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Program Coordinator

Bangkok (Thailand)

  • Organization: ADPC - Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
  • Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Grade: Junior - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
    • Social Affairs
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-12

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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 the 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.

ADPC takes various levels of actions in a close connection with the national, regional and global frameworks including; e.g. ASEAN, SAARC, MRC, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the New Urban Agenda, and the World Humanitarian Summit, etc.


Statement of Intent  

A range of activities is being implemented under different projects by the Urban Resilience Department, which requires desk-research and knowledge management support. ADPC is currently looking to fill in an entry-level program management position to assist in the implementation of activities. The Program Coordinator will provide support in research activities both at regional and national levels. Therefore, the selection criteria will mainly consider English-language writing skills and the desk-based research experience of interested candidates. 

This position is located in Bangkok, Thailand and reports to the Director, Urban Resilience Department.  

Note: It is not the intent of this Terms of Reference to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather highlight the most important areas of responsibilities.


Duties and Responsibilities  

The incumbent will be responsible for undertaking the following tasks: 

  • Assist the Urban Resilience Department in desk-based as well as field-research activities; 
  • Provide support in compiling relevant documents and information as required by the Urban Resilience Department;
  • Assist in technical assignments including contributing to concept notes and consolidating inputs from consultants, program partners, and stakeholders into quality deliverables;
  • Assist in streamlining and maintaining the Department’s information management;
  • Assist in organizing seminars, training programs, capacity building initiatives, workshops, and other program activities;
  • Coordinate and support in cross-thematic collaboration for project implementation in ADPC;

Perform other relevant tasks as assigned by the Director.



  • A bachelor’s degree in social sciences, economics or any other related fields.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in development-research and producing good-quality write-ups in the English language.
  • Practical experience of working in a multi-cultural team and ability to work independently and under pressure.
  • Excellent command of English, both written and spoken.
  • Demonstrated research and information analysis skills. Excellent computer skills especially in word-processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software.


General Conditions  

  • Operate within all ADPC guidelines, procedures and policies.
  • Work station in ADPC office, Bangkok, Thailand


Reporting Relationships  

Supervisor: Director, Urban Resilience Department 

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods. We encourage diversity in our workplace and support an inclusive work environment. Women are encouraged to apply.


Contract Duration  

One (1) year with a possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of financial resources 

How to apply: Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form, (downloadable from, resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter, to:


Please note that this job vacancy will remain open until filled and applications will be processed on a rolling basis. We, therefore, encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

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