Disaster Risk Management Specialist

The World Bank, Ankara, Turkey

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th October, 2015

Job Description

main duties and responsibilities:

• Serve as the Country Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist for the Turkey Country Program in order to (i) identify opportunities for improved disaster risk management and urban resilience in World Bank lending operations, technical assistance and policy dialogue, and (ii) work with government counterparts, civil society and World Bank teams in the fulfillment of these objectives.  
• Carry out technical analysis, reviewing TORs, technical specifications, and procurement packages.
• Ensure the integration of key DRM issues in the Turkey Systematic Country Diagnostic and the formulation and implementation of the Country Partnership Framework by proactively identifying entry points for relevant analysis and financing, and working with government counterparts, civil society and World Bank teams to identify opportunities for programs that will contribute to improved urban and disaster resilient  outcomes in the World Bank’s partnership with the Government of Turkey.
• Participating in missions and contributing in areas of technical specialization, through reviewing project design elements, scope and technologies used, and costs.  
• Support the task teams and team leaders responsible for implementing ongoing/preparing new investment projects, in areas including municipal services, sustainable cities, land cadaster, as well as ongoing and planned DRM projects, through (i) maintaining regular contact and dialogue with counterpart agencies, (ii) monitoring project implementation progress and providing timely guidance and support to counterparts in consultation with task team leaders; (iv) carrying out regular monitoring of sector policy developments relating to new laws and regulations, and preparing briefings as needed; and (iii) contributing to policy and program advice through data collection and analysis of relevant sector indicators, trends, and policy developments that can help inform both SURR team members,  the wider country team and World Bank community.  
• Work independently seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior

Selection Criteria:

• Advanced Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in Disaster Risk Management, Urban Planning, Civil or Environmental Engineering (or related field), or related social sciences and at least 5 years of directly relevant experience.
• Experience in the identification, design, appraisal, supervision, and monitoring/evaluation of and disaster risk management or risk reduction projects.
• Ability to work independently
• Demonstrated skills and direct work experience with at least one or more of the following: investment project management experience at the central and municipal level; sector analysis work addressing topics including urban resilience and disaster risk management.
• Experience in translating research findings into policy advice and in carrying out policy dialogue with government agencies.
• Commitment and ability to develop institutional capacity in both state and non-state partner agencies with respect to all issues mentioned above.  Experience in developing partnerships with government counterparts to identify and implement solutions to difficult development challenges.
• Proven capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including, municipalities, national government agencies, international organizations, academics, development agencies, and NGOs.
• Strong network of stakeholders and key experts in the fields of urban development and DRM.  
• Strong oral and written presentation skills, as well as creativity and problem-solving skills.
• Outstanding interpersonal and networking skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and multicultural environments.
• Enthusiasm for and commitment to poverty alleviation and shared prosperity, and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable. Highly self-motivated and talented in motivating others.
• Outstanding verbal and written communications skills in English.

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