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Resilient Transport Sector Specialist

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

The Resilient Transport Sector Specialist will provide technical support in revising guidelines (regional and countries) on climate-risk informed design and construction in the transport sector, as well as reviewing existing climate-related hazard and risk-assessment approaches to develop inclusive risk assessment and climate change methodologies for strategic and rural roads in Bangladesh and Nepal. The Consultant will further support in reviewing regional guidelines and standards for climate resilient transportation infrastructure to identify key gaps and issues to support in capacity building.

The Resilient Transport Sector Specialist will be based in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Resilient Transport Sector Specialist shall be responsible for:

Review and Analysis:
• Lead in reviewing regional guidelines, as well as the context of Bangladesh and Nepal and international best practice, on climate resilient transport infrastructure to identify needs and issues in transportation sector and support in drafting a report on gaps in current standards and guidelines for climate resilient transport infrastructure at the regional level;
• Provide inputs in regional guidelines on resilient transport infrastructure, based on above review;
• Undertake stocktaking of key barriers at national level towards operationalizing climate resilient roads strategy in Bangladesh and Nepal specifically;
• Provide technical input in revising national guidelines on climate resilience for roads in Bangladesh and Nepal, based on above-mentioned stocktaking exercise;
• Support Gender and Inclusion Specialist in developing an action plan to mainstreaming gender into budgeting, planning and transport sector development processes;
• Manage the work plan and outputs of field Transport Specialists located in Bangladesh and Nepal.

Risk Assessment:
• Provide technical inputs in conducting regional hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment for transport sector;
• Technical input in collecting and evaluating geospatial data and other data needed for climate-related hazard, exposure, vulnerability, risk assessment for rural roads in Bangladesh and roads in Nepal to establish standardized geospatial databases needed;
• Support in organizing consultations and workshops to finalize risk assessment and climate change assessment methodologies for roads in Bangladesh and Nepal;
• Provide technical inputs to the report on evaluation of geospatial data for climate-related hazards for roads and to standardize geospatial databases in Bangladesh;
• Provide technical inputs towards conducting climate inclusive vulnerability and risk assessments for Bangladesh and climate inclusive hazard assessment for Nepal;
• Support developing hazard specific climate change scenarios suitable for resilient development planning in Nepal;
• Support in stocktaking and develop a report on the current status of slope stabilization and protection using bioengineering/nature-based solutions in Nepal.

Support capacity building by:
• Supporting the design of the training needs assessment on climate change adaptation and infrastructure design, climate public policy and climate finance in the transportation sector of two focus countries;
• Providing inputs towards developing training workbook and support materials for inter-country and in-country customized training;
• Assist in capacity development, awareness raising and Training of Trainers for national and sub-national agencies on hazard, vulnerability & risk assessment in Bangladesh and Nepal;
• Conducting capacity building on climate-risk informed design and construction;
• Facilitate policy dialogue and consultation events at regional level. Develop communication, knowledge-sharing documents and dissemination of best practices;
Perform other relevant tasks as assigned by the Project Director (PD).

The candidate should at least have:

• A bachelor and a master’s degree in one or more subjects in transportation engineering, construction, disaster risk management, infrastructure, or equivalent combination of education;
• At least 10 years of experience on transportation sector development, and having specific expertise in climate change adaptation and resilient transport infrastructure development is preferable;
• Experience in developing climate-resilient strategies and innovative implementation of subsequent climate-resilient design and engineering practices;
• Experience in utilizing geospatial data and other data for climate-related assessments;
• Excellent English proficiency oral and written communication, including a demonstrated track record in technical report writing and ability to communicate technical matters effectively to general audience;
• Experience on conducting training needs assessment and capacity building in relevant field would be an advantage;
• Strong understanding and knowledge of climate change impacts on transportation sector in South Asia;
• International experience would be a plus.

The Resilient Transport Sector Specialist will report to the Project Director and work in close coordination with Director, Geospatial Department, ADPC. 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.

The contract duration will be for 1 year. The consultant’s performance will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

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  • Closing Date 23 Sep 2020

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