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Learning Manager

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Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network

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ADRRN is excited to announce this new opportunity to work with one of the largest networks in the Asia region focusing on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). ADRRN is looking for an experienced monitoring and evaluation person with a passion for DRR in the region who can monitor the progress of the projects against objectives as well as build a body of learning on why hazards become disasters so that the region learns from yesterday for a safer tomorrow.


The Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) was established in 2002 as a dynamic network of national civil society organizations across the Asia-Pacific region. It serves as a pivotal platform for representing CSOs, supporting the effective implementation of global frameworks at national and local levels, facilitating disaster risk governance, and enhancing knowledge sharing and action on resilience. With members in 18 countries across Asia, ADRRN has forged MoUs and partnerships with an array of stakeholders and networks both regionally and internationally, including the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Climate and Humanitarian Crisis Initiative (CHC), Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA), International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Japan CSO Coalition for Disaster Risk Reduction (JCC-DRR), Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), MapAction, and the Durham University, UK.

ADRRN's vision towards 2030 is to transform Asia into the most resilient region in the world, an aspiration that acknowledges resilience cannot merely be achieved through projects. Instead, it necessitates a broad-based movement of resilience where awareness and the daily actions of citizens across Asia are oriented towards disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience. This vision positions ADRRN as a catalyst for change, fostering a platform where members and stakeholders collaboratively learn, plan, and produce solutions to the increasing disaster risks in the region.

The network's strategic objectives include maintaining its position as a leading platform on disaster resilience in Asia, with outreach that involves a growing number of NGOs and local CSOs. It aims to facilitate the effective implementation of global frameworks at national and local levels, enhance early action disaster risk governance, and promote the integration of climate adaptation and disaster resilience while boosting accountability.

ADRRN's action areas and approaches focus on the professionalization of the network through thematic hubs, initiation of flagship programs, and strengthening of solidarity within the ADRRN network. Key approaches include localization, collaboration and partnership, linking climate adaptation and disaster resilience, capacity enhancement with tangible mechanisms, strengthening accountability and evidence, and fostering innovation.

ADRRN's aspirations go beyond making Asia the most resilient region. It aims to be a central figure in creating a 'movement of resilience,' providing a collaborative platform for members and stakeholders to co-learn, co-plan, and co-produce solutions and standards for the ever-increasing disaster risks in the region. This ambition reflects the network's commitment to a comprehensive approach to disaster risk reduction that incorporates the active participation of communities, the integration of local knowledge and practices, and the enhancement of disaster resilience through scientific linkage and practice.

Scope of Work:

The Learning Manager will be instrumental in driving ADRRN's efforts towards establishing robust monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) frameworks that support the network's strategic objectives related to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience building across Asia. This role encompasses:

  1. MEL Framework Development and Implementation:
    • Design and implement a comprehensive MEL framework that aligns with ADRRN's strategic goals and project requirements, enabling the network to track progress, measure impact, and adapt strategies effectively.
    • Ensure the integration of innovative MEL practices that can capture complex outcomes related to disaster risk reduction and resilience.
  2. Capacity Building and Knowledge Management:
    • Develop and deliver training programs for ADRRN staff, member organizations and thematic hub leads on MEL best practices, aiming to build their capacity in effective data collection, analysis, and reporting.
    • Facilitate knowledge sharing and learning across the network, promoting the use of evidence-based practices in DRR projects.
  3. Research and Analysis:
    • Conduct research and analysis on DRR trends, policies, and practices across Asia, contributing to the strategic knowledge base of ADRRN.
    • Collaborate with academic and research institutions to enhance the network's research capacity on disaster resilience.
  4. Reporting and Communication:
    • Prepare comprehensive reports and briefs on the network's activities, outcomes, and impacts, ensuring clear communication of results to stakeholders, including donors, partners, and member organizations.
    • Enhance internal and external communication mechanisms to ensure effective dissemination of learnings and achievements.


  • Lead the development and execution of ADRRN's MEL strategy, ensuring it reflects the network's aspirations and operational realities.
  • Engage with project teams, members and thematic hubs to embed MEL practices into all aspects of ADRRN's work.
  • Oversee the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data to inform strategic decision-making and project adjustments.
  • Facilitate regular learning forums and workshops to share insights, challenges, and successes across the network, working in particular with the thematic hubs.
  • Collaborate with external partners to leverage additional expertise and resources for MEL activities.

Essential Experience / Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in International Development, Disaster Management, Evaluation, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing MEL systems, preferably within the context of disaster risk reduction and resilience.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex data and translate findings into actionable insights.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with proficiency in English.
  • Sophisticated understanding of DRR challenges and practices across the Asia region, with direct experience in implementing DRR projects.
  • Ability to work effectively in diverse teams and manage cross-cultural communication sensitively.
  • Work experience in Asia Developing countries

Desired Experience / Qualifications:

  • Experience with digital data collection and analysis tools.
  • Proven track record of publishing research or reports in the field of DRR or international development.
  • Robust Research experience in the relevant field
  • Working knowledge of one or more Asian languages.

Other: This role is a two-year contract and subject to a 6 month probationary period.

Application Process:

  1. Please submit the following:
    • Expression of Interest outlining your suitability for the role, examples of relevant past experience and motivation for applying.
    • CV
    • 2 references with contact details, indicating when it might be appropriate to contact them
  2. Deadline and contact
  • Please submit the above to the Chairperson, ADRRN at rthakuri[at]nset[dot]org[dot]np by

14 May, 2024 at 17:00 hrs Indochina time.

  • ADRRN always emphasizes the diversity and inclusion of the workforce in terms of gender, culture and religion. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
  • No telephone inquiry will be entertained. ADRRN policy demands selection strictly on merit basis and any undue influences are sure to lead to disqualification.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. ADRRN reserves the right to reject any or all applications without assigning any reason.
  • All the suitable applications will also be kept in ADRRN Roster and will be screened and contacted for further evaluation when there is need.


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