Disaster Risk Management Specialist

The World Bank

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸


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 to assist in the management of DRFI Trust Funds, including a major new partnership with the German and UK Governments, in close partnership with implementing partner the Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP) in the Finance and Markets Global Practice (F&M GP).

DRFIP is a leading partner of developing countries seeking to develop and implement comprehensive financial protection strategies. A joint initiative of the World Bank Group’s Finance and Markets Global Practice and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), DRFI was established in 2010 to improve the financial resilience of governments, businesses, and households against natural disasters.

The initiative supports governments to implement comprehensive financial protection strategies, and brings together sovereign disaster risk financing, agricultural insurance, property catastrophe risk insurance, and scalable social protection programs. Often, it also helps governments work with the private sector to facilitate public-private partnerships.

The DRFIP works through four main areas to help increase the ability of national and local governments, homeowners, businesses, agricultural producers, and low-income populations to respond more quickly and resiliently to disasters:

1. Sovereign Disaster Risk Finance: Increases the financial response capacity of national and subnational governments to meet post-disaster funding needs without compromising fiscal balances and development objectives.

2. Market Development: Strengthens governments’ ability to implement policy measures for creating an enabling environment for private market development that contributes to greater financial resilience against disasters.

3. Analytics: Strengthens the capacity of governments to take informed decisions on disaster risk finance, based on sound financial/actuarial analysis.

4. Knowledge Management & Global Partnerships: Supports stakeholders with information that will lead to and inform actions in support of building financial resilience.

A major new program has been launched as a partnership between the F&M GP and GFDRR: the InsuResilience Climate Risk Financing and Insurance Program (CRFIP), with an initial contribution from Germany of $22 million, which is expected to increase significantly over the coming year. The G7 Initiative on Climate Risk Insurance, or “InsuResilience”, aims to increase access to direct or indirect insurance coverage against the impacts of climate change for 400 million of the most vulnerable people in developing countries by 2020. The initiative, led by Germany, was adopted at the G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany in June 2015 during their G7 presidency. The initiative is to be implemented in close partnership between the G7 states, developing countries and emerging economies. The overall objective of the initiative is to stimulate the creation of effective climate risk insurance markets and the smart use of insurance-related schemes for people and risk-prone assets in developing countries. As an implementing partner for the InsuResilience Initiative, the Bank will work to expand this to other countries and deepen our impact in countries already working towards financial resilience goals, including through closer dialogue and cooperation with the private sector.
The Specialist will provide key operational support to the implementation of DRFI trust funds overall, and InsuResilience specifically, in close collaboration with F&M GP, under the direct supervision of the GFDRR Senior DRM Specialist (DRFI) and the oversight of the GFDRR Manager, and in close coordination with other GFDRR teams, and with regional experts forming the DRM and Climate Change Communities of Practice.

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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.


1. Be responsible for the review of grant proposals, consultation on technical issues, preparation of progress reports, project briefings and other relevant monitoring information.

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

3. Coordinate with other programs awarding grants for DRFI to avoid duplication.

4. Contribute to the development of annual work plans and reporting on activities such as the portfolio reviews and annual reports, preparation of articles, briefs and talking points, and presentations on DRFI-related activities.

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

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.

7. Support activities under the wider InsuResilience Global Partnership as tasked by the Senior DRM Specialist.

Selection Criteria:

• A Masters’ degree in a field related to DRFI (e.g. finance, law, public administration, economics).

• At least 5 years of relevant analytical and country-operational experience, of which 2 years are in DRFI 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 DRFI
concepts, and can apply knowledge to assignments.

• 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.