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 Disaster Preparedness and Risk Mitigation Specialist
 Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)

 Location: Bihar
 Last Date: May 15, 2009
 Email: (Reference:


The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) India is an independent relief agency, engaging in sustainable development and disaster response programs for economically deprived and socially marginalized people in India since 1992. For more details visit us at

Job Title: Disaster Preparedness and Risk Mitigation Specialist
Reports to: Project Manager
Location: Bihar
Contract Period: 15 months

Key Responsibilities:
• Responsible for overall management of DPRM projects
• Responsible for line management of DPRM staff
• Representation of ADRA India at external forums including building linkages with NDMA, UNDP and ISDR.
• Management of DIPECHO EC project; including ensuring all contractual obligations are met
• Knowledge and understanding of ‘one programme approach’
• Responsible for situational analysis within India regarding emergencies and security issues.
• Responsible to assist the PM/PD in all humanitarian interventions in India. This essentially includes assessment, programming, resource mobilisation, project formulation, project mobilisation, project implementation.
• Responsible to assist the PM/PD in the DIPECHO project in Bihar, India. This also includes reporting (both internal and external) of on-going DPRM activities.
• Responsible to represent ADRA India in all relevant regional, national and local forums on DPRM work and issues, together with, and especially in the absence of PM/PD.
• Responsible for providing input in security issues confronting ADRA India’s work in India. It includes participating in security forums of national and international NGOs, government, etc.
• Extensive knowledge of NEPRP Emergency Manual and guidelines; ICRC Code of Conduct, Sphere Standards.
• Development of donor reports, impact assessment reports, progress reports for both external requirement and internally, for ADRA India.
• Providing technical support to DPRM projects in India in the areas of CBDP, and gender mainstreaming and other related areas of project development.
• Initiating the use of gender analysis in the collection of information amongst project staff for formulating gender sensitive and gender equitable disaster mitigation policies
• Highly developed inter-personal and communication skills.
• Conducting post-disaster and relief assessments
• Support in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with partner organizations and other key stakeholders
• Assist in evaluation of operational capacity of implementing partners as well as potential partners across the region
• Undertake independent field monitoring and evaluation of DIPECHO projects in the region
• Contribute to the overall evaluation of DIPECHO funded programmes in the region
• Excellent report-writing skills
• Highly developed inter-personal and communication skills.

Experience Required In:
• Building Community resilience and capacity for effective Disaster Preparedness through the involvement and partnerships with significant stakeholders.
• Preparedness structural strengthening measures and Mitigation activities are integrated in the local development process and the local authorities and communities get strengthened to cope up with future disasters.
• Emergency communication systems and networking mechanisms are reviewed and their efficiency and effectiveness is enhanced.
• Strengthening community/ village level disaster preparedness by increased awareness, involvement , trainings and access to disaster related resources

• University degree in the field of disaster risk reduction and preparedness, disaster management, environmental science; or a relevant degree;
• Minimum 5 years experience working for a humanitarian aid organisation in disaster risk reduction in developing countries; (Federation and/or CRCS experience will be treated as an added value);
• Minimum 5 years experience in managing, coaching and supporting staff;
• Demonstrated understanding of the Hyogo Framework for Action.
• Comprehension of Federation related guidelines and frameworks is value added;
• Demonstrated experience in community development and community based approaches with experience in conducting participatory assessments.
• Demonstrated program development, implementation, and management skills with proven success in analysing, planning and managing relief and development programs and resources;
• Training of trainer / knowledge transfer competencies
• Relevant experiences in Community based disaster risk reduction in developing countries (experience in Asia countries will be highly appreciated)
• Project planning and management competencies
• Staff management skills
• Good reporting skills
• Strong writing and communications skill in English is required;
• Knowledge of Hindi language and English will be considered an asset;
• Good negotiation and facilitation skills;
• Proficient in computer operation (Windows, Excel, Power Point)

How to apply?

Please apply electronically, quoting job title on the subject line, attaching a covering letter and your CV with at least two contactable references to email address: not later than 15th May, 2009. Kindly mention your current salary drawn and your salary expectation. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the review.

Note: Due to the urgent nature of this recruitment, candidate reviews will commence immediately upon publication of this vacancy announcement and will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application without delay.

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