Capacity Development Specialist At Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
ADPC is an autonomous international 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.
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
The World Bank has recently approved the project on Climate Adaptation and Resilience
(CARE) in South Asia, a $39.5 million initiative that will be jointly implemented by the Asian
Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early
Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES).
The overall aim of the project is to build resilience to climate change risks by sharing regional
data and knowledge, developing regional standards and guidelines for infrastructure, and
promoting climate-resilient policies and investments. The key target sectors under this
project such as agriculture, transport, water, planning, and finance will be piloted in
Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan. ADPC is entrusted for the component 2 focusing on

Enabling Climate Resilient Policies and Standards for Development with the following sub-

  1. Policy and knowledge interventions for climate risk management
  2. Sector guidelines and advisory Services on climate resilient design and standards
  3. Technical Support and Capacity Building to Implement Climate-Risk Management
    Solutions Innovation for Climate Adaptation and Resilience
    For details please refer to ADPC website at

ADPC Academy
The ADPC Academy is the capacity development department that hosts all of
the ADPC flagship training programs and supports other training and capacity development
activities by comprehensive training needs assessments (TNA), training design, delivery and
evaluation. It fosters long term partnerships with national training institutions, universities, and
research and development agencies to provide customized trainings and capacity
development tools through face-to-face as well as e-learning modalities. The Academy aims
to achieve the following;
• Provide “the state of art” of capacity enhancement and professional development
• Design and develop international, regional and customized national training curricular
based on technically sound pedagogical & andragogical tools and state of the art
communication technology applications;
• Provide training & capacity building related services (master trainers, standardized
training packages, simulation & excise packages, assistance for professional
development through academic courses) for improving the delivery of training &
capacity building and implementation of related projects;
• Serve as the hub of disaster and climate resilience capacity building through
networking with national training centers / institutes/qualified individuals;
• Develop or/and strengthen an active network of National Partner Training Institutions
(NPTIs) and ADPC alumni for systematic upgrading of the capacity through delivery of
refresher courses enabling them to serve as a resource at national level Statement of Intent
ADPC Academy will lead the capacity development (regional or otherwise) activities of CARE
for South Asia project by leveraging its expertise and experience. The Academy has
implemented regional and local capacity development initiatives for the past 3 decades and
for the purposes of the CARE project would develop, deliver and maintain capacity
development for all technical aspect providing QA/QC, pedagogic support, etc.
The Capacity Development Specialist is a technical position with relatively lower level of efforts
on administration and management required to lead in the capacity building initiatives of
ADPC Academy with primary focus on the CARE for South Asia project. In addition, She/He will
be assisting the Office of the Executive Director (OED) in promoting the training and capacity
building agenda within and outside ADPC.
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.

Key Responsibilities:
The Capacity Development Specialist will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Take lead in determining the training and capacity building needs of stakeholders as
    highlighted in ADPC Strategy 2020 and develop effective methodology for the
    consistent delivery of high-quality training and associated activities;
  2. Support training needs assessment with focus on climate change adaptation and
    resilience, disaster risk reduction, climate public policy, and climate finance covering
    the agriculture, water, and transport sectors in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan;
  3. Develop/supervise the development of training material on climate smart agriculture
    (CSA) technologies at three levels (national, sub-national and Corporative
    Societies/lead farmers) utilizing locally available CSA technologies in the three
    focused countries;
  4. Develop/supervise the development of training curriculum based on the needs
    assessment results for all the key sectors under the CARE for South Asia project;
  5. Take lead in partnership development with a range of stakeholders involved in
    training and capacity building activities at the global, regional, national and sub
    national levels. This includes government agencies, public and private institutions, UN
    agencies such as UNITAR, UNISDR (GETI), CADRI etc.
  6. Perform any other tasks in relation to capacity development at regional, national and
    local levels.

Core competencies:
• Professionalism: Ability to identify key strategic issues related to training and capacity
building in disaster risk reduction and climate resilience, opportunities and risks in capacity
building in different sectors. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling
organizational direction. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership
by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of training
and capacity development operations. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good
judgment; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional
competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting
commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional
rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or
challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating
gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas
of work.
• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates
appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows
for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
uses time efficiently.
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers
outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates,
provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal
responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managerial Competencies:
• Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links
between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and
communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue
that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
• Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of
repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency;
has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives
proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or
confidential information appropriately.

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Development, Education or
other relevant fields of study with areas relevant to the work on disaster risk reduction and
climate resilience, is required. A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in
combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the
advanced university degree.

Work Experience
• A minimum of 7 years of substantive work experience in developmental activities,
• training, and capacity buildings, preferably on climate change adaptation,
climate resilience and disaster risk reduction.
• Extensive work experience in adult learning and as facilitator/resource person of
training activities.
• Proven track record of organizing training, capacity building and facilitating high-
level discussions
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and capacity to work under pressure
• and short deadlines
• Cross cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff, and
• Experience in the UN Common System, international organizations, Red Cross/Red
Crescent, or international NGOs is desirable.

Personal Qualities
• Maintains collaborative relationships within the Department
• Works effectively with diverse colleagues in own and other Departments
• Creates knowledge products endorsed for wider distribution based on lessons and
multi-country experience
• Independently amends and clarifies messages and documents
• Actively supports work improvement and/or organizational change by work and deed
• Develops and adopts change plans to support Department initiatives
• Considers current and future client needs in proposing ideas
• Vocalizes early support for change
• Recommends inputs to new policies, systems and processes in immediate work area

English is the working language of ADPC. For the post advertised, fluency in English is
required. Knowledge of another language is an advantage.

Reporting Relationships
Direct Supervisor: Director, ADPC Academy
The following staff (In HQ and country office) positions may be supervised by the Capacity
Development Specialist:
Training Curriculum Development Specialist, Training Management officer, Training Needs
Assessment Consultants, Program/Project Manager and Coordinator and Program Support Staff

Two (2) years contract with possibility of extension

How to apply

How to apply:

Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form, (downloadable from or ADPC Website ), resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter, to [email protected] within 8 April; 2021, Bangkok time.
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.

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