Livestock Specialist

Country: Bangladesh
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Closing date: 5 Jun 2021

A. About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

ADPC is an autonomous intergovernmental 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 has six strategic themes supported by seven 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 also 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 is 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.

Strengthening national policies on climate smart agriculture is vital to satisfactorily implement all the required components of the project. It would involve a review of national and sectoral policies to support in the development of climate-resilient tools and guidelines for the agriculture sector.

Accordingly, a highly qualified and experienced Livestock Specialist will be required to implement livestock-related initiatives under the agriculture and livestock sector in Bangladesh. S/he will be selected on a competitive basis following World Bank Procurement Regulations.

The objectives of this consultancy service are to:

  • Support in reviewing national and sectoral guidelines, policies, programs, frameworks, etc. for livestock sub-sector
  • Develop tools and guides to promote climate-resilient design and standards
  • Support in scaling up climate-smart agriculture and livestock
  • Conduct needs assessment and validation workshops for the agriculture and livestock sector.

C. Statement of Intent

The Livestock Specialist will lead in national-level specific livestock activities through reviewing various documents and evaluating data for the agriculture and livestock sector. The consultant will provide further support in developing tools and guidelines to support climate-smart agriculture and livestock.

The Livestock Specialist will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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 Livestock Specialist shall be responsible for:

Technical Review and Support

  • Conducting and developing analysis and evaluation report on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) strategy for Bangladesh and detailed study on climate challenges in livestock,
  • Preparing strategic options on climate-smart livestock and validate through a participatory process
  • Integrating strategic climate considerations for climate-smart livestock including monitoring framework to strengthen CSA
  • Providing inputs to identify national and sub-national best practices and methods of climate smart agriculture and livestock in Bangladesh
  • Reviewing various documents including policies, plans, acts, guidelines, institutional setup related to livestock management in Bangladesh

Tool and Guides Development

  • Supporting in identifying national and sub-national best climate-smart practices and methods of livestock management in Bangladesh
  • Providing inputs from livestock perspective to climate modelling with future climate data to develop strategic climate scenarios
  • Developing a monitoring framework and a draft CSA strategy to strengthen climate smart agriculture and livestock
  • Providing information for climate smart agriculture and livestock strategic framework that considers climate-extreme risk and mitigation solutions along with developing strategic options on climate-smart livestock
  • Preparing draft guidelines for climate-smart agriculture and livestock
  • Developing country-specific chapters for regional guidelines on climate-smart agriculture and livestock through incorporating stakeholder inputs and preparing dissemination of IEC materials.

Assessment

  • Arranging and conducting key informant interviews and focus group discussions to support in developing an analysis and evaluation report for a country CSA strategy
  • Support in conducting consultations and workshops to finalize climate-related hazard and risk assessment methodologies for agricultural sector and validation workshop to finalize strategic options on CSA

Performing other relevant tasks as assigned by the Project Director, CARE for South Asia project; Director, Climate Resilience; Country Project Lead, Bangladesh; and the Resilient Agriculture Specialist (Regional), Bangkok.

E. Qualifications

The candidate should at least have:

  • A master’s degree in animal science, animal husbandry or agriculture related field with complementary knowledge in livestock development planning
  • At least 7 years of practical experience in the planning and implementation of livestock development program at the country level
  • At least 3 years of professional and practical work experience in livestock or animal production projects at the field or national level
  • Knowledge and experience of latest climate smart policies, frameworks etc. in the South Asia and Bangladesh.
  • Team work with strong communication skills and capacity to work under pressure and short deadlines
  • Cross cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff, and partners
  • Required computer proficiencies: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet
  • Experience in training and capacity building
  • Excellent English proficiency in oral and written communication, including a demonstrated track record of accomplishment in technical report writing and ability to communicate technical matters effectively to general audience. Fluency in Bengali language mandatory.

F. Reporting Relationships

The Livestock Specialist (Consultant) will report to the Project Director, CARE for South Asia Project and Director of Climate Resilience Department and perform day-to-day activities in close coordination with the CARE Country Project Lead and the ADPC’s Country Representative in Bangladesh. The technical oversight will be provided by the Resilient Agriculture Specialist (Regional) based at the Bangkok office. The specialist would also coordinate with the other CARE project sectoral specialists at the regional and national level to carry out livestock activities under the project.

G. Contract Duration

The contract duration will be for 1 Year. 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 www.adpc.net or ADPC Website ), resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter, to: adpcjobs@adpc.net

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

ADPC encourages diversity in its workplace and supports an inclusive work environment.



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