Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation Specialist

Project Description

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in the Gambia has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation Specialist. The Regional Disaster Management (DM) Coordination Office has identified a need for additional support in risk reduction to accelerate DM work done in the areas of preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery. As climate risks and extreme events (flooding, windstorms) are the most common threats to the lives and livelihoods of most inhabitants of this region, the agency and its partners deemed it necessary to design a project that will provide personnel, procedures, and systems to reduce flood risk. The specific key areas that NDMA has identified are Capacity Building of Regional DM Structures and Govt Agencies, Vulnerability Assessment, Contingency Planning, and Data Management and Records Management.

The PCRV will provide capacity building support to the region in the form of training in different aspects of DM and climate change and provide support to improve disaster data management and records management.
The PCRV will also support the region to conduct vulnerability assessments for the most at-risk communities and develop a new response plan with all the required processes and systems.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in The Gambia together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Development Studies, Humanitarian Aid, Climate Change, or related field
• At least 3 years of work experience in project management, preferably in DRR interventions
• Knowledge and expertise in Disaster Risk Reduction, resilience programming, and other processes and vulnerability assessment toolkits
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills, and experience working effectively in teams
• Excellent analytical and report writing skills
• Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
• Data Management and Analytical skills
• Technical Skills in the use of Data Collection Technology and equipment
• Knowledge of Humanitarian Logistics and Pre-positioning
• Strong understanding and commitment to Humanitarian Standards and Principles
• Willing to occasionally work beyond normal office hours and travel to field sites up to 30% of the time
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in The Gambia

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Medical Considerations

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