Disaster Risk Management Specialist

Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵

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 provides 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 draws upon a wide range of sector-specific expertise, and has an extensive geographic and operational presence. In fiscal year 2015, GFDRR support helped more than 70 developing countries secure nearly $3 billion in financing from the World Bank Group and other partners. The current portfolio of projects under implementation consists of 272 grants worth approximately $244 million, with Sub-Saharan Africa being the largest recipient.

Five pillars of action provide GFDRR’s operational framework: (1) risk identification; (2) risk reduction; (3) preparedness; (4) financial protection; and (5) resilient recovery. GFDRR’s work is structured around three programs supported by various trust funds: (i) country programs; (ii) thematic programs; and (iii) advocacy, partnership and knowledge programs. In addition, GFDRR is responsible for managing and administering two special programs: the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries – financed by Japan – and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP)–European Union (EU) Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program – financed by the EU.

The objective of the Japan-World Bank Mainstreaming DRM Program is to connect Japanese and global expertise in DRM with developing countries, including in World Bank country strategies and operations. Day-to-day operations of the Program are conducted by the Tokyo DRM Hub. The Hub works in partnership and coordination with World Bank regional and thematic teams, and global, regional and national institutions. Moreover, the Hub partners with international experts and institutions at the forefront of DRM.

The GFDRR Secretariat is hosted by 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. Further information on GFDRR is available at www.gfdrr.org.

GFDRR is seeking a Disaster Risk Management Specialist who will contribute to and support the implementation of GFDRR’s Japan-World Bank Program. The incumbent will be based in Tokyo and work under the supervision and guidance of the Program’s Team Leader, the Special Representative of the Bank in Japan, and the GFDRR Manager.

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. Support the building and maintaining of a network of centers of excellence in Japan, and connect them with task teams in order to improve the design and implementation of activities and mainstreaming of DRM in eligible countries.

2. Support the GFDRR Secretariat in the screening of proposals for activities under the Japan-World Bank Program.

3. Support task teams in the development and supervision of activities under the Program, including travelling to Washington and client countries to support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of specific projects and programs.

4. Draft progress reports and briefings for stakeholders, task teams, and GFDRR’s communication team and ECRJP.

5. Support the design and implementation of knowledge products, capacity building, outreach, and communication activities under the Program.

6. Support the Special Representative of the Bank in Japan, in his role as representative of the Tokyo DRM Hub, in maintaining and carrying out institutional relationships with Program stakeholders, including civil society, academia, private sector, government agencies and other relevant entities.

7. Perform other duties and functions as assigned by the Program Team Leader, the Special Representative of the Bank in Japan, and the GFDRR Manager.



• Master’s degree in area relevant to disaster risk management, public policy/administration, international development, social science or related field.

• At least 5 years of professional experience including two years of experience in disaster risk management.

• Extensive knowledge and understanding of project design and implementation issues.

• Knowledge of World Bank procedures and policies is a plus but not essential.

• Field experience in developing countries is a plus.

• Experience of working in an international or national development institution on the relevant issues is an advantage.

• Strong conceptual and analytical skills.

• Ability to build effective working relations with clients and colleagues, as team member, and to achieve results.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.


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

• Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems- Familiarity with Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures and Systems (including safeguards, FM and procurement)

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

• Knowledge of DRM – Solid knowledge of disaster risk management concepts, including understanding of risk identification, risk reduction, preparedness and financial protection.

• Partnership Development – Demonstrated proficiency to manage relationships with various constituencies to foster partnerships to strengthen the overall effectiveness of GFDRR in general and the Japan program in particular.

• 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 Across Boundaries- Capacity to work across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.

• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Creates, Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients in a clear and organized manner.