Program Manager - Science and Data Lead
Position Grade: C3
About the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
ADPC is an intergovernmental regional organization with a vision to reduce disaster and climate risk impacts on communities and countries in Asia and the Pacific by working with governments, development partners, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, private sector, media and other key stakeholders. In addition to its headquarter in Bangkok, Thailand, ADPC currently has offices/representation in 11 additional countries.
Established in 1986 as a technical capacity building center, ADPC has grown and diversified its expertise across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction across a broad range of specialist areas. With over 100 staff from 19 different nationalities and a wide range of professional expertise from atmospheric scientist to social scientists with experiences from all levels of engagement typically required for disaster risk reduction and climate resilience in an effective manner. ADPC is a competent regional resource center and has seven thematic departments: ADPC Academy, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Geospatial Information. These are supported by Finance, Human Resources and Administration and Strategic Planning departments. In addition to the departments, ADPC address three cross-cutting themes: Gender and Diversity, Poverty and Livelihoods, and Regional and Transboundary Cooperation through permanent working committees.
ADPC Strategy 2020 guides the organization in providing comprehensive risk reduction support to countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific. ADPC recognizes the importance of examining the linkages between disaster risk management, poverty reduction, gender equality, sustainability, rights- based approaches, climate change and regional cooperation.
ADPC takes various levels of actions in a close connection with the national, regional and global frameworks including; e.g. ASEAN, SAARC, MRC, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR), the Paris Agreement for climate change, the New Urban Agenda, the World Humanitarian Summit, etc
The Geospatial Information Department
The overall goal of the Geospatial Information Department of ADPC is to increase uses of geospatial technology, data, and information by countries in Asia for supporting decision making related to disaster risk management and climate resilience. The department supports all thematic areas of focus of ADPC to achieve their goals, mainly through:
ADPC, together with its consortium partners, is implementing a project "SERVIR-Mekong," a joint initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). SERVIR-Mekong brings NASA's scientific and technical know-how to help developing countries use information provided by Earth observing satellites and geospatial technologies to sustainably prepare for and respond to disasters, manage natural resources, and improve food security in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The Geospatial Information Department of ADPC is seeking highly qualified candidates to lead a team of scientists, GIS and remote sensing specialists, and GIS developers working for SERVIR-Mekong to achieve the aforementioned goals.
Statement of Intent:
The Science and Data Lead is the principal technical expert in the SERVIR-Mekong hub and the primary technical contact with the NASA's science team. The Science and Data Lead reports directly to the SERVIR-Mekong Chief of Party. S/he will take a leadership role in the development and delivery of scientific products and maintain an active network of clients and technical partners in the region. Primarily, s/he will lead the efforts of the wider SERVIR-Mekong technical team to develop new, high quality user-tailored services, data, tools, and models to address on-the-ground priorities of the Lower Mekong region, but s/he will also contribute to capacity-building of users, facilitate improved information sharing and active use of geospatial information for decision making in the region, and help ensure sustainability of hub functions at ADPC.
This position is located in Bangkok, Thailand, but will require frequent travels to countries in the Lower Mekong region.
It is not the intent of this Position Description to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather to highlight the most important areas of personal and joint responsibility.
Direct Supervisor: SERVIR-Mekong Chief of Party, Geospatial Information Dept.
The following staff (In HQ and country office) positions may be supervised by the successful candidate: GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist, GIS Developers
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
We encourage diversity in our workplace and support an inclusive work environment. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
Contract: One (1) years contract with possibility of extension
How to apply: Interested candidates, please submit the completed ADPC application form (downloadable form http://www.adpc.net , resume, copy of diploma(s) and certificate(s) together with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9th June 2019.