Disaster Risk Assessment Specialist (Retainer)

  • Executive-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 20 July 2020

Job Description

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement with the Government of Myanmar to improve capacity for strengthening climate and disaster resilience in the country. As part of the agreement, UNOPS Myanmar is required to implement the Output 3 that is to increase awareness and capacity for disaster risk nancing among government and the private sectors through LIFT. LIFT is a multidonor trust fund providing funding for projects supporting the lives and prospects of rural poor in Myanmar together with technical expertise and targeted research. Currently, LIFT works with 14 micronance institutions (MFIs) in Myanmar, comprising two-thirds of the MFI lending portfolio in the country. UNOPS Myanmar is seeking a Disaster Risk Assessment Specialist for the development and implementation of Disaster Risk Assessment activities. This position will report to the Micronance Specialist/Team Leader who will provide broad supervision and guidance. The role is responsible for supporting strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience of Myanmar Communities. The technical assistance(TA) will be implemented at the national level with specic pilots in the Ayeyarwady Region.

Functional Responsibilities,

Under the direct supervision of Senior Programme Manager, the Specialist will perform the implementation of activities in terms of developing a disaster risk assessment methodology and conducting disaster risk assessments, and strengthening awareness and capacity of MFIs in disaster risk assessment and recovery planning. The Specialist will carry out the following tasks, in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures, and practices.

Programme Management

develop a disaster risk assessment methodology for MFI loan portfolios, including guidance on accessing disaster risk information; conduct disaster risk assessments for at least 3 MFIs operating in Ayeyarwady region to demonstrate application of the methodology; provide technical inputs to the design of the contingency disaster liquidity facility developed under the project; provide inputs to the development of and delivery of workshop materials for MFIs focusing on disaster risk assessment of loan portfolios; coordinate and communicate routinely with the executing agency and ADB project ocers on TA progress. Other programme management tasks as necessary.

Knowledge Management:

Actively interact with other stakeholders to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on the Knowledge System. Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies. Building and maintaining strategic linkages with a wide range of stakeholders including government ministries, departments and agencies; development coordination mechanism, private sector stakeholders; and other organizations. Other knowledge management tasks as necessary. The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

Ensure that the project delivers the defined outputs within the specified tolerance of time, cost, quality, scope and benefits. The Specialist is also responsible for the project producing a result capable of achieving the benefits defined in the Business Case.

Final Products

Compliance with UNOPS policies, regulation, and rules, ensuring improved efficiency of the MMOC leading to success in the implementation of the project, leading to partner satisfaction.

About the Organization

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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