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World Bank recruiting Technical Programme Coordinator


Armenia, 02 October 2015

Background

Armenia faces major risks from earthquakes, drought, floods, hail, and landslides. Located on the Alps-Himalaya seismic zone that has high activity, the country has historically been prone to earthquakes, including the devastating 1988 Spitak earthquake. This earthquake killed more than 25,000 people, injured 19,000, damaged over 515,000 homes, and caused some US$ 15-20 billion in damages. Over 40 percent of the countrys manufacturing capacity was destroyed and the earthquake halted operations of 170 industrial enterprises. The World Banks recent risk profiling study revealed that 12 percent of the country's GDP would be affected somehow by an earthquake with 25-years return period. Potential government revenue losses, as well as public damage and losses, could amount to approximately 20 percent of the general total government revenues.

In addition, Armenia is prone to flood risks. The 2004 floods caused an estimated US$ 10 million damage and the 2005 floods, around US$ 5 million. The same World Bank study mentioned above indicated that a flood with 25-years return period could affect six percent or more of the country's GDP with the government revenue losses and the public damage and losses potentially amounting to approximately 10 percent of the total general government revenues.

The Government of Armenia is keen to strengthen its capacity to improve its national disaster risk management (DRM) system to build a disaster resilient society and requested for the World Banks support. Based on the request, the World Bank has initiated the Armenia National Disaster Risk Management Programme (NDRMP) to help Armenia advance its DRM agenda through a series of strategic and technical assistance in partnership with multiple stakeholders. The aim is to leverage public funds, including from the Government, the World Bank, and other donors and development partners, as well as to inform and shape the use of such funds to make smarter investments on DRM. The Banks support is focused on technical assistance, capacity building and training, and studies and assessments for potential investments in DRM. The Programme period is from summer 2015 to the end of 2017. The Programme consists of the following pillars and activities:

Strategic Pillar I: Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in Armenia

  • Support National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy

  • Sharing and developing risk information

  • Technical assistance on risk reduction

  • Technical assistance on preparedness

  • Technical assistance on disaster risk financing and insurance (DRFI)

Strategic Pillar II: Mainstreaming DRM in Urban Planning

  • Disaster Resilient Urban Planning for Yerevan

  • Strategic Pillar III: Building disaster resilience in key infrastructure sectors

  • Vulnerability Assessment for Schools

  • Supporting School Safety Programme.

Objective:

The objective of the assignment is to support the implementation of the Armenia NDRMP.

Responsibilities:

  • Act as the focal point in Armenia for the World Bank during activities of the NDRMP;

  • Work closely with governments line ministries, such as Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Urban Development, and other key ministries, to implement the Programme;

  •  Initiate high level contact with government and other concerned agencies and organize discussion on the activities for the National DRM Programme;

  • Lead and support the Programme team in client relations and communications, including: (i) drafting and filing correspondence with clients; (ii) organizing and participating in teleconferences, videoconferences and other meetings with clients and/or Bank and partners;

  • Organizing technical level as well as high-level seminars, workshops, and conferences related to the NDRMP activities;

  • Provide technical advice and support to the Task Team Leader (TTL) and team members working for the NDRMP;

  • Review technical documents and provide technical inputs for TORs, reports, guidelines, etc. to be developed through the Programme, contribute to and participate in the preparation and carrying out of implementation support missions, including actively participating in meetings and contributing and leading the development of mission documents;

  • Develop work plans for the Programme and update regularly based on the progress of the Programme and in coordination with national authorities and development partners;

  • Coordinate the preparation of consolidated progress reports, project briefings and other relevant monitoring information to inform the TTL and team members, clients, donors, and development partners in an organized manner and with adherence to the Banks quality guidelines;

  • Strengthen in-country partnerships and coordinate with relevant international agencies, development partners, and donors relating to Programme activities;

  • Attend and present World Banks work on DRM and the content of the NDRMP in relevant workshops, fora, and conferences, as necessary;

  • Prepare lessons learned and best practice pieces based on the Programme, when necessary;

  • Provide technical inputs and support to Bank teams working on projects relevant to DRM;

  • The consultant will be responsible for completing these specific tasks, as well as other requests made by the TTL within the needs of the disaster risk management team.

Duration and Deliverables:

The assignment is 90 days during the period between December 1, 2015 (tentative) and June 30, 2016. Should continuation of the services be needed, assignment days may be added to this contract.

Submission Deadline:  19 October 2015

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