Project Coordinator - Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Bangkok

Closing date:  10 Nov 2011

Department: Safer Development Planning and Implementation Program: Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development Background & Rationale

The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) was established in 1986 to support the advancement of safer communities and sustainable development, through implementing programs that reduce the impact of disasters upon countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific. ADPC is governed by its Board of Trustees and annually convenes the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (RCC) that brings together National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) from 26 countries of the Asian region. In 1999, ADPC was constituted as an independent non-profit foundation under Thai law, with its headquarters in Bangkok. Currently, ADPC is in the process of becoming an inter-governmental organization, with the ADPC Charter signed in 2005 by 9 founder member countries of the Asian region.

The relation between disasters and development though well established, still remains an urgent need of the hour in supporting countries integrate disaster risk reduction related strategies and measures in the overall framework of sustainable development. This has been a key thematic focus of ADPC since 1990s and has undergone a programmatic approach since 2004, with the Program of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development, to which ADPC acts as the secretariat. An important approach of the Program and of the overall thematic area is to help countries understand the social and economic impacts of disasters and support in integrating disaster risk reduction in the socio-economic development planning processes at national and sub-national levels. Implementation measures in this regard range from providing technical support, advocacy, knowledge sharing, and capacity building as well as undertaking post-disaster economic assessments.

The Project Coordinator will be a part of ADPC thematic department Safer Development Planning and Implementation and involved in coordinating implementation of specific components of the program under the said thematic department.

Supervisor(s): Director ADPC, Head of the Department

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating the implementation of program activities under the thematic area and specifically the ones related to research for advocacy, knowledge management and development and capacity building.
  • Ensure smooth communication and coordination between ADPC, its implementing partners, including governments, donors and other stakeholders in the project countries.
  • Support in developing concept notes, project proposals related to thematic area.
  • Participate in cross-theme collaboration for project implementation within ADPC.
Required Qualifications and Specification
  • Bachelors or Masters degree (preferred) in development studies, disaster management, economics, architecture, urban planning etc.
  • Having 1-2 years practical experience in development sector with a good understanding of issues on development
  • Thorough understanding of disaster risk reduction;
  • Strong analytical skills as well skills in writing and documentation is a necessity;
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English is a necessity;
  • Willingness to work in a team, respect the importance of other disciplines and knack to learn from and contribute to various disciplines
  • Willing to frequently travel in the region;
  • Energetic and willing to exercise the ‘grey matter’ beyond limits
Duration: Nine months with possibility of extension subjected to availability of funds and performance

How to Apply: Please send your detailed C.V and ADPC Application Form with a brief cover letter explaining why you think that that you are an outstanding candidate for this position. Your application should be sent on or before 10th November, 2011.