Junior Research Associate- Pakistan

  • Development
  • Anywhere
Country: Pakistan
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Closing date: 2 Mar 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 qualified and motivated Junior Research Associate will be required to support
in reviewing relevant literature and frameworks, coordinate with the Ministry of Planning,
Development and Special Initiatives (MoPDSI) on a day-to-day basis for the implementation
of tasks under component 2, and maintaining a close coordination with the CARE project
country team assigned to work with MoPDSI. S/he will be selected on a competitive basis
following the World Bank Procurement Regulations.

C. Statement of Intent
The Junior Research Associate will play a supporting role in the program’s presence in
Pakistan to ensure research and coordination support to MoPDSI.
The position will be based 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 Junior Research Associate shall provide the following inputs:
 Assist in undertaking research and desk review of national policies related to climate
change, agriculture, water and irrigation to support in development of climate resilient
frameworks in planning and financing linked to the CARE for South Asia project
activities;
 Maintain strong liaison with project leadership and focal person (s) at MoPDSI in coordinating and implementing the technical project activities;

 Provide support in preparing drafts for essential content for example meeting minutes
and reports of national workshops and seminars, etc.;
 Perform other relevant tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

E. Qualifications
 A Master’s degree in Social Sciences or other relevant discipline;
 A minimum of 2-3 years of experience) in conducting research and analytical work in
similar role is required;
 Knowledge of international and national Climate Change Acts, Policies and
Frameworks such as the Pakistan’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution
(PAK-INDC), would be an advantage;
 Proven record of strong research and analytical skills are required;
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
 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 Junior Research Associate 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:

How to apply: Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form,
(downloadable from 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 encourage diversity in its workplace and support an inclusive work environment.

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