Friday, December 18, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Executive Director, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk

The International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) invite applications for the important post of Executive Director of the new Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme. The Executive Director will head the International Programme Office which is being established in Beijing—the first time an international office of this type has been hosted in Asia.

IRDR is an exciting decade-long, internationally integrated, all-hazards research programme bringing together the talents of the natural, social, medical and engineering sciences in a way not attempted before. Its objectives are the scientific characterization of natural and human-induced environmental hazards, vulnerability and risk; the understanding of decision-making in complex and changing risk contexts; and the reduction of risk and curbing losses through knowledge-based actions. The programme is founded on the recognition that disaster prevention and mitigation are critical dimensions of the global poverty reduction agenda and efforts to adapt to climate change, and should be an integral part of all international and national development efforts.

The Executive Director will head an International Programme Office (IPO) for IRDR being established at the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, with core funding from the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). The location of the IPO was selected following an international call for offers to host the Office. [more information (pdf)]

Deadline: January 14, 2010

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