Bangladesh nationals: Action on Climate Change in South Asia (Hydrometeorologist)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment


South Asia developing member countries (DMCs) face the challenge of achieving and sustaining rapid
economic growth to reduce poverty and attain other Sustainable Development Goals in an era of
accentuated risks posed by global climate change. ADB, together with key development partners, has been supporting South Asia DMCs in their pursuit to mainstream climate change in development plans, programs, and projects. This regional capacity development technical assistance (TA) supports South Asia DMCs in pursuing low-carbon and climate-resilient development. Its outcome will be the increased investment and institutional capacity of South Asia DMCs to manage the impacts of climate change.

In Bangladesh, the TA will (i) design and establish a climate risk and vulnerability screening (CRVS)
tool and system and pilot test them for selected large investment projects in the agriculture and water
resources sectors that are proposed for inclusion in the Annual Development Programme (ADP), and (ii)
enhance the human resource capacity of concerned government agencies/departments/ministries in
conducting climate risk screening (CRS) and possibly vulnerability assessment at the project level. For
these, SARD’s CRS tool will be adopted and customized to fit the Planning Commission’s project appraisal
and approval requirements. Using extensive geophysical information and downscaled high-resolution
climate data, the said screening tool enables localized climate impact assessments by analyzing both
natural hazards in the project areas and climate-related risks to the project investment. It provides a
screening report that includes a preliminary evaluation of climate risks and natural hazards that may
affect the project lifespan and efficacy, and recommends adaptation options to address climate risks
found to be significant.

Scope of Work


The Hydro-Meteorologist (national) will be engaged directly by ADB to lead in preparing full
documentation of hydro-meteorological hazards and water-related exposure and vulnerability relevant to
the agriculture and water resources sectors in Bangladesh. He/she will work/liaise closely with the
Programming Division, Planning Commission; TA’s other national consultants in Bangladesh; ADB Bangladesh
Resident Mission (BRM); and TA coordination unit in ADB Manila, Philippines to ensure that the expected
outputs of this assignment will be delivered in an efficient, effective, and timely manner. The
intermittent assignment will be rendered in 7 person-months (154 working days) over 12 calendar-months

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output


Under the overall guidance of the Project Officer in SAOD, ADB, Manila and in close coordination with
the Programming Division, Planning Commission; TA’s other national consultants in Bangladesh; ADB BRM;
and the TA coordination unit in ADB Manila, particularly with the Regional Climate Scientist
(international), the duties and responsibilities of the Hydro-Meteorologist (national) will include, but
not be limited to, the following:

(i) Contribute to the detailed TA implementation and work plan for the country activities to ensure
timely outputs;
(ii) Assist in organizing the inception workshop in Dhaka, which will discuss the work plan for the
approved country activities and related implementation arrangements;
(iii) Assist the Regional Climate Scientist (international) in using computer models to simulate short
and long-term climate conditions, especially those that will affect the agriculture and water resources
sectors in Bangladesh;
(iv) Collect, compile and fully document hydro-meteorological data for hydrologic modelling; conduct
water-related exposure and vulnerability (e.g., to storm, precipitation, flood, etc.) analyses;
(v) Coordinate and consult with relevant agencies, departments, ministries, and other institutions for
sourcing and collection of required data and information; and help manage and systematize the datasets
collected and/or generated from the country activities;
(vi) Contribute to the detailed review of existing datasets and other sources of data/information which
may become available at a later stage, and assist in the necessary data compilation, encoding,
digitization, geo-referencing, and other related GIS tasks, for establishing the geospatial database and
generating data and lay-out views within an ArcGIS system;
(vii) Reconcile all hydro-meteorological hazard maps from different sources, and/or develop and
establish the hydro-meteorological hazards database and maps associated with historical and projected
climate scenarios, which will be inputs to the climate risk and vulnerability screening system to be
developed for the project planning process in Bangladesh;
(viii) Contribute to the capacity needs assessment and design and conduct of capacity development
programs (e.g., trainings, seminars, workshops, etc.) on the climate risk and vulnerability screening
tool and system, assessment framework, and/or GIS-based decision support system;
(ix) In coordination with the other TA consultants in Bangladesh, assist in compiling a draft risk atlas;
(x) Liaise effectively with a range of development partners and agencies, including the Project Steering
Committee; and
(xi) Prepare and submit required TA reports (e.g., inception, midterm, draft final and final reports)
and other project-related documents as may be requested by the Programming Division, Planning Commission
and/or the ADB Project Officer from time to time.

In the course of this assignment, the Hydro-Meteorologist (national) will be expected to submit to the
Remote Sensing-Geographic Information Systems / Hazard, Exposure, Vulnerability and Risk Specialist cum
Team Leader his/her work plan and inception report, a midterm technical progress report, and draft final
and final reports, for consolidation into country team reports. Project reports and other outputs are
expected to be prepared in English (with versions in Bangla, as may be required).

Minimum Qualification Requirements


The Hydro-Meteorologist (national) must have an advance university degree, at least at the master’s
level, in physics and hydrology, water science and resources management, GIS and remote sensing,
environmental engineering, environmental science, natural resource management, or other related fields.

Relevant Experience and Other Requirements:
Suitability to undertake the detailed tasks and responsibilities mentioned above at the required level.

At least 10 years relevant professional experience working with data types and formats associated with
hydro-meteorological and climatological data, especially with large GIS data in a variety of formats.
Knowledge of climate theory is required. Familiarity and experience in climate/disaster risk assessment,
hazard assessment, environmental impact assessment, and environmental management in Bangladesh and with
multi-hazard assessment projects and tools and climate risk vulnerability assessment methodologies for
adaptation and mitigation. Able to undertake background research and analysis on difficult but well-
defined tasks; collect and organize required data and information; and apply appropriate computer skills
in analyzing and developing the data.

Some knowledge and understanding of ADB operational processes and procedures, and proficiency in ADB
standard software programs and information technologies will be an advantage.

Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and proven ability to work as part of a
multidisciplinary and multicultural project team.