Local recruitment: Disaster Risk Management Specialist

The World Bank
Jakarta, Indonesia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
Bahasa Indonesia


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Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally. 

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

Urbanization is occurring at an unprecedented pace. Cities generate 80% of global GDP and are key to job creation and the pursuit of shared prosperity. Yet one billion city residents live in slums today, and by 2030 one billion new migrants will arrive in cities. This concentration of people and assets will exacerbate risk exposure to adverse natural events and climate change, which affects the poor disproportionately. The absence of secure land tenure underpins deprivation and is a major source of conflict in the DRM and rural space. Natural hazards are a main source of risk for the poor and present a serious obstacle to achieving sustainable social and economic development. Disasters affect the poor most severely; measures taken to manage hazards and reduce their impact provide an effective vehicle to make substantial advances in the fight against poverty. 
The WBG is in a unique position to support national and sub-national clients to: harness urbanization and enable effective land management in support of both growth and poverty reduction; foster social inclusion of marginalized groups; support the responsiveness and fiscal, financial, and management capacities of local governments – cities, municipalities, and rural districts – to deliver local infrastructure and decentralized services; strengthen resilience and risk management related to natural disasters; reduce conflict and violence; and scale-up access to finance for sub-national governments. 

The countries of East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) are among the most vulnerable in the world to the physical, social, and economic effects of disasters. The Asian continent and the Pacific Islands represent only 30 percent of global landmass but have sustained over 50 percent of all recorded disaster events. As part of World Bank’s Global Practice Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land (GPURL), the DRM team in EAP works closely with clients to shift from post-disaster response to holistic risk reduction and mitigation. Through lending, technical assistance, advisory services, institutional capacity-building and knowledge-sharing, the team provides support to clients on issues of risk assessment, risk reduction (including flood risk management, urban drainage, risk-informed land use planning, nature-based and green solutions, early warning systems, coastal risk management, and seismic retrofitting, etc.). 

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Over 60 percent of Indonesia’s districts are exposed to a high risk of flooding. Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia also faces high vulnerability to geophysical-related hazards, with 127 active volcanoes across the archipelago nation and some 80 percent of the country located in earthquake prone areas. Between 2007 and 2018 alone, recorded disaster events caused the loss of 7,375 lives and displaced 55,000,000 people, with annual economic losses of approximately US$2.2 to US$3 billion. The poor and vulnerable in Indonesia often bear the brunt of disaster impacts as they tend to live in hazardous areas, lack access to basic services, and having limited access to financial resources and assets to cope with aftermath losses. The sheer scale of Indonesia requires continued investments and long term commitments to strengthen disaster preparedness and early warning systems. Hydrometeorological hazards are projected to increase with rapid urbanization and climate change effects such as expected sea level rise, changing precipitation patterns, and more intense storms. Cities are particularly vulnerable to increases in flood risks due to their higher concentration of people and assts, as well as proximity to rivers and coasts. Accelerating levels of unregulated urbanization has caused deforestation, watershed degradation and land subsidence, further exacerbating urban flood risk; new approaches are needed to reduce human and socioeconomic losses. 

The World Bank is working with the government of Indonesia on a comprehensive approach to strengthen Indonesia’s resilience against disaster shocks. Key elements of this dialogue and support include: financing instruments to reduce budgetary costs of responding to and recovering from disasters; a comprehensive policy framework on disaster risk management; and a combination of investments to reduce disaster impacts. Learning from recent disasters, the World Bank’s priority areas of support lie in five key areas: (i) investments in disaster risk reduction, including risk-informed development and spatial planning, seismic risk mitigation and urban flood risk management; (ii) public awareness and preparedness, including community-level contingency planning and disaster risk education; (iii) early warning systems capacities, including integrated monitoring networks, densification of instrumentation in high risk areas, timely and more accurate impact-based forecasting and disaster warnings, and last mile communication; (iv) emergency management capacity, particularly for local governments to be equipped adequately for rapid and reliable responses to multiple hazards; and (v) disaster resilient development planning, including support for resilient infrastructure.


The DRM Specialist is expected to provide technical and operational expertise to implement and develop  the World Bank’s DRM program in Indonesia. The incumbent is expected to carry out specific duties which will include, but are not limited to:

• Contribute to day-to-day operations of the ongoing DRM operations and analytical work, including project management and implementation support to clients, helping to resolve emerging issues proactively to enhance results on the ground and implementation progress.
• As a member of the World Bank Group’s EAP DRM team, s/he reports to the GPURL Practice Manager, responsible for Urban and DRM.  In the context of DRM program, s/he works under the guidance of the EAP DRM Regional Coordinator, and supports and substantively contributes to the DRM program in Indonesia.
• Help adapt global good practice in DRM, and urban resilience to the local Indonesian context within Bank-supported projects and activities, including Bank-executed technical assistance.
• Provide substantive content to operational engagements, policy dialogue, research, presentations, briefing notes, and other analytical work with respect to portions of the sector work program activities, project preparation, appraisal, implementation, and supervision.
• Develop relevant sections of Project Concept Notes (PCNs), Project Appraisal Documents (PADs), and other related project preparation documentation.
• Contribute to and lead the execution of lending and trust funded projects, specifically (i) preparing and reviewing terms of reference; (ii) preparing implementation status and results reports; (iii) preparing project briefs; (iv) developing funding proposals; and (v) presentations.
• Provide substantive contribution to Bank-supported and grant-funded activities, by reporting to management and, as necessary, to donors on grant implementation and preparing progress reports, as well as other communications information required.
• Participate in missions and developing mission documents, including (i) Mission Announcement Letters; (ii) Aide Memoires; (iii) Back-to-Office Reports; and (iv) Implementation Status and Results Reports.
• Actively participate in discussions with and closely liaise with the Government of Indonesia counterparts and other development partners. 
• Conduct independent technical discussions with client representatives on selected problems and issues of the sector, and specific activities.
• Provide support, as needed, in an event of a natural disaster affecting Indonesia, or other countries of the EAP region, through contributions to various forms of post-disaster assessments, and to recovery and reconstruction planning.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

• Country and Global Practices’ management and staff in the Indonesia Country Office.
• Staff and managers within the GP and other units.
• DRM EAP Regional Coordinator, EAP DRM TTLs, and teams.
• Government officials, and staff in a variety of international and other partner organizations.

Selection Criteria

• Minimum Master's degree or advanced degree from internationally recognized academic institution in Economics, Geography, Finance, Environment, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Public Policy/Administration, Natural Resources Management, or other related field.
• At least five years of relevant experience in the areas related to natural hazards, disasters, humanitarian affairs, vulnerability assessment, climate change, resilient infrastructure, and disaster risk management.
• DRM Policy, Strategy, and Institutions - Familiarity with disaster risk management institutions and governance concepts, emergency preparedness and recovery strategies, and a range of disaster risk financing alternatives.
• Experience of working in Indonesia and with the government agencies at national and subnational levels.
• Knowledge of the World Bank procedures, operational policies, and products is a plus.
• Proven ability to communicate effectively and develop written content and presentations for different audiences.
• Demonstrated professional/technical skills and project management experience, trouble shooting and problem-solving capabilities
with respect to clients, superiors and peers.
• Excellent analytical skills.
• Ability to work in a team environment with demonstrated interpersonal skills, but to also take ownership of assigned tasks, work independently, requiring only general guidance even on complex issues.
• Ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments and adjust to, and prioritize a variety of complex evolving tasks.
• Excellent written and spoken command of English and Bahasa Indonesia. 
• Willingness to travel extensively within Indonesia, and occasionally, abroad..

WBG Competencies:

• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
• Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
• Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.