The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is an intergovernmental autonomous 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. In addition to its headquarter in Bangkok, Thailand, ADPC currently has offices or representation in 11 additional countries. 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 from atmospheric scientists to social scientists with experiences from all levels of engagement typically required for disaster risk reduction and climate resilience 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 address 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.
The Geospatial Information Department The overall goal of the Geospatial Information Department of ADPC is to increase uses of geospatial technology, data, and information by countries in Asia for supporting decision making related to disaster risk management and climate resilience. The department supports all thematic areas of focus of ADPC to achieve its goals, mainly through:
SERVIR-Mekong will promote the use and availability of publicly available satellite imagery and related geospatial decision-support tools/products to help key stakeholders and decision-makers in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam better predict and manage floods and other natural disasters, improve agricultural risk management, manage land-use more sustainably, and help governments and communities increase resilience to the negative effects of climate change. Funded by USAID, and with lead scientific and technical support from NASA, SERVIR-Mekong is being implemented by ADPC with inputs from consortium partners Spatial Informatics Group, Stockholm Environment Institute, and Deltares. Further details on SERVIR-Mekong can be found at https://servir.adpc.net/
Statement of Intent
The SERVIR-Mekong Communications Lead will lead all communications efforts for the SERVIRMekong program through targeted and innovative communications. The Communications Lead is responsible for connecting with the SERVIR-Mekong scientists, extract scientific information, and translate them into impactful media (often non-scientific) and outreach across key external online and offline communications channels It is expected that the Communications Lead will deliver compelling impact stories, brochures, factsheets, and stories from events that reinforce the image of SERVIR-Mekong while supporting regular and efficient sharing and exchange of information through effective internal communications. Lastly, the Communications Lead takes responsibility for the improvement/revision and implementation of SERVIR-Mekong’s communications strategy, branding and marking strategy, and communications/media policies, procedures, and systems. The Communication Lead is also responsible for submitting regular event bulletins to USAID RDMA, updating and maintaining the SERVIR-Mekong external website, and updating the ADPC social media channels with SERVIR-Mekong related events. He/she will also closely work with the other SERVIR-Mekong team members, NASA, USAID, and the SERVIR Support Team in fulfilling communications functions within SERVIR-Mekong as well as supporting SERVIR’s global communications efforts.
Note: It is not the intent of this Position Description to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather to highlight the most important areas of personal and joint responsibility.
Required Qualifications / Selection Criteria
Personal Qualities and Competencies
English is the working language of ADPC. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another language is an advantage.
Duties and Responsibilities
The SERVIR-Mekong Communications Lead will:
Reporting and Working Relationships
Two (2) years contract with possibility of extension.