Disaster Risk Resilience Adviser

Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Canberra, , AU

DFAT wants to take an all-hazards approach to climate change and disaster resilience* integration in country programs and investments. This involves an all-hazards approach to integrating climate and disaster risk reduction/management in Australia’s aid investments– ensuring climate related disasters (eg. cyclones, drought, flooding) and non-climate related disasters (eg. Geohazards, such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis) are covered. The Disaster Risk Resilience Adviser will be responsible for working with the Support Unit team to progress the all-hazards approach, particularly in the support to DFAT posts in their integration of climate change and disaster risk management into aid investments.

This will include working with Support Unit colleagues to retrospectively apply an all-hazards approach to the tasks already being undertaken, and the work as it progresses. It will include, but not be limited to, applying a sound disaster risk management approach to the existing country program climate risk screening (expanding it to all-hazards disaster risk screening), Country Implementation Plans, investment risk screening and management measures for the significant risks identified.


The Adviser will manage relationships and support to a designated portfolio of DFAT posts and programs. Tasks will include:

  • Work with designated DFAT posts to increase the number, extent and quality of investments that have integrated climate action and all hazard disaster risk reduction into their design and implementation
  • Work with the Climate Information sub program to identify entry points for a holistic all-hazards approach to resilience building that includes geohazards and support
  • capacity development with relevant partner agencies in the region
  • Support the application of geohazard data into governance programming and planning
  • Ensure gender and social inclusion are central to these initiatives
  • Regularly take stock and keep the rest of the support unit informed of the pipeline of
  • DFAT investments. Identify opportunities to influence the design and implementation of investments, as well as the broader strategic planning and management by the Posts
  • Assist DFAT posts to understand climate change and disaster risks in a practical way, and the implications for their programs across the aid management cycle, by translating and tailoring complex and technical information
  • Assist DFAT posts and other activities under APCCAP to integrate gender and social inclusion in climate change action
  • Assist with the analysis and assessment of climate and broader disaster risks in the investments within bilateral programs
  • Develop and maintain a deep and active knowledge and network across climate change and disaster resilience work in the region so as to bring extensive knowledge of the work of other development partners and technical agencies relevant to the priorities of the DFAT posts and programs
  • Assist DFAT post staff to identify and engage specialist climate change and disaster resilience inputs when required, drawing on an active network or organisations and individuals and working with the rest of the APCCAP team to do so
  • Undertake some technical tasks in support of DFAT posts, such as participation on program design, evaluation, review or planning teams
  • Identify opportunities for new collaborations, activities, research or analysis to support DFAT posts and the overall work of APCCAP
  • Actively participate in generating a culture of learning and improvement within the program, and assisting with the monitoring and evaluation of program performance. This includes, inter alia, assistance with compiling the climate change expenditure tracking information, and with the annual assessment of the quality of climate change integration within DFAT funded designs, budgets and M&E systems.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Tertiary qualifications relating to disaster risk management/reduction and geohazards or other relevant field
  • Contemporary knowledge of climate change and disaster resilience in the Pacific and a broad understanding of international developments in climate change action,
  • Disaster risk reduction and resilience building
  • Knowledge of broader disaster risk management (including non-climate risks and hazards) is a key requirement*
  • Proven capacity to translate complex climate change and disaster resilience information for non-technical professional users
  • Knowledge of gender and social inclusion for climate change (advantage)
  • A strong track record of work in international development
  • Practical experience in planning, managing and implementing climate change adaptation and resilience activities
  • Demonstrated ability to support development partners and program staff in country
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, particularly within a diverse cultural and linguistic context

* Disaster resilience includes disaster risk reduction for both climate related disasters (eg. cyclones, droughts, floods) and non-climate related disasters (eg. geohazards such as earthquake, volcanoes and tsunamis).