Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist

The World Bank, Manila, Philippines

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th April, 2015

Job Description

The Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist will be responsible for supervising, leading implementation, and developing the DRM program in the Philippines:

The incumbent will be expected to, inter alia, carry out the following duties:

•  Contribute to developing and implementing country and DRM strategies by generating policy analysis and leading policy discussion with senior government officials, taking into account a variety of technical considerations and views to advance the national DRM program.
•  Produce analytical work and supervise technical assistance which require the successful coordination and integration of input from multi-disciplinary teams, balancing institutional needs and technical requirements.
•  Contribute to development of the country-level work program and the regional DRM strategies in collaboration with the GPSURR DRM team and under guidance of the EAP DRM Regional Coordinator.
•  Lead post-disaster loss and damage assessment and support recovery planning assistance in the countries of East Asia and the Pacific, as well as others, as needed.
•  Share knowledge and help to ensure regional and global good practice is incorporated into all product lines.
•  Provide leadership, guidance and advisory support to Bank team and the Government in all phases of operations, including problem solving, coordination and resource mobilization.
•  Participate in missions and supervise activities/projects resolving divergent views, effectively interacting with clients at the policy level and sector dialogue to achieve the best results.
•  Ensure the quality of DRM portfolio performance management by leading project implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
•  Provide support and contribute to the DRM program in other countries of EAP and other regions and teams, as needed.
•  Work independently under the supervision of the Practice Manager and day-to-day technical guidance of the Regional DRM Coordinator.
•  Working seamlessly with country office staff and provide guidance and mentor more junior staff, while supervising and/or participating in multi-disciplinary teams.

Selection Criteria

•  Advanced degree in Economics/Public Policy/Environmental Science/Disaster Risk Management/Structural Engineering/International Relations/Law, and/or related field.
•  At least 8 years of relevant experience.
•  Managed projects and/or held leadership position(s) related to disaster risk management for at least 2 years. High level policy experience is highly desirable.
•  In-depth knowledge and experience in at least one key areas of DRM, such as recovery planning and reconstruction; institutional and legal frameworks; risk assessment; risk reduction/mitigation; emergency preparedness; hazard monitoring and early warning.
•  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work in an inter-disciplinary, team-oriented environment as a team leader as well as a team member and adviser.
•  High level of self-motivation as well as outstanding initiative and the capacity to work independently.
•  Ability to deal sensitively with others in a multi-cultural environment and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
•  Ability to work with partners, senior government officials and representatives of international agencies as well as at the community level.
•  Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, the ability to express complex concepts and strategies in simple and actionable terms, and a proven track record of publications in the sector.
•  Full fluency in written and spoken English.


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