Asian Disaster Preparedness Center Job Vacancy: Disaster Risk Financing and Investment Specialist, Philippines

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center Job Vacancies 2021

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.

The Building Resilience through Inclusive and Climate-adaptive Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific (BRDR) is a five-year program that aims to protect development gains and to enhance regional cooperation on inclusive and gender-equal risk reduction approaches. The BRDR Program focuses on establishing evidence-based methods, tools and practices for building the resilience of the most vulnerable communities in pilot countries (Nepal, Philippines) and on sharing the lessons learned at regional forums in order to replicate the approaches developed under BRDR across the region.

The program also seeks to provide technical support to strengthen Disaster Risk Financing and Investment with integrated gender budgeting in the pilot countries. In context of Philippines, the country has endured varying degrees of disaster impacts every year, leaving huge financial gaps to meet recovery and reconstruction needs and fiscal burdens. Multiple disaster risk financing instruments and mechanisms have evolved in recent years to address such gaps. Despite this progress, more ex ante risk financing options are to be explored, and Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience (as indicated under Priority 3 of SFDRR), is yet to be strengthened essentially at Local Government Unit (LGU) level.

When looking at the intersection between DRRM with gender mainstreaming, the Philippines has made remarkable progress on Gender and Development (GAD) by firmly establishing gender as cross-cutting development subject across other development domains including DRRM. Institutional structures at the local level has made provisions for focal point for a GAD, guided by operational guidelines and standard operating procedures that are aligned with the central system to mainstream gender considerations across all activities. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan 2020 – 2030 also reaffirm the needs for an annual budget for DRR and resilience across different offices/sectors, strengthening financial mechanisms and potential sources, while focusing on resilience building for all, as well as women’s empowerment and gender-responsive and inclusive budgeting.