Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant (Disaster loss databases)
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 10 January 2020 - 20 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction-129830-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Establishment of national and sub-national disaster loss databases in India, aligned with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, to enhance disaster risk analysis and reporting on the Sendai Framework Monitor.

Work Location

New Delhi

Expected duration

5 months (till 30 June 2020) with possibility of extension

Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide continued technical support to SDMA and/or state or district-level statistics offices/departments in rolling out at the state and/or district level the nation-wide disaster loss database system developed by National informatics centre (NIC) in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster risk reduction.
• Develop guidelines, user manuals and training packages targeting different system users (e.g. “region” database administrators, validators, general-users, etc.)
• Develop capacities of state level disaster management entities and officials to maintain disaster loss databases and collect disaster damage and loss data particularly disaggregated data for sex, age and disability to be used in the Sendai Framework Monitor.
• Provide technical support the Sendai Framework Focal Point in reporting national data on the online Sendai Framework Monitor.
• Collect system user’s feedback and liaise with NIC and MHA to incorporate users’ experience and feedback in order to optimize the software functionalities and operating modes
• Document and promote best practices and provide examples of standard operating procedures for disaster impact data entering, validation and/or publication, collection of data for Sendai Framework Monitor etc.
• Develop and propose visualization templates and standards for disaster reports extracted from the database system and/or to be exported to different data visualization software packages/platforms to be used in dashboards, interactive maps, geographic information systems and/or published as infographics.
• Recommend interoperability pathways with other climate/ extreme events information system, sector-specific information systems and analytical platforms and disaster loss and damage system.
• Ensure appropriate linkages with state and/or districts’ disasters damage and loss assessments’ protocols, methodologies and tools and disaster damage and loss databases variables and disaggregation levels.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Minimum of bachelor’s degree on systems engineering, information sciences, information technologies/ computer-sciences and/or statistics is required. Master’s degree in information technology, geographic information systems, statistics data analysis and sound understanding of disaster risk management and disaster statistics is desirable.
Experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience with progressive professional responsibility in areas related to database management, information management systems, experience in information systems for disaster risk management and/or disaster statistics analysis is required.
Experience in information management in the context of disaster situation assessment; rapid assessment; damage and loss assessment; post-disaster need assessments is desirable
Language: Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of local languages is an asset

Additional Information

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 calls for countries to enhance their risk knowledge by promoting the collection, analysis, management and use of relevant data and practical information and ensuring their dissemination in formats accessible and relevant to different categories of users.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), India, has undertaken to establish a National Disaster Management Information System (NDMIS), an integrated disaster loss database aligned with the Sendai Framework, with support from the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The system shall have the capability to track disaster damages and losses, revealing patters of exposure and hotspots of vulnerabilities. The online system shall record a number of parameters such as death, injury, affected population by categories, economic losses and services disruptions in sectors such as education, health, housing, agriculture, industries, critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges and building, cultural heritage etc. disaggregated by geographic area, sex, age and disability when appropriated and by the type of hazard.

The resultant data is expected to provide a basis for monitoring loss and damage, spatial patterns and temporal trends, allowing to calibrate investments in disaster risk management, enabling improvement of vulnerability curves and calculation risks of future losses, providing baseline information for establishing national and local level risk reduction strategies and allowing the evaluation the efficiency and efficacy of risk reduction measures. Disaggregated data on loss and damage will be a critical input for disaster risk management generally and specifically for implementation and reporting on the Sendai Framework and disaster-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicators.

No Fee

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