Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
ADPC is an intergovernmental 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.
Established in 1986 as a technical capacity building center, ADPC has grown and diversified its expertise across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction across a broad range of specialist areas. With over 100 staff from 19 different nationalities and a wide range of professional expertise from atmospheric scientists to social scientists with experiences from all levels of engagement typically required for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Resilience (CR) in an effective manner. ADPC is a competent regional resource center and has seven thematic departments: ADPC Academy, Risk Governance, Climate Resilience, Urban Resilience, Health Risk Management, Preparedness for Response and Recovery, Geospatial Information. These are supported by Finance, Human Resources and Administration, and Strategic Planning departments. In addition to the departments, ADPC works on three cross-cutting themes: Gender and Diversity, Poverty and Livelihoods, and Regional and Transboundary Cooperation through permanent working committees.
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 cooperation.
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDRM) and Department of Disaster Management (DDM) of Bangladesh, is implementing “Bangladesh Preparedness Partnership (BPP) Program” with funding support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The overall goal of the Program is to strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships and coordination mechanisms for the Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS) of Bangladesh, develop the technical and operational capacity for IEMS at national and sub-national levels and enhanced learning, knowledge management and exchange of IEMS with the regional partners. The Program focuses on priority interventions on the preparedness of key stakeholders from the local humanitarian and private sector for achieving an integrated emergency management system that national and sub-national, city-level roles, responsibilities, resources, and decision-making are optimized at the community level. The Program will establish a coordination platform for capacity development, strong collaboration among public and private organizations for disaster preparedness, and emergency response in Bangladesh.
To support DDM in coordinating the government’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Program will support an assessment of the current operations and set-up the Emergency Operations Center at DDM. This also includes the system and processes the EOC is using to collect information from the Upazila and union level through the district to develop situation reports and shares to the National Disaster Response Coordination Center (NDRCC) of MoDMR. Currently, all arrangements are not formally established, and EOC is operating with no standard procedures and guidelines.
Statement of Work
Duties and responsibilities
The followings are a list of specific activities: