UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Sri Lanka has increasingly experienced the adverse effects of climate change over the past decade. Recurrent extreme weather events and irregular climate trends are annually and frequently causing damages and losses in physical, social, economic and environmental sectors. Recurrent cycles of floods and droughts annually cause deaths & injuries to human lives and billions of dollars’ worth of economic damages and losses (PDNA 2016 & 2017). Additionally, the disasters and their impacts are aggravated by climate change. The considerable changes in the country’s disaster profile and events in the short term too are attributed to climate change. Changing weather patterns have led to drought conditions, flash floods, landslides, cyclones, occurring with more frequency and higher intensity, placing development gains at higher risk due to the associated losses and damages. Further, Sri Lanka simultaneously needs to confront hazards such as the sea-level rise, salinization, desertification which progress over longer time periods leading to severe consequences such as a drop in potable water, loss of agriculture, food production, biodiversity and habitat.
UNDP’s disaster risk reduction efforts aim to ‘risk-inform’ development in line with the goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR). Specifically, UNDP works with country partners to strengthen national and subnational policy; legal and institutional frameworks; foster greater coherence of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and climate adaptation efforts; provide access to risk information and early warning systems, and strengthen preparedness and recovery measures. UNDP’s ultimate goal is to strengthen the resilience of countries and urban and rural communities to disasters and climate change.
UNDP Sri Lanka works to integrate issues of climate, disaster risk and environment at the country level and focuses on building resilience and ensuring that development remains risk-informed and sustainable via partnerships with several government and non-government agencies, and ministries to facilitate potential solutions for some of the aforementioned challenges.
In this background, UNDP Sri Lanka expects to extend its support to the Government of Sri Lanka through expanding its DRR and Climate project portfolio with the assistance of various donors and other development partners. Two such project interventions in disaster data and risk management include;
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the National Project Coordinator, UNDP and Climate & Environment team, the Project Associate – DRR Projects is expected to undertake the following tasks, in collaboration with the national consultants, international consultants and BRH engagements. The Project Associate will remain accountable for the duties and responsibilities defined as follows:
Duties and Responsibilities
Impact of Results
Required Skills and Experience
Sri Lanka nationals: Project Associate - (Disaster Risk Reduction Projects)
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