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/
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 target sectors under this project ─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:
A regular and reliable flow of information about how climate change affects peoples' basic needs─water, food, shelter, health, education, economy, security, mobility─ and countries' progress is vital to change the way people perceive this threat. In this backdrop, an awareness-raising campaign focusing on agriculture, integrated water resource management, road infrastructure, and climate finance planning will be developed to stimulate dialogue on climate adaptation and resilience for South Asia.
The campaign is a 5-year plan under the CARE for South Asia project. As part of the campaign, a digital platform (website) will be established to facilitate knowledge sharing and dialogue about climate-sensitive sectors. The hub will give the project team easy access to past and updated information on key sectors and help achieve the project’s goal of sharing knowledge with a broader audience. The hub is an essential outcome of the project that will serve as a tool to reinforcing the project’s long-term objective: contribute to an enabling environment for climate resilience policies and investments in select sectors and countries in South Asia. The website will also share best practices on climate-resilient planning, and investment approaches in South Asia by hosting sector-specific knowledge products and the latest developments in implementing the Paris Agreement by South Asian countries. It will host information and knowledge on a range of topics and sectors including climate-smart agriculture, integrated water resources management, resilient transport infrastructure, policy, planning and finance, and gender and diversity. The Knowledge Hub will serve as a dependable information resource for interested stakeholders: national governments, UN agencies, IGOs, practitioners, the private sector, academic and knowledge institutions, and students.
It will help achieve the following specific objectives:
The consultant will be expected to produce the pre-determined deliverables in line with the Terms of Reference of this assignment by performing specific tasks as outlined in the following section. Note: It is not the intent of this Terms of Reference to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather to highlight the most important areas of the assignment.
The Consultant will be responsible to undertake the following specific tasks in order to be able to produce deliverables as listed in section E of this ToR.
The Consultant will report to the CARE Project Director and work closely with the ADPC’s communication team on a day-to-day basis.