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NATIONAL PROJECT Assistant (50-100%)

Background: With Asia and the Pacific, being the most hazard-prone region in the world, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Humanitarian Aid supports the enhancement of disaster risk reduction and rapid response (DRR & RR) capacities in the South-East Asia and the Pacific. In 2013, SDC established a Regional DRR & RR Advisory Hub with a three-fold mandate of: 1) DRR mainstreaming and DRR-targeted interventions in SDC programs and projects; 2) Policy Dialogue and strengthening partners’ DRR capacities in the region; and 3) Being a regional rapid response stand-by unit for SDC/HA in case of emergencies. The SDC HA Hub is looking for a National Project Assistance for one year with an occupation degree between 50-100%.

Responsibilities: As a member of the SDC Regional DRR & RR Advisory Hub at the Embassy of Switzerland, the National Project Assistant’s tasks will include the following:

Monitoring and Reporting

  1. Attending and reporting back on work-related meetings in Thailand and the region, as requested;

  2. Writing situation briefings and reports in English on developments related to disaster risk reduction and management (DRR/M) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Southeast Asia and the Pacific;

  3. Assisting the team technically in targeted project work and in project management;

  4. Assisting with disaster risk mapping and GIS of SDC projects in the region and advise on disaster risk reduction mitigation measures;

  5. Assisting in drafting speeches and talking points on the work of the SDC HA Hub in Bangkok;

  6. Regularly monitoring open source media, online emergency platforms and social media of fast and slow-onset disasters in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region;

  7. Immediately informing the Senior Regional DRR & Rapid Response Advisor of impending or ongoing medium to large-scale emergencies in the region.


  1. Keeping the agenda, the contact dada-base and library of the Hub up-to-date; 

  2. End-to-end handling of mission logistics, from flight ticket purchase to planning mission itinerary to overviewing expenditures;

  3. Participating in the planning and logistical preparation of visits and outreach events of SDC HA Hub in Bangkok.

    Networks and Communication

  1. Monthly updating of the Hub’s contacts’ database of national and international partners in the fields of DRR/M and CCA;

  2. Ensuring flawless written and oral translations (Thai-English both ways), as needed.

  3. Promoting the work of the SDC HA Hub in Bangkok, ex: keep factsheets up-to-day and dissemination.

    Required qualifications:

    -    University diploma in Environmental Sciences, Engineering or related fields (hydrology, geology, agronomy, forestry, geography, GIS, etc.);

    -    Relevant knowledge and experience in natural resource management, disaster risk reduction and management, emergency management, climate change adaptation or related fields, preferably in international organisations, research institutions, public administration, civil society organisation or academia; 

    -    Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Thai. Fluency in German, French, Lao, Khmer or Burmese is an advantage.

    Personal Competencies:

  • Keen analytical and reporting abilities;

  • Good networking and representation skills;

  • Strong sense of responsibility, aptitude to work autonomously and in a team;

  • Highly motivated, committed and efficient in achieving expected results;

  • Open-mindedness and inter-cultural flair;

  • Integrates with hands-on readiness in a multi-tasking team in a multi-lingual environment. 

Type of contract and Period: Contract of employment through the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok according to the Thai labour law: Period:  from March or April 2020 for one year renewable.

Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.

Deadline for application: 20 February 2020 to: