Myanmar nationals: Disaster Risk Reduction and Research Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Yangon, Myanmar
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Under the supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor and direct guidance of the Technical Specialist (GRSP), the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Research Officer closely works with and support other international consultants to collect and analyse data and information on hazards, vulnerabilities and climate change risk in Rakhine contexts. S/he will have a deep understanding of the local contexts in which disaster risk is (re)produced coevolving with other social and political processes in Rakhine. The DRR & Research Officer will take responsibility of translation and editing of documents and reports from English to Myanmar language and vice versa. The DRR and CCA mainstreaming team will be composed of the following international and national consultants:

  • DRR & CCA Mainstreaming and Institution Specialist (international)
  • Disaster Risk Financing Specialist (international)
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Research Officer (national)

The DRR & Research Officer will be responsible for the following tasks.

  1. Technical studies and analyses (Component A):
  1. Prepare inputs and support the required analyses/studies, as agreed with the DRR and CCA mainstreaming specialist and the DRF specialist;
  2. Collect data and identify observed trends in the production of climate change risk and review existing secondary data on key weather elements including rainfall, and temperature over a select period of time;
  3. Work with key relevant technical partner institutions and experts to identify broader climate change issues, review existing and past climate change adaptation interventions at national level and particularly in Rakhine and target sites;
  4. Analyse the exposure and sensitivity of major coastal areas, communities (particularly marginalised groups), farming assets including, infrastructure, etc. to environmental hazards and climate change impacts;
  5. Assess current (including traditional) coping mechanisms and overall adaptive capacity and their extent of effectiveness;
  6. Map local institutional arrangements (formal and informal) to determine existing approaches, decision making mechanisms, capacities and gaps in relation to disaster risk management and mainstreaming at state and township levels;
  7. Map out climate vulnerability based on existing data on climate change and socio-political processes and structures, including land cover/vegetation cover, slopes, geological hazards, and precipitation distribution, etc.; and
  8. Support other consultants in terms of translation and interpretation necessary for data collection and analysis as well as documentation of assessments and analyses.
  9. Formation of a Framework for DRR and CCA mainstreaming (Component B):
    1. Support the team to produce a framework for DRR and CCA mainstreaming into RSG development planning processes; and
    2. Translate and edit the draft and final frameworks for DRR and CCA mainstreaming from English to Myanmar language.
  10. Workshops for DRR and CCA mainstreaming
    1. Support the planning and delivery of consultative and validation workshops for government authorities; and
    2. Ensure documentation and translation of lessons learnt from the workshops to devise a strategy for developing township guidance notes for mainstreaming and frameworks for other state and region states of Myanmar.
  11. Final Deliverables:
    1. Consolidation of all technical and consultation inputs including from national and local stakeholders and UNDP into the comprehensive framework for DRR and CCA mainstreaming; and
    2. All documentation from the consultancies translated (including technical reports, workshop report etc.)

As local conditions may be subject to change, the international specialist will be required to obtain guidance from the UNDP GRSP chief technical adviser and technical specialist and ensure that his/her work is compliant with UNDP CO requirements.