Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program Officer

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed to serve as Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Program Officers for the Local Government Units (LGUs) of various municipalities throughout the Philippines. The Philippines is a country prone to threats from many types of natural disasters such as typhoons, flooding, landslides, earthquake, and volcanic activities. The Super Typhoon Yolanda, also known as Typhoon Haiyan, which severally impacted the Philippines in 2013, has highlighted the vulnerability to natural disasters of many of the country’s inhabitants, especially among the poor and marginal segments of the population. Each LGU’s DRRM Council is expected to be at the front line of emergency measures in the aftermath of disasters to ensure the general welfare of its constituents, and they are mandated to have a Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (LDRRMP) covering: disaster preparedness, response, prevention and mitigation, rehabilitation and recovery. The development of a LDRRMP is crucial to help each LGU’s DRRM office carry out well thought-out preparedness and response activities together with its stakeholders.

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Program Officers experienced in emergency response are needed to work closely with the Municipal DRRM Officer and/or other staff to support the capacity of the LGU in the major areas of data management, planning, training, and coordination & networking. The volunteer will review related documentation and assist in the development of DRRM plans, maps, and information system (GIS)/ global positioning system (GPS) data. In due course, the volunteer will introduce activities highlighting the DRRM program of the LGU that will enhance the operations of the Municipal DRRM office/action center, and the PCRV will conduct consultation dialogues with key stakeholders in the community and assist in forging partnerships with prospective partners. It is also anticipated that the PCRV will develop workshop designs and training modules for DRRM trainings such as incident command systems, simulation exercises, disaster preparedness, etc. and eventually prepare informational education campaign materials.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Partner Information

Various Local Government Units

Required Skills

• Bachelor's or Master’s Degree preferred, preferably in Disaster Management, Environmental Studies or other relevant fields
• Two years of experience in either community-based disaster rehabilitation coordination and planning or disaster risk reduction and management
• Working knowledge of statistics and computer data management (i.e. GIS)
• Ability to live and work under challenging emotional and physical conditions
• Excellent people skills and flexible attitude when it comes to dealing with the community.

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.

Medical Considerations in Philippines

  • Philippines may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.   
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten, peanuts, and shellfish. 
  • After arrival in Philippines, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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