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 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. 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 per cent 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.
The agricultural sector in Bangladesh has grown steadily in recent years, driven by an increase in productivity and efficiency achieved through investments in improved technology and mechanization supported by conducive public policies. Livestock is an integral component of the agricultural sector of Bangladesh and is second to agriculture in the economy of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is one of the most climate change the vulnerable country in the world and the lack of accessible and reliable climate information among farmers represents a considerable challenge to the scaling out of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Livestock practices. Strengthening climate information services and making them easily accessible to farmers would greatly improve their capacity to adapt to changes. CSA technologies and practices will provide opportunities for addressing climate change challenges, as well as for economic growth and development of the agriculture sector in Bangladesh. Scaling up the national livestock related policies in context with climate-smart agriculture in Bangladesh is vital to satisfactorily implement all the required components of the project. It would involve a review of national and sectoral policies to support in the development of climate-resilient tools and guides for the agriculture sector including livestock. Accordingly, a highly qualified and experienced Livestock Specialist will be required to support in reviewing national and sectoral guidelines for the agriculture and livestock sector. S/he will be selected on a competitive basis following World Bank Procurement Regulations. The objectives of this consultancy service are to:
Statement of Intent
The Livestock Specialist will lead in national-level livestock specific activities under agriculture sector through reviewing various documents, assessing data for the livestock sector and liaising with stakeholders in public and private sector. The consultant will provide further support in developing tools and guidelines to support climate-smart agriculture and livestock. The Livestock Specialist will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Note: It is not the intent of this Terms of Reference to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather highlight the most important areas of personal and joint responsibilities.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Livestock Specialist shall be responsible for:
Technical Review and Support
Tool and Guides Development
Coordination and Reporting
The candidate should at least have:
The Livestock Specialist will report to Country Project Lead for the day to day activities and maintain close coordination with the ADPC’s Country Representative in Bangladesh. The technical oversight will be provided by Agriculture Sector Lead (Regional) at the Bangkok office through the PIU. The specialist will also coordinate with the other CARE project specialists at the regional and national level to carry out different activities under the project.