Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program Officer

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to serve as a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Program Officer for Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA). 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. CBSUA 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 CBSUA carry out well thought-out preparedness and response activities together with its stakeholders.

The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Program Officer, experienced in emergency response, is needed to work closely with the Director of the Regional Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management & Climate Change Adaptation and other staff to support the capacity of CBSUA 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. The PCRV will also 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 that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in the Philippines together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s Degree graduate on Environmental Sciences, Management, Urban Planning, Information Technology or any field related to DRRM;
• At least two years’ of international development work experience.
• At least two years’ work experience in DRRM, Contingency and CCA planning and management;
• At least two years’ work experience in conduct of DRRM training activities;
• Demonstrated ability to live and work under challenging emotional and physical conditions;
• Excellent people skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience.

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

Before you apply, please 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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