About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
ADPC is an autonomous international 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. 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 (DRR) and Climate Resilience (CR) in an effective manner. ADPC has six strategic themes supported by seven departments: ADPC Academy, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Geospatial Information. These are supported by the Finance, the Human Resources and Administration, and the Strategic Planning departments. In addition to the six strategic themes, ADPC also 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. For details please refer to ADPC website at http://www.adpc.net/
Disasters take a huge toll on the development agenda of SAR 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, since 2005, Pakistan has suffered losses on the order of US$ 16 billion due to natural disasters. In Bangladesh, 2007 Cyclone Sidr resulted in damages and losses of US$1.7 billion or 2.6 percent of GDP. To increase resilience and achieve climate commitments, there is a need for a transformational shift towards 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 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.
With the financial support from the World Bank Group, ADPC will be implementing a five years’ project, titled “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Project for South Asia” (CARE). The project aims to create an enabling environment for climate resilience policies and investments 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. Scaling up the national policies on agro-climatic zoning is vital to satisfactorily implement all the required components of the project. It would involve reviewing relevant documents and conducting a needs assessment in Bangladesh. Accordingly, a highly qualified and experienced Resilient Agriculture Specialist be required to support in implementing various agriculture sector initiatives in Bangladesh.
The objectives of this staff position are to:
Statement of Intent
The Resilient Agriculture Specialist will provide support in reviewing regional and national guidelines for the agriculture sector. The Specialist will further support in identifying adaptation and investment needs to strengthen the agriculture sector in Bangladesh. The Resilient Agriculture Specialist will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Note: It is not the intent of this Position Description to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather highlight the most important areas of personal and joint responsibilities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Technical Review and Analysis:
Tools and Guidelines Development:
The Resilient Agriculture Specialist (Bangladesh) will report to the Director of the Climate Resilience Department and perform day-to-day activities in close coordination with the CARE Country Project Lead and the ADPC’s Country Representative in Bangladesh. The technical oversight will be provided by the Resilient Agriculture Specialist (Regional) based at the Bangkok office. The specialist would also coordinate with the other CARE project specialists at the regional and national level to carry out cross-cutting activities under the project.
A staff member will be selected in accordance with ADPC’s recruitment and/or capacity assessment process.