Disaster Risk Management Specialist

Washington, DC, US

Background / General description:

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), established in 2006, is a multi-donor partnership and grant-making financing mechanism. The Facility supports on-the-ground technical assistance to help developing countries integrate disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation into development strategies, policies and investment programs, including post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.
GFDRR implements the majority of its activities in countries through the World Bank, in partnership with national, regional, and other international agencies. To support country engagements, GFDRR maintains eight thematic initiatives that provide grant recipients with specialized knowledge and quality assurance in the design and implementation of activities. These initiatives allow GFDRR to collaborate with a broad array of partners, facilitate global engagements and capacity building, and produce innovative knowledge. These are: the Innovation Lab, Hydromet, Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI), Resilient Recovery, Inclusive Community Resilience, Urban Resilience, Safer Schools, and the Small Island States Resilience Initiative (SISRI).
The GFDRR Secretariat is hosted within the Climate Change Group at the World Bank in Washington D.C. with satellite offices in Brussels and Tokyo. The Secretariat is responsible for awarding and managing grants, reporting on results, and carrying out outreach and partnership development. It also acts as the support hub for a decentralized network of DRM experts in the World Bank and provides a global platform for knowledge-sharing and capacity building.
GFDRR is seeking a Disaster Risk Management Specialist who will contribute to and support the monitoring and management of the overall GFDRR Program. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Lead Operations Officer and the oversight of the GFDRR Manager, in close coordination with the World Bank’s Regional Coordinators for disaster risk management, and other GFDRR teams.

Further information is available at www.gfdrr.org

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:

1. Be responsible for the review of grant proposals, consultation on technical issues, preparation of progress reports, project briefings and other relevant monitoring information, and participation in the review of CPS/CASs and corporate related documents.

2. Support the management of GFDRR programs and trust funds, including set up of trust funds and funding vehicles, and carry out improvements in the grant management, portfolio monitoring, and program evaluation system.

3. Contribute to the development of GFDRR annual work plan and reporting on GFDRR activities such as the Portfolio Review and the Annual Report, preparation of articles, briefs and talking points, and presentations on GFDRR-related activities.

4. Provide cross-support to regional task teams for the preparation and supervision of DRM projects, including drafting and processing of project concept notes, project appraisal documents and Board packages, operations manuals, fiduciary arrangements, and participation on missions.

5. Participate in post-disaster emergency missions, as required, including the organization of damage assessments and support to authorities in the mobilization of recovery resources and design of recovery plans, including Emergency Recovery Loans.

6. Undertake research and knowledge management activities, including analytical papers and guidance notes for Bank staff, on best practices for Bank’s DRM-related operations, and promote and facilitate knowledge exchange and dissemination.

Selection Criteria:

• A Masters’ degree in climate and disaster risk management, water resource management, urban planning, engineering, infrastructure, economics, or related.

• At least 5 years of relevant analytical and country-operational experience, of which 2 years are in climate and disaster risk management or related areas.

• Experience with portfolio management, program monitoring and evaluation systems, trust fund policies and procedures, grant application review processes, and programmatic reporting.

• Substantial understanding of operational quality issues, monitoring tools, and key issues and systems with demonstrated evidence of strong analytical skills.

• Ability to take responsibility for substantial segments of the unit’s work program and play a key role in implementing the strategic direction of the work program.

• Strong ability to analyze and resolve issues cross cutting areas of specialization, with an understanding of how solutions affect the overall work program strategy.

• Effective communication and inter-personal skills.


• Project Management- Understands and utilizes the basic concepts of project management, as they relate to the implementation of a project.

• Portfolio Management – Analyzes and identifies portfolio cross-cutting issues; provides guidance to country/sector teams on quality of operations and portfolio performance.

• DRM Policy, Strategy, and Institutions – Foundational familiarity with disaster risk management
concepts, and can apply knowledge to assignments.

• Emergency Preparedness – Foundational knowledge of emergency preparedness and recovery strategies, with ability to support operations and analytical work.

• Deliver Results for Clients- Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs, deadlines, distill/develop operationally relevant recommendations/ lessons etc. and has the organization to do so.

• Able to Work within Teams and Across Boundaries- Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.

• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound   logical decision-making regarding own and others’ work.