank, United Nations, major donors and recipient countries under the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). The HFA, endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly and ratified by 168 countries, is the primary international agreement for disaster reduction. HFA’s principal goal is to effectively integrate, in a coherent manner, disaster risk considerations into sustainable development policies, planning, programming, and financing at all levels of government.

Launched in September 2006, GFDRR provides technical and financial assistance to help disaster-prone countries decrease their vulnerability and adapt to climate change. GFDRR works closely with UN agencies, client governments, World Bank regional offices, and other partners.

The GFDRR is organized along three tracks of operation to achieve its development objectives at the global, regional and country levels. Track I focuses on enhanced global and regional advocacy, partnerships, and standardization of disaster risk management tools and methodologies. Track II provides technical assistance for targeted countries to mainstream disaster risk reduction in strategic planning and development policies focusing on poverty reduction strategies.

Track III provides rapid and predictable disaster recovery assistance through the Standby Recovery Financing Facility (SRFF). GFDRR receives its multi-annual funding from its donors. Often, GFDRR also receives funding from donors after disasters. The donor resources are managed in several Trust Funds. GFDRR programs are implemented by Bank teams, UN organizations, Governments, NGOs and academic networks. GFDRR teams require continuous support on formulation and processing of grant agreements with recipient organizations of GFDRR funds.

Duties and accountabilities

Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the incumbent will report to Track III Team Leader. S/he will:

-Be a member of the rapid response team of GFDRR and undertake needs assessment missions
-Facilitate coordination with donors in the establishment of new Trust Funds
-Provide oversight in the management of existing Trust Funds.
-Provide operational support to the various GFDRR teams in project planning and monitoring activities including coordination with Legal, Trust Fund Accounting, Operations Policy and Country Services, Vice President’s Front Office, Trust Fund coordinator, the front office of the Finance, Economics and Urban Development department, Loan Disbursement Office, Financial Management, Procurement, and Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships, among others
-Periodic reporting to the donors on use of Track III Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) and Single Donor Trust Fund (SDTF) resources
-Advise regional teams and Task Team Leaders on use of Operational Policy/Bank Procedure (OP/BP) 8.00 for rapid response to crises
-Any other business assigned by GFDRR PM and/or Track III Recovery Team Leader

Selection criteria

-Advanced university degree in the social sciences or in engineering and a minimum of 5 years of directly relevant Bank and/or external international experience.
-Experience in operations associated with rapid response after a disaster and achieving results on the ground in more than one world region (including both pre-Bank and Bank experience)
-Solid understanding and experience in designing and implementing results frameworks, logframes and results based monitoring and evaluation of donor funded projects and similar operations ; demonstrated professional/technical skills, trouble shooting and problem solving capabilities with respect to clients, superiors and peers.
-Excellent analytical skills and demonstrated ability to think strategically and negotiate effectively.
-Demonstrated expertise or extensive knowledge of disaster risk management; Has a good understanding of the inter-relationships within disaster risk management and has identified opportunities for integrating this expertise with multi-sectoral projects/programs and/or programmatic operations.
-Proven track record of working effectively independently, requiring only general guidance even on complex issues as well as outstanding interpersonal skills, effective team member on significant tasks, programs or issues requiring operational knowledge and experience Solid ability to provide operational support in a constructive and supportive manner. Deals sensitively in multi-cultural and matrix environments and has demonstrated ability to effectively mentor staff and design skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge and skills.
-Demonstrated effective communication skills speaking and writing to senior Bank management, government officials, donor partners, etc.
-Trust Fund Learning Accreditation Program (TLAP) accredited or willing to take the accreditation test.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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    United States of America

  • Additional location info Washington
  • Closing Date 5 Apr 2010

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