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Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Important Instructions

Close relatives of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB.

Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle

Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).

In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first two performance reviews after appointment at the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new category.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division (SDCD) of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC). SDCD is leading the Bank for responding to the growing need for innovative policies, institutions, and investments to lead the region to a low-carbon and climate-resilient future, while also seeking to help its member countries become more resilient to the effects of disasters.

Job Purpose

The Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist will drive implementation of ADB's policy and operational plan pertaining to disaster risk management (DRM). He/she will provide advice, expertise and technical support to operations to mainstream DRM in ADB operations and ensure bank-wide implementation of the integrated disaster risk management (IDRM) approach. The incumbent will report to Director, SDCD concurrently Chief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group and will supervise National and Administrative Staff.



a. Policies, Strategies and Frameworks

  • Provide technical inputs to the review and update of ADB policy and strategies on DRM.
  • Lead technical input for country programming to ensure DRM considerations are incorporated in Country Partnership Strategies/Country Partnership Strategy Midterm Reviews and Regional Cooperation Strategies/Regional Cooperation Strategy Midterm Reviews.
  • Support the promotion, implementation and monitoring of IDRM approach in ADB’s operations, and lead especially in the context of CCA-DRR linkages, within ADB.

b. Operational Advice and Support

  • Provide technical advice on integrating DRM considerations in programs and projects across sectors and themes, identify necessary DRM actions, and actions to strengthen DRM-CCA linkages.
  • Lead technical support to operations departments on the development of DRM projects, including participation in project teams.
  • Lead technical support to operations departments in processing emergency assistance-related support in the aftermath of a disaster, including participation in project teams.

c. Mobilizing and managing DRM finances

  • Supporting operations department access resources for DRM, including from the IDRM Fund.
  • Take a lead role in managing implementation of the IDRM Fund and exploring mobilization of future resources.
  • Take a lead role in exploring mobilization of external resources for DRM and CCA related investments at the local level.

d. Knowledge Generation and Sharing

  • Develop knowledge products (i.e. DRM considerations in sectors/themes, assessments, good practice, innovative solutions, and guidelines), services and partnerships to implement the objectives of the ADB’s strategic direction.
  • Conduct awareness training and capacity building programs for staff, executing agencies of developing member countries (DMCs), and other concerned parties
  • Actively participate in external networks and global and regional partnerships and inter-agency relations, and contribute to knowledge sharing and harmonization efforts through conferences, external publications and others.

Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, in engineering, development planning, economics, social sciences or related fields. Alternatively, university degree in related fields combined with additional relevant professional experience can be considered.
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant DRM related professional experience, including international work experience, with good knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of DRM.
  • Familiarity with operations, policies and procedures of multilateral financial institutions, and experience in processing and implementation of investment projects is preferable.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required.

General Considerations

The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.

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  • Additional location info 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Metro Manila
  • Closing Date 7 May 2019

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