Technical Junior Level Support - Pakistan

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Country: Pakistan
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Closing date: 11 Feb 2021

A.About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

ADPC is an intergovernmental regional 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/

B. Background

Disasters take a huge toll on the development agenda of SAR 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 policy, planning, and financing is vital to satisfactorily implement all the required components of the project. It would involve review of national policies to support in development of climate resilient frameworks in planning and financing.

Accordingly, a motivated Technical Junior Level Support will be required to support in coordinating and assisting Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives (MoPDSI) with regards to day to day activities under the project. S/he will be selected on competitive basis following World Bank Procurement Regulations.

C. Statement of Intent

The Technical Junior Level Support will play a role in ensuring smooth and effective coordination support project related activities under CARE for South Asia to MoPDSI in the country to enhance policies, standards and capacity for climate-resilient development in Pakistan.

The position will be based at MoPDSI in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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 Technical Junior Level Support shall provide the following inputs:

  • Assist the MoPDSI Focal Point and the project team in maintaining a close coordination and liaison for smooth implementation of project activities;
  • Support in a range of daily operational and administrative activities for effective coordination between the Project team and MoPDSI;
  • Perform any other relevant tasks as assigned by the Focal Point at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and in close coordination with the Country Project Lead of ADPC.

E. Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in administrative and operational work in government offices or projects with government departments in Pakistan
  • Strong understanding of government functions and protocols in Pakistan
  • Cross cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff, and partners
  • Required computer proficiencies: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams

F. Reporting Relationships

The Technical Junior Level Support will report to the Project Director and work in close coordination with the focal point of MoPDSI.

G. Contract Duration

The contract duration will be for 1 year.

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:

Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form, (downloadable from www.adpc.net), resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter, to: adpcjobs@adpc.net

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
ADPC encourage diversity in its workplace and support an inclusive work environment.



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