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ICHARM (Public Works Research Institute of Japan)
















4 Specialist Positions at the Public Works Research Institute of Japan:
Research Specialist, Water-related Disaster research Group, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO1)
#1: Research Specialist on Water Related Disaster Indices
#2: Research Specialist on Flood Risk
#3: Research Specialist on Drought Risk
#4: Research Specialist on Training and E-learning

Number of Employment:
Four

Employment period:
Two and half years, starting as soon as possible after 1st October 2012 until 31st March 2015 (Position #1, #2, #3)
Three years, starting as soon as possible after 1st October 2012 to 30th September 2015 (Position #4)
*The contract is subject to renewal every fiscal year based on work performance.
*The contract may extend beyond the initial two and half years until one day before the same date in 2017 as the initial contract date, only if the research in which the person is involved continues beyond the original contract years and he or she is a Ph.D. holder. (Position #1, #2, #3)
*The contract may extend beyond the initial three years until one day before the same date in 2017 as the initial contract date, only if the research in which the person is involved continues beyond the original contract years and he or she is a Ph.D. holder. (Position #4)

Employment conditions:
Salary: Salaries will be provided within the following range depending on work experience and other considerations (as of July 2012).
Master’s degree holder: JPY 13,500 to 19,330 per day
Doctor’s degree holder: JPY16,730 to 20,290 per day
Hours: 8:30 to 17:15 including the lunch hour from 12:00 to 13:00
(The flex time arrangement is also available.)
Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and New Year holidays (29 December to 3 January)
Leave: 1) Annual paid leave: 10 days per year in the 1st year
(Up to 3 days for the initial 3 months of the employment and up to 5 days for the initial 6 months.)
2) Special paid leave: funerals and other similar cases
3) Unpaid leave: sickness and other similar cases
Allowance: overtime work, holiday work, bonuses (June, December), commuting, housing subsidy, etc.
Insurance: health care, pension, unemployment, work-related injury

Position description:
(#1: Research Specialist on Water Related Disaster Indices) 
(1) ICHARM has been working on the development of numerical models, research on risk Indices in Asia, and compilation of world water-related disaster information. The research specialist on water-related disaster indices is responsible for the development of indices for water-related disaster risk through the use of these technologies and information that ICHARM has produced while coupling them with innovative technologies. The following considerations should be taken into account in the index development.
  • Recent effort regarding disaster risk indices and related issues, such as Global Risk Model (UNDP/BCPR, 2004), Natural Disaster Hotspots (World Bank, 2005), Water Exploitation Index (WEI) (EC, 2007), Central American Probabilistic Risk Assessment (CAPRA) (CEPREDENAC) and World Risk Index (UNU-EHS, 2011) should be reviewed and evaluated.
  • Five river basins in the Asian region will be selected as study basins. To collect data and information needed for the index development, field survey, interviews with local residents, and literature reviews will be conducted for socio-economic conditions, water-related disaster damage and vulnerability, and other relevant factors.
  • The collected data and information will be analyzed and used to develop a new set of disaster indices that is practical and capable of reproducing actual water-related disaster events as closely as possible.


(#2: Research Specialist on Flood Risk)
(1) The research specialist on flood risk is expected to develop a flood risk assessment model capable of assessing flood risk and socio-economic impact of flood through the application of numerical models and products that ICHARM has been developed to selected water related disaster -vulnerable areas in the Asian region. The position is also responsible for assessing future flood risk by using the development model, and for formulating and proposing adaptation measures. The following outlines the development of the model and its subsequent application.
  • Five river basins in the Asian region will be selected as study basins. To collect data and information needed for the model development, field survey, interviews with local residents, and literature reviews will be conducted for socio-economic, living and farming conditions, as well as other relevant factors.
  • Flood risk will be assessed in consideration of uncertainties by using the developed model based on future climate changes projected by global circulation models.
  • An assessment model will be developed to assess socio-economic impact based on the results of the flood risk assessment.
  • Adaptation measures will be developed to address the projected flood risk. The measures will be proposed after evaluated for effectiveness in flood risk reduction.
  • The developed measures, as well as relevant data and information, will be provided to assist local governing entities in developing plans and making decisions to address issues that they may face as a result of future climate changes.


(#3: Research Specialist on Drought Risk)
(1) The research specialist on drought risk is expected to develop a drought risk assessment model capable of assessing drought risk and socio-economic impact of drought through the application of numerical models and products that ICHARM has been developed to selected water related disaster vulnerable areas in the Asian region. The position is also responsible for assessing future drought risk by using the developed model, and for formulating and proposing adaptation measures. The following outlines the development of the model and its subsequent application.
  • Five river basins in the Asian region will be selected as study basins. To collect data and information needed for the model development, field survey, interviews with local residents, and literature reviews will be conducted for socio-economic conditions, water supply and demand, and other relevant factors.
  • Drought risk will be assessed in consideration of uncertainties by using the developed model based on future climate changes projected by global circulation models.
  • An assessment model will be developed to assess socio-economic impact based on the results of the drought risk assessment.
  • Adaptation measures will be developed to address the projected drought risk. The measures will be proposed after evaluated for effectiveness in drought risk reduction.
  • The developed measures, as well as relevant data and information, will be provided to assist local governing entities in developing plans and making decisions to address issues that they may face as a result of future climate changes.


(#4: Research Specialist on Training and E-learning)
The position is responsible for planning, managing and teaching ICHARM short-term training courses on water-related disaster management, such as “Capacity Development for Flood Risk Management with the Integrated Flood Analysis System (IFAS)” and “Capacity Development for Integrated Flood Risk Management.” The responsibility also includes the practical use of advanced e-learning technologies in educational settings, in which distant learning can be promoted and also training contents can be shared among UNESCO centers. This position is offered for a researcher who is interested in disaster risk management field including disaster risk assessment, early warning system and so forth.

Qualifications:
(#1: Research Specialist on Water Related Disaster Indices)
Applicants must be qualified to the following five conditions when applying:
1) Master or higher academic degree in disaster or flood or water resources management.
2) Experience in publishing at least one English paper (preferably peer-reviewed) in disaster or flood or water resources management.
3) International work experience in disaster or flood or water resources management.
4) Work or research experience in index development or disaster, flood or water resources management.
5) Excellent English skills for communication, coordination and document preparation. A decent level of spoken Japanese is preferable, but not essential.

(#2: Research Specialist on Flood Risk)
Applicants must be qualified to the following five conditions when applying:
1) Master or higher academic degree in hydraulics and/or hydrology.
2) Experience in publishing at least one English paper (preferably peer-reviewed) in hydraulics and/or hydrology.
3) International work experience in hydraulics or hydrology.
4) Work or research experience in the development of hydraulic or hydrologic models.
5) Excellent English skills for communication, coordination and document preparation. A decent level of spoken Japanese is preferable, but not essential.

(#3: Research Specialist on Drought Risk)
Applicants must be qualified to the following five conditions when applying:
1) Master or higher academic degree in hydrology and/or water resources management.
2) Experience in publishing at least one English paper (preferably peer-reviewed) in hydrology and/or water resources management.
3) International Work experience in hydrology and/or water resources management.
4) Work or research experience in water resources planning or water resources management
5) Excellent English skills for communication, coordination and document preparation. A decent level of spoken Japanese is preferable, but not essential.

(#4: Research Specialist on Training and E-learning )
Applicants must be qualified to the following four conditions when applying:
1) Master or higher academic degree in hydrology and/or water resources. (preferably experiences of coordinating training courses or performing a lecture)  
2) Experience in publishing at least one research paper (preferably a peer-reviewed paper) in hydrology and/or water resources.
3) Practical international experiences in hydrology and/or water resources.
4) Substantial level of English fluency and abilities to write documents and to effectively communicate and coordinate with fellow researchers at ICHARM and in a variety of international settings. (Japanese fluency is favorable)

Closing date:
12:00 am (at noon, Japan time), 31, August 2012

Selection:
Applicants who pass the document screening will be interviewed. The most qualified applicant will be selected for the position based on expertise, work experience, p
vacature geplaatst op 06 Aug 2012 door ICHARM






  

 
 

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