Vacancy - CDEMA - Disaster Risk Management Specialist - Deadline May 3rd, 2019

The CDEMA Coordinating Unit (CU) is inviting applications for the position of Disaster Risk Management Specialist (DRMS) who will focus on incorporating considerations of disaster risk (inclusive of risk associated with climate change) into the programming of the CDEMA CU and Participating States.  Specifically, the DRMS will work to strengthen risk considerations at the sectoral level and into the mitigation and early recovery components of national programmes and the Corporate Plan of the CDEMA CU.  For full Job Description please click here.

Open To: 

Applications for this post are open to employees of the CDEMA CU and all citizens and permanent residents of CARICOM countries. 


The compensation will be based on the individual’s qualifications and experience.  

Merit Criteria:


1.1 Master’s degree in Physical, Social or Earth Sciences, Economics or related discipline; and at least five (5) years’ experience in disaster risk management; or

1.2 A Bachelor’s degree in Physical, Social or Earth Sciences or related discipline and seven (7) years related experience;

1.3 Qualifications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing would be an asset;

1.4 Demonstrated experience in conducting risk, hazard and vulnerability analysis for natural and anthropogenic hazards; 

1.5 Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Risk assessment tools and methodologies including modelling;

1.6 Demonstrated experience in Programme design, implementation and monitoring;

1.7 Demonstrated experience leading and coordinating multi stakeholder consultative processes.


2.1 Good knowledge of risk assessment methodologies for multiple hazards;

2.2 Knowledge of Climate change adaptation; 

2.3 Comprehensive understanding of issues and challenges in disaster risk management within CDEMA Participating States;

2.4 Good understanding of hazard specific programming and planning for key hazards;

2.5 Good knowledge and understanding of risk, hazard and vulnerability analysis for natural and anthropogenic hazards; 

2.6 Proposal writing, report writing, data acquisition and analysis skills;

2.7 Good knowledge of disaster and project management issues;

2.8 Proficiency in relevant computer applications;

2.9 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; 

2.10 Excellent negotiation, diplomacy and advocacy skills;

2.11 Excellent written and oral use of the English language;

2.12 Flexibility and adaptability;

2.13 Ability to communicate effectively with persons at all levels;

2.14 Demonstrated Team Leadership;

2.15 Appreciation of workplace diversity.

Information Notes:

1. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in writing that they have met all the criteria.  Failure to do so may result in your application not receiving further consideration.

2. Send applications, including Resume, three (3) testimonials and copies of certificates via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quote selection process number: CDEMA-CU/GAC/02.

3. Acknowledgement of receipt of applications will not be sent.  CDEMA would like to thank all candidates who apply, as only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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