Short-term climate change and disaster risk reduction specialist


Bangladesh 🇧🇩

The USAID Bangladesh Ecosystems/Protibesh Activity is seeking a billable, short-term, climate change and disaster risk reduction specialist to support the feasibility study on embankments of coastal Bangladesh. The 5-year, $20M cooperative agreement seeks to improve ecosystem conservation in Bangladesh by strengthening environmental governance and management, reducing key threats to biodiversity, and supporting market-based incentives in and around key biodiversity areas of the country. This position will be short-term from on/about December 2021 – May 2022 (six months) and will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh with regional travel as necessary.

Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to the adverse impacts of climate change that potentially impact lives and health of people, livelihoods, food, water, ecosystems, and security. The feasibility study will inform USAID and the Government of Bangladesh of the condition and status of existing embankments including their current hydrological and structural serviceability, as well as emerging needs. The study will identify possible alternatives including nature-based solutions to protect and preserve ecosystems, people, livelihoods, crops, and fresh water sources and other economic interests along the coastal zone of Bangladesh. The feasibility study will include a desk review of available information to document conditions of the existing embankments, projected hydrological variations due to environmental and climate factors and the level of protection provided by the existing embankment system in the coastal zone of Bangladesh. Additionally, it will share recommendations that can be alternatives to protect ecosystems, land, people, and their assets. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

The climate change and disaster risk reduction specialist will support the Embankment Feasibility Assessment and will report directly to the Team Leader.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collect, analyze, and integrate relevant data and studies, modeling outputs, maps, and other information to ensure infrastructure feasibility study and recommendations effectively integrate disaster risk and climate change considerations
  • Identify issues, needs, and priorities
  • Draft relevant sections of deliverables


  • Specialist with relevant degree(s) and at least 3- 5 years experience in disaster risk reduction and preparedness including planning and development of infrastructure
  • Understanding of current, near-term, and longer-term risks and vulnerabilities resulting from extreme weather events, sea-level rise and other projected impacts of climate change, and other shocks affecting low-lying coastal areas
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Excellent analytical and English writing skills

Application instructions:

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist – Embankment Study” in the subject line to [email protected] by December 08, 2021. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.

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