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Capacity Development Specialist

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

ADPC is an autonomous international regional 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. 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 World Bank has recently approved the project on Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CARE) in South Asia, a $39.5 million initiative that will be jointly implemented by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES). The overall aim of the project is to build resilience to climate change risks by sharing regional data and knowledge, developing regional standards and guidelines for infrastructure, and promoting climate-resilient policies and investments. The key target sectors under this project such as agriculture, transport, water, planning, and finance will be piloted in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan. ADPC is entrusted for the component 2 focusing on Enabling Climate Resilient Policies and Standards for Development with the following sub- components: Policy and knowledge interventions for climate risk management Sector guidelines and advisory Services on climate resilient design and standards Technical Support and Capacity Building to Implement Climate-Risk Management Solutions Innovation for Climate Adaptation and Resilience For details please refer to ADPC website at

ADPC Academy

The ADPC Academy is the capacity development department that hosts all of the ADPC flagship training programs and supports other training and capacity development activities by comprehensive training needs assessments (TNA), training design, delivery and evaluation. It fosters long term partnerships with national training institutions, universities, and research and development agencies to provide customized trainings and capacity development tools through face-to-face as well as e-learning modalities. The Academy aims to achieve the following:

  • Provide “the state of art” of capacity enhancement and professional development services;
  • Design and develop international, regional and customized national training curricular based on technically sound pedagogical & andragogical tools and state of the art communication technology applications;
  • Provide training & capacity building related services (master trainers, standardized training packages, simulation & excise packages, assistance for professional development through academic courses) for improving the delivery of training & capacity building and implementation of related projects;
  • Serve as the hub of disaster and climate resilience capacity building through networking with national training centers / institutes/qualified individuals;
  • Develop or/and strengthen an active network of National Partner Training Institutions (NPTIs) and ADPC alumni for systematic upgrading of the capacity through delivery of refresher courses enabling them to serve as a resource at national level.

Statement of Intent

ADPC Academy will lead the capacity development (regional or otherwise) activities of CARE for South Asia project by leveraging its expertise and experience. The Academy has implemented regional and local capacity development initiatives for the past 3 decades and for the purposes of the CARE project would develop, deliver and maintain capacity development for all technical aspect providing QA/QC, pedagogic support, etc. The Capacity Development Specialist is a technical position with relatively lower level of efforts on administration and management required to lead in the capacity building initiatives of ADPC Academy with primary focus on the CARE for South Asia project. In addition, She/He will be assisting the Office of the Executive Director (OED) in promoting the training and capacity building agenda within and outside ADPC. 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.

Key Responsibilities

The Capacity Development Specialist will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Take lead in determining the training and capacity building needs of stakeholders as highlighted in ADPC Strategy 2020 and develop effective methodology for the consistent delivery of high-quality training and associated activities;
  • Support training needs assessment with focus on climate change adaptation and resilience, disaster risk reduction, climate public policy, and climate finance covering the agriculture, water, and transport sectors in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan;
  • Develop/supervise the development of training material on climate smart agriculture (CSA) technologies at three levels (national, sub-national and Corporative Societies/lead farmers) utilizing locally available CSA technologies in the three focused countries;
  • Develop/supervise the development of training curriculum based on the needs assessment results for all the key sectors under the CARE for South Asia project;
  • Take lead in partnership development with a range of stakeholders involved in training and capacity building activities at the global, regional, national and sub national levels. This includes government agencies, public and private institutions, UN agencies such as UNITAR, UNISDR (GETI), CADRI etc. Perform any other tasks in relation to capacity development at regional, national and local levels.


Core competencies


  • Ability to identify key strategic issues related to training and capacity building in disaster risk reduction and climate resilience, opportunities and risks in capacity building in different sectors.
  • Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of training and capacity development operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning & Organizing:

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managerial Competencies:


  • Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Building Trust:

  • Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Development, Education or other relevant fields of study with areas relevant to the work on disaster risk reduction and climate resilience, is required.
  • A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of substantive work experience in developmental activities, training, and capacity buildings, preferably on climate change adaptation, climate resilience and disaster risk reduction.
  • Extensive work experience in adult learning and as facilitator/resource person of training activities.
  • Proven track record of organizing training, capacity building and facilitating high- level discussions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and capacity to work under pressure and short deadlines.
  • Cross-cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff, and partners.
  • Experience in the UN Common System, international organizations, Red Cross/Red Crescent, or international NGOs is desirable.

Personal Qualities:

  • Maintains collaborative relationships within the Department.
  • Works effectively with diverse colleagues in own and other Departments.
  • Creates knowledge products endorsed for wider distribution based on lessons and multi-country experience.
  • Independently amends and clarifies messages and documents.
  • Actively supports work improvement and/or organizational change by work and deed.
  • Develops and adopts change plans to support Department initiatives.
  • Considers current and future client needs in proposing ideas.
  • Vocalizes early support for change.
  • Recommends inputs to new policies, systems and processes in immediate work area.


  • English is the working language of ADPC.
  • For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another language is an advantage.

Reporting Relationships

Direct Supervisor: Director, ADPC Academy. The following staff (In HQ and country office) positions may be supervised by the Capacity Development Specialist: Training Curriculum Development Specialist, Training Management officer, Training Needs Assessment Consultants, Program/Project Manager and Coordinator and Program Support Staff.

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  • Additional location info Thailand
  • Closing Date 8 Apr 2021

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