GIS Specialist

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Thailand
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Closing date: 9 Nov 2020

A. About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

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

B. Background

Disasters take a huge toll on the development agenda of South Asian countries. Between 2000 and 2017, disasters in South Asia incurred estimated damages of US$ 149.27 billion. Public expenditure is under stress by the repeated need to reallocate capital budgets away from long term development planning and towards reconstruction activities in post-disaster environments. For example, since 2005, Pakistan has suffered losses on the order of US$ 16 billion due to natural disasters. In Bangladesh, 2007 Cyclone Sidr resulted in damages and losses of US$1.7 billion, or 2.6 per cent of GDP.

To increase resilience and achieve climate commitments, there is a need for a transformational shift towards policies and institutions that enable climate resilient investments. Investing in more resilient infrastructure is both profitable and urgent as disruptions are extremely costly for governments, households and private sector and large ongoing investments in infrastructure assets will have long-lasting repercussions as poor maintenance and natural disasters result in a vulnerable stock.

With the financial support from the World Bank Group, ADPC will be implementing a five years’ project, titled “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Project for South Asia” (CARE). The project aims to create an enabling environment for climate resilience policies and investments across South Asia. This objective will be achieved through enhanced regional cooperation and knowledge exchange for climate resilience and adaptation and mainstreaming of resilience and adaptation in national policies, plans and investments.

Scaling up the climate-resilient infrastructure strategy for rural roads, climate smart agriculture and agro-climatic plays a vital role in satisfactorily implement all the required components of the project. It would involve development of standardized geospatial databases and other data for climate-related risk assessments on the related sector. It would also involve development of strategies and frameworks to comply with World Bank regulations, for Bank funded projects.

Accordingly, a highly qualified and experienced GIS Specialist will be required to provide technical support in conducting risk assessments to support in guideline/tool development. S/he will be selected on competitive basis following World Bank Procurement Regulations.

The objectives of this consultancy service are to:

  • Provide GIS technical inputs to the CARE project team on the development of methodology and technical report for transport and agriculture sector risk assessment for Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan:
  • Provide GIS technical services in the development of geospatial databases needed for the project and conduct GIS-based analysis related to transport and agriculture sector risk assessment for the CARE project countries (Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan)
  • Support in training and capacity building related to the GIS application for CARE project stakeholders and beneficiaries in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan
  • Provide GIS technical inputs for water sector particularly related to Sindh Irrigation in Pakistan and Ministry of Water Resource (MoWR) in Bangladesh etc.

C. Statement of Intent

The GIS Specialist will take a leading role in all the geospatial data related tasks for Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal, which include determining, with transportation and agriculture sectoral experts, the data needed to characterize climate change exposure and vulnerability, climate inclusive hazard and risk mapping; and developing geospatial databases of the sectoral related data using satellite data and data obtained from the governments and other relevant sources.

The GIS specialist will also support in the capacity building and development of strategies and frameworks related to transport and agriculture sector based on risk assessment applications. Additionally, he/she will provide GIS technical support for water sector particularly related to Sindh Irrigation in Pakistan and Ministry of Water Resource (MoWR) in Bangladesh, and Ministry of Energy, Water Resource and Irrigation (MOEWRI) of Nepal.

The GIS Specialist will be based in Bangkok, Thailand.

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 personal and joint responsibilities.

D. Duties and Responsibilities

The GIS Specialist Consultant is required to provide GIS related technical services as follows:

i) Provide technical inputs to the CARE project team on the development of methodology and technical report for transport, and agriculture sector risk assessment for Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan:

  • Review of existing climate risk assessment methods/approaches and summary of needs for the required sectors;

  • Review and assessment of existing agro-climatic zones and updates of zones based on data analysis;

  • Lead the report development on evaluation of geospatial data for climate-related hazards for rural roads in Bangladesh and Nepal;

  • Inputs towards strengthening Bangladesh’s climate smart agriculture strategy through review of existing climate-related hazard & risk assessment studies/approaches; collecting risk information related stakeholder and needs assessment, to develop a report on existing geospatial database and standardized geospatial database;

  • Review & assessment report of Punjab agriculture policy and plans;

  • Scaling up climate smart agriculture strategic framework with focus on agro-climatic zoning in Pakistan through collecting and evaluation existing geospatial data for climate-related hazard, exposure, vulnerability, and risk assessment; drafting report on existing geospatial database and standardized geospatial database in Pakistan;

  • Support in the development of technical report on climate inclusive hazards and risk assessment for transport and agriculture sector;

ii) Develop geospatial databases and conduct GIS-based analysis related to transport and agriculture sector risk assessment for the CARE project countries (Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan):

  • Lead in collection and evaluation of existing geospatial data and other relevant data needed for climate-related hazard, exposure, vulnerability, risk assessment for transport and agriculture sector;

  • Set up the baseline and develop standardized GIS based layers which comply with the country’s system and format;

  • Provide GIS-based analysis supports in the development of climate inclusive hazard, exposure, vulnerability and risk assessment together with risk/damage scenarios for transport and agriculture sector;

  • Provide GIS/remote sensing technical inputs for updating agro-climatic zoning;

  • Provide other relevant GIS technical inputs needed for the project;

  • Provide GIS technical supports in hazard, exposure, vulnerability and risk mapping needed for the project.

iii) Capacity building, training and workshop in the CARE project countries (Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan):

  • Support in conducting consultations and workshops to finalize climate-related hazard and risk assessment methodologies for transport and agricultural sector;

  • Support development of concept note, participants list for consultations and workshops to assess risk assessment and climate change assessment methodologies for transport and agriculture sector;

  • Provide GIS technical inputs including training materials preparation needed for the project;

  • Be part of the project team in the trainings delivery and lead the training sessions related to GIS;

  • Perform other relevant tasks as assigned by the CARE Project Director.

iv) Provide GIS technical support in water sector, particularly related to irrigation in Sindh Province of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

v) When needed, provide GIS technical supports related to the work for Climate Indicators in Pakistan with the Planning Commission, which requires a natural progression to GIS-based monitoring.

Further to this, the consultant will be required to closely coordinate with Component 1 of CARE project (Promoting evidence-based climate-smart decision-making) which focuses on data to avoid any duplication of efforts.

E. Qualifications

The candidate should at least have:

  • A master’s degree in GIS/Remote Sensing or related field;
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience on GIS application in the field of disaster risk management, climate change, agriculture, water and transportation sectors;
  • 7 years’ experience in development of GIS-based hazard, exposure, vulnerability and risk mapping, and generation of related information using GIS software/tools;
  • Experience in conducting national level training programs for government agencies and other relevant stakeholders in South Asia;
  • Excellent English proficiency oral and written communication, including a demonstrated track record in technical report writing and ability to communicate technical matters effective to general audience;
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of climate change impacts on transportation, water, and agriculture sector in South Asia.

F. Reporting Relationships

The GIS Specialist will report to the Project Director and seek day-to-day technical guidance from Director, Geospatial Information department of ADPC. The specialist will also coordinate with the other CARE project specialists (including specialists working for Component 1 ) at the regional and national level to carry out different activities under the project.

G. Contract Duration

The contract duration will be for 1 year (extendable). The consultant’s performance will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

H. Selection Method

The consultant will be selected in accordance with ADPC’s recruitment process and in compliance with the World Bank Procurement Regulations.

How to apply:

How to apply: Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form, (downloadable from, resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter, to:

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

ADPC encourage diversity in its workplace and support an inclusive work environment.

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